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

Monday Night Bible Study Recognized

Our Monday Night Bible Study group uses curriculum produced by Disciplers Bible Study, and Highland was recently featured in Disciplers' newsletter. We give thanks to Connie Williams, Rev. Bruce Taylor, and Rev. Dr. Alan Swartz who have all helped to shepherd this study over the past seven years.

HCC Celebration

Highland Children's Center families and staff joined us for dinner last Wednesday night to celebrate the good work they do in welcoming dozens of children every day and to celebrate the renewal of their 5-star certification. We began the evening with a performance from our combined children's choirs, which include a growing number of HCC kids.

Ash Wednesday

We began the season of Lent with a powerful time of worship together, featuring our HUMRingers and the Highland Choir. We give thanks for our musicians and the ways we can invite our community to join us for times of worship.

Author Kate Turner Pope

Highland was thrilled to welcome back Kate (Turner) Pope, children's author and non-profit founder who grew up at Highland. She was able to join us after dinner on Wednesday, February 20. She shared with children and adults her book The Giving Crusade, a book written to inspire children to help make changes in their communities and the world. We are grateful to the Library Committee for organizing this fun and educational event!

Love Is Something If You Give It Away

We're grateful to our children's choirs for their leadership in worship on February 17 and the special messages of love they shared with the congregation as part of their song.

Building Has Begun!

Our Habitat for Humanity house build began on Saturday, February 9, with framing in the warehouse and getting the walls up on our house. There's more workdays and plenty of ways to help: click here for more information.

Youth Winter Retreat

15 kids and 5 adults spent the weekend at Lake Junaluska, visited the Western NC Nature Center, and skied at Catalootchee in the Great Smoky Mountains. The weekend's theme came from Psalm 118:6, "Be Fearless."

Showing Love

UMW Circle 7 enjoyed making Valentine's cards for homebound Highland members.

Small Groups: Doing Life Together

Highland's small groups eat together, laugh together, and grow together.  Here's a shot of one of our small groups running the Krispy Kreme Challenge together! We celebrate all the ways that we are finding to share life together.

Cub Scout Pack 357's Pinewood Derby

Highland's scout ministry continues to thrive, as seen at our cub scout pack's Pinewood Derby on Friday, January 25. Congratulations to all who won their events!

Engaging in Service Together

After dinner, everyone teamed together to pack 60 hygiene kits for Church World Services, the same agency that sponsors the CROP Walk. These hygiene kits will be sent wherever in the world they're needed by people recovering from natural disasters.

Highland's Bach Festival

Many thanks to Jo Anne Swartz and the numerous Highland musicians who made the Bach Festival on Sunday, January 20, such a success!

UMW Recognizes Debbie Carroll

UMW co-presidents Jane Gray and Diane Racey presented Debbie Carroll with United Methodist Women's Special Mission Recognition pin at our 11:00 worship service on Sunday, January 20. UMW gives thanks for the ways that Debbie has served so faithfully at Highland and how her service has helped to further the growth and ministry of the UMW.

Our Cub Scouts are out in the Community!

Pack 357 has adopted a mile stretch of the House Creek greenway between Lake Boone Trail and Glen Eden Drive. Our second cleanup event took place on December 22nd. Boys & girls can join at anytime. We meet Tuesdays at 7 PM in Bradley Hall. Contact scoutingpack357@gmail for more information.

Epiphany at Highland

We enjoyed a chili dinner and ate "3 Kings" cake; our youth played Manhunt; children & families did crafts, played games, and enjoyed a special Epiphany story time with Pastor Amanda.

Elliott Fletcher's Baptism

Highland welcomed Elliott Smith Fletcher, son of Rev. Sarah & Andrew Fletcher, to Christ's church and to our church family through baptism on January 6, 2019.

Thank you, Highland

Highland Body of Christ,

God’s Church welcomes the lost, the least, the broken, the unloved, the forsaken, and outcasts. My season of ministry internship at Highland has given me a deeper love for the people of God and God’s Word.  Thank you for welcoming me to serve as a humble servant of Our Gracious Father. The power of prayer, study, discipleship, fellowship, and sacraments deepen our connection with our eternal Father, Jesus Christ Our Savior, and the Holy Spirit living within us.

May your lives proclaim Christ’s love to all you meet in each moment of your lives.  You can be Jesus to one who needs to be introduced to Him.  Love the Lord with all your heart and share the salvation promise that the Creator of All gives freely as a gift of grace.

May God’s abundant love and blessings be given and received.  May the peace and grace of Jesus Christ, Our Messiah be with you always.

In Jesus Christ’s Service,
Amanda Nunn

Celebrating the Season at Highland

Kuddos to Allison Moreau and Her Theater Colleagues

Highland's Allison Moreau, a junior at Sanderson High School, was interviewed by Raleigh's News and Observer in conjunction with her work on their theater group's award-winning performances of "26 Pebbles," a play portraying the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shootings in the Newtown, Conn., community.  Click here to read the article.

Words of Thanks

Dear Mr. Whitley,

I have experienced many days of trouble after the wind gusts of the most recent hurricane destroyed the tree which then demolished the home of my late mother. In great despair, not knowing how I would have this tree removed before being issued a citation, my only refuge was the Lord. God answered my prayers by sending "Angels," you and your teamto help me. Because of your genuine concern, prompt response, and outstanding efforts, I am no longer facing this problem. For that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Please convey my sincere gratitude to the rest of your crew: Tom Wolcott, Hal Barnes, Mike Mizelle, and David Hood. Your outreach ministry is a true example of Christian love. May the Lord bless you and your families as you continue to do His work.

Yours in Christ, Martha E. Burford

'Tis the Season

Highland folks are decking the halls and celebrating together the season of hope, peace, joy and love.

