Adults

Young Adults Celebrate Community on Fall Retreat

This past weekend, the Young Adults of Highland Baptist Church retreated to Camp Pyoca, just south of Brown County, Indiana. The retreat was titled “Belong: Knowing Self, Finding Community” and was inspired by Brene Brown’s book Braving The Wilderness.  Together, we … Continue reading

Advent 2017 Devotionals

Advent Devotional: Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day

She didn’t have children of her own, so his grandchildren became hers. She loved them fiercely. She nurtured and encouraged and advocated and pampered those kids. She brought them to church and took them to lessons. She dressed them to … Continue reading

Austin Echols

American Folk-Hymn Concert, Sunday, October 22

Highland’s Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra will present My Song in the Night, a Concert of American Folk-Hymns, on Sunday, October 22, 6:00 p.m. Concert settings of beloved hymns such as Amazing Grace and Softly and Tenderly will be featured alongside … Continue reading

Baptism and Membership

Highland to Vote on Membership and Baptism Policies on July 28

On July 28 at noon, Highland will gather in Fellowship Hall for a meal together and our Quarterly Church Conference. In addition to receiving our regular financial and membership reports, we will be considering important by-law amendments. Childcare for infants, toddlers, … Continue reading

Baptist Connections

Open House for Halter Family, Highland’s Supported Missionaries, Sunday, September 30

Please join us to celebrate and learn more about the wonderful medical work of our own Sarah (Belcher) Halter and her husband Dr. David Halter on Sunday, September 30, 2:00-5:00 p.m. (presentation at 3:00), in Fellowship Hall, hosted by Jean … Continue reading

Capital Campaign and Renovation

Building Love Renovation Update – Week of October 12

Sunday was a lovely morning, complete with the first baptism in our newly renovated and refurbished baptistry! It was good to hear the sound of the water and be reminded of this important symbol of our faith journeys once again. … Continue reading

Carol Harston

November 11 “Grant Us Courage for the Cherishing of These Days” by Carol Harston

This is a podcast of this sermon. Download it to listen on your favorite media player. For more sermons, please visit: http://www.buzzsprout.com/6362. Click here for a copy of Sunday’s bulletin.

Children & Families

Hanging of the Green Service Sunday, December 2

Please join us on Sunday, December 2, at 6:00 p.m., for a joyous service as we adorn our sanctuary and prepare our hearts for the Advent season. Music of the season will lead us in the lighting of candles, hanging … Continue reading

Churchwide Gathering

Thanksgiving Service & Breakfast, November 22

Make plans now to join us for our annual Thanksgiving worship service on Thursday, November 22, at 8:30 a.m. The sanctuary is full of all ages from our faith community as we sing Thanksgiving hymns, hear scripture, and offer opportunity … Continue reading

Club

New Young Adult Book Club, September 26

All young adults are invited to participate in our kick-off reading event. The first book selection is The Refugee by Viet Thanh Nguyen, and we will gather on Tuesday, September 26, 7:00 p.m., at Ashley Wells Cissell’s home. Here is … Continue reading

Community Outreach

Threaded Together, A Lunch with La Casita

Join us on Sunday, November 4, at 12:30 p.m., in Fellowship Hall, as we celebrate and support La Casita Center. We will hear stories from members of Louisville’s Latino community as we enjoy a delicious taco bar lunch provided by … Continue reading

Congregational Life

Reflection from Friday Church by Fred Bogert

An important part of Friday Church is the welcoming atmosphere members of the recovery community  find there. It’s like a safe harbor for storm-tossed sailors nursing their vessels back to health after being shattered by addiction. And I’ve noticed that … Continue reading

Deacons

My Faith Story: Deacon Testimony by Sally Evans

A…All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God – Romans 3:23 B…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved – Acts 16:31 This was the start of the alphabet we recited every day when … Continue reading

Emily Hull McGee

A Letter from Emily

Dear Highland family, It is with a brutiful (brutal + beautiful) mix of deep sadness and God-shaped joy that I write to you today. As you read this, I am preparing to travel to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to preach this … Continue reading

