2021 Women’s Conference – February 6, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Come join with women from Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church for a conference on spiritual gifts on Saturday, February 6 from 9:00-1:00 at Highlands. This interactive conference, Hand in Hand:  Using our Gifts to Promote Unity in the Body, will be led by Tammie Haynes and Laurie Nordan and includes a spiritual gifts inventory that each woman will take and then discuss around the tables.  A box lunch will be provided, and our usual COVID protocols of social distancing and mask-wearing will be observed. The registration fee is $20; you may register here.

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First Things First – January 2021

By Bill McDonald
January 5, 2021

Happy New Year! The old one certainly was one for the record books, but I’m not going to hate on 2020. In many ways, it was a needed wakeup call. Some of us, to be sure, were shaken out of our evangelical, upper-middle class, Anglo-American comfort zones and reminded that there is no guarantee that today’s luxuries will survive for tomorrow’s pleasure. But I digress. Well, just one more thing. Have you ever considered that not one thing that happened in 2020 took God by surprise? In fact, if what we confess actually is true, then everything that happened in 2020 did so according to the most holy, wise and powerful providence of God. Think on it.

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“Psalms of Ascents” sermon series continues

Join us at 8:30 or 10:50 for attended worship. A nursery is available for both services. The 10:50 service is live-streamed at highlandspca.org.

We have resumed congregational singing. Please wear a mask while participating in corporate activities.

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First Things First: December, 2020

“A Christmas Comma”

By Brad Mercer

“Let’s eat Grandma.” “We’re learning to cut and paste kids!” “Caution pedestrians slippery when wet.” In response to similar very public linguist boo-boos, one writer declares, “Punctuation saves lives!” A comma or two can make all the difference.

Consider the popular Christmas carol, “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen” (Trinity Hymnal). The comma after “Merry” looks odd, but it’s actually in the right place.

Hymnologists are not sure who wrote this carol, but they tell us that it is based on an English melody written in the 18th century. For many of us, the words and music conjure up images of Victorian gentlemen and ladies appropriately enjoying the yuletide, or a large (somewhat tipsy) Englishman, tankard in hand, singing his lungs out. After all, the carol is about happiness and joy, right? Yes and no.

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First Things First ~ November 3, 2020

An Albatross or a Comfort?

by Andy Hoffecker

A few years ago, Pam and I had a young Christian friend – let’s call him Frank – who began to attend Highlands with us. He was a Baptist.

As our friendship grew, we delighted in many prolonged discussions about our mutual Christian faith, both beliefs and behavior. Many topics came up – challenges of a consistent devotional life; making sense of the Bible’s teaching about the future; why and how denominations differ. One of the thorniest issues we found ourselves returning to again and again was the doctrine of predestination.

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