Prayer Retreat: Blessing All of Life

Prayer Retreat: Blessing All of Life

Friday, September 22

There are times when we need to pause, look around, and remember that so many things around us point to God. On Friday, September 22, Highland Hills Baptist Church and Vineville United Methodist Church will sponsor a morning prayer retreat. The retreat will take place from 9:30 a.m. until noon at Highland Hills, and will include time for corporate and individual prayer and reflection. There will be opportunities for creative expression, silence, and walks around our beautiful campus.

Ruth DuCharme and Ann Smith will lead this retreat. The cost is $10, and you can sign up by contacting the church office at 478-746-4846, emailing churchoffice@highlandhillsbaptist.org, or registering below. Childcare provided for infants through 5K. 

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Tavernsong

Tavernsong

Sunday, August 20 at 6:00 p.m.

Tavernsong, a hymn sing at Bearfoot Tavern in Macon, is a great time to sing, eat, drink, and connect with people in our community. The next Tavernsong event will take place on Sunday, August 20, at 7:00 p.m. at Bearfoot Tavern. We are excited about offering these events, so invite your friends to come. Seating is in the outdoor patio area and people can enjoy entrees and beverages, dutch treat, while singing hymns together.

For more information about Tavernsong events, click here.

Promotion Sunday and Blessing of Students

Promotion Sunday and Blessing of Students

Sunday, August 20

Sunday, August 20, is Promotion Sunday for our preschoolers, children, and youth. On this day, our children will begin the morning in their current classrooms, and then at 10:30 a.m., we will promote those who are going into new classes and departments.

A highlight of this day will take place in worship when we present our first graders with a new Bible. This gift from our church to these children is a symbol of our desire to place God’s Word in their hands and upon their hearts.

Also during worship, we will have a Blessing of Students. Preschoolers, children, and youth are encouraged to bring their backpacks to worship for a time of individual blessing and to receive a gift to carry with them throughout the school year.

Following worship there will be a picnic and celebration for families of preschoolers and children. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic for their family, and a bathing suit for their children. We will picnic together, and let the children have some wet fun with the waterslide and other water toys. It will be a great way to celebrate the beginning of a new season of Sunday School.

7th Grade Bible Presentation and Pool Party

7th Grade Bible Presentation and Pool Party

Sunday, August 20

On Sunday, August 20, the new seventh graders will be promoted into the youth group during Sunday School. During worship, they will receive a Bible to officially welcome them into the group. Following the morning worship service, all of the youth group are invited to a lunch and pool party at the Clevelands' home. Come join us as we welcome our new seventh graders and say goodbye to our graduates.

Vision 20/20 Progress Report

Vision 20/20 Progress Report

The six initiatives that emerged as God spoke through the congregation represent the destination of the church over the next few years. However, they do not tell us how to get there. Put differently, they tell us we are heading for Orlando, but they do not tell us how we are getting there. Are we going by plane, train, or automobile?

Over the summer, the church staff, Vision 20/20 team members, and a few others have formed design teams have been working on the how. They are drawing up initial plans for putting meat on the bones of the six initiatives. The design teams for the initiatives are: Vital Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Radical Hospitality, Risk-Taking Missions, Passionate Community, and Generous Stewardship.

On September 10, we will present our final report at a congregational meeting after worship and a lunch. We will set out those plans and give you opportunity to meet with each of the design teams and say how you will be part of the future.

Here’s what you can do now:

Mark your calendar now to be part of that event. Study the initiatives. Which one (or ones) excite you? Prayerfully consider where your deep sense of gifts, calling, and joy meets the world’s great needs. Continue to pray over the summer for the Vision 20/20 team as we work on more details to be announced on Sept. 10.

Family Night Supper Is Back!

Family Night Supper Is Back!

After a summer break, Family Night Supper will return on Wednesday, August 16. Our church family will gather again in the Great Room for a time of food and fellowship at 6:00 p.m., followed by Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m. This time of shared community around the tables is a weekly highlight for many of our families. If you have not made Family Night Suppers a part of your routine, this is a good time to give them a try.

