"Yes Sir!"

by Doug Rehberg

There have been some great calls in sports history. Maybe it’s because I’m a golfer. Maybe it’s because I love the Masters so much, but I believe the most memorable calls are the ones by the side of a green at Augusta in the last 30 years.

In 2005 Tiger Woods chipped into the hole on the 16th green from 50 feet away. It was called the greatest chip in Masters’ history and it propelled Woods to his 4th green jacket in 9 years. As the ball fell into the cup, after hanging on the edge for nearly 10 seconds, Verne Lundquist exclaimed, “In your life have you seen anything like that?!”

But there are two other Masters moments that some say are even more memorable. They both occurred in the final round of the iconic 1986 Masters where 46-year-old Jack Nicklaus won his 6th green jacket.

On the 17th hole Nicklaus rolled in a crucial birdie putt to take the lead and Lundquist happily proclaimed, “Yes sir!” That phrase is now inseparable from that putt, that victory, and the Nicklaus legend. No retrospective of the Golden Bear’s career will fail to include it. And yet, only minutes before - 37 minutes to be exact - on the 15th hole Jack made an even more important putt. This one was for an eagle, and it caused one of the loudest ovations anyone at Augusta can remember. In the din of the moment the British CBS announcer, Ben Wright, shouted: “Yes sir!” Then he proclaimed, “There’s life in the old Bear yet!”

Why do I regale you with such frivolity? The answer is all wrapped up in that last call - “Yes sir!” In II Corinthians, chapter one, the Apostle Paul says, “For all the promises of God find their YES in Jesus Christ. That is why it is through Him that we utter our Amen to God for His glory.” This verse confirms what precedes it. Christ was, and is, not “Yes” and “No”, not uncertain and inconsistent, but a resounding “Yes”, for in Him all the promises of God are fulfilled. All that God had ever promised relating to human salvation was fully achieved in Him - “Yes” in Christ! That is, God’s promises found their affirmation and accomplishment in Him. And so, as Paul says, through Him the “Amen” is spoken. In other words “Yes” and “Amen” (or so be it) are exact equivalents. The Apostle John knows this, for he says in Revelation 1:7, “Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and any eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him, and all the tribes of the earth will wail on account of Him. YES Amen.”

Of all the verses we could have chosen as a foundation for the next 8 to 10 years of ministry at Hebron, none is more exciting and more poignant than II Corinthians 1:20. What the unchanging Lord Jesus sets before us is an opportunity to Say Yes to Him. This is the heart of discipleship. This is the heart of stewardship. This is the heart of giving beyond ourselves to the least, the last, and the lost. This is the heartbeat of a heart that is soft and responsive to His Spirit. This is the heart of why He chose you and called you to be His. This is what it means to be a “little Christ.” All “Say Yes” presentations being made on Sunday mornings will culminate in Hebron’s Gala on Friday, September 15th at Edgewood Country Club. Please say “Yes sir!” to being there.

Say YES to Stewardship

by Sarah Miller

Over the last few weeks, we have had the opportunity to witness generosity in action, watching people “Say Yes” to a variety of opportunities every week. Another part of saying “Yes” is giving back a portion of what God has given to us financially. That sort of complete stewardship, is what the Lord wants to see everyone embrace - giving of time, treasure, and heart. So that all of us excel in generosity.

We know that God can do great things through our faithful and consistent giving, no matter the size of that individual gift. Wherever you find yourself today, we want you to move toward the tithe, or if able, to go beyond it. As Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians, “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”  So “Say Yes!” Give cheerfully of your time, your talents, and your treasure.  If we all give as we are able, just imagine the impact we can have on Hebron and on the world.

Say YES to Making Disciples Who Make Disciples

by Jerry Zeilstra

The Discipleship Team has been working with Session to explore new opportunities for all of us to embrace!

We will be adding some new “leaves” to our “grove” trees. It is our prayer that our roots will grow deeper as we ESTABLISH and EQUIP our church family.

