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Community Celebrations

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

Confirmation Retreat

Our Confirmation Class had a great weekend on retreat at the Trinity Center at Salter Path, NC.  We did five weeks of lessons in one weekend, and still managed to find time to worship, play, and enjoy the beach!

Thank you from Joyce Faucette

I appreciate all of the prayers, food, flowers, cards that Highland showered me with during my weeks of heart related surgery and recuperation.   A sincere thank you to all.

Peace and blessings,

Joyce Faucette

Thank you from Janet Mahoney

Thank you for all the cards and prayers on our behalf for Mabel Groditski’s passing. I continue to be blessed with the outpouring of love and kindness from Highland folks. When I reflect on the way Mom made it look so simple and natural to live a Christian life, I am so thankful for having her in my life for so many years. Listening to others tell me about how she touched their lives, brings joy to me at a time when it is certainly difficult to feel joy. So thank you, all, for allowing the sun to shine through during these cloudy days, by sharing your kindness and God’s love with me.

With gratitude and love,

Janet Mahoney

Lenten Lunches

Our first Lenten Lunch of the season combined with the Highlanders and their guests, the Cardinal Singers, for a wonderful time of worship, food, fellowship and music.

A Poem of Thanks

I want to tell you about Family Promise
A lot of our members worked on this
So I wrote—you might call it a poem—about it
To thank all who helped make it a hit

The set-up team was great
And managed to create
Some comfortable places
Out of our classroom spaces

Many thanks to the drivers of the vans
Who faithfully followed detailed plans
They got everybody to where they needed
Day after day, their routes they repeated

Let me tell about the meals that were prepared
These all showed how much Highland cared!
The providers made tasty dishes galore
Everyone ate well, and came back for more

The overnight hosts provided conversation
It was fun to exchange cordial information
And share warm feelings with our guests
To find out about our mutual interests

The kids and the children’s activity had great results
Who had more fun, the kids or the adults?
They made sculptures from Play Doh and blankets galore
Shared in the awesome bonfire, and played bingo and more

We also must thank our Scout Troop
They were a hard working group
And showed up for k.p. duties every night
Cleaned up the dishes and set things aright

Finally the clean-up team races
With mops, sponges, and brooms
To return the guest spaces and places
Back into Sunday School classrooms

Now you too can be heralded in a poem, what a thrill!
Write down on your calendar the twenty-ninth of April
And join us for the next round of Family Promise
Then I’ll write about you in a poem, just like this.

Flu Kits - Assembled!

Circle 1 and United Methodist Women assembled 365 flu kits for Alliance Medical Ministry on Monday, February 12.  Thanks to everyone who contributed materials for the kits!

Clothing Closet

Our Clothing Closet served approximately 25 families, including ESL students, when it opened on January 11, as well as providing additional donations for Love Wins Ministries.  Thanks to everyone who has donated clothes, all the volunteers who helped distribute clothes that day, and to the Missions Team for helping provide new shelving and storage for the Clothing Closet!

Circle 1 show love to Veterans

Circle 1 met on January 8th to make Valentine Cards for the veterans at the Durham VA hospital. Eight ladies enjoyed snacks, conversation and laughter, and released their inner child to make 58 cards.

CROP Walk 2017

We are so grateful for everyone who supported and participated in the 2017 Greater Triangle Area Crop Hunger Walk!  Seventy (70) Highland members and friends came out on Sunday afternoon to join in this joyful community event.  Together we have raised over $9000!

State Fair Winners

The Highland Community Victory Garden has won 15 ribbons at the 2017 NC State Fair!  They won ribbons for everything from our Cobra Squash (pictured), the "Most Unusual Shaped Vegetable" (not a sweet potato); to "Most Unusual Edible Vegetable (Mushroom Plant), and bitter melon.  We celebrate with everyone who contributed to another great year in the garden.

Bake Sale is a Huge Success for Backpack Buddies

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who helped support the UMW Bake Sale on October 6th!  Whether you baked, volunteered, or bought baked goods, you helped raise over $4,100 to support our Backpack Buddies ministries.  Thanks also to the faithful team of women who made it possible: Effie Ann Clayton, Toni Downey, Joyce Faucette, Jill Mills, Ann Morgan, and Carol Thomas.