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Monday, December 31, 2007

The Latest Update from Shepherd of the Hills - Fremont, CA

Dear Loved ones,
What a glorious God we serve! Thank you for praying for our satellite campus here in Fremont. God has been very gracious to answer our prayers!
Thanksgiving and praises!
W-o-w! SOTH-Porter Ranch sent us a really great projector! Please send our thanks to our loved ones at Porter Ranch! Thank God for Centerville Presbyterian Church for allowing us to use their projector and projector screen since october 7!
last December 21, Panera bread started donating large amounts of artisan bread, muffins, cookies and bagels to our church to help feed the homeless people who come for worship and dinner. On December 21,they gave us 4 20-gallon bags. This week, they gave us 6 large bags. Everyone brought home bags of bread as their "take away" from worship. God has provided bread from heaven.. literally!
5 people walked into the service last Sunday. Richard said that they did not stay long but they stayed long enough to hear pastor Dudley's message. Please pray that they will be touched by Jesus and save them and that they will be coming back this Sunday.
Lives are being changed! A homeless lady has been attending worship for the past couple of Sundays... but she is always high on drugs. I heard tonight that she has been sober for three days now. Please pray that God will have mercy on her and heal her from her drug addiction. Sharlene Kelly (leads our homeless ministries with her husband Kevin) told me about her conversation with a homeless person who attends SOTH-Fremont regularly. she said "I used to go to SOTH for the dinner, but now, I come to worship and listen to the messages."
We have 34 people tonight... some of them are new faces.
God is a wonderful and amazing Father in heaven!
In Christ's merciful hands!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas 2007

I just want to invite each of you to attend our Christmas eve services here at Shepherd of the Hills Church at 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 9:00 pm and 11:00 pm. for directions..

If you are not able to make it please allow me and my family to wish each of you a very MERRY and blessed Christmas. This is always one of my favorite times of the year because we are able to tell people the reason for the season. There is never a better opening to share the story of the Christ child.

"Today in the City of David, a Saviour has been born. He is Christ the Lord!" I LOVE THAT!!!

Merry CHRISTmas to each of you... and a Blessed New Year!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Mike Huckabee

I attended a luncheon this week where I had the opportunity to meet Mike Huckabee. He is running for President of the United States of America. It won't be long where we, as a nation, will be electing our 44th President. I do NOT yet know who I will be voting for, but I want to encourage each of you to vote. The latest news on the polls are as follows, from an article I read this morning:

"DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - Mike Huckabee has surged into a virtual tie with front-runner Rudy Giuliani in the national 2008 Republican presidential race two weeks before the first contest, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.
Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas whose campaign has caught fire in recent weeks, wiped out an 18-point deficit in one month to pull within one point of Giuliani, 23 percent to 22 percent."

You may or may not know WHO you are going to vote for yet, so I suggest that you read up on the voting record of each person running for office. My words of wisdom are that I personally canNOT vote for any candidate who does not stand for the rights of an unborn child. I know there are MANY issues... but the litmus test for me is whether or not the person running for office believes in the sanctity of life. If they do NOT stand for the rights of an unborn child, the same as they stand for my rights... then they will NOT get my vote... PERIOD... The issue of life for the unborn is greater than any issue for me.

Make sure you find where each candidate stands BEFORE you support them...

In love,
Pastor Dudley

Those who Sacrifice for Us!!

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The picture was taken in 1918. It is a gift from our grandfathers, and it's a picture of 18,000 men preparing for war in a training camp at Camp Dodge in Iowa.

I have been looking at this picture, and I can't stop thinking about how many men and women have given their lives so that we might have our freedom.

We have soooooooooooooooooo much to be thankful for, and of course, this picture also reminds me of our Lord, who sacrificed His life so that we might have LIFE EVERLASTING!!!

This Christmas, try to think about the fact that God loved YOU so much that he was willing to give his ONE and ONLY son so that YOU might believe in HIM and not perish but have everlasting life.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Dallas on ESPN2

Dallas is playing on television Thursday night, December 6th, on ESPN2 at 6:00 pm. They are playing the number 8 ranked team in the nation, so they will have their work cut out for them. Just wanted you to know in case you wanted to see him play. The game will be held in a suburb just outside of Cleveland, Ohio so please keep them in your prayers. One of Dallas' teammates is Jrue Holiday, and Jrue is a special player that recently signed with U.C.L.A. Jrue is also a member of our church, and the Lord put some special talents in both of these boys. My prayer for them has always been for them to find a way to use their talent for the Lord. They both went to Japan with us a few years ago on a missions trip, and I know that Dallas has been praying with the team before their games... Tune in Thursday. I will be enjoying watching my son. Look for them both to be in church this weekend...