Promotion Day Picnic and Celebration

Promotion Day Picnic and Celebration

Sunday, August 21, 12:00 - 2:00pm

Let's have a picnic to celebrate Sunday School Promotion Day! Families with preschoolers and children are invited to bring a picnic for your family and join your friends in the back courtyard for lunch and fellowship.

We'll have water fun for the children, with an inflatable water slide, small splash pools, water tether ball, and a slip 'n slide! Bring chairs and blankets for your family and come join the fun!

Promotion Sunday and First Grade Bible Presentation

Promotion Sunday and First Grade Bible Presentation

Sunday, August 21

For children, celebrating birthdays and graduations is a big part of growing up. They look forward to these and other milestones with joy and eagerness. There is that same feeling around Promotion Sunday at Highland Hills.

Sunday, August 21, 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. Join us as we celebrate this special day.

Blessing of Students

Blessing of Students

A blessing is a prayer that seeks to pass on God’s good will and favor upon a person. A blessing carries with it the hope for goodness and the fulfillment of God’s purpose in one’s life. With that in mind, our church would like to offer blessings upon our students as they begin the 2016-2017 school year.

On Sunday, August 21, during morning worship, we will set aside a time to bless our children, youth, and their families. Students, in preschool through high school, are encouraged to bring along their backpacks for this time of blessing. Each student will receive a personal blessing from a minister and a gift to go on his or her backpack as a reminder of this blessing. Make plans for your student to be a part of this special service.

 Passport Reflection Service

Passport Reflection Service

Wednesday, August 24

On Wednesday evening, August 24, the youth of Highland Hills will share their experiences from this summer’s Passport Mission Trip to Averett University in Danville, Virginia. 26 youth and adults from our church attended Passport where they played, worked, and worshiped with 200 youth from all over the country, sharing God’s love with the people of Danville.

During the reflection service, the youth will share the stories, experiences, testimonies and special memories of this exciting week of missions. There will also be a “slide show,” allowing everyone to see all of the fun the youth had at Passport. Make plans to attend as the youth bring to life their week at Passport.

 Youth Lake Day

Youth Lake Day

Saturday, August 27

To celebrate the seventh graders coming into the youth group, the youth will end the summer with a splash at the Spiveys’ lake house on Lake Sinclair. On Saturday, August 27, the youth will meet at the church at 9:00 a.m. to travel by church bus to the lake. They will return to the church at 4:00 p.m. Those who attend will need a bathing suit, towel, and dry clothes for the ride home. There is no cost for this event and lunch will be provided.

If you are planning on attending, please call the church office or let Cass know by Wednesday, August 24.

HHBC Welcomes a New Youth Intern

HHBC Welcomes a New Youth Intern

We are happy to welcome Taylor Chestnutt to our Ministerial Staff as she begins her duties as the Youth Intern on Sunday, August 21.

Taylor, a rising sophomore at Mercer, went with our youth to Passport Averett in July and instantly became a part of our group. She is from Wray, GA (just east of Tifton) and is a Pre-Med Major. She aspires to be a Pediatrician. Taylor is very passionate about volunteering her time helping others in need. In fact, she started working with us while she was volunteering with The Fuller Center working on a house where our church worked during our Mission Macon event this past June.

Taylor’s responsibilities at Highland Hills include assisting Cass with the youth on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, helping plan and implement youth events, and keeping the youth group up to date on social media. She has already been a great help to the youth and we look forward to her continued ministry with our youth.

Boots and BBQ Party

Boots and BBQ Party

Wednesday, August 31, 6pm in the Great Room

Stop Hunger Now!

Stop Hunger Now!

We know that one in every nine people on our planet go to bed hungry each night. We know that poor nutrition leads to the deaths of 3.1 million children each year throughout our world.  What if our church could do something to change that? On September 18 at 4 p.m., Highland Hills will make an impact on world hunger by hosting a Stop Hunger Now meal packing event.

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 Stop Hunger Now 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. What a joy it will be to work together as a church body to follow Jesus’ commandment to care for the least of these. 

When is Stop Hunger Now?  Sunday, September 18 from 4:00–6:00 pm

What are the meals?  We will pack meals that combine rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a packet of 23 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packages.

How many meals will we pack?  We will pack 10,152 meals in about two hours. If we have more volunteers we can pack even more, so invite your Sunday school class and friends. 

Who can participate in meal-packing?  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 on our website.

How else can I support this?  Donations will help meet our financial goal for these meals.  

