There is just something about Fridays that are generally more happy than the other days of the week. I even remember as a kid ABC use to call their Friday night lineup TGIF, “Thank God it’s Friday!” It was a time to rest, relax, and laugh after the end of a long week. For many of us, though I know not all, the reason that Friday is such a happy day is because we know the weekend is coming, and while we may have some projects that need to be tackled, the weekend means rest. We need rest. Rest from work. Rest from the constant go and the weekday craziness. Time to recharge physically, emotionally, and spiritually. God actually modeled rest for us and has commanded us to rest from the very beginning in Genesis 2:1-3:
So the heavens and the earth and everything in them were completed. 2 On the seventh day God had completed his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, for on it he rested from all his work of creation.
As the weekend arrives, I pray you are getting a little of the physical and emotional rest that you are needing. But I pray that you get the spiritual rest and refreshment you are needing even more. This rest comes as we spend time with Jesus, both on our own and in as we worship together as a church family on Sunday morning.
As you look forward to the weekend and to worship on Sunday, here are some celebrations from this past week and our weekly financial update.
New Sermon Series: Last Sunday Jackson Richardson, our Middle School Pastor kicked off our new sermons series - Thy Kingdom Come: Praying and Living Out the Prayer of Jesus. It excites me to know our youth are getting this kind of amazing teaching from Jackson and our youth leaders each week. If you missed this powerful message, take time this weekend to listen to it at hhbc.net/watch.
Community Family Night! Last night, Thursday July 9th, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office hosted a family community event in our parking lot. One of the great blessings of this even was the ability to meet many families in our community that might not otherwise come onto our campus. Mike Summy and a crew from our children’s ministry served the community by passing out snow cones and we had several volunteers who served at our prayer tent as a way to pray for and share the gospel with those who came. Special thanks to Jerry Parsons who served alongside the Sheriff’s office so well this week to make sure the campus was ready for the many guests.
Save the Date: Ladies, on Saturday, August 8th, we will be hosting a women’s ministry simulcast from 9:30-5:15. Speakers include Beth Moore, Pricilla Shirer, Kelly Minter, Jen Wilkin, Jennifer Rothschild, and more. Cost will be $10 and include a boxed lunch. Due to Covid-19 restrictions and to keep everyone safe during the event space will be limited for this event. You will receive an email next week with more information so you plan ahead and register as early as possible.
HHBC Weekly Financials:
Weekly Offering: $30,790.00
Weekly Budget: $33,228.00
As of July 7th, we have received 105% 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.
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9 Therefore, a Sabbath rest remains for God’s people. 10 For the person who has entered his rest has rested from his own works, just as God did from his. 11 Let us, then, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall into the same pattern of disobedience.
Dr. Josh Carter