Expanding the Family with Thanks

by Doug Rehberg

“Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, ‘Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’” Luke 17:15-18
Throughout His three-year ministry, Jesus asks 60% more questions than He is asked (307 to 183 to be exact). And here Luke gives us three of them in rapid succession. The reason? Jesus is incredulous! He’s on His way to Jerusalem. He’s headed to the cross. And on His way He hears ten lepers shouting, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” Luke tells us that when Jesus sees them He says to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they go they are healed. But one of them, before he makes it to the priests, turns back to thank Jesus. And that one is a Samaritan.
To the Jews the Samaritans were the consummate outsiders. No Jew was permitted to speak to a Samaritan. Marriage between Jews and Samaritans was strictly forbidden. The Jews had antipathy for the Samaritans, as seen in the disciples’ reaction to the Samaritan rebuff in Luke 9:54. But have you ever noticed the prominence Jesus gives to the Samaritans? Whether it’s the woman at the well (John 4), the Good Samaritan (Luke 10), the one returning leper (Luke 17), or the Jews’ accusation in John 8:48, Jesus elevates the position of the Samaritans as those worthy of particular note.
I have thought about all of this a lot lately in the wake of Dean Hood’s death. On April 16, 27-year-old Dean Michael Hood was killed by a drunk driver in Austin, Texas. Now Dean was no stranger to Hebron. During his teenage years, Dean and his twin brother, David, were a part of “the Rock” -  Hebron’s youth ministry. Dean and David were fixtures at Penn Hills events throughout their high school years. They are the sons of J.C. and Mindy Hood, and the nephew of Carole Hood of our congregation.
A week after Dean’s death we were given the distinct honor and privilege of partnering with Trenz Funeral Home in holding a six-hour visitation for family and friends in the Barclay Building. On Monday, April 12, nearly 800 people visited the Barclay Building to pay their respects. The next day, several hundred family and friends gathered in the sanctuary for a memorial service honoring the life of Dean Hood and remembering the promises of the Gospel.
But it’s not what Hebron was able to do for the Hoods that has captured my attention in the last three weeks—it was a blessing for all of us who were able to serve them in some way. What has captured my attention is what J.C. and Mindy want to do for us. I have rarely seen a greater outpouring of appreciation and gratitude than what they have shown. Here they are, virtual outsiders to the life and ministry of Hebron Church, and yet their generosity and desire to say, “Thank You” is overwhelming.
In addition to many expressions of thankfulness J.C. and Mindy have already shown, on Sunday, June 3rd, they will play a major role in our Patio Dedication event by supplying and staffing a food truck right off the Fellowship Hall and next to the new Youth Patio. For several years J.C. and Mindy have partnered with  Pittsburgh Smokehouse Custom Bar-B-Que to provide award-winning food at food festivals across Western Pennsylvania. Their desire is to say, “Thank You” by feeding us some of their culinary delights. Our desire is to get to know them better and express our deepest love and appreciation. What a joy it is to see the Lord expand His family! Through all of the pain and suffering, and an event that none of us could ever have imagined, Jesus is growing His family and we all are a part of it.

Make sure you mark Sunday, June 3, on your calendar. See you at the food truck!

June 3 Open House: Baccalaureate & Patio Dedication Sunday

We are excited to announce that the new patio adjacent to the youth wing, started last fall, is now complete. The area will be used for cookouts, campfires (there is a small portable fire pit), outside study sessions, and just hanging out. A sturdy fence has been erected on the Frankstown Road side for safety and screening. Landscaping (not completed as we write this) should all be in place by then.
Many of you have said that you’ve never had reason to visit the youth area—and haven’t seen its recent renovations. We are excited to provide an opportunity for a guided tour of this significant spot where our youth meet each week. Monies for these renovations came from memorial gifts both large and small given in honor of past members and friends.
Tours will begin with coffee and iced tea available in Fellowship Hall right after the 9:15 service. The Pittsburgh Smokehouse Food Truck will serve lunch beginning at 11:00 am and will continue through 1:00 pm. Brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, mac ’n cheese, cole slaw, and smoked bacon haluski will be served. All food truck items are donated by the Hood family.
We will be honoring our High School seniors at the 9:15 and 10:45 services. The official patio dedication ceremony takes place around noon, when those attending the 10:45 service arrive.
Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with other Hebron members, show your support for our high school seniors and student ministry, and enjoy some delicious food!

