A Thank You Note from Gerald

A Thank You Note from Gerald

Dear Highland Hills family and friends,

It is with a most grateful heart that I say "a million thanks" for all of the ways that you honored me on my 30th anniversary as your church organist. The beautifully spoken tributes by Cam Bishop, Lyn Hicks, Cass DuCharme and Jake Hall, will always remain with me.

I especially treasure the beautiful flowers, generous love offering, many cards, and gifts that you presented to me, The elegant reception was a "glorious" way to end a very happy day, and I look forward to many more years of ministry with you.

With much love and thanksgiving,
Gerald

Fall Family Fest

Fall Family Fest

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Volunteers Needed for Fall FamilyFest

Volunteers Needed for Fall FamilyFest

Our annual Fall FamilyFest on Sunday, October 22, will be a great opportunity to introduce friends and neighbors to Highland Hills. The courtyard will come alive with children, youth, and adults enjoying a beautiful fall day and fun with friends. We're planning games and activities for all ages, including inflatables, a cakewalk, and a shaved ice truck.

It takes a lot of volunteers to make a fun event like this a success. We need your help! If you can volunteer to work a shift for the festival, please email Ruth at ruth@highlandhillsbaptist.org or Carol at carol@highlandhillsbaptist.org. Invite your friends and come join in the fun!

Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat

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Wednesday, October 25

On Wednesday, October 25, the back parking lot will be filled with lots of interesting characters at our Trunk or Treat. Adults will decorate their cars and compete for prizes as they enjoy passing out candy to our children. Children are encouraged to come in costume and roam from car to car in search of treats. Prizes will be given to the best preschool boy and girl costumes, as well as the best elementary-aged boy and girl costumes. The fun will begin at 5:45 p.m., and the youth will serve supper as a mission trip fundraiser beginning at 6:15 p.m. Put on your costume and join in the fun!

Deacon Election

Deacon Election


Sunday, November 5

On Sunday, November 5, during morning worship, we will elect seven new deacons to serve three-year terms. A list of 14 men and women, who have been nominated, will be presented on November 5 for a vote by the church membership.

Grounds Workday Thank You

Grounds Workday Thank You

A group of willing workers gathered last Saturday for a grounds workday at the church. Please thank them for their hard work and for helping provide you with a beautiful place to worship. They are: Carol and Steve Brown, Emily and Larry Brumley, Cass DuCharme, Eugenia Espy, Neil Heath, Lyn Hicks, Bob Jones, Jean Keene, Leah and Marty Leverett, Buddy and Gloria Marshall, Chuck Perkins, Wimberley and Richard Rader, Chris Sims, Rick Smalley and his son-in-law, Joel Stringer, Peggy Williams, and Jimmy Wootan.

Gospel Gothic Comes to Highland Hills

Gospel Gothic Comes to Highland Hills

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During the month of October, Gospel Gothic will find its way to Highland Hills as a short-term class during the Sunday morning Bible study hour. Jake Hall and Keith Gammons will be exploring the weekly lectionary text through the lens of Americana music. This class will offer an opportunity to listen to songs that will guide you to explore God’s Word in a new way and to engage in conversation with other fellow music-lovers. The Gospel Gothic class will meet each Sunday in October in the Great Room at 9:45 a.m.

Bike — A — Thon

Bike — A — Thon

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Buckle up your helmets and get ready to ride for a good cause! Our Children’s Ministry Committee and Missions Committee are hosting a Bike-a-Thon on Wednesday, October 18, at 6:30 p.m. Preschoolers, children, youth, and adults with a youthful spirit are invited to ride their bikes, scooters, and tricycles to raise money to purchase bicycles as Christmas gifts for children in our community. We are working with one of our ministry partners, the Mentor's Project, to meet this need.

Children will seek pledges and donations from family and friends for the number of laps that they will ride around the church parking lot. Church members are encouraged to sign up to sponsor a child rider. The Missions Committee will match the amount of money raised, up to $2,500. All are invited to come out to the Bike-a-Thon to cheer on our cyclists as they ride, raise funds, and give gifts of love to children in need.

Print a Rider Pledge Sheet

Donate to Support a Rider

Rise Against Hunger

Rise Against Hunger

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Sunday, November 5, at 4:00 p.m.

Highland Hills will make an impact on world hunger by hosting a Rise Against Hunger meal-packing event on November 5, at 4:00 p.m. 

