“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God - what is good and acceptable and perfect… For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function…” Romans 12:2,4

Hello friends –

Before you read any further, take a minute to sit quietly and pay attention to how your body feels – where does it feel strong, where might it ache or feel tight, and are their parts that are needing your attention or healing? 

What did you discover? I am always a little surprised when I take time to listen to my body – I notice the places I feel stress and the places that are comfortable. And when I really look closely and think about all my body is still doing while I am still, I marvel at the complexity of God’s creation. The air moves through my lungs, my blood pumps, my brain synapses fire, my body processes nutrients – all those things that need to be done and I don’t have to think about them happening. You could call them my essential workers because they are the members of my body that I am acutely aware of when they stop working but take for granted when they carry on unnoticed.  
In several places in the New Testament we read the analogy of the body and the many members with different functions. This week in worship we will consider Paul’s words to the Romans in chapter 12, verses 1-8 and what it means to be “One Body”. 

Worship will be ONLINE ONLY and LIVE and will be available at this link: https://youtu.be/Pt5sdhOVEKM  Once the live-stream is finished the service will be available on the HPCC YouTube Channel for you to watch at your convenience.
Also, we will have a congregational meeting in the church parking lot on Tuesday, August 25th at 6:30. Unfortunately we need to replace the broken air conditioner which cools the church offices, north hallway and two restrooms. The proposal is to pay for the replacement out of the Emergency Maintenance Fund and members of the church need to approve the expenditure. Ballots will be distributed that evening and absentee ballots can be obtained through the church office. Details can be found in a separate email sent to members.

As always, I am praying for all of you and your well-being. Please reach out to me if you have questions or concerns or just want to catch up.
Shalom,
Heather
515-681-9369
heather.hpcc@gmail.com
Shalom is a Hebrew word meaning peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity,
welfare and tranquility. 
These things I pray for you.  
FYI
  • The DMARC Mobile Food Pantry will be at HPCC on Thursday, August 27th from noon - 2 p.m. All are welcome to come and receive fresh and packaged food. Two volunteers are needed each day. Contact the church office if you can help.

  • We need sanitizing wipes to keep the building clean and safe. Contact the church office to make arrangements to drop off any you are able to donate.
Reminders…
  • All worship services until further notice will be online only and can be found on the church YouTube channel.
  • Special events, youth group, Clothes Closet and Welcome Table are cancelled until further notice.  
  • The church elders have been calling folks to check and see how everyone is doing. When an elder calls you, be sure and let them know if there is anything you need. If you have not heard from an elder, send an email to joan.hpcc@gmail.com and make sure we have your current contact information.
  • The HPCC prayer list and critical prayer concerns are being shared via email. If you would like to receive these emails or have a concern to share, please contact Pastor Heather or Joan via email.
  • No one is in the building on a regular basis, so please use email to contact the church staff. 
  • Although we are not currently able to use the church facility as a group, the expenses to operate the facility and maintain staff continue. If you are able to support the church through your giving, contributions can be sent to the church office or through the Givelify app on your smartphone or tablet. You can also establish an automatic bill pay through your bank so your offering comes to the church every week even when you cannot.
Highland Park Christian Church
515.244.3182
joan.hpcc@gmail.com