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Thursday, January 29, 2015

We're Praying About Starting A School In Greensboro

Kinda crazy, I know. But we are praying about starting a Hybrid school in Greensboro. 

Honey will start Kindergarten in the fall and we're just not ready to let her be away from us for over 8 hours everyday. We also don't feel like we can pull off homeschooling 5 days/week. A Hybrid school seems to be the best of both worlds. It's like combining traditional school with home school.

We would meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at the central campus with a traditional classroom environment. On M,W,F she would do school at home and complete her assignments from T-Th with the direction of the teachers from the central campus. 

We had a meeting last week at our home with 17 different families who are interested. We know there are a ton of other folks who have expressed interest so we're having our first 'Public Interest Meeting' on Thurs, Feb 12th at 8pm at Rental Works downtown.  If you know anyone in the Triad (HP, W-S, Greensboro, and surrounding areas) who might be interested, please help us spread the word. 

Find out more info at GreensboroHybridSchool.com.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Drew's Latest Sermons

You can listen to my last two sermons below. 
(Mainly posted for my mama!)

When God Appears: Mark 1:14-20
Preached on January 25, 2015

The Waiting: 2 Peter 3:3-15 
Preached on December 21, 2014

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Honey's Turn Being Star Student

Each week in Mrs. Sharkey's class one of the pre-K kids gets to be a Star Student of Week. They get to share 5 show & tell items and take home the class pet for the weekend. They record all of their adventures with Moochie the stuffed dog and share the pics of what they did together. They get to be 'the star' for the last 30 minutes of class on Fridays. I adore Honey, so naturally I've already watched this 27 minute video a couple times. I'm mainly posting it on here to share with family and for posterity's sake. Enjoy!

Honey Hill: Star Student

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Would You Consider Financially Supporting Us This Year?

Friends & Family,

It’s impossible to cram the experience of being a Young Life leader into this short letter. I wish I could take you with me into the halls of Northwest Guilford High School. I wish you could’ve smelled our bus after the 36-hour drive to Colorado this summer. I wish you could have sat with us on the floor of the cabin on night 3 of camp as a circle of teenage boys poured out their hearts. I asked them, “Fellas, being as honest as you can, what words would you use to describe the real you?” After a brief silence, they answered one by one. I tried to hide my tears as I took notes on their answers in my little red notebook.  “Stressed out.”  “Liar.”  “Confused and Weak.”  “Ungrateful.”  “Pressured and Two-faced.”  “Afraid.”  “Frustrated.”  “Jealous.”  “Ashamed.”  “Distant.”  “A disappointment.”   “Fake.”  “A Loser.”  “Irrelevant.”

For the Christmas season Natalie decorated a chalkboard that hangs on the wall in our kitchen. On it she wrote the words from Isaiah 9:2, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.”  That week at camp I had the incredible privilege of watching several of my high school friends encounter the “great light” of Jesus.” It never gets old. But I also came home with other kids who continue to walk in darkness, shame, fear, and confusion. Being a Young Life leader is hard on the heart. It often feels like I have a front row seat at a boxing match where the kids I love are repeatedly pummeled by the world. Yet…“we take heart, for He has overcome the world (John 16:33).”

This is my 16th year being a YL leader. I know from experience that it’s hard and often lonely, so four years ago I had an idea to create a space online where leaders could connect, be encouraged, and easily find helpful resources. In December of 2010 I started ‘The Young Life Leader Blog.’ It started small but has grown to become the primary resource for Young Life leaders worldwide. It’s now called YoungLifeLeaders.org and is regularly used by more than 15,000 leaders. The site has close to 2 million pageviews and over 22,000 social media followers.

As the volume of users has increased so has the demand on my time. Last December Young Life asked me to go on part-time staff and start raising financial support. Now, in addition to my role as an associate pastor at Redeemer, I work 15 hours/week for the YL Communications department. My job is to provide current resources for the 40,000 volunteer Young Life leaders around the world. In September I hired Stacey Greene to work with me as an administrative assistant for the site (5-10 hours/week). Stacey is in the Greensboro Fellows program and has been a huge blessing.

In order for me and Stacey to both be funded through 2015 I need to raise $15,000. Last year I had 11 different folks donate one-time gifts. I also had 6 folks support me on a monthly basis totaling $280/month ($3,360/year). If that monthly support continues in 2015 it leaves $11,640 left to raise. Would you consider supporting us monthly or with a one-time gift? I get so pumped thinking about how this one little website can encourage and resource THOUSANDS of leaders, who will in turn reach MILLIONS of teenagers. Thank you in advance for your investment in me & this ministry.

