Hillside Missionary Church
12/4/22 Worship Gathering
Whether you’re a guest or a long-time attendee we’re glad you’re here with us. We’re a friendly and caring group of Christians who are here to help people be CONNECTED with Jesus, CHANGED by Jesus, and COMMITTED to the mission of Jesus. If you're new with us today, thank for joining us! We truly believe that you’re not here by accident and that God has some amazing plans for your life.
Locations & Times
  • 21567 Ireland Rd, South Bend, IN 46614, USA
    Sunday 10:45 AM

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Throughout this sermon series we are looking at characters that are typically overlooked in the Christmas story, and what their stories can teach us. This week, we’re looking at Jesus’ earthly father, Joseph. Joseph was open to God’s leading, even in the midst of an extremely stressful situation. The Christmas season can be stressful for us as well. Yet, it is important that we remain open to God’s leading, just as Joseph was. By taking a look at this portion of God’s Word, we can learn how to be open to God’s leading, just like Joseph was.
1. love others well and intentionally
Matt. 1:19-20, 5:43-48, 22:35-40, John 13:34, 1 John 4:11, 19-21
2. Don’t ignor God’s leading
Matt. 1:20-21, Prov. 3:5-6, Ps. 32:8, John 16:13, James 1:5
3. Live by God's Word
Matt. 1:22-23, Ps. 119:105, Josh. 1:8, Matt. 4:4, Heb. 4:12, Rom. 15:4
4. Give it all you’ve got
Matt. 1:24-25, Gal. 6:9, Eph. 2:10, 2 Cor. 9:6-8
Reflection Questions

1. Have you ever studied this part of God’s Word before? Did anything stand out? Did anything from Joseph’s story surprise you?
2. Joseph was open to God’s leading in this passage. Of the 4 things that we pointed out about Joseph, which one(s) do you do well, and which one(s) do you need to work on?
3. Do some reflecting. How well do you feel like you are open to God’s leading in your life during stressful and busy times?
4. Looking at your answer from question #3, what practical steps do you need to improve how open you are to God’s leading?
5. What is your biggest take away from this message? What did God teach you? Do you feel led to put anything into action? If so, what, and what practical step(s) do you need to take to be obedient to what God has led you to do? Who can keep you accountable to accomplishing this?
Current Prayer Requests
CHURCH FAMILY NEEDS:Pray for Jerry Jamrozy, who has bone cancer.
MISSIONARIES: This month pray for the Yargers.
FAMILY OF THE WEEK: Each week we’ll pray for a different family in our church. This week pray for the Erdels.
HILLSIDE HAPPENINGS: Pray that the church would continue to stay unified under Christ. Pray for our livestream and for the people joining us there. Pray that God would use us to bring His Kingdom here. Pray for our children’s ministry as it is getting built back up.
Pray for Casa Del Alfarero, the Spanish-speaking Missionary Church 5 minutes from our building.
CURRENT HAPPENINGS: Pray for students, teachers, and other school staff members.Pray for the war in Ukraine. Pray for Florida and the destruction from Hurricane Ian.
In-person on 11/27/22: 52
Online views: 72
Online (11/21/22-11/27/22): $315 for general
In-Person on 11/27/22: $290 for general
Total general needed weekly to meet budget: $1480
We encourage everyone to be involved in a small group, as we think they’re a great way to grow in your faith. Please contact Pastor Josh if you are interested.
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Foster Family Baskets
Our foster closet team is putting together Christmas baskets for all of the foster families in the Josiah White’s South Bend office, located on the lower level of our building. Please prayerfully consider donating towards these baskets to help offset the cost of these baskets to our foster closet. If you have any questions or would like to help put these baskets together, please see April Rollf.
Our annual congregational meeting is happening today after service. We will be having a potluck for lunch. Pulled pork, buns, and drinks will be provided. If you have a dish, please put it in the gym. Please don’t be worried if you didn’t bring anything. There is plenty to go around!
Baby Dedication
We are having a baby dedication during service today.
Opportunities to Help
TECH: Our worship team is looking for someone who would like to run sound and/or slides. Please see Pastor Josh.
OFFICE HELP: Pastor Josh is looking for someone who can make and print bulletins and keep our website updated. If you are interested, please see Pastor Josh.

Pray for the Ukraine

Our denomination, the Missionary Church, has set a prayer guide to pray for the Ukraine.


Ukraine Relief Project

Our denomination, the Missionary Church, has set a relief project fund for the Ukraine. The funds for this project will be used to provide crisis relief for those caught up in the turmoil in and near Ukraine.