Advent Daily Devotional Email – ongoing throughout Advent
This year’s Advent daily devotionals will come to you where you are – in the form of an email! Images and words, lovingly crafted by Highland’s members and ministers, will center you in the mystery of the season of hope, peace, joy, and love. Supplemental materials to engage families with children, as well as direct your minds to justice needs using the symbols of the season will also be included. All on Highland’s newsletter email list will automatically receive these daily emails. If you are not on the newsletter list, you can subscribe on our home page.
Alternative Gift Card Giving – ongoing throughout Advent
Please take advantage of this wonderful Christmas gift opportunity. This is Highland’s thirteenth year to offer this ministry, and organizations around town look forward to partnering with us now. This year, Highland’s mission community offers the following cards:
- Habitat for Humanity: Volunteers from Highland will help construct a home in the Spring of 2020. For the last twenty-one years, Highland Baptist Church has joined with other Baptist churches in the area to build a home for people who financially qualify for the program.
- La Casita Community Center: La Casita is a grassroots non-profit that accompanies families in the Latinx community. Their mission is to empower these families by providing a foundation for systemic change with long-term effect.
- The Louisville Community Bail Fund (LCBF) exists to pay for bail and provide post-release support as folks transition into a safe and sustainable situation.
Please shop generously and often (!!!) at the Alternative Christmas Card display in the Commons beginning Sunday, November 24, and continuing throughout Advent.
Hope Sunday – Sunday, December 1, 8:30, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m.
Perry Dixon, proclaimer; Observance of Holy Communion
Please join us on Sunday, December 1, 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 of greenery, presenting the star-like poinsettia flowers, and adorning our evergreen tree with Chrismons. Click here to view the bulletin.
It is our custom to bring toys, canned or boxed food items, books, or monetary offerings to the service. The food will go in Christmas baskets that we provide to Highlands Community Ministries (HCM) for neighbors in our zip code. We also need cash donations to purchase gift cards for the perishable items in the HCM baskets.
The toys and books will be sold at an 80% discount to shoppers at our annual Christmas Store. Those invited to the store are friends we met through a variety of local ministries. Please contact a minister if you need an invitation.
Childcare will be provided for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. However, preschoolers are encouraged to attend with their families. If possible, RSVP for childcare by Monday, November 25, to Linda Campbell.
A delicious reception follows the service in Fellowship Hall.
Highland’s Senior Adults gather early in the day working with the food and donations generously given during the Hanging of the Green service. In the early evening, young adults and families with children gather to sort non-perishable foods for Christmas baskets, toys for The Christmas Store and make cards for college and graduate students nearing the end of their semester.
The Christmas Store at Highland – Saturday, December 7, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Highland is excited to once again serve our community through The Christmas Store at Highland! For the past six years, this store has served as a wonderful way to build relationships through shopping for Christmas presents with families we have met through a variety of local ministries.
The store is an alternative to gift sponsorship that allows parents and caregivers the opportunity to provide for, and pick out gifts for their children. Each year you generously donate new toys and books, which constitutes the merchandise in our Christmas Store. Parents shop from a variety of items and buy their gifts at an 80% discount. Each year, the store is staffed with a small group of volunteers, so the shoppers can have a true Christmas shopping experience. They select gifts themselves with their individual children in mind. The store offers gifts for children from birth to age 18.
Here are some favorites to get your shopping started: anything featuring a popular movie or television character action figures, cars, sports equipment, battery operated toys (with batteries!), dolls of all skin hues, makeup and nail polish kits, shaving kit, craft kits, electronics, bedding, and anything the kids and teens you know enjoy. For ideas, click here.
In addition each family is given one free book per child. Because we give these away instead of selling them, we invite donations of new and like new books. We especially need books for emerging readers, young adults, and books with culturally diverse characters and authors. For ideas, click here.
We will collect donations during worship at the Hanging of the Green Service on December 1. Please consider using your home or work place as a collection point for toys, and then bring them with you to the service. If you would like to donate but are unable to attend the Hanging of the Green service, you can place donations in the bins outside of the choir room during the week of November 25 and mark your donations “Highland Christmas Store”.
Peace Sunday – Sunday, December 8, 8:30, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m.
Lauren Jones Mayfield, proclaimer.
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 Louisville residents killed in an act of violence. The crosses will create a tragic memorial on our lawn during this holiday season. The crosses simultaneously signify our hope that God calls the church to work actively against violence in its many forms.
The courageous first step towards peace is the most difficult one—we must take an honest look at the reality in which we live. We cannot worship the birth of Jesus without seeing the world into which God insists upon coming. Amidst the tinsel and the trimming of trees, the crosses on the lawn serve as our great reminder of the world God so loves.
Join us as we face, again, the world as it is so that we can continue working together to create the world as God dreams it to be. Friday worship will offer a variation of the ritual, and each Sunday service on December 8 will include reciting the names of the victims and placing the crosses in the ground at the conclusion of each service.
Highland Baptist began this tradition in 1997 to draw attention to a rash of murders in the metropolitan Louisville area.
Click here to view the bulletin.
Children’s Choirs Advent Service – Sunday, December 8, 6:00 p.m.
Children’s voices and the ringing of bells are a highlight of the season. Join us for an evening of music from Highland’s graded choir program – ages 3 through 5th grade. Childcare is provided for infants, toddlers, and twos. A milk and cookies reception will follow the service.
Click here to view the bulletin.
Music of the Advent and Christmas Season – Sunday, December 15, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Carol Harston, proclaimer. Highland’s Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra Ensemble will present John Rutter’s Magnificat in the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services. The 8:30 service will not be held this Sunday.
A Classic Rock Sacred Christmas Concert – Sunday, December 15, 7:00 p.m.
Highland’s Orchestra invites everyone to an evening of both sacred and secular music in the beauty of our stone walled sanctuary. A Christmas delight for all ages. No childcare provided.
Love Sunday, December 22, 8:30, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m.
Renee Purtlebaugh, proclaimer.
Christmas Eve Service and Service of Lessons and Carols – Tuesday, December 24, 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve Service – 4:00 p.m. We gather to sing carols of Christmas and hear the reading of the Christmas story as we wonder at the coming of the Christ Child. A candlelight ending sends you on your way to mark the birth of Jesus, the Christ. Childcare will be provided for infants, toddlers, and twos.
Lessons and Carols – 6:00 p.m. The centuries-old English tradition of Lessons and Carols tells the Christmas story through scripture, carols, and the music by the Sanctuary Choir. A candlelight ending on this holy night sends you on your way to mark the birth of Jesus, the Christ. Childcare will be provided for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
For more information about Christmas Eve worship, contact Kathy Collier.
Sunday, December 29, 10:00 a.m.
Please join us for one service at 10:00 a.m. There will be no Bible study nor Worship Care so we can all be together in worship.