Connecting for Change

 by Doug Rehberg


Ed. Note: As Doug looks toward retirement at the end of this year, he shares this fifth in a series of “lessons learned” from his ministry at Hebron.

I remember speaking to a man years ago who would identify as my friend. He was a guy who had repeatedly told me of his gratitude for all the things I had done for him. (The truth is, I never thought I had done much for him at all.)

One day I pointed out to him in a most gentle and delicate way that he should consider altering from time-to-time the way he went about his job. After all, I said, that’s how growth occurs. His response was swift. It appeared almost flippant. He reared back on his chair and said, “I’m not going to change, brother. That’s the way I do things.”

And though that interchange happened many years ago, I’ve never forgotten it. In fact, his reaction is seared into my brain as exactly the opposite of what I want to do and who I want to be. Indeed, the very definition of discipleship is the willingness to be on the lookout for opportunities to change. After more than four full decades of professional work and ordained ministry, I am convinced that such a willingness is indispensable in life, leadership, and loving Christ.

In his book, The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell speaks of “connectors” as those handful of people with a truly extraordinary knack of making friends and acquaintances. Gladwell says:

“They are able to span many different worlds, subcultures, and niches and then connect people with others to solve problems, give needed assistance, and enhance life. Someone has said, ‘There’s something magical about meeting or knowing a connector. Those unique people always seem to want to help, know how to help or find someone who can help, and put you in touch with them. More often than not, they are the ones who make you feel at ease almost immediately. They seem to understand situations even before you describe them and ooze warmth, energy, and genuine interest in everything.’”

It’s been my privilege to know several connectors throughout my life and ministry and I’ve learned a lot from them.

There’s a powerful passage in the Book of Acts that speaks of the power of a connector and openness to change. It’s found in chapter 8 where the Holy Spirit directs Philip to go down to the Gaza Road and meet an Ethiopian who is traveling back home from a stint in Jerusalem. The Ethiopian’s reading from a scroll of the prophet Isaiah when Philip asks, “Do you understand what you are reading?” The man replies immediately, “How can I unless someone guides me?” The word he uses for “guide” is often mistranslated “explain.” (The word is hodegete not exegete, though many translate it as if the text says exegete.)

And the reason that it’s mistranslated in the NIV and other well-known texts is because of the bias of the translators. They think the only way a person apprehends the truth of the Gospel, or any other spiritual truth, is through a didactic teacher-student relationship. But that’s absolutely not true. Indeed, in Acts 8 the way this man comes to saving faith in Jesus is by being connected to a connector who meets him where he is and answers the questions he’s asking. In other words, the truth is caught by the Ethiopian more than it is taught.

So much of what has happened at Hebron throughout my ministry among you has been caught rather than taught. Many of the things I have caught from others I have passed on to you in much the same manner as I have caught them.

You may know the names of certain connectors I’ve known, but it’s not who they are that’s important. What’s important is what you have gained from Christ through them and their influence in my life. Charles Wesley said it this way, “God buries the workman but goes on with the work.” The only way he could say that, and mean it, is because he knew the way God’s work flourishes - by connecting people to one another for Jesus’ sake rather than their own. That's one of the beauties of a Christian connector, it’s never about him or her. It’s never about their own wants and needs. It’s always about getting others to Jesus and experiencing His lovingkindness toward them.

My friend wasn’t open to my suggestion to change the way he went about his job, and that’s okay. However, when it comes to our faith, our understanding and application of the Gospel, connecting with others and an openness to change is essential. I hope all of us are never too old to keep catching the truth of the Gospel, growing in it, and passing it on to others.



On the Source of Transformation

 by Henry Knapp

For those old enough to remember… Billy Graham’s evangelistic call was often accompanied by the musical tones of the old song: “Just As I Am.” That hymn captures the essence of the Gospel of Grace: God saves us “just as we are,” not once we earn His pleasure, or satisfy some minimum requirement, but as we really and currently are—broken, sinful, ugly, ruined. Rather than moving toward God, He has come to us and embraced us, “just as we are.”

If we lose that, if that truth does not permeate our entire life, we will distort God’s grace, and become nothing more than legalistic, rule-following, pharisaical, religious people (said with disgust in our voices). And that we do not want.

