HLPC Christmas Concert

HLPC Christmas Concert

Dear HLPC family,

For a number of years HLPC musicians have come together at Christmas to provide for us a night of celebration through music. These evenings have always been a tremendous blessing to the whole church.  This past Sunday night was no exception.  In fact, this might have been the best one yet. 

We were treated to fine instrumentalists, a great sounding bell choir, and wonderful vocalists to point us to the gift of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  It was also a joyful addition to have the extra musical instruments on loan from Houston County high school along our own Matthew Collins and friends who played for us.  It was just a great night at HLPC.  Thank you again to all who worked to not only bring us music but who also worked hard to arrange our reception that followed.  Another Christmas tradition here at HLPC. 

It occurred to me how much of a testimony to God’s grace the whole evening was.  Our music director had a new baby, one of our key accompanists had knee surgery, another vocalist fought cancer, and other members of the choir faced great family medical challenges.  Yet, God was gracious and blessed.  Much thanks to our own Elizabeth Weiss and her team who brought it together.

We are entering the home stretch of the Advent season. This Lord’s Day will be the fourth Sunday at which time we’ll consider Psalm 118 as part of our series, “Psalms for the Season.”  Then we anticipate our Christmas Eve Candlelight service at 5:30PM.  

As I close this Pastor’s Pen, let’s remember that for many the holidays are difficult. They remind us of loved ones who are with the Lord or of relationships that are strained or broken. This season can intensify loneliness and depression.  Let’s pray for the hurting even as we celebrate the Savior.

Your Pastor,


Paul Bankson

Paul was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and graduated from Auburn University in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration. It was at Auburn that he met his wife, Connie. They were married in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and moved to Jackson, MS where he attended Reformed Theological Seminary graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1991. Upon graduation, Paul served as a Campus Minister with RUF, the campus ministry of the PCA, at Tennessee-Martin where the Banksons lived for 5 years. They moved to Macon, GA in 1996 to work with RUF at Mercer University and then Paul joined the pastoral staff at First Presbyterian Church of Macon as an Assistant Pastor in 1999. In 2004, Paul and his family moved to Warner Robins where he served as a church planter and then organizing Pastor of Houston Lake Presbyterian Church. In December 2014 Paul completed a Doctor of Ministry degree through Reformed Theological Seminary of Orlando. Paul and Connie have three sons, Andrew (23), Stephen (20), and Matthew (15). Paul enjoys grilling, camping with his family, and Auburn sports (War Eagle!).