"1 Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; proclaim his deeds among the peoples. 2 Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell about all his wondrous works! 3 Boast in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice." (Psalm 105:1-3)
Happy Thanksgiving Week! So often, when we think of Thanksgiving, we think of food, family, football, and black Friday deals. But, does what you are truly thankful for come to mind? While we keep saying 2020 has been a crazy year, and it has, I realize there is so much I have to be thankful for as well.
For one, it overwhelms me and Mandy with gratitude that just over a year ago we visited Hyland Heights for the very first time. Only 8 months ago, you called us to come to Hyland Heights. Just 5 months ago the mandates finally lifted so we could begin in person worship again; and through it all, God has been so faithful. Together, we have seen lives changed by the power of the gospel, celebrated this through baptisms, launched new life groups, shared Christ in our community in a variety of ways, and so much more.
As we enter into the week of Thanksgiving, let’s be reminded of all that God has done for us, even throughout this past year, and give Him the praise, honor, and thanksgiving that He is due.
Below are some celebrations of what Jesus is doing in our church, as well as our weekly financial update.
Share Jesus Without Fear:
This past Sunday, Shawn Ames reminded us of the life-changing power of the gospel in preaching Romans 1:16-17. My prayer for you this week, and throughout the holiday season, is that God would give you (and me!) great opportunities so share Jesus with our friends and family.
Christmas is Coming!
Yesterday we released a special episode on our podcast to share all that is happening at Hyland Heights over the next several weeks. We would love for you to check it out and share it with your friends too! You can find the podcast under the resource tab on our HHBC app, though your podcast service on Apple or Spotify, or on our website at https://www.hhbc.net/podcast/episode/48ea4d06/advent-who-is-like-god.
Save the Date:
January 24-27 (6:30-8:00pm), Hyland Heights will be hosting our first ever Winter Bible Conference. We have an absolutely incredible line-up of guest speakers that you are going to want to hear each night. Mark your calendars today and stay tuned as we plan to announce our speakers and share the theme of the conference on December 6th.
HHBC Weekly Financials:
November 22nd Weekly Offering: $36,047.50
Weekly Budget: $33,228.00
As of November 24th, we have received 103% of our year-to-date budget.
Please remember that giving in worship will continue to look different as long as Covid-19 persists. We will not pass the plates for your safety, but will have offering boxes at each entrance to the worship center where you can give as you enter or exit. For many, we know that you have started to give online, and this continues to be an excellent choice to make giving easier/safer for you and to make sure that the ministry and mission of HHBC continues to impact more lives in the weeks to come. If you would like to give to Hyland Heights online, simply go to hhbc.net/give.
Sunday Reminders: HHBC continues to strive to keep our church family safe during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. We continue to encourage everyone to take the precautions you would take when entering into any other building. If doing things like social distancing, washing hands well, and wearing masks can help us love our neighbors better and avoid potential spread in our church family so we can continue worshiping together in person, we should strive to do these things as much as we are able. We also want to remind everyone that the 9:30 service still has plenty of room for you and your family to join us while best maintaining social distancing. Thank you for your help and understanding as we strive to keep the people we love as safe as possible. For additional information on HHBC’s response to Covid-19 go to hhbc.net/coronavirus.
Happy Thanksgiving, Hyland Heights!
Giving thanks to the Lord,
Dr. Josh Carter