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

Worship is the Work of the People

It takes dozens of people to make worship happen at Highland every Sunday. We gathered on September 8 to learn all the ways each of us can do our part.

Back to School Celebrations!

Children & youth celebrated the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year on Sunday, August 26, including Promotion Sunday for Sunday School and afternoon parties for all ages.

Welcome Kevin Quick, our new Handbell Director

Kevin completed his bachelor's degree at NCSU (psychology and sociology with a minor in music). He is currently in Divinity School at Duke, with a goal of entering full-time music ministry in the United Methodist denomination. He has been a member of the Raleigh Ringers for 5 years, and plays several instruments as well as singing tenor in the Duke Chapel Choir. His enthusiasm for music is contagious!

Welcome Winston Holloway, our new Technical Arts Specialist

Winston grew up in Raleigh, attending Ravencroft School before heading to Davidson College, taking a year internship with ESPN, and finishing his Bachelor's in Communications at NC Central University in May. Winston completed his summer Taste and See internship and we are thrilled that he will remain at Highland as a Technical Arts Specialist. He will provide staff oversight for our streaming ministry as well as the audio/visual components of our worship services. As this role is only several hours each week, Winston will also begin a new job this fall as a sales and marketing associate for a social media archival start-up in Durham.

Scholarship Presentations

Congratulations to Adam Mottershead, Abigail Bugger, Allyson Nowell, and Junko Takahashi who each received scholarships for collegiate studies through Highland scholarship funds. Charlie Stuber presided over the presentations during 11:00 worship on August 5.

SLAM (Students Living A Mission)

Last week, middle school youth from Highland, Millbrook, and Hayes Barton United Methodist Churches partnered together for a week of service, fun, and fellowship here in Raleigh. Rev. Sarah Fletcher and six Highland youth had a fabulous time serving, laughing, and making new friends!

Highland Service Project 2018

Another great year at HSP! We celebrate the service and dedication of all our youth and adults volunteers who spend the week sharing Christ's love through their work.


On Sunday, July 22, we celebrated the beginning of our Renovation and Renewal construction work with a groundbreaking & blessing, followed by ice cream for everyone!


A group of Highland youth and three brave youth leaders spent the weekend camping at Stone Mountain State Park, July 13 - 15.

The Seekers Class also enjoyed a weekend in the mountains, courtesy of the Mackenzies.

Congratulations, Amanda!

Amanda Nunn was commissioned as a Stephen Minister at Millbrook UMC on Sunday, July 15. We are thankful for opportunities to partner with other Methodist churches across the connection and are proud of Amanda's work and passion for ministry.

Highland Members in the Media

In its July issue, Walter Magazine featured volunteers with the Triangle Radio Reading Service, including Highland's Bob Kruger.  Click here to read the article and learn more about this community agency's work, where Bob has been volunteering for over 30 years.

Walter Magazine's May issue featured the local business opened by Highland member Jill Rossi. Click here to read about the Devilish Egg,  Jill's creative venture in central Raleigh.

VBS 2018 was a huge success!

Over 210 children enjoyed a week of songs, games, crafts, science, laughter, and learning about Jesus!  A huge thank you goes out to all the youth and adult volunteers who helped to make such a fantastic week.

A Word of Thanks from Ann Pearce

Thank you to all HUMC members for the June 24th reception in my honor as I retire from being your Director of Handbells. The refreshments, including a beautiful personalized cake, were plentiful and tasty. The flowers added to the celebration quite nicely. Experiencing this ministry with you for the last 31 years has been a huge part of my life. I thank you and all staff members with whom I have worked for the opportunity to serve Christ through the unique musical expression of handbells. It's important to note that I would not have been able to function in this capacity without the loving support of Irv, as I made my way over to church for over 1,116 Wednesday night rehearsals! Also, you must have noticed that he and other family "roadies" toted many heavy handbell cases and tables on scores of busy Sundays! Of course, the most important persons in this whole endeavor are the ringers. Their dedication to HUMC's music program and their passion to play music, not just the notes, continued to amaze and make me feel truly blessed. And finally, thank you for my monetary gift. It was a sweet surprise and is very much appreciated.
Joys abound,

Ann Pearce

Congratulations to Jane Gray!

