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Hilltown Partnership Update: June 2014

May 30, 2014

Literacy Recognition

A Recognition Banquet honored three Hilltown Partners/Oak Grove UMC adult literacy volunteers and their students. The Little Elm Library and many others fund the program.

The Oak Grove team, led by Bill Surles, with Kathy Frantum and Martha Perry, received certificates of appreciation. Their students have all successfully progressed to the next level of the Lauback literacy program and received teary hugs as well as recognition certificates. A lovely meal was prepared by American Legion Post 182; our church was among the four Church Partners being honored at the event on May 22, 2014 held at Button Memorial UMC.

It should be noted that until the Hilltown residents asked for literacy help, our church did not know about their unmet need. When three dedicated Oak Grove members volunteered last fall, Little Elm’s literacy services more than doubled. There is still a waiting list of people who want to learn, but more teachers and support are needed to help them. This summer discussions will take place to try to expand the program. (Classes don’t meet in summer) Teachers don’t need Spanish speaking ability or teaching experience. The volunteer teachers say they get more than the students from the experience….and it shows in the joy that was shared among teachers and students at the banquet.


Where is Hilltown anyway???

Go South down 720 past McCormick and watch on the left for a line of community mailboxes at the corner of Cottonwood Rd. Turn in (left). Look left to see the very sturdy Message Center that is nearing completion (roof and paint yet to be done) or turn right to experience on e of the better roads in Hilltown. If you go farther down any of the roads to your right, you are leaving behind the maintenance by Oak Point. You can go about a mile farther, but unless you go very slowly, you risk damage to your car, unless it rides high. Go as far as you can, turning always to the right and you come out on 720 by the new Texas Education Center Building – a real adventure that our friends experience every day.

Coming Health Events

  • A low/no cost immunization clinic for children aged 2 months to 18 years will be in July (Care Van)
  • A Women’s Clinic in Fall of 2014
  • Flu vaccinations as soon as they are available

All events are to be held at our church. As dates grow near, they will be publicized through the Oak Point Elementary School and our new Message Center.

Our Hilltown Fire Family Update

A Spanish speaking United Methodist Church (sponsored by Lewisville First UMC) is taking over the coordination of volunteers on Saturdays. This will speed up the building of a replacement house. The church is excited about their opportunity to serve. On June 8 there will be a chance for us to sign up, too (to do a few hours work as needed). We even have a donor for bottled water for the workers!

John 3:16

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life.