All ages of our church, from preschoolers to senior adults, will work together to pack meals that feed people in our world. The meals are shipped throughout the world to support school feeding programs, orphanages, and crisis relief. The Rise Against Hunger organization provides all supplies and instructions; we supply the helping hands. We need you! There are jobs for everyone: scooping ingredients into meal bags, measuring ingredients, filling boxes, and carrying and stacking boxes.

We will pack 12,096 meals in about two hours. If we have more volunteers, we can pack even more, so invite your Sunday school class and friends. We need a minimum of 50 volunteers. Senior adults, children, youth, adults, and preschoolers age 4 and older can help. This is an excellent time to invite friends from the community to serve alongside us. Volunteers should register online by clicking here.

Join in the fun on Sunday, November 5, at 4:00 p.m. and help us make more than 12,000 meals to join the rise against hunger.

Vision 20/20 Ministry Teams

Vision 20/20 Ministry Teams

The implementation of Vision 20/20’s initiatives began on September 10, when the congregation gathered for lunch to see the work of the temporary design teams. Those teams, made up of a Vision 20/20 team member, a staff person, and two to three members of the congregation, combed through Kool-AID results and provocative proposals to develop initial action plans for us.

We are now in the process of forming six ministry leadership teams that will be in charge of putting these plans into action. There will be one team for each of the six initiatives. The teams will coordinate with existing church committees and organizations.

If you were not here on September 10, or did not sign up then, it is not too late to do so! You can sign up for one (or more) of the teams, indicate your interest in being the leader of that team, or simply participate in one (or more) of the activities, by signing up at http://www.highlandhillsbaptist.org/vision-2020. We also have paper forms at the church.

So far, 62 different people at the lunch signed up to work on at least one of these projects and so became part of these emerging ministry teams. Remember, these ideas and projects came from you. They represent your sense of your gifts and calling. Now all of us need to do our part in making them real.

If you have not yet read the final report, it is available for download at http://www.highlandhillsbaptist.org/vision-2020 or in the magazine rack in the main hallway of the church.

Download Vision 20/20 Final Report

Sign up for a Ministry Team

Women on Mission Collecting for Food Boxes

Women on Mission Collecting for Food Boxes

Women on Mission is sponsoring a mission project for October and November to collect canned goods and staples for Thanksgiving and Christmas boxes. Please bring these items and place them in the boxes at the parlor entrance and by the downstairs elevator.

Micah Projects

Micah Projects

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Here are some upcoming ways we are invited to "do, love and walk" as we serve our neighbors this month.

Make your plans to be there:

  1.  EMPOWER: Bike-a-Thon - On October 18, we will all cheer on our children and youth as they bike to raise money for purchasing bicycles for children at Christmas time. These bicycles will be provided to families in poverty who are connected to the Mentor's Project.
  2. FEED: Rise Against Hunger - We will host a church-wide meal packing event again this year. Join in the fun on Sunday, November 5 at 4:00 p.m. Sign up here: (link to our sign up) and help us make over 12,000 meals. This year, many of the meals will feed areas devastated by hurricane damage.
  3. FEED: Loaves and Fishes - October 3 will be our next monthly delivery of sack lunches to Loaves and Fishes. See Emily Brumley or Erin Hall if you would like to help deliver these lunches some time.

HHBC Senior Adults Attending Senior Celebration

HHBC Senior Adults Attending Senior Celebration

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Tuesday, October 24

Our senior adults are invited to attend the CBF/GA Senior Celebration on Tuesday, October 24 at First Baptist Church in Griffin, Georgia. Dr. Edward Bolen will be preaching and L.C. Lane will provide the entertainment. The event will be from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and includes lunch. Registration and fee for lunch is $15.00 per person. Contact Peggy Williams or Renee Bennett with questions.

All Saints Day Remembrance

All Saints Day Remembrance

Sunday, October 29

On Sunday, October 29, our church will pause to remember those persons from our congregation who have died in the past year. This tradition helps us honor those who have walked before us and those who have made Highland Hills a strong and vibrant family of faith.

This year, we will prayerfully call the names of: Charlotte Daughtry, Marcia Powers, Hubert Kitchens, Sara Jones, Wilbur Bush, and Carl Wilson.

We will affirm the gifts of life and eternal life that God granted them and grants us all. Make plans to attend this meaningful and moving service.
 

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