Light Has Come: Christmas Concert and Caroling

Light Has Come: Christmas Concert and Caroling

Sunday, December 9, 5:00 p.m.

The sounds of Christmas will fill our Great Room on Sunday evening, December 9 at 5:00 p.m. as our church presents, The Light Has Come Christmas Concert and Caroling. Featured performers for the evening include Dwayne Boswell, Shana Hargrove, Kadar Jones, Ruth DuCharme, Ginger Gilpin, Sara Elliott, and others. Church members can help by providing a plate of sweets or finger foods to share. Hot chocolate and cider will be provided by the church. Invite your family and friends to join us for this festive evening as we light up the night with Christmas music.

Season of Advent 2018

Season of Advent 2018

Dec. 2 First Sunday of Advent
11:00am Worship Service/Hanging of the Green

Dec. 5
6:30pm Children and Youth Christmas program

Dec. 9 Second Sunday of Advent
11:00am Worship Service
5:00pm Christmas Concert in the Amphitheatre

Dec. 16 Third Sunday of Advent
11:00am Worship Service
Special Music by Sanctuary Choir

Dec. 23 Fourth Sunday of Advent
11:00am Worship Service

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

Christmas Joys

Christmas Joys

Wednesday, December 12, 6:00 p.m.

The holiday season is here, and that means it is time to have some fun together. Our children and families look forward to sharing laughter and joy at our Elf Workshop and Family Night Christmas Party.

Our Family Night Christmas Party gives everyone a chance to come together for a night of laughter and fun. This year’s party theme is FA LA LA LA LA – Christmas Karaoke. Join us for a delicious meal and delightful entertainment. You never know who might show up behind the microphone to share a Christmas song with us. This year’s party will take place on Wednesday, December 12, at 6:00 p.m.

Celebrating Abundance

Celebrating Abundance

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Devotional Guides and Bible Study Gathering For many of us, preparing for Christmas means being pulled into a cycle of overindulgence, from overeating to overspending. Our homes are filled with lights, tinsel and wrapping paper, but what fills our hearts during this season? This Advent lets train our eyes and our hearts to look beyond the trappings of Christmas to see the wonder of God’s abundant life and grace that came to dwell among us.

Each year we like to provide an Advent devotion book to our congregation. During the coming season of Advent, we will use Walter Brueggemann’s daily devotional book, Celebrating Abundance as our devotional guide. These books are a little different from the booklets we have offered in the past. The books will cost $5 and can be purchased in the church office, and they will be made available for purchase on Wednesday nights in the Great Room.

On Sunday mornings during Advent, there will be a gathering in the Great Room at 9:45 a.m. for those who would like to delve deeper into this book. Jake Hall will lead these sessions for the four Sundays of Advent. All are welcome to join in this time of study and time to reflect upon the abundant life that God offers to us.

Salvation Army Christmas Stockings

Salvation Army Christmas Stockings

The Salvation Army needs your help in providing Christmas for children in need. Many Macon parents are financially unable to provide their children with toys and the usual Santa goodies. Won't you help by picking up and filling a Salvation Army stocking from the bins located in the hallways near the Parlor and elevator? There is a sheet in the bins listing suggestions for various ages. Be sure to indicate on the stocking topper the age of the child the stocking was filled for and whether it is for a boy or girl. Each child on the Salvation Army's Angel list will receive a stocking along with toys and clothing.

Jim Dandies

Jim Dandies

Tuesday, December 11, 11:00 a.m.

Highland Hills Adults,

Even though you may think Jim Dandies is not for you, you won’t want to miss our December 11, 2018 meeting. Our Christmas Luncheon will be magical this year! Hold on to your Christmas socks as our own MAGIC MIKE FULLER will be with us. Please join us for food, fun, fellowship as we celebrate the Christmas Season. As always there will be door prizes, surprises and a good time waiting for all.

Christmas in the Park 2018

Christmas in the Park 2018

Saturday, December 15

We look forward to celebrating with our neighbors in Kings Park on December 15, 10:00 - 12:00 noon. This year, Christmas in the Park will feature a “Santa Shop” and fun for the neighborhood children. We will set up a “shop” for parents to select gifts, with a very small price tag, to give their children. Parents get to have the dignity of choosing and purchasing gifts their child would enjoy, and the joy of giving a new, gift-wrapped item. We get to participate in bringing joy and nurturing peace in families who live in Kings Park.

How can you be a part of Christmas in the Park 2018?

