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As a family of faith, we celebrate together the many ways that we are blessed and seek to bless others.

'Tis the Season!

Highland began the season of Advent with Hanging of the Greens in both our worship spaces and an Advent Workshop, featuring Advent wreath-making and creating Care & Share baskets for some of our older members.

Garden Gratitude

During our regular Saturday morning workday on Nov. 13, we had two blessings that are keeping us smiling and grateful. First, we received a thank you note—and a generous donation—from Murphy, the Garden Dog. Murphy walks his master past Highland’s Community Garden most days, and always gets a warm welcome from any gardeners.  Here is Murphy’s note:

Dear Peas on Earth Volunteers,

Thank you for creating a welcoming environment for me and always giving me pets. I enjoy seeing you all every week and appreciate all you do for me and those in need.

Sincerely, Murphy the Garden Dog.

Soon after Murphy’s visit, two women were following their regular morning walking circuit, which takes them by the Garden. It being a blustery morning, a folded $20 bill landed in their path. When they got to the Garden, they donated this heavenly apparition to us. Our garden guru, Cullen, had once given the Grand Garden Tour to a grandson, and so the gift came back to us.

Church… Community… Victory... Garden... Highland. Each a blessing and part of something bigger. When we start gardening again in 2022 near Valentine’s Day, please join us. That would be a mutual blessing, for you, for the garden, for the community, and for the people who need our produce.

Welcome Hannah

We welcome Hannah Faye White, daughter of London & Whitney White, born on November 9. Her church family is looking forward to meeting her!

CROP Walk 2021

17 folks from Highland (and 3 dogs) walked the CROP Walk on the beautiful fall afternoon of October 31. Team Highland has already raised over $1400 for Church World Services' global hunger relief efforts, as well as the ministries of several local hunger-fighting agencies.

Thank you, Matthew!

Matthew Richards chose for his Eagle Scout project to construct a group of picnic tables for Highland's use. We are grateful to Matthew, his scout peers, and his project mentor Tom Lamb for their wonderful work!

Trunk or Treat

Highland welcomed the community to another great Trunk or Treat on Friday, October 29! Many thanks to everyone who donated candy, everyone who decorated a trunk, and our Children's Ministry Team.

State Fair Winners

Congratulations to the Highland Community Victory Garden for another award-winning year at the NC State Fair. This year's prizes at the State Fair include another blue ribbon for our trombone squash (this is becoming quite a tradition!), a second place ribbon for our Asian persimmons, and the "Most Unusual Edible Vegetable" prize for our King Kimbu Prize Southsea Salad Tree (Bell Tree). Congratulations to all our gardeners for another fantastic growing season!

Enjoying Music in Worship

On Sunday, October 17, we enjoyed at the 11:00 service the return of the Highland Orchestra and the music of guest musicians the Cardinal String Quartet, students with the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute.

Fall Festival!

On October 10, we enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of games, food, pumpkins, and a food drive to support Interfaith Food Shuttle. Many thanks to organizers and volunteers for making it happen.

Welcome Hattie!

We welcomed Hattie Pierce to the Christian family through the waters of baptism on Sunday, September 26. We look forward to helping her grow in faith and in her love of God for many years to come!

Sleep Out to End Homelessness 2021

Ten families camped out on Friday, September 17 -- half at the church and half pitching tents in their own yards -- to raise awareness of local homelessness and to raise fund for Family Promise of Wake County. It's not too late to give to their effort! Contact Amy Takahashi to contribute.

Welcome Sarah Evelyn!

Highland is pleased to welcome Sarah Evelyn Jarvis onto our staff as Assistant Business Administrator. Sarah Evelyn is a North Carolina native, a UNC graduate twice-over, and a Certified Public Accountant. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and painting. A life-long Methodist, Sarah Evelyn and her husband Connor are members at Church on Morgan in downtown Raleigh. If you're in the church office during the week, stop by, introduce yourself, and welcome Sarah Evelyn to the Highland family.

Facilities Updates - September 15, 2021

Why are there cranes in front of the church this week?

T-Mobile is one of the cellular carriers that rents space in our steeple for cellular tower equipment. When they needed to upgrade that equipment last fall, the size of their new antennae proved larger than previous ones and the decorative louvers on the steeple no longer fit. T-Mobile agreed to install new louvers that would adequately cover their equipment, work that was delayed until this week.

