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

Thank you, Marcia!

What a wonderful morning of music that our church family shared on Sunday, May 15. Marcia Nance offered an organ recital (available for replay on our streaming site) and played some of her favorites through the 11:00 service. The reception afterwards in Bradley Hall was a wonderful time for the whole church family! We give thanks for Marcia's 44 years of service to Highland and wish her the very best in retirement. We're also grateful that she will continue to be part of this church family, joining the rest of us in the pews on Sunday mornings.

Congratulations to the Eagle Scouts of Troop 357!

Five scouts from Troop 357 were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on Sunday, May 15, at Highland. Among them was Highland's own Matthew Richards, whose eagle project brought us the wonderful picnic tables outside Bradley Hall. Congratulations to Matthew and your fellow Eagle Scouts!

Welcome to the family, Hannah Faye!

Sunday, May 8, we welcomed to our family of faith Hannah Faye White, daughter of London and Whitney White, through baptism. We promise to show this young child God's love and help her grow to be a disciple of Christ. Amen!

Confirmation 2022

We celebrated with six youth who made their profession of faith in our worship services on Sunday, April 24: Peter Baucom, Gracie Brewer, Julia Dilley, Noah Earp, Evie Goodman, and Kenley Myers.  Many thanks to the mentors who sponsored them and walked through the whole Confirmation journey with them.

Collard Fest 2022

It was a beautiful Saturday morning in the Garden and a great turn out for this year's Collard Fest! We celebrated 13 years in the Garden and enjoyed delicious plates of collards and cornbread. Keep up all the wonderful work Gardeners!

Dinner with the Disciples

Several families enjoyed the hospitality of first-century disciples telling the stories of journeying with Jesus, that Good Friday, and that first Easter morning. They sat around low tables and enjoyed typical middle eastern fair, asking disciples their questions. Many thanks to Amy Takahashi and the Children's Ministry Team for hosting and organizing this wonderful event!

Alleluia! He is risen indeed!

What a wonderful Easter weekend! Preschoolers hunted for eggs on Saturday morning and the church was full of wonderful music and praise on Sunday!

Introducing Bill Shelton

SPRC is very happy to announce that Mr. Bill Shelton has agreed to become our organist beginning the first of June, since our dear Marcia Nance will be retiring on May 15.
Bill has served several churches of different denominations around Raleigh over the past 30 years, including Hillyer Memorial Christian, Good Shepherd Lutheran, Hayes Barton UMC, and North Raleigh UMC. His background in music includes courses in music theory, music history, and organ at UNC and studying organ privately there with Paul Korczak. He also studied piano with Ann Listokin at Salem Academy.
Bill is not only an organist, but also has worked for IBM for 42 years. He has a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences from UNC and a Master’s certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. For Bill, there is a math and music connection!
Bill is very excited about joining our staff and getting back to his Methodist roots. Please welcome him when he joins us in June.

Confirmation Retreat 2022

We give thanks for our confirmands and mentors and for their opportunity to spend a weekend on retreat at the Trinity Center in Salter Path, NC.

Habitat Work Begins

In just one weekend, the walls are up and the work is well underway on this year's Habitat for Humanity house. Here's a picture from the kick-off at the work site, including many folks from our build partners in the Interfaith Coalition.

Pretzel Sunday!

Children and parents gathered in Bradley Hall last Sunday to prepare for the season of Lent with crafts, games, and making soft pretzels. Many thanks to Amy Takahashi and all those who helped to make it happen!

Youth Winter Retreat

In spite of having their winter retreat cancelled in January, our youth managed to hit the slopes and get out on the ice for President's Day weekend fun in the NC mountains. Many thanks to Neil Smith for pulling together a second-chance trip with such short notice and to the adults who chaperoned and helped make it all possible: Charli Hiatt, Mel Holt, Kevin Quick, Chuck Stuber, and Christine Taylor.

Sharing the Love

UMW Circle 7 made Valentine's at their February meeting for special brothers and sisters in Christ. We are grateful for all the ways that our United Methodist Women share the love of Christ!

Another Successful Food Drive

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to our food drive for the Interfaith Food Shuttle on January 30. We filled the church minibus once again with contributions -- over 600 pounds!! --from church members and many people from our local community. A big thank you also to volunteers who helped at the food drive in chilly weather.

National Hot Chocolate Day

Highland celebrated a fun and beautiful afternoon by sharing cups of hot chocolate with students and neighbors in our community. Roughly 140 cups of hot chocolate were shared, along with love and well wishes for folks in our community. Many thanks to those who helped to make it possible!

Highland's Parlor Updated

As we rang in the new year, Highland's parlor had a little work done: removing old, peeling wall paper and adding a bright new paint job. Many thanks to Tom Lamb and the Trustees for helping to keep our facilities looking great!

Our Journey to Bethlehem

Thank you to everyone who helped to share the Christmas story with our community at the Journey to Bethlehem living nativity on Sunday, December 12.

A Wonderful Morning of Music

Thank you to the Highland Choir and all the musicians who helped to perform Mark Hayes's Magnificat in worship on Sunday, December 12!

'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.

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!

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 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.

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.