What do we want? We want to see Jesus! We want to follow Christ!

The beauty of the Gospel is that Jesus accepts us “just as we are,” but also that He loves us far too much to leave us “just as we are.” Having received salvation through grace alone (conversion), we then enter a journey of transformation through grace alone (sanctification). We do not remain as we are, but are taken by our Lord, shaped, molded, and fashioned into His very image (2 Corinthians 3:18). “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). He who saved you, remains powerfully at work in you, that you might be “to the praise of His glory!” (Ephesians 1:14). This is what discipleship is all about; this is following Jesus.

Discipleship, then, is God’s work, it is grace in your life. It is not just knowing theology, it is not only practicing certain spiritual disciplines, it is not a matter of shaking off the old sinful patterns; discipleship is Grace. So, if it is all about the Lord’s work in our lives, how does He do it?

Discipleship is the work of the Spirit through the power of the Word of God.

This is to be the Church… this is to be OUR church, then: to be a body of believers where the work of the Spirit is transforming individuals through the power of the Word. We are a “discipleship factory,” where people come “just as they are” and experience change at the hands of the Spirit via the Bible. Exposing our children, our youth, our adults, and all those in the community to the presence of the Spirit (evident in and through our fellowship together), and creating avenues for the Scripture to be opened, read, and studied together—by these means, God-willing, our congregation will be changed, renewed, restored.

Practically, what does this mean? This means that this church, Hebron Church, will always be seeking opportunities to experience the presence of the Spirit: gathering together, worshipping, serving, sharing. And exposure to the authority of the Bible: learning together, teaching, maturing, centering our faith on God’s Word. There are many things which we will do—children’s ministry, Bible studies, fellowship groups, youth trips, sharing, eating, serving, loving—but they will hold one thing in common, a desire to magnify Christ through the work of the Spirit speaking through the Word. When we do these things, the Lord is with us, and we are made new. We will be transformed!

When we are transformed by grace, we become the kind of people who know their Lord, who share their faith, who demonstrate compassion and kindness, who strive for holiness, who take captive every thought, who give of ourselves even when it hurts, and who live as Christ lived. Transforming grace is how all of life is redeemed—by the Spirit and the Word.

To the praise of His Glory!

Henry

 


Planning It Out

 by Jen Balkey

There are ‘pros’ & ‘cons’ to starting with a blank slate as well as picking up from where something has been left off. With one it is much easier, in theory, to create it exactly how you want it… but you are starting from nothing - so that can actually make it physically harder as well as take longer to come to fruition. Using something that is already there and tweaking it to fit you and your purposes may have faster results but you have to evaluate if what is there to begin with is worth using and re-working.

 It’s funny how we tend to think if we just leave things alone then they will be fine. If it ain’t broke - don’t fix it! Right? Hmmm… even if it’s not broken per se, it most likely still needs to be attended to so that it remains in good condition or working order. In terms of our faith, whether it needs to be completely overhauled, needs a tune up, or just needs to be maintained, it still requires intentionality and a relationship with the Master Gardener of our faith.

 “By this [abiding in Him] my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” John 15:8

Women’s Ministry at Hebron seeks to encourage women to remain ANCHORED in their faith, always growing and glorifying God, and as a product of their faith to REACH OUT to those around them with the love of God and His Word. This takes intentionality. Being in the Word and being in relationship with one another - through educational opportunities, fellowship, and service. Our Women’s Ministry Leadership Team would like to help facilitate this growth in your life, right here - right now!!

Mark your calendar and join us!! You are welcome to bring your co-workers, friends, and neighbors too!