Friday Church

Reflection from Friday Church by Fred Bogert

An important part of Friday Church is the welcoming atmosphere members of the recovery community  find there. It’s like a safe harbor for storm-tossed sailors nursing their vessels back to health after being shattered by addiction. And I’ve noticed that … Continue reading

General Highland

Reflection from Friday Church by Fred Bogert

An important part of Friday Church is the welcoming atmosphere members of the recovery community  find there. It’s like a safe harbor for storm-tossed sailors nursing their vessels back to health after being shattered by addiction. And I’ve noticed that … Continue reading

Give

My Faithful Giving Story by Troy Burden

Good morning, I’m Troy Burden, and I’m honored to be asked to speak to you this morning on at the request of the faithful giving ministry group. I’ve been a member of Highland Baptist for over 23 years now, nearly … Continue reading

Jim England

November 4 “Black Elk’s Neighbors” by Jim England

This is a podcast of this sermon. Download it to listen on your favorite media player. For more sermons, please visit: http://www.buzzsprout.com/6362. Click here for a copy of Sunday’s bulletin.

Joe Phelps

Contacting Joe Phelps

On January 21, 2018 Joe Phelps retired as Pastor of Highland Baptist Church after over 20 years of inspired and loving service. If you’d like to be in touch with Joe you can email him at jowenphelps@gmail.com 

Justice

World Communion Sunday, October 7

We join Christians around the world on Sunday, October 7, in celebrating World Communion in our morning worship services. We will hear the words of the psalmist in different languages and sing hymns that awaken our awareness of the global … Continue reading

Lauren Jones Mayfield

Young Adults Celebrate Community on Fall Retreat

This past weekend, the Young Adults of Highland Baptist Church retreated to Camp Pyoca, just south of Brown County, Indiana. The retreat was titled “Belong: Knowing Self, Finding Community” and was inspired by Brene Brown’s book Braving The Wilderness.  Together, we … Continue reading

Leadership

My Faith Story: Deacon Testimony by Sally Evans

A…All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God – Romans 3:23 B…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved – Acts 16:31 This was the start of the alphabet we recited every day when … Continue reading

LGBTQ

My Faith Story: Deacon Testimony by Sally Evans

A…All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God – Romans 3:23 B…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved – Acts 16:31 This was the start of the alphabet we recited every day when … Continue reading

Member Reflections

Reflection from Friday Church by Fred Bogert

An important part of Friday Church is the welcoming atmosphere members of the recovery community  find there. It’s like a safe harbor for storm-tossed sailors nursing their vessels back to health after being shattered by addiction. And I’ve noticed that … Continue reading

Morocco

CBF Morocco Dinner This Sunday, August 19, 6:00 p.m.

Highland will host a special Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Kentucky event this Sunday, August 19, at 6:00 p.m., in Fellowship Hall, to welcome supporters of our joint ministry in Morocco. Guest speaker will be Rev. Karen Thomas Smith who serves as … Continue reading

Music

For the Living of These Days—A Word from Kathy Collier

So, in the end, we all leave something that marks us deeply so that we can become both more of it—and less of it at the same time. We find the ground we grew in. We feel again that first … Continue reading

News

Reflection from Friday Church by Fred Bogert

An important part of Friday Church is the welcoming atmosphere members of the recovery community  find there. It’s like a safe harbor for storm-tossed sailors nursing their vessels back to health after being shattered by addiction. And I’ve noticed that … Continue reading

Nina Maples

A Note from Nina

Highland, you certainly know how to do a send off! Sunday was filled with bittersweet moments, sacred rituals, and such meaningful exchanges with the family of faith I dearly love. Your support and care were so evident in the thoughtful … Continue reading

Partnerships

CBF Morocco Dinner This Sunday, August 19, 6:00 p.m.

Highland will host a special Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Kentucky event this Sunday, August 19, at 6:00 p.m., in Fellowship Hall, to welcome supporters of our joint ministry in Morocco. Guest speaker will be Rev. Karen Thomas Smith who serves as … Continue reading

Perry Dixon

October 21 “You Do Not Know What You Are Asking” by Perry Dixon

This is a podcast of this sermon. Download it to listen on your favorite media player. For more sermons, please visit: http://www.buzzsprout.com/6362. Click here for a copy of Sunday’s bulletin.

