Worship Season of Advent 2016

Worship Season of Advent 2016

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Nov. 27
First Sunday in Advent
11:00am Worship Service/Hanging of the Green

Dec. 4
Second Sunday in Advent
11:00am Worship Service

Dec. 7
6:45pm Children’s Christmas Music

Dec. 11
Third Sunday in Advent
11:00am Worship Service
7:00pm Live Outdoor Nativity

Dec. 18
Fourth Sunday in Advent
11:00am Worship Service
Special Music by Sanctuary Choir

Dec. 24
Christmas Eve
5:00pm Organ Recital by Gerald Carper
Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service

Dec. 25
Christmas Day
11:00am Worship in the Great Roo

Live Outdoor Nativity: A Shepherd's Story

Live Outdoor Nativity: A Shepherd's Story

Sunday, December 11, at 7:00 p.m.

One of Highland Hills’ wonderful Christmas traditions is our Live Outdoor Nativity Drama, held in our church’s amphitheatre. This year’s nativity drama will be told through the eyes of a shepherd. Not just any shepherd, this is a shepherd who saw and heard the angels and saw the Christ child, wrapped in a cloth, lying in a manger. The story begins on the day of Christ’s crucifixion as the shepherd shares his story of the night that changed his life, with his son and with us.

You won’t want to miss this presentation featuring the shepherds, angels, Mary, Joseph, the innkeeper, the wise men, the donkey and yes, the baby Jesus. You’ll also get to hear the music of our Adult Ensemble and soloists as they share the carols of Christmas and welcome the birth of the Christ child.

Make plans to attend and bring a friend. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be held in the chapel. Following the performance, we will have a fellowship in the Great Room. You will not want to miss this Highland Hills tradition. Come hear it again for the first time.

Family Night Christmas Party

Family Night Christmas Party

December 14, 6pm

Jim Dandies Christmas Party

Jim Dandies Christmas Party

Join the Jim Dandies, HHBC's senior adult group, on Tuesday, December 13, for their annual Christmas celebration. The group will gather in the Great Room at 11:00 a.m. for a delicious lunch and holiday entertainment.

"Sounds of the Season" will be presented by Gerald Carper, Neil Heath, and other special guests.

Please call the church office to make reservations.

 LifeSpring Cookie Fellowship

LifeSpring Cookie Fellowship

Monday, December 19

All are welcome to join the fun when we gather to decorate Christmas cookies with the mothers and children of LifeSpring. The party will take place on Monday, December 19, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in the Great Room

Christmas Eve Angels Needed

Christmas Eve Angels Needed

Highland Hills is seeking Christmas Eve Angels! Each year, four church members are needed to serve in the nursery during the Christmas Eve service so that families with young children can enjoy the peacefulness of the worship service.

These angels are only allowed to serve in this special place of service one time in their lives, and their sacrifice is a great gift to our young families.

Will you be our angels this Christmas Eve? If so, please contact Carol Brown at carol@highlandhillsbaptist.org by December 18 to volunteer.

Worship on Christmas Day and New Year's Day

Worship on Christmas Day and New Year's Day

This holiday season gives us two extra opportunities to worship together as a church family. Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year, so we get to celebrate the birth of our Savior…at church…on Christ’s birthday! There will be no Sunday School on December 25, but we will gather in the Great Room at 10:30 a.m. for coffee and doughnuts and 11:00 a.m. to sing carols, show off our Christmas gifts, and celebrate the greatest gift of the season – the Christ child.

Dress casually and plan to enjoy this family time. New Year’s Day also falls on a Sunday this year. Again, there will be no Sunday School, but we will gather in the chapel at 11:00 a.m. to welcome the new year together. Don’t miss these two special opportunities to worship with your church family.

Advent Devotional Guides Available

Advent Devotional Guides Available

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Each year, we provide an Advent devotional booklet to be used during this season. This year’s booklet is "From Heaven Above," by Michael Hoy. The booklets are available for you to pick up from a basket in the Great Room, on the table near the Chapel, and in the office.

We are also providing a resource for our children to use during Advent that will enhance their season of preparation and waiting. This year, the children will have a calendar with windows to open each day during Advent. These are available for pick up in the children’s area of our church.

A Gift from Heaven Advent Boxes

A Gift from Heaven Advent Boxes

God’s greatest gift to us is the gift of Jesus Christ.
Jesus was given to bear witness to God’s love and grace. Jesus was given to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Jesus was a gift from heaven.

This year our Advent devotion guides for both adults and children are titled, From Heaven Above, and it is a theme that will resonate throughout our hearts and minds during this season of giving. Our Preschool and Children’s Ministries, along with the Missions Committee, want to involve our families in a tangible exercise of giving to others during this season.

For those who are hungry, the gift of food can indeed feel like a “gift from heaven above.” Highland Hills Baptist Church families with preschoolers and children are encouraged to make this happen for local families in need by picking up an Advent Box from the church, beginning on November 13. You can take the box home, decorate it, and then during each day of Advent (November 27 – December 24), place a non-perishable food item in the box. Items such as canned goods, beans, rice, and peanut butter are good items for this project.

Once your boxes are full, you can bring them to the church. We will receive boxes on these special days of giving and worship: Christmas Day, December 25, New Year’s Day, January 1, and Epiphany Sunday, January 8.

Salvation Army Stockings

Salvation Army Stockings

Each year, the Salvation Army provides Christmas gifts for children of families in need. This year, there are 1,100 children on the list. A Salvation Army stocking is a part of each child's Christmas gift. It has become a tradition for Highland Hills to participate in this Christmas event. Won't you pick up a stocking or two from the bins located in the hallway near the parlor or near the upper level elevator door? Fill the stockings with goodies as shown on the list provided and return the stockings to the bin by Friday, December 9.

The Salvation Army Safe House, a shelter for women and children in an abusive situation, is in need of children's coats. If your youngster has outgrown his or her coat, please consider donating it to this cause. They can use coats suitable for both girls and boys and in all sizes. They also need adult-size coats for women. The coats can be placed in the bins with the Christmas stockings.

Christmas Holiday Office Hours

Christmas Holiday Office Hours

December 26, 27, & 28
Office closed

January 2
Office closed

Opportunities for the Week — December 11-18, 2016

Opportunities for the Week — December 11-18, 2016

Sunday, December 11
Third Sunday in Advent
9:45am Sunday School
11:00am Morning Worship
7:00pm Live Nativity: A Shepherd's Story

Tuesday, December 13
11:00am Jim Dandies

Wednesday, December 14
8:00am Men’s Prayer Breakfast
6:00pm Family Night Christmas Party
7:10pm Sanctuary Choir

Sunday, December 18
Fourth Sunday in Advent
9:45am Sunday School
11:00am Morning Worship
Sanctuary Choir Special Music
6:00pm Tavernsong

Children and Youth Christmas Music

Children and Youth Christmas Music

Wednesday, December 7, at 6:45 p.m.

Join our church family for a special evening of worship on Wednesday, December 7, at 6:45 p.m. in the sanctuary. The children, preschoolers, and youth will share with us the music of Christmas.

Elf Workshop

Elf Workshop

Hope for the Holidays

Hope for the Holidays

Coping with Grief During the Holidays

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, Dinner begins at 6:00pm

Led by: Rev. Tina Clark, Project Leader Hospice Care Options
Presented by Grief Share — a Community-Wide Ministry of Highland Hills Baptist Church

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