a blog from our pastors and staff
Plan on joining us this weekend to worship and celebrate Pastor Rick and Billie Jo's ministry at Hillside!
As many of you might know, Pastor Rick respectfully resigned back in January to hopefully make things easier on Billie Jo, as her health has kept her from physically joining us here at Hillside for quite some time. In the months that followed Pastor Rick found out he has lung cancer and is undergoing treatment currently. God's peace is overflowing within Pastor Rick, as he is very calm and confident he will beat this cancer! Needless to say, this transition in the Long's life is an epic one, and I am sure God is moving in their lives.
The Long's are hoping to move to Colorado this fall after Pastor Rick's treatments are completed and as their health allows. Continue to lift Pastor Rick and Billie Jo up as they focus on getting well and whole in this time of transition and prepare their hearts and minds and bodies for whatever God has in store for them.
This Sunday, July 9th, is our celebration, or as some are calling it, the "kick them to the curb" party, to show how amazing our God is and how God has used the Long's to the betterment of our lives. We are hoping that since this service is outdoors that Billie Jo will be able to join us. We will have our service on the lawn, so be sure to bring a chair (chairs will be provided as well), followed by a time of fellowship and food. If you are able, please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided, as well as water and lemonade.
Whilst this is the official "good-bye" party for the Long's, Pastor Rick will still be around and preaching on the 16th and 23rd of July. So if you are unable to make it this Sunday, don't fret! There are still a couple of weeks to let the Pastor know that we will miss him!