Being established means sending down roots and growing in your faith in godliness and Christ-likeness. Being equipped is learning how to help yourself and others mature in the faith through teaching, encouragement, coaching, and prayer! These fundamental principles have been at the core of our ministry for quite some time; and this September we are seeking to strengthen that commitment and focus through the proclamation of God’s Word, as well as in and through the lives of His people at Hebron.

Groves will continue this Fall with a slightly different focus. 50% of the time spent in Groves will be focused on studying a book of the Bible to help establish disciples in the Word, 25% will be dedicated to equipping disciples to do ministry, and 25% of the time will be spent on topical studies that establish and equip disciples in different areas of life. Additionally, we’re introducing a brand new and very exciting opportunity entitled…“The Course of Your Life”.

“The Course of Your Life” is a dynamic study which serves to challenge the Church with the truth that all disciples have been entrusted with the Word of God, not only to read and obey it, but also to share it with others. This Fall we will be offering this study to 3 groups of 24 individuals (12 in each group). “The Course of Your Life”  is a stand-alone course with a time commitment of 3 1/2 hours a week—2 1/2 hours spent in large group Bible study and break-out discussion groups and 1 hour of one-on-one Bible study at another time of the week with another course member. This study is designed to change the course of your life as YOU discover God’s purpose for YOUR life! “The Course of Your Life” will be offered every semester, so that everyone will have the opportunity to participate over the next few years. 

So let’s begin….

Investing in the Future by… signing up for one of these discipleship opportunities:
§ Groves
§ “The Course of Your Life”
§ Circles

Contact Jerry for more information: 412-512-6576.

Say YES! Gala Dinner

Edgewood Country Club  
September 15, 2017
Hors d’oeuvres - 5:30 pm
Dinner* - 6:30 pm
Program - 7:30 pm

 All Hebron members and friends confirmation-age and older are invited to attend!
Seating is limited, so register now on our website: hebrononline.org
or fill in the lime green registration slip at the church entrances, mail it in
or you may also call the church office to reserve you spot.

Deadline to Register is Sunday, September 10.

* EntrĂ©e choices are Chicken Romano or Honey Pecan Crusted Salmon. 
A gluten-free option is also available. Indicate your dinner selection when registering.

Women's Ministry - Anchored and Reaching Out

by Jen Balkey

Women’s Ministry can be viewed as an extra-curricular activity, but our hope as a team is quite the opposite! Women have a unique calling and place in life. While the calling varies greatly between one another there are inevitably many similarities. We all have a heavenly Father who loves us and has a plan for us! He has placed us within this community at Hebron for a purpose. He has given each one of us gifts to be used for His glory as He sees fit. Each gift has been given to a specific woman for a unique reason. Some have been given large families to care for or children to care for, or both. ALL of us always have a list of things to do - whether that be at home or away.

How do we make the most of the time and resources God has provided us? Our Women’s Ministry logo is “Anchored and Reaching Out”. Our desire is to come alongside women and encourage them in their walk with God. We desire that we all  become strong enough  (anchored in and by Him) to reach out for another with God’s love and God’s Word to impact the world around us.

At both the 2017 Heart Breakfast and the Women’s Spring Retreat, Kelly Knapp challenged us to live counter-culturally. To do so requires intentionality and an example. The world’s way of doing things is constantly in our face and SEEMingly easier… but God’s plan is available and Jesus set the example for us to follow. When we take the time to reflect on it we are encouraged and our lives are ACTUALLY made simpler. Life can be lonely, challenging, discouraging, and distracting. I am not at all saying we will not have trials and hardships doing things God’s way, but making decisions when faced with these hard times will be easier if we have the perfect guide in mind. If we choose to truly live  TOGETHER with our focus on God instead of ourselves and our  problems we will be able to help one another get through the tough times -- and things will BE easier.

The Bible is a great place to look for examples of how we are to live our lives for Christ. Our Women’s Ministry Leadership Team wants to focus our efforts on those things that help encourage women to embrace a mindset that will bring people closer to Christ. We must be intentional in the choices we make.  

At our recent team retreat we reflected on Acts 2:42-47 where Luke is sharing about the culture of the church from both a historical and theological standpoint. He is  making an example of the way they lived as a direct reflection of Jesus’ example. There was constant fellowship, prayer, teaching, unity, meeting one another’s needs, and sharing one another’s concerns. Does that sound like a breath of fresh air? It can be a reality!

