Church of the Highlands in Harrison, TN, Announces New Lead Pastor.

The Board of Deacons and Pastoral Search Committee of Church of the Highlands in Harrison, TN, are pleased to announce that Dr. Scott T. McCurdy was voted in to serve as the lead pastor.   The Search Committee of Church of the Highlands has spent the last six months in this pastoral search process.  The committee received a number of resumes from candidates across the country.  However, after an on-site interview and visit with  Dr. McCurdy, the deacon board felt... Read More
Posted by Ace Stafford at Monday, June 11, 2018
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New Additions

Dear Church Family, This past Sunday, we introduce our Interim, Pastor & Worship Leader. Below are a few details on these inviduals. Please be sure to greet them and give them a warm welcome to the leadership team!  Welcoming our Interim Pastor |   Dr. Ken Herring  Ken Herring is a native of Gadsden, Alabama, and was reared in Orlando, Florida.  A graduate of Tennessee Temple university in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he has served churches in Alabama,... Read More
Posted by Ace Stafford at Monday, December 18, 2017
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More Fellowship!

Dear Church Family, This past Sunday's pot luck lunch was incredible. It was so encouraging to see many of you come together to fellowship and love on one another around some great food. It went so well, I've already scheduled the next one! I hope you all will mark your calendars and bring the assigned items! I'll make sure we have more tables!  Below are a few more details about upcoming events. Check them out! Have a blessed weekend! See you... Read More
Posted by Ace Stafford at Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Upcoming Events

Dear Church Family,   Here are a few upcoming events we would like to inform you about:   Reminders: Highlands Kids Christmas Play, Dec. 20th (Includeds adults ugly sweater contest!) One Combined service on Sunday, Dec. 24th. One Combined service on Sunday, Dec. 31st. Church Wide Prayer Service on Sunday, Jan. 7th at 6 pm.   December 10th Potluck Lunch   Last names A-K: Bring an entree  Last names L- S:... Read More
Posted by Ace Stafford at Monday, December 4, 2017
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Happy Thanksgiving COH

Dear Church Family,   I am so thankful for you. Let me tell you why. During this time of transition I have seen so many of you step up in your love and generosity towards one another. Typically, a church will dwindle in attendance and giving during the transition of leadership. But we have seen quite the contrary. We have seen families join and people saved! Our attendance has increased as well as our giving! This is a miracle! God is working in the heart of our church... Read More
Posted by Ace Stafford at Friday, November 17, 2017
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Pastor Search Committee

Dear Church Family,    This Sunday we will cast our ballots for the Pastor Search Committee. Each official member will be asked to stay after service to briefly fill out a ballot and turn it in to the deacons. If you are not currently a member of the church and would like to have a vote in who is on the committee, then it is a great time to become an official member. Please be in prayers as the nominees prepare to embark on a journey to seek out God's man to lead His church. We... Read More
Posted by Ace Stafford at Thursday, November 2, 2017
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Dear Church Family,   I would like to take some time to talk with you about seasons. The Lord leaves a glimpse of His plans all throughout nature. The peeks into His glory grant us a deeper outlook on life. This morning it was 34 degrees outside. On Saturday morning it was 75! Just five days later we have seen a difference of 31 degrees at the sun’s rising! Without these changes in the climate, our vegetation would not get the opportunity to shed off the old leaves and fruit in... Read More
Posted by Ace Stafford at Friday, October 27, 2017
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Roberts Family Reception

Dear Church Family,   Pastor Jeremy’s last Sunday is October 22nd. We would like to bless the Roberts  family with a gift to show our thanks for their service here at Church of the Highlands. Please bring your gift to be taken up at the service. We will take up this special offering earlier in the service on October 22nd for a love offering. We will have a reception following the service to say our goodbyes and briefly share our... Read More
Posted by Ace Stafford at Thursday, October 19, 2017
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As the Summer Subsides

Dear Church Family,  "The trees are turn orange and leaves are falling to the ground!"  Childrens excitement about the transformation of the trees is quite satisfying. Through life we face various changes and season. We recognize that was are also in a time of transition. Time like these make it easy to get discourage or disband as a church family. If we are to grow strong in the Lord together, it will take intentionality!  Join us tomorrow night as we spark up... Read More
Posted by Ace Stafford at Thursday, October 12, 2017
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1 Combined Service This Sunday at 10:45

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Posted by Ace Stafford at Thursday, October 5, 2017
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A Call to Prayer

