Hello friends –
The Season of Creation continues this week with Wilderness Sunday. Our text will be Mark 1:9-13 – Jesus baptism and 40 days in the wilderness. 

Have you ever been to one of the truly wild places in the United States? I’m not talking about “glamping” or backyard adventures, although those are wonderful. I mean going to a place in God’s creation where there are no permanent human residences, no roads, no utilities and you feel like you are the first human being to ever be there - a place where the only sounds are those of your own breathing, your feet on the ground, the wind in the trees and the animals making their way. In the wilderness the divine brushes against our skin and we discern the will of God.

Worship continues to be ONLINE ONLY. The service will be live-streamed here: https://youtu.be/xc0ktYevpiw  Once the live-stream is finished you will be able to watch the service any time. If you are having problems finding the service on the YouTube channel or need any assistance accessing online worship, please let the church office know and someone will contact you to help.
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 is a Hebrew word meaning peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity,
welfare and tranquility. 
These things I pray for you.  
A few important announcements:
  • HPCC needs 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.
  • HPCC is always in need of certain items year round: toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags (33 gal.) We have an Amazon Gift List available where you can select items and have them sent straight to the churchhttps://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/262CNO3ZB2DUD/ref=cm_wl_huc_view 
  • If you use Amazon, please consider designating HPCC as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile. Go to: https://smileamazon.com, select Highland Park Christian Church as your charitable organization and HPCC will receive 0.5% of the amount purchased every time you shop.
  • The colder temps the last week were a reminder that we need to prepare for fall and winter. During these difficult times, the expense of buying a warm coat may be more than some can afford. Please consider donating a warm coat to the Clothes Closet (children or adult). Although the Clothes Closet is not currently open, we will make sure people who contact the church and need a coat are helped.
  • During the pandemic the Disciples (p.k.a Deaconesses) have continued to reach out with calls and cards to our home-bound and those in nursing facilities. As soon as it is safe to do so they will resume in person visits and sharing communion. If this is a ministry that you would like to be part of, please contact Jeanne Williamson.  
  • The DMARC mobile food pantry will be at the church again Thursday, Sept. 24th from noon to 2 p.m. Please stop by if you need food – be sure and bring an ID.
  • Did your property sustain damage when the derecho hit central Iowa August 10th? If so and you live in Polk County, you are eligible for FEMA assistance. See below for information on how to apply and click on the image to get started.
  • All worship services until further notice will be online only and can be found on the church YouTube channel. YOUTUBE PRO TIP: If you subscribe to the HPCC YouTube channel the worship service will be available immediately after the live-stream finishes, otherwise it can take a while for it appear. You will need to create a YouTube account in order to subscribe. Also, if you found the worship service meaningful, please comment, give it a “THUMBS UP” and/or share it with others.
  • Youth group, Clothes Closet and Welcome Table are cancelled until further notice.  
  • The church elders are 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.
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