September 2020
September 2020 Newsletter
Greetings from Elder Chuck Ramsay...

Happy September everyone!

Well now it’s September. That feels good to write and say. The seasons are still changing. Usually the Texas State Fair would be in starting up at the end of the month. School is now rocking along in some fashion or the other. We have spent the last few months learning about Zoom meetings galore. Now the children may Zoom ‘into’ school for who knows how long. Yet, the seasons (and time) are changing as God so wills it. The only thing that seems to be constant is that there is always change. But as Christians, we do not worry-or at least we should not. God is in control we are not.
The Biblical book of Ecclesiastes is a favorite of mine. It is down to earth and written for real time application-right now. Ecclesiastes 3 is a favorite chapter and very well known. The rock group The Byrds did a song about it back in the 1960's. I remember it well. Reread it if you don’t remember it. That chapter speaks of a “time for everything”. There a “time to be born and a time to die”. There is a “time to tear and a time to mend” and so on. Later on in verse 15 it states: “Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before and God calls back the past.” 

In other words there is not much new under the sun. I have often imagined what it would be like to have been alive during the Civil War. It must have been awful. Who do you trust? Families were divided amongst themselves. There's political and racial unrest. Food shortages were prevalent. Infant mortality was high. An infection would easily kill you. Life was cheap. Sound familiar? Our present confusion, uncertainty, fear and strife will pass-just as the seasons are changing now. Ecclesiastes 3:4 says there is a “time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.” I don’t know about you but I am ready to laugh and dance. It is coming. Count on it.

-Elder Chuck Ramsay
In-Person Worship: Reserve Your Attendance
The Lake Highlands Presbyterian Church will open its doors for In-person worship service on Sunday, September 13th. Let us know you're coming by reserving your attendance via the LHPC EventBrite page. Please see the link below. Future reservation dates will be added on Monday afternoons of the week prior.







***Important things to note: No nursery or childcare services will be provided at this time. Temperatures will be checked in the parking lot prior to entry. Hand sanitizer and masks are available if needed. The Sanctuary will be first come first served, and overflow will extend into the Choir Room, and Shelton Hall, where service will be live-streamed. Seating will be determined upon factors such as time of arrival, room capacity, and socially distanced measures. If you or your family have been exposed to COVID-19, please continue to view the service at home via live-stream. 

If you have any questions or require additional accommodations in filling out the EventBrite form, please reply to this email, or contact the church directly.

Contact-less Giving
Thank you for your continued support of the Lake Highlands Presbyterian Church! As a reminder, online giving is available on our website.


Join the Discussion
On August 11 at 7 pm, we will begin a book study on Race in a Post-Obama America: The Church Responds by David Maxwell, lead by Luther Harris via Zoom. We ask that you read the first chapter and be ready to discuss. You may either purchase the book on your own or the church will provide you a book, you will have to pick it up from the church. 

Please fill out this form to reserve your book.  Sign up for the Discussion Here!
 
Women In Faith
Book Study: Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
(These gatherings start at 7:30 p.m. via Hollie Higgins' personal ZOOM account)
Please contact hollie32@tx.rr.com for details.


  • Thursday, Sept. 3 – part/chapter 1
  • Thursday, Sept. 17 – part/chapter 2
  • Thursday, Oct. 1 – part/chapter 3
  • Thursday, Oct. 15 – part/chapter 4
  • Thursday, Oct. 29 – part/chapter 5
  • Thursday, Nov. 12 – part/chapter 6
Not Too Soon to Mark Your Calendar for...

  • 2020 Christmas Season: The 7 Days of Christmas – A Season of Generosity (Dec.) by Jen Hatmaker
  • Thursday, Dec. 3 – chapters 1-3
  • Thursday, Dec. 10 – chapters 4 & 5
  • Thursday, Dec. 17 – chapters 6 & 7
  • Teaser: preparing our hearts as we steer into a season spiritually marked by tenderness but economically marked by great excess
  • LHPC Women’s Christmas Party - Date TBD. More details as we get closer to date, including if in person or virtual. 

2021 Possibilities
  • A new year, a new skill. Strengthening relationships. Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life (come solo or with significant others); would be book + workbook; Cindy Engel and Elizabeth Kent indicated interest in shared facilitation of this study
  • Summer overnight trip with Enneagram workshop and maybe calligraphy (?); potentially end the overnight with a take-away, grow forward book The Path Between Us  
  • Small group: Potentially a small group to commit to a season (time TBD) around the premise behind the book The Year of Less.

Youth & Children's Ministry
Help Celebrate September Birthdays!s!

Looking for something meaningful to do during the month of September? Consider making and mailing cards to those at the Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home located in Denton. A simple card is so meaningful to these kids.
 
Coming Soon!

We are all missing several things the way things were. The Christian Education Team has heard families request for more Sunday School options for Kids. Starting the Month of September, we will be offering a weekly video lead by many people from our Lake Highlands Presbyterian congregation. Our first series will be on The Beatitudes. We look forward to offering ways for you to learn as a family! 
Save The Date: World Communion Day


On October 4th we will celebrate World Communion Sunday, joining in Holy Communion with those around the world. To celebrate our church family coming together for this Sunday, we are creating a table cloth to use on the communion table that Sunday. 
How can you help us? Find your favorite piece of fabric, it can be anything from superheroes to flowers, cut out this pattern from it and return your fabric to the church the week of September 27th. More information on drop off will be available in the following September E blasts. 

Family Corner
At this point of 2020, families have spent a lot of time together. Some of this time will be cherished forever, some of it might be spent wondering what to ask or do together. You are invited to utilize these cards to start new and exciting conversations. 
Member Announcements
Missy and Mike Rodgers are pleased to announce the marriage of their son (grandson of Ralph & Jan Gifford), Evan Rodgers to Mali Macmullen, on Saturday, August 1, 2020.

A private ceremony was held for the family and wedding party, with hopes for a bigger celebration next year!
Stay Connected!
Keep up with all things LHPC on Facebook & Instagram
Join Perryn every Wednesday at 3 pm for a special mid-week word!
September 2020 Calendar
Many public events at the church in September have been cancelled. Please see our calendar at www.lhpres.org if you have a specific inquiry of an event. Also, follow us on Facebook Our Facebook Page and on Instagram: @lakehighlandspresbyterian for additional updates.
 Contact Information
  You may contact LHPC staff at the email links below, or call the church office, 214-348-2133.
 
  Senior Pastor-The Rev. Dr. Perryn Rice perryn@lhpres.org 
 Director of Music Ministries- Derrada Rubell-Asbell derrada@lhpres.org
 Director of Youth and Children's Ministries-Leanne Kerner  leanne@lhpres.org 
  Child Development Center Director- Ashley Beakey ashley@lhpres.org 
Organist- Will Varner
Property Manager- Reiss Metheny reiss@lhpres.org
  Treasurer- Bob Palmer palmer@lhpres.org 
 Assistant Treasurer- Maureen Ramsay maureen@lhpres.org 
 Administrative Assistant- Fiera Smith fiera@lhpres.org