Highland Church of Christ Weekly Bulletin
WEEK OF SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, 2020
Order of Worship
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit empowers us to be witnesses, reflecting the power of Jesus, who is Emmanuel - God with us.
We join with the world in praying for the people of Lebanon as they experience the pain, devastating loss and heartache of an explosion in the heart of Beirut.
It’s our desire to keep you informed with the latest details on how we plan to stay connected during this time. As information changes, we’ll offer regular updates, resources via the website, email and social media.
- To access the livestream go to youtube.com/highlandabilene. You can also visit our Facebook page.
- Online Bible classes are available each Sunday morning. For today’s class offerings, check the Highland website, www.highlandchurch.org, for a link to access classes.
- This Wednesday
- Freedom Fellowship and Grace Fellowship will not be meeting on Wednesdays for the foreseeable future, but they are serving “grab and go” meals from 6-6:30pm and will take prayer requests during that time.
- His Kids Ministry - Join us at the Prayer Wall on live at 6:30 p.m. on Highland’s Facebook page. It’s not just for kids, and we’d be honored to write your prayer on the wall.
LIVING WITH FAITHFUL FLEXIBILITY
We’ve been using the phrase “faithful flexibility” to describe how we are living during this unusual time. With the pattern of rising COVID 19 cases in Abilene, we will continue our online-only worship service at 10 am for the foreseeable future.
Practicing faithful flexibility isn’t always easy, and this decision was not made lightly. From the beginning, our guiding principles have been prayerful consideration, listening to recommendations from Highland medical professionals as well as city and state officials, and the desire to be good neighbors by protecting the most vulnerable in our church and community.
As the situation changes, we will keep you updated when new information is available.
The EmBodied Project
We’re excited to introduce the EmBodied Project and invite you to join us in building an antiracist culture at Highland and in our community. As we pursue God’s heart for racial reconciliation together, we believe we must begin by hearing stories from people of color who are friends and neighbors.
Some people in our church experience daily oppression because of the color of their skin. Their stories are powerful reminders that through baptism we share the same body - the body of Christ. What one member experiences affects us all.
Last week, Stephanie Hamm courageously shared her story, and today she expands the conversation by exploring how the life-long journey of baptism changes how we live in faithful community together. The work of reconciliation isn’t easy, but it is rooted in the heart of the gospel and the way of Jesus.
Each EmBodied story is meant to be shared in smaller settings for shared learning, such as Restore Highland Groups and Bible classes, and we’ll provide discussion questions to help guide the conversation.We expect important work to come out of this project, for each of us individually, as well as congregationally.
Check your August 9 Avenue email for the link to today’s video or go to www.highlandchurch.org/embodied. Out of respect for our storytellers, each video will be password protected, and we ask that you not share the link or password with anyone outside of Highland.
It’s not always easy to be vulnerable, and each of the storytellers are courageously and willingly inviting us to experience part of their faith journey and the power of their Baptism story.
YOUNG CHILDREN’S WORLD
Young Children’s World, Highland’s preschool, is hiring teachers and aides for the 2020-21 school year. School hours are Tuesday and Thursday, September-May, from 8:15-2:45. YCW staff will receive tuition discounts for their children or grandchildren. Contact Katie Emerson at 325-370-1881 or email her at .
New Adult Class Offerings
The Top 5 Things I’ve Learned From Reading My Bible
David Lang will lead this live class on Sunday mornings from 9-9:45am. Please click on the button to join the webinar. If you are unable to join on Sunday morning, the webinar will be recorded so you can view at your convenience.
- The Nature of God: God is _____
This video class will explore a different character trait of God and will be available on the Highland website each week.
Today’s class will be led by Mollie Spaulding- “God is Holy"
Gender in Church Leadership Discernment Process Update from the Elders
The elders are gathering via ZOOM and in socially-distanced meetings to continue their collective discussions on Gender in Church Leadership. Please continue surrounding them with prayers for wisdom.
Week of August 9 - Peace - Matthew 5:9
Great blessings belong to those who work to bring peace. God will call them his sons and his daughters.