Praise God for going before us and loving us. Thank Him for giving us His Word to light our path. At this summer’s Summer Sensation where women gathered at Margie Krogh’s home for an evening of smoothies, s’mores, and Scripture, women were given a bookmark with a list of spiritual disciplines that each woman can practice so that she can better discern God’s voice and let Him be her pilot instead of following the world’s ways. In Philippians 2:1-2 Paul says, “If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.”

I pray the Holy Spirit is with each and every one of you, guiding you closer to His will each day!

Children's Ministry

by Ellen Dillard

Dear Hebron Family,

Thank you for your generous support of Gadgets and Gizmos this summer. Thank you for your prayers for kidz, leaders, and families. Thank you for giving the supplies needed for crafts and small group. The kidz had so much fun building robots and talking about how they are created in God’s image. They also learned that they are made for a relationship with Jesus and to love others.

Love in Christ, Nicole Janvier, Melanie Mills, Krista Chambers, and Ellen Dillard

Family Kick-off - Sunday, August 27
Families are invited to join us for lunch and games after the 10:45 service. Parents and kidz will connect with small group leaders and hear what is happening in Kidz Ministry in the Fall. There will be bounce houses, games, and face painting, too. The Kick-off is for ages birth through 18-years old.

Our Fall small groups for babies, preschool, and K- 5th graders begin on Sunday, September 3.

4th/5th Grade Retreat
24-hour camp to talk about Jesus and grow friendships. You may invite your friends, too!       
Cost: $55 includes food, lodging, and activities. Scholarships available through the Holly Alm Camp Scholarship Fund.

Date: Saturday, September 30 - Sunday, October 1
Register at hebronkidz.org

Adults available to join us for the retreat, please contact: Ellen Dillard at ellend@hebrononline.org or
412-371-2307 x17 .

Family Night Lights “Fun with a Purpose”
Friday, October 6, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
at Hebron’s Barclay Building
Family Night Lights is a place where kidz bring their parents to learn about Jesus. There is a high energy, multi-media production with music, video, comedy and live skits to talk about Jesus in relevant and engaging ways. K-5th grade parents are introduced to the month’s Life Application (Life App) which is something God does inside of us to change the world around us. There are games and dessert, too.
Families are encouraged to invite their friends and neighbors. FNL is a great time and place to introduce your friends and neighbors to Hebron Kidz.

Kidz Club - Begins August 30

We are excited to invite Kindergarteners to join Kidz Club this fall!

Kidz Club is a mid-week connection where Elementary Kidz gather with friends and small group leaders to talk about the month’s Life Application. A Life App is just one small piece of God’s character that He can work out inside of us to change the world around us!

Our night includes large group worship, small group, games, crafts, and dinner.

Time: 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Main Building
Cost:  $35 for the first child; $28 for each additional child per semester. Scholarships available through the Holly Alm Camp Scholarship Fund.
Contact: Ellen Dillard - ellend@hebrononline.org or 412-371-2307 x17.
Register online at:  http://hebronkidz.org/kidz-club

Student Ministry

by Carrie Hendrickson

This summer our students took three trips. Our 8th and 9th graders went to South Dakota for nine days, and we had a blast. Three twelve-passenger vans pulled out of the church parking lot on June 18. We spent nine days seeing the Midwest, enjoying cookies with Jerry’s parents, seeing lots of cattle, milking cows, seeing Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands and, of course, the Corn Palace. We played countless games of Werewolf and card games in the van. We also had time every day to open up God’s Word and talk about standards and how God wants us to live. It was an incredible trip and God continues to use the lessons from South Dakota in students’ everyday lives.  

July 9-14 our High Schoolers MOBILIZED their faith into action and went to Atlanta, Georgia to serve homeless men and women. We spent time serving lunch and dinner to new friends, washing feet, playing games, and talking - treating people like people. There was a huge change in students’ hearts throughout the week. As one 11th grade girl puts it, “My heart was truly broken this week, but I will be forever thankful for that. My heart was broken in order to see the things that break His heart.” Students got to be the hands and feet of Jesus this week and God used them to show Himself to the world. 