Gratefully yours,
Drew, Nat, Honey, Hutch, & Heart
                             
HOW TO GIVE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION

MAIL A CHECK

Mail to: Young Life 420 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, C0. 80903. Make payable to ‘Young Life.’ Include “1900- Drew Hill” in the memo.

GIVE ONLINE



The links above will direct you to the YL giving site, with my Communications dept number ‘1900’ already entered in. Leave the 'special designation' area blank but please write my name in the ‘sponsoring’ box. If you need help, feel free to call or email me

THANK YOU! 


The Hill Highlights: 2014 Edition

January

Honey and Hutch enjoyed playing in the snow with our neighbors. Drew took the Northwest Young Life Guys on a Snowboarding Trip to Beech Mtn. And…we finally sent out our 2013 Christmas cards.

February

Natalie counseled at the IOH retreat in Orlando for families with a terminally ill parent. InheritanceofHope.org. Hutch fell in love with being a fireman at Nate Whitworth's b-day party at the fire station.  We took our annual trip to Morehead City to visit Uncle Nate, Aunt Su, Pierce, Creed, and Selwyn.

March

We found out ‘it’s a girl’ and enjoyed knowing the gender ahead of time, as Honey and Hutch were both surprises. As spring arrived we made frequent trips to the Greensboro Science Center & Aquarium. Airbound Trampoline Park also was a hit with our family, youth group, and YL club.

April

Drew turned 36.  Honey 'played soccer' for the Mighty Ducks, meaning that a bunch of kids surrounded a soccer ball and sometimes kicked it. Our church started meeting at Western High School. We enjoyed pushing the double stroller from our house to the Bog Garden.  

May

Hutch turned 2 and enjoyed some Krispy Kreme. Nat counseled at another IOH retreat. We joined Green Valley Pool and loved being able to walk to the pool from our house. Honey swam with the Grinnin’ Gators junior swim team. Thankfully she has her mama's athletic genes.


June

Nat turned 34.  Drew placed 3rd in the men’s big splash competition at GVP. We ate homemade ice cream every night during the Hill/Craft/Kessler annual beach trip to Ocean Isle. Drew took guys to Crooked Creek Ranch Young Life Camp in Colorado.

July

Honey turned 5 and celebrated with a tea party at the O’Henry hotel, followed by a pool party starring Pop’s cotton candy machine.  All the cousins became superheroes at the Leonard/Ludwig beach trip. Drew took the Redeemer youth on a mission trip to Western, NC with Carolina Cross Connection.

August

Macy Heart Hill was born on Aug.4th.  I call her ‘Heart,’ Nat calls her ‘Macy Heart,’ you can call her either.  Nat was a champ in labor and had another beautiful water birth. Drew officiated his cousin Kinsley’s wedding who lived with us this past year.

September

We survived 17 kids (all under age 7) in the same house during our small group beach trip. Hutch started preschool one day a week and Honey started Pre-K. Daddy and Honey started reading The Chronicles of Narnia. We made many new friends at Redeemer who recently moved to the US as Rwandan refugees. Drew hired one of the Greensboro Fellows, Stacey Greene to help him manage YoungLifeLeaders.org.

October

Nat’s dad’s lung cancer sadly moved to his brain. Bill recently completed radiation and is awaiting results. We enjoyed our 1st ever daddy-daughter campout, picking apples with our neighbors, the McCloys, and a YL weekend at Windy Gap. For Halloween, Nat and Honey were butterflies, Heart was a raincloud, and Hutch and I were Fire Marshall Puppy and Ryder from his favorite TV show, Paw Patrol.

November

We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary with a marriage retreat for pastors at Ocean Isle Beach. Heart was baptized. We indulged in many casseroles over Thanksgiving.

December

We saw Nat’s dad sing in his 23rd ‘Living Christmas Tree’ at 1st Baptist in Salisbury. Honey was mesmerized by ‘Frozen on Ice.’ The annual tradition continued of seeing Andrew Peterson’s ‘Behold the Lamb.’ Drew’s Campaigner group of senior guys competed in the YL Mr. Christmas Tree pageant. Drew was ordained a deacon in the Anglican church.



