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Second Week of Advent

Second Week of Advent

 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.

Two Macon Pastors Discuss Race, Privilege And Community Engagement

Two Macon Pastors Discuss Race, Privilege And Community Engagement

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter September 20, 2018

In an episode of "Meet the Press" in April 1960, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said he thought it was one of the most "shameful tragedies of our nation that 11 o'clock on Sunday morning is one of the most segregated hours in Christian America." Nearly 60 years later, a pair of church leaders in Macon observed that not much had changed. The New Georgia Encyclopedia states Macon is home to more churches than any other city in the American South.