Lenten Schedule 2019

Lenten Schedule 2019

4/19 Good Friday Tenebrae Service
4/20 Easter Egg Hunt
4/21 Easter Sunrise Service with breakfast following Easter Sunday Celebration

Church Office Closed

Church Office Closed

The HHBC church office will be closed on Monday, April 22 for Easter Monday.

WOM Mission Focus: Ronald McDonald House

WOM Mission Focus: Ronald McDonald House

During the months of April and May, Women on Missions are collecting paper products for the Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald house is a "Home-Away-From-Home" for families whose children are undergoing treatment in central Georgia hospitals and medical facilities. There is a long list of items needed so as to provide temporary housing in a comfortable environment. WOM has chosen to collect paper products such as toilet tissue, paper towels, moist wipes, and Kleenex. There are collection bins in the hallways outside the Parlor and elevator. WOM also collects pull tabs from soda cans. Just drop them in the collection bins at any time during the year and they will be delivered to the Ronald McDonald house. This is a churchwide project and all are encouraged to participate.

Moxie Moms April Gathering: Rhythm & Balance

Moxie Moms April Gathering: Rhythm & Balance

Friday, April 26, 10am -12pm

Panel of women to speak about work/life balance, tending to family and career needs, and how to manage the hustle while working from home. Join us and let’s talk about how you put the oxygen mask on yourself first.

We would love to see you at our Friday gathering. Please bring your favorite brunch food to share. We’ll meet at #hhbcmacon April 26 at 10am for a casual setting, open to all. Childcare is available with registration. For more information, follow us on Facebook and Instagram. #moxiemomsmacon


Cross Display

Cross Display

As we turn our attention to the season of Lent, we are creating a display of crosses in the main hallway of our church. The table cloth that was created last year at our Ash Wednesday covers the table where the crosses are located. If you have a cross that you would like to add to the display, feel free to place it there. The crosses will remain there through Easter Sunday.

New SS Class Has Begun

New SS Class Has Begun

A group of mostly mid-life HHBC members gathered recently to discover ways that their age group could connect better with each other through our church. The group enthusiastically discussed short-term Bible studies, mission trips, service projects, social gatherings, and a new Sunday School class.

The new Sunday School class (which has yet to be given a name) began meeting on Sunday, March 31, at 9:45 a.m. in the room on the main hallway next to the Parlor. To get things rolling, the class will do a six-week study based on the book Let Me Ask You a Question by Matthew Croasmun, which looks at the questions that Jesus asked. The first class was an introduction to the study and books are available. The study will be led by three facilitators, who will guide the members to discuss the week’s Scripture passage and reading.

If you would like to gather with this group of mid-life folks for a time of Bible study and ministry, join us on Sunday's at 9:45 a.m. If you have questions about this new class, you can contact Carol Brown or Laura Ann Tatum.

Tavernsong: Beer & Hymns

Tavernsong: Beer & Hymns

Sunday, April 28, 6:00 pm

Tavernsong, a hymn sing at The Rookery in Downtown Macon, is a great time to sing, eat, drink, and connect with people in our community. The next Tavernsong event will take place on Sunday, April 28, at 6:00 p.m. Tavernsong is always a relaxed evening of fun, so invite your friends to come. Seating is in The Rookery's concert area and people can enjoy entrees and beverages, dutch treat while singing hymns together.

For more information, click here.

Camp Create Volunteers Needed

Camp Create Volunteers Needed

Camp Create is coming to Highland Hills this summer, and we are in need of volunteers to help staff this camp!

Camp Create will be held on Monday – Friday, June 3-7 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with a Celebration Sunday morning event on June 9. The theme for this year’s camp is Better Together. During this week children from 4K – 5th grade will learn about the love and care it takes to be a good neighbor and will discover the joy of working together to share and experience God’s love.

Local artists, scientists, musicians, and chefs will be on our campus to guide our children in hands-on creating. Each day of the week will have a different creative focus consisting of: Hand Lettering and Drawing, Cooking, Science, Painting, and Drama. Each day there will be Bible study, worship, music, and games. The week will culminate in a Sunday Celebration that will take place during our morning worship service and be followed by lunch and an art gallery display.

We need help from our HHBC members for the week run smoothly. Volunteers are needed to serve in several different capacities. Unlike our traditional VBS, there is no decorating to do and no curriculum preparation! Mostly, adults are needed to work with 5K – 5th graders to “shepherd” the children throughout the morning - to greet them, sit with them in worship, assist them in their classes, guide them from place to place, and keep them on task. We will need a few volunteers to be more hands-on with our 4K class, plus volunteers are needed for our nursery area. We will also need greeters, check-in volunteers, and snack volunteers.

If you are willing to be a part of the first-ever Camp Create as a volunteer, please let Ruth know. It’s going to be a fun week of learning how to be Better Together!

