Adults

Gather ‘Round: Worship on Sunday, August 19

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 on Sunday, August 19, 10:30 a.m. ALL of our faith community will be … 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

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

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

July 8 “Boast in Me” 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

A Prayer on the Eve of the School Year by Renee Purtlebaugh

For the gift of summer and a change of rhythm and Sabbath rest, we are thankful. For the opportunity to start again and experience new beginnings, we are thankful. For the chance to learn and grow and discover, we are … Continue reading

Churchwide Gathering

Gather ‘Round: Worship on Sunday, August 19

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 on Sunday, August 19, 10:30 a.m. ALL of our faith community will be … 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

Soul Shop: Ministering to Suicidal Desperation; September 14-15

Two workshops will be held in Fellowship Hall on Friday, September 14, and Saturday, September 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may register for either event at www.eventbrite.com and search Soul Shop for Clergy and Clinicians or Youth … Continue reading

Congregational Life

A Prayer on the Eve of the School Year by Renee Purtlebaugh

For the gift of summer and a change of rhythm and Sabbath rest, we are thankful. For the opportunity to start again and experience new beginnings, we are thankful. For the chance to learn and grow and discover, we are … Continue reading

Deacons

My Faith Story: Deacon Testimony by Suzanne Busse

The first service I ever attended at Highland wasn’t in this lovely sanctuary, but in a crowded room on the top floor. It was a Friday night in the summer of 2005. I was in awe of the members, the … 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

Friday Church Fifth Friday Fellowship Supper June 29

General Highland

Soul Shop: Ministering to Suicidal Desperation; September 14-15

Two workshops will be held in Fellowship Hall on Friday, September 14, and Saturday, September 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may register for either event at www.eventbrite.com and search Soul Shop for Clergy and Clinicians or Youth … Continue reading

Give

Giving During a Season of Transition by Dick Allison

Giving is ALWAYS important! Giving to the local ministries of Highland Baptist Church, giving to all the ministries we support as a church locally, across the nation and around the world. But there are times when we are especially conscious … Continue reading

Jim England

Liminal Wonderings… by Jim England

School is starting. No surprise there. I find myself thinking about teachers I had in church when I was a young teenager. A silver haired ex-prize fighter became our teacher shortly after his wife died. He was 72. I do … Continue reading

Joe Phelps

A Word from Joe Phelps

Greetings from retirement! Today marks five months into this new life and I miss your faces, your stories, and the sacred work of Love we shared for decades. I follow news  of Highland with gratitude for your continued work for … Continue reading

Justice

Do. Love. Walk.—Mission and Justice with Highland June 3

The Mission and Justice Ministry Group enthusiastically invites you to this wonderful event on Sunday, June 3, right here at church. Throughout the morning in the Commons, you will discover a variety of opportunities for ministry beyond the walls of … Continue reading

Lauren Jones Mayfield

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

Leadership

My Faith Story: Deacon Testimony by Suzanne Busse

The first service I ever attended at Highland wasn’t in this lovely sanctuary, but in a crowded room on the top floor. It was a Friday night in the summer of 2005. I was in awe of the members, the … Continue reading

LGBTQ

My Faith Story: Deacon Testimony by Steven Michael Carr

I grew up in the Southern Baptist Tradition while simultaneously knowing that I was gay since I was about five years old. What I’m trying to tell you is that I desperately need a therapist. Libby Cunningham, call me. My … Continue reading

Member Reflections

My Faith Story: Deacon Testimony by Suzanne Busse

The first service I ever attended at Highland wasn’t in this lovely sanctuary, but in a crowded room on the top floor. It was a Friday night in the summer of 2005. I was in awe of the members, the … 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 19

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 on Sunday, August 19, 10:30 a.m. ALL of our faith community will be … Continue reading

News

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

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

August 19 “[as freedom is a breakfastfood]” 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

Soul Shop: Ministering to Suicidal Desperation; September 14-15

Two workshops will be held in Fellowship Hall on Friday, September 14, and Saturday, September 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may register for either event at www.eventbrite.com and search Soul Shop for Clergy and Clinicians or Youth … Continue reading

Renee Kenley Purtlebaugh

A Prayer on the Eve of the School Year by Renee Purtlebaugh

For the gift of summer and a change of rhythm and Sabbath rest, we are thankful. For the opportunity to start again and experience new beginnings, we are thankful. For the chance to learn and grow and discover, we are … 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

Pentecost this Sunday

Acts 2:1-21 John 15:26-27; 16:12-15 Spirit and Truth n Jim England, Proclaimer  O Breath of Life, come sweeping thru us, invest in us new life and power. O Breath of Life, come cleanse, renew us, fit your Church to meet … Continue reading

Senior Adults

Gather ‘Round: Worship on Sunday, August 19

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 on Sunday, August 19, 10:30 a.m. ALL of our faith community will be … Continue reading

Sermons

August 19 “[as freedom is a breakfastfood]” 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.

Staff

Liminal Wonderings… by Jim England

School is starting. No surprise there. I find myself thinking about teachers I had in church when I was a young teenager. A silver haired ex-prize fighter became our teacher shortly after his wife died. He was 72. I do … Continue reading

Stories of God's Transforming Love

Liminal Wonderings… by Jim England

School is starting. No surprise there. I find myself thinking about teachers I had in church when I was a young teenager. A silver haired ex-prize fighter became our teacher shortly after his wife died. He was 72. I do … 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

My Faith Story: Deacon Testimony by Steven Michael Carr

I grew up in the Southern Baptist Tradition while simultaneously knowing that I was gay since I was about five years old. What I’m trying to tell you is that I desperately need a therapist. Libby Cunningham, call me. My … Continue reading

Uncategorized

My Faith Story by Sara Sanders

For those of you who don’t know me, I am a lifelong Highland member currently living a little further away, as I am completing my second year of pediatrics residency at UNC at North Carolina Children’s Hospital. My entire life … Continue reading

Urban Ministry

Do. Love. Walk.—Mission and Justice with Highland June 3

The Mission and Justice Ministry Group enthusiastically invites you to this wonderful event on Sunday, June 3, right here at church. Throughout the morning in the Commons, you will discover a variety of opportunities for ministry beyond the walls of … Continue reading

Worship

August 19 “[as freedom is a breakfastfood]” 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.

Young Adults

Gather ‘Round: Worship on Sunday, August 19

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 on Sunday, August 19, 10:30 a.m. ALL of our faith community will be … Continue reading

Youth