Age to Age Event

Age to Age Event

Wednesday, February 22

During Family Night Prayer Service on Wednesday, February 22, we will gather for an intergenerational Lenten experience. All ages, from older preschoolers through senior adults are included. Following dinner, we will experience the joy of learning side by side and receive the grace that comes from sharing God's truth with people of all ages.

Vision 20/20 Update

Vision 20/20 Update

Preliminary Report: Reflections on the Past

The congregation met with Bill Wilson on January 22 to reflect on our past. More specifically, he led us to remember when we joined HHBC, why we came, and why we have stayed. Then, as we shared around the tables, we began to list what we saw as the core traits of HHBC. We had a make-up session on February 12 where we repeated the exercise. We have now processed the results and so here is what the leadership team heard the congregation, as a whole saying (these were clearly the top responses):

Why People Joined HHBC

  • Relationships (parents, spouses, friends)
  • HHBC’s Identity (CBF, supportive of women in ministry, openness, inclusiveness, etc.)
  • Faith Development (Sunday School, Childrens’ and Youth Ministries, etc.)
  • Preaching/Pastor/Staff

Why People Stay at HHBC

  • Relationships
  • Faith Development
  • HHBC’s Identity
  • Ministers

Core Traits of HHBC

  • Moderate/progressive identity
  • Caring and supportive
  • Warm and Friendly atmosphere

Again, this is what we thought we heard you saying. We need your help now to let us know if we have heard you correctly. If you have any questions or observations, please see Paul Lewis or any member of the leadership team: Jay Davis, Helen Dunwody, Keith Gammons, Anne Heath, Rachel Huston, Girard Jones, Pam Kent, and Jean Trotter.

Tavernsong

Tavernsong

Sunday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Tavernsong, a hymn sing at Bearfoot Tavern in 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, February 19, at 7:00 p.m. at Bearfoot Tavern. We are excited about offering these events, so invite your friends to come. Seating is in the outdoor patio area and people can enjoy entrees and beverages, dutch treat, while singing hymns together.

For more information about Tavernsong events, click here.

Taize Worship

Taize Worship

Tuesday, February 21, at 7:00 p.m.

The next Taize service at Highland Hills will be held on Tuesday, February 21, at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel. The worship services, which are held on the third Tuesday of each month, provide a restful, meditative time designed to give participants a quiet break from the busyness of life. Come and experience the peace that can be found by resting in God's presence.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper for Children

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper for Children

Tuesday, February 28

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 28 at the DuCharmes’ home 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 in the children’s area.

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.

Small Group for Women

Small Group for Women

Happy Hour is a small group for younger women meeting Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. - 5:50
p.m. This is a time of sharing, fellowship, and discussion, facilitated by Erin Hall. We are currently discussing the book Present over Perfect, by Shauna Niequist.

For more information about the book study, click here. The group meets in the Rodney Browne Sunday School room.

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.

Opportunities for the Week — February 19 - 26, 2017

Opportunities for the Week — February 19 - 26, 2017

Sunday, February 19
9:45am Sunday School
11:00am Morning Worship
6:00pm Tavernsong @ Bearfoot Tavern

Tuesday, February 21
7:00pm Taize Service

Wednesday, February 22
8:00am Men’s Prayer Breakfast
5:00pm Children’s and Youth Choirs
Happy Hour
Sole Hope Ministry
5:30pm Children's Missions
5:50pm Family Night Supper
6:30pm Age to Age Lenten Activity
Burning of the Palms
7:10pm Sanctuary Choir

Sunday, February 26
Transfiguration Sunday
9:45am Sunday School
11:00am Morning Worship

 Service of Baptism

Service of Baptism

Sunday, February 12

Our church family will share in a service of baptism on Sunday, February 12, at the end of the morning worship service. Worship will be held in the sanctuary, and at the end of the service the congregation will move to the chapel to celebrate the baptism of Cameron Hill.

Vision 20/20 Congregational Meeting

Vision 20/20 Congregational Meeting

Listening for God’s Voice as We Reflect on Our Past

Sunday, January 22

Lunch in the Great Room immediately following worship.

  • Menu: chicken salad croissants, potato soup, cookie, drink
  • Cost: $5 per person
  • Children can get PB&J sandwiches and chips for free

Reservation deadline: January 18. Make reservations by signing up at church, calling the church office or by clicking here.

Discussion, which will be facilitated by Bill Wilson, Director of the Center for Healthy Churches, will begin at 12:30 p.m. and conclude by 2:00 p.m. Children, 4th grade and younger, will have activities downstairs during the meeting.

Valentine Concert at Jim Dandies

Valentine Concert at Jim Dandies

Tuesday, February 14

Claude Hicks will present a special Valentine's Day concert at the Jim Dandies' February meeting on Tuesday, February 14. The group will meet at 11:00 a.m. in the Great Room for a time of fellowship, a delicious meal, and entertainment by Claude. Please make reservations by calling the church office.

Women's Retreat

Women's Retreat

March 17 - 19

The women of Highland Hills are invited to participate in a retreat that will take place on Friday, March 17, through Sunday, March 19. The theme of the retreat is Open the Door: A Journey to the True Self.

Join us as we journey to Epworth by the Sea on St. Simon's Island, where we have reservations in the Turner Lodge beside the Frederica River. This beautiful setting will provide us a place to relax, renew our spirits and refresh our faith. Women of all ages are encouraged to attend.

In order to reserve your spot for the retreat, you will need to pay a $50 deposit by February 5. The total cost for the retreat is based on room occupancy: $160 for four to a room, $170 for three to a room, $200 for two to a room, and $300 for one to a room. You can pay your deposit in the church office or give it to Ruth DuCharme.

BWIMGA Distinguished Church Woman of the Year

BWIMGA Distinguished Church Woman of the Year