Pastor Named Emerging Leader by NewTown Macon

Pastor Named Emerging Leader by NewTown Macon

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published in Family Matters eNewsletter, October 13, 2017

Pastor Jake Hall was awarded an “Emerging Leader” award from NewTown Macon during the Parters in Progress awards ceremony. This annual event acknowledges people, groups and businesses who are leaders in the community. Our Highland Hills congregation was heralded for being a presence in Macon. The award moment celebrated our work through Tavernsong, Gospel Gothic and the ways our Vision 20/20 process featured the voices of the community in strategic planning. Jake Hall and Marlon Baldwin (pictured) of The Mentor’s Project were awarded this honor that names their work in building community.
 

Blessing in a Time of Violence

Blessing in a Time of Violence

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. 

Perfectly Imperfect...This Is Church

Perfectly Imperfect...This Is Church

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!

You got me.

You got me.

By Jake Hall

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published in Family Matters eNewsletter, September 21, 2017

Irma may have delayed your surprise by a week, but I was still blown away. Thank you for celebrating my 40th birthday in such a fun and engaging way. Often times we see the church
visible in worship in acts of praise and proclamation. We recognize the church in acts of service or charity. Last night reminded me how we see the church visible in celebration and play.

Thank you, Highland Hills, for being a church that understands and embodies acts of holy play.

In case you missed the "Jeff Browne and Forties" cover of a great Earth, Wind and Fire classic... click below.

Important Announcement

Important Announcement

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.

A Psalter for the Storm

A Psalter for the Storm

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, September 9, 2017

Psalm 46

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.

5 Things We Can Do

5 Things We Can Do

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

On the Other Side

On the Other Side

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.