By Cass DuCharme


 According to most folks, this is the last week of summer. Labor day is next Monday and the "lazy days" of this season will be over. Like most summers, this one flew by and is now just a memory. As I was thinking about the summer of 2012, I realized that it went by quickly because we were all so busy. Now "busy" to some of you may have been summer camps for the kids, summer ball, vacations, and quality family time. Others of you got up and went to work just like you do every other season of the year.


This summer at Highland Hills, though busy, was a wonderful time of work, play, and renewal. The children of our church were busy playing with dolphins, attending Children's Camp, learning and growing in their faith in Vacation Bible School and splashing in the water at the High Falls water park. Our youth went on their annual Jubilate Choir tour where they sang and ministered to people in Georgia and Alabama. They also went to Danville, Virginia, for their Passport Mission trip at Averett University. They had a great time making new friends, working on houses, and sharing Christ's love with people in the Danville area.


Our church summer mission project found us working with the ladies and children of Life Spring right here in Macon. We shared God's love with these ladies with events on our campus and at other venues close by. We had a great time building new relationships and making new friends. I hear that we're going to continue this mission endeavor and that makes me very happy.


We worshiped on Sunday mornings with guest preachers filling the pulpit. We touched the lives of church members and friends through Touch Ministry. We baptized a new believer into the faith. We prayed and sang at the Taize services. We took a few Wednesday nights off in July to rest. We had a new air conditioning system put in for the church office. And yes, we even found an interim pastor along the way.


Although this summer went by fast, much was accomplished in this faith community. The summer of 2012 is now just a memory and it's time to move on. Speaking of moving on, I'm working on Christmas music now. Hang on, because it'll be here before you know it.