 Ø Friday, June 18th- Barclay parking lot -  6:30-8:00 PM- Cultivating Community - Dessert, Fellowship, and Games

 Ø Saturday, July 17th- Hebron Church - 9:00 AM-2:00 PM- The Loved Bible Project: Workshop (Sign Up required)

 Ø Wednesday, July 21st-  Penn Hills Universal Park, Schrott Pavilion: 6:30-8:00 PM Summer Sensation: Persevering Through The Heat -  Speaker, Dessert, & Fellowship

 Ø TBD - Fall In-House Retreat: A Harvest Worth Gathering

With intention and planning we can live abundantly for Him! A flourishing garden that grows through the heat and yields a harvest that brings God Glory is what we have been made for. Let’s get to it. I hope to see you at one OR ALL      of our upcoming events this summer! I would even love to have you over to my garden - a work in progress - for a cup of tea!! Call or email me (412-551-4688/JLBalkey@gmail.com) and we’ll get it on the calendar!!

 


Children's Ministry

 by Ellen Dillard


Rising 6th Graders

 


We had a great night celebrating our rising 6th graders (from left to right) -  Olivia Miller, Kaylee Bender, Shauna Rodgers. Lucas Balkey, and Leo Tristani. We thank God for His faithfulness and praise Him for how He will continue to move in their lives as they move into student ministry. Each student received a new ESV Action Bible. 

 




Thank you! Thank you!! For all of the amazing Small Group Leaders who have said “YES” to serving Jesus in Kidz Ministry! What you do matters and it matters more over time. Thank you for showing up early and weekly. Thank you for partnering with parents to help lead kidz into a growing relationship with Jesus. Thank you for showing Jesus’ love to kidz and building relationships with them. Thank you for introducing kidz to the family of God. Thank you for sharing Bible stories with kidz and continuously pointing them to Jesus. Thank you for helping them learn their memory verse each month and for being the hands and feet of Jesus each week in Kidz Ministry.

Please pray for these very special Small Group Leaders and when you see them please be sure to say thank you! They love Jesus and kidz.

Thank you also to people who have filled in when Small Group leaders needed to be away - Margie Krogh, Rosanne Patterson, Carol Riser, Gab Hershman, Dave Mills, and Melissa Webb. And thank you to Justin and Kadyn Ballew, Patrick Morrow, and Reed Tomashewski who led games at Kidz Club and Stephanie Henevich, Lorenda Porter, Stacey Salinas, Keith Balkey and Steve Sanders who served at Kidz Club when help was needed! Thank you to Jill Scott and Nicole Janvier – who are Small Group Leader Coaches – they prep curriculum for Small Group Leaders and make sure they have everything they need each week! And thank you to Jill for all of our technology support!

 





St. James Fellowship

 by Rev. John Patterson

Serving the Aging, the Disabled, and Those Who Care for Them in the Name of Jesus Christ

The Bible has various themes such as the mountain, the garden, the sea, the river, the vineyard, and so forth. The river is one biblical motif that can be used to describe the mission of St. James Fellowship. Christ is the River of Living Water and the Fellowship offers this stream to people under our care. 

This might be in the isolation of a personal care or nursing facility. It might be in lonely conditions at home or in an apartment. It could be the wilderness of a dreaded disease, the desert of mediocre healthcare staff, or the sting of family and church that have forgotten them. It might be the arid condition of their souls from self-inflicted sins.

St. James Fellowship understands the many circumstances that aging and disabled people live in and serves them with the Christian message. Here are some examples of people we serve:

A man who came to follow Christ in his 70s under the ministry, after a stroke

A pastor’s daughter in her late 60s who has had many strokes

A gentleman in his late 80s moving more into Alzheimer’s disease

An 84 year-old lady with cerebral palsy

I’ve been blessed to be the director of the Fellowship for over a decade. My team and I have worked in over two dozen care facilities and served hundreds of people. The Lord has helped and guided us in doing His work. We are thankful for the opportunity to offer to people the waters of truth, faith, and the love of Christ.

 


News and Notes from Your Missionaries and Mission Agencies

 by John Sciullo


THE BLESSING BOARD, RICH GARLAND DIRECTOR

TBB continues to make plans to move to the new locations in July. The Vintage Market and offices will be located on Cedar Way in Oakmont behind the old Oakmont Bakery. The warehouse and showroom will be located at the former K-Mart off Route 8 in Shaler Plaza. Opportunities to help with the move will be available.