Church family,    This past Sunday, our nation was rocked with even more civil unrest. We respect our troops while understanding that we do have an issue of injustice in our nation. We want to encourage you do something out of this world. Pray. Not stand. Not kneel, but pray. Cry out to God on behalf of the sins of our nation!  The Bible makes it clear that our world has a heart issue, see Jeremiah 17:9 and Proverbs 14:12. We must unite in prayer over our nation for the... Read More
Posted by Ace Stafford at Thursday, September 28, 2017
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A Deeper Church

This past Sunday, we concluded our journey through 1 Timothy. I LOVE preaching through books of the Bible. It is one of my favorite things to do. Thank you for journeying so thoroughly with me through one of my favorite series we've ever had here at Highlands. This Sunday, I am preaching from 1 Kings 16:30-17:1. I encourage you to read 1 Kings 16-19 in your time with the Lord this week. Something that is burdening me a lot is the need for more in our church family to grow in more... Read More
Posted by Ace Stafford at Thursday, September 21, 2017
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Record Attendance

Church Family,   This past Sunday, we had the highest attendance for a non-Easter or non-high-attendance day in two years. Way to go with inviting people! It was an honor to baptize my oldest daughter, Autumn, this past Sunday. Charity and I are so grateful for you and your investment into Autumn. The dedication of our new student ministry space was pretty phenomenal. The energy up there was unlike energy I see but once every few years. So exciting! This coming Sunday,... Read More
Posted by Ace Stafford at Friday, September 15, 2017
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Huge Sunday Coming Up!

Church Family, The Sunday after Labor Day is typically a really well attended Sunday for a church. Our church is included in this trend. This Sunday is an ideal time to invite people to church. We will have a time of baptisms and open our brand new student ministry space. If you'd like to get baptized, please email If you know a teenager, please invite them to come. After church this Sunday, we will have a ribbon cutting to celebrate the new student... Read More
Posted by Ace Stafford at Thursday, September 7, 2017
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2+ Week Until Awesomeness Ensues

Awesome Day is quickly approaching, and this means NOW is the time to invite people to Church of the Highlands. We expect to see an amazing harvest of souls who come to Christ as a result of this amazing time.   Here is the key, though: YOU MUST INVITE PEOPLE! I foresee a day when tons of people receive Christ and a revival breaks forth. The only way this vision becomes a reality is if we all take seriously our responsibility to BE BRINGERS!   People are only an ask away.... Read More
Posted by Ace Stafford at Thursday, July 27, 2017
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Back to 2 services this Sunday.

Highlands Family,   These past three weeks worshiping together have been fantastic. We're going back to our two service format this Sunday. We'll have our blended service at 9:15 and contemporary service at 10:45.   Things around the church and our community have been really exciting lately. The mission groups that have been here have been helping us reach tons of people. Last Sunday night, we had a fantastic block party at Harrison Bay State Park, and we witnessed... Read More
Posted by Ace Stafford at Thursday, July 20, 2017
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A Brief Question

Church Family,   Have you thought about how open people are to coming to church if you just ask them? LifeWay Research has done a study that shows that over 80% of people who are invited to church will come if personally invited by someone. Let me ask you: When is the last time you actually went up to a person and asked them, "Would you like to go to church with me this Sunday?" I want our faith family to have a "Great Commission Mindset" to determine to BE... Read More
Posted by Ace Stafford at Thursday, July 13, 2017
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5 Steps for A Heavy Evangelism Push This Month

Dear Church Family,   Our church is pushing hard this month (July) to reach as many people in our community as possible. After all, July is the most important month for church growth. We're trying to be strategic to do this with excellence. I want you to know our strategy, and to se you get involved!   1. Host evangelism/mission groups.   We're hosting six mission groups this month. Six! These groups, combined with our church members and regular... Read More
Posted by Ace Stafford at Thursday, July 6, 2017
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I Think You'll Like This...

This past Sunday, we heard two exciting reports about all that God did on our New York City mission trip and student ministry camp at Myrtle Beach. Man, it pumped me up. Also, we kicked off our new message series through 1 Timothy. If you haven’t already watched it, please do so at .   Also, we had a fantastic picnic at Harrison Bay. I got to baptize two people, and we saw a bunch of people in our church just “do life” together via... Read More
Posted by Ace Stafford at Thursday, June 29, 2017
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Strategies for the Remainder of 2017

The latter half of the year is here in just a few days. Can you believe 2017 is nearly halfway over?   As we seek to be an intentional body of believers who reach our community, America, and the world for Jesus Christ, there are some basic things we must keep in mind. Churches have front doors and back doors. Opening front doors are things that draw people to the church. Closing back doors are things that keep people plugged into the church.   Our staff team has our annual... Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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Let's Stay Engaged This Summer