Surf City is our Middle School camp for the summer and it is a favorite of many. The week (August 6-11) was spent tubing, swimming, wave running, dune jumping, blobbing, playing crazy games, and biking to the local ice cream shop.  Every day students had Club where we worshiped together (loud, fun, and lots of dancing) and heard the Gospel message. Students heard about God’s amazing love and how Jesus died on the cross for their sins.  Many students recommitted their lives to Jesus over the week, and we celebrated with them as they continue to grow in their faith and love for God. 

Thank you for your prayers throughout the summer, God has used you to pray and support the students at Hebron.  Lives were changed this summer and you are part of the life-change of many!

7th Annual Holly Alm Camp Scholarship Celebration

by Diane Brown

Sunday October 8th
Edgewood Country Club

Since its inception, the Holly Alm Camp Scholarship Fund (HACSF) has provided more than $137,500 in scholarships to 844 young people, allowing them to attend camps and other events that would not otherwise have been possible!  This is AMAZING!! God is AWESOME! 

Help us send more kids to experience personal encounters with Jesus Christ. Join us at Edgewood Country Club for a variety of activities: a delicious dinner, and/or auctions & prizes,  and/or a round of golf, and more. 

WIN great prizes: vacations, jewelry, golf outings, gift cards, and lots more!!

We are currently still seeking prizes for our auctions (gift cards, excursions, baskets, things you would like to win, etc.), and Tee sponsors. Call Diane Brown at 412-372-8022 to donate.

Last year’s event was Sold Out!  Reserve your spot early! (There are discounts for early registration.) Invite someone new to the Celebration. 
By financially supporting this fund, you are doing just as Jesus Christ commands us:  serve others, spread the Word, and raise up our children in the way they should go!   

11:00  Golf registration begins
12:15  Shotgun start for golf
  5:00   Doors open for registration, baskets, auctions
  6:00   Dinner 

Help Students Give Back to HACSF

by Carrie Hendrickson

Hebron Student Ministries would like to raise money to support ten students to be a part of this year’s Holly Alm Camp Scholarship Celebration. Many of Hebron’s students have benefited from the Fund and have experienced the love of Christ at camps, and this celebration is the primary contribution to the Fund.

We would like to have a student presence at the dinner, as a means of thanking the HACSF, as well as showing these students that there are people who care about their spiritual progress.

What we would like to do is send ten students. Each early bird ticket costs $45, but we would also like to give the kids another $55 in raffle tickets, all to add to the scholarship fund. So, the plan is to send ten students at a cost of $100 per student— $1000 total. Students will go and be a presence at the dinner and give the extra money that night at the auction in support of the scholarship fund.

In order to raise this $1000, Hebron Students will be selling Mason Jar Mixes for $10 a piece. We will need to sell 100 cookie, brownie, and soup mixes to reach our goal.  The jars will be on sale in the Fellowship Hall and in the Barclay Building starting September 10.  Please help support Hebron Students as we support the scholarship fund that has changed so many lives for Christ. 

Chancel & Bell Choirs Begin

by Amy Warner

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
    and give thanks to his holy name.
Psalm 30:4

Chancel Choir
Our Kick-off picnic will be held on Wednesday, August 30th in and outside of Heritage Hall at Hebron. Dinner will be at 6:30 pm followed by a rehearsal at 7:30 pm. Regular rehearsals continue on Wednesday, September 6th at 7:30 p.m and we rehearse every Wednesday from 7:30-8:45 p.m. thereafter. We begin singing each Sunday in worship at the 9:15 service on Sunday, September 10.  Anyone high school through adult is welcome to join in the singing!  If you’d like to sing but cannot commit to every week, plan to join us in November and December to sing for the Christmas season!

Bell Choir
If you’d like to ring with the “ding-a-lings”, mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 5th, when we will begin our year by meeting for dinner at 6:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Rehearsals will continue from then on Tuesday evenings from 6:15-7:15 p.m. in the bell room, worship wing, main building.   