An Update from the Pulpit Nominating Committee

by Geoff Gehring

The PNC continues to be active in the process of identifying God's will for Hebron’s Co-Pastor. Our Ministry Informational Form (MIF) generated an additional 9 candidates over the last month, bringing the total to 29.  The MIF will remain available on the Church Leadership Connection website at least until May 31st for additional candidates to apply. 

The Pittsburgh Presbytery has assigned Frank Hancock as a liaison from the Commission on Ministry (COM) to provide additional support on navigating the process.  He has been faithfully serving in this capacity with the Presbytery for over 12 years.  He joined the PNC meeting on May 7th and has a deep appreciation of our congregation at Hebron, as his daughter Julia, a college student, is a Hebron member.

June 4th is the next anticipated meeting for the PNC.  Our plan is to identify a select list of candidates to start conducting additional analysis of the potential fit for Hebron and interviewing for the Co-Pastor role.  Your prayerful support for wisdom in this process continues to be appreciated by the seven of us on the committee. 

The PNC remains open to your feedback and communication. Please feel free to contact me at GGehring4@yahoo.com or on my cell phone at  412-855-7600. Thank you for your prayers and support.

"Say Yes" Crosses the Million Dollar Mark

by Doug Rehberg

By this time we hope that everyone who is reading this article is fully aware of what the SAY YES: Investing in the Future effort entails. However, even as recently as last week we have had people asking to explain our plan and our financial goals.

In short, we seek to raise $1.6 million by 2021 to accomplish three important goals for insuring the future health and vitality of Hebron’s ministry: (1) fund the on-boarding of a Co-Pastor; (2) establish a ministry initiative fund that will position Hebron to seize new ministry opportunities that will impact the community and beyond; and (3) expand and enhance our facilities by renovating and enlarging the Barclay Building.

When the Session voted to hold a kick-off Say Yes Gala at Edgewood Country Club in September of 2017, we already had $465,000 on hand that was contributed to a capital fund over the years. That left $1,135,000 to be raised.

Since then $535,000 has been pledged and/or received. On-hand receipts have grown to $707,000 with a remaining $294,000 pledged. While we still have a gap of $600,000 to fill, the response of many has been strong. Since the end of our pledge effort an additional 47 families have contributed to SAY YES: Investing in the Future, bringing the total number of families who are “in” to 174. In addition, we have received $4,000 given anonymously by visitors, or those who do not wish to be identified.

If you have not yet given to “SAY YES” or if you feel led to give even more, we certainly would welcome it! As you know, the Co-Pastor search is on. The architect is putting construction drawings out for pricing. Our intention is to begin work on the Barclay Building in the spring of 2019. The only question that remains is how much of the overall plan can we begin in 2019.

Thank you for your prayers and support.

Ed. Note: If you would like a reminder of the “Say Yes” details, you can view it on our website: www.hebrononline.org

Children's Ministry

by Ellen Dillard

Vacation Bible School Kidz Camp

              Dates:    June 24 – Family Kick-Off Night
               June 25-28 – Kidz Only
Ages:      4-years-old (as of 9/1/2018 and diaper free) through 5th
               K-5th Grade - Special Needs

We are so excited about Hebron’s VBS Kidz Camp!
Parents—it is not too late to register your child and their friends! Simply go to hebronkidz.org

Hebron’s VBS Kidz Camp is going to be ELECTRIFYINGLY fun! Kids will have an EXTREMELY awesome week as they learn how to  LIVE FULLY ALIVE in the confidence that comes from trusting Jesus! 

