Highland News

Highland News
Wednesday, May 17, 2017


This Sunday, May 21


First Service:  8:30 am

Bible Classes:  10:00 am

Second Service:  11:00 am 


Join us for Acappella praise and worship during First Service
or instrumental praise and worship during Second Service.


This Sunday will be Senior Sunday, honoring the class of 2017.  Our message will be brought to us by Youth Minister, David Sessions.  The title of David’s lesson is “The Worst Commencement Speech of All Time”.


Sunday Morning Classes for adults, students, and children will meet this Sunday morning at 10:00 am.


NEXT WEDNESDAY, May 24, is the final time for all adult, children, and middle school classes, small groups, and Huddles to meet.  We will take a break for the summer and will resume in late August or early September.


Highland Office Schedule Change:  The Highland offices are now closed at 12:00 noon every Friday.


For more Highland Information:
Make sure you download Highland’s new app for iphone, android and windows phones!“like” Highland on Facebook.com/HighlandAbilene
or follow Highland at twitter.com/HighlandAbilene
or on instagram at instagram.com/highlandabilene
Beth’s Prayer Connection emails are sent to inform the Highland family of births, illness, hospitalizations, and deaths.


HIS KIDS Ministry
Wednesday Children’s Classes will be meeting tonight from 7:00 – 8:00.


HIS KIDS Worship:  This Sunday morning during both services our preschool children, ages 3 – 5, are invited to Room 113 off the South Foyer.  At the designated time children will be released from the Auditorium to go to this time together.


Sunday Scribes:  Sunday Scribe bags include a scribe pad and crayons and are provided for your children during services.  If you see guests with children, be sure to let them know these are available for their convenience.  Please return bags to the foyers following the service.


Nursery and Childcare:  Childcare for children, from newborn through 30 months, is available during the Sunday services in the attended Nursery, off the South Foyer.  The Mom’s Nursery and Family Room are available for parents who choose to stay with their child.  Older Two’s Childcare:  Childcare for 31 through 36 months is available during the Sunday services in the Upstairs Twos Classroom, off the North Foyer.  For your convenience there are also changing tables available in the men’s and women’s restrooms located in the hall north of the Atrium.


 The Fifth Grade Blessing will be Wednesday, May 31, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm in Room 100.


Summer Safari:  Mark your calendar for Summer Safari, July 26 – 28.  Watch for more details coming soon.


Highland App:  Be sure to download the Highland Church App and follow the His Kids Ministry events!


Huddles and Middle School Classes are meeting tonight in the regular locations.


Highland Student Ministry Classes meet at 10:00 Sunday morning.  High school students meet in the Student Ministry Classroom, and middle school students meet in the Student Ministry Living Room.



May 21 – Senior Sunday

May 23 – Welcoming our Summer Interns

June 2-4 – Breakthrough

June 11-15 – Fortress Trip

June 16-20 – Impact Trip

June 29 – July 10 – Camp Roots in Brazil

July 9-14 – Opportunity Camp



Stay Up-to-Date with all things Highland Student Ministry by following us on social media and by downloading the Highland Church App!



University Ministry:  Our summer series, called ADULTING, will meet Sunday mornings beginning June 4.  If you are still in town for the summer we would love for you to join us!


Wednesday Night Bible:  Brent McCall will be guest speaker TONIGHT at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium.


Grafted:  The Connection Between Christianity and Judaism:  The study led by Charles Taylor meets from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in Room 110 will  conclude tonight. We will look back in a quick review of what we have covered so far, where we are headed, and take a short look at Shavuot/Pentecost.    We hope you have deepened your faith and learned new truths. Grafted II, will start sometime in late summer and will be a study titled, Jesus in the Feasts of Israel.   This study should continue through December.
Sunday Adult Classes are meeting this Sunday morning at 10:00.  See the greeters at the Welcome Center in the Atrium if you would like class recommendations or directions.


Prayer Ministry:  Those who are interested in participating in the Prayer Ministry are invited to a gathering this Sunday, May 21, at 4:30 pm in Room 112.  Refreshments will be served.


Monday Night Women’s Class:  The summer Monday night class will meet during the four Mondays in June beginning at 6:30 pm, June 5, in Room 110.  We will be studying Mark Batterson’s small group curriculum The Circle Maker about deepening your prayer life.  to reserve your book  please e-mail  Tammy Shirley at tammy@highlandchurch.org.


Tuesday Ladies’ Classes: The General class and the At His Feet class have concluded for the semester.  The Quilters Class continues meeting in Room 109.


The Spring Session of Re|Engage continues this Wednesday, May 24. Everyone who is signed up will meet in the University Classroom beginning at 6:30PM.   His Kids will provide children’s classes for ReEngage participants during this time.


