By Jake Hall
published in Family Matters eNewsletter, November 17, 2016
The Psalmist writes, “I thank you, Lord, with all my heart; I sing praise to you before the gods. I face your holy Temple, bow down, and praise your name because of your constant love and faithfulness, because you have shown that your name and your commands are supreme. You answered me when I called to you; with your strength, you strengthened me."
By Carol Brown
published in Family Matters eNewsletter, November 10, 2016
Last Monday night, I spent an evening in suffering from jetlag. I spent an evening in Uganda without even leaving Macon. Our church joined with First Baptist Church of Christ to host a missions event led by CBF field personnel Missy Ward Angalla and her husband, Francis. We shared a wonderful Ugandan meal together, listened to stories of the work that Missy and Francis are doing, and heard about their plans for more ministries in the future.
By Jake Hall
published in Family Matters eNewsletter, November 3, 2016
You know I’m not the biggest sports fan, but the fanaticism of the Cubs win has stirred my attention. Especially the stories being told about die-hard fans and their ritual observance of the Cubbies. For many, rooting for the Cubs is a deeply personal, family tradition. Time magazine reported the story of Bill Shannon, who spent the last few innings on his knees praying. This kind of devotion carries forward generation by generation. Fans pass on their passion and sense of expectancy to another generation of fans. It’s beautiful, really. Shannon said, “When you get to be my age, you don’t know if you’ve ever going to see it. I kept thinking of my all my friends at Wrigley, and so many that are gone. I feel privileged to have witnessed this.” It was like he experienced this with his friends who had passed away and for his friends that had passed away. What an amazing sense of connection!
By Jake Hall
published in Family Matters eNewsletter, October 27, 2016
Leaves are falling and the temperature is finally dropping, at least to "tolerable." In this season for carnivals, costumes, and Casper, there are serious decisions to be made: what costume will I wear? Some of the most popular choices for this year will be Rey and BB8, Pokémon, or political figures. Maybe you will see someone dressed as a Snapchat filter or a Ghostbuster. All of these are in the top ten costumes this year.
By Ruth DuCharme
published in Family Matters eNewsletter, October 21, 2016
When the Israelites were captives in Babylon far away from their home, they asked this question, “How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?” Far from their home and their temple, they were exiles and slaves with no heart or spirit to sing the songs of Zion. It’s not that it would be irreverent to sing those songs outside of their homeland; it was more likely that the song felt misplaced because they were misplaced and their hearts were heavy with grief.
published in Family Matters eNewsletter, October 14, 2016
Last month, during the Jim Dandies luncheon, Erin asked the group some quiz questions about missions. One question had everyone stumped: How many missionaries has Highland Hills supported? Some began counting up a few men and women they could name from the list of people we have supported in foreign countries. Cass was wise to count our youth group in the number of “missionaries” as he named their trips each summer. The correct answer was: hundreds. We have as many missionaries as we have people in our congregation.
By Jake Hall
published in Family Matters eNewsletter, October 6, 2016
Last Sunday, we had a truly beautiful worship experience outside in the amphitheater. It was a holy moment that happened outside the walls of our church's building. I am deeply thankful for our worship leaders, the lovely weather and your voices raised among the trees.