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This Week's Events
NOV

22

WED
Jr. High Youth Fellowship
6:00 PM to 7:15 PM
Our Jr. High Youth Fellowship (The Lighthouse) is held in cooperation with the Free Methodist Church. Lighthouse meets each Wednesday evening at 6pm at our church. All youth are invited, but if they have a home church with a meeting during this time they are to attend their home church event. For more information contact Rem Dyas at 620-214-2491 or remdyas@gmail.com
Women's Fellowship
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Wednesday Women's Study & Fellowship meets on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm at the church in the Library room (main floor). For information contact Leigh Ann.(laturner@anpi.com)
Men Of God Fellowship
6:15 PM to 8:00 PM
A men's fellowship meeting at the church in the lower level. All men are invited.
High School Youth Fellowship
7:30 PM
Our high school youth fellowship (Cornerstone) is held with the Free Methodist Church. Cornerstone meets each Wednesday, 7:30 pm, at the Free Methodist Church. All youth are invited, but if you have a home church with an event during this time you are to attend there. For more information contact Rem Dyas at 620-214-2491 or remdyas@gmail.com
NOV

23

THU
Jessie's Posse
6:15 PM
A men's study/fellowship that meets at 6:15 p.m.at the Red Rooster, for a meal, followed by a study. All men are invited.
Announcements
  • KIDS ALIVE

    KIDS ALIVE meets every Sunday at 9:10 a.m.  After the opening songs are finished children 5th grade and younger are dismissed to Kids Alive.  Kids Alive meets until the first worship service is over and then the children transition to Sunday School, which ends at 10:50 a.m.  If you have any questions or need more information, contact Jessie Huber.  

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  • E-MAIL ADDRESS

    If you have not gotten an email from the church lately, we don't have your email address.  Please email it to the church office at:  hillsboropc@hotmail.com and we will send you an email for upcoming events.

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  • NURSERY CARE

    Nursery Care is provided for children 5 years of age and younger on the lower level of the church for the Sunday Services.

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  • ONGOING COLLECTIONS FOR MISSION

    We have continuous collections for 


    St. John's Breadline:  We collect plastic containers with lids which are used to send home meals for those who are served through St. John's Breadline, a ministry to feed the hungry in Springfield, IL.  There is a collection barrel located on the main floor hallway.  

    Shoeman Ministry:  We collect good used shoes to donate to the Shoeman Ministry, who use these shoes to provide for needs in both the United States and various countries in Africa.  For more information on the Shoeman Ministry please go to their website.  There is a collection barrel on the main floor hallway.  We ask that all pair of shoes either have their laces tied together or have a rubber band holding them together.  

    Penny Jar / Angel Tree:  We collect loose change in an empty 5 gallon water bottle located on a table in the main hallway. The money collected is used to purchase items for the local Angel Tree ministry which provides Christmas gifts for children in need.  

    Food Bank:  We have a grocery shopping cart located in the main hallway where you may drop off food items for the community food bank. The community food bank is located in the Salvation Army Store.  There is a list of the items most needed in the shopping cart, but all food is accepted.  

     


WHAT IS PRESBYTERIAN?

What's a Presbyterian?

            Many people do not know how to spell Presbyterian let alone know what one is. Therefore Presbyterians often find themselves needing to explain that strange word.

            The word Presbyterian describes a particular type of church government, not our theological beliefs.  Our theological beliefs are basic Christian beliefs.  (Be sure to look at "What We Believe".)  The word Presbyterian derives from the New Testament Greek word 'presbuteros' which means 'elder'.  Members of a Presbyterian church will elect members to serve as elders, or officers who seek God's will as they make decisions for the church.  Thus, we have a representative form of government. In fact, the United States of America’s representative democracy was based on this Presbyterian model.  At least fourteen signers of the Declaration of Independence were Presbyterians.

Other denominations are organized in different ways.  In a "congregational" form of church government, the entire congregation meets and votes when making important decisions. Unlike the Presbyterian representative form of government that elects leaders to make such decisions, the congregational model is pure democracy. Congregational church government has its roots in New England town meetings. Baptists and Congregationalists are two churches who have this type of government.

            Bishops govern churches whose form of church government is "episcopal." The word bishop comes from the New Testament Greek word episcopas, which means overseer. Methodist, Lutheran, and Episcopalian churches have this type of government.

            The "papal" form of government describes the Roman Catholic Church, giving authority to a single individual. In a papal government, one individual – the Pope – has supreme authority over the church.

            Each of these denominational structures has some Biblical and theological reasons for their style of church government. But one may ask, "Is one denominational system better or more scriptural?" Some claim that the true church – the ekklesia – are those who believe in Jesus Christ. Thus, denominations are structures that organize the church. There is really one Church, made up of all those who are part of God’s family through faith no matter what other local expression of the Church they belong.  As the Apostles’ Creed states, "we believe…in the holy catholic (that is, universal) Church".  What matters most is not how the community of Jesus Christ organizes itself, but that they confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and trust in Him alone for their salvation and seek to follow as He leads. 

 

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