Highland Church of Christ Weekly Bulletin

WEEK OF SUNDAY, JUNE 7,  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.

HIGHLAND SCHEDULE

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.

For the foreseeable future, Highland is moving to online only worship.

Updated Schedule 

  • This Sunday
    • One blended worship service, including both acapella and instrumental music, at 10:00am via livestream
    • 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
    • There will be no Wednesday night activities at Highland, Freedom Fellowship, or Grace Fellowship.
    • Takeaway meals will be available this week, June 10, at Freedom and Grace, 6:00-6:30pm
    • His Kids Ministry will return this Wednesday, June 10, at 6:30pm on Highland's facebook page.

RESTORE HIGHLAND

REGATHERING AT HIGHLAND

Although we’ve learned from this pandemic that God is greater than the distance between us, we are looking forward to the time we can regather in person again. As restrictions begin to ease in our city, we are all asking questions about when it’s best for us to begin meeting in person. Our elders and ministers are committed to providing safe, healthy gathering spaces, and we remain strong in our desire to protect the vulnerable members of our faith community.

The elders have appointed an advisory team to help make these important decisions, and your input is valuable and needed, too. Please complete our Regathering Survey so we’ll have the information to discern best practice for Highland as we continue loving and serving others, living out our restoration vision.

Our worship team has done an amazing job of creating meaningful online worship services during the last 12 weeks, and this will continue for the foreseeable future. As we explore options for regathering as a congregation, we’re confident the Holy Spirit will guide us in making wise choices, both collectively as the church and individually as members.

It’s been challenging to navigate the weeks of social distancing, and we care about how you are doing. Your commitment to faithfully serving our city in the name of Jesus, giving financially, and engaging online in worship and classes has been a blessing. While we don’t know what the future holds for our community regarding COVID 19, we do know that God is faithful, trustworthy and always present. We choose to live in confident hope rather than fear.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the Regathering Survey by clicking on the link below.

Take the Survey

New Adult Class Offerings 

  1. Reading Romans Backwards

Beginning today, Highland's Adult Faith will offer a five-week study of Romans with Scot McKnight's book, Reading Romans Backwards.

The live class will feature a webinar format led by Richard Beck on Sunday mornings from 9:00-9:45am. The class will include 20-25 minutes of teaching, with the remaining time devoted to moderated questions and comments from participants.

Pre-registration is not required. If you are unable to join, the webinar will be recorded for you to view at your convenience. 

Purchase Reading Romans Backwards

Join the June 7 webinar

  1. 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.

June 7 - God’s Steadfast Love - Mindi Thompson

June 14- God is Faithful - Royce Money

Discernment Process Update from the Elders

The elders are reviewing and prayerfully discerning all the notes from the listening sessions, along with the written submissions. They will gather and begin their collective discussions as soon as social distancing restrictions are over.

 

Discernment Prayer

Week of June 7        Faithfulness         1 Corinthians 1:9

God is faithful. He is the one who has chosen you to share life with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

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.

RESTORE ABILENE

SERVING TOGETHER

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 12 weeks. 

We’ll continue curbside delivery through June, and then we will reevaluate, determining when we can safely offer in-person shopping inside the pantry.

The Highland Food Pantry resumes regular hours tomorrow, Monday, June 8.

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. 

SERVING TOGETHER

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.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!

We send a heartfelt thank you to two groups of volunteers who have recently completed important tasks in our community. 

Thanks to the group of 18 seamstresses who made more than 750 face masks that were distributed to the Highland Food Pantry, Meals on Wheels, Hendrick Medical Center and CityLink transit system. Your labor of love helped keep our community safe.

Making a home is important work, and we are grateful to the volunteers who joined Jim Etheredge and Dickie Porche in remodeling a home near Grace Fellowship that now houses new neighbors. Thank you for your willingness to use your time and talents in this effort.

SERVING TOGETHER

RESTORE THE WORLD

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.

RESTORE THE WORLD

STEWARDSHIP REPORT

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.

MAY 31 CONTRIBUTION - $29,290.82

WEEKLY GOAL - $45,500.00

20 WEEK AVERAGE - $41,100.90