VBS Serve Opportunities

Daily Registration Check-in
Daily Kitchen Prep
Breakfast for Leaders' Kidz
Oversee Breakfast Club
Sunday Prep, June 24th after the 10:45 am Worship Service
Curriculum Prep

Hebron’s VBS Kidz Camp starts on Sunday night, June 24, with our Family Cook Out!  You and your family are invited – and encouraged - to join us!  Our Family Cook Out is a fun way to start the week…engaging with other families while getting a sneak peak into what your Kidz will be talking about during the week. 

Our strategy at Hebron combines the love of the family, represented by the color red, with the light of the church, represented by the color yellow; and through this partnership the brilliance of orange is created as we come together to make an eternal difference in the life of a child.

With that in mind, new this year on Sunday night, we will be offering a “Partnering with Parents” breakout session. This will last about 30 minutes and we will share some ways the church can partner with parents, as well as share some ways that the church can be helpful to parents, too.

And while parents are gathered together, Kidz get to do fun things, too!  Parents, please go to Hebronkidz.org to pre-register your child and select the activities your Kidz would like to do while you are attending the parents' breakout session:

For Preschool Kids: Art, Craft, Sports

For Elementary Kids: Simon Says Art, Electricity, Worship Team

VBS Kidz Camp Mission
We are gathering items below for 
the Penn Hills School District:

Glue Sticks
1 Subject Notebook
Colored Pencils
Hand Held Sharpeners
1.5" three-ring binders

Small Groups will compete each day to see who brings the most supplies. 
At the end of the week we will see which group has the largest total for the week.
Need more VBS info? Check with:

Nicole Janvier – nicole@janviercounseling.com
Melanie Mills – melaniemills0710@gmail.com
Ellen Dillard – ellend@hebrononline.org

Discipleship Opportunity

by Jerry Zeilstra

Are you interested in taking the Course of Your Life (COYL) this summer?  COYL aims to revolutionize people’s understanding of who God is, what He has done in Christ, what His extraordinary plans are for the world, and how that relates to each of our lives. It is a biblical framework to help people gain a new love, joy, and enthusiasm for serving Christ as a disciple-making disciple through prayer and God’s Word.

One person wrote this when asked, "How has COYL changed your life?"

"Prior to taking the COYL I was actively involved in a Bible Study outside of church where I was encouraged to study the Scriptures and mature in my faith in Jesus Christ and to likewise make disciples of Jesus. The COYL has affected the way I communicate the Gospel at Bible Study, at home and at church. I have felt challenged by the COYL to be use to make disciples more effectively in our church. The COYL jump started my enthusiasm toward more actively engaging in the ministries I was already a part of. I found that I was being more intentional about spending time with the children who were in our small groups outside of church and going to their activities. I have spoken more about God's Word, the sermon content, and have asked more challenging questions around our table at home or on the car ride home from church, but since the COYL, I have tried to engage other folks at church in these conversations. (Although I must admit this is more challenging because what is already part of our culture at home does not seem natural or easy with folks at church and even less so with folks outside the church, like neighbors and friends.) The COYL has provided an organized way for me to think about and communicate the process that we go through when through the power of the Holy Spirit, God transfers us from the domain of darkness into the Kingdom of His Son and He transforms our lives in the process. It has been good for me and a challenge to me to recognize that I am the means that God uses to move others toward maturity in Christ, while at the same time I am maturing and being transformed more and more into the likensess of Christ. I have always endeavored to be a good neighbor, but I have tried to be bolder in my one-on-one interactions and in teaching the Word of God for transformation. The COYL has confirmed for me even more the necessity of keeping my heart, mind and soul fixed on Jesus and His Word and under-girding everything in my life and my days with prayer."

