Adults

Four-Week Journey Towards Holy Ground: September’s Faith Formation

September’s faith formation opportunities invite us to see how the Exodus journey (1) intersects with American history, (2) connects with artists. (3) deepens our father through Psalm 105, (4) causes further reflection upon Mary Alice’s sermons, and (5) draws us … 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

August is Global Missions Month

The Global Partnerships Mission Team welcomes you to our special emphasis on global mission work for the month of August. We partner with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) to highlight the work of field personnel around the globe, collect a … 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

“When is the school year over?” was the first question out of his mouth on Monday morning. Here’s the harsh truth: we are only five days into school. “May,” I answered. He pulled his comforter over his head with a … Continue reading

Children & Families

Highland Celebrates Pride in Worship This Sunday

This Sunday, June 21, we celebrate LGBTQ Pride and God’s inclusive love in worship! Covid-19 and the current historical movement for black lives have radically altered what Pride month looks like this June in our city and country. As trans … Continue reading

Churchwide Gathering

Weekday Devotion Series: Bible Studies Featured This Week

We have expanded our weekday devotions in order to welcome more voices into our online space! Ministers will still offer a devotion at 10:00 a.m. each Monday, introducing the week’s participants. We will focus each week on one of Highland’s … 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

August is Global Missions Month

The Global Partnerships Mission Team welcomes you to our special emphasis on global mission work for the month of August. We partner with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) to highlight the work of field personnel around the globe, collect a … Continue reading

Congregational Life

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

“When is the school year over?” was the first question out of his mouth on Monday morning. Here’s the harsh truth: we are only five days into school. “May,” I answered. He pulled his comforter over his head with a … 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

Friday Church

Church Welcomes Rev. Mary Alice Birdwhistell As Pastor

Personnel Ministry Group, Pastor Search Committee, and Staff have begun our work to welcome Rev. Mary Alice Birdwhistell as Highland’s next Pastor! Mary Alice’s first Sunday is scheduled for August 16. On Sunday, June 14, the Pastor Search Committee announced … Continue reading

General Highland

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

“When is the school year over?” was the first question out of his mouth on Monday morning. Here’s the harsh truth: we are only five days into school. “May,” I answered. He pulled his comforter over his head with a … Continue reading

Give

August is Global Missions Month

The Global Partnerships Mission Team welcomes you to our special emphasis on global mission work for the month of August. We partner with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) to highlight the work of field personnel around the globe, collect a … Continue reading

Jim England

For the Living of These Days—A Word from Perry Dixon

When I first considered what to offer in this space, I landed on a famous essay by philosopher Peter Singer. In “Famine, Affluence, and Morality,” which you can find on Google and read in full, Singer attempts to recast our … Continue reading

Justice

December 8: 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 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 memory of … Continue reading

Lauren Jones Mayfield

August is Global Missions Month

The Global Partnerships Mission Team welcomes you to our special emphasis on global mission work for the month of August. We partner with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) to highlight the work of field personnel around the globe, collect a … Continue reading

Leadership

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

Monday night’s drive thru “Thank you!” for Jim England and all the many gifts he has shared with us through these 2 ½ years of interim time was an absolute delight! It was beyond good to see your faces, to … Continue reading

LGBTQ

Highland Celebrates Pride in Worship This Sunday

This Sunday, June 21, we celebrate LGBTQ Pride and God’s inclusive love in worship! Covid-19 and the current historical movement for black lives have radically altered what Pride month looks like this June in our city and country. As trans … Continue reading

Mary Alice Birdwhistell

A Word from Mary Alice

Dear Highland family, I am loving my times meeting the Highland family face to face, and I look forward to meeting many more of you in the days to come. Several of you have asked if I will be opening … Continue reading

Member Reflections

For the Living of These Days—A Word from Perry Dixon

This week, I have had the opportunity reflect on our youth at Highland and how they each live into this core value we share: “We value all people, not in spite of, but precisely because of all that makes each one unique.” … Continue reading

Morocco

Reflection on Trip to Morocco by Joey Eubank

Greetings from the Protestant churches in Morocco to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Kentucky Baptists! I traveled to Morocco with 13 other Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) of Kentucky Baptists from Owensboro, Georgetown, and Danville. The first Sunday, our whole group … Continue reading

Music

Singing and Worship During a Pandemic

From the Psalms of David to Mary’s song of rejoicing in the Gospel of Luke, singing is a natural and essential part of life for the  people of God. Matthew and Mark remind us that, when Jesus shared a last … Continue reading

