Fathers Day Online Broadcast: September 5
You're invited to join us for a special Father's day Service from 10:45am to 12:00 pm tomorrow—Sabbath online with the Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church. Pastor Nick will be teaching from God's Word, and there be special music, videos with a special tribute to our dads. Join us online at <castlehillsda.online.church>
My dad's dusty shoes by Marion Bond West
"My soul is crushed with longing," Psalm 119:20.
Growing up in Elberton, Georgia, my childhood was happy, except for one particular holiday. I dreaded it, pretended it didn’t exist, tried to ignore it. But no matter what I did, a secret longing remained in my heart: You can’t celebrate Father’s Day. Your father’s dead. You don’t even have a real memory of him.
As an adult, I still couldn’t come to terms with that longing. I still wanted to celebrate Father’s Day with my own daddy.
Then, a few years ago, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution invited readers to submit memories of their father’s shoes and what the shoes had meant to them as children. My memory was as real as if it had happened yesterday.
I was about eight and accidentally discovered a pair of my father’s shoes hidden way back in my mother’s closet. My paper dolls suddenly forgotten—I touched the dusty shoes tenderly, examined them thoroughly in the sunlight, laced and unlaced them, and finally cradled one in each arm.
I mailed my memory to the newspaper because it satisfied something in me that I didn’t fully understand. Lo and behold, the newspaper sent a photographer to my house. He took pictures of me holding an eight-by-ten photograph of the father I’d never known.
That Father’s Day, I crept out before sunrise and found our newspaper in the driveway. There, in living color, was a picture of me with my father. And, for the first time, I genuinely celebrated Father’s Day.
Father, Your unexpected ways of healing are as remarkable as Your indescribable love.
Marion Bond West
A letter to my Father
Dear Father, Daddy, God, and Jehovah:
What a day!? A day to remember who has taught me, guided me, and instilled wisdom in me my entire life. You have promised countless times that you love me. You have promised countless times that you will never leave me. You even went so far as to show me how much you love me by sending your only Son. Can I ask for anything else? Of course, I can, and I always do. As any good father would do, you do what you feel is right in whether or not I should get what I ask for.
I hope one day to be even half or even a quarter of the Father you've been to me. I hope that when my kids need something, I'm there for them as you have been for me. I hope that when my kids have questions, that I'm there for them as you have been for me. I hope that when they are going through good times or bad that I'm there for them, just as you have always been there for me.
So I end this letter by thanking you for being my Father and by writing that I have been VERY blessed by being one of your children! Furthermore, I want to thank you for your undivided attention to me by treating me as your only child when I'm talking, even though you have countless children.
Happy Father's Day!
Love your son,
On September 13, all men are invited to help and support a single dad in desperate need. We need able-bodied men to help with lawn mowing, whipper-snipping, and doing general yard work. It'll be from 9:00am - 12:00pm at Glenorie.
Also, I'm helping a few families in need, who desperately need their vehicles serviced. I have booked a few cars in for mid-September. If you would like to contribute financially please let me know.
If you'd like to help, please make contact with Pastor Pablo.
Help Castle Hill Serve Others
During this current crisis, we have the opportunity to be the Church like never before. We’re being the hands and feet of Jesus in very practical ways, and you can help! Our offering for this Sabbath stays at Castle Hill. We have so many people to feed, so many people in need. Our mission statement is to be the most loving church—so let's take this golden opportunity to give back and help struggling people in our community.
Please go to eGiving—click on the link and give generously.: eGiving
Richard Hurrell will be at church on Mondays from 2:00pm - 4:00pm to receive your tithes and offerings and help with Sabbath School lessons, Record, Adventist World, and Intrasyd.
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Our Church Vision:
The vision of Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist church is to be the most loving church.
Our mission is for us to take the good of Jesus Christ to every place we can, in every way possible. Whatever the means, we want to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to our School, friends, family, neighbours, and the wider community.
1. To honour God through worship.
2. To share the Gospel message of Jesus with others.
3. To connect with others in meaningful relationships.
4. To prepare disciples to fulfill their purpose.
5. To encourage leaders in their God-given destiny.
Senior Pastor – Pablo Lillo
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Associate Pastor – Nick Kross
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Youth Pastor – Jessica Laws
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Senior Elder - Marvin Malcolm
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