Passing the Time

Passing the Time

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, June 22, 2017

For many years, Highland Hills has followed the Christian calendar to mark the passing of time. During some seasons, our worship space is marked by the deep purple of the Lent or the white of Easter. We are now entering the longest season of our worship calendar. It is marked by green stoles and is called "ordinary time."

“Ordinary time” refers to the days of the year that are not Advent, Christmas, Lent, or Easter. You might notice that this season is the longest season of the year. Its length as a season and its moniker as merely “ordinary,” offer the impression that we are all waiting around for Advent to begin again.The term “ordinary," in this sense, is not the opposite of special or "extraordinary," instead it is that time which is ordained for everyday living.

Think of it! During this season, we will continue to reflect on that for which we have been “ordained.” We will consider our extraordinary purpose as a congregation. We will wonder together about how God may be found in the middle of everyday life. That is the kind of "ordinary time" that I plan on enjoying and not merely enduring.

I look forward to our extraordinary summer together. How will you be passing the time?

You Got Me!

You Got Me!

By Cass DuCharme

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, June 15, 2017

Well, well, well, you all pulled one over on me. One way to surprise someone on their anniversary is to have the party early. Five months early to be exact!

What I thought was going to be the conclusion to a wonderful Jubilate choir tour, turned out to be a very sweet surprise lunch and roasting of yours truly.

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly...You should go.

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly...You should go.

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, June 8, 2017

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how Baptist News Global will be highlighting the partnership between Highland Hills and 100.9, The Creek. The dinner on Thursday, June 29 is going to be great! I am looking forward to sharing about this unique partnership that celebrates both our approach and our context in Macon. Tickets and table sponsorship are available for this event. Contact the church office if you are interested in attending or sponsoring a table for this event.

Yes, but how?

Yes, but how?

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, June 1, 2017

This Sunday, our season of spiritual discernment, Vision 20/20, will reach a mile marker. Pentecost Sunday marks the birth of the church. Pentecost, a Jewish feast, was celebrated 50 days after Passover, and pilgrims had come to Jerusalem from all over the world to celebrate. The apostles were gathered together in a house when a wind came from heaven and filled the place. They saw tongues that looked like fire, that separated and came down on each of them. Immediately the apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit, who gave them a word and caused them to speak. It was there that the community of gifted and empowered followers of Jesus came to be. On this Pentecost Sunday, we will note and name the ways that we see the Spirit at work in our congregation offering definition and direction to our life as a church as we continue to craft our implementation plans.

How Do I Love Thee?

How Do I Love Thee?

By Cass DuCharme

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, May 25, 2017

There has been a lot of news lately that lacks love, the bombings at the concert in Manchester, England the most recent. News at its core seems much more negative than positive. Oh, there is always the occasional feel-good story that seems to put things into perspective, but for the most part, the news we see and hear lacks a lot of love. As you may note by my last name, I am of French descent. We Frenchmen, as you know, are lovers not fighters. Not just as a Frenchman but also as a person of faith I am prone to love first. Love… now that’s a word I wish we heard a little more in the news.

Moving to the Front Yard

Moving to the Front Yard

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, May 19, 2017

Most people I know suffer from the same affliction… busyness. Our schedules are packed and our calendars unable to contain all of the things that we want to experience for our families. I look around my neighborhood and wish for more time to connect with the people around me. I was struck by the simplicity of one person’s answer to the need for more space for connections.

Devil Chasing around the Mountain

Devil Chasing around the Mountain

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, May 11, 2017

Thank you, for the many condolences I have received this week after the death of my uncle. Our family appreciates your kindness and the calls from our staff ministers and the texts by our family deacon. I have felt the compassion and care of Highland Hills, and for that I am grateful.

Shepherd to Lost Sheep

Shepherd to Lost Sheep

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, May 4, 2017

Growing up, my favorite TV show was "The Dukes of Hazzard." I remember watching it with my Grandaddy. We loved "Uncle Jesse," the wise patriarch of Hazzard County, whose virtues always saved the day from "Boss Hog's" machinations. Uncle Jesse would pick up a CB radio and call out to his nephews, "Shepherd to Lost Sheep?" He guided them with the right word at the right time. Even now, I can hear Waylon Jennings voicing the theme song of the show, and maybe you can, too.