LOST AND FOUND PHARMACY AND SODA FOUNTAIN, SEAN & SHANNON PARSONS

L & F Pharmacy and Soda Fountain will be celebrating their 5th Anniversary on June 5 with an all-day celebration featuring music, a Perry Como impersonator, antique cars, and rides for $5 in a cherry red Mustang with the revenue going to the Patient Care Fund. Recently, L & F began servicing the Bridges Hospice. Part of the ministry involves the delivery of pharmaceuticals to the residents. In addition to the medicine, the drivers deliver Bibles provided by Hebron. Through your generosity we have another example of how one becomes active in the mission field.

THE HENDRICKSON MISSION, BARRETT AND CARRIE HENDRICKSON

The Hendricksons plan to be in Pittsburgh from August 9, 2021 to August 22, 2021. That will mark approximately one year since they left for the Bahamas. The schedule is currently a work in progress regarding allotting time during the service and a potential Meet and Greet. The Mobilization team will keep you posted through the eNewsletter and Hebron.org as the time nears. The planning with regards to the VBS Gather for the Hendrickson Mission continues. This Gather will not only fill a need that will help the children of Abaco realize the love strangers have for them, but it will teach the children at Hebron that the mission experience begins right here at home. For more information on The Hendrickson Mission, go to https://www.hendricksonmission.com/ where you can learn about the missionaries and their mission. You can also subscribe to their newsletter through this site.

CARIBBEAN YOUTH NETWORK / BAHAMIAN YOUTH NETWORK, DAN AND KELLY WEIGHTMAN

Dan and Kelly Weightman have been bringing the Gospel to the Bahamian youth for many years. They started out on Long Island and the ministry spread to Nassau and other islands throughout the Bahamas. Visit their website at www.caribbeanyouthnetwork.org to learn more about their mission, subscribe to their newsletter and become part of their support network. This month’s newsletter is filled with events as the islands try to get back to some sense of normalcy.

WOMEN’S CHOICE NETWORK, AMY SCHEURING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Serve a mission that saves little lives and transforms families. Women's Choice Network is offering a free Volunteer Training Seminar in July equipping both men and women to empower women to choose life. The three-day seminar is July 7-9, 2021. Email partnerservices@womenschoicenetwork.com for full details and registration information.

THE SCHMIDT FAMILY, DAN AND COURTNEY SCHMIDT

The Schmidt Family has returned to Kenya and Rift Valley Academy. The transition back was uneventful. The process of returning to normalcy has begun. The Schmidts are grateful for your prayers of healing for Dan and for the spiritual and financial support they receive. Follow their journey by subscribing to their newsletter, danielwschmidt@hotmail.com.

P.R.I.S.M., BERNADETTE FISCHER

Even though the pandemic has reduced the number of new students, those attending are enjoying activities such as hikes, a trip to Niagara Falls and another to Washington, D.C. These have led to the formation of a Discovery Bible study group. Bernadette’s role with P.R.I.S.M. continues to evolve as she prepares for the Garage Giveaway this summer. This is in addition to being an event coordinator and English teacher. If you feel led to engaging in one of the P.R.I.S.M. ministries visit the supporter website at www.pghcommission.org.

Religion: No - Gospel: YES!

by Doug Rehberg

Ed. Note: As Doug looks towards retirement later this year, he brings you his fourth “lesson learned” from his 31-year ministry at Hebron. 

 Within a few months of arriving at Hebron I received a four-page, handwritten letter from a woman everyone respected, including me. She wrote:

“Dear Doug, you are an excellent preacher, a caring pastor, and I support you in every way in your service here at Hebron - but - I am searching in vain for a sense of hope and strength from your messages...I appreciate what I think you are doing - trying to undercut a cheap, blurred, amalgamated version of Christianity and bring folks to an awareness of their true needs, but please stop belittling God’s love…It is the total message!”

Every time I’ve pulled out that letter over the years I’ve winced, because that’s the last thing I ever wanted to do, to belittle the love of God. The love of God is the heart of the Gospel. Moreover, it is the nexus of the Gospel; the only place at which true reconciliation occurs. So how could anyone as astute and experienced as my dear friend discern so little Gospel in my preaching in my early days at Hebron? The answer is clear. It was largely absent.

