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NEW SERIES ~ TIME CHANGE

 

Hey Highlands Family,

You do not want to miss the service this weekend at Highlands!! God continually reminds me that His Hand of Favor is on our church. I’m going to share with you some very EXCITING NEWS!! I hope you will make it a priority to get to a Highlands service this weekend. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night!! Yes, it’s a signal that springtime is almost here. YAY!!!!

Along with the announcement, I’m launching into a BRAND NEW SERIES called “COFFEE WITH BENEFITS.” Nothing is better in my world that a hot cup of coffee with a friend. This is a series about friendships and how life is so much better when we have trusted friends to share it with. I honestly believe that for many of you, this has the potential to be the most significant message series of the year, and it could impact your life for years to come. Because, if we get our friends right, the right friends set us up for success in every area of our life.

NOTICE: During the second weekend of “COFFEE WITH BENEFITS”, every person at every service gets an awesome FREE T-SHIRT!!! They will only be given away on March 14th and 15th!! You must be present to get one!! Continue Reading…

FACETIME

Hey Highlands Family,

I’m right in the middle of a series called FACE TIME! It’s been a fun series dealing with topics such as, “FACE TIME WITH OUR KIDS”, and “FACE TIME WITH THE ONE YOU LOVE.” This weekend I’m teaching on, “FACE TIME WITH YOURSELF!” I’m excited about this message and I hope you’re planning on coming to one of our weekend services. It’s true, before you can help others, you have to help yourself! Come this weekend and learn from God’s Word how God desires to bless us in amazing ways.

I hear it’s going to be a little chilly this weekend, but don’t worry, we will be having hot coffee, fresh doughnuts, and plenty of warm smiles at every campus! This weekend will be a perfect time to bring a friend to church because it’s going to be too cold for them to do anything else!! I don’t know about you, but I’m singing, “IN SUMMER” in my mind!!

Here’s the best reason to come to church this weekend – Because God is going to capture the hearts of His people as we sing and enjoy a time of rich connections and friendships!! Who knows, maybe you will have a Fresh Expression of God this weekend!!

Can’t wait!!!!

 

NEW SERIES

Hey Highlands Family,

WOW!! Just a quick note of thanks for all the people you continue to bring to a Highlands Campus. Because you have been faithful to bring your “JUST ONES”, look how God has responded to your obedience!! We had an overall increase in attendance of 46% for this past weekend!! In 2014, we had 2910 people attend in total at all of our locations. This past weekend, we had 4235 people attend! That is an increase of 1325 people!!!!! The best part of the whole weekend - 8 people accepted Christ, and 3 people made their faith public through baptism! Only God could do this!!

I had the opportunity to visit our BRAND NEW WISE CAMPUS last weekend, and it was AWESOME!! 167 People in Attendance!! If you have unchurched friends in WISE COUNTY, invite them to be a part of the Highlands family at Wise!

Celebrate Recovery now meets at our Bristol Campus on Tuesday nights and is seeing growth with 37 more people attending this past Tuesday than in 2014. They had a total of 97 people there!!!  If you have a hurt, habit, or hang-up that you would like to have victory over, please consider attending CR!

THIS WEEKEND, I kick off a BRAND NEW SERIES called FACETIME!! Let’s face it, we all waste way too much time. Our faces are constantly glued to a television, a computer, or a smart phone. We spend our days liking things on Facebook and our evenings catching up on our favorite shows on Netflix. We go to bed with an iPhone in our hand, and it’s the first thing we grab when we wake up. BUT WHAT IF WE SPEND OUR FACETIME ON WHAT REALLY MATTERS? How much different would our lives be? So, come this weekend as we explore coming face to face with what matters most! This will be a great series to invite your family and friends to come along with you!

