Transformative Love

As Becky and Rich Paterik waved their youngest son off to college, they looked around at their empty-nest and thought, “what do we do now?” Involved in the church in their own individual ways, they realized that there was scarcely anything they did together, so they decided to register for Re|Engage, a course for couples to examine God’s design for marriage and apply biblical principles to grow in their relationship with each other. The 16-week experience proved to be... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 2/13/19
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Ways to Pray This Week - Feb. 14

How incredible it is that we have a God we can talk with — and that is what prayer is! At HP Pres, we believe prayer makes a difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. Take a few minutes today to talk with God using the Scripture and prayers below. We love because he first loved us . 1 John 4:19 As we reflect on God’s love and thank him for his never-ending love, let us pray for those who have not experienced or received love in this world. Please pray: ... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 2/13/19
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Hands And Feet of Jesus

With tears in her eyes, Tanya Darcy described, what she called, her dream project. She had wanted to repaint her home, but with limited funds and mobility, she struggled to try to make this a reality. When someone mentioned the Handymen Ministry to her, she thought she would give it a try. To her amazement, she was blown away by the servant-heartedness of the men that stepped forward to help her achieve the dream without asking for a nickel. Bill Asbury, a deacon leading the Handymen... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 2/7/19
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Ways to Pray This Week - Feb. 7

How incredible it is that we have a God we can talk with — and that is what prayer is! At HP Pres, we believe prayer makes a difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. Take a few minutes today to talk with God using the Scripture and prayers below. “ Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 2/7/19
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To Lead All Generations

Through a time of open-handed prayer, Doug Crawford asked God for direction. Doug was ready to serve, but overwhelmed with possibilities, so he decided to allow God to show him where to invest his time. The next couple weeks were filled with God gently directing Doug toward volunteering with the third-grade Sunday class. This chance seemed like a perfect puzzle piece in Doug’s life: with experience ministering to elementary-aged children through mentorship and his grandkids being around... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 1/31/19
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Ways to Pray This Week – Jan. 31

How incredible it is that we have a God we can talk with — and that is what prayer is! At HP Pres, we believe prayer makes a difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. Take a few minutes today to talk with God using the Scripture and prayers below. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant .  1 Corinthians 13:4 As we choose to love those around us, please pray: For those who are not surrounded... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 1/30/19
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Jesus is King

Mingqi was born into a Buddhist home. Like any good daughter, she pursued the faith and religion of her parents and became devoted to Buddhism. When she married, her husband, Yang, expressed an interest in Christianity. This worried Mingqi, but she agreed to check out the Chinese Family Fellowship at HP Pres. They got involved quickly and asked many questions about what made Christianity so special. Suddenly, they quit attending the Friday night gatherings— pressure from her family and... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 1/24/19
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Ways to Pray This Week – Jan. 24

How incredible it is that we have a God we can talk with — and that is what prayer is! At HP Pres, we believe prayer makes a difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. Take a few minutes today to talk with God using the Scripture and prayers below. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 1/23/19
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Exploring Alpha

Evan Smith grew up in a family filled with pastors and missionaries, and faith was just something he accepted as true without much thought. As he grew older, questions started to develop and pocket answers of the church didn’t satisfy his curiosity. He went to a Christian college, but eventually he decided he didn’t want anything to do with his family’s faith. Over the next ten years, Evan’s questions remained. While living in New York, a friend mentioned that Alpha... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 1/16/19
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Ways to Pray This Week – Jan. 17

How incredible it is that we have a God we can talk with — and that is what prayer is! At HP Pres, we believe prayer makes a difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. Take a few minutes today to talk with God using the Scripture and prayers below. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant .  1 Corinthians 13:4 As we choose to love those around us, please pray: For those who are not surrounded... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 1/16/19
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Covenant Community

It all began at Starting Point , our 3-week class that shows you how to get involved at Highland Park Pres. Kathleen Hodges, a Starting Point volunteer, got to know many of the couples scattered throughout the class. These couples never really crossed paths, and Kathleen thought to herself, “these are people that need to know each other.” She could clearly see evidence of the Holy Spirit as she connected five couples to start a small group. Kathleen organized a gathering... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 1/10/19
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Ways to Pray This Week – Jan. 10

How incredible it is that we have a God we can talk with — and that is what prayer is! At HP Pres, we believe prayer makes a difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. Take a few minutes today to talk with God using the Scripture and prayers below. Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!   Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.   Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition,... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 1/9/19
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Fully Known and Fully Loved

A few years back, Steve Blaising joined Starting Point , a 3-week class to learn how to get involved at Highland Park Pres. He was immediately drawn to the ministry and decided to volunteer as a leader. To him, Starting Point was a statement that our very large church cares deeply for the individual, wanting each one to be fully known and fully loved. One unsuspecting Starting Point session left an impact on Steve. A woman and her daughter plopped down at his table before everyone else had... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 1/2/19
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Ways To Pray This Week – Jan. 3

How incredible it is that we have a God we can talk with — and that is what prayer is! At HP Pres, we believe prayer makes a difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. Take a few minutes today to talk with God using the Scripture and prayers below. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.   Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 1/2/19
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Ways to Pray This Week – Dec. 25

How incredible it is that we have a God we can talk with — and that is what prayer is! At HP Pres, we believe prayer makes a difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. Take a few minutes today to talk with God using the Scripture and prayers below. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:  The old has gone, the new is here!   All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 12/25/18
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I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Each year carols of hope, joy, and peace are sung boldly in the packed Sanctuary at the 6 pm service by our Genesis Choir. Students from 7th grade to high school seniors make up this collection of voices, and this ministry has provided community for these students throughout the year. There is a special tradition attached to this particular service, though. As former Genesites travel home for the holidays from their respective colleges, they are invited to join the current choir in leading the... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 12/18/18
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Ways to Pray This Week – Dec. 20

How incredible it is that we have a God we can talk with — and that is what prayer is! At HP Pres, we believe prayer makes a difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. Take a few minutes today to talk with God using the Scripture and prayers below. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.   He was with God in the beginning.   Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 12/18/18
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Where Two or More are Gathered

For the ladies of Anchor, Elliott Hall was a sacred space. The room had held the laughter, tears, and hearts of generations of women who took bold strides toward vulnerability. This space meant healing for some, victory to others, and community for every woman who sat at the tables that lined the walls. When the campus changes noted that this area would be replaced, many women had heavy hearts as the long-standing tradition of Wednesday morning gatherings in this room would come to an end. This... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 12/12/18
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Ways to Pray This Week – Dec. 13

How incredible it is that we have a God we can talk with — and that is what prayer is! At HP Pres, we believe prayer makes a difference in our lives, and in the lives of others. Take a few minutes today to talk with God using the Scripture and prayers below. With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 12/12/18
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Maddie & Jeremy Wilkins

Maddie & Jeremy Wilkins met in the Young Adult ministry— their passion for serving had them fully invested in the life of HP Pres. When they heard that Cameron & Emily Beaty were moving on to launch Peak Street Church, they were devastated. Each of them had been encouraged by the way that the Beatys invested in and transformed the Young Adult community. But, this news was tied with an unexpected invitation. To their surprise, Cameron asked them to join the lead team at the... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 12/6/18
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