All current Re|Engage participants mark your calendar for the Re|Engage Celebration on Sunday, June 4 from 6:00-7:30PM at Jim & Gretchen Etheredge’s (1401 Griffith Rd).  Meat for the dinner will be provided, please sign up to bring a side or a dessert for the event.  Childcare will be also provided at the Campbells, but in order to reserve your child’s spot please RSVP by Monday, May 29.  You can RSVP and sign up at https://tinyurl.com/HighlandReEngageCelebration.


Attention All Married Couples: We want you to join us this fall for Re|Engage!  We will begin on Wednesday, August 9 from 6:30-8PM in the University Classroom.  You will need to come to one of the first three weeks to sign up for the Fall.  His Kids Classes and nursery will be provided for Re|Engage participants during this time.  For more information about Re|Engage check out marriagehelp.org or email us at sarah@highlandchurch.org



Antenor and Phyllis Gonçalves, our missionaries in Itu, Brazil, will be at Highland for their furlough May 7 – 21.  Be sure to find a time to greet and encourage them.



Grace Fellowship would like help cooking and serving meals on Wednesdays.  As part of our mission of hospitality and restoring Abilene, we want to offer our neighbors a quality meal.  To volunteer on Wednesday afternoons, contact Shannon Tippens at sltippens@gmail.com or use the link to sign up:  Volunteer Spot Link:  http://vols.pt/pVED5P.


Wednesday Nights at Freedom and Grace Fellowship:  Join us tonight at Freedom Fellowship at 941 Chestnut or Grace Fellowship at 910 Cypress.  The meal begins at 6:00 pm at Freedom and 6:15 at Grace.  Bible classes for all ages begin at 7:00 pm.


Freedom Fellowship Praise and Prayer:  The May Praise and Prayer service will be THIS Saturday, May 20.  A potluck meal will be served at 6:00 pm followed by praise and prayer at 7:00.  The main entrée will be provided.  Please bring side dishes, including salads, veggies, breads or desserts to share with neighbors and friends.  Freedom is located at South 10th and Chestnut


FaithWorks:  Volunteers are needed to provide complete healthy lunches for students.     To volunteer for the summer session, call 325-437-2272.  Our next FaithWorks class starts May 30, and open dates for June include

Thurs, June 1

Mon., June 5

Tues, June 6

Mon., June 12

Thurs., June 15

Mon., June 19

Tues., June 20

Thurs., June 22

Mon., June 26

Thurs., June 29


Christian Ministries Food Pantry:  Come and be a part of one of the 5 teams currently volunteering.  Openings include helping with intake, assisting with shopping, re-stocking, or being available as a substitute.  To volunteer, please e-mail Becky at becky@highlandchurch.org.

Participating with Eternal Threads:
  Join a few volunteers practicing “a welcoming presence to the stranger” with the creativity of Bhutanese immigrants either (1) by your presence once a week, or (2) by donating to fund this ministry. On Mondays, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. we bring delightful Nepalese women to the Eternal Threads warehouse to prepare recycled plastic grocery bags to crochet sleeping cushions for the homeless of our community. These women are justly proud of their donations to Salvation Army and Love and Care Ministries. They are paid for the two hours they spend weekly at Eternal Threads gathering the plastic materials; then they work at home “plarning” the plastic into crocheted mats. Highland jump-started this work with a donation last year and we are now appealing to the Highland community to further this work.
Thank you for your continuing donations of plastic bags. We encourage you to take a bolder step into this unique world of discipleship, joining hands literally across the world, to benefit “the least of these.” To donate, click on this link:  http://eternalthreads.org/product/lcg-refugee/.  If you crochet, you can assist with quality control, and if you want to help with transportation, we need two cars a week to pick up and deliver the ladies to their apartment complex on Buffalo Gap Road south of Sonic Drive-In. Your donation will provide a homeless person with a cushioned sleeping mat. Or you may want to purchase your own colorful mat, perfect for outdoor use. They are available for sale on the Eternal Threads website: www.eternalthreads.org.  Also, you may contact Carolyn Dycus at dycus62@msn.com or 325-721-0326



Highland’s Share the Joy fund has been
established to provide matching funding
to a small group or Bible class for service
projects as we continue to pursue our
vision of restoration.
Application forms are available at the
Welcome Center in the Atrium.
For more information, please contact
Dickie Porche at 673-5295.
Thanks to God for providing these funds
so we can serve others in the name of Christ.



To submit information to be included in Highland News, please email Carla@highlandchurch.org.

To submit information to be included in the Highland Prayer Connection, please email Beth@highlandchurch.org.


(Romans 11:33)

We cannot wrap our minds around God’s wisdom and knowledge! Its depths can never be measured! We cannot understand His judgments or explain the mysterious ways that He works!

(The Voice)


Carla McDonald
Highland News