Recovery Ministries

Reflection from Friday Church by Fred Bogert

An important part of Friday Church is the welcoming atmosphere members of the recovery community  find there. It’s like a safe harbor for storm-tossed sailors nursing their vessels back to health after being shattered by addiction. And I’ve noticed that … Continue reading

Renee Kenley Purtlebaugh

For the Living of These Days—A Word from Renee Purtlebaugh

This past week I feel like I have been basking in curiosity and the rich history of Highland in a new way. Perhaps it’s the uncertainty of the interim time and the inability to see into the future. Perhaps it’s … Continue reading

Ridgewood

Join Ridgewood for Souper Bowl on February 1

Highland’s partner church Ridgewood Baptist Church invites us all to join them for their Souper Bowl gathering on Saturday, February 1, at 2:00 p.m. to support the work of Southwest Community Ministries. Canned food is your entrance fee into the gathering at … Continue reading

Seasons of the Liturgical Year

Highland Celebrates All Saints Day on Sunday, November 4

Highland’s church family will celebrate All Saints’ Day this Sunday, November 4. In all three morning worship services, we will pause and remember those in our church family who died in the past year: Alice Bartley, Janie Blair, Carl Brown, … Continue reading

Senior Adults

For the Living of These Days—A Word from Renee Purtlebaugh

On Sunday and Monday of this week, I had the great privilege of spending almost 24 hours with Highland’s beloved Senior Adults on retreat at Wooded Glen. As their staff liaison, crashing their party is always a highlight of my … Continue reading

Sermons

November 11 “Grant Us Courage for the Cherishing of These Days” by Carol Harston

This is a podcast of this sermon. Download it to listen on your favorite media player. For more sermons, please visit: http://www.buzzsprout.com/6362. Click here for a copy of Sunday’s bulletin.

Staff

For the Living of These Days—A Word from Renee Purtlebaugh

This past week I feel like I have been basking in curiosity and the rich history of Highland in a new way. Perhaps it’s the uncertainty of the interim time and the inability to see into the future. Perhaps it’s … Continue reading

Stories of God's Transforming Love

Reflection from Friday Church by Fred Bogert

An important part of Friday Church is the welcoming atmosphere members of the recovery community  find there. It’s like a safe harbor for storm-tossed sailors nursing their vessels back to health after being shattered by addiction. And I’ve noticed that … Continue reading

Trips

Reflections on VBS Camp: Abundance

I should have known. The preparations leading up to Vacation Bible School Camp this past weekend were intense. Family illness and a car accident dramatically altered the master plans of the dynamic duo trying to wrangle camp supplies into their … Continue reading

True Colors

Threaded Together, A Lunch with La Casita

Join us on Sunday, November 4, at 12:30 p.m., in Fellowship Hall, as we celebrate and support La Casita Center. We will hear stories from members of Louisville’s Latino community as we enjoy a delicious taco bar lunch provided by … Continue reading

Uncategorized

2018 DMin Focus Groups on Healing the Church

Thank you for your willingness to participate in a focus group for my Doctor of Ministry Thesis!  If needed, you find the Informed Consent Form here. Focus groups will be formed based on availability of participants.  Please share your availability … Continue reading

Urban Ministry

The World’s Largest Potluck Sunday, September 16

The Mission and Justice Ministry Group invites you to attend the Global Human Project’s “World Largest Potluck” dinner this Sunday, September 16, at 5:00 p.m., in Iroquois Park. Members from Friday Church and several Bible studies will gather at this … Continue reading

Worship

Reflection from Friday Church by Fred Bogert

An important part of Friday Church is the welcoming atmosphere members of the recovery community  find there. It’s like a safe harbor for storm-tossed sailors nursing their vessels back to health after being shattered by addiction. And I’ve noticed that … Continue reading

Young Adults

Young Adults Celebrate Community on Fall Retreat

This past weekend, the Young Adults of Highland Baptist Church retreated to Camp Pyoca, just south of Brown County, Indiana. The retreat was titled “Belong: Knowing Self, Finding Community” and was inspired by Brene Brown’s book Braving The Wilderness.  Together, we … Continue reading

Youth