Second Week of Advent

Second Week of Advent

My Christmas Sticky Note Lists

My Christmas Sticky Note Lists

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by Cass DuCharme

published in Family Matters eNewsletter November 15, 2018

As many of you know, I am the Sticky Note king. My desk and computer, yes, computer, are filled with sticky notes. These notes help me navigate through my days reminding me of all of the tasks I need to complete. Today’s sticky note says, “Write Enewsletter article this week”. So, that’s what I’m doing.

I want to share with you what some of my other sticky notes say and what they are reminding me to do as I, (and You) get ready for Christmas.

Here we go:

“Boston Butt sale extended until Wednesday, December 12.”

“Thanksgiving meal and communion service and Sanctuary Choir rehearsal is next Tuesday evening, Nov. 20. No services next Wednesday.”

“First Sunday of Advent is December 2.”

“Wednesday, December 5 is the Children and Youth Christmas music.”

“Sunday morning, December 9 the Handbells play in worship”.

“Sunday evening, December 9 we’re having “The Light Has Come” Concert and Caroling in the Amphitheatre starting at 5:00 p.m. Featured performers include Dwayne Boswell, Shana Hargrove, Kadar Jones, Ruth DuCharme, Ginger Gilpin, Sara Elliott and more. Ask congregation to bring sweets and finger foods to share and to bring a friend. Laura Ann will take care of the Hot Chocolate and Cider.” (That one took 3 sticky notes. You won’t want to miss it!)

“The Family Night Christmas Party is Wednesday, December 12. It’s going to be a Fa-la-la-la-laa Christmas Karaoke night.”

“Don’t forget to have Ruth’s Christmas gifts shipped to the church instead of the house.” (Sorry, you didn’t need to see that one.)

“Sunday, December 16 the Sanctuary Choir presents its special Christmas music.”

“Monday evening, December 24 is our annual Candlelight and Communion Service starting at 5:00 p.m. with Gerald’s Christmas Organ Music. Call Lisa Browne Barksdale about singing O Holy Night :).”

Well, there you have it. My sticky note lists for Christmas. I have some more, with other events coming up but this is good for now. I hope that your “sticky note lists” include most, if not all of the events on my lists.

Oh, maybe I should make myself another note…”Remember to focus on the birth of Jesus during this Christmas season.” May that be true for all of us.

 Deacons

Deacons

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter November 8, 2018

This Sunday we will call seven people from the pews of Highland Hills to serve as deacons for a three-year term. The role of deacon arose in the first days of the early church as that community expanded the need for more servants arose so that all people could be served. Out of the many followers, seven were called.

Tikkun Olam and Blessings for the End of the World

Tikkun Olam and Blessings for the End of the World

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter November 1, 2018

Last week a gunman entered the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. He shouted hateful rhetoric and killed worshipers in a 20-minute attack.

The world seems broken beyond repair. It’s enough to make you want to despair and disengage and not even try. The regularity of events like this desensitize us to the horror and seems to normalize their occurrence.

Everyday Costumes

Everyday Costumes

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter October 25, 2018

Leaves are falling, and the temperature is finally dropping, at least to "tolerable." In this season for fall festivals, carnivals, costumes, and capes, there are serious decisions to be made: what costume will I wear? Be glad we are in Georgia... Historically some towns have enacted Halloween laws. In Alabama, you might get cited for dressing in costume as a member of the clergy... So, no priest, nun, rabbi, or Jake costumes if you are visiting relatives in the Yellowhammer State.

On the Table Was No Joke

On the Table Was No Joke

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter October 11, 2018

A pastor, a rabbi, an Imam, a teacher, an inmate, an educator, a publisher, a CEO and a college student walk into a house of worship.That isn't the beginning of joke, but a report from this week's "On the Table" event. Highland Hills opened our Great Room to have a conversations that matters. Tables all around Macon gathered fellow citizens to a common table.

Hey Neighbor! Pull up a Chair

Hey Neighbor! Pull up a Chair

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter October 11, 2018

On Wednesday, October 17, our church family will participate in a community-wide gathering of friends and strangers around the tables in our Great Room. No, it won't be like our typical family night supper: you won't be at your typical table, you won't be sitting with your typical friends, you might have to introduce yourself to strangers. It will be different. Yet, at the same time, our "On the Table" partnership event will be all too typical of the kind of table fellowship Jesus offered to all people.

Hey Neighbor!

Hey Neighbor!

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter October 5, 2018

What do you think when you hear a knock at the door or the ring of a door bell? Well, it depends. If you are expecting friends or family to arrive, then you might exclaim with delight, “Oh! So glad you’re here!” Unexpected guests seem to evoke excitement or apprehension or a quick dash to tidy up the formal living room.