One last thought! Being Superbowl Sunday, almost everyone will be watching the BIG GAME. Many of you will invite friends over to watch the game. I hope you have a great time together!! These are people you enjoy being with and spending time together. Maybe, just ask the Lord sometime Sunday evening as you are enjoying time with your friends and family if this could be your future small group. Wouldn’t it be great to have people you love and enjoy being with growing closer to God? With our free Right Now Media app, we have the teaching aspect covered for you. All you have to do is be a host and find a place to get together. At Highlands, we believe God would have us grow larger and smaller at the same time. On the weekend, we continue to grow larger, but during the week, we grow smaller by encouraging you to get involved in a small group. I hope you will consider this challenge.

Check out our website at www.highlandsfellowship.com

Humbled and Honored to serve you during this season of my life!! I love you all!

Pastor Allen

New Year! New Times! New Series!

Hey Highlands Family!!

Thanking God for an incredible 2014 for our church!! God did so many great things, but the best part – 869 SALVATIONS!!! That’s incredible!! So grateful to be a part of a church family that believes in doing whatever it takes, (short of sin), to reach people far from God. As I’ve been spending some time seeking God, I honestly believe 2015 will be our greatest year ever at Highlands!! Would you be willing to pray with me for God to write His grandest story yet for our church in 2015!!

A few things for you to remember as we start a NEW YEAR:

1. NEW SERVICE TIMES – This week we shift our service times to 10AM and 11:15AM. Why? Because we are at capacity at the 11AM service time at all of our campuses, and this move will allow our church to grow in both services. Our Bristol Saturday night service will stay at 6:30PM, and our Wise Campus does not have a 10 AM service yet.

2. NEW SERIES – I’m starting a NEW SERIES this week, and it’s a great series to invite your friends and family who are far from God. In this series, I’ll be sharing interesting insights from conversations about how unchurched people view Christians.

3. NEW YEAR – Last week, a young man came up to me and shared his story. He said at the beginning of 2014, he decided to accept the challenge of truly putting God first in his life. His formula was simple:

  • Spend time in God’s Word daily
  • Be the spiritual leader of his family
  • Attend church regularly
  • Join a Small Group
  • Commit to giving 10% of his income to the church

He said that 2014 had been his best year ever! His family was closer. He had a new love for his church. He had developed true friendships in his small group, and his giving resulted in him saving more in one year than he had been able to save in the last 10 years!! His conclusion: God is truly a God of His Word and why had he waited so long to put Him first in his life.

How about your life? Are you living the life God created you to live or are you just surviving? My 2015 challenge is for you to put God to the test and accept this simple challenge – PUT GOD FIRST IN YOUR LIFE!! I promise, you will not be disappointed!!

I love our Highlands Family,

Pastor Allen

FROZEN WEEKEND!!

 

Hey Highlands Family,    As I write this email our church is riding one of the biggest waves of God’s Presence in our history! Almost 20,000 tickets have been given out for our FROZEN production this coming weekend!! I’m in AWE of all God is doing!! This is definitely the favor of God!! For a church to have 5 times its average weekend attendance in one weekend is unheard of!! That’s the reason I don’t want us to miss this opportunity God has brought our way!!

    First, I want to THANK YOU for inviting 1000′s of people. You have made the invite to all your family, friends, and co-workers and they are coming!! This is HUGE!! I’ve had so many emails from people that have shared about people they are bringing that have never been to a church service in their life!! This weekend you’re bringing the brokenhearted, the discouraged, the sick, the addicted, the lonely, the forgotten, the hopeless, and the list goes on. I honestly believe this weekend will change families, and eventually change communities by allowing those far from God to hear the message of HOPE that only God can give!!  One of the biggest temptations believers face when it comes to reaching people far from God is to give up. I get this, but in these times we must remember God has never given up on us, and maybe, just maybe this will be the weekend where they start a relationship with Jesus.

   Second, would you come early and love on all the people that will come? Bring a heart full of patience and peace and just help people see our church for who we are! At Highlands, we’re all about creating a church where imperfect people love to attend!! You may even have the opportunity to give up your seat for a person far from God to hear the gospel!! Bring your best attitude and smile a lot!!