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Saturday, December 13, 2014

I'm Getting Ordained This Sunday

Friends and Family,

Tomorrow, God willing and people consenting, I will be ordained as a deacon during our Sunday morning worship service at Church of the Redeemer at 10am at Western Guilford High School. We'd love for you to join us and afterwards we'll have a potluck lunch at Western from 11:30-12:30. 

It's been a long journey to this point. Lots of meetings with the Bishop, meetings with our church discernment team, counseling, a psychological evaluation, Natalie was interviewed, and a 13 hour written exam, mostly essays, etc... I'm looking forward to tomorrow! 

This won't change my job or role at Redeemer, but it is a significant time to receive a spiritual blessing and to be set apart for ministry. It's another step following the call God placed on my life as an 8th grader to serve a lifetime in vocational ministry.  

In one of our discernment team meetings they asked me what was my understanding of the role of the deacon. I answered:

  • To model the servant ministry of Christ
  • To encourage and enable others to do ministry
  • To assist in worship
  • To interpret the needs of the community to the church
  • To faithfully pray for the church, the community, and the world
  • To faithfully study the Holy Scriptures
  • To execute the vision of the Rector and Bishop
  • To demonstrate the Gospel to the congregation and the community
You can read in Acts 6 about an ordination that happened in the early church. 

You can read more about the qualifications of a deacon in 1 Timothy 3.



Below is the Diaconal Ordination service that comes out of the Book of Common Prayer.  There are 3 main sections to the ordination: The Presentation, The Examination, and The Consecration. 

THE PRESENTATION

Presenters (Pastors & Discernment team from COTR)
Quigg Lawrence, Bishop in the Church of God, on behalf of the clergy and people of the Diocese of PEAR-USA, we present to you ANDREW DOUGLAS HILL to be ordained a deacon in Christ's holy Church.

Bishop Quigg
Has he been selected in accordance with the canons of this Church? And do you believe his manner of life to be suitable to the exercise of this ministry?

Presenters
We certify to you that he has satisfied the requirements of the canons, and we believe him qualified for this order.

The Bishops say to the ordinand
Will you be loyal to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of Christ as this Church has received them? And will you, in accordance with the canons of this Church, obey your bishop and other ministers who may have authority over you and your work?

Drew
I am willing and ready to do so; and I solemnly declare that I do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, and to contain all things necessary to salvation; and I do solemnly engage to conform to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of the Church.

All stand. The Bishop says to the people

Dear friends in Christ, you know the importance of this ministry, and the weight of your responsibility in presenting ANDREW DOUGLAS HILL for ordination to the sacred order of deacons. Therefore if any of you know any impediment or crime because of which we should not proceed, come forward now, and make it known.


If no objection is made, the Bishop continues
Is it your will that Drew Hill be ordained a deacon?  Will you uphold him in this ministry?


THE EXAMINATION

My brother, every Christian is called to follow Jesus Christ, serving God the Father, through the power of the Holy Spirit. God now calls you to a special ministry of servanthood directly under your bishop. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are to serve all people, particularly the poor, the weak, the sick, and the lonely.

As a deacon in the Church, you are to study the Holy Scriptures, to seek nourishment from them, and to model your life upon them. You are to make Christ and his redemptive love known, by your word and example, to those among whom you live, and work, and worship. You are to interpret to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world. You are to assist the bishop and priests in public worship and in the ministration of God's Word and Sacraments, and you are to carry out other duties assigned to you from time to time. At all times, your life and teaching are to show Christ's people that in serving the helpless they are serving Christ himself.

My brother, do you believe that you are truly called by God and his Church to the life and work of a deacon?
Answer I believe I am so called.

Bishop Do you now in the presence of the Church commit yourself to this trust and responsibility?
Answer I do.

Bishop Will you be guided by the pastoral direction and leadership of your bishop?
Answer I will.

Bishop Will you be faithful in prayer, and in the reading and study of the Holy Scriptures?
Answer I will.

Bishop Will you look for Christ in all others, being ready to heal and serve those in need?
Answer I will.

Bishop Will you do you best to pattern your life [and that of your family, or household, or community] in accordance with the teachings of Christ, so that you may be a wholesome example to all people?
Answer I will.

Bishop Will you in all things seek not your glory but the glory of the Lord Christ?
Answer I will.

Bishop May the Lord by his grace uphold you in the service he lays upon you.
Answer Amen.

