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

Highland Sanctuary's 50th Anniversary

Many thanks to everyone who participated and helped with our celebration on Sunday morning. We were blessed by the pictures and stories of so many people! As Alan encouraged us, share your witness! Tell your story!

If you weren't able to be present for the 11 service, here's the video that was shared during worship.

An Epiphany Party!

Sunday, January 5, we celebrated the Epiphany of our Lord with 3 guests who traveled from afar bearing gifts for an infant king. Children and their parents shared in king cake, crafts, and games after a visit from some wandering wise men.

Youth Winter Lock-in

Highland's youth kicked off the new year with an all-night event at the church on January 3. Thanks to the 5 brave chaperones who welcomed 23 youth for a full night of fun!

Moravian Love Feast

We continued our celebration of the Christmas season with a worship service from the Moravian tradition, a Christmas Love Feast. Thanks to Ellen Fortenberry for organizing it, and thanks to Jo Anne Swartz, the Highland Winds, and all our musicians for helping to lead the service.

A Year at Highland

Enjoy some images from this past year in the life of Highland UMC.

Scenes of the Season

Highland has been enjoying the sights and sounds of the season, wonderful worship, and joyous fellowship together.

Welcome Neil!

Neil Smith will begin at Highland as our new Youth Director on January 1. Here's a little bit from Neil about himself:
"I grew up in Mount Airy, North Carolina where I was very active in youth groups all through middle and high school. I graduated from Appalachian State University with a Religious Studies and History degree.
I have spent the majority of my adult life working with youth groups at churches and my professional life has been spent working as a Youth Care Worker at a group home for youth and at DSS as a Child Protective Services Investigator. As a follower of Christ, I seek to show love to all people and meet the needs of the communities I am involved in. I am passionate about conveying a message of love through actions to all people and seek to transform the lives of youth to do the same now and have the tools to do so in the future.
My life and passions have led me to Highland and I am beyond blessed and excited for the opportunity to be apart of such a loving church family. "

Celebrating Another Harvest

Ten seasons and ten tons. This is what we are celebrating in Highland’s Community Victory Garden. This
season, God took the efforts of many, many volunteers, and "granted the increase" of another ton of
sustainable, organic, nutritious, and tasty produce donated to Plant a Row for the Hungry. From Plant a
Row, the food is distributed to food banks, soup kitchens, Meals on Wheels, and to local "food deserts."
The garden is still producing good winter crops, although the flowers are gone, and some beds lie fallow.

Of the 133 garden volunteers in 2019, 30 were church members, including families with small children.
An astonishing 67 came from the National Charity League, a group that coordinates service
opportunities for moms and their middle-to high school aged daughters. Such a blessing to us that they
discovered the garden! One of my favorite memories from this year is the close friendship that
developed in the garden between the daughter of a refugee and a church member. So fun! We grow
more than veggies.

Thanks to all of you who support the garden with your labor, your prayers, and your gifts. We will start
up again in mid-February, and anyone is welcome to join us for 2020. 'Til then, stay warm and dry, relish
the fallow season, and celebrate what the Lord has done through our church and community.

A Singing People

Thanks to Kevin Quick, Highland Winds, and the Highland Choir for a wonderful afternoon of singing and learning about our hymns and their role in worship.

From Paris to Madrid

We give thanks for all the many talented musicians who shared their gifts on November 10 at "From Paris to Madrid," a community concert featuring French and Spanish composers.

Pilgrimage 2019

Highland youth and adults enjoyed a wonderful weekend of worship, fun, and faith with Methodist youth from across eastern North Carolina at Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, November 8 - 10.

Trunk or Treat 2019

We wouldn't let a little rainy weather dampen our Halloween fun! Thanks to everyone who helped make it a great night for welcoming our community!

CROP Walk 2019

Over 60 folks from Highland enjoyed a beautiful afternoon at Pullen Park and helped to raise money to end hunger locally and globally through the Greater Triangle CROP Hunger Walk. Highland received the prestigious "Golden Shoe" award for having the largest team. Good job Highland! A big thanks to our amazing team leader Lori Cole and her family for their leadership.

Stewardship Regatta

Crafted from recycled materials, children and adults raced boats in Highland's 2nd annual Stewardship Regatta. It was a chance to have some fun crafting with a little competition, as well as an opportunity to talk to children about how Christians talk about stewardship -- taking care of what God's given us and sharing it as freely as God gives to us. And we had a lot of fun, too!

Congratulations, Rev. Charlie Baber!

Dozens of Highland folks and friends came out on October 16 to celebrate with Rev. Charlie Baber and to purchase copies of his new book, Submitting to be More Vile, a collection of his Wesley Bros. comics.

Blessing of the Animals

Alan & Amanda greeted our neighbors and their pets in our community at Unleashed Pet Store on October 12.

     

Pumpkins!

Thanks to the friends, new and old, who helped to unload pumpkins on Sunday, October 6.

Levi Wood's Baptism

We welcome Levi, son of Molly and Jarrett Wood, to the family of faith through baptism. We promise to love him and uphold him and help him grow in his knowledge and love of God.

Youth Camping Trip

Youth and their adult leaders enjoyed hiking, canoeing, and camping in Morrow Mountain State Park on September 21 & 22.

Sleep Out to End Homelessness

Highland families pitched nine tents on the front lawn the night of September 20 to raise awareness about homelessness and to raise money for Family Promise.