News

Join Us for Drive ‘Round, Sunday, August 30

In the spirit of Gather ‘Round in recent years at Highland, this year we invite you to Drive ‘Round with us! This Sunday, August 30, 5:00-7:00 p.m., we will host a drive-thru event with multiple purposes and opportunities for celebration … Continue reading

Partnerships

August is Global Missions Month

The Global Partnerships Mission Team welcomes you to our special emphasis on global mission work for the month of August. We partner with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) to highlight the work of field personnel around the globe, collect a … Continue reading

Perry Dixon

For the Living of These Days—A Word from Perry Dixon

This week, I have had the opportunity reflect on our youth at Highland and how they each live into this core value we share: “We value all people, not in spite of, but precisely because of all that makes each one unique.” … Continue reading

Recovery Ministries

Church Welcomes Rev. Mary Alice Birdwhistell As Pastor

Personnel Ministry Group, Pastor Search Committee, and Staff have begun our work to welcome Rev. Mary Alice Birdwhistell as Highland’s next Pastor! Mary Alice’s first Sunday is scheduled for August 16. On Sunday, June 14, the Pastor Search Committee announced … Continue reading

Renee Kenley Purtlebaugh

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

Renee originally shared this story with our families with children a little over a week ago in our weekly family e-newsletter, but it seems that in this week of treading new paths, it still very much applies. It is updated … Continue reading

Ridgewood

An Interim Word from Fred Bogert

It has been my privilege (and challenge) to serve two churches who are both between pastors. They have both felt to me like sailing vessels at sea, kept on course by crews waiting for skippers. Neither has been adrift, thank … Continue reading

Seasons of the Liturgical Year

Ash Wednesday

The service that begins our Lenten journey, known as Ash Wednesday, is February 26, 2020. This is a service of penitence and humbleness, giving us time to reflect on our own mortality and sinfulness and allowing us time to turn … Continue reading

Senior Adults

Four-Week Study of James: Experimenting with Online Bible Study

We have begun our first adventure into short-term online Bible study with the Letter of James! Sixty-five people signed up and received the first week’s content on Sunday evening. This month’s offering includes reflection questions, commentary notes, a weekday reading … Continue reading

Sermons

Holy Week Services 2020: God of Promised Lands and Wilderness Journeys

When the trusted points of our lives are lost, may we become free to embrace God’s re-creation of our way of living. Highland’s 2020 Holy Week Schedule Holy Week services will be streamed on our Facebook page and YouTube channel. … Continue reading

Staff

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

“When is the school year over?” was the first question out of his mouth on Monday morning. Here’s the harsh truth: we are only five days into school. “May,” I answered. He pulled his comforter over his head with a … Continue reading

Stories of God's Transforming Love

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

“When is the school year over?” was the first question out of his mouth on Monday morning. Here’s the harsh truth: we are only five days into school. “May,” I answered. He pulled his comforter over his head with a … 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

Highland Celebrates Pride in Worship This Sunday

This Sunday, June 21, we celebrate LGBTQ Pride and God’s inclusive love in worship! Covid-19 and the current historical movement for black lives have radically altered what Pride month looks like this June in our city and country. As trans … Continue reading

Uncategorized

Highland’s Worship Remains Open Online; In-Person Church Activities and Events Cancelled Until Further Notice

While our state released guidelines in May for in-person worship to resume, Highland’s leadership is working diligently to think through carefully how we can welcome people back into the pews.  Highland’s staff formed two groups to develop plans for welcoming … Continue reading

Urban Ministry

Mission Opportunities During the Pandemic

As these days of social distancing amidst the pandemic persist, we seek ways to be present and accountable to the organizations that we serve beyond the walls of Highland Baptist. The Mission and Justice Ministry Group, along with several mission … Continue reading

Worship

Highland Celebrates Pride in Worship This Sunday

This Sunday, June 21, we celebrate LGBTQ Pride and God’s inclusive love in worship! Covid-19 and the current historical movement for black lives have radically altered what Pride month looks like this June in our city and country. As trans … Continue reading

Young Adults

Four-Week Study of James: Experimenting with Online Bible Study

We have begun our first adventure into short-term online Bible study with the Letter of James! Sixty-five people signed up and received the first week’s content on Sunday evening. This month’s offering includes reflection questions, commentary notes, a weekday reading … Continue reading

Youth