Highland Park Presbyterian Church

Leading all generations into a transforming relationship with Jesus.

Our ultimate goal is not to be a beautiful church, or a big church, or a church that is growing so we can feel good about ourselves. Our mission is to be a Jesus church, where people of every generation are finding the joy, hope and transformation of life in Christ.

Mission: Leading all generations into a transformed relationship with Jesus for the flourishing of our city and world.

Download the Bible in One Year app, print out the guide, or sign up to get daily emails that will walk you through Scripture along with helpful commentary. Find the best way for you to dive into God's word at hppres.org/bible.

With bag pipes and the procession of our many tartans, or family plaids, we had so much fun celebrating our Scottish heritage on Sunday! Want to know more about our Presbyterian church history? Visit tartansauthority.com/tartan/tartan-today/the-kirkin-o-the-tartan.

The halls of Dunbar Elementary rustle with the echoes of children rushing to their classrooms. A few times a week, a group from Highland Park Pres meet students in a room upstairs with scattered tables and book cases overflowing with exciting reads. When the clock strikes 11:30, third graders scurry into this room to find their Reading Buddy and explore the pages of a new book. This has become a highlight of their school days as they excitedly ask when the next Reading Buddies time will be.

In Dunbar Elementary’s neighborhood, families are struck by the realities of poverty. One of those being more than 58% of third graders do not read at grade level leading to a perpetual cycle of poverty. When Mark Nall heard of these statistics, he was convicted to help this area just 20 minutes away from our own neighborhood.

“I know the value of education in children, and I wanted to help others learn, especially inner-city kids," says Mark, who has had two reading buddies over the past couple of years. “Now, I’m reading with Ladarren. He's eager to learn, has a great attitude, and disposition. I pray for Ladarren and our time together. I have truly been blessed by my Reading Buddies.” Through the one-on-one time spent reading with these third graders, test scores have increased by 37% showing a tangible difference in the life of our city,

There are plenty of volunteer spots open to help kids sharpen their reading skills needed to escape the cycle of poverty in South Dallas. Sign up for Reading Buddies now to make a lasting impact on a child’s life and the future of our city at hppres.org/reading-buddies.

Watch Sunday's message at hppres.org/messages.

Anchor is an intergenerational gathering of women that seeks to be anchored in God’s truth and in relationship with one another in order to live out God’s call in the world. Ladies will be meeting Wednesday mornings, 9:30-11 am, for fellowship and to dive into God's word starting February 12. Can't make it Wednesday morning? Join Anchor Expanded on Tuesday evenings. Find out more at hppres.org/women.

Small Groups in 60 Seconds

God transforms us significantly through being in community with other followers of Jesus. Small groups help us see the church as less of a building and more of a family to which we belong. Find a group to connect and grow with at hppres.org/groups.

To honor our Scottish heritage, we celebrate Kirkin' o' the Tartan with bagpipes, drums, and kilts during our Sunday service. This tradition dates back to 1941 as Presbyterian churches in America commemorate their Scottish roots. "Kirk" is the Scottish word for "church". A tartan, with their distinctive plaid, represent specific Scottish clans or families. The Kirkin' O' The Tartans is the presentation of a Scottish family's symbol, its tartan, at church for blessing.

After Scottish forces were defeated by the English in 1746 in the Battle of Culloden, the wearing of tartans and the playing of bagpipes were strictly forbidden in Scotland for many years. Wearing or displaying of tartans was punishable by death. During this time, some Scots wore concealed pieces of their tartan when they attended church and would secretly touch their hidden tartan cloth as the minister offered a blessing.

Join us this Sunday at 8:45, 10, or 11:15 am as we remember the rich history of the Scottish church and celebrate its traditions.

It's not too late to start, or pick back up, new year's resolutions! Follow along with the The Bible in One Year reading plan that walks you through Scripture and helpful commentary along the way. Each day you will receive a Psalm or Proverbs reading, a New Testament reading, and an Old Testament reading. You can follow along in daily e-mails, in the Bible in One Year or Bible apps, or with a printed reading plan. Find out the best way for you to dive into God’s Word at hppres.org/bible.

Lake Highlands Church Plant Announcement

Bryan Dunagan and Charlie Dunn took the stage together this past Sunday to share some exciting news! Learn more at hppres.org/lake-highlands

“I believe I was at a starting point,” Lilly Sigrist described as she wrapped up Starting Point. The course is a three-week class about how to be involved at Highland Park Pres, experience what it’s like to be part of a small group, and have an opportunity to become a member of our church. She stumbled upon the course at a pivotal time in her life, one where she was questioning her life’s purpose and relationship with God.

Growing up, church was a egregious once-a-week experience. Within her family, there was little conversation of God at all, and once sports got in the way, the weekly routine paused indefinitely. Throughout high school, though, Lilly attended weekly chapels and was taught the importance of faith and service. She sought to follow God’s calling of stewarding her time and gifts for the betterment of the community.

