“Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk—not as unwise people but as wise— 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17 So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”(Ephesians 5:15-17)
Over the past week the Lord has brought a word to my mind several times. I’ve often found when I’m reading Scripture or spending time in prayer, when the same word or theme comes up multiple times, there is a high likelihood that God is trying to get my attention. So what was the word this week? Intentionality. The Lord calls each of us to live intentionally. To be intentional to grow in our faith. To be intentional to grow in our relationships. To be intentional to look for opportunities to serve others. To be intentional in looking for opportunities to share the gospel.
In the book of Ephesians, the Apostle Paul tells the church to “pay careful attention.” Why does this need to be said? I think it’s because we all have a natural drift toward unintentional living. We want to live intentionally, but somewhere along the way we have given up. We let one missed opportunity turn into a dozen, and a dozen turn into more than we can count. Somewhere along the way, we have been unintentional in the very things that we say matter the most. So let me challenge you for a moment to join me as the weekend approaches. Let’s make the most of it. Let’s live intentionally. Let’s grow in Jesus, love like Jesus, worship Jesus, serve Jesus, and share Jesus. Make the most of the time. The world will pull us toward unintentionality, but we are followers of Jesus. We live intentionally. We walk in accordance with the Lord’s will.
Below are a few celebrations from the past week as well as our most recent financial update.
Graduate Celebration: Last Sunday we had the chance to recognize 23 High School seniors. We are proud of how many of them have grown in Christ as a part of Hyland Heights over the years. Thank you to our Life Groups who helped to honor these graduates. Through your generosity, each graduate received a $25 gift card as well as a $10 gift card from our student ministry. Pastor Jackson challenged these grads to use these cards as a way to invite a person of their choosing to help them continue to grow in Christ as they take their next steps.
AWANA Celebration: Wednesday Night concluded the AWANA year. It was amazing to see how many of our children completed their Scripture books, especially in a year where we had to close several nights and families were out because of quarantine. 15 Cubbies, 58 Sparks, and 61 TNT children completed books this year! Thank you to all who serve so faithfully in this ministry and to the parents who bring their children each week. We love each of you and are grateful that together, we can train up the next generation of world-changers for Jesus.
Missions Offering Celebration: Thank you to all who gave so generously to our Spring Missions Offering this year. Your faithfulness to give to missions will surely have an incredible impact for the kingdom of God throughout the rest of this year and in many years to come. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being a church that is passionate about missions and generously gives so that the gospel can reach the world for Jesus!
Food Pantry & Counseling Center Celebrations: This past week our food pantry completed a project, for which they received a grant, to repave the path from the parking lot to the food pantry building. This grant also allowed them to add a concrete pad for the commercial dumpster by the building. While this might seem like a simple thing, we are grateful for God’s continued blessings so that we can best meet the practical needs of our community, in order to build relationships and share the gospel. In addition, our counseling center’s HVAC system was replaced this past week as the old one failed 2 weeks ago. Our Counseling Center sees hundreds of clients each month and is a free resource to our community. We are grateful for the work they are doing, the impact they are having, and I know they are grateful to have the cool air back on in time for summer.
HHBC Weekly Financials:
June 6 Offering: $32,496.42
Weekly Budget: $33,228.00
Percentage of YTD Budget Received: 100%
We hope that you can see how your faithful generosity each week is making an incredible impact here at Hyland Heights. As we hit the summer months, as families travel for vacation, it is sometimes easy to miss the opportunity to give as you intend. Yet, summer is one of the busiest seasons of ministry impact for our church! Summer includes VBS, Children’s Camp, Student Camps, as well as more opportunities for mission impact. One of the ways you can help us make the most of this summer is to continue through your continued prayers and gifts. Remember, there are multiple ways to give, including: hhbc.net/give, on the HHBC app, in worship by placing your gift in the offering boxes near the worship center doors, or by mailing your gift to 11452 Wards Rd., Rustburg, VA 24588. As always, thank you for your faithfulness, so that together we can Connect, Grow, and Impact our world for Jesus.
Dr. Josh Carter Senior Pastor