Lenten Devotional Guides Available

Lenten Devotional Guides Available

The journey to the cross during the Season of Lent is a time filled with prayer, reflection, and self-examination. Corporately, 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. Our ministers want to offer a devotional guide to enhance this time for you. This year’s guide is titled – Mercy, Passion and Joy. It is a devotional guide that reflects on the writings of C. S. Lewis. These devotions will guide you to spend time contemplating the mercy of Christ, the passion he suffered, and the joy that is ours because of Christ’s great sacrifice for us. The devotional guides will be available throughout the church beginning on Sunday, January 31. Be sure to get your copy and allow it to be a part of your Lenten experience.

Lent: A Call to Love

Lent: A Call to Love

Spiritual Renewal Retreat

February 5 & 6, 2016

What are you longing for in this new year? What resolutions are you adopting that will enrich your life? It is our hope that 2016 will be a year of spiritual renewal for you as an individual and for our Highland Hills church family.

During the weekend of Friday, February 5 through Saturday, February 6, our entire church body is invited to be a part of a Spiritual Renewal Retreat that will be held in the Great Room and will be led by Jeanie Miley. Jeanie, who is from Houston, Texas, is a gifted writer, retreat leader, and spiritual director. She is the author of twelve books and has written a weekly newspaper column, Growing Edges, for 36 years. 

The theme for our retreat is Lent: A Call to Love. Friday evening’s session, Love for Self, will begin with a light supper at 6:00 p.m. and conclude at 8:30 p.m. The retreat will continue on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. with a gathering time around coffee and doughnuts. There will be two sessions on Saturday with lunch served in between. The sessions on Saturday will focus on Love for Others and Love for God. The retreat will conclude by 2:00 p.m.

In order for everyone to be involved in this time of renewal, there will be special retreat activities planned for our preschoolers, children, and youth. They will have the opportunity to experience a time of active learning and fun of their own.

Let’s make 2016 a time for spiritual renewal and growth. Mark February 5 and 6 off on your calendar, and make plans to be a part of this exciting weekend at Highland Hills.

Lenten Calendar

Lenten Calendar

February
2/3 Burning of the Palms
2/9 Children’s Pancake Supper
2/10 Ash Wednesday
2/14 1st Sunday of Lent
2/21 2nd Sunday of Lent
2/28 3rd Sunday of Lent

March
3/6 4th Sunday of Lent
3/13 5th Sunday of Lent
3/20 Palm Sunday
3/25 Good Friday Tenebrae Service
3/26 Easter Egg Hunt
3/27 Easter Sunrise Service
Breakfast following
Easter Sunday Celebration

 

Burning of the Palms and Ash Wednesday

Burning of the Palms and Ash Wednesday

Before the season of Lent begins, our tradition is to burn the palms from last year’s Palm Sunday and prepare the ashes for use on Ash Wednesday, which marks the first day of Lent and the beginning of forty days of repentance and prayer. On Wednesday, February 3, we will gather in the courtyard at the end of Prayer Service to burn the palms. Then, on Wednesday, February 10, we will hold an Ash Wednesday service in the chapel at 6:30 p.m. 

The tradition of this service is to have ashes imposed on the forehead as a reminder of
our mortality and humanity. The ashes are also a symbol of repentance, sorrow, and humility. As we walk through this season of Lent, may we allow palms and ashes to teach us some of the deeper and significant meanings of this season, and with these practices may we prepare our hearts for the great celebration to come.

Super Bowl Party

Super Bowl Party

Sunday, February 7, at 6:00 p.m. 

Come and be a part of all the fun as we watch the Super Bowl game in the Great Room on Sunday, February 7, at 6:00 p.m. Please bring your favorite snack food to share. Pizza and drinks will be provided. This is a great night to invite friends and prospects as we cheer our favorite teams to victory.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Tuesday, February 9

Our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper has become a favorite tradition among our Highland Hills children. Following in the tradition of many Christians who have gone before us, the children will observe the practice of eating pancakes and bacon on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Our children and older preschoolers will participate in a Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 9, at the Halls’ home at 222 Troon West from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. They will enjoy eating some delicious pancakes with all of the fixings, as well as spending some time together learning about the season of Lent. The children will also receive a devotional guide to use with their families during the days of Lent.

You may sign up your child for this event by calling the church office or adding their name to the list that is in the children’s area.

Snow Mountain Fun Day!

Snow Mountain Fun Day!

A trip to Stone Mountain’s Snow Mountain has been planned for our preschoolers, children, and youth families. We will travel to Snow Mountain on Saturday, February 13, for an afternoon of tubing, sledding, building snow creatures and throwing snowballs at each other. The evening will conclude with dinner together at a food court on the way home.

The cost for this event is $10 for each person who plans to play in the snow, plus the cost of supper. Adults who prefer not to play in the snow can watch from observation decks at no cost. We will plan to leave the church at 11:30 a.m. and return by 8:00 p.m. Children should be accompanied by an adult to this event, as a matter of fact, you are encouraged to bring your whole family! We will be playing in real snow, so you will want to dress accordingly. The most important detail is that you must sign up with Ruth DuCharme by Wednesday, February 3. There are a limited number of tickets, so sign up early!! Be sure to contact Ruth or sign the list that is located in the children’s area of the church so that you can join the snow day fun!

Boston Butt & Turkey  Fundraiser for Youth Missions

Boston Butt & Turkey Fundraiser for Youth Missions

Orders February 10 - March 9; pickup on March 16.

Next summer, the youth of Highland Hills will be going to Passport Averett in Danville, Virginia, for their annual mission trip. You can help support the youth by purchasing a Boston Butt and/or Smoked Turkey, cooked by our own Charlie Barton.

Boston Butt: $35
Whole Boneless Turkey Breast: $50
Half Boneless Turkey Breast: $30
 
Orders and payment will be taken from February 10 - March 9.

Pick up will be on Wednesday, March 16, at 7:00 p.m. at the church.
 
Place your orders by completing an order form (in the church office or Great Room) and including your payment. Or, click here to order online!
 
Don’t miss out on supporting our youth and enjoying this delicious smoked Boston Butt or turkey. The meat freezes well and makes your holiday meals quick and easy. And of course, they also make great gifts!

Opportunities for the Week — February 5-14, 2016

Opportunities for the Week — February 5-14, 2016

Friday, February 5
A Call to Love
6:00 p.m. Supper in Great Room
6:45 p.m. Session I: Love for God
8:30 p.m. Conclude

Saturday, February 6
A Call to Love
9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
10:00 a.m. Session II: Love for Self
11:45 a.m. Lunch in Great Room
12:30 p.m. Session III: Love for Others
2:00 p.m. Conclude

Sunday, February 7
9:45am Sunday School
11:00am Morning Worship
Children's Worship
6:00pm Super Bowl Party

Monday, February 8
7:00pm Handbells

Tuesday, February 9
Shrove Tuesday
11:00am Jim Dandies
6:00pm Children's Pancake
Supper at the Halls'

Wednesday, February 10
Ash Wednesday
Boston Butt & Turkey Fundraiser Begins
8:00am Men's Prayer Breakfast
5:00pm Children's & Youth Choirs
Happy Hour
5:50pm Family Night Supper
6:20pm Children's Missions
6:30pm Ash Wednesday Service
7:10pm Sanctuary Choir

Sunday, February 14
First Sunday of Lent
9:45am Sunday School
11:00am Morning Worship
Communion
12:00pm Deacons' Meeting