THE CONSECRATION

The Bishop then says this Prayer of Consecration
O God, most merciful Father, we praise you for sending your Son Jesus Christ, who took on himself the form of a servant, and humbled himself, becoming obedient even to death on the cross. We praise you that you have highly exalted him, and made him Lord of all; and that, through him, we know that whoever would be great must be servant of all. We praise you for the many ministries in your Church, and for calling this your servant to the order of deacons.

Here the Bishop lays hands upon the head of the ordinand, and prays
Therefore, Father, through Jesus Christ your Son, give your Holy Spirit to Drew; fill him with grace and power, and make him a deacon in your Church.

The Bishop continues
Make him, O Lord, modest and humble, strong and constant, to observe the discipline of Christ. Let his life and teaching so reflect your commandments, that through him many may come to know you and love you. As your Son came not to be served but to serve, may this deacon share in Christ's service, and come to the unending glory of him who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.

The People in a loud voice respond Amen.

The new deacon is now vested according to the order of deacons.

The Bishop then gives a Bible to the newly ordained, saying
Receive this Bible as the sign of your authority to proclaim God's Word and to assist in the ministration of his holy Sacraments.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Drew's Christmas List 2014

Due to popular demand (aka, my mom's begging), here's my Christmas list. It was tough to make a 'want list' after writing this blog post: I Shall Not Want.  

My sizes
-Pants: 35 waist, 32 length (I'm currently a 36 waist, working towards a 34 waist, so we'll call it 35)
-Shirt: 16.5, 33
-Shoes: 10.5

*Pro-Tip: Before making any purchases, check with my secretary to see if someone else has already made the purchase. Email Nat here

Drew's List
  • Funny skit clothes, wigs, etc...
  • Any suit from OppoSuits (size 40) especially these
  • $ towards building a basketball court in our backyard
  • Gift cards to:
    • AutoBell Carwash
    • Amazon
    • SportsClips
    • Jersey Mikes
    • Chipotle
    • Smoothie King or Juice Shop
    • Any date night places for Nat and I
  • A night or day or weekend of babysitting 
  • Good cups, 32oz, sturdy plastic, the kind you get at the Dean Dome or a football game
  • A solitude retreat at someone's mountain cabin or St. Francis Retreat Center 
  • Comfy dark grey Carolina Hoodie or one like it like this one.
  • A massage
  • Homemade Ice Cream maker
  • Comfy and warm (thick material) jogging pants (no elastic bottoms)
  • Some brown dress shoes like these or tan sperry top siders
  • Any good Bible commentaries
  • Sow together 4 blankets and make one big enough to cover all our mattresses in the basement
  • Any sports coat, I only have a navy blazer (size 42R)
  • Sour cream and onion Baked Lays
  • Stiga Evolution Ping Pong Paddle
  • A new pillow for my bed, soft (not firm) and standard size
  • Down Booties

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Spiritual Discipline of Service

Here's a link to listen to Drew's most recent sermon on The Spiritual Discipline of Service from John 13.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Prayers For Natalie As She Counsels At IOH Retreat

Natalie leaves this Saturday morning for four days as a counselor at the Inheritance of Hope retreat in Orlando.  IOH is a non-profit organization that supports families who have a parent with a life-threatening illness.  Each year IOH offers a retreat in Orlando. Parents and kids get to come on an all-expense paid trip to Disney World, receive individual and family counseling, make legacy videos, and interact with others in similar life scenarios. 

In the past two years we've lost two close friends to cancer.  

A year ago, on January 5th, our friend Amy DiBias Patwa went to be with Jesus. Amy and I were on YL staff together in Concord, NC. She left behind her husband Adam and their daughter Charis, who is Honey's age.  

In November, many of our college friend gathered in Winston-Salem to celebrate the life of Sarah Ferguson Garcia. Sarah is survived by her husband Esteban and 3 year old son Milo. Sarah and I were YL leaders together at UNC. 


Before Amy died, her, Adam and Charis were able to go on an IOH retreat.  Sarah, Esteban and Milo never get to go, but thankfully many of their friends in Winston helped them create similar legacy videos and gave them tons of support. 

As you can imagine, retreats like this these are super intense. My heart is so heavy for these families and for Nat as she enters into their pain for these few days. Would you join me in praying for her and the other counselors (Meredith McDaniel, Kelly Heritage, & Carol Moses) as they minister to these kids and parents.  I'm praying for miracles, for physical healing for these parents, for emotional healing for these families, and most of all for the presence of the Holy Spirit to be present and evident. 