Howdy Church Family,   School is out. The weather is sticky. Summer is here.   I mentioned this last Sunday and in last week's email, but really feel the need to reiterate this one more time. If you are going to head out of town this summer, I strongly encourage you to seek to remain engaged with Church of the Highlands. You can experience our worship services via Facebook Live every Sunday morning at 10:45 at  and can... Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Monday, May 29, 2017
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Living Pictures: An Exposition of 1 Timothy

God created the church to advance His mission around the world. This is why the Apostle Paul’s instructions to his protégé, Timothy, are vital. This blueprint for a healthy New Testament church provides clarity for believers to know how to lead, love, and respond to others in our increasingly sinful world.     June 25 1 Timothy 1:1-7   July 2 1 Timothy 1:8-11   July 9 1 Timothy 1:12-20   July 16 1... Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Sunday, May 28, 2017
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SERMON SERIES: Beyond this life, where do we go? Heaven? Hell? Do our souls simply cease to exist? Is the afterlife real or a mere state of mind? In this message series, we're looking at life beyond earth and staring into ETERNITY.   Topics in this series: Heaven (Revelation 7, 21) Hell (Luke 16) Angels (Revelation 7) Read More
at Monday, April 17, 2017
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Come to Jesus

Much of humanity spends its existence searching for answers to life’s biggest questions like “Who is God?” or “Who am I?” The only way to find legitimate answers to the big questions of life is simply to COME TO JESUS.   February 19 Who is God?   February 26 Who Are You?   March 5 Who is Jesus?   March 12 - Time Change, Spring Forward Who will You Invite? (John 1)   March 19 How will You... Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Sunday, February 12, 2017
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40 Days of Discipleship

Jesus’ final words were dedicated to going and making one thing: DISCIPLES . The first 40 days of 2017, Church of the Highlands is intensely focusing on making more and better followers of Jesus. In this series, we’re observing what this looks like in the Bible and practical application of life. Jan 15 - Prayer Jan 22 - Worship Jan 29 - Sin & Temptation Feb 5 - Sharing Your Story Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Thursday, December 29, 2016
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White Elephant Christmas

Have you ever played a White Elephant Gift Exchange? The idea is that you find something at home you no longer want, wrap it up, then add it to a pile of gifts to be fought over by the players. If you’ve ever played with the experts, there are some pretty horrible things in those piles—maybe even the worst gifts ever. Maybe you’ve been given some frustrating gifts to unwrap this Christmas season. This series will help you to overcome those difficult gifts through... Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Thursday, December 1, 2016
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I'm Cool with That

Every Sunday in November, we are journeying through the Scriptures to learn how to be a more content person. Instead of constantly being frustrated in life, learn how, through the Scriptures, you can be cool with frustrations in life.   November 6 Jesus is the Only Thing That’ll Make You Content (Hebrews 13)   November 13 How can I be content when I despise _____________? (Philippians 4)   November 20 How to Stay Content After... Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Wednesday, November 2, 2016
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NEW: A Journey through 1 Peter

Series Description: The Apostle Peter reflects a spirit of freshness in Christ, even through suffering and trials. Christians were persecuted wide-spread by the Roman authorities, just as more and more Christians are persecuted worldwide today. This book is about a life of purity, of godly living, and an overall NEW perspective on life.   August 14—Awesome Day New Birth (1 Peter 1:1–12)   August 21 New Life (1 Peter 1:13–25) ... Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Monday, August 15, 2016
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Invite Your One

“Invite Your One” is a strategic system to unite Church of the Highlands around a common cause for every person in our faith family to bring at least one person to church with them on “Awesome Day,” August 14 th . In this series, we are analyzing what the Bible says about evangelism and inviting people to receive Christ.   July 17—Combined Service A Greater Work (John 14:12–14)   July 24 No Greater Time Than Right Now... Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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Be A Bringer

The last two weeks, we have seen people come to Christ in our Sunday morning services. I hope this does not brush past you gently. This means that if you bring people to church, there is a legitimate possibility that they will come to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior.   Here is a simple, applicable question: Who are you going to invite to come to church with you this Sunday? Is there that one person in your life and you keep getting that feeling in your heart that you should invite... Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Thursday, June 16, 2016
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Reaching Tons of People

