Stephen Ministry Matters

Stephen Ministry Matters

STEPHEN MINISTRY COMMISSIONING THIS SUNDAY

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Recognizing that God is the ultimate Cure Giver, the Mission of the Highland Hills Baptist Church Stephen Ministry is to serve God and bring Christ’s healing love to individuals who are experiencing life’s challenges through confidential, non-judgmental, one-on-one Christian care.

This coming Sunday will be a joyous occasion here at Highland Hills Baptist Church. At the morning worship service, we will commission three new Stephen Leaders and nine new Stephen Ministers. Stephen Leaders Renee Bennett, Ruth Ducharme, and John Jarrard are prepared to lead this lay caring ministry. They bring their gifts for leadership, vision, wisdom, administration, organization, discernment, and teaching to select and equip those who will be Stephen Ministers—lay Christian caregivers—in our congregation.

Join us Sunday in thanking God that they have answered His call to become Stephen Leaders and in praying for them as they begin this important work of the Lord! Anne Heath, Neil Heath, Lyn Hicks, Kam Cook, Martha Fennell, John Jarrard, Cheryl Sjoquist, Garry Williams, and Peggy Williams are being commissioned into a special ministry of care and concern for others as Stephen Ministers. This rite of commissioning culminates a period of extensive training and preparation for caring ministry. Our Stephen Ministers have studied and practiced skills in such areas as dealing with feelings, crisis intervention, asserting oneself with gentleness and firmness, and numerous other topics to prepare them to help people who are experiencing problems in their lives.

After being commissioned, these Stephen Ministers will be assigned to minister to those hurting in our congregation and community. They will be working with people who are experiencing such life crises as the loss of a loved one, illness, divorce, hospitalization, retirement, financial setback, long-term care, or any of a number of other difficulties people face in daily living.

We thank God for their gifts of caring and listening. Their ministries will increase greatly the overall ministry at HHBC. Please keep them in your prayers as they carry the love of Christ to their care receivers.

Deacon of the Week

Deacon of the Week

Sunday, June 30 - Saturday, July 6, 2019

Sara Spivey

Her deacon families are:

Eloise & Jim Mitchell
Warren & June Moncrief
Matthew & Melodie Moncrief
Canon, Gabriel & Asher Lee
Ruth Murphy
Micah Nance & Melanie Thomas
Brenna
Dawn & Scott Nash
Jim & Patricia Netherton
Denice Newton
Will & Jake
Todd Newton

Opportunities for the Week — June 30 - July 7, 2019

Opportunities for the Week — June 30 - July 7, 2019

Sunday, June 30
Third Sunday After Pentecost

9:45am
Sunday School
11:00am
Worship
12:00pm
PASSPORT Meeting

Wednesday, July 3
8:00am
Men's Prayer Breakfast

Thursday, July 4 - Friday, July 5
Church Office Closed

Sunday, July 7
Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

9:45am
Sunday School
11:00am
Worship

Wednesday Nights in June

Wednesday Nights in June

Wednesday, June 26: HHBC will co-host an ice cream sundae party in the Kings Park Community Center for neighborhood residents and their families. This time of fun and fellowship will kick off our "Check-In Challenge," an effort to increase communication and collaboration across the Kings Park community.

Community Fun with Kings Park

Community Fun with Kings Park

Wednesday, June 26, 5:00 - 6:00 pm

HHBC will co-host an ice cream sundae party in the Kings Park Community Center for neighborhood residents and their families. This time of fun and fellowship will kick off our "Check-In Challenge," an effort to increase communication and collaboration across the Kings Park community. Want to volunteer to help in this Micah Project and serve ice cream with these neighbors? Sign up here or in the church office.

Loaves and Fishes Ministry

Loaves and Fishes Ministry

Highland Hills continues to provide sack lunches on the first Tuesday of each month to the Loaves and Fishes Ministry. Loaves and Fishes depend on churches like us to help them provide supportive services to the working poor and homeless population in the middle Georgia area. If your Sunday School class would like to help fill lunch sacks and/ or help deliver the lunches, contact Emily Brumley.

Micah Project: Schools

Micah Project: Schools

Why Does HHBC Support MLK Elementary School?

Why does HHBC support Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School? Our own Cameron Hill is one of the reasons. When the Missions Committee was discussing adopting a neighborhood school after we completed Vision 20/20, Patricia and Rod Finney asked us to consider MLK because Cameron needed help that the overworked teachers there were unable to provide. While the previous principal was not receptive to our participation, the new principal, Dr. Suzan Watkins, has welcomed our assistance this past year.

In 2018, MLK had an enrollment of 738 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 5th grade, with a teacher/student ratio of 19.6:1. Located in one of the lowest income areas of the county, MLK is one of the lowest performing schools in the county. Based on the combined math and reading proficiency testing date, MLK ranked #1,197 out of 1,226 elementary schools in the state of GA. On the Milestones Test given annually to students in grades 3-5, only 6% of students at MLK were proficient in math (Bibb County 30.3% / GA 45.5%) and only 8% were proficient in reading and language arts (Bibb County 27.5% / GA 41.7%).

There are two components of our support for MLK: reading tutoring and teacher/staff support. Look for more about those in the next few weeks. If you are interested in tutoring at MLK next year, contact Kam Cook at (478) 836-5301 or kmhcook@gmail.com.

Stephen Ministry Matters

Stephen Ministry Matters

SAVE THE DATE – Stephen Ministry Commissioning in Two Weeks

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Recognizing that God is the ultimate Cure Giver, the Mission of the Highland Hills Baptist Church Stephen Ministry is to serve God and bring Christ’s healing love to individuals who are experiencing life’s challenges through confidential, non-judgmental, one-on-one, Christian care.

On Sunday, June 30, HHBC will commission three new Stephen Leaders and eight new Stephen Ministers. These dedicated people have received extensive training over the past few months and are ready to begin their caring ministry here at Highland Hills.

Ruth Ducharme and John Jarrard recently attended the Stephen Leader’s Training Course (LTC) in Orlando, and Renee Bennett is attending this week. These new Stephen Leaders will help lead our Stephen Ministry here at HHBC and make sure it runs smoothly.

Our first class of Stephen Ministers includes Anne and Neil Heath, Lyn Hicks, Kam Cook, John Jarrard, Cheryl Sjoquist, Garry Williams, and Peggy Williams. They will be commissioned on June 30 to begin service as Stephen Ministers in our congregation. Stephen Ministry, Christian lay caring ministry for those in need, is a vital part of our congregation’s mission.

Join in the celebration! Come pray for and show your support for this caring ministry and these gifted people whom God has called and equipped for this important role in our congregation. We ask God’s blessings on our new Stephen Ministry Team and pray for the success of this special ministry in our congregation.

Deacon of the Week

Deacon of the Week

Sunday, June 23 - Saturday, June 29, 2019

Neil Heath

His deacon families are:

Betty Rivers
Cynthia Roby
Ellen & Thomas Scott
Christopher & Lauren
Ben Shepard
Bess Shirley
Daniel & Barbara Sikes
Mary Catherine
Jennifer Simmons
Carson & Kendall
Marcus Simmons
Ann Sims