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Current Ways to Serve

Haiti Disaster Response
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is already on the ground in places like Haiti and Lousiana evaluating how Methodist disaster response teams can help these areas devastated by natural disasters. You can give directly to Haiti work here (International Disaster Response) or to areas impacted by Hurricane Ida here (US Disaster Response) or make contributions to Highland UMC with "Haiti" or "Ida" marked in the memo.

Helen Wright Center

Now is the time to plan for 2022 at Helen Wright Center for homeless women, a shelter providing both housing and training programs. Highland groups provide 8-10 meals through out the year - usually dinner on the third Monday of the month.  Right now HUMC groups, and sometimes individuals, drop off meals for 30. Impossible to predict how that will change with the continued COVID impacts, but the eventual goal is in person service to as many as 70. For now we are looking for commitment for up to 40 meals each month and the month you prefer to contribute. Is your Circle, Sunday school class, family or group of friends interested in preparing dinner (or part of a dinner) or contributing money to fund either meal preparation or food gift cards? Contact Barbara Knight (by e-mail or at 919-961-0464) by Sept. 15 to let her know of your interest.

Highland Community Victory Garden
People of all ages and skill levels are invited to join us in the garden on Saturday mornings. Contact Donna Wolcott for details about participating in our garden. This beautiful garden is maintained entirely by our gardeners (of course) and the donations it receives. If you would like to financially contribute to the garden's work, you can give online through Highland.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Like to knit or crochet? Come join our Prayer Shawl group as we prepare shawls for the ill or bereaved and enjoy a time of fellowship with one another. Though we are not gathering during the pandemic, the knitting continues! Interested? Questions? Contact Nancy Klein.

Raising Souls with Soles - Shoe Collection Drive

Join Highland's United Methodist Women and UM Women from across eastern North Carolina for a special mission project. Drop off your new or gently-used shoes (men's, women's, and children's sizes welcome) in the narthex at Highland (just outside the sanctuary) between August 18 and September 13.

It not only keeps shoes out of a landfill, but shoes are shipped to micro-entrepreneurs in developing nations who sell the shoes in their community to help lift themselves out of poverty. The project is also benefitting Partners in Ministry, a fantastic community ministry in Laurinburg, NC.

Questions? Contact Karen Copeland at 919-539-7854.

Celebrating the Garden

Highland's Community Victory Garden has finished its 10th growing season and has donated over 10 tons of fresh produce to the Interfaith Food Shuttle. The NC Conference featured our gardeners and their stories on Everyday Grace TV, a ministry of the Conference. Enjoy their feature of our beloved ministry!

Disaster Response

Highland's Disaster Response Team is a uniquely-equipped group of first-responders who are able to do tree work in areas recovering from severe weather events. Partnering with Avent Ferry UMC and led by Cullen Whitley, this group has helped families all across eastern North Carolina and are often some of the first folks called when disaster strikes. This group was recently featured in a video by our North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.

This group's work is on-going, recently including trips to Ocracoke after Hurricane Dorian. Interested in supporting their work or joining their team? Contact team leader Cullen Whitley.

Serving our community and the world in the following ways...

Feed      House    Welcome      Advocate

...and serving our church family in Christian love.


Outreach Team

The Outreach Team helps to coordinate and equip all the people of Highland to serve as Christ's hands and feet in the world.   Contact Rev. Amanda Bunce for more information.

Congregational Care

The Care Ministries team works to ensure members of the Highland community are cared for in times of need.  You can become part of the regular visitation team or be added to a call list to help when you can.  Contact Candi Scott to volunteer, or to share a request for prayer or visitation