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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.

Finding the Good in Good Friday

Finding the Good in Good Friday

By Carol Brown

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, March 29, 2018

I love to celebrate Easter, but I would rather skip Good Friday. Easter has bright, pretty clothes, flowers in bloom, and candy. Good Friday has darkness, sad songs, and death. Easter is the happy ending, the empty tomb, and shouts of “He is risen, indeed!” Good Friday is somber and serious, with shouts of “Crucify him!” How can there be anything good about the day that Jesus was crucified? How can we sit in darkness, reflecting on Christ’s pain and suffering, and call this a good day? 

Perfectly Imperfect...This Is Church

Perfectly Imperfect...This Is Church

By Carol Brown

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, September 28, 2017

One of my favorite TV shows, “This Is Us,” returned for a second season on Tuesday night. I anxiously anticipated the continuation of this touching and thought-provoking family drama, and I was not disappointed!

It's a Baby Boom!

It's a Baby Boom!

By Carol Brown

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, June 29, 2017

We’re having a baby boom at Highland Hills. We had a precious baby boy born in February, two sweet little girls born last week, and a fourth new baby on the way in September. That’s a real baby boom!

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?

A Beautiful Thing

A Beautiful Thing

by Carol Brown

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, February 9, 2017

It was a beautiful thing to see more than 80 women of all ages, faiths, and walks of life gathered in our Great Room last Monday, sharing a meal and conversation around the tables. The women found their way to HHBC from Milledgeville, Eatonton, Warner Robins, Monticello, and all neighborhoods of Macon to attend the monthly lunch meeting of the Women’s Interfaith Alliance of Central Georgia.

An Evening in Uganda without the Jetlag

An Evening in Uganda without the Jetlag

By Carol Brown

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, November 10, 2016

Last Monday night, I spent an evening in suffering from jetlag. I spent an evening in Uganda without even leaving Macon. Our church joined with First Baptist Church of Christ to host a missions event led by CBF field personnel Missy Ward Angalla and her husband, Francis. We shared a wonderful Ugandan meal together, listened to stories of the work that Missy and Francis are doing, and heard about their plans for more ministries in the future.

Rice, Hairnets, and New Friends

Rice, Hairnets, and New Friends

By Carol Brown

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, September 21, 2016

I have never worked in the food service industry, so I have never needed to wear a hairnet… until Sunday afternoon. On Sunday afternoon, I joined 150 volunteers in our church Great Room to pack meals for people in need of daily sustenance. And I wore a hairnet! All 150 of us donned fashionable hairnets, washed our hands, and worked shoulder to shoulder to pack rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and a vitamin mix into plastic bags, which will be sent to third world countries in desperate need of food.