The course is held on 9 consecutive Tuesdays  from  June 19 to August 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm with an intensive weekend August 10 (7-9 pm) - August 11 (8 am to 8 pm). Jerry Zeilstra and Katrina Dunderdale are co-teaching at Jerry’s home. Dinner included. Contact Jerry (412-512-6576) or jzeils1422@aol.com if you would like to attend. The course is limited to 12 people.

Shining Your Light

by Jen Balkey

There are many intricacies in our world. God has designed each with a unique purpose that serves His larger purpose. As a Christ follower, our basic human functions are fairly similar to others, but we have been given a greater purpose to strive toward. Our purpose as Christ followers has been made clear for us in Scripture. Colossians 1:10-12:    “…to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” Further Paul says: “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.” (Colossians 1:28)

It is easy to get distracted, derailed, and consumed with the happenings of the world around us and miss our  purpose. Because of what Christ CHOSE to do on our behalf, our lives are to be a response to that AWESOME gift! We are to fully embrace this gift. We have been called to become more like Christ so that others may come to know Him. Therefore, the question is simple: IF you believe Christ died for you, how is your life different as a result?

On April 20 and 21, about 40 women from Hebron gathered for our Spring Retreat, “IF:Hebron Women”, to be inspired and encouraged toward one purpose - to be women that are ON FIRE for Him! We are called to fan one another’s flames so that we can continue to press on toward that purpose that He has for us! He does not promise that the journey will be easy. But all the costs have already been paid with Jesus’ blood and our reward is an eternity with Him. The retreat reminded us of our need to be in community with one another, to remind each other, help each other refocus on the real prize—heaven! We are not striving for earthly things - CEO at our job, a white picket fence, a spotless tidy home, perfect genius children— we need to strive towards maturity in Christ by filling our minds with HIM. “Man shall not live by bread alone (the things of this world), but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Luke 4:4, Deut. 8:3b)

We need more than basic food, water, and shelter to live out His calling for us. Thankfully God has provided ALL we need, but we have to choose to embrace those provisions. We need to be in community with God and with other believers that can help us to keep our eyes fixed on God. If we are constantly reminded of who we are, as followers of Christ, and what he wants us to be doing, becoming more like Him and bringing others to know and be more like Him, then we can live more purposefully!

It is so much easier to move forward when we know where we are headed- towards maturity!! We must rely on His purpose for our life to be able to know which fork in the road to take when we get there…. It won’t always look like the one that is prettier or easier- it may be a rocky, hilly, treacherous path- but we KNOW God is with us and has promised us an eternity with Him. Women’s Ministry at Hebron wants to be an encouragement to you. We strive to provide you with opportunities for community and fellowship that will build you up, remind you that you are not alone- you are anchored to Him- JESUS!! Fuel up and press on! Be Anchored and Reach Out!!


This summer Hebron Women’s Ministry would like to invite you to fan your flame with the following opportunities:

Summer Sensation- Peaches in the Park- Wednesday, July 11 6:30-8pm.
A gathering for women- post high school age and over to gather together at Universal Park. We will enjoy fresh peaches and ice cream. Fellowship with one another. Laugh, play, and spur one another on. ALSO, Shirley Dubeau will join us and share her wisdom with us: Connecting the Dots: Reading, Understanding and Applying Scripture to Our Lives.

IF:Table – Dates to register coming soon at hebrononline.org/adults/women—2 hours, 6 women, 4 questions. An opportunity for fellowship and to encourage one another over a meal.

IF:Hebron Women Refresh Register soon at hebrononline.org/adults/women—An opportunity to gather in small groups to watch 1 or 2 videos from the retreat and have group  discussion. Reflect on how God has been speaking to you, working in you, or what He is calling you to.

