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Tavernsong: Beer & Hymns

Tavernsong: Beer & Hymns

Sunday, May 19, at 6 p.m.

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, May 19, 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.

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Taize Service

Taize Service

Tuesday, May 21

Highland Hills members and guests from the community are invited to our monthly Taize service. 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.

The next Taize service will be held on Tuesday, May 21, at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel. Come and experience the peace that can be found by resting in God's presence.

Office Closed

Office Closed

Monday, May 27

The church office will be closed on Monday, May 27, as we celebrate Memorial Day. Ministers will be available should a need arise.

Global Women’s Ministry Project

Global Women’s Ministry Project

The Global Women of Highland Hills are partnering with the Macon Periods Easier Project to help young girls in need throughout our Macon Community. The mission of Macon Periods Easier is to raise awareness of period poverty in Macon-Bibb County and to help provide local students in need and the homeless community with free access to feminine products.

Women and girls in low-income settings are often forced to prioritize the little financial resources they have to provide for these basic necessities. School nurses in our local middle and high schools encounter 8 to 10 girls each day who come into their offices for assistance. There is no budget for these supplies, and nurses often pay for these items out of their own pockets.

Our Global Women would like your assistance in collecting feminine hygiene products. Collection baskets have been placed in the main women’s restrooms. You can donate your products there or leave them in Ruth’s office. We will be collecting these items through June 16.

Missions Moments

Missions Moments

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Micah Project: Schools

We celebrate as another year of tutoring with Martin Luther King Elementary school has come to an end for the school year. We will offer Teacher Appreciation gifts to the teachers at this partnership school and develop a “wish list” of items from the teachers for next year.

Micah Project: Housing

We are invited to participate in an exciting week of service with Rebuilding Macon in Kings Park. This organization is hosting a week-long event in June and would love some help. Rebuilding Macon will welcome teens from across the Southeast to work on roofing, painting and trash removal in Kings Park neighborhood. GA Power and local high schools will also be participating. Any skilled adults or high schoolers from HHBC are welcome to volunteer at these sites, 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, June 24 - 28. Please email Erin Hall for more information.

Micah Project Neighborhoods

HHBC is happy to continue our relationship with our neighbors. The Shirley Hills Neighborhood Association and the North Highlands Neighborhood Association will join together for a gathering with Highland Hills and Historic Macon. These neighbors are coming together in a neighborhood historic home on May 16 to meet each other, share refreshments, and hear how we might collaborate for “the good of the city.” (Jeremiah 29:7) We look forward to seeing what God can do through neighbors knowing one another better.

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.

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.

Stephen Ministry Matters

Stephen Ministry Matters

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.

MODULES 17 AND 18

The Stephen Ministry trainees completed the initial 50 hours of training this past Saturday at a Retreat held at the home of Anne and Neil Heath. Stephen Ministry Referrals Coordinator Peggy Williams facilitated Module #17: How to Make a First Caring Visit. Stephen Series training is never abstract, but the nitty-gritty of caring suddenly looms large when Commissioning time approaches. It was fitting, therefore, that in this module we had a chance to review and put together all we have learned about Caregiving. We learned how to use the “Contact Record Sheet” and the “Referral Form.” We practiced setting up and conducting a first caring visit and explored our personal feelings about beginning caring relationships. Even though role play often makes us feel uncomfortable, Stephen Ministry training has definitely taught us how valuable it can be in helping us to become the caring Care Givers we seek to be.

Module #18: Follow Me, facilitated by Training Coordinator Cheryl Sjoquist, was a time for review and inspiration as we Stephen Minister trainees prepare for commissioning. The module included a video, Go – God Is with You! Each week throughout our training, we have completed “The Caregiver’s Compass” as a way of summarizing our learning from that module in each of the five qualities we are developing as Stephen Ministers: Compassion, Faith, Caregiving Skills, Trustworthiness and remaining Christ-centered. As preparation for Commissioning, we will each create a personal emblem, including a guiding scripture, that symbolizes and synthesizes our expectations of serving as Stephen Ministers.

Please make plans to participate in our Commissioning Service, which will take place on Sunday, June 30th designated Stephen Ministry Day. Since we will be the first class to be commissioned, the new Stephen Ministers are planning a meaningful worship service in which Stephen Ministers from other Stephen Ministry congregations in Macon will be asked to participate. Following the worship service, a celebratory luncheon for the newly commissioned Stephen Ministers and their spouses will conclude with a Service of Thanksgiving and Commitment.