Our Very First Steward-ship Regatta

The Regatta was a fun activity for young and old and a chance to think about how we give our very best to God. Many thanks to Amy Takahashi for organizing and inspiring our crew!

Welcome to Rev. Amanda Bunce

Highland is pleased to welcome Rev. Amanda Bunce as our new associate pastor beginning January 1. Amanda grew up in Selma and attended UNC Wilmington, where she studied music. Having sensed a calling to ministry since childhood, she went on to receive her M.Div. from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. She then returned to North Carolina and has spent the last four and a half years serving as the lead pastor at two rural congregations, first in Robeson County and more recently in La Grange. Amanda loves bringing creativity to worship services and any opportunity to gather around the table, whether for Holy Communion or simply at the dinner table with friends. She has a heart for social justice and a passion for helping people hear the gospel story in fresh and imaginative ways. She’s a singer, a lover of music and film, a crafter of many mediums, addicted to coffee, a bit of a foodie, occasionally irreverent, a little nerdy, and a catmom of two. We look forward to having her with us beginning in January!

Family Promise Celebration

Another Family Promise mission has just ended
Highland UMC can again be commended
This extraordinary effort is a way for us all
To allow us, by our labors, to answer the call

We were glad as always to welcome the families to our church
Each guest contributed meaning to our lives and our faith
This poem can’t single out all the folks who helped out
But they can be proud of their work, of that there’s no doubt

There were food preparers who brought meals for our guests 
They worked hard to meet nutritional interests
Van drivers delivered passengers to their destinations
Not an easy job, we’re glad for their patience

There were the Boy Scouts, all of them winners
They came every night, and did k.p. after dinners
When some of the guests were stymied by citizenship phases
We had volunteers who helped navigate through those mazes

The overnight hosts were the glue keeping everything right
Some did double duty, spending more than one night!
And children’s helpers found a dozen ways to amuse the kids,
(In truth, the helpers had as much fun as their playmates dids)

We helped a young man prepare to start his new school
A little prep, some help with his clothes, and he was suddenly cool
Did I mention the bonfire and marshmallow roast?
This is become a tradition, our guests enjoy it maybe the most

Please, when we host Family Promise in the spring
Give it your time, your labor, your love,  your anything
Can you help set up, take down, cook, clean, or just talk to a guest,
Drive the van, spend the night, you’ll be glad---just give it your best!

- Janine Wood, Family Promise coordinator

Pilgrimage 2018

A group of Highland youth and adults joined peers from around the NC Conference for a weekend of worship and fun in Fayetteville, NC, November 9 - 11. Highland's group also enjoyed an afternoon of activities at Camp Rockfish.

Trunk or Treat 2018

Highland hosted friends and neighbors for our annual Trunk or Treat. In spite of the construction, we had a huge turnout and a wonderful night!

CROP Walk 2018

Highland's team of 77 walkers joined in the Greater Triangle Area CROP Walk on October 28. We received the prestigious "golden shoe" award for having the team with the most walkers! We've raised at least $3,700, though the final donations are still coming in. Many thanks to Lori Cole for her team leadership and enthusiasm!

Successful Conclusion to Habitat Fundraiser!

Thanks to a tremendous outpouring of support from so many Highlanders, a deserving family will have a home of their own this coming summer! We expect to meet fully our $32,500 sponsorship goal with money already contributed plus pledges made this past month. Donations continue to be accepted and all contributions exceeding $32,500 will be saved for a future sponsorship. Anyone needing additional gift acknowledgement cards can contact the church's finance office or Pat Cronin (croninp@earthlink.net). Information about the expected February groundbreaking will be shared early in the New Year.

Pumpkin Season

Highland welcomes customers of all ages to our pumpkin patch every year, including preschool and elementary school classes and returning customers who profess, "I've been coming here for my pumpkins for years!" Thanks to all the Highland folks of all ages who work shifts and help make the pumpkin patch happen!

Highland's Community Victory Garden places at the NC State Fair!

If you're at the State Fair this week, be sure to look out for Highland's prize-winning vegetables in the Expo Center. Congratulations to all of our Community Gardeners!

Disaster Relief Work Continues

Cullen Whitley and our disaster relief team spent Saturday, October 13 in the Wilmington area helping clear downed trees. We give thanks for their commitment and work!

Click here to join the team or donate to their efforts.

Pumpkins Are Here!

Thanks to everyone who helped unload pumpkins in the brutal heat on Sunday, October 7. Everyone is invited to help support the patch through the month of October, either by purchasing pumpkins or helping to work in the patch.

Pub Theology

We continue to gather on the second Tuesday of each month at Buffalo Brothers on Lake Boone Trail for an evening of food, friends, and great conversation about how we live our faith out in the world. We had 18 folks come out on October 9 -- join us next time!

Blessing of the Animals

Highland partnered with Unleashed Pet Store in the Lake Boone Shopping Center to host a Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 6. Highland children made homemade cat and dog treats that we shared with the many folks who brought their pets for a blessing. In addition to cats and dogs, we blessed a gecko, a python, and a guinea pig! What a wonderful way to reach out and get to know our neighbors!

Giving Thanks for the Ministry of Rev. Charlie Baber

Sunday, September 30 marked Charlie's last Sunday at Highland and the church family gathered for food, stories, and laughter to send the Baber family off as they move to Chapel Hill. We gave thanks for the Babers and to everyone who helped make the reception a special time for all.

Hurricane Relief - Red Springs, September 2018

We are grateful for the ministry of Cullen Whitley, who has promptly begun gathering folks and getting to work helping clear debris and remove trees from a hard-hit community.  We look forward to sending more teams in the weeks and months ahead.

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.

Groundbreaking

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!

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.