Treasurer's Report

by Sarah Miller

You may remember a few weeks ago Doug talked about the “Joy” of Giving. He told a story about a man who, instead of increasing his lifestyle to match his earnings, chose instead to live a middle class lifestyle and gave 70-80% of his money away. The Stewardship Team has been talking about increasing your giving by the equivalent of a cup of coffee! I think we should be increasing our expectations! Imagine how we could accomplish our vision statement “God will use Hebron to show Himself to the world” if we all continued to live our current lifestyle as our incomes rise.

With the start of summer and the end of school, we know that people’s lives will become busier.  It is our hope that the availability of online giving via credit card or bank account will help to make your life simpler in this busy time. Consider signing-up for e-giving this summer by visiting hebrononline.org/#/worship/give or by contacting me at sarahm@hebrononline.org or 412-371-2307 x15.

 As you can see from the chart below, giving through April totals $322,232. This is short of our budget by $44,935.  Expenses have been slightly lower than budgeted which has left us with an operating shortfall of $31,948 through April.

Mobilization: Serge

by Barrett Hendrickson
Have you ever heard of the 10-40 Window? Between the northern latitudes of 10 degrees and 40 degrees, and the western point of Africa to the eastern point of Asia is home to the majority of the world’s unevangelized countries. These people have minimal knowledge of the Gospel, and even less of a valid opportunity to respond to it. There are very few Christian churches. Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and non-religion dominate these areas. However, we do support some Missionaries in these regions.
Our partnership with Serge is one of those relationships. We support a family in North Africa who serve as pastors to other workers in that city. They have been doing great work supporting the Christians who are laboring in bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to their Muslim dominated city. They are also meeting with local citizens who are curious about Jesus, and have even baptized a few new believers. This is huge. A Muslim converting means that he is giving up many of his relationships, and choosing Jesus over much of his family.

You can continue to pray for this family in several ways. First, please pray that their local gathering of Christians would feel called to lead their local church, as they seek to establish Elders and Deacons. Second, you can pray for the strength and vitality of the persecuted Christians they minister to. Over the next month you can pray for the Christians who are living in families that are celebrating Ramadan. Pray for courage, boldness, and opportunities to be salt and light.

Finally, you can encourage our friends by joining us for a cookout on July 29th after the 10:45 service. The family will be with us during worship, and would love to meet you and tell you about the work they are doing to establish the Church in an unreached area of the world.

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who helped in our time of need. How grateful we are for each and every one of you. Words can’t begin to express our gratitude for all you did and said in the loss of our Dean. What an awesome testimony of the love of Jesus expressed at our time of great need. May God richly bless you all.
Love, The Hood Family

It was so special to me to have the choir honor John in the service. He did love singing. Also my thanks to the luncheon committee for the very nice meal and the leftovers! (yum)
Rita Horn