1. Donate toys and gifts. The gifts for the Santa Shop will be donated by our congregation. The list below (and on our website) has suggested donations. You may also shop directly from our HHBC Amazon Wish List. Browse the toys and gifts, purchase, and have it shipped directly to: Highland Hills Baptist Church, 1370 Briarcliff Road Macon, GA 31211. Please have all items delivered by December 12.

2. Volunteer. We need gift wrappers, craft helpers, shopping helpers, load in and clean up helpers, and greeters to share God's love with these neighbors. Youth and Adults may volunteer. HHBC children may attend and enjoy activities. with their parent who volunteers. Please make plans to share the joy of Christmas at this special event. Sign up in the church office or use this link: VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP

Suggested Toy Donations:

*Please do not donate used toys, damaged items, or toy guns/weapons. Donate new toys and items at the HHBC church office October 21 – December 12:

Younger children:

Puzzles * Lego sets * balls * dolls (variety of races) * board games * card games * Little Tykes * hula hoops * sport equipment * Play Doh set * books * toys from popular themes: Minecraft, Polly Pocket, Beyblade, Disney, Star Wars, PJ Mask, Elmo, Fortnite, and more.

Older Children/Teens:

nail polish set * art/drawing set * sport equipment * card games * Fortnite * scented lotion set * books * hair accessories * Air hogs * Laser Peg Building Set * sports balls * hacky sacks * robots * fun socks *gloves

A Taize Service of Blessing

A Taize Service of Blessing

Tuesday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m

Join us on Tuesday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel for an Advent Service of Blessing and Rest in Taize tradition.

The 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. Come and experience the peace that can be found by resting in God's presence.

There will be no Taize service in January.

Christmas Holiday Hours

Christmas Holiday Hours

December 24 — Office Closes at Noon
December 25 & 26 — Office Closed
December 31 — Office Closes at Noon
January 1 — Office Closed

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 Emily Brumley at erbrumley@aol.com by December 17 to volunteer.

Offering Envelopes 2019

Offering Envelopes 2019

The 2019 offering envelopes are now available. Please pick up your envelopes and begin using them Sunday, January 6. If you do not see your envelopes, please contact the church office and we will provide a box for you. Using your envelopes helps ensure your contributions are accounted for accurately.

Boston Butt Fundraiser for Youth Missions

Boston Butt Fundraiser for Youth Missions

You can support the youth's summer mission trip to Passport Furman in Greenville, South Carolina, by purchasing a ticket for a Boston Butt!

Jim Welch from Welch's Country Smokehouse on Bass Road will cook the Boston Butts (no turkeys). Tickets will be available for $35 ($37 when purchased online includes a processing fee) through Wednesday, December 12. You can purchase tickets from the youth, online and in the church office. You must pay for your tickets when you receive them. The tickets are good until April 21, 2019.

The sale ends on Wednesday, December 12. You will simply call the phone number on the ticket at least 48 hours before you want your Boston Butt(s) and they will be ready for pick up at Welch’s Country Smokehouse at 1687 Bass Road (be mindful of business hours in your planning).

Don’t miss out on supporting our youth and enjoying a delicious smoked Boston Butt. Since you can wait and pick up the meat whenever you like, it will make your holiday meals quick and easy. And of course, the tickets also make great gifts!

Deacon of the Week

Deacon of the Week

Sunday, December 9 - Saturday, December 15

Ben Huston

His deacon families are:

Debbie Bush
Randy & Kathy Candler
Gary Cannon
Michael Caputo & Susan Lundy
Cole & Zoe
Gerald Carper
Charlie & Taylor Cassidy
Seth Clark & Becca Richard
Stroud
Blair & Betsy Cleveland
Ellie & Knox

Opportunities for the Week — December 9 - 16, 2018

Opportunities for the Week — December 9 - 16, 2018

Sunday, December 9
The Second Sunday of Advent

9:45am
Sunday School
11:00am
Morning Worship
5:00pm
Christmas Concert in the
Great Room

Tuesday, December 11
11:00am
Jim Dandies

Wednesday, December 12
8:00am
Men's Prayer Breakfast
5:50pm
Family Night Supper
6:30pm
Family Night Christmas Party
7:10pm
Sanctuary Choir

Saturday, December 15
10:00am
Christmas in the Park

Sunday, December 16
The Third Sunday of Advent

9:45am
Sunday School
11:00am
Morning Worship/Special Music by Sanctuary Choir
5:00pm
Youth Christmas Party at the Bowden's