Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him.
I love the book of Ephesians and I can’t wait to dive into it with each of you during this next sermon series starting this Sunday. I believe God has so much to teach us today as followers of Jesus through this short, yet incredibly rich book of the Bible. In the verse above the opening words reminds us that we are people who have been immeasurably blessed by God the Father. Every time I read these words I can’t help but be reminded of the hymn count your many blessings. I read them and I’m reminded that it’s far too easy for me to forget the goodness and blessings of God. Today, I don’t want to make that mistake. Today, I will be reminded. Today, I will stop to count them. I encourage you to do the same!
Below you will find exciting celebrations, important information, as well as our weekly financial report. There is much to celebrate this week!
College is Back: It was awesome to see so many college students join us last Sunday for worship. We are excited to have each of them as a part of our church family. Take time to meet some college students this week and learn more how you can help or be a part of ministering to the next generation by contacting our college pastor, Sean Best at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life Groups: Last Sunday we were reminded as a church, through God’s Word, that we are created for community. Our new Life Groups launched with amazing responses in week one too! All that to say, now is the time to plug into a Life Group if you’re still holding back. Check out our Life Groups at hhbc.net/lifegroups and plan to join one this Sunday!
Baptisms: This Sunday is the first of 3 weeks in a row that we will have baptisms during our worship services! Join us each week as we celebrate the life transforming power of the gospel. If you have never been baptized and would like to be at an upcoming worship service go to hhbc.net/nextsteps to learn how to be a part!
New Sermon Series: Starting this Sunday, August 30th we will begin walking through one of my favorite epistles, the book of Ephesians. A few weeks ago I mentioned how amazed I was at our youth taking such good notes from the various sermons they listened to at camp. If you are a note taker, check out this resource as a way to keep all your notes together for the next sermon series: Ephesians Scripture Journal
Celebratory Business Meeting: We have great reason to celebrate God’s faithfulness over the past year but also have some incredibly important information and items to bring before our church for a vote. We know you care about the future of Hyland Heights and desire to see us continue to make an impact for the kingdom in Rustburg, Lynchburg and around the world. For this reason, we want you to be a part of this meeting on Sunday, August 30th at 6:00 p.m. Thank you for being a part of what God is doing at HHBC!
Ways to Serve at HHBC: Our Emergency Medical Response Team is having it’s Fall meeting on Sunday, September 6th following worship. If you have any interest in serving as a part of this team please email Beckie Hunt at email@example.com
Sunday Reminders: As we continue to see Covid-19 numbers rise in our community, we remind 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. Last week we saw many more people wearing masks in our hallways and would say this is a good thing, as our hallways are the hardest place to maintain social distancing. 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
HHBC Weekly Financials:
Weekly Offering: $33,003.12
Weekly Budget: $33,228.00
As of August 24th, we have received 107% of our year-to-date budget.
Please continue to remember that giving in worship will continue to look different throughout phase 2 of our regathering plan. We will not pass the plates for your safety, but will have offering baskets where you can give as you exit the worship center following whichever service you attend. 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 the weeks to come. If you would like to give to Hyland Heights online, simply go to hhbc.net/give.
I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. 3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.
Dr. Josh Carter