By Jake Hall
published in Family Matters eNewsletter, October 5, 2017
59 people died after Sunday night's mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival. That level of violence affects all of us. Events of this magnitude invade our thoughts, permeate our prayers and take away our words. We are left speechless and in need of a word of blessing. I have found comfort this week in the work of Jan Richardson, a gifted liturgist, and artist. Her painting, "Holy Even in Pain" combined with her poem "Blessing in a Time of Violence" provide an appropriate spiritual reflection for this week. I invite you to consider the presence of God as you consider her painting and read through this blessing.
By Carol Brown
published in Family Matters eNewsletter, September 28, 2017
One of my favorite TV shows, “This Is Us,” returned for a second season on Tuesday night. I anxiously anticipated the continuation of this touching and thought-provoking family drama, and I was not disappointed!
By Jake Hall
published in Family Matters eNewsletter, September 14, 2017
Regarding Sunday's Offering
Sometime in the early morning hours on September 13, our Highland Hills building was vandalized. Due to the after effects of the storm, our campus was without power. Thieves broke into our church offices and stole our drop-safe containing Sunday morning’s collection: tithes, offerings, and cash.
by Jake Hall
published in Family Matters eNewsletter, September 9, 2017
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
by Jake Hall
published in Family Matters eNewsletter, September 1, 2017
We have all seen the damage wrought on the Texas coast by Hurricane Harvey. Maybe you have wondered, "What can I do?" Our congregation has designated funds to help in moments like this. I, also, wanted to share this resource published by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. May our thoughts and prayers be with the victims of Hurricane Harvey. ~ Jake
By Cass DuCharme
published in Family Matters eNewsletter, August 25, 2017
As a minister, I love standing beside the families of our church through their times of celebration and need. Births and baptisms, Bible presentation and Sunday School promotion, working together on mission trips, worship services and weddings, and yes, even health needs and funerals.