We've had a phenomenal evangelism week. We've knocked on every door within one mile of our church, plus a couple of other neighborhoods. When we knocked on their doors, we said, "We're from Church of the Highlands and would love to know if our church can do anything to serve you."   We've had all kinds of responses: A shut-in elderly woman asked if someone would just sit there and talk with her because she was lonely. A 15-year-old boy asked if... Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Friday, June 10, 2016
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Identity Check

Who do you think you are? Your identity is much more than your family, job, and material possessions. If you’re struggling with your identity, this series will help you. This series will assist you in clarifying how the Bible teaches spiritual cleanliness and holiness, as well as freedom and wisdom. May 29—So Fresh and So Clean (1 Cor 1:30) June 5—Holiness (Jn 17:6–22) June 12—Freedom (Rom 6:1–14) June 19 (Father’s Day)—Wisdom (1 Cor 2:6–16) Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Sunday, May 22, 2016
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If anyone had an excuse to feel they lacked God’s favor in life and give in to the horrible things around him, Joseph was that guy. From being abandoned by family to being used by someone intimately interested in him, the odds were against him. However, he focused on God through his tough times and got through it with favor from the Lord. In this series, you’ll learn about Joseph’s life and see how you, too, can overcome temptation and trials, then experience the FAVOR of God. Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Monday, March 28, 2016
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Church Work Day | This Saturday

Building 100 Sweep & mop floor Dust/clean outside windows & doors Clean & polish stainless steel hotbar Building 200 Wax floor Clean the restrooms (mirrors, sinks, toilets, floors, stainless steel, polish) Clean sub speakers & stage Building 700 Pressure wash downstairs sidewalk Clean windows inside /outside Horse Arena/Pasture Organize & clean up trash Grounds Pressure wash sidewalks 100-200 Bldgs. Rake grass areas between 100-200 Bldgs. Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Wednesday, March 2, 2016
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Jesus Is . . .

Series Name: Jesus Is . . . Series Description: Jesus. There’s something special and supernatural about that name. What makes him so special and supernatural? In this series, you will learn about the nature and power of Jesus. You’ll see who Jesus is. February 21 Jesus is God (Mark 1:1–8) February 28 Jesus is Powerful (Mark 1:14–39) March 6 Jesus is Forgiver (Mark 1:40–2:12) March 13—Greater Things Finale Jesus is All About Relationships—Not Religion (Mark... Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Monday, February 8, 2016
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Lives Changed and We're Breaking Attendance & Giving Records!

This Sunday is our church's 3rd birthday as Church of the Highlands. Isn't it amazing to see what God has done and is doing at our church? Last night, a teenager in our student ministry told me he has been inviting one of his friends to church for several years, and she finally came last night, and she received Christ! This is what it is all about. This past Sunday, we had our best offering we've ever had for a non-emphasis Sunday. Our attendance was the highest it has been in the last six... Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Thursday, January 14, 2016
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Changes and New Initiatives

Highlands Family, This morning, I spent some time announcing some key changes and initiatives happening at Highlands. The video of me explaining all of this is at the bottom of this letter to you. 1) Today, we celebrated Betty Stiles’ 41st anniversary on staff. Praise God for her faithfulness! We honored her with a gift, and she was so thankful. 2) Scotty and Penny Marcum (Executive Pastor and wife) are beginning a process of moving to Nashville. Pastor Scotty came to me a few months... Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Sunday, January 3, 2016
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40 Days of Family

In this series, our pastoral staff is team-teaching about what a biblical family looks like, and some new strategies of how Church of the Highlands will equip all ages to grow closer to each other and closer to Jesus. January 3 A Vision for Family Ministry January 10 Marriage January 17 Parenting January 24 How did kids in biblical times learn about God? January 31 Teenagers in the Bible February 7 The Family of God Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Tuesday, December 29, 2015
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From the Pastor: End of Year Giving

  Dear Friend, What a year we have experienced together at Church of the Highlands! Could we have imagined God’s work in just under 365 days? Who could forget about how we surpassed 100 baptisms as a faith family this year. How can we measure the impact of so many kids engaging with God thanks to the most incredible kids and student ministry volunteers? We recently cleared ten acres of land atop our property to begin the methodical process of moving forward to build our new... Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Thursday, December 10, 2015
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Christmas at the Movies

Shopping, sipping hot chocolate, and wrapping presents aren’t your only traditions during the Christmas season. You watch your favorite movies! In this series, we will utilize some of your favorite Christmas movies as a launching pad into the Bible. November 29 You Don't Have to be Home Alone December 6 When Christmas is Not a Vacation December 13 A Christmas Story December 20 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Sunday, November 15, 2015
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Automate the Important

