Getting the Timing Right

Getting the Timing Right

Getting the Timing Right

By Jake Hall, published in Family Matters eNewsletter, 5/28/2015

Are your summer plans set? Summer is a contrast. There is both more time and even more to do! Summer booms with activity: HHBC Family Retreat, Jubilate, Mission Trip to Slovakia,
family vacations, and summer camps. Summer also sees a slump in church attendance. Even though our days are longer and we have vacation weeks, it is more difficult to gather together, collaborate, and fellowship together. Are we too scattered to gather
together in worship and mission and service? The question is: what will we do with more time? 

Here are a few ways you might grow in discipleship this summer:

1) Join a Summer Sunday School Experience
One of the things I have noticed is that our Sunday School classes scatter for the summer. What if summer gave us permission to try something new for a few
weeks? This year our young adult class is hosting a HHBC on Facebook
Follow Us on Twitter summer series called “The Breakfast Club.” A few of our Sunday school classes will meet together in the Great Room for brunch and a series where we have fun with movies from the '80’s. This is a perfect time to jump into fellowship and Bible study in a casual way.

2) Plan for Summer Giving
As we scatter for the summer, summer financial giving slumps, even as our ministry expenses rise. The truth is, living in 2015 means there is no need for that. You can make plans for faithful giving. Consider scheduling your tithes and offerings through online banking or through our website. You may find it here: http://www.highlandhillsbaptist.org/stewardship

3) Summer Devotions
Consider taking on a new family devotion for the summer. It won’t even take up any room in your luggage and you can even access it from any computer or smart phone. One simple devotional has an app and a webpage. You can find it here: www.d365.org You can take it with you wherever you go.

4) Try something new to build community
We have a great schedule of fellowship opportunities, from preschoolers to adults. We have book studies offered, with two of the most engaging books I’ve read in a while. Food for thought and conversations that challenge us. We have plans for a great Vacation Bible
School which means we have ways that you can serve. Think about how you might try something new this summer. Bring your child to events for preschoolers and children. Volunteer to support our youth. Ask how you can help with VBS.

What will you do with these longer days?

Graduation Season

Graduation Season

By Cass DuCharme

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, 5/21/2015

It’s that time of year again. No, not allergy season. It’s a time of celebration. A time of congratulations to those who have graduated from a field of study and now move on to the next chapter in their lives.

Recharging Sunday

Recharging Sunday

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, 5/14/2015

Last week, the electric car company, Tesla, announced a new home battery system
capable of storing enough energy to power your home. The unit is capable of connecting to both residential solar systems and the traditional power grid. The Powerwall, as it is called, stores excess solar power for use when the sun isn't shining or stores cheap power from the grid when rates are low, allowing for use when rates rise. It is peace of mind for those whose power goes out every time there is a storm since it acts as a backup power supply without the use of a generator. At least once a week, I neglect to plug in my cell phone. How would I remember to plug in my house?

Window Washing

Window Washing

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, 5/7/2015

At Highland Hills, Charlie Barton bears the rather industrial sounding title, “Maintenance Supervisor.”

Whether Charlie is giving me an update on the church’s baptismal plumbing or scheduling the many setups and takedowns that happen between services, I am always struck by the faithfulness and care with which he does his work.

Group Aerobic Laughter Class

Group Aerobic Laughter Class

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, 4/20/2015

Every month our active, older adults meet for Jim Dandies, our longest running small group. There is a meal, a speaker, and good times. The laughter flows freely, and that is why I was skeptical when I heard that our speaker was going to have us engage in group aerobic laughter. Organized, aerobic laughter, have you ever heard of such a thing? Now if you're like me, you've probably laughed until you've cried, but you probably haven't laughed until you've broken a sweat. I imagined CrossFit trainers adding tickling to their morning workout of the day or the Wellness Center adding a comedian to their staff.

Space for the Unspoken Prayers

Space for the Unspoken Prayers

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, 4/23/2015

For six years, I never said a word. I stood behind a pulpit and asked others if they had any prayer requests, even though I kept silent about our family’s deepest prayer. We were praying for a child. It was just too difficult to name in that room.

The View from the Children's Sermon Pew

The View from the Children's Sermon Pew

By Ruth DuCharme

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, 4/16/2015

Each Sunday, during our weekly worship hour, we have a time set aside for our children to come forward for the Children’s Sermon. Cass usually invites them forward where Carol or I are “awaiting their arrival” with a lesson or thought based on the scripture text for the day. I have to admit that one of my favorite parts of worship is watching the children walk down to the front pew for this time of worship. They approach the front pew without hesitation or apprehension. They know that this is their moment— this is their time to be drawn into worship and, in a way, to offer themselves to God.

Doubting Your Way Towards Belief

Doubting Your Way Towards Belief

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, 4/9/2015

Easter announced the good news of the resurrection. This week NBC debuted a
miniseries: A.D. The Bible Continues. It could be interesting. But, I always have my doubts about biblical movies. On the one hand, I find them fascinating. Every interpretation of the text must make definitive choices on how to tell the story in order to have a single point of view. On the other hand, not even the Bible presents a single point of view on the life of Jesus. Instead of one, we have four. There is something about the publicity of it all that makes me intrigued and queasy at the same time.