  Third, I am begging you to pray for every service. We now have 44 services, and most of these are SOLD OUT!! I believe the enemy will fight every service. Pray for all of our volunteers, all the performers and characters in FROZEN, pray for walls to be broken down, and pray for me as I share the gospel, and pray that every person who needs Jesus will respond by either accepting Christ or at least be drawn closer to Him.

REMINDER: Doors open 30 minutes prior to each service. Your ticket will be taken at the door, and at 10 minutes before each service the service is open to all, with or without a ticket!!

   OKAY HIGHLANDS, PUT YOUR SEAT BELT ON, AND LET’S GO DO THIS!!!! THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST ONE EVER!!!!!

 

This Weekend!

Hey Highlands Family,

Do you ever get stressed, irritable, and worn out in the days leading up to Christmas? If so, then this weekend at Highlands is for you!! We have Ryan O’Quinn, a Christian comedian that will be helping me with the message! No kidding, it’s gonna be so much fun!! Ryan is originally from Grundy, Va., but for the past several years has lived in LA. Ryan works with Lifeway Christian Bookstores, and speaks in churches all across the country sharing God’s Love through humor. This is definitely a weekend to bring a friend or a family member!!

As I told you last week, I really believe God just wants me to encourage you in this Christmas Vacation series! We learned to LIVE a LITTLE last week. This week it’s all about, LAUGH a LITTLE, and next week, LOVE a LITTLE! My goal in this series is to provide you with the most JOY you have ever had during a Christmas season!!

Don’t forget to get your FROZEN tickets!! This year we are actually taking up tickets at the door to get you a seat. We’ve never seen anything like it before!! Thousands are coming to our church during FROZEN weekend!!

God is such an awesome God!!

I love our church!!

Pastor Allen

New Christmas Series

Hey Highlands Family,

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your family and friends!! Thanksgiving Day was amazing! I came down with some kind of sinus/flu bug, and have been a bit under the weather this week. The family all headed to my mom’s for Thanksgiving meal, and I stayed at home. While I’m wallowing in self pity missing the best meal of the year, it occurred to me I now had approximately 4 hours of complete quiet. Of course, the family dog, Oreo, kept me company!! Dogs are the best you know!! Those 4 hours became an interesting time for me as I thought about all the people in my life I am thankful for. I have an amazing family, incredible friends, and the joy of pastoring one of the greatest churches in the world!!

Honestly, I love the Highlands family and every time we are together, I realize how blessed I am. Thank you so much for CREATING A CHURCH WHERE IMPERFECT PEOPLE LOVE TO ATTEND!!

This weekend I get to kick off our Christmas Series called “Christmas Vacation.” My goal in this series is to help all of you have the most joyful Christmas season you’ve ever had. This is definitely a series that your unchurched, imperfect, family and friends would enjoy!

Don’t forget to continue to pray about your part in helping Highlands fulfill our vision that I shared last week. Many thanks to those of you who gave or made a pledge to fulfilling our “Just One, Continuing the Decade of Destiny” Vision!! We have extra copies of the Vision Book if you missed last weekend. You can pick one up at the Purpose Center or upload from from our website.

Don’t forget to get your FROZEN tickets soon. FROZEN at Highlands Fellowship will be at every campus and it is going to AWESOME!!

Looking forward to seeing you this weekend,

Love,

Pastor Allen

Weekend Update

Hey Highlands Family,

Can’t wait to see you this weekend!! God is doing amazing things in our midst! Every time the church gets together at each location, God’s love is there and lives are changed, hearts are mended, relationships are restored, and the list goes on… ONLY GOD!!

For the past few weeks I’ve been in a series called IN THE ZONE! All of us know what it means to be IN THE ZONE! In this series we covered how to get:

  • Our families IN THE ZONE
  • Our work life IN THE ZONE
  • Getting our life IN THE ZONE of God’s will.