Today in New York City, one of my heroes in the faith, Timothy Keller, is battling pancreatic cancer and is acutely aware that his time in this world is short. He’s only 70-years-old.

 Decades ago, rather than writing him a letter, his wife, Kathy, took him aside for a heart-to-heart. She said something like this, “You know, Tim, you are a good preacher...when you preach people all over the building are taking notes. They hang on your every word. But, if you never get to Jesus you’ve never really preached.” Tim says, “As soon as she said it I knew what she was really saying, ‘You often times never preach!’” That’s always the risk, especially when your objective is to undercut a cheap, blurred, amalgamated version of the faith that permeates every culture of every age.

I know a man who grew up in the church.  (I’ll call him Mark.) His parents were loved by their community and friends. In fact, they were so loved that when Mark was recklessly sowing his wild oats throughout his early years, one of their friends asked if he could spend a little time with Mark to “get through to him.” After calling and setting up a time to meet at a local restaurant, the friend launched. He said:

“Look at all God’s given you. You’re squandering everything. You’re making your parents’ lives a living hell, acting so foolishly, not considering anyone but yourself. You have this remarkable heritage. Shape up, man! Snap out of it!”

Of course, he was 100% right. In fact, if he had known the full extent of Mark’s profligate behavior, he could have been justified in being far more harsh.  However, in the first five minutes of his admonition, the prodigal tuned him out. As far as he was concerned, it was all white noise, something to be endured rather than embraced.

A year and a half later another friend of his parents called Mark asking to get together. Again the meeting was arranged at a restaurant, albeit a different one. At first, Mark thought, “Oh no, not another one of my parents’ friends trying to set me straight!” But he agreed to the meeting anyway.

There they sat, across the booth from each other. “Listen,” said the friend, “I know you’re going through a tough time right now. And I just want to tell you that I love you, I’m here for you, and I think God’s going to do great things with you. Here’s my number. If you ever need anything, call me. If you want to tell me something you don’t feel like telling someone else, call me. I just want you to know that I’m here for you.” And then he switched the subject and started talking about sports.

Mark writes, “That conversation occurred more than 25 years ago and I remember every word he said as if it were yesterday. That man and his message will forever be the turning point in my life. He will be to me an eternal example of God’s amazing grace.”

Mark and I have a mutual friend who says, “People will always run from law and grace. But they’ll only run back to grace.”

You see, the woman was right. The total message of the Gospel is the unrivalled, incomparable love of God. And if you never get to Jesus you never get to see the glorious Gospel of total, one way love. All you’re left with is religion, a cheap and deadly imitation of what Jesus Christ offers.

 


On the Renewal of the Mind

 by Henry Knapp

Garbage in, garbage out. GIGO. Flawed or nonsense input produces nonsense output. Bad assumptions yield bad conclusions. You are what you eat.

That is the reason your parents warned you not to hang out with the bad kids. It matters, it really matters who you spend time with, what you fill your time with. We all kind of know that to be true, but it always bears repeating—you become like those you hang out with. Or, as Paul puts it, “Bad company corrupts good character” (1 Corinthians 15:33).

Of course, salvation is not a matter of our character; it is not a question of good input or quality assumptions. Salvation occurs in our lives precisely where we are NOT at our best, or even good at all. Salvation is God’s act exactly when and where we can not. Knowing this to be true, having experienced this great salvation, how can we respond with joy and faithfulness? Paul directs his readers, those who have already experienced the gift of grace, to continue on in that grace, and to “be transformed by the renewal of the mind” (Romans 12:2).

Part of our discipleship—a crucial part of every disciple’s life—is the renewing of the mind. This is not the only way we are transformed by the Spirit into Christ’s image (2 Corinthians 3:18), but it is a tried, true, and biblical way. If we are to be a community of disciples, men and women committed to being shaped by Christ and following the Lord, then the renewing of the mind is not an option.

What all does that mean, then, to have our minds “renewed.” Well, certainly, when we spend time learning together, growing and maturing in our biblical understanding, we are being fashioned to think like God, to reason faithfully, to share in the thoughts of God Himself. What do we fill our brains with? We will never find anything as good as Scripture itself. Wanting to be like Christ means, in part, putting the correct input into our minds. Hanging out with Jesus renews our minds, shapes us to be like Him.