Camp Create - Better Together

Camp Create - Better Together

Monday, June 3 — Friday, June 7, 9am-12pm

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The Preschool and Children’s Ministry Committee is excited to announce that something new for children is coming to Highland Hills Baptist Church this summer! We are recreating Vacation Bible School into an interactive week of Bible study, creative experiences, and tons of fun. It will be new! It will be different! It will be an opportunity for our HHBC children and children from our Macon community to experience the love of God and the joy of friendship.

Camp Create is the name of this week-long experience. It will be held on Monday – Friday, June 3-7 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with a Celebration Sunday morning event on June 9. The theme for this year’s camp is Better Together. During this week children will learn about the love and care it takes to be a good neighbor and the joy of working together to share and experience God’s love.

Local artists, teachers, musicians, and chefs will be on our campus to guide our children in hands-on creating. Each day of the week will have a different creative focus consisting of: Hand Lettering and Drawing, Cooking, Science, Painting, and Drama. Each day there will be Bible study, worship, music and games. The week will culminate in a Sunday Celebration that will take place during our morning worship service and be followed by lunch and an art gallery display.

Reserve this date on your calendar. Registration is required.

Stephen Ministry Matters

Stephen Ministry Matters

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Recognizing that God is the ultimate Cure Giver, the Mission of the Highland Hills Baptist Church Stephen Ministry is to serve God and bring Christ’s healing love to individuals who are experiencing life’s challenges through confidential, non-judgmental, one-on-one Christian care.

STEPHEN MINISTRY RETREAT

Stephen Ministry trainees participated in a two-day retreat on April 5th and 6th. The Friday night session was held at the church; Kam Cook hosted the group at her family’s lake cabin on Saturday. On Friday night, Stephen Ministry Training Coordinator Cheryl Sjoquist served as the facilitator for Module #11: Using Mental Health Professionals and Other Community Resources. In preparation for this module, trainees were required to read When and How to Use Mental Health Resources. We also viewed the video Stephen Ministry and Mental Health Issues during class. We learned when and how to refer our care receivers to mental health professionals; how and when it is okay for a Stephen Minister to work with a professional caregiver; and what other resources are available for people in crisis. Since we are the first class of trainees, an important output of this training session will be the Community Resources Handbook, which the class as a whole is researching and assembling. It will consist of a listing of available community resources for all sorts of special needs. Each subsequent group of

Stephen Minister trainees will add to this book as Stephen Ministry matures within our congregation. We covered two modules on Saturday. Cheryl Sjoquist served as the facilitator for Module #12: Ministering to Those Experiencing Grief.

Stephen Ministers learned the classic stages of grief and what forms of caregiving are right at each stage. We learned to widen our understanding of grief to include loss of any kind – loss of a job, of independence, of children who go off to college or their own lives. As always, a Learn-It-From-Experience (LIFE) component of the training allowed trainees to bring our own experiences of grief in its many forms to the instruction process.

Stephen Leader John Jarrard served as the facilitator for the second session on Saturday, Module #13: Dealing with Depression. Stephen Ministers have no business caring for those suffering from severe depression, especially when no mental health professional is involved. We may, however, care for people who are mildly or even moderately depressed. Through simulation and lecture, trainees learned the characteristics and symptoms of mild, moderate and severe depression. We learned and practiced skills appropriate to our own caregiving of those who are mild to moderately depressed. We learned how to involve mental health professionals when they are needed. Continue to pray for your Stephen Ministry trainees as we discover the many and varied resources that exist in our community to help meet people’s specific needs.

Be with us as we learn to realize that grief can be healthy and as we learn to recognize and help people through the various stages in the process of grieving.

Pray for your Stephen Ministry team as we delve into the very common problem of depression – its causes, its symptoms and the very special role Stephen Ministers have in the lives of people who are depressed.

Deacon of the Week

Deacon of the Week

Sunday, April 21 - Saturday, April 27, 2019

Neil Heath

His deacon families are:

Betty Rivers
Cynthia Roby
Ellen & Thomas Scott
Christopher & Lauren
Ben Shepard
Bess Shirley
Daniel & Barbara Sikes
Mary Catherine
Jennifer Simmons
Carson & Kendall
Marcus Simmons
Ann Sims

Opportunities for the Week — April 21 - 28, 2019

Opportunities for the Week — April 21 - 28, 2019

Sunday, April 21
Easter Sunday

7:00am
Sunrise Service
7:30am
Breakfast
9:45am
Sunday School
11:00am
Easter Service

Monday, April 22
Church Office Closed

Wednesday, April 24
8:00am
Men's Prayer Breakfast
5:00pm
Children's Choir
5:15pm
Youth Choir
5:50pm
Family Night Supper
6:20pm
Children's Missions
6:30pm
Evensong Service
7:10pm
Sanctuary Choir

Thursday, April 25
5:30pm
Stephen Ministry Training

Friday, April 26
10:00am
Moxie Moms

Sunday, April 28
9:45am
Sunday School
11:00am
Worship
12:00pm
Children's Choir Bonus
Rehearsal
6:00pm
Tavernsong: Beer & Hymns