Church Family, Thank you so much for your generous giving. Because of your giving, we’ve been able to expand our ministries, facilities, and staff to reach more people. Last Sunday, we even got to baptize our 100th person since we re-planted as Church of the Highlands! Praise Jesus!   The last few weeks, you have heard our leadership and me talk about automated giving. We’ve been using the key phrase, “Automate the Important.” I write you this letter today to... Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Thursday, October 22, 2015
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Two Areas of Good News for Us

Church Family, I have two areas of good news for us! MOVING FORWARD ON OUR CAMPUS I received a phone call this morning that we can begin the initial stages of doing some preliminary site work on the side of our property where we will eventually build our new worship center. We will have the official permit to move forward on the site work (not construction) within a week or two, and have been given a verbal “go ahead” to do some preliminary things before getting the official piece of... Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Friday, October 2, 2015
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Ten Commandments

Like the ancient Israelites, God’s people today often receive the gift of salvation but remain enslaved to sin. The truth is, our behavior is merely a result of whom or what we worship. Our gods influence our priorities, values, morality, choices, and ultimately our eternity. This message series focuses on life under the protection, wisdom, goodness, and love of our heavenly Father who loves us. Here is what we’ll learn in this series: September 20 You Shall... Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Monday, September 14, 2015
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Weekly Word from Pastor Jeremy

Happy Labor Day Weekend! Online Giving If you are out of town this Labor Day weekend, remember you can always give online. It is simple and secure. Just click here to tithe online right now. Deacon Nominations I sent an email to the church family earlier this week about deacon nominations. I encourage you to click here and read it, if you have not already. If you want to nominate someone to be a deacon, feel free to email the name of the nominee to or you... Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Saturday, September 5, 2015
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Toxic Relationships

Having a hard time dealing with people? Are there folks in your life whom you love, but sometimes they drive you crazy? In this series, you’ll learn what the Bible teaches about how to deal with toxic relationships by studying the story of David and Saul from 1 Samuel 9-2 Samuel 8. August 23 Stay Loyal in Toxic Relationships (1 Samuel 9:2) August 30 Be Truthful (1 Samuel 15) September 6 Be Loving (1 Samuel 20) ... Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Monday, August 17, 2015
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Weekly Letter from Pastor Jeremy (August 6, 2015)

Hey Church Family, I am really pumped about a few key things going on in our church right now! 1. Ace Stafford, Student Pastor Last Sunday, our new student pastor, Ace Stafford, started his ministry here at Church of the Highlands. Our teens and volunteers are already building relationships with Pastor Ace, Chanetta, Jace, and Christina. 2. Awesome Day is One Week from Sunday Awesome Day is our annual high attendance Sunday that we have the Sunday after school starts. This is the time when I... Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Thursday, August 6, 2015
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I Love My Church

What does it look like to be a healthy member of Church of the Highlands? There’s more to it than showing up on an occasional Sunday morning, smiling, and singing. The Bible gives rich insight into how to live out your love for God’s local church. This series will teach you how to love your church!   July 12 Worship (John 4:19–24) July 26 Grow (Colossians 1:9–12) August 2 Serve (1 Kings 19:19–21) August 9 Go (Luke 19:10) August 16 Awesome Day Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Regarding Same-Sex Marriage

Editor's Note On Sunday, July 5, Dr. Roberts will preach a sermon about homosexuality. We will have one service on July 5th at 10:45. Dear Church Family, We are living in the last days. There is no doubt. Today, the Supreme Court of the United States made a decision (5-4 vote) to re-define marriage. This decision was the Roe v. Wade of marriage in our country. Now, in all 50 states, men can legally marry men and women can legally marry women. I'm writing you this letter today to... Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Friday, June 26, 2015
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Church Campout | June 26, 6pm | $2

  Smores, Outdoor Movie, and Swimming. We will set-up tents behind building 100, and then have a pancake breakfast in the morning. Email to sign-up and get more details. Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Saturday, June 20, 2015
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Restoring Ruined Dreams: A Series On the Book of Joel

In the days of Joel, four years of locusts swept through the Promised Land and ruined their dreams of living in a land flowing with milk and honey. Their dreams were crushed. Do you ever struggle with feeling complacent? A strong dose of imagery like we find in Joel might just do the trick of opening your eyes to the necessity of faithfully following after God every moment of your life in order to experience restoration from brokenness in the dreams of your life. Here is what we... Read More
Posted by Jeremy Roberts at Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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