At Hebron, we are always pursuing ways of being exposed to the Scriptures. Of course, the Bible forms the basis of our worship together, as in our Groves and Bible studies. There are small groups available for you, and if you are not already in a weekly study, please let us suggest some to you. This summer, a number of short-term groups will be starting soon (be looking out for more information). Of course, the Faith and Life Seminar this May, 14-15, is a wonderful opportunity, as is the Christian Discipleship Institute, a more in-depth and theologically-oriented program. Contact us for more information on these and other ways you can experience “the renewing of your mind!”

 


Women's Ministry: A TIME to Plant

 by Jen Balkey

Spring is such a beautiful season as well as one that can be very exhausting.

I have longed to enjoy the beauty of the garden with things all in bloom and a harvest of fresh herbs and veggies… but that only comes after hard work in the spring as well as patience and perseverance throughout the summer.

Be intentional about what is planted as well as where. The spring garden is a mixed bag for me. We have a lot of perennials that I didn’t plant so I have had to learn what they are in their spring form so that I don’t accidently weed them out. Likewise - it makes no sense to buy seeds or plants that require sun if all you have are shady areas to plant - you are not likely going to have good growth; or alternately if your desired plant needs shade and it doesn’t get any then it will likely just die quickly. Additionally, there are certain plants that really need to be given space to fully grow and mature or they will choke each other out (such as marigolds, shrubs, and certainly trees) whereas others need to be planted close together to give each other support (cosmos, daisy, peony). There is also something known as companion planting - where you pair 2 plants together because of their size or mutual benefit to one another.

Protect the new growth. Whether it is starting seeds and they need to be covered and kept a little more warm so that they sprout; or if you need to mark the location of the new plant in the garden so that kids, spouse, or lawnmower don’t just trample it before it was well established. Perhaps deer or other critters are an issue in your garden and you have to take measured precautions to ensure the safety of your plants (fence, special sprays, etc).

Nurture the growth. Healthy plants that grow to their full potential (height, length of life, number of blooms or fruit, color, etc.) are affected by the care that they receive. The plant must, as previously mentioned, be placed strategically, be provided the correct soil pH, wetness, drainage, and nutrients. Likewise the plant may require some trimming or pruning so that it is more productive and weeds in the vicinity have to be kept to a minimum so that they do not steal the water and nutrients meant for the plant. Some growth may happen if left unattended; but is it the growth you were hoping for and that it had the potential to become?

God has created each of us in His image. We all have a call and purpose. Yes, we have choices and are affected by a variety of outside influences. As you plant your time and resources in this coming season - are you going to be intentional? What things are you going to plan to use your time doing and pursuing?

If you decided in the planning phase to be intentional about what went on the calendar, what are you doing to protect those things? Are you setting up boundaries on your time so that the efforts and engagements that are important are getting the attention that they need? Are you consistently watching for and weeding out the weeds that pop up mid-season? Additionally, are you nurturing those plans and attending to those commitments? It is one thing to have a plan going in and then forget it all and watch it wither. I pray you are nurturing those things that God has revealed to you as being important.

I pray that each of you flourish and that there is a great harvest to God’s Glory in your life!

SAVE THE DATE: Join Women’s Ministry to CULTIVATE COMMUNITY on Friday evening June 18th from 6:30-8:00 pm for a casual yet INTENTIONAL get together. IT IS TIME to replant our ministry here at Hebron. We cannot wait to see you!!


What are you doing to prepare your heart to receive Christ daily and glorify Him? God created us and purposed us to care for the world around us. Are you caring for your piece…the people that God has placed in your life to care for and witness to?




Children's Ministry

by Ellen Dillard 


What we’re talking about in May:


Preschool: Jump, Jump and Go God’s Way!

