Christmas in the Park

Tuesday, December 19 at 4:30 p.m.

Our church-wide missions event will happen on Tuesday, December 19. We have collected books, purchased bicycles and helmets, and prepared gifts for families in need. We will host this afternoon of fun with a hot dog supper, gifts, singing and fun. If you would like to volunteer at the event on Tuesday from 4:00-5:30, please contact Erin Hall. (Click here)

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A Taize Service of Blessing

A Taize Service of Blessing

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Tuesday, December 19

Join us on Tuesday, December 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel for an Advent service of blessing and rest in the Taize tradition.

Age to Age Sunday School

Age to Age Sunday School

December 24 and December 31

On Sundays December 24 and 31, you will have the opportunity to participate in an Intergenerational Sunday School lesson. Learners of all ages - children, youth, and senior adults are invited to gather in the Great Room at 9:45 a.m. on these two Sundays. We will enjoy some breakfast treats, and then spend time together in a Bible study designed for all ages.

Sunday, December 24 will give us an opportunity to study the nativity as we prepare our hearts for the coming of the Christ child, and the celebration of his birth. On Sunday, December 31, we will look at the blessings and challenges of the past year, and offer prayers for the coming new year.

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 17 to volunteer.

 Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service

Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service

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Sunday, December 24, at 5:00 p.m.

Some say that it’s not really Christmas until “O Holy Night” is proclaimed and friends and family members lift their voices in “Joy to the World” with faces lit by candlelight. That’s how we observe Christmas Eve at Highland Hills.

On Sunday, December 24, our church family, as well as many guests, will gather to celebrate the birth of Christ. The evening begins with an organ recital by Gerald Carper at 5:00 p.m. and continues with a worship service, including communion and candlelight.

We invite you to join us for this special tradition. As you listen to the Christmas classics on the organ, share communion with other families, and leave the sanctuary by the glow of candlelight, your spirit will be calmed and your heart prepared for the birth of our Savior.

Reading Tutors

Reading Tutors

Do you have an hour on a weekday morning or afternoon? Continuing our partnership with local schools, we have a new opportunity. We have been invited to partner with Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School to help with their literacy efforts. We need 5-8 people willing to read with elementary students and help with reading tutoring. The times are flexible and volunteers will be trained. If you are interested in being trained as a reading tutor, please email Erin Hall here.

Advent Devotional Guides

Advent Devotional Guides

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Each year during Advent, we provide some resources to help you allow God to speak to your heart during this sacred season.

Jesus: God’s Promise is an Advent devotional guide that we are providing to our congregation. Based on the writings of Henri Nouwen, this devotional guide seeks to bring the reader closer to Christ by presenting scriptural truths in a manner that resonates in the hearts of readers.

Our children and their families will also receive an Advent Window Calendar to use. These calendars will daily inspire our children with a question or riddle to answer that will prompt discussion and thoughtful dialogue about the coming of Christ into the world.

You can pick up these guides in the church office or near the Great Room, beginning the week of Thanksgiving.

HHBC Hosts Moxie Matters Tour

HHBC Hosts Moxie Matters Tour

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We are thrilled and excited to share that Highland Hills Baptist Church is the host for the Moxie Matters tour coming to Macon in January! Moxie Matters is an evening with bestselling author Jen Hatmaker and singer/songwriter Nichole Nordeman. The event is Wednesday, January 24 at 7:00 pm at The Grand Opera House. “Moxie Matters” is a one-night event featuring Jen Hatmaker and Nichole Nordeman. The format is a blend of music, stories, laughter, and conversation (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm; doors open at 6:00 pm). Our regular Wednesday programming on January 24 will be somewhat modified as we help carry out this event at The Grand. We hope that you will make plans to attend this evening of Moxie Matters. Information about ways you can volunteer is coming soon.

As a host of this event, HHBC will play a role in welcoming, introducing and sharing with our neighbors about how Highland Hills is following God in this season. Consider what it will mean to gather over 1,000 people together to hear a story of mess, moxie and redemption. Pray about what it will mean to let those moments ripple through the real lives of people in the Macon area. Everyone is invited to purchase a ticket for “Moxie Matters” at this link, or by calling the church office. We will host some guests from our ministry partnerships at this event. Please invite your friends and neighbors to come and enjoy an evening with Jen Hatmaker and Nichole Nordeman.

Christmas Holiday Office Hours

Christmas Holiday Office Hours

December 25, 26, & 27: Office closed
December 28 & 29: Office open
January 1: Office closed

Deacon of the Week

Deacon of the Week

Sunday, December 17 - Saturday, December 23

Neil Heath

His deacon families are:
Sam Ray
Ches & Alisa Rehberg
   Gracie & James
Betty Rivers
Ellen & Thomas Scott
   Christopher & Lauren
Ben Shepard
Bess Shirley
Daniel & Barbara Sikes
   Mary Catherine
Jennifer Simmons
   Carson & Kendall

Opportunities for the Week — December 17 - January 1, 2017

Opportunities for the Week — December 17 - January 1, 2017

Sunday, December 17
Third Sunday of Advent

9:45am
Sunday School
11:00am
Morning Worship

Tuesday, December 19
4:30pm
Christmas in the Park
7:00pm
Taize Service

Wednesday, December 20
8:00am
Men's Prayer Breakfast
No Wednesday Activities

Sunday, December 24
Fourth Sunday of Advent

9:45am
Sunday School
Intergenerational Sunday
School lesson in the Great Room
11:00am
Morning Worship
5:00pm
Organ Recital
Christmas Eve Candlelight & Communion Service

Monday, December 25 - Wednesday, December 27
Church Office Closed

Thursday, December 28 - Friday, December 29
Church Office Open

Sunday, December 31
Christmastide
9:45am
Sunday School
Intergenerational Sunday
School lesson in the Great Room
11:00am
Worship in the Chapel

Monday, January 1
Church Office Closed

HHBC Season of Advent 2017

HHBC Season of Advent 2017

Dec. 3 First Sunday in Advent
11:00am Worship Service/Hanging of the Green

Dec. 6
6:45pm Children and Youth Christmas Music

Dec. 10 Second Sunday in Advent
11:00am Worship Service
7:00pm Live Outdoor Nativity: Hobo Hotel

Dec. 17 Third Sunday in Advent
11:00am Worship Service

Dec. 24 Fourth Sunday in Advent
11:00am Worship Service
Christmas Eve
5:00pm Organ Recital by Gerald Carper
Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service

LifeSpring Cookie Fellowship

LifeSpring Cookie Fellowship

Monday, December 11

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 11, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in the Great Room.

Family Night Christmas Party

Family Night Christmas Party

Wednesday, December 13, 6:00pm

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Salvation Army Christmas Stockings

Salvation Army Christmas Stockings

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Several members of Highland Hills were instrumental in organizing the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary in May of 1990. The following Christmas, our church filled stockings to be given to the children of families seeking help from the Salvation Army. And, as they say, the "rest is history!"

Here it is, twenty-seven years later and you can help keep this tradition alive by picking up and filling a stocking from the bins located in the hallway outside the Parlor and the upper level elevator. The filled stocking should be returned to the bin by December 12.