"But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
made us alive with (Jesus) Christ even when we were dead in
transgressions - it is by grace you have been saved."
(Ephesians 2:4-5)

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Celebrate the Christmas Season With Us

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016


The Christmas season is upon us and we welcome you to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at one or all of our upcoming events:

Sundays of Advent – Celebrate advent in our Sunday morning worship services at 11:00am.

Ladies Christmas Silent Auction Brunch – Saturday, December 3rd at 10:30am – Silent auction raises money for a Christmas gift for our missionaries.

Youth Group Christmas Banquet – Saturday December 3rd at 4:00pm in Staten Island, NY.

Christmas Pageant – Sunday, December 11th at 4:00pm. Our cast will be preforming “Christmas in Snowflake County”. It is a fun story that will remind us of the meaning of Christmas.

Men’s Breakfast – Saturday, December 10th at 8:00am.

Senior Citizens Christmas Party – Tuesday, December 13rd at 12:30pm.

Christmas Cantata – Sunday December 18th at 6:00pm. Enjoy the sound of Christmas as our choir presents a beautiful Christmas cantata “Christmas! We Remember, Rejoice and Worship”.

Girls Club and Boys Brigade Christmas Party – Thursday, December 22nd at 6:30pm.

Christmas Day Services – Celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior on Christmas morning, December 25th at 11:00am.

Opportunities to Give – We are offering many opportunities to share what God has graciously provided you, to bless others. Please click on the below link to see how you can help.


We hope to see you soon!


Top 10 Book Recommendations

Thursday, December 1st, 2016


1. You Are What You Love by James K.A. Smith

“Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.” Using this quote from St. Augustine as a foundation, James Smith builds the case that it is our hearts rather than our heads that reveal what we truly love. This book is a fascinating look into the extent to which culture forms and shapes these loves, and how our loves need to be re-oriented toward God.

2. The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller

This is hands-down one of the best books on marriage I’ve ever read. Keller goes to great lengths to formulate a Biblical definition of marriage–over and against the world’s definition. If you’re looking to strengthen and grow your relationship with your spouse, look no further.

3. The Hammer of God by Bo Giertz

Although this novel was originally written in 1941, it is as fresh today as it was then. The author tells his story from the perspective of a number of pastors who served in rural Sweden over span of the 18th and 19th centuries, and it digs deep into matters of faith.

4. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

This might be my favorite novel. Set in late 19th century Russia, Anna Karenina tells the tragic tale of love lost, and its rich tapestry of complex, multi-layered characters will not leave you wanting. Don’t let the 976-page length scare you away. This one is well worth the read!

5. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

This one goes without saying, but I thought I would throw it out there for those who haven’t read it. Anything by Lewis is worth its weight in gold–that’s only a slight exaggeration. In this book, he examines faith at its most basic level, arguing that it makes more sense to believe than not to believe. Lewis has a way of saying in a single sentence what it takes other theologians volumes to articulate, and his elegant yet simple prose still hits me anew each time I read it.

6. Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas by Various Authors

Looking for an Advent devotional? This is the one you’re going to want to pick up. It’s a compilation of writings by a wide array of authors across both faith and time spans, and includes writings by such figures as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, T.S. Elliot, C.S. Lewis, Dorothy Day, and Madeleine L’Engle, just to name a few.

7. In the Name of Jesus by Henry Nouwen

Nouwen is an ordained Catholic priest who also served for a number of years as a chaplain. His heartfelt, hope-filled illustrations from his own experience show that we can best minister to the wounded out of our own sense of woundedness. Humility rather than power must be at the heart of our ministry.

8. A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken

In this book, the author recounts he and his wife’s unlikely friendship with C.S. Lewis, and how this great man helped guide them through the joys and trials of marriage. Tragic yet beautiful, Sheldon describes how he came to experience God’s deepest mercies in the midst of incredible pain. My wife and I read this book as part of our pre-marriage counseling, and we were both deeply moved.

9.  The Freedom of the Christian by Martin Luther

Have you ever wondered what the place of “good works” are in the life of the believer? Why do we do them if they are not meritorious? Luther opens up the Scriptures to show that good works are the natural fruit borne of those rooted in Christ, and that they are done not from compulsion, but out of our newfound freedom in the Gospel. This little “pamphlet” is an incredibly clear and eye-opening introduction to this topic.

10. Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest by Edward T. Welch

Have you ever felt anxious or afraid? Then this is the book for you. The author digs into Scripture to get at the root cause of our fears, showing that all worry springs from a mistrust in God. But Welch then goes on to show that the God who provided for us yesterday promises to provide for us today as well. I first read this book during a time of struggle, and have found it to be an immense comfort.


Pastor Luke Installation Service

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

For 14 months Bunker Hill Church was without a pastor.  During that time we had faith that God would make his path clear to us as a congregation and to the individual that He was calling to serve as our Pastor.  His vision has been fulfilled.

The Bunker Hill Church family has been blessed to have the opportunity to minister with Pastor Luke and Bethannie the last few months. We were so grateful to officially welcome them into our church family during Pastor Luke’s installation service on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

We look forward to serving with them for years to come and pray that God will continue to bless and guide them throughout their ministry.

We encourage you to come and worship with us this Sunday.  Pastor Luke is a great speaker and he is starting his new sermon series “To the Depths and Back Again: A Prophet’s Tale”. Pastor Luke will address questions like “How does God use rebellious people?” and “Does prayer change God’s mind?” Join us as we journey…To the Depths and Back Again!


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To the Depths and Back Again: A Prophet’s Tale

Saturday, September 17th, 2016


Jonah. It’s just another fish story, right? Much like Grimm’s Fairy Tales, it has a good moral at the end to whisper to your kids as you tuck them into bed: “You better listen to God, or you’ll get swallowed by a whale!” Most of us are familiar with the story of Jonah, but we might be surprised by the many treasures that can be mined from this tiny 4-chapter book buried deep in the heart of the Old Testament. As we spend time in Jonah over the next couple of months, we’ll address questions like “How does God use rebellious people?” and “Does prayer change God’s mind?” Join us as we journey…To the Depths and Back Again!

New sermon series begins September 25.

Donations Needed for Flood Victims

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

The recent flooding in Louisiana has left thousands of people homeless and has also contributed to a number of injuries and deaths. We as a church now have the opportunity to help out one family in particular.

Michael Gibney is a pastor affiliated with the Church of the Lutheran Brethren who just moved with his family to Baton Rouge. Their home was flooded by the recent heavy rainfall and they also lost their two cars. They have no insurance for their home because they are located in a no-flood zone, and—to top it all off—Mike’s wife’s grandfather recently passed away. Mike is also currently in the midst of a battle with cancer.

If you’d like to donate money to the Gibney Family, please make your checks payable to the church but write “Gibney Family” in the memo line. There is an offering plate at the back of the sanctuary. Please note that these donations will not be tax-deductible, since the money is going to one specific family.

Watch Mike’s video below for a firsthand look at the recovery efforts.