Welcoming Steve McClean

In the no-stoplight town of Argyle, New York, Steve and Kim McLean served Argyle Presbyterian Church faithfully for nearly thirty-three years. Steve worked as the lead pastor, making a home of this church family. They raised their four children among those walls and invested their whole hearts into the life and love of the 200 person congregation.  When it was time for Steve’s scheduled three-month sabbatical, the couple ventured to Dallas to be near their daughter, son-in-law,... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 2/25/20
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Early Days of Lent

Week 1 WHAT IS LENT? The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are at the very heart of Christianity. The good news of the gospel is that God has acted in history to conquer evil and reconcile sinners to himself through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Lent is first and foremost about the gospel making its way deeper into our lives. Lent is a season of preparation and repentance during which we anticipate the death (Good Friday) and resurrection (Easter Sunday) of Jesus. It is... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 2/25/20
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Ash Wednesday

The season of Lent begins with a day called Ash Wednesday. We invite you to join us at one of this year's services on  Feb. 26, at 12 or 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary. Ash Wednesday gets that name from the ashes that are used during the service.  All throughout the Bible ashes are a symbol of death. They’re a symbol of our mortality which we believe is a consequence. It’s a judgment because of our sin.  Over the years of church tradition, the... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 2/19/20
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Uniquely Gifted

In 2015, Emily Scates taught a classroom of elementary kids about the power of God’s redemptive love. As the class ended, a friend of Emily’s, Lauren Eastburn, approached her saying: “You’re gifted uniquely as a preacher and teacher, and I see this in you.” Lauren encouraged Emily to continue to cultivate this gifting that came so clearly from the Lord. This moment would prove to be pivotal in Emily’s life with Christ, and she has since followed God’s... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 2/12/20
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A Neighborhood Impact

Alendra Lyons had not lived in South Dallas since 1980, when she graduated from Skyline High School. She had moved all over the city, landing, for a while, in Greenway Parks, the verdant neighborhood bordering the Park Cities. Lyons, now 58, went home because she needed a place to lay her head for a while. And she discovered, yes, the neighborhood of her childhood had become broken, blighted. The streets, once quiet, had been claimed by sellers of drugs and makers of violence; the houses,... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 2/6/20
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A Tangible Difference in Our City

The halls of Dunbar Elementary rustle with the echoes of children rushing to their classrooms. A few times a week, a group from Highland Park Pres meet students in a room upstairs with scattered tables and book cases overflowing with exciting reads. When the clock strikes 11:30, third graders scurry into this room to find their Reading Buddy and explore the pages of a new book. This has become a highlight of their school days as they excitedly ask when the next Reading Buddies time will be. ... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 1/29/20
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Starting Point

“I believe I was at a Starting Point,” Lilly Sigrist described as she wrapped up Starting Point. The course is a three-week class about how to be involved at Highland Park Pres, experience what it’s like to be part of a small group, and have an opportunity to become a member of our church. She stumbled upon the course at a pivotal time in her life, one where she was questioning her life’s purpose and relationship with God. Growing up, church was a egregious... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 1/22/20
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Real Life Grace

Hunter Rees had long held an adoration for his Jewish faith. Studying Hebrew and diving into the rich tradition of Judaism was something that never ceased to excite him. As he continued to study, he found himself drawn to the the New Testament and the story of a Jewish man named Jesus. When he moved to Dallas, a friend connected him with a local pastor to discuss more of what the New Testament entailed. He was invited to Alpha, an opportunity to explore life, faith, and God in a friendly,... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 1/15/20
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Celebrating Jesus Together

Due to the damaging winds, hail, and tornadoes that hit many parts of our city causing severe destruction, Primera Iglesia Bautista, the First Mexican Baptist Church of Dallas, was shook with the reality of this disastrous storm. Many families in their church body were forced to move to new areas, floundering to find a new normal during the chaotic aftermath.  Our Disaster Relief team has been in communication with Pastor Ricardo Brambila about how we can best support our... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 1/8/20
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When Dr. Wang moved to the United States, he never would have guessed that it would bring a monumental change to his life. In China, he and his family never attended church. He didn’t believe in God, but figured there was a distant creator far from his reach. Within the first week of living in Dallas, he had a conversation about heaven—something he never thought much of before. This started to get him thinking about why people believe in God, and even pray to him.  Seeking... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 12/20/19
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Fount Board + Table

