High Places News & Notes: Here comes December!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We want to wish all the friends and family of High Places Community Church a holiday filled with grace and gratitude, giving thanks for all things as the Apostle Paul asks of our faith. Also, we want you to know that if you are alone this Thanksgiving, our doors are open to you as a faith family to share a meal and to deepen our friendships with each other. We will be serving dinner at the Grove between 3:00-7:00PM all day on Thanksgiving. Feel free to stop by and say hello!

“Feed the People 2014” is in Full Swing. The event would greatly benefit from additional side items if you have time to cook just a little extra this year. You may drop off a dish tonight (Wednesday, Nov. 26) between 6:00 and 8:00PM, or tomorrow anytime between 10:00AM and 3:00PM. Potatoes, corn, casseroles, green beans are among the items we need most. www.feedthepeople.us

This Sunday, Tired of Turkey is the “everything but turkey feast” that we have every year. Our kitchen team is asking the High Places faithful to bring either salad items or a dessert. Our lunch will follow a brief message that will launch us into our Christmas theme, “Born Again.”

Children and youth are welcome to sit with their families if they desire & I think they will very much enjoy the story of one brave runner named Kayla Montgomery, who was featured on ESPN last week, a courageous young athlete for whom the phrase “born to run” is a great irony.

Our December calendar:

  • For the next two Sundays, our 9:23-10:17 Group will be dedicated to writing and practicing our Christmas program. Children and youth are very much encouraged to attend!
  • Sunday morning, December 7 -- our message will be -- “There’s Coal in my Stocking!” We will look at the story of Jesus and the man born blind and see his answer as the disciples’ question why it happened.
  • Sunday afternoon, December 7 at 4:300PM our young marrieds will meet at the home of Daniel & Katie Fischer, 163 Cumberland View Drive.
  • Wednesday, December 10 -- we are invited to go Christmas Caroling with our teenagers.
  • Sunday morning, December 14 -- High Places will celebrate our annual Christmas program!
  • Wednesday, December 17 -- our youth will have their annual Christmas Party, 6:00PM at the Grove Theater.
  • Friday, December 19 --  our youth will have a special “Winter Games” outreach event. See Chad for details!
  • Sunday morning, December 21  --  we will wrap up our Christmas message, tell the story of Christ’s birth, and share communion together.
  • Sunday, December 28th -- No formal services at High Places.

I am certain that several impromptu Christmas gatherings will be scheduled in the coming days for our adults. Traditionally, these include Christmas parties for our varied age groups.

Any end of year donations should be coordinated with Marilyn to ensure they are recorded for this fiscal year. As we move into Christmas, please keep High Places and the families we serve on your Christmas list. Many needs exist and we sincerely ask for your support.

Much love to all,


“The two most important days in our lives are the day we are born, and the day we figure out why.” ~ Mark Twain