You can watch a 4 minute video to learn more about IOH here.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Drew's New Job With National Young Life

The past six months of being a YL leader at Northwest Guilford High School have been bittersweet. It was hard to say good-bye to my Campaigners group for the past 3 years as they graduated in June, but exciting to see the new class of seniors step up and reach out to freshmen. We’ve had hundreds of kids at club and took 3 full busloads to Rockbridge in October. Watching teenagers encounter Jesus never gets old. 

Mixed in with the joy comes a great deal of sadness. In October a heart-broken 10th grader wept in my passenger seat as he told me about how he got sucked into selling drugs as a freshmen. It lasted until he was robbed at gunpoint this summer. He shook as he told the story. In November I spent half a day in meetings at the Department of Social Services to help determine the best living placement for one of my high school friends. He couldn’t go home because he was being abused by his father. A couple months ago the PTA asked me to lead a prayer vigil for the school after two of our seniors passed away in a car accident, being thrown from the bed of a truck. 

Each day of being a Young Life leader seems to be filled with shadows and light. It constantly forces me to depend upon our Heavenly Father. The burdens my high school friends carry are just too heavy to bear without Him. Because being a Young Life leader is often so hard and discouraging, in December of 2010 I started “The Young Life Leader Blog.” 

My hope was to create an online space where leaders around the country could share encouragement and ideas. Over the past three years, what now is called YoungLifeLeaders.org has grown into an online resource that is used regularly by more than 15,000 leaders around the world. I’ve absolutely loved running this site but as the volume of users has increased, so has the demand on my time. I currently spend around 15 hours each week operating the site. It’s grown beyond what I can continue to manage in a volunteer role, so this fall Young Life began conversations with me about coming on part-time staff with the Service Center. On December 1st I officially started as a ‘Communications Specialist.’ Sounds fancy, huh? 

Would you consider financially investing in me? When I get to help other leaders reach more kids, I’m right in my sweet spot. I’m confident this calling is from the Lord and a worthwhile investment of my time and gifts. I’m also convinced it’s a worthwhile investment of your money. My hope is to raise 20K/year to support the operating budget for YoungLifeLeaders.org so I can continue to provide timely resources for the 15K+ Young Life leaders that regularly use the site.  A couple weeks ago we received a $10,000 matching grant from a foundation in Tennessee! Now, we only need to raise 10K/year. All we need are 5 folks to give $100/month, 5 to give $50/month, & 5 to give $25/month. 

Thank you for your friendship and for considering investing in me and this ministry. If you need any more incentive to give, we just found out Hill baby #3 is due August 14,2014! 

Gratefully yours, Drew, Natalie, Honey, Hutch, & #3 

HOW TO GIVE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION 

Visit DonateToDrew.com to set up a one-time or recurring gift. 
 It will direct you to a link for the Young Life giving site, with my number ‘1900’ already entered in. 

 If you write a check, please make it payable to ‘Young Life’ and include “1900- Drew Hill” in the memo. Checks can be mailed to Young Life: 420 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, C0. 80903. 

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  • Over 1 Million Pageviews 
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  • 650+ articles posts over last 3 years 
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A Sampling of the 650+ articles on YoungLifeLeaders.org 

• 121 Theme Club Ideas • How To Create Camp T-Shirts Kids Will Love To Wear • Our Club Song Schedule For The Fall • How To Give A Young Life Talk • Popular Club Songs • How To Earn Parents’ Trust As A Young Life Leader • Tips On Leading Young Life From A High School Principal • How To Be An Ineffective YL Leader • The Complete Guide To A YL’d Bus Ride • 8 Ways To Give High Schoolers Ownership • 25 Popular Pre-Club Activities • Why So Many Freshmen Came To Club • The Lies We Believe- A Campaigners Discussion • How To Make Hilarious ‘Good Morning Young Life’ Videos • 4 Tips To Begin Club With A Bang • How To Thrive At Young Life Camp As An Adult Leader • 40 Reasons To Pursue Sexual Purity • Find Your Leader Mall Hunt Tips • Camp Fundraisers That Work • The Best Club Games You’ve Never Done • 7 Keys To Having A Rockin’ YL Band • How To Recruit New YL Leaders • A Rite of Passage For Seniors • How To Take Your Campaigners Group Deeper • 15 Camp Essentials: A Leader’s Packing List • How To Get Kids To YL Camp: Eliminating The 5 Excuses • How To Do A Mr. Christmas Tree Pageant Teaching Campaigners To Memorize Scripture