The Bible is riddled with scenes of feasts. Whether to celebrate, to mourn, or to worship, there is something holy about breaking bread with God’s people. This communal act makes space for vulnerability, making individual experiences intertwine as stories are shared. Olivia Genthe encounters this firsthand in her business, Fount Table + Board. She and her husband, Ryan, started this concept to share local and unique food experiences with others through, what they call, grazing tables.... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 12/19/19
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Treasures of Hope

As Christmas is near, many Dallas families fret over the weighty expectations that come with the holiday season. Between gift giving and grocery bills, the costs of Christmas can quickly stack up leaving many parents afraid that they cannot give their children the Christmas morning they’ve dreamed of. Dallas Leadership Foundation, one of our ministry partners, recognizes these stresses and aims to not only help, but empower these families with Treasures of Hope. This seasonal store offers... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 12/18/19
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He Leads With Peace

Becky Paterik found herself sitting at the edge of her husband’s hospital bed. The doctors had found a brain bleed that wouldn’t be easy to resolve. The atmosphere of that stale hospital suite was heavy with unknowns. Would he survive? How could she get through this? Is her family going to be taken care of? But as a multitude of questions and anxieties started to flood, Becky was comforted by a confidence that God would walk with her and her family during this trial. After nine... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 12/11/19
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Mourning With Those Who Mourn

“I’ve always been drawn to the imperfect characters of the Bible,” Sharon Johnson describes. “There’s a great comfort in knowing that God can use anyone for his purpose.” After being asked to teach a Bible study, Sharon has been diving deep into the lively stories of the ancient Scriptures, prompting her to think about how God has used her in his grand story of redemption. Sharon’s dad died at 53 after a long battle with ALS. Christians surrounded... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 12/4/19
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Jumped in with Both Feet

Vic Bloede first experienced Christ as a young adult surrounded by men and women of faith. Newly married and attending church with his wife, Vic saw that many of his friends had an inner joy and peace that he found intriguing. God worked through his community to show Vic that the source of that inner joy and peace was Christ himself. Though he would have described himself as a Christian before, Vic realized that he did not have a relationship with Jesus like his friends were describing. At 30... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 11/20/19
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Holy Moments of Service

On Sunday, October 20, damaging winds, hail, and tornadoes hit many parts of our city causing severe destruction. Just a few miles away, Primera Iglesia Bautista, the First Mexican Baptist Church of Dallas, was shook with the reality of this disastrous storm. Their worship building was destroyed leaving just scraps of the place they called their church home. The devastation weighed heavy on the hearts of their church of about 200. In the middle of such adversity, we have an amazing... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 11/15/19
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Profoundly Relational

Through Jesus’ earthly ministry, he emphasized the importance of human connection. As one who was both fully God and fully human, he knew what it was like to laugh, cry, eat, and sleep. He invested in others and taught them what love looked like. His ministry was profoundly relational. This lesson came to life for Edwin Njiru when he traveled on a mission trip to Kenya. The goal of the trip was to help build desks, a playground and paint classrooms of a local primary school. What Edwin... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 11/6/19
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A Cross-Cultural Message

Surrounded by the smell of ocean mist, cool August temperatures, and an array of wildlife roaming the island, Kake, Alaska’s picturesque scenery welcomed our HP Pres team for the first time this summer. Pastor Joey Chang and his wife, Heea, lead our sister church, Kake Memorial Pres, for the small island community known for its Tlingit heritage. While rich in culture, the community suffers with extreme economic hardship. The church focuses primarily on community outreach, especially... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 10/30/19
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Ways to Pray This Week – Oct. 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. To prepare for prayer today read Psalm 56. In spite of our situations, we can cry out to God, and have confidence in God’s mercy, justice, and salvation. As you reflect on this, pray in these ways and any other way the... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 10/23/19
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Serving Together

In the summer of 2019, the Huff family ventured off on their first family mission trip. Though most of them had been on mission trips before, Spain would be the first serving opportunity that they would embark on as a family, allowing them to take part in being the hands and feet of Jesus together. The Pilgrim’s Fountain is a refuge and hostel in a small village of Spain along the Camino de Santiago. Our HP Pres team spends a week preparing meals and chatting with those on the 500-mile... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 10/23/19
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