The Law and The Gospel

by Doug Rehberg
In a few weeks we will be celebrating Pentecost. Some mistakenly believe that the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) is the birthday of the church. Others see it as the first time the Holy Spirit is poured out on the disciples. Neither is true. The truth is, the Day of Pentecost was the first time the power of the Holy Spirit came upon 120 people who were empowered to proclaim the full Gospel.
One of the great communicators of the Gospel today is Dr. Timothy Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. Years ago, his wife, Kathy, made a critical observation regarding her husband’s preaching. She said, “When you preach I see people all over the church taking notes. You are a very good teacher. You have a command of the subject and you communicate it with an adeptness that engages and instructs at the same time. But you know something? You never really preach until you get to Jesus.” And she is so right!
A few weeks ago Dr. John Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy Emeritus at Reformed Theological Seminary celebrated his 79th birthday. Frame was born in Pittsburgh. He grew up in Mt. Lebanon. He came to know Christ through the ministry of Beverly Heights Presbyterian Church. According to many, John Frame is the foremost systematic theologian alive today.
Last year Frame was asked to write about his nearly five decades long teaching career and some of the lessons he’s learned. Here’s what he said, “If all Scripture testifies of Christ, the love of God surely can be no exception. Yet for most the law seems to send the opposite message. I am convinced that nothing is more important to understanding Christ than to understand how the law testifies to His person and work. Indeed, ministers of the Gospel must learn how to preach Christ from the law.”
And then he elaborates by citing the Ten Commandments. He says that they present to us the righteousness of Christ. When we say that Christ was the perfect Lamb of God and the perfect example for the Christian life, we are saying that He perfectly obeyed the Ten Commandments. He never put any other god before His Father. He never worshipped idols or made a graven image. He never took the name of His Father in vain or violated the Sabbath, irrespective of what the Pharisees said. He displayed perfect obedience to the letter and to the spirit of the law. Indeed, His law-keeping reflected His perfect character.
Frame says, “More than that, the Ten Commandments share our need for Christ. They show us the depth of our  sin and drive us to Jesus. Apart from Jesus Christ, the Ten Commandments show us who we are - idolaters, blasphemers, liars, thieves, Sabbath-breakers, etc. But instead of divine judgment, the Ten Commandments show us the nature of the righteousness that has been imputed to us. In Christ, the Father sees us as law-keepers. Thus, the law is one clear way God wants to show us how much gratitude we should give for Christ.
“Moreover, in giving the Ten Commandments God declares that  obedience follows redemption. God tells His people that He brought them out of Egypt as a display of His glory, not because of anything they had done to earn His favor. In fact, law-keeping is the way God has ordained for us to express our gratitude to Him for a salvation He’s freely given.”
So, practically speaking, how does Jesus fulfill each Commandment?
#1      The first teaches us to worship Jesus Christ as the one and only Lord, Savior, and Mediator (Acts 4:12; I Timothy 2:5).
#2      The second shows us that Jesus is the one perfect image of God (Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:3).
#3 The third reveals that “Jesus” is the name of God—that name to which every knee shall bow (Philippians 2:10-11; Isaiah 45:23).
#4 Jesus is our Sabbath rest. In His presence we cease our daily duties and hear His voice (Luke 10:38-42).
#5 We honor Jesus who has bought us as His “sons” and brought us to glory (Hebrews 2:10).
#6 We honor Him as the Life (John 10:10; 14:6; Galatians 2:20; Colossians 3:4), Lord of life (Acts 3:15), the One who gave His life that we might live (Mark 10:45).
#7 We honor Him as our Bridegroom who gave Himself to cleanse us, to make us His pure, spotless bride (Ephesians 5:22-33). We love Him as no other.
#8 We honor Jesus as our Inheritance (Ephesians 1:11) and the One who provides for all the needs of His people in this world and beyond.
#9 We honor Him as God’s Truth (John 1:17; 14:6), in Whom all the promises of God are Yes and Amen (II Corinthians 1:20).
#10 We honor Jesus as our complete Sufficiency (II Corinthians 3:5; 12:9) to meet both our external needs and the renewed desire of our hearts.
No wonder James ends his letter the way he does. He says, “My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wanderings will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.”
This is the final text in our series, “The Wisdom of James”, and amazingly and providentially we will be considering it on May 20th—Pentecost Sunday!

An Update from the Pulpit Nominating Committee

by Geoff Gehring

The PNC members would like to thank those who prayerfully supported our meeting on Monday, April 15th. Over 20 candidates have been reviewed in detail as part of the discernment process.  Please continue to watch for updates in the bulletin and the E-Newsletter for progress on the recruitment for the Co-Pastor. Our target remains to have this candidate identified by this summer. Our next meeting is May 2nd. 

You are encouraged to review the Ministry Informational Form (MIF) that the PNC has approved to help attract candidates to this position. It can be located online at: https://clc.pcusa.org/OpportunitySearch.aspx. Simply search for a "Co-Pastor" position in Pennsylvania.  If you would prefer to have the MIF emailed to you in PDF, please contact the church office. 

The PNC remains open to your feedback and communication. Please feel free to contact me at GGehring4@yahoo.com or on my cell phone at  412-855-7600. Thank you for your prayers and support.