7 The end of all things is near; therefore, be alert and sober-minded for prayer. 8 Above all, maintain constant love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaining. 10 Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let it be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, let it be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:7-11)
In the book of 1 Peter, the apostle Peter is writing to encourage believers to remain faithful even in the face of extraordinary trials. Tradition holds that the letter was written in Rome, during the time Nero was emperor. Nero was vicious in his persecution of the early church and it would have made sense, at least to some, to give up on following Jesus. After all, if they did, life would certainly be easier. In the midst of this, Peter writes to the church to hold fast to the faith and to keep following Jesus. But his challenge didn’t stop there. Peter also tells the church to act in love toward one another and to even find a way to serve others. Think about that for just a second. In a moment when it would have been easy to turn inward, to consider self, Peter says to turn outward, love boldly, use the spiritual gift that God placed in your life, and serve others. God still calls his church to live this way today. If you are looking for a way to serve, you can find more information on how to be a part of what God is doing at Hyland Heights below, along with several other celebrations and our financial update for the week.
New Faces: Over the summer months, we are excited to have some new faces on the HHBC campus. We have 9 interns who will be working with our ministries (children, student, worship, discipleship, and pastoral). Over the next few weeks, we will take time to introduce them to you during our worship service so that when you see them around campus you can take time to get to know them too.
New Sermon Series: Last Sunday we kicked off our new sermon series: “Daniel: Thriving in Exile”. If you missed the sermon, you can always catch up on the HHBC app, podcast, or at hhbc.net/watch. We hope to see you this week as we consider the meaning of Nebuchadnezzar’s vision in Daniel chapter 2.
Join a Serve Team: As pandemic restrictions continue to ease and more families return to worship in person, we are in need of volunteers to serve in a variety of ways. No matter how God has gifted you, we have a place for you to make an impact. To learn about all the ways that you could serve here at Hyland Heights, go to hhbc.net/nextsteps and click the “I want to serve” link.
Spring Missions Offering: Thank you so much to all who gave so generously to our Spring Missions Offering this past Sunday. We have already received over $22,000 of our $30,000 goal. That is a tremendous praise! Remember that every dollar you give to this offering goes to support the work of missions around our state and across our nation. 30% will support the SBCV (our state convention), 20% the North American Mission Board, 20% to Hill Church (our church plant partner in Roanoke), 20% to our mission trip scholarship fund (to send more HHBC members on mission than ever before), and 10% to our benevolence fund to help meet needs and share Jesus better in our own back yard. If you haven’t had the opportunity to give yet, there are a few ways that you can still give: online by going to hhbc.net/give, follow the giving link, then select “Missions” from the drop down menu; in person by writing “Spring Missions Offering” on your envelope or receipt and place it in the offering boxes in the worship center; or you can drop it by the office during the week.
HHBC Weekly Financials:
May 23 Offering: $32,185.88
Weekly Budget: $33,228.00
Percentage of YTD Budget Received: 102%
Thank you for your continued generosity! God is moving in incredible ways at Hyland Heights and each gift continues to help us live out the vision of Jesus as we connect, grow, and impact our world for the gospel.
Thankful to serve at HHBC,
Dr. Josh Carter Senior Pastor