From The Pastor
July is here and we have much to be excited about. First, we officially welcome Dr. Rodney Shewbart to Highland Baptist as our new Youth Pastor. In July, we will have the opportunity to hear Rodney preach and to officially welcome him and his family to HBC. Keep praying for Rodney, Brandi, Griff, and Sophie as they make the transition. Please plan to join us in welcoming the Shewbarts.
All of our adult small groups will meet together in the CLC during the month of July. This will be a time for our leaders to rest and be reenergized. They serve our small groups well and are faithful in preparation, ministry, and leadership. A time to rest, think, and be encouraged is a good thing. It also gives us a natural break before we head into the new church year with new classes and new opportunities. Time to pray, to think, to evaluate, and to dream a new dream for the future is always time well spent. Please make your plans to join our other adult small groups in the CLC on Sunday morning.
We talk a lot about the gospel, but do we really understand the gospel? On July 1, we will begin a brand new sermon series entitled, “Gospel: Where God’s Story Meets My Story.” In this series, we will examine what the gospel we all claim to believe and proclaim is really all about and how it impacts our lives. Plan to catch each of these five messages. If you can’t be here for all five, go to the Highland Churchon app or the website and watch the videos. You will be glad you did.
We will still have mission teams out in July. One team will be in Israel through the end of the first week. Another will be heading to Botswana later in the month. They will be on a vision trip with Pastor Modise and the folks from our partnership church looking at new opportunities for church planting in two different villages. Our C3 students will be spending the month of July in Seattle working with our new church plant alongside Stuart and Lisa Bell. And the Ministry of Praise will head to New Orleans at the end of the month to serve with Mission Lab. Please be praying for each of these teams as they engage the nations with the gospel.
I thank God daily for this church family, for your heart to reach people with the gospel, and for the way you love each other. I am blessed to be your pastor and to share the journey of life and ministry with you.