Viewing entries in
Jake Hall

Making a Reservation

Making a Reservation

staffblogJakecropped.jpg

by Jake Hall

Highland Hills is using a new kind of church record-keeping solution called Realm. Realm primarily serves the administrative needs of our office. The Realm database holds our membership, attendance, and visitor records, as well as our accounting software. Realm processes tithes and offerings online, as well as, our event registrations and meal reservations. This software is a fantastic tool for our office staff and offers new tools to church leaders. 

Realm expands our church leaders ability to communicate and connect. It allows our Committee Chairs, Team Coordinators, Sunday School, and Small Group leaders the ability to take attendance for groups from their phone or tablet, share documents and resources with class members, and even message members by text or email with ease. Our Deacons have been using Realm’s group communication features for a few months now, and they love it. 

Temptation and Deliverance

Temptation and Deliverance

By Jake Hall

The Lord's Prayer is both simple and subversive. These past few weeks we have taken the prayer petition by petition, holding each phrase up to the light with a jeweler's loop to catch a different facet of this faithful prayer.

A Prayer for All Teachers

A Prayer for All Teachers

by Jake Hall

If you have ever lived in a house with both a student and an educator, then you know the quickened pace of August. By now, all of our students have returned to classrooms and dorm rooms everywhere. The educators in our midsts returned a few weeks ago, planning and prepping for a new school year or college term. At Highland Hills we have kids in kindergarten up to graduate school, as well as, educators and administrators at all manner of institutions from public pre-ks to private highschool schools; They serve as professors and para-pros, teachers and administrators, coaches and counselors.

Polyglot's Prayer

Polyglot's Prayer

By Jake Hall

A lot of people learn the Lord’s Prayer early in their journey of faith. It’s one of those prayers that even people of no faith kind of know. This general awareness shapes public perceptions of Christianity from without and also our inner life from within every time we recited.

A New Start

A New Start

By Jake Hall


The first few weeks of August lead us to space in-between summer and the familiarity of fall routines. At Highland Hills, it is a time of signing up for ministry teams and engaging a new program year. It is time to show up after the sporadic space of summer. This year you will find new faces along with opportunities for ministry at Highland Hills.

Joining a Rebel Choir

Joining a Rebel Choir

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters enewsletter, July 19, 2019

Carol Younger asked me to reflect on Psalm 40 with an eye on the text and an ear for a different kind of musical embodiment. You can join in by reading along in the "Reflections" devotional guide.

Psalm 40 reads:

I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly;

I do not seal my lips, Lord,
as you know.

Catching Up With CBF

Catching Up With CBF

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter June 11, 2019

This year the CBF General Assembly gathered in Birmingham, Alabama. Every year a number of our members attend the assembly. In this space, congregations from across the nation with whom we partner for missions, education, and advocacy gather for a time of inspiration and information.

A New Layer of Grief

A New Layer of Grief

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters enewsletter June 27, 2019

Yesterday we gathered to mark the passing of Tina Wootan. We have lost too many friends in recent days. It seems right to share the words of the poet/liturgist Jan Richarson, as she writes about the multiple layers of grief.

May her work comfort you this day.

~ Pastor Jake