Please sign up and donate for Stop Hunger Now on our website or in the church office.

Summer Reading & Discussion Groups

Summer Reading & Discussion Groups

Summer is a great time to enjoy a good book, and an even better time to share that book with friends. This summer you are invited to come together with other members of our faith community to read and discuss Fierce Love by Jeanie Miley.

Jeanie was with us in February for our church-wide retreat. After the retreat, many of our members were eager to explore this book together. The discussions of this book will be held in two sessions, and those participating should try to attend both sessions. The discussion dates are Monday, August 15, and Monday, August 22, both at 7:00 p.m. You can purchase Fierce Love in the office for $15. Happy reading!

Opt-Out of 2016 Deacon Nominations

Opt-Out of 2016 Deacon Nominations

In order to prepare for the 2016 Deacon Nomination process, the church office is developing our deacon nomination list. To create the most accurate list, we need to know if you are NOT interested in being considered as a deacon. Please submit your name by calling the church office, emailing churchoffice@highlandhillsbaptist.org, or clicking here if you DO NOT want your name to be included on the deacon nomination list.

The deadline for submission is Thursday, September 1.

Vision 20/20 FAQs

Vision 20/20 FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Vision 20/20?

  • A process for discerning what God wants us to be and do.
  • “Appreciative Inquiry:” identifies and builds on an organization’s strengths.

What Are the Goals of Vision 20/20?

  • Clarify the congregation’s unique identity and giftedness.
  • Determine areas of focus to build upon the congregation’s current strengths.
  • Determine areas for future missions and ministry.
  • Develop ministry goals and action plans to guide the congregation in fulfilling its calling during the next 3-5 years.

Why Are We Doing It?

  • We have changed.
  • Our community has changed.
  • The world has changed.

Who Is Facilitating Vision 20/20?

How Are We Paying for It?

  • The Deacons authorized spending up to $10,000 from undesignated funds that were not part of the operating budget.

Will the Consultant Tell Us What to Do?

  • NO!  The consultant and leadership team together will design and implement a process through which the congregation will discern God’s will for us for the next few years.

How Will the Leadership Team Be Chosen?

  • Church members were asked to nominate up to three people they would trust to serve on the leadership team.  38 different people were nominated. 
  • The Deacon Officers took the list of nominees and worked prayerfully to create a pool that reflects the diversity of the congregation.  The officers are in the process of contacting those people and asking them to consider whether they are willing and able to serve.  We are requesting their answers by 22 August. 
  • Trusting in the working of the Spirit, we hope to end up with around 11 people from this pool of nominees.

What Is the Role of the Leadership Team?

  • Attend a day-long orientation at the beginning of the process 
  • Attend a writing retreat at the end of the process 
  • In consultation with the Dr. Wilson, design opportunities for the entire congregation to participate in the process.
  • Process the information gathered from those events and communicate the results to the congregation.

What Will the Process Entail?

  • Individual interviews
  • Congregational meetings
  • Forum with community leaders.

How Long Will It Last?

  • Most likely 4-6 months.

Takeaways:  Vision 20/20 is

  • A process not a program.
  • A matter of spiritual discernment.
  • The work of the entire congregation.

To read more on Vision 20/20 Click Here

Wednesday Night Summer Schedule

Wednesday Night Summer Schedule

June 29 – August 10
No Family Night Supper or activities

August 17
6:00pm Family Night Supper
6:30pm Summer Missions Reflections
7:10pm Sanctuary Choir

August 24
6:00pm Family Night Supper
6:30pm Passport Missions Reflections
7:10pm Sanctuary Choir

August 31
6:00pm Music and Missions Kickoff

Opportunities for the Week — August 21-28, 2016

Opportunities for the Week — August 21-28, 2016

Sunday, August 21
Promotion Sunday
9:45am Sunday School
11:00am Morning Worship
First Grade Bible Presentation
Blessing of Students
12:00pm Celebration Picnic
for Preschoolers & Children
Youth Committee Meeting

Monday, August 22
7:00pm Fierce Love Book Discussion

Wednesday, August 24
8:00am Men’s Prayer Breakfast
4:30pm Personnel Committee Meeting
5:15pm Children's Committee Meeting
6:30pm Passport Mission
Reflection Service
7:10pm Sanctuary Choir

Saturday, August 27
9:00am Youth Lake Day at the Spiveys'

Sunday, August 28
9:45am Sunday School
11:00am Morning Worship
12:00pm Church Council Mtg.