Batter Up!

Batter Up!

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Wednesday, May 10

On Wednesday, May 10, our Children’s Choir will present the musical In the Big Inning, and they want everyone to get in on the fun. For supper that night, we will be served a baseball-themed meal of hamburgers and hot dogs. The tables will be decorated, and you can join in the festivities by wearing your favorite baseball team shirt or hat.

The musical will be presented in the chapel at 6:45 p.m., and will be followed by a fellowship in the courtyard where our Hospitality Committee will serve up some more baseball treats. Those who wish can join in on a competitive game of whiffle ball.

It promises to be a delightful evening, and we hope to see you there.

Tavernsong

Tavernsong

Sunday, April 30

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, April 30, at 6:00 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.

Children's Mission Recognition Service

Children's Mission Recognition Service

Wednesday, May 3

Mission classes are an important part of our Children’s Ministry programs. Our children
have an enthusiasm for learning about new countries and the work of missionaries in those countries. They also enjoy the occasional sampling of foods from these countries, the fun of a great art project, and of course the thrill of a competitive game of Four Square. The work of teaching our children about missions and of guiding their young hearts to have compassion for others is a responsibility that we take seriously at Highland Hills.

As we close out another year of mission classes at Highland Hills, we invite you to join us as our Mission Friends, GAs and RAs share the highlights of their year. This service will take place on Wednesday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. in our Great Room. Come and hear their stories and be inspired by their enthusiasm for telling the story of Jesus to a world that is waiting to hear.

VBS Super Heros Needed

VBS Super Heros Needed

We are beginning to make plans for HHBC's Vacation Bible School 2017! For this year's adventure, we will visit Hero Central, where we will discover our strength in God. VBS will be held from 9:00 a.m. until noon on Monday through Friday, July 10 – 14.

You can be a Super Hero this summer by joining the VBS adventure! Right now we are in search of teachers and center leaders (crafts, Bible story, snacks, and recreation) for preschoolers and children. Maybe you have never volunteered for VBS...don't let that stop you. You will find our rotation model to be an easy and fun way to participate as a volunteer.

We can't have VBS without a willing group of leaders, so let Carol and Ruth know how you can serve. Hero Central is the place to be, so join us for this super summer adventure!

Recognition of Graduates

Recognition of Graduates

We would like to recognize our members who are graduating from college and graduate school during Youth Sunday on May 7. A list of names will be printed in the Sunday morning bulletin and in the weekly Family Matters.

If you or a family member will be graduating from college or graduate school this spring, or if you graduated in December, please send us the name of your college and the degree that you are receiving. Graduate information can be sent to churchoffice@highlandhillsbaptist.org.

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.

Summer Plans for Children & Youth

Summer Plans for Children & Youth

The summer of 2017 is fast approaching! We want you to be a part of these summer opportunities for the youth and children of Highland Hills.

June 4 - 7 Children's Camp at Lake Sinclair
June 5 - 10 Youth Jubilate Summer Tour
June 11 - 17 Summer Mission Trip for all ages to Lumberton, NC
July 2 - 8 Passport Youth Camp in Greenville, SC
July 10 - 14 VBS at HHBC for preschoolers and children

Get ready to serve God, grow in faith, and have lots of fun with the Highland Hills family during Summer 2017!

Lives Changed... Two Feet at a Time

Lives Changed... Two Feet at a Time

While there are children here who might prefer they be allowed to go to school barefooted, all of us have not just shoes to wear, but a choice of what pair to wear.

Unfortunately, children in povertystricken remote villages and slums of the third world begin each day with barely enough to wear, no clean water, and NO SHOES.

Why are shoes so important for them? Their bare feet are battered and torn from walking on rocks, through mud, and on hot desert sands. Infections, diseases, and parasites enter the body through their damaged feet. Jiggers are sand fleas that bore into vulnerable feet.

Sole Hope was founded to change the lives of these children in Uganda and provide a means of income for families in poverty. Sole Hope’s mission is “Offering HOPE, healthier lives, and freedom from foot-related diseases through education, jobs, and medical relief.”

What can you do to help these children regain their childhood?

  1. Join us every Wednesday @ 5:00 p.m. for a Shoe Cutting Party where we will cut, package, and then send shoe uppers kits to Sole Hope headquarters in Salisbury, North Carolina for delivery to Uganda. Be sure to bring your own fabric-cutting scissors.
  2. Donate:
    a.Old denim jeans, extra-large safety pins and gallon Ziplock bags for shoe uppers kits
    b. Medical supplies for clinics - surgical gloves, cotton balls, medical tape, gauze, antibiotic cream, band aids, and stickers
    c. Money to fund the shoe-making project: (Make checks payable to HHBC and designate “Sole Hope Project”)
  3. Purchase items for Outreach House and the village clinics that are difficult to purchase in Uganda through Amazon.com (www.solehope.org  / click on “Take action” / scroll down to “Send Sole Hope Stuff from Amazon Smile”).