Any questions about the choirs at Hebron can be directed to Amy Warner, Traditional and Children’s Ministry Worship Leader.  (412-371-2307x18)

Seminary Report

by Barrett Hendrickson

It's that time again where I update you on my educational process. Let me start by telling you how grateful I am, not only for your support of me going to school, but especially to Reformed Theological Seminary. One of the things that had for years kept me from pursuing any more formal education was those who I saw leading Theological Academia. I often thought there was a disconnect between living out a humble faith and those who were writing theological books and teaching classes.

I went into seminary trying to avoid conversations with professors, because I thought they would be too intellectual for me to handle. I immediately found out I was wrong. My first on-campus class was with our Chancellor, Rev. Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III. The prefixes, first initial, and suffix in his name shout "unreachable" to me.  But as he walked into the classroom reciting a call to worship from Psalm 96 and prayed for our class, I was thrilled. I've told many people that I've tried not to like him, but his teaching and preaching style, and his love for his students, his school, the Church and the Lord have made me appreciate him to the point I follow him on Twitter, and I've even pointed friends to some of his writings and posts on The Gospel Coalition website. Every one of my professors has been the same way. They have all been, and most still are, in pastoral ministry, while desiring to grow the next generation of Church leaders.

This summer I took a preaching lab (of which many of you participated by hearing my Psalm 46 sermon), and Poets on campus. I'm also taking History of Christianity I (from Jesus to the Reformation) from a distance. In Poets, I learned to read the poetry of the Bible more effectively from Dr. Mark Futato, another great shepherd. In my preaching lab I had to give 2.5 sermons and critique those of my classmates. We also work-shopped a little on building a good sermon. I like history. It's a lot of reading, but it has given me much more of an appreciation for where the church has been, and insight on practical issues like schisms and eldership.

I know that many people are praying for me and my family through this process. It has not been easy, but it is growing my faith, which hopefully is growing yours as we work together to be used by God to show Himself to the world. Carrie, the kids, and I thank you for your support, and your trust in our elders who have made this process possible.

Thank You

Many thanks and praise for our Lord and Savior for my father, Anthony Stasiak, and his miraculous recovery. Also I want to thank you for the prayers, flowers, meals, and visits. My father is a real testimony for Jesus. Thanks to each and every one of you.  Toni Laws

Thank you for the food from the Mercy Meals. It was much appreciated. Thank you for all your prayers and support.
Kelly, Kathy, & Doris Hamilton

Thanks to you, our neighbors in Pitcairn are starting to see a change! They are seeing us renovating an old building on the main street of Pitcairn; they are hearing about our plans to upgrade our food pantry facilities adn possible open a coffee shop within the next year; and they are looking forward to PitCare's first annual Summer Picnic in the parking lot. Your incredibly generous donation of $30,000 to purchase the Broadway Building has helped to make this possible. Thanking the Lord for all of you at Hebron Church! We are grateful for the way you all have shared the love of God with us.
Dawn Owen, Treasurer

Earlier this month, Dorothy Holmes (my Mom) was called home to be with God. Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers that you sent and for the delicious meal you prepared for the friends and family that attended the funeral service.
Sincerely, Griff Holmes

Thank you again for your prayers and generous support. You are such an encouragement to us! It's been a busy summer so far: graduation, picnics, a trip to Idlewild - and now we're gearing up for camp! We plan to take 5 teen moms to camp August 5-9. Please keep the staff and the girls in your prayers that nothing would hinder God's work and that the young moms will be receptive to God's Spirit. Also, please pray for a special blessing on one girl, Temple, who will have to miss camp because her baby is due in early September. Thank you again for joining us in this ministry!
Cindy Jackson, Committee Chair, YoungLives

On behalf of L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry, I wanted to thank you for being a champion of hope at our fundraising banquet in May. Your generous support allowed us to invite 280 people to hear about the life-changing work God is doing through us. Your partnership with us plays a huge role in the expansion of this ministry! As we continue to minister this summer, we are thankful to God for your generosity.
Sincerely, Jennifer Delase