And the breezeway is closed too?

Welding, sandblasting, and waterproofing work is being done to continue repairs to the canopy in the church courtyard. This area and associated entrances should be reopened by Friday.

A Beautiful Night on the Lawn

We held our first outdoor family movie night of the fall on Friday, September 3, and welcomed several families from our community. Plan to join us on the first Friday of the month in October & November and invite a friend or neighbor's family too!

Harvest Time

Our Community Victory Garden has already donated over one ton of fresh fruits and vegetables to the Interfaith Food Shuttle through the Plant-A-Row for the Hungry program....and there's still a couple months left in the growing season! You can join in the harvest on Saturday mornings at 9 AM -- all are welcome!

Youth Group Kickoff

Their pool party got rained out the previous week, so Highland's youth kicked off their fall together with dinner, games, an epic game of dodge ball, new t-shirts, and ice cream.

Back to School!

Our children & families celebrated the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year with crafts, music, ice cream, and fun on Sunday, August 22. Thank you to everyone who contributed school supplies for local children in need!

Giving Thanks for Disaster Relief Ministries & Our "Tree Team"

We are grateful for the continuing work of Highland's Disaster Response Team led by Cullen Whitley & Hal Barnes. The chalice and paten presented in worship on Sunday, August 22, were crafted from trees cleared from the storm-ravaged island of Ocracoke and serve as an ongoing reminder of this team's work and the work of all who serve in areas affected by natural disasters.

Highland Service Project 2021

We are grateful for another great year of the Highland Service Project and the hard work of our youth and adults building beds for children in need in our community. Enjoy the video recap of their week! (YouTube removed the music background, but you can still see all the images.)

You can also see some of Highland's work on the Facebook page of our ministry partner Sleep in Heavenly Peace.

Vacation Bible School 2021

Compassion Camp was a huge success, with a smaller crowd to be outside and safely gathered, but with big heart! Kids learn about how to share God's lovingkindness while playing games, doing crafts, singing songs, hearing Bibles stories, and having fun together. We are grateful for the awesome team of youth and adults for their wonderful work all week and for the leadership of the amazing Amy Takahashi.

City Servants 2021

City Servants is Highland UMC's middle school youth mission week. This year on June 14-17, fifteen youth and several adults partnered with community clothing ministry Note in the Pocket, repaired a community member's deck, cleared brush at church member's home, and worked in Highland's Community Victory Garden. (They also had a lot of fun and enjoyed a trip to Wet 'n' Wild at Emerald Pointe.)

Congratulations, Janet!

We celebrate Janet Baucom's ordination as a deacon in full connection on Friday, June 18. You can watch the full ordination service here. (The services starts at around 25:00.)

"Many thanks to all the folks at Highland who have supported me through the long ordination process. I'm honored to serve this wonderful family of faith." ~ Janet

Congratulations Graduates!

Lea Bross - attending NC State
Lyndon Cope - attending UCLA
Pheobe Ellison - attending Georgia Tech
Emma Franklin - attending UNC
German Gonzalez - attending Wake Tech
Sadie Heiller - attending ECU
Carter Mills - attending Wingate University
Kennan Mottershead - attending Appalachian State
Jason Pendleton - attending Wake Tech
Emma Steiner - attending NC State

Alex LaRocca - BA in Communications Studies, Appalachian State
Allison Morgan - Master of Divinity, Duke University & Master of Social Work, UNC
Genieve Nunn - BS in Business Administration, UNC Charlotte
Sean Richards - BA in Electronic Media and Broadcasting, Appalachian State
Vaan Tuang - BS Mechanical Engineering, UNC Charlotte
Man Nem Vung - Masters of Education in Curriculum Administration in Elementary Education, Liberty University

Come, Holy Spirit!!  A Day of Celebration

Pentecost was a joyful and Spirit-filled day for the Highland family. We welcomed six young people as confirmands (with two more to come in the weeks ahead) and gathered as a church family for food and fun at a Pentecost Picnic.

Got Solar? Highland Does!

A process several years in the making, we are pleased to announce that Highland's solar grid has been connected to the utility grid and linked to the church's system to help offset our electricity usage. Many thanks to our Green Team that helped envision this work as Highland seeks to be a better steward of resources and of God's creation.