Our Bible Story focus:
  • God’s way is perfect – In the Garden: Genesis 1:21, 2:8-24
  • I should go God’s way – Jonah 1:1-3:10
  • I can go God’s way even when it is hard – Naaman: 2 Kings 5:1-14
  • I can tell others about God’s way - Young King Josiah: 2 Chronicles 34
  • I can tell others about God’s way – Gideon’s Army: Judges 7:1-8
Memory Verse: “God’s way is perfect.” 2 Samuel 22:31

The first step to making wise choices is trusting that God’s way is perfect. Our prayer is that we can help make many of the 35,000 choices a day our preschoolers will be making one day a whole lot easier. They will know to jump, jump and go God’s way, because God’s way is perfect.

Elementary:

Our Bottom Line:
  • Keep practicing what matters most – 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 (supporting: Matthew 22:36-40)
  • Practice hearing from God – Matthew 7:24-29
  • Practice praying to God – Luke 11:1-4
  • Practice talking about God – Matthew 16:13-20
  • Practice living for God – Mark 12:41-44
God keeps all His promises and puts His plans into action. Because God has followed through on those plans, we get the chance to be with God forever. We reflect God’s commitment to us when we can make a plan and stick to it. This month, we’ll help kids discover that one of the best plans they can make is to commit to an ongoing relationship with Jesus: practicing faith by reading God’s Word, praying to Him consistently, talking about Him with friends, and living out that faith every day.

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Hebron Kidz Cake Off!

Families and friends gathered in the Barclay and on Zoom for a morning of fun and worship, Saturday, March 27. 
Together families sang praises to God and heard the Gospel message.

Lots of sugar and sprinkles also floated around the Barclay as families were challenged to decorate their Easter cakes in 30 minutes!  Amazing creations were made and fun was had by all.  Congratulations to our winners:

· Most Colorful: The Millers and The Longwills

· Most Creative:  The Balkeys and The Tomashewskis

· Most Thematic: The Scotts and The Pattersons

A BIG SHOUT OUT to Stoecklein’s Bakery who baked the layer cakes and provided their special homemade icing! 



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All Moms

by Joy Hickey

The All Moms group is the reason my family now attends Hebron. During the summer of 2018 my husband, one-year-old son and I, moved from Japan to the States, my husband started residency, and my second child was born. With no family, little support, and an extremely busy husband I fell prey to post-partum depression and post-partum anxiety.  A while later a friend invited me to All Moms.

Without hesitation I eagerly signed up as I was hungry for mentorship, Godly teaching on parenting, and a Christian fellowship of mothers. The first night I leaned over to the lady next to me and said, “This is SO cool!” Little did I know that she was the pastor’s wife and one of the leaders that helped start this group and who would show me love, support and Christ-like care like I had never experienced before. All Moms is the only time I have ever found wise women older than I am who are willing to give their time, energy and experience to those younger. It is so unfortunate that, like me, many young moms today are removed from the support networks of their own families, so to find experienced moms-of-adult-children willing to guide and love on us is truly one of the greatest gifts I could receive. We are so happy to have been ushered into the Hebron family and clearly see our children thriving as they learn about Jesus from other adults now too. 

 


CYN: Gathering with Joy!

by Barbara Baesel

As the Bahamas opens up, Dan Weightman asks as you read about some of the specific gatherings, please give praise and pray for the mission.

College students have opted to remain on Zoom for Bible studies on Thursday and Friday. They are doing a student initiated and mostly student written series this term called "Confident and Courageous."

High school students have tracked faithfully with student leadership training meetings on Zoom, many since last March.

Bob and Donna are also leading young adult hybrid studies (in person plus Zoom). They have been having groups of adults and students over for dinner and are offering swim lessons after church for young adults who are either part of the Bahamian Youth Network or they hope will soon join in. Relationships are bearing fruit.

Abaco. The Hendricksons have found a niche on Saturday mornings for playing soccer and other games with kids who have not had an outlet for social activities since before Hurricane Dorian. Kids in Abaco have still not been able to go back to school as limited housing is still an issue for teachers to be able to return to the island. The Swings and Hendricksons continue to do hurricane relief work and have hired some local construction workers to utilize hurricane donations to fix homes.

On Long Island Sheneka has been meeting in person at the Oasis with the student leadership team only. They are also taking this term to do maintenance repairs and cleaning out of the Oasis.

Check out the Mobilization Boards in May to see pictures of CYN activities.