‘Worship the King’ at the Basilica @ 7:30PM – December 6th, 2017

Christmas at the Basilica will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 6th at 7:30pm.The Basilica is located on Al Haram St, Korba, Heliopolis where we have observed the tradition of listening to the scripture account of Jesus’ birth, and celebrating with all singing Christmas hymns and songs. This has been a tradition for many years. Each year there are some special musical performances and different participants and artists.

All are welcome! Please invite your friends and neighbors too. Come and Worship the King!

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service @ 6 PM – December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service:
This is our traditional service on the eve before Christmas Day. We start at 6pm on Sunday, December 24, so that the whole family can be included. Each year, we are blessed to be able to gather together to worship, praise, sing carols and lift up the LORD Jesus as we celebrate the remembrance of His birth on earth. What a privilege and pleasure to do so here in Egypt, the country that Joseph and Mary brought Him to not long after his birth.
Come and celebrate with us! All are welcome.

Children’s Christmas Program – Friday, December 15 at 6pm

The annual Christmas Celebrations are a time of celebrating for the whole family. Starting at 6pm, we will sing carols and enjoy the Children’s Christmas Songs. This is a warm and simple service where all are welcome.

Bring your friends and neighbors to celebrate with us. It is a joyful time to share with all.

Christmas Carnival – Dec. 2 (Saturday) 11AM – 8PM

All are welcome to the Christmas Carnival at St Michael’s Church on Saturday, December 2, from 11AM – 8PM. This is planned as a celebration, a fun event to invite your friends and neighbors to.

There will be music, games, and fun events for kids and time to visit and make friends.

St Michael’s Church is located at 10 Seti (City) Street in Korba, Heliopolis.

What is Advent?

What is Advent?

Advent is a season of preparation before Christmas. It is a time to lay aside all the business of the season – carol singing, bazaars, pageants, parties, shopping and school concerts – and remember the true meaning of Christmas. That is why we celebrate Advent for the four weeks before Christmas. Advent means ‘coming’ or ‘arrival’ and refers to the coming of Jesus. In Advent we see a threefold coming of the Messiah:
1. A celebration of His first coming – born to Mary as her Son, Jesus.
2. Preparation for His second coming at the end of the world as judge.
3. Celebration of His coming into our hearts through rebirth.

Here at HCC we follow the tradition of lighting the Advent Wreath candles each week. This year the weekly themes observed will be:
First Advent Week: Expectation of Hope – observed on Friday, December 1st
Second Advent Week: Preparation of Peace – observed on Friday, December 8th
Third Advent Week: Proclamation and Joy – observed on Friday, December 15th
Fourth Advent Week: Revelation and Peace – observed on Friday, December 22nd

The Advent Wreath with lighted candles is a graphic reminder that Jesus is the light of the world. You will note that there are 3 purple candles, 1 pink candle a white one in the center. These colors – from dark to light – reflect the meaning of the Scripture found in Isaiah 9:2 which says, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.
They lived in a land of shadows, but now light is shining on them.”
Week by week, as we progress through Advent, the colored candles reflect our movement towards the Light.
The evergreen symbolizes the eternal life which Christ offers, and the circle represents Christ’s unending presence with us.

Farewell Potluck – Friday, May 19th @ 6pm

What a bitter-sweet thing:
To be living in Egypt, which is the cross roads of the Middle East, and to meet so many wonderful people from around the world at our international church. This is so sweet: a taste of what the Word speaks of when all nations, tribes and tongues will worship together at the foot of our King’s throne.

But then, as people come to our ex-pat church, they also leave and move away. So every year we welcome newcomers with a “Welcome Potluck,” and then bless those leaving with a “Farewell Potluck,” And it’s that time again.

On Friday, May 19th, we are planning our Farewell Potluck (covered dish meal) and take the time to acknowledge, bless and pray for those who will be leaving or moving away. All are welcome (no pun intended) to share this precious time. We will meet in the garden in Cairo’s fresh air for fellowship and a shared meal. Please bring your favorite foods to contribute to the meal.

Easter Sunrise Service – 6am on April 16

Our Easter Sunrise Service starts at 6am on April 16th. Come and join us as we celebrate the resurrection miracle of our Lord Jesus, and rejoice in all that this has provided for us who believe in Him.

Look around at the many grave sites and consider that, “He is not here.”
He is risen!
He is risen indeed!!
Please see the bulletin for more details.

HCC’s All Family Retreat: April 28 – May 1

We are planning on our annual church family retreat on Aril 28 – May 1. It will be for 3 nights and include Egyptian’s Labor Day on May 1. We will go to a beautiful retreat center beside the Mediterranean Sea.

This year, we are happy that Jim and Judi Braddy will join us to lead the sessions entitled, “Family in Ministry.” We are also excited about a team coming from Barcelona to lead the worship, the children’s program, and the youth group’s program.
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Worship Evening – March 7 @ 7PM

You are invited to join with us for an evening of worship on Friday, March 7th, starting at 7pm.
What a joyful time – to come and worship the LORD. We are blessed with this freedom here in Egypt, and we are very grateful for this. It is a significant time, when we gather in Jesus’ Name and unite to worship, pray, and read the Word together.

As we humble ourselves, come into agreement with the Grace and Truth that Jesus brought, and in agreement with each other in praising and rejoicing in the LORD, please consider these scriptures:

Psalm 104:33
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

Psalm 146:2 I will praise the Lord while I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

Romans 14:11 For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall give praise to God.”

Guest Preacher – March 17, 2017 @ 9am

This Friday during our 9am worship service, we have invited a guest preacher to our pulpit. Dr. James K. Hoffmeier plans to bring the message entitled, “Your Word is Truth,” based on Joshua 1 :1-9.

Dr. Hoffmeier is Professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern History and Archaeology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He specializes in issues of Old Testament historicity and archaeology.

During the period from 1975 to 1977 he worked on the Akhenaten Temple Project based in Luxor. He has been the Professor of Archaeology and Old Testament at Wheaton College. He was director of excavations at Tell el-Borg, Sinai from 1998 to 2008. Additionally he is often called upon to consultant for television programs made for the History, Discovery, Learning and National Geographic Channels. Please see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_K._Hoffmeier for more information.