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Meditating on the Cross

Meditating on the Cross

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter April 19, 2019

George Bennard wrote, “The Old Rugged Cross” around 1912. Bennard preached throughout the Midwest as traveling evangelist. One evening he left the service upset because of the behavior of the crowd. During that revival service, some youth interrupted Bennard during the sermon. Their behavior to the good news, as Bennard proclaimed it, led to his reflection upon the meaning of the cross.

Sinning like A Christian

Sinning like A Christian

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter March 21, 2019

Our Lenten muse for the past few weeks has been Will Willimon’s “Sinning Like A Christian.” Willimon examines the 7 Deadly Sins of pride, envy, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony, and lust. Our conversation around the Family Night tables has been both comic and meaningful.

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.

Jubilate! Concert This Sunday Night at Highland Hills

Jubilate! Concert This Sunday Night at Highland Hills

by Cass DuCharme

published in Family Matters eNewsletter January 17, 2018

As I’m sure you all have heard by now, this weekend the Jubilate Festival Singers will celebrate the 26th Annual Jubilate youth choir retreat and concert. Since 1994, when Jubilate began, the Highland Hills Youth Choir has attended every Jubilate retreat and summer tour and this year is no exception. The 100 voice Jubilate Festival Singers will feature youth choirs from FBC Avondale Estates, FBCX Macon and Highland Hills in Georgia; FBC Aiken and Boulevard Baptist, Anderson in South Carolina; and Broadway Baptist, Louisville in Kentucky.

Write a new list

Write a new list

by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter December 20, 2018

We need new lists.

No, not additional lists. Lists abound in the Christmas season. "To do" lists describe the many things that must happen at work in order to make it to your kids Christmas play on time. "To purchase" lists enumerate just how many presents to buy and for whom. Grocery lists curate how many Christmas hams to purchase and help organize our cupboards and counters when company comes over for Christmas. Even Santa's list names who is naughty and who is nice. We need a new list. Something that names what happens next!

Where Will Christ Show Up?

Where Will Christ Show Up?

by Ruth DuCharme

published in Family Matters eNewsletter December 15, 2018

It’s Advent. It’s that time when we wait and prepare for the coming of the Christ child. In our waiting, we turn our attention to worship, celebrations, and preparations. By now we have strung lights, purchased and wrapped gifts, attended a few parties and concerts, and eaten our share of Christmas goodies.

Second Week of Advent

Second Week of Advent

My Christmas Sticky Note Lists

My Christmas Sticky Note Lists

by Cass DuCharme

published in Family Matters eNewsletter November 15, 2018

As many of you know, I am the Sticky Note king. My desk and computer, yes, computer, are filled with sticky notes. These notes help me navigate through my days reminding me of all of the tasks I need to complete. Today’s sticky note says, “Write Enewsletter article this week”. So, that’s what I’m doing.