Jane was recognized on June 22 for her six years of service on the Board of Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC).  She is pictured here with LANC Executive Director George Hausen.

Celebrating the Ministry of Ann Pearce

We are so grateful for the 30+ years of Ann's leadership as our handbell director and wish her all the best in her retirement.

Annual Conference & Sarah's Ordination

We celebrated with the North Carolina Annual Conference in Greenville, NC on June 14 - 16, concluding with the Ordering of Ministry Service which included Sarah Fletcher's ordination as a deacon in full connection.  Congratulations Sarah!

Clothing Closet Blessedly Full and Serving Our Community

Thanks to our volunteers who helped sort and organize clothes for distribution to the community members on Tuesday, June 12.

Congratulations to our high school graduates:

Gabriel Adamson - Southeast Raleigh HS, plans to attend University of Alabama Huntsville
Aidan Cronin-Hudgins - Broughton HS, plans to attend University of North Carolina
Benjamin Franklin - Cleveland HS, plans to attend North Carolina State University
Faye Gant - Crossroads FLEX HS, plans to attend Western Carolina University
Sarah Louise Johnson - Broughton HS, plans to attend High Point University
Adam Mottershead - Enloe HS, plans to attend Western Carolina University
Lee Murray - Broughton HS, plans to attend East Carolina University
Anne Lacey Seaton - Broughton HS, plans to attend North Carolina State University
Edward Shutt - Broughton HS, plans to attend University of North Carolina
Junko Takahashi - Riverside HS, plans to attend University of Richmond

Highland also celebrates with recent college, masters, and doctoral graduates:

Lori Baber, BS in Nursing, UNC
Sarah Crawford, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Methodist University
Allison Cummings, MD, UNC School of Medicine
John Griffioen, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, NCSU
Paige Harrelson, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, NCSU
Erik Hawks, Associate of Applied Sciences in Forest Management, Montgomery Community College
Betty-Shannon Prevatt, PhD in Psychology, NCSU
Courtney Bryant Prince, PhD in Religion, Vanderbilt
London White, MBA, NCSU
Cameron Wood, MD, VCU

Inter-generational Mothers' Day Choir - May 13, 2018

Team Highland: Plane Pull for Special Olympics NC

Congratulations to the team from Highland for their strong showing in the Plane Pull for Special Olympics NC. (Ryan Lockett, Paul Langfield, Jacob Goodin, Mackenzie Mims, and Chuck Stuber)

Celebrating Marcia

Highland celebrated Marcia Nance's 40th anniversary as our organist on Sunday, May 6, 2018, with a morning of wonderful music and a beautiful reception after worship.

Representing Highland in our Community

The Highland UMC Community Victory Garden was proud to participate in the first-ever pollinator celebration sponsored by the Glenwood Community Advisory Council on Saturday, April 28. It was a great chance to meet neighbors who shared stories of their connections to the garden. Former Lacy students fondly reminisced of their third-grade Earth Day tour of the garden. Several neighbors mentioned how much they enjoyed visiting the garden as a place to relax and contemplate nature. A disabled gardener was happy to hear of the elevated beds and sweet potato-planting to come soon. Because we're known for our sunflowers and sunflowers are pollinator magnets, we passed out sunflower seeds. Let's hope we see a lot of sunflowers in the neighborhood this summer!

Congratulations to the Glenwood Advisory Council on a very worthwhile event, well-envisioned and carried out.

Rise Against Hunger 2018

On Saturday, April 28, over 90 volunteers at Highland packed over 37,800 meals with Rise Against Hunger.  In Highland's history with this amazing hunger-ending agency, we've packed over 340,000 meals.  We're looking forward to more opportunities to fight hunger and future meal-packing events!

"On Top of Spaghetti" - Fun and Fellowship for a Great Cause

Highland Winds hosted a fundraiser dinner, "On Top of Spaghetti," to raise funds for our Rise Against Hunger meal-packing event.  Wonderful music was provided by Highland Winds, our Bluegrass Band, and our Children's Choirs.  Thanks to Jo Anne Swartz and her team for a great night!

A Day to Celebrate: April 15, 2018

A wonderful day at Highland, including Confirmation, the Library Book Sale, the HUMRingers at 11:00, and an afternoon concert to benefit UMCOR.