Season of Lent

Season of Lent

Season of Lent

March 1 Ash Wednesday
March 5 First Sunday in Lent
March 12 Second Sunday in Lent
March 19 Third Sunday in Lent
March 26 Fourth Sunday in Lent
April 2 Fifth Sunday in Lent
April 9 Palm Sunday
April 14 Good Friday Tenebrae Service
April 15 Easter Egg Hunt
April 16 Easter Sunrise Service w/ breakfast following Easter Sunday Celebration

Cherry Blossom Worship at HHBC

Cherry Blossom Worship at HHBC

Sunday, March 26

Gerald Carper Organ Recital

Gerald Carper Organ Recital

Monday, March 27

Our own Gerald Carper will present an organ recital as part of the Cherry Blossom Festival at noon on Monday, March 27, at Mulberry Street United Methodist Church. All are welcome!

Vision 20/20: First Results from March 12 Meeting

Vision 20/20: First Results from March 12 Meeting

At our March 12 congregational meeting, we engaged in three activities that were intended to help us better understand HHBC in the present. We can now report on the results of two.

HHBC’s Passions: Participants filled out and discussed a worksheet about our priorities as a congregation. We divided the life of the church into four main areas: Proclaiming Good News through Outreach, Enacting the Good News through Service, Embodying the Good News in our Internal Life, and Nurturing People in the Good News.

Using a scale of 1-4, we first identified what we saw as our current priorities. The sense of participants is that our current priorities are, in order, Embodying the Good News, Nurturing People in the Good News, Proclaiming Good News through Outreach, and Enacting the Good News through Service.

Then, using the same scale, we identified where we thought God was leading us to put our passions. The sense of participants is that God is calling us in the future to the following priorities: Proclaiming Good News through Outreach, Enacting the Good News through Service, Embodying the Good News in our Internal Life, and Nurturing People in the Good News. In short, there is a clear sense that we need to reverse our priorities. Of course, this does not mean that we stop doing what we are doing well. It does mean that we strengthen our efforts in outreach and service.

Elevator Speeches: Participants were asked to share how they would respond to someone who said, “Tell me about your church.” The theme that showed up, in one way or another, in the most speeches was, “We are not the usual Baptist Church.” Some people noted that we are CBF, we accept women in leadership, we are liturgical, our worship is traditional, etc. The second most dominant theme was that we are welcoming and affirming, and the next, we are a friendly and loving church.

The third activity was to fill out two sets of Kool-AID sheets, where participants were invited to identify an area of ministry and tell us what they wanted to Keep, Add, Improve, and Drop about that area of ministry. We are still processing the results and hope to share the results soon. If you were not able to attend the session, you can still fill out as many sheets as you would like. They are available at the church or online at http://www.highlandhillsbaptist.org/koolaid. Completed sheets need to be turned in to the church or a Vision 20/20 team member by this Sunday, March 26.

Grounds Workday Thank You!

Grounds Workday Thank You!

A special thank you to Steve Brown, Jeff Browne, Larry Brumley, Jim Davis, Cass DuCharme, Eugenia Espy, Jean Keene, Leah and Marty Leverett, Buddy Marshall, Chuck Perkins,
Wimberley, Richard, Mimi, and Gabrielle Rader, Mark Spivey, Joel Stringer, and Bobby Wells. In spite of a rainy forecast, they all showed up last Saturday morning for grounds workday. A lot was accomplished before it rained just long enough to send everyone scurrying for the Great Room to enjoy a delicious lunch. Mark your calendar and plan to join us on April 8 for the next workday.

Spring Break Schedule on March 29

Spring Break Schedule on March 29

Because most of our schools are on Spring Break next week, we will adjust our Wednesday night programming accordingly. On Wednesday, March 29, we will not have preschool and children' choirs, youth choir, mission organizations, or youth Bible study. 

Families are encouraged to attend Family Night Supper, Prayer Service, and Sanctuary Choir rehearsal. Please remember to cancel your supper reservation if you will be out of town.

Tenebrae Worship Service

Tenebrae Worship Service

Friday, April 14, at 7:00 p.m.

On Good Friday, April 14, we will gather in the sanctuary at 7:00 p.m. for the Tenebrae service, a worship service of shadows, led by our Sanctuary Choir. As we share the Lord’s Supper and the seven last words of Christ on the cross, we will extinguish candles one by one, creating a growing sense of darkness. As the darkness grows, we will reflect on Christ's sacrifice and profound love for us.

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Summer Mission Trip

Summer Mission Trip

The HHBC Summer Mission Trip will take place in Lumberton, North Carolina, on June 11 – 17. The community of Lumberton is still reeling from the flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew last October. For one week, HHBC members will join the disaster relief efforts to help the flooded residents of this town, an area marked by significant poverty. Other ministry opportunities, like teaching Vacation Bible School and working in a community food bank, are part of this mission trip. Our hosts for the week will be First Baptist Church of Lumberton. Individuals (adults and youth older than 14) who would like to participate in this trip may sign up online now by clicking here. Thank you for your prayers for this mission team and the people of Lumberton.

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.

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.

Two Donation Opportunities

Two Donation Opportunities

You Can Make a Difference!

Women on Mission is sponsoring a church-wide effort to collect supplies for washing clothing for the homeless. The supplies (detergent, dryer sheets, baking soda, vinegar) will be donated to The Daybreak Center. Daybreak is located near Central City Park and is a center where the homeless can go to get out of the rain and cold, have their clothing washed and make use of other services to enrich homeless individuals lives. Collection boxes are located in the hallways near the parlor and upper level elevator.

The Jim Dandies' January program was especially interesting and moving. A Sole Hope volunteer told the group about efforts to provide shoes for individuals in Uganda. Devastating diseases and parasites enter a person's body through the feet. Sole Hope collects used blue jeans to provide to the Ugandans for the manufacture of shoes. They have asked for our help in collecting used blue jeans. If you wish to donate, they can be placed in the bins with the Daybreak Center donations.

 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.

Lenten Devotional Guides

Lenten Devotional Guides

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The journey to the cross during the Season of Lent is a time filled with prayer, reflection, and self-examination. As a church family, we worship God with our congregational songs and prayers, but we are also called to spend time alone with God.

The forty days of Lent are a perfect time for private devotion. We want to offer a devotional guide to enhance this time for you. This year’s guide is titled – Moving Toward the Cross. It is a devotional guide that reflects on the writings of Frederick Buechner.

The devotional guides will be available throughout the church beginning on Wednesday, March 1. Be sure to get your copy and allow it to be a part of your Lenten experience.