Disaster Response Work on Ocracoke - September 18 - 22, 2019

UMW's Mother-Child Retreat

Highland moms and their children had a great weekend at Camp Don Lee for the Conference UMW's annual Mother-Child Retreat.

Hearing One Another's Stories

Highland member and Duke Divinity School student Allison Morgan was recently featured in this video by Duke Divinity School. We celebrate the ways that God has called Allison and are grateful for the ways that she seeks to faithfully serve.

Sanctuary Renovations

Plaster repair work has begun in our sanctuary! After cracks and water damaged are repaired, the whole room is getting a fresh coat of paint. The organ pipes will be covered for their protection, but we'll be able to worship in the sanctuary on Sundays while work continues during the week.

End of Summer Celebration!

Children and families enjoyed an afternoon of ice cream, water slides, songs and service out on the front lawn Sunday afternoon, August 25.

Youth Pool Party

Highland's youth kicked off a new school year with a pool party at Ridge Road Pool. Welcome to all our new 6th graders!

Celebrating Sarah

We give thanks for the ministry of Rev. Sarah Fletcher and wish all the best for her, Fletch, and Elliott!

The Tree Team Keeps Working!

Cullen Whitley led a disaster response group on Saturday, August 3, to Morehead City and to Burgaw. This hopefully wraps up the most urgent tree work needed within our Conference until the next hurricane blows through. We praise God for this team's safety through their work and celebrate their commitment and loving service in communities across eastern North Carolina.

Bahamas Mission Trip

We give thanks for the 30 youth, young adults, and adults from Highland who served with Bahamas Methodist Habitat in North Eleuthera, Bahamas, on July 14 - 20. Folks gathered during the Sunday School hour on Sunday, August 4, to hear their stories and learn about their trip. Here is the video of their trip that they shared.

Words of Thanks

A heartfelt thanks to my Highland family for all the prayers, calls, visits, flowers, and food. It has meant so much to me. Much love, Mary McLeod

Dear Friends in Christ, I would like to thank Candi and members for their many expressions of kindness during the time of my sister's hospital stay and her death!  I could not ask for a more loving church family!  You are all a very special part of my life. ~ Ann Chapman

Highland Service Project

HSP celebrated its 35th year this year and had another wonderful week of service and fun for youth and adults. The team led worship at 11 AM on June 30, featuring testimonies from participants and music led by the HSP house band. Enjoy this recap video of their week!

Miss the HSP Sunday service? You can stream a recording of it here.

Vacation Bible School 2019

We're on our way to Mars and Beyond! 

Glory to God who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us. - Ephesians 3:20

North Carolina Annual Conference

June 12 - 15 in Greenville, NC

Congratulations Graduates!

Highland celebrates with all our high school and college graduates:

Colin Bross - graduating from Raleigh Charter; plans to attend Wake Tech
Lawson Cope - graduating from Broughton; plans to attend UNC Wilmington
Collin Heiler - graduating from Sanderson; plans to attend UNC Charlotte
Grace Keough - graduating from Leesville; plans to attend ECU
Connor LaRocca - graduating from Millbrook; plans to attend NC State
Heather Mangrum - graduating from Broughton; plans to attend ECU
Jack Martin - graduating from Leesville; plans to attend UNC Charlotte
Robert Schurtman - graduating from Leesville; plans to attend Wake Tech
Nate Stocum - graduating from Sanderson; plans to attend Western Carolina
Sarah Wallace - graduating from Broughton; plans to attend Meredith
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Abigail Bugger - BA in Religion, Ethics and Philosophy & BA in Liberal Studies, Greensboro College
Maddie Driggers - BS in English, UNCW (last December)
Mackenzie Mims - BS in Business Administration, NC State
Leah Moore - BA in Media and Journalism & BA in Music Performance, UNC Chapel Hill
Ashten Rary - Associates Degree in Nursing, Pitt Community College
Whitney Richardson - PhD in Science Education,NC State
Sydney Shaffer - BS in Fashion and Textile Management, NC State

Congratulations to London & Whitney (Richardson) White!

May God bless you as you begin this next chapter of life together.

Disaster Response Continues

We give thanks for the continued commitment of Cullen Whitley and our Disaster Response Team. They did emergency work in Hillsborough after a recent tornado and continue to be called upon in dire situations. Pastor Alan led a blessing of their trailer and tools, commissioning them to continue their service throughout Eastern North Carolina.

Holy Week @ Highland

We give thanks for all who helped to make our Holy Week services so meaningful and Spirit-filled. Glory to God and to Christ of the cross and the empty tomb!

Highland Community Victory Garden Recognized at Raleigh Environmental Awards

Highland is proud of the work done in our Garden -- and not just the vegetables! We received two awards on April 4 at the Raleigh Environmental Awards, one in Urban Agriculture and also the biggest award, the Raleigh Environmental Stewardship Award, which recognizes an individual or organization which has shown environmental leadership and recognizes the relationship and continuity of the environment, economics, and equity or social justice aspects of human society. Congratulations to Cullen Whitley and all of our Community Gardeners!

Habitat Work Almost Finished!

Highland's staff did a work day at our Habitat house on April 4. The house is rapidly nearing completion, and the staff enjoyed a day of touch up paint and finishing touches, interior and exterior.