As an adult, these core values started to slip from Lilly’s life as she was traveling often for her job. Time at home was precious, and her priorities shifted inward. Discontent with where her life has taken her, Lilly wanted a change but didn’t know where to begin. When her dad fell ill, she flew to be with him as he underwent various tests and treatments. During the breaks, Lilly would walk by a nearby chapel feeling oddly comforted and convicted to make some bold steps toward faith.

An unexpected email from Highland Park Pres’ Parents Day Out program appeared in her inbox—she had forgotten that she had put her daughter on the waitlist over a year before. “I told myself every week that I was going to church and never did,” Lilly said. “Now they were inviting me.” She knew in her heart that God had opened this opportunity for community, and she took a step toward where God was calling her.

Are you wanting to get connected, find a small group, and join our church family? Find out more about Starting Point at hppres.org/starting-point.

By dedicating one lunch break a week to reading with a child at Dunbar Elementary School, you can make a community impact that will last for generations. Find out more at hppres.org/reading-buddies.

New to Highland Park Pres? Register for Starting Point, our 3-week course about how to get involved. Each week features a shared meal, a time to learn about our church's beliefs and structure, and discussions in small groups. Our first 2020 course starts this Sunday, January 26. Sign up now at hppres.org/starting-point.

Do you know anyone asking questions about faith or wrestling with doubt? Invite them to come try Alpha, a friendly, open, and informal space to explore the basics of the Christian faith. To register you and a friend for Alpha, visit hppres.org/alpha.

This Sunday, our Front Lawn and main Sanctuary entrance is temporarily inaccessible. Please enter on the east side through our new Connector. Make sure you check out all the updates at transform.hppres.org/news.

We know that reading Scripture is the best way to learn about who Jesus is and to grow in our faith. But the Bible is a big book, and it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to start reading. Download the Bible in One Year app, print out the guide, or sign up to get daily emails that will walk you through Scripture along with helpful commentary. Find the best way for you to dive into God's word at hppres.org/bible.

Hunter Rees had long held an adoration for his Jewish faith. Studying Hebrew and diving into the rich tradition of Judaism was something that never ceased to excite him. As he continued to study, he found himself drawn to the the New Testament and the story of a Jewish man named Jesus.

When he moved to Dallas, a friend connected him with a local pastor to discuss more of what the New Testament entailed. He was invited to Alpha, an opportunity to explore life, faith, and God in a friendly, open and informal environment. Hunter’s first thought was that he could bring his expertise to this conversation, but what he later would find out is that he would see faith through a whole new lens.

Learning about Jesus in light of his Jewish background transformed Hunter’s heart. Upon hearing the gospel, he realized that the stories he grew up studying were fulfilled by Jesus’ death on a cross—it was not negating Hunter’s Jewish background, but fulfilling the promises of the Old Testament. Hunter continued to study Romans and identified with Paul’s words, being transformed by this renewed identity. Finding a home at Peak Street Church, Hunter was surrounded by community as he was baptized and proclaimed Jesus as his redeemer.

“I’m not the author of this,” Hunter describes. “I’ve experienced real life grace and am so grateful to see how God has been working throughout my life.” Alpha’s talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of Christian faith in a friendly, open, and informal environment. If you are interested in registering for Alpha, visit hppres.org/alpha.

This year we're committing to reading all the way through the Bible with our Bible in One Year plan. Begin anytime by visiting hppres.org/bible to download the app, print out the guide, or sign up for daily emails that walk you through Scripture with helpful commentary.

Alpha

Alpha is an opportunity to explore life, faith, and God in a friendly, open and informal environment. It is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, run over ten weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. No question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish. Find more about Alpha or sign up for our next series beginning Thursday, January 23, at hppres.org/alpha.

[01/10/20]   Highland Kids needs you this year! From singing silly songs to teaching the stories of the Bible, serving our kids is a great way to show the love of Christ to the next generation. Sign up now at hppres.org/serve.

Since the disastrous storms of last October that brought tornadoes and harsh winds, much of Dallas suffered as homes, churches, businesses, and schools were destroyed along the way. We are overwhelmed by everyone who has stepped up to provide financial support to our city during this tumultuous time. Because of you, $220,000 has been raised to support our neighbors impacted by the storms. Thank you!

It's not too late to start, or pick back up, new year's resolutions! Follow along with the The Bible in One Year reading plan that walks you through scripture and helpful commentary on the way. Each day you will receive a Psalm or Proverbs reading, a New Testament reading, and an Old Testament reading. You can follow along in daily e-mails, in the Bible in One Year or Bible apps, or with a printed reading plan. Find out the best way for you to dive into God’s Word at hppres.org/bible.

Due to the damaging winds, hail, and tornadoes that hit many parts of our city causing severe destruction, Primera Iglesia Bautista, the First Mexican Baptist Church of Dallas, was shook with the reality of this disastrous storm. Many families in their church body were forced to move to new areas, floundering to find a new normal during the chaotic aftermath.