For more information about HHBC's participation, see the full article here or visit www.solehope.org.

 Mourning Joy

Mourning Joy

Mourning Joy is a special bi-monthly seminar and support group designed to help you rebuild your life after the death of a loved one. We know it hurts, and we want to help.

The group will meet the Second and Fourth Tuesdays, January 10 through March 28, from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m., at Highland Hills Baptist Church.

 A Look in the Mirror, Out the Window, and Into the Future

A Look in the Mirror, Out the Window, and Into the Future

Congregational Meeting: April 23

The Vision 20/20 leadership team has completed its analysis of the congregation’s responses from our March 23 meeting with Bill Wilson. On Sunday, we will distribute a printed summary of those responses, as well as a summary of the Macon Neighbors presentations that have occurred so far. These documents will also be posted on the website and the bulletin board outside Jake’s office.

Our next congregational meeting will take place on April 23 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. after worship and a simple lunch. It will build on the two previous meetings and these summaries. Please prepare for the meeting by

  • Reading the summaries carefully.
  • Prayerfully listening for what God is saying to us through them.
  • Coming with ideas for one or more God-sized dreams for the future of the church that are informed by what we have seen in the mirror and out the window.

Make your reservation now by calling the church office, signing up on one of forms around the church, or registering via the church website by clicking here.

 Macon Neighbors in April

Macon Neighbors in April

Our Wednesday night Prayer Services in April will continue to be devoted to Macon Neighbors -- meeting individuals who help us reacquaint ourselves with the Macon of the present. Speakers lined up are as follows:

April 26: Dr. Curtis L. Jones, Superintendent, Bibb County
School District and Hon. Verda Colvin, Superior Court Judge, Macon Judicial Circuit

 Children’s Camp 2017 – Hide and Seek

Children’s Camp 2017 – Hide and Seek

We are making plans for Children's Camp 2017 for our children who are currently in third through sixth grade! It is going to be a great time of Bible Study, music, crafts, recreation and crazy activities! This retreat will be held at a lake house on Lake Sinclair from Sunday afternoon, June 4 through Wednesday morning, June 7. 

The cost of the retreat is $125 and includes three nights lodging in a beautiful rental home on Lake Sinclair, homecooked meals, a camp t-shirt, and a lifetime of memories! In order to reserve your child's spot for this retreat, you will need to pay a $50 nonrefundable deposit no later than Sunday, April 23. The balance of the cost will be due by Sunday, May 28. Please make checks payable to HHBC, earmark them "Children's Camp.”

Feel free to contact Ruth DuCharme if you have any questions. HHBC Children's Camp is always a wonderful experience, and our children are gearing up for a great time this year!

Summer Jubilate Choir Tour Sign Up

Summer Jubilate Choir Tour Sign Up

For over 20 years, the Youth Choir of Highland Hills has participated in a summer choir tour with the Jubilate Festival Singers. This year’s Summer Jubilate Choir Tour to Louisville, Kentucky, is Tuesday through Sunday, June 6-11. The cost is $125. Youth who would like to attend need to see Cass to sign up and pay a $50 deposit by Easter Sunday, April 16. The balance of $75 will be due on Sunday, May 21. This year’s tour will take the choir to Louisville, Kentucky, Holiday World, either Frankfort, Kentucky, or Nashville, Tennesee, and end at Highland Hills on Sunday morning, June 11.

Hearing New Stories

Hearing New Stories

A new podcast is available on our church website to help us hear new stories. This series, called "Your Story, My Voice," is a collection of testimonies from our neighbors, people connected through Highland Hills ministries. The layers of this podcast include the stories of Jesus, stories of our neighbors and the stories of our community. You will hear people from our church family talk, reflect and share in response to the testimonies. Listen by clicking here.

Many thanks to Betsy Cleveland, Marty Leverett, Jean Trotter, Emma Tatum, Tamara Patterson, Jeff Browne, Jake Hall, Erin Hall, and Sylvia Bridges for adding their voices to this podcast. The podcast was created by Erin Hall for the completion of her doctoral project.

Opportunities for the Week — April 23 - 30, 2017

Opportunities for the Week — April 23 - 30, 2017

Sunday, April 23
The Second Sunday of Easter
9:45am
Sunday School
11:00am
Morning Worship
12:00pm
Vision 20/20 Congregational
Meeting/Lunch

Wednesday, April 26
8:00am
Men’s Prayer Breakfast
5:00pm
Children's & Youth Choirs
Happy Hour
Sole Hope Ministry
5:50pm
Family Night Supper
6:20pm
Children's Missions
6:30pm
Macon Neighbors
Life on MainStreet
7:10pm
Sanctuary Choir

Sunday, April 30
The Third Sunday of Easter
9:45am
Sunday School
11:00am
Morning Worship
6:00pm