This weekend I finish up the series with HOW TO GET our CHURCH IN THE ZONE!!

I’m looking forward to an incredible weekend!

I am going to share what I believe to be God’s VISION for our church!!

Pastor Allen

Time Change Weekend

Hey Highlands Family,

WHAT A WEEK! Man, I’ve been so excited to write this email all day! It’s been wild around our campuses with the stories and the excitement that came with the Walking Dead series! People came, people heard, and people’s lives were changed by the gospel. Excited to share with you some of the PRAISES just from last week!
  • 5 people accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior last weekend!!!
  • 2 people made their faith public through baptism!
  • We had almost 4000 PEOPLE at all of our locations last weekend!!! God is on the move people, all up and down the Appalachian Corridor.
  • Our average attendance was up 23% from 2013, with a total of 744 people attending more than last year!!!
  • Bristol Campus was up 22%, and THEY BROKE THEIR 1000 MARK with 1013 people this past weekend!!! WAHOOO BRISTOL!
  • Abingdon Campus saw an average attendance increase of 11%!
  • Abingdon Chapel also had an increase from last week with 51 people!
  • Johnson City Campus saw an average attendance increase of 42%, a total of 103more people than in 2013!!
  • Marion Campus ALSO saw an average attendance increase of 42%, a total of 92 more people than in 2013!!! THAT’s AWESOME!
  • Wise Campus continues to grow with 135 people attending for the 4th weekend since they launched! WAY TO GO WISE!!!
  • Online Campus saw an increase of 84% in attendance compared to 2013 on this weekend. They had a total of 334 people view the last weekend of the Walking Dead online!!
  • Our TOTAL ADULTS for this weekend increased by 979 people compared to 2013… That’s an increase of 45% compared to last year. Only God could have done that guys, only God!
This weekend we launch a BRAND NEW SERIES called “IN THE ZONE”! I can’t wait to see what God will do. I really believe this series will be a GAME CHANGER for our church as we move ahead to accomplish all God has for us to do!!

ONE LAST THING – DON’T FORGET TO SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK 1 HOUR BEFORE YOU GO TO BEDSATURDAY NIGHT!!
YAHOOO!!! an extra hour of sleep!!

Bring some friends and let’s look at how to get our families living “IN THE ZONE” this weekend!!

Can’t wait to see you!
Pastor Allen

Heaven

Hey Highlands Family,

The Walking Dead Series has been incredible!! You guys have invited hundreds of people to a service during these past three weeks. This weekend I’ll be finishing up this series with a message about HEAVEN! I want to ask you to invite unchurched, imperfect people to a service this weekend. Matter of fact, I believe as you read this short note, God is bringing someone to your mind that you need to invite. Take the risk and make the ask!! Who knows, maybe God will capture their hearts this weekend like He has so many others during this series.

Can you imagine getting to heaven one day and having friends and family coming up to you thanking you for the risk that you took to invite them to a simple service where they heard the gospel and made a decision to invite Christ into their lives – a decision that changed their eternity.

In my job, I’ve done well over 1000 funerals. During a funeral, the only thing that matters is did the deceased know Jesus or not. If they did, I’m able to comfort the family with this scripture: “To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8). If they did not know Jesus, there is no comfort I can give about their loved ones’ eternity, rather I encourage the living to know Jesus. During our series, the vast majority of us have concluded, while looking at the scriptural evidence, that we are living in the Last Days of the Last Days!! The truth is: Jesus could come for us at any moment. And the question we all must answer: Are you ready if He came for you today?

I am so humbled that God has given me the opportunity to offer the HOPE of the GOSPEL so you can know for sure that you are ready to meet JESUS – the one who LOVES you more than any other!!

“I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.”  (1John 5:13)

Can’t wait to see whose life God will change for all eternity this weekend!!

Pastor Allen

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