If you or someone you know needs the support of a Caregiver to provide confidential one-on-one care to those who are hurting, contact Stephen Ministry Referrals Coordinator Peggy Williams, any of the other Stephen Leaders (Renee Bennett, Kam Cook, Ruth DuCharme, John Jarrard, or Cheryl Sjoquist), a Stephen Minister (Anne and Neil Heath, Lyn Hicks, Garry Williams or Martha Fennell) or anyone on the staff of Highland Hills. A Stephen Minister will be available to walk along side as long as you need love and support during challenging times. Once the needs of our congregation have been met, Stephen Ministers will be available to anyone in the community who needs our help. Please keep us in your prayers as we make the final preparations to answer God’s call to serve as Stephen Ministers.

Deacon of the Week

Deacon of the Week

Sunday, May 19 - Saturday, May 25, 2019

Girard Jones

His deacon families are:

Cecil & Catherine Staton
Trey & William
Cale & Emma Stich
Charles & Faith-Anne Stich
Maddox
Heather Stringer
Joel & Patty Stringer
Hunter
Laura Ann & Ray Tatum
Dolly Taylor
Vic Taylor
Gil & Struby Thelen
Esther Thompson
Tim & Jean Trotter
Ella & Cara

Opportunities for the Week — May 19 - 26, 2019

Opportunities for the Week — May 19 - 26, 2019

Sunday, May 19
Fifth Sunday of Easter

9:45am
Sunday School
11:00am
Worship
6:00pm
Tavernsong: Beer & Hymns

Tuesday, May 21
7:00pm
Taize Service

Wednesday, May 22
8:00am
Men's Prayer Breakfast
5:50pm
Family Night Supper
6:30pm
Prayer Service
Life on MainStreet
7:10pm
Sanctuary Choir

Sunday, May 26
Sixth Sunday of Easter

9:45am
Sunday School
11:00am
Worship

Grounds Workday

Grounds Workday

THIS Saturday, May 11, 1 pm

A grounds workday has been scheduled for Saturday, May 11. The workday will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at noon. A yummy lunch will be served! Please mark your calendars and plan to help. Contact Heather Sims at (478) 972-3600 to volunteer or if you have any questions.

Jim Dandies and CBF Luncheon

Jim Dandies and CBF Luncheon

Tuesday, May 14, 12 noon - 2 p.m.

Our senior adult group will host CBF of Georgia ministers for a luncheon with Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's new Coordinator, Paul Baxley, Tuesday, May 14 at 12 noon. Please call the HHBC office to make your reservation.

Stephen Ministry Matters

Stephen Ministry Matters

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.

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MODULE #16:  SUPERVISION: A KEY TO QUALITY CHRISTIAN CARE

PARTS 1 & 2

Renee Bennett facilitated Module #16 – Supervision: A Key to Quality Christian Care. Supervision is such an essential part of Stephen Ministry training that it requires two separate  2 ½ hour sessions. The goal of Peer Supervision is for Stephen Ministers to work together in order to enable the best distinctively Christian care possible to benefit Care Receivers.

The 50 hours of training we are currently receiving is just the beginning in preparing us to care for those in our congregation and community who are hurting. Part of our Stephen Minister’s covenant is to faithfully attend two 2 ½ hour supervision meetings each month. This will include Continuing Education instruction, but the primary focus will be on Peer Supervision. There are three reasons Supervision is required:

  1. For the sake of our Care Receivers – Supervision enables the best care possible for those whom Stephen Ministers serve;

  2. For the sake of other Stephen Ministers – Peer supervision enables us to become caregivers for each other; it refines and reinforces our caring skills by providing support, insight, encouragement, and guidance and it helps us grow to become even better caregivers;

  3. For our own sakes – Peer Supervision is a way of caring for ourselves – it allows us to realize the benefits we receive personally as we grow as Christians, as individuals, and as caregivers. It provides the opportunity for us as Stephen Ministers not only to grow in skills but also to integrate caring skills into who we are. (At the Leadership Training Course, one man said his wife says he is a much better husband since he became a Stephen Minister, so an additional benefit may be to enhance our marriages.)

We learned what tools we have available for Supervision and how to use them. Focus Questions, the main tool used by Stephen Ministers in Supervision, focus on the Caring Relationship, the Caregiver and the Care Receiver. They are structured to help us identify and explore our needs and concerns, to reshape or improve our caring relationships and to improve our caring skills so we can be better instruments in God’s hands. They help us stay directed to get past surface issues and to delve in-depth into the challenges and joys that enable us to provide the most effective Christian care to our Care Receivers.

The Supervision module included additional instruction on preserving confidentiality in Supervision to ensure that Stephen Ministers maintain the trust of our Care Receivers at the highest levels. A practice supervision session reinforced the skills we learned. Please keep us in your prayers as we learn how to engage in the process of small group peer Supervision so that we will be able to offer the highest-quality Christian care possible for our Care Receivers.