Adults

Highland Reads: Engaging Both the Mind and Heart Through a Shared Library

We can’t always gather in the same room to explore ideas, but we can grow by exploring books in common this year. During each season of our Year of Freedom, we are recommending a book for adults and for children … 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

Habitat for Humanity’s “Love Your Neighborhood” Event September 21

The Habitat for Humanity and Other Housing Solutions Mission Team invites you to participate in Habitat for Humanity’s “Love Your Neighborhood” event on Saturday, September 21. Habitat’s goal is to make a designated neighborhood more attractive, friendly, and a better … 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

For the Living of These Days—A Word from Carol Harston

One of my favorite songs is James Taylor’s “Secret of Life,” where he sings, “The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.” Every time I hear it, I nod in agreement, for learning contentment with the ebb and … Continue reading

Children & Families

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

On Sunday afternoon, Highland’s Bible study teachers of children gathered for a training session. Of course, we covered the nuts and bolts for the year—reminders about food allergies and how to exit the building if the fire alarm goes off, … Continue reading

Churchwide Gathering

World Communion Sunday, October 6

We join Christians around the world on October 6 in celebrating World Communion in our Sunday morning services. We will hear the readings for the day in different languages and sing hymns that awaken our awareness of the global need … 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

Fifth Friday Fellowship Supper August 30

Everyone is welcome to attend the Fifth Friday Fellowship Pulled Pork Dinner! Help Needed: If you would like to help with the Fifth Friday Fellowship Dinner, you may bring or drop off a side dish, bag of chips, and/or a … Continue reading

Congregational Life

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

Gordon Hempton is an acoustic ecologist who collects sounds from around the world. In his interview with Krista Tippett for the podcast, On Being, he defines “real quiet” as presence—not an absence of sounds but an absence of noise. He … 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

Fifth Friday Fellowship Supper August 30

Everyone is welcome to attend the Fifth Friday Fellowship Pulled Pork Dinner! Help Needed: If you would like to help with the Fifth Friday Fellowship Dinner, you may bring or drop off a side dish, bag of chips, and/or a … Continue reading

General Highland

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

Gordon Hempton is an acoustic ecologist who collects sounds from around the world. In his interview with Krista Tippett for the podcast, On Being, he defines “real quiet” as presence—not an absence of sounds but an absence of noise. He … Continue reading

Give

Why I Give by Esther Volmer

I have been a member of Highland for five years now. When I first visited, I was not looking for a church and was at a point in my life where I had little to no interest in attending church … Continue reading

Jim England

October 6 “A Faith for Impossible Things” 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

December 9: Crosses on the Lawn Remind Us of World God So Loves

One expression of Highland’s commitment to God’s justice in the world happens this week on Peace Sunday, the second Sunday of Advent, where we mark the pain and hope of God by placing white crosses on Highland’s front lawn in … Continue reading

Justice

World Communion Sunday, October 6

We join Christians around the world on October 6 in celebrating World Communion in our Sunday morning services. We will hear the readings for the day in different languages and sing hymns that awaken our awareness of the global need … Continue reading

Lauren Jones Mayfield

For the Living of These Days—A Word from Lauren Jones Mayfield

Welcome to September. A time when fall weather sneaks in on us, regular routines are back to being, well, routine, and the “Freedom to Dream” continues here at Highland. Do you have the freedom to dream? Not in the subconscious … Continue reading

Leadership

March 3 Conversation with Dr. Bill Leonard

This is a podcast of the lunch conversation with Dr. Bill Leonard. Download it to listen on your favorite media player. For more sermons, please visit: http://www.buzzsprout.com/6362.

LGBTQ

A Word from Bojangles Blanchard

I’d like to share a quick update regarding the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly held this past month. As you may know, I co-moderate the Affirming Network and we held an Inclusion Supper on the opening night and were expecting 40 … Continue reading

Member Reflections

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

Gordon Hempton is an acoustic ecologist who collects sounds from around the world. In his interview with Krista Tippett for the podcast, On Being, he defines “real quiet” as presence—not an absence of sounds but an absence of noise. He … 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

Gather ‘Round: Worship on Sunday, August 18

Highland’s hymn, Look, You Saints, the Cloud of Witness, speaks of “gathering ‘round this sacred place.” We have adopted this well-loved text as your invitation to worship this Sunday, August 18, 10:30 a.m. ALL of our faith community will be … Continue reading

News

World Communion Sunday, October 6

We join Christians around the world on October 6 in celebrating World Communion in our Sunday morning services. We will hear the readings for the day in different languages and sing hymns that awaken our awareness of the global need … 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

June 2 “Rejoice” by Scarlette Jasper

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.

Perry Dixon

August 4 “I’ve Got a Sermon. This Also Is Vanity.” 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

Fifth Friday Fellowship Supper August 30

Everyone is welcome to attend the Fifth Friday Fellowship Pulled Pork Dinner! Help Needed: If you would like to help with the Fifth Friday Fellowship Dinner, you may bring or drop off a side dish, bag of chips, and/or a … Continue reading

Renee Kenley Purtlebaugh

September 22 “Trusting the Rest” by Renee Purtlebaugh

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.

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

World Communion Sunday, October 6

We join Christians around the world on October 6 in celebrating World Communion in our Sunday morning services. We will hear the readings for the day in different languages and sing hymns that awaken our awareness of the global need … Continue reading

Senior Adults

Gather ‘Round: Worship on Sunday, August 18

Highland’s hymn, Look, You Saints, the Cloud of Witness, speaks of “gathering ‘round this sacred place.” We have adopted this well-loved text as your invitation to worship this Sunday, August 18, 10:30 a.m. ALL of our faith community will be … Continue reading

Sermons

October 6 “A Faith for Impossible Things” 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.

Staff

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

Gordon Hempton is an acoustic ecologist who collects sounds from around the world. In his interview with Krista Tippett for the podcast, On Being, he defines “real quiet” as presence—not an absence of sounds but an absence of noise. He … Continue reading

Stories of God's Transforming Love

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

Gordon Hempton is an acoustic ecologist who collects sounds from around the world. In his interview with Krista Tippett for the podcast, On Being, he defines “real quiet” as presence—not an absence of sounds but an absence of noise. He … Continue reading

Trips

Children Discover God’s Call to Go Beyond at VBS Camp

On July 19-21, 30 children and twenty-three adults traveled to Camp Kavanaugh for our annual Vacation Bible School Camp. On this seventeenth year of VBS taking place in a retreat format for three days and two nights, we were reminded … Continue reading

True Colors

Gather ‘Round: Worship on Sunday, August 18

Highland’s hymn, Look, You Saints, the Cloud of Witness, speaks of “gathering ‘round this sacred place.” We have adopted this well-loved text as your invitation to worship this Sunday, August 18, 10:30 a.m. ALL of our faith community will be … 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

October 6 “A Faith for Impossible Things” 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.

Young Adults

Gather ‘Round: Worship on Sunday, August 18

Highland’s hymn, Look, You Saints, the Cloud of Witness, speaks of “gathering ‘round this sacred place.” We have adopted this well-loved text as your invitation to worship this Sunday, August 18, 10:30 a.m. ALL of our faith community will be … Continue reading

Youth