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A Winding Walk & A Ponderous Path

A Winding Walk & A Ponderous Path

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by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter February 21, 2019

The season after Epiphany invited us to see the world with adventurous and amateur eyes, both. During these weeks we have been spiritually challenged by the biblical stories to experience the ordinary world in a new way. Wise Men taught us to look for stars, signs, and symbols to guide our journey. Jesus modeled what happens we cast our life in line with everybody else and wander into the wilderness to find our way. These texts have encouraged us to follow Jesus through the ordinariness of our lives toward something new.

Here are some lessons we’ve learned along the way:

1. Spiritually, we must confess that our senses do not provide us with perfect insight into what is happening around us.

We see what we expect to see in the world. This is especially true in the parts of our life with which we are most familiar. Your neighborhood and your commute to work are experienced by rote. Our routines are so repetitive that their interpretation is nearly automatic. Oddly enough, the same is true for things wildly unfamiliar to us. It is almost impossible for us to really see the world from someone else perspective without taking a walk with them to see what they see.

2. Take notice of the way you notice the world around you and question what you see.

Through these texts, we have learned that our ability to narrate and navigate our lives based on our senses must be continuously questioned and redeemed. I know the word itself, ‘epiphany,’ makes it seem like it is something that happens to you. What we have learned is that we must be intentional in the way that we seek to see the world. This is how we begin to see God in the world, and it is how we see the world from God’s perspective. This intentionality makes it possible to see our neighbor and learn about life from their perspective. Ask someone else to take a walk with you and tell you about their experience and this city from their perspective.

3. Take a step of faith based on your new insight

Once you have begun to pay attention to your life and have some sense of where God might be leading you, then it is time to start the perilous journey of following God with other people. Invest your best gifts on this new journey with God. I don’t know where God is calling you in your life, but I know this: if you listen to God, if you obediently follow, if you offer your gifts for Christ sake, then you too will have an adventure in faith to share.

Trees and Trust

Trees and Trust

by Ruth DuCharme

published in Family Matters eNewsletter February 14, 2019

I spent many days of my childhood climbing trees. At the home where I grew up in Newnan, Georgia, there were three maple trees that crossed our front lawn. One particular maple tree was accessible to my young hands and legs. I could grab hold of its lowest branch and swing my legs up to hug the limb and then lift myself up into the tree. I would climb a little higher into the tree to a branch that was thick and strong. It could support my whole body, and I could lean against it almost like a chair just right for sitting and pondering. From the tree, I could view nests that the birds had made, and occasionally find a caterpillar’s cocoon. It was a place to explore and view life.

Walking the Road Together

Walking the Road Together

By Carol Brown

published in Family Matters eNewsletter August 30, 2018

(Carol read the following letter to the HHBC church family at the conclusion of the worship service on Sunday, August 26.)

As people of faith, we are each called by God to serve in a certain place and for a given time. I am so humbled that God has called me to serve in this wonderful place of ministry for the last 23 years but now the time has come for me to make a transition to a new calling and a new adventure. I am announcing my resignation as Director of Preschool Ministries and will complete my time of ministry here on September 30. My future plans for freelance and contract work include overseeing the publication of CBF missions curriculum for children, and working with churches and non-profits in the areas of communication, web media, and publications.

Ruth DuCharme Granted Ministerial Sabbatical

Ruth DuCharme Granted Ministerial Sabbatical

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter August 23, 2018

Everyone needs Sabbath time for rest and renewal. Have you ever wondered when ministers find Sabbath time? A few years ago, the church adopted a Sabbatical Policy for ordained staff ministers, which creates an intentional season of rest and renewal every seven years. This year the personnel committee approved the sabbatical of our Children’s Minister, Rev. Ruth DuCharme, from September 1-30. During this time, Ruth will be resting and renewing her body, mind, and spirit.

What Do You Love?

What Do You Love?

By Ruth DuCharme

published in Family Matters eNewsletter July 26, 2018

I love God. I love my family and friends. Those are certainties in my life, and they are most likely certainties in your life. Beyond those true loves of your life, what do you love? What fills your life with joy and satisfies your hunger to be your true self?

Condolences to the family of Wayne Daughtry

Condolences to the family of Wayne Daughtry

published in Family Matters eNewsletter July 12, 2018

Join me in offering condolences to the family of Wayne Daughtry. Robert Wayne Daughtry, Sr. Passed away on July 12, 2018. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 3:00PM. The family will greet friends on Monday, July 16, 2018 from 5:00-7:00PM at Hart’s Mortuary, 765 Cherry Street, Macon, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Mount de Sales Academy, attention: Touchdown Club, 851 Orange Street, Macon, Georgia 31201.

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Cooperative Baptist: General Assembly Part 2

Cooperative Baptist: General Assembly Part 2

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter June 21, 2018

The last night of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly concluded with worship. This spirit-filled moment brought together the stories of churches like ours; through song, and communion and proclamation, all of these stories were lifted up to God in worship.

Cooperative Baptists?

Cooperative Baptists?

By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter June 14, 2018

Greetings from Dallas!

This week, I am attending the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly in Dallas, TX. Every year, churches like ours, from all over the nation, gather for a time of worship, fellowship, education and, well.... cooperation.