On Wednesday, August 23, our youth will lead us during Prayer Service in a Passport Reflection Service. Let’s support our youth as they share with us their experiences of fun, service, and faith from Passport Mission Camp 2017.

A special Wednesday meal and event will take place on August 30. Pack your bags and join us for The Great Adventure to kickoff Music and Missions. As we share dinner and games together, we’ll celebrate the new year in choirs and mission organizations for our children and youth.

The Great Adventure to Kickoff Music and Missions

The Great Adventure to Kickoff Music and Missions

School Supplies for Burdell-Hunt

School Supplies for Burdell-Hunt

Churchwide collection August - September

The WOM group is sponsoring a churchwide collection of school supplies for Burdell-Hunt
Elementary School during the months of August and September. The first box of supplies was donated in time for the first day of school on August 1. We will continue to add to the collection and help them stock up for the school year. Please place your donations in the collection bins located by the parlor entrance and the upper level elevator.

Clothing Closet at Burdell Hunt

Clothing Closet at Burdell Hunt

One way we will support the needs of Burdell Hunt Elementary is to collect uniform clothing. Please donate new or gently used uniform pants and shirts. Polo shirts: white, khaki, yellow, gold, red, or black. Pants: khaki, black, or navy. Size 4T - Size 18 or Children's XS -XXL. We will also collect underwear and socks on Sunday, September 24. Please bring packages of NEW underwear and socks on that day for "Undie Sunday."

Update Your Contact Information

Update Your Contact Information

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Organ Renovation Has Begun

Organ Renovation Has Begun

The Highland Hills pipe organ renovation has begun and will take approximately four months to complete. During this time of renovation, Gerald will be sharing his gifts on the piano in worship. Please keep Gerald in your prayers as he anxiously awaits the return of the pipe organ.

Deacon of the Week

Deacon of the Week

Sunday, August 20 - Saturday, August 26

Anne Heath

Her deacon families are:
Molly & Sam Pearson
   Cassidy & Clay
Chuck & Elaine Perkins
   Brandon
Andy Perry
Jackie & Ned Perry
Colyar & Peter Persons
   Pierce, Henry & Robert
Johnny & Teresa Pierce
   Meredith & Abigail
David & Surelle Pinkson
   John David
Darryl Powers
Ed Powers
David & Lynn Priester
   Florence & Davy
Richard & Wimberley Rader
   Gabrielle & Mimi

Opportunities for the Week — August 20 — 27, 2017

Opportunities for the Week — August 20 — 27, 2017

Sunday, August 20
The Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost
9:45am
Promotion Sunday
11:00am
Morning Worship
Bible Presentation
Blessing of the Students
12:00pm
Family Picnic
Youth Pool Party at the Clevelands

Wednesday, August 23
8:00am
Men's Prayer Service
5:50pm
Family Night Supper
6:30pm
Passport Reflection
7:10pm
Sanctuary Choir

Sunday, August 27
The Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost
9:45am
Sunday School
11:00am
Morning Worship

Adult Sunday School Summer of Service

Adult Sunday School Summer of Service

Sunday, August 13 will be our final Summer of Service adult Sunday school gathering in the Great Room. Adults in theses classes are invited to bring a breakfast item to share on Sunday. Join in for a time of reflection and sharing about discipleship in our lives.

On August 20, Promotion Sunday, a few of our adult classes will begin meeting in different classrooms around the building. We are excited to create new spaces to live out our Vision 20/20 commitment to “Intentional Faith Development,” "Radical Hospitality" and “Generous Stewardship.”

Taize Worship Service

Taize Worship Service

Tuesday, August 15

Taize worship services, which are held on the third Tuesday of each month, provide a restful, meditative time designed to give participants a quiet break from the busyness of life. The next Taize service will be held on Tuesday, August 15, at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel. Come and experience the peace that can be found by resting in God's presence.