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

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.

Oak City Cares Collection Done!

Our 4th and 5th Grade Wonder Kids are grateful for the congregation's support for their collection drive to support the ministry at Oak City Cares, a Raleigh non-profit organizing the community's efforts to end homelessness. They completed their work this week (on July 13) by delivering Highland's donations to Oak City Cares, which included a tour of their facilities. Well done, Wonder Kids!

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.

Confirmation is back!

After a long, pandemic-induced hiatus, these youth and their mentors are finishing their journey, exploring their own commitments to Christian faith. Please be in prayer our confirmands and mentors: Jack Brewer (Chuck Stuber), Kate Brewer (Joanie Loftin), Emma Dilley (Casey Troxler), Nathan Franklin (Kevin Flowers), West Goodman (London White), Anderson LaRocca (Seth Troxler), Anna Rose Shutt (Janet Stuber), and Paige Wilkinson (Whitney White).

Congratulations, Eagle Scouts!

Five scouts from Troop 357 earned the rank of Eagle Scout and were recognized for their accomplishments on Saturday, April 10, including Highland members Will Horn & Kennan Mottershead. Congratulations to James Stevens Dunn, Kennan Kirkwood Mottershead, William Henry Horn, Harrison George Brooks, and Samuel Vincent Shack.

Easter Sunday

Christ is risen! We celebrated our risen savior in worship outdoors in the parking lot and live-streamed from Bradley Hall.

Celebrating Another Great Year in the Garden

2020: Most productive year in Highland’s Community Victory Garden. We were able to donate over 2600 pounds of fresh produce to feed hungry people last year. We have an annual goal of one ton—2000 lbs. Some years we barely eke out the goal. During last year’s pandemic, we weren’t able to have our regular Saturday morning workdays. What to do!? Fortunately, God always sends someone to meet the garden’s needs. One of our regular volunteers, Eileen Taylor, created an online signup so that we could sign up as a part of a small group, or even solo, throughout the week to do necessary work. This may have helped our productivity, because we could keep the garden watered, weeded, and harvested more frequently.

Our garden’s mission: Service through donating food. Education, Sustainability, Community.  A challenge in 2020, but we did the best we could—and it was enough!

In addition to donating produce and hosting immigrants, Highland Community Victory Garden has a secondary goal, which is to be a demonstration garden, a teaching garden.  The garden is teaching us that creation is ongoing.  The work that has gone into the garden is a cooperation in Creation. The garden is God’s blessing.  Everyday, people from the community visit the garden on their neighborhood walks.  We hope that all those who work in the garden or simply walk through will find inspiration and encouragement.

Donations  of time and funds welcome.

Another Great Food Drive

Highland continues to fight hunger in our local community. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Food Drive on March 21 supporting Interfaith Food Shuttle!

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.