Boots and BBQ Party

Boots and BBQ Party

Wednesday, August 31, 6pm in the Great Room

7th Grade Bible Presentation

7th Grade Bible Presentation

Sunday, August 28

On Sunday morning, August 28, we will present Bibles to our new seventh graders during the morning worship service and welcome them into the youth group. The following youth will receive Bibles: Shorter McCook, Anna Mincey, and Clay Pearson.

The current youth and their leaders welcome this awesome group to Sunday School, Youth Choir, Wednesday night, LIFE on Mainstreet and to all the events and trips scheduled for the coming year. As these seventh graders come into the youth group, we look forward to them taking part in all of the ministries and fun that the youth have to offer.

 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.

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.

HHBC Committees Seek New Members

HHBC Committees Seek New Members

Highland Hills is blessed with members with a wide range of interests, talents, and areas of expertise. The nominating committee wants to give more folks the opportunity to be engaged in the ministries of the church. If there is a committee you are interested in serving on, please contact a member of the nominating committee or speak to the chair of that committee directly. If there is a way you would like to be of service, let us know that as well.

The members of the nominating committee are Jack Miscall, Kathleen Medlin, Steve Brown, Florence Priester, Jimmy McCook, Alisa Rehberg, and Emily Brumley.

HHBC Supports Baton Rouge Flood Relief

HHBC Supports Baton Rouge Flood Relief

Highland Hills will help meet the needs of flood victims in Louisiana in two ways. Funds from our Missions Committee will be sent as part of a gift from CBF/Georgia to CBF/Louisiana. This gift will support a volunteer coordinator to mobilize volunteers to work in flood damaged areas.

We will also collect school supplies for children whose homes and schools have flooded. Gene and Gayle Wager, parents of HHBC member and Baton Rouge native Angela Blankenship, are coordinating supplies for this immediate need.

Please donate either a filled backpack or classroom supplies by Sunday, September 4, 2016. Click here for a list of backpack items and classroom supplies. Donation boxes are located near the church office.

HHBC is also in conversation with nearby churches to coordinate a volunteer trip to Baton Rouge for flood relief work. If you are interested in volunteering in this way, see Renee Bennett or send an email to churchoffice@highlandhillsbaptist.org. We will continue to share details as they develop. 

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 25-September 5, 2016

Opportunities for the Week — August 25-September 5, 2016

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.

Wednesday, August 31
8:00am Men’s Prayer Breakfast
6:00pm Boots & BBQ Party
7:10pm Sanctuary Choir

Sunday, September 4
9:45am Sunday School
11:00am Morning Worship
Children's Worship

Monday, September 5
Church Office Closed