Our Disaster Relief team has been in communication with Pastor Ricardo Brambila about how we can best support our neighboring church family. Since many parents couldn’t afford Christmas gifts for their children this year, we reserved some of the disaster relief funds for Christmas presents for those affected by the storms.

On December 16, Primera Iglesia Bautista families gathered in a room adorned with Christmas decor to feast as a group of Highland Park Pres members wrapped gifts in the rooms next door. Throughout the night, Christmas music was played and the children built gingerbread houses with members of our team. This event sprouted a connection that crossed over cultural and denominational lines as we celebrated the birth of our king, Jesus!

“This has been a huge help to the families that have been displaced by the storm,” Pastor Ricardo Brambila explained as he ushered over 200 people into the Christmas-themed dining hall. “We have been so thankful for HP Pres during this time!”

There is still a great need for help around Dallas. The best way to do that is by continuing to pray for those affected in our city and visiting hppres.org/disaster-relief. Here, you will see that we have set up a fund to assist with tornado relief in our city and service opportunities that are updated regularly.

Next Door: Moving into the Neighborhood

Last Sunday, Bryan threw on a red cardigan and sang us a familiar tune. Find out why at hppres.org/messages!

Kick off the new year with Highland Kids & Students! Join us January 15 for food, games, and a chance to hang out with friends, new and old. Learn more at hppres.org/highland-kids or hppres.org/highland-students.

There are a few changes happening around our campus this month! Make sure you check out all the updates at transform.hppres.org/news.

Join us this Sunday at 8:45, 10, or 11:15 am for our first sermon series of 2020, Next Door, as we dive into what it means to follow Jesus’ example in loving our neighbors. Learn more about Sundays at hppres.org/sundays.

We know that reading scripture is the best way to learn about who Jesus is and to grow in our faith. But the Bible is a big book, and it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to start reading. The Bible in One Year reading plan offers an easy to follow plan that will walk you through scripture, along with helpful commentary on the way. Each day you will receive a Psalm or Proverbs reading, a New Testament reading, and an Old Testament reading. You can follow along in daily e-mails, in the Bible in One Year or Bible apps, or with a printed reading plan. Find out the best way for you to dive into God’s Word at hppres.org/bible.

Happy New Year! As we kick off 2020, Highland Park Pres is here to help you grow in your faith. We’re asking everyone to commit together to spiritual growth, and to create a Growth Plan to help decide what your next steps in your spiritual journey should be. No matter where you are on our Growth Pathway, we’re all moving forward together as a church family. Make your Growth Plan at hppres.org/growth.

We have been blown away at how God has been working this past 10 years in the life of Highland Park Pres! How have you been transformed through our family of churches in the past decade? Share below or tag us in your favorite 2010s HP Pres memory!

Baptism Celebration

As we reflect on our last 10 years, we saw an overwhelming amount of kids and adults decide to follow Christ, and then proclaim that to the world through the powerful sacrament of baptism. We thank God for everything he has done in and through Highland Park Pres and so excited to see all he will do in the next decade! Are you interested in taking the next step in your faith journey? Learn more at hppres.org/baptism.

In the past decade, we have seen tangible difference in the life of Dallas. Since we started Reading Buddies in 2012, the weekly visits dedicated to reading have helped kids struggling in school increase their test scores by 22%, have better confidence on their ability to succeed, and reach for higher goals as they dream of their future. This simple act has aided in breaking the generational cycle of poverty in areas like Mill City in South Dallas. Find opportunities to serve our city at hppres.org/serve-city.

We have hit some big milestones in the past decade at Highland Park Pres. In 2016, we celebrated 90 years of ministry as a church family! God continues to grow and stretch us to be transformed followers of Jesus for our city and beyond. Everything we do is about helping people find and follow Jesus. Learn about Vision 100, five milestones we’d like to reach by our 100th anniversary in 2026 to continue to advance God’s mission for HP Pres, at hppres.org/vision.

In the last 10 years, Highland Park Pres has welcomed a number of incredible guest speakers to our campus! Between Tim Keller, Bob Goff, and Gary Haugen, we have been immensely blessed by the teachings of these leaders. Make sure you don’t miss John Ortberg, author of Eternity in Now in Session, who will be visiting us Sunday, February 2, 2020. Learn more at hppres.org/sundays for more info about Sundays at HP Pres.

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Small Groups in 60 Seconds
Lake Highlands Church Plant Announcement
Alpha
Next Door: Moving into the Neighborhood
Baptism Celebration
Christmas at HP Pres - 5 pm Lessons and Carols
Primera Iglesia Bautista Thank You
Christmas Eve at HP Pres
Carols at HP Pres
Hunt Aerial December 2019

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Join us for worship this Sunday at one of six services on campus or live stream at 11 am CST. hppres.org/attend

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Monday 08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 20:00
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Thursday 08:00 - 20:00
Friday 08:00 - 20:00
Saturday 09:00 - 15:00
Sunday 07:30 - 19:00
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