May God’s will be done in this matter.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND HIGHLAND CARES MINISTRY
The weeks of social and physical distancing have made life challenging for many of us. Our elders and ministers know there are many physical, emotional and spiritual needs among our members, and the Highland Cares Ministry offers numerous options if you need help or want to volunteer to help. Go to www.highlandchurch.org/connect for more information. Our Share the Joy fund is also available to assist Highland families in financial need. For questions about Share the Joy funds, contact Dickie Porche,
Highland Counseling Center -
The Highland Counseling Center is available for individual, couple and family therapy through a HIPAA approved, confidential online platform. During this time of social distancing, loss, limited resources and decreasing energy outlets, you may find yourself needing extra help. We are still here to serve you. Please visit our website, http://highlandchurch.org/counseling, to learn more about our services, check out our online resource list and to meet our counselors. Call 325-201-3030 with questions and help setting up an appointment.
At Highland, we believe in generously sharing God’s love and peace.
The Highland Food Pantry is an important part of our ministry in the Abilene community by providing food for our neighbors during this uncertain time. COVID-19 has changed how the pantry operates, and curbside service has been the method we’ve used during the past 19 weeks.
We’ll continue curbside delivery through July, and then we will reevaluate, determining when we can safely offer in-person shopping inside the pantry.
If you are interested in serving as a volunteer at the Pantry, new work shifts are available. Click on the link below to sign up for a time.
Summer Meals Program
“For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink…Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of these, you did it to Me.” - Matthew 25: 35, 40
Many families in Abilene are facing a summer they never expected. According to Feeding America, more than 50 million Americans have filed for unemployment since mid-March, and families are suddenly worried about their next meal. Providing access to summer meals for families in low-income areas should be an important priority for all of us.
As part of the Restore Abilene Initiative, Highland will once again partner with the Abilene Hunger Coalition and 11 other agencies to provide “Curbside Grab and Go” meals to the approximately 33,200 children throughout our city who are food insecure.
Did you know that in the Abilene Independent School District, 70% of children are eligible for the free/reduced breakfast and lunch program during the school year?
During March-May, AISD provided 105,500 curbside meals, and this effort continues by offering free breakfast and lunch at 12 sites until it ends on July 23. We invite you to partner with us to feed hungry children on Monday-Friday during the 3-week gap before school starts: July 27-31, August 3-7, and August 10-14. sites, June-July 23.
Click here to learn more or to sign up to volunteer.
Highland Cooking Team: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084BAAA62BABF49-highland
Abilene WIC Office: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084BAAA62BABF49-hendrickwic
Freedom Fellowship: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084BAAA62BABF49-freedom
Grace Fellowship: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084BAAA62BABF49-grace1
As new opportunities arise, we’ll provide updates on the "Serving Together" webpage, as well as sharing next steps with you through email and social media platforms.
Highland is committed to loving and serving the Abilene community in the midst of the current uncertainty, and we are thankful for the ways you are loving and serving others in the name of Jesus.
Volunteer and Employment Opportunities with the Christian Service Center
They are also hiring 2 part-time positions - Donations Manager and Office Receptionist. If you are interested in applying, please send your resume to .
RESTORE THE WORLD
RESTORE THE WORLD
We grieve with the people of Beirut for the recent explosion and catastrophic loss in their city. Highland is working with our strategic partner in Lebanon, the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, in response to the needs that have come as a result of this tragedy.
If you would like to participate in a special relief offering, you have several options. You may send a check to the office with “disaster relief” in the memo line, give online through Realm, again designating “disaster relief” or direct your gift to the disaster relief fund. Donations need to be received in the office by Friday, August 14. Thank you for prayerful consideration in how you can help.
Restore the World Partners
For information and updates about our Restore the World partners and initiatives, check out the Highland website. Please join us in praying for these vital ministries in Brazil, Myanmar, Thailand and Lebanon.
Your generous giving throughout the uncertainties of COVID-19 has been an encouragement and blessing to our church and to our ministry partners in Abilene and throughout the world. Thank you for your faithfulness.
JULY 19 CONTRIBUTION - $34,760.80
WEEKLY GOAL - $45,500.00
28 WEEK AVERAGE - $39,847.73