”12 Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive. 14 Above all, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15 And let the peace of Christ, to which you were also called in one body, rule your hearts. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:12-17)
God’s Word encourages us, reminds us, and instructs us in how we are called to live, grow, and serve him together as a church family. As I read the passage above, I am reminded that our lives should be defined by love, grace, and unity. That’s not always easy, but Paul reminds us that we live this way toward others because God has lived this way toward us. Moreover, when we live this way, God blesses His people and His church. Below are several celebrations of ways that God is moving at Hyland Heights as well as our financial update for the week.
A Passion for Prayer: This past weekend our men’s and women’s ministry gathered together for an amazing prayer walk and breakfast. We are truly grateful for our Men’s and Women’s leadership teams for organizing this event, for all who participated, and for a growing heart to be a people who passionately pray for one other, our church, our community, and for God to move mightily in our midst.
Congratulations Graduates! Last Sunday we were honored to host Rustburg High School graduating seniors and their families for a baccalaureate worship service. This was a great opportunity to serve our community and to encourage these graduates to pursue Jesus as they begin the next steps of their journey.
A Life Group Celebration: In case you haven’t figured it out yet, Life Groups are a really big deal at Hyland Heights. We love how God uses these groups to make disciples and build community in the church. Last week, the Joy class, led by Janet Parker, saw one of its highest attended weeks in the past several years. Way to go Joy class! God’s Word reminds us that we always grow better together (Prov. 27:17, Heb. 10:25). Find your Life Group this week by checking out hhbc.net/lifegroups.
A Missions Partner: Charles Wilson Jr., pastor of Hill Church in Roanoke preached for us at Hyland Heights this past week. He shared a great message of encouragement from the book of Philippians. If you missed it, you can check it out at hhbc.net/watch or by subscribing to our podcast.
What’s Next? Starting this Sunday, May 23rd, we will begin our Summer Sermon Series through the Book of Daniel. If you like to take notes, check out this neat tool to help you during the next series: CSB Scripture Notebook, Daniel: Read. Reflect. Respond.: CSB Bibles by Holman: 9781087731179: Amazon.com: Books
This Sunday! On May 23rd, we will take up our Spring Missions Offering. Our goal this year is $30,000. 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. Please continue to pray about how God might be leading you to give to missions this spring. If you would like to give online, go to hhbc.net/give, follow the link, then select “Missions” from the drop down menu.
HHBC Weekly Financials:
May 16 Offering: $ 38,888.39
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.
Living out His calling,
Dr. Josh Carter Senior Pastor