Update Regarding COVID-19

Highlands Family,

God's blessing upon you as you try to do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus by practicing the social distancing and safer at home practices that have been recommended.  For many of us this has been a time of great trial as the effects of this pandemic have touched our health, our jobs, and our dearest relationships.  It has brought uncertainty and hardship unlike many of us have ever experienced.  It has also given us the opportunity to put our faith into action by putting others best interests ahead of our own as we seek to protect those who are most vulnerable to the worst effects of COVID-19.  We pray for the people who have become sick and those who have had loved ones die during this pandemic.  We also pray for the medical professionals, first responders, and other essential workers who are putting themselves in harm's way to serve us.


We continue to prayerfully consider our response to the pandemic and steps we need to take to make our assemblies safe, recognizing that many of our fellow church members and neighbors are at a greater risk of experiencing the severest effects of this virus.  We recognize that one of the purest ways of demonstrating our love for God is to demonstrate our love for our neighbors by not potentially contributing to the spread of this coronavirus.  Because of our love, we believe it is best that we not assemble together in person again this coming Sunday and that all other in-person activities for the coming week be cancelled.  Videos will again be produced that will be available on the Church website (www.hcofc.org) for your use in your private worship, study, and devotion.  


We ask that you continue praying for us as we make decisions regarding the gathering of the church and adjustments that will need to be made to help prevent spreading the coronavirus to one another and to our guests.  Like you, we want to come back together as soon as possible.  We gather as a church to offer love and worship to God as a community of believers, a Christian family.  We long for that day when we all will be together again.  In the meantime, we give thanks to God for the technology that makes it possible for us to connect and worship together online.  Though not ideal, it is a gift from God for such a time as this.    


If you need communion supplies for your Sunday worship, please call the church office and they can make them available to you.  Also, remember to take advantage of the online giving tool posted on the Church website to make your weekly financial offering to God.  We are thankful for all those who have set up an online account and are making your offerings using this tool.  Forty-four accounts have been set up over the last five weeks and almost $17,000 has been contributed through online giving.  And for those who are dropping your offerings off at the Church building, thank you also for your faithfulness.  The work of the Highlands Church of Christ continues through this time of social isolation and your generosity is blessing those we have been able to help.


We will update you on May 7 regarding assemblies for the week of May 10.  In the meantime, continue to pray for God's mercy on all who have been impacted by the pandemic, keep up with your daily Bible readings and personal study and meditation, and reach out to your Christian brothers and sisters and your neighbors, helping them as you have opportunity.


We leave you with these words from Ephesians 4:29-32: “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word that will give grace to those who hear.  Do not grieve the Holy Spirit, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.  Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”   

May God's grace & peace be with you.


Merle Farris, Bob Walmsley and Craig Smelser

Jesus is the center.

Jesus is central to everything we do. We sing, pray, and preach in His powerful name. Our past, present, and future are centered on Jesus Christ. Our purpose on this earth is to make much of Jesus Christ.

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

Colossians 1:16-17