Baptist News Global to Highlight Ministry of Highland Hills

Baptist News Global to Highlight Ministry of Highland Hills

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, April 27, 2017

Baptist News Global is a reader-supported, independent news organization providing original and curated news, opinion, and analysis about matters of faith. BNG covers the people, events, and ideas that are shaping American culture and Baptist life. They do so from a perspective that is Baptist in heritage and ecumenical in spirit.

Each year the Friends of BNG Dinner during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly feature’s a creative approach to the faith-based news organization’s emphasis on hosting “Conversations that Matter.” This year, BNG will feature Gospel Gothic, our partnership between Highland Hills and 100.9 The Creek FM, as a “conversation that matters.”

The program for the June 29 event at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta will include a live concert and panel discussion on music and meaning in the Christ-haunted south. The program will follow the format of our weekly radio show broadcast from Macon, Georgia, that explores Christian faith through the themes of Americana music. The show during BNG’s dinner event will include an ensemble of Americana artists, providing live music that will be interwoven with a conversation among show producers Jake Hall and Keith Gammons, along with Brad Evans and Wes Griffith. The producers will discuss the radio program’s concept and its approach to engaging listeners around music and faith.

Tickets and table sponsorships for this event are available at www.baptistnews.com. This event is just one of the reasons you should plan to attend the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s General Assembly in Atlanta on June 26-30.

More Than Easter Eggs

More Than Easter Eggs

By Ruth DuCharme

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, April 20, 2017

On the Saturday before Easter, our Highland Hills children hunt for Easter Eggs. Yes, this occurs on the day tradition calls Black Saturday or Dark Saturday in remembrance of a Savior who lay dead in a dark stone tomb. While we want to teach our children the truths about Christ’s death and resurrection, we also remember that young lives aren’t quite ready to carry such a heavy burden.

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, April 13, 2017

Today is Maundy Thursday. In the celebration of Holy Week, Maundy Thursday remembers the last supper with Jesus and his disciples. There, sitting around the table, were those closest to Jesus, yet over the next twenty-four hours they would each betray or desert him.

Celebrating a Quarter of a Century

Celebrating a Quarter of a Century

by Carol Brown

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, March 30, 2017

A lot happens in a quarter of a century! In 25 years, babies grow into adults, churches move through several stages of growth, and organizations mature into stable, well-formed entities. 25 years ago, Steve and I were newcomers to Macon and our first child, Burgess, was just three months old. A lot changes in 25 years! Burgess, and his brother Hudson, are both independent young adults, living in New York and ready to take on the world. Steve has celebrated 25 years at Mercer University, I have served at Highland Hills for almost 23 years, and (amazingly enough) Steve and I have not aged at all! A lot of living happens in 25 years. What will the next 25 years look like?

Five Things You Need to Know About Worship on Sunday

Five Things You Need to Know About Worship on Sunday

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, March 24, 2017

Highland Hills is honored to host the opening worship for the Cherry Blossom Festival. The many moments of community and celebration provided by the Cherry Blossom Festival remind us of what can happen we when celebrate new growth and beauty in our city. We will welcome our civic leaders, mayor, the Cherry Blossom Board, the Macon-Bibb Youth Commission, and both national and international dignitaries of the pageant court. May the moments of our worship together guide us to recognize the promise of spring and seek the vitality of true community.

Pastoral Confessions of a Reality TV Junkie

Pastoral Confessions of a Reality TV Junkie

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, March 17, 2017

I have a confession to make. I am a sucker for those home renovation shows on cable TV. It
all began years ago with TLC’s "Trading Spaces". Now, I find myself enamored by HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” where the delightful couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines, bring new life into homes in great locations.

Macon Neighbors Week 1

Macon Neighbors Week 1

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, March 9, 2017

Last night we convened the first session of our speakers series, where we learned about our city from the perspective of our neighbors. Mayor Robert Reichert and President Bill Underwood of Mercer University, each shared their perspectives of life in Macon now, and in the future.

Meeting Macon Neighbors: A Lenten Journey

Meeting Macon Neighbors: A Lenten Journey

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, March 2, 2017

For the next 40 days we will walk together as a community, remembering Jesus’ mission and ministry from wilderness to the triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Along the way, we will note the people who followed Jesus by catching a vision for what the kingdom of God could be on earth. We will listen to and learn from their witness to the work of Jesus in their time.