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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 Service Project 2021

We are grateful for another great year of the Highland Service Project and the hard work of our youth and adults building beds for children in need in our community. Enjoy the video recap of their week! (YouTube removed the music background, but you can still see all the images.)

You can also see some of Highland's work on the Facebook page of our ministry partner Sleep in Heavenly Peace.

Oak City Cares Collection Done!

Our 4th and 5th Grade Wonder Kids are grateful for the congregation's support for their collection drive to support the ministry at Oak City Cares, a Raleigh non-profit organizing the community's efforts to end homelessness. They completed their work this week (on July 13) by delivering Highland's donations to Oak City Cares, which included a tour of their facilities. Well done, Wonder Kids!

Vacation Bible School 2021

Compassion Camp was a huge success, with a smaller crowd to be outside and safely gathered, but with big heart! Kids learn about how to share God's lovingkindness while playing games, doing crafts, singing songs, hearing Bibles stories, and having fun together. We are grateful for the awesome team of youth and adults for their wonderful work all week and for the leadership of the amazing Amy Takahashi.

City Servants 2021

City Servants is Highland UMC's middle school youth mission week. This year on June 14-17, fifteen youth and several adults partnered with community clothing ministry Note in the Pocket, repaired a community member's deck, cleared brush at church member's home, and worked in Highland's Community Victory Garden. (They also had a lot of fun and enjoyed a trip to Wet 'n' Wild at Emerald Pointe.)

Congratulations, Janet!

We celebrate Janet Baucom's ordination as a deacon in full connection on Friday, June 18. You can watch the full ordination service here. (The services starts at around 25:00.)

"Many thanks to all the folks at Highland who have supported me through the long ordination process. I'm honored to serve this wonderful family of faith." ~ Janet

Congratulations Graduates!

Lea Bross - attending NC State
Lyndon Cope - attending UCLA
Pheobe Ellison - attending Georgia Tech
Emma Franklin - attending UNC
German Gonzalez - attending Wake Tech
Sadie Heiller - attending ECU
Carter Mills - attending Wingate University
Kennan Mottershead - attending Appalachian State
Jason Pendleton - attending Wake Tech
Emma Steiner - attending NC State

Alex LaRocca - BA in Communications Studies, Appalachian State
Allison Morgan - Master of Divinity, Duke University & Master of Social Work, UNC
Genieve Nunn - BS in Business Administration, UNC Charlotte
Sean Richards - BA in Electronic Media and Broadcasting, Appalachian State
Vaan Tuang - BS Mechanical Engineering, UNC Charlotte
Man Nem Vung - Masters of Education in Curriculum Administration in Elementary Education, Liberty University

Come, Holy Spirit!!  A Day of Celebration

Pentecost was a joyful and Spirit-filled day for the Highland family. We welcomed six young people as confirmands (with two more to come in the weeks ahead) and gathered as a church family for food and fun at a Pentecost Picnic.

Spring Outdoor Worship

We give thanks for the wonderful worship and fellowship that we have enjoyed at our outdoor services these past four months -- at 1 PM in the cooler months of February and March, then at 9 AM since Easter.

Diaper Drive Success

Highland's youth collected diapers and pull-ups over the past few weeks. Last Sunday at youth group, diapers were packaged and prepared for delivery to the NC Diaper Bank. Thanks to everyone who contributed and thanks to our youth for their continued service in our community!

Cub Scouts in the Garden

We are grateful for our Cub Scout Pack and for the continuing ministry of Cullen Whitley and the Highland Community Victory Garden. These cub scouts earned two badges learning and working in the garden: composting and vegetable plant identification!

Confirmation is back!

After a long, pandemic-induced hiatus, these youth and their mentors are finishing their journey, exploring their own commitments to Christian faith. Please be in prayer our confirmands and mentors: Jack Brewer (Chuck Stuber), Kate Brewer (Joanie Loftin), Emma Dilley (Casey Troxler), Nathan Franklin (Kevin Flowers), West Goodman (London White), Anderson LaRocca (Seth Troxler), Anna Rose Shutt (Janet Stuber), and Paige Wilkinson (Whitney White).

TreeRunner Adventure

Highland youth spent a beautiful spring afternoon up in the trees at Raleigh's TreeRunner Adventure Park on April 11.

Congratulations, Eagle Scouts!

Five scouts from Troop 357 earned the rank of Eagle Scout and were recognized for their accomplishments on Saturday, April 10, including Highland members Will Horn & Kennan Mottershead. Congratulations to James Stevens Dunn, Kennan Kirkwood Mottershead, William Henry Horn, Harrison George Brooks, and Samuel Vincent Shack.

Easter Sunday

Christ is risen! We celebrated our risen savior in worship outdoors in the parking lot and live-streamed from Bradley Hall.

Preschool Easter Egg Hunt

Our preschoolers and families enjoyed a special story time and Easter egg hunt at Highland on Saturday, April 3.

Celebrating Another Great Year in the Garden

2020: Most productive year in Highland’s Community Victory Garden. We were able to donate over 2600 pounds of fresh produce to feed hungry people last year. We have an annual goal of one ton—2000 lbs. Some years we barely eke out the goal. During last year’s pandemic, we weren’t able to have our regular Saturday morning workdays. What to do!? Fortunately, God always sends someone to meet the garden’s needs. One of our regular volunteers, Eileen Taylor, created an online signup so that we could sign up as a part of a small group, or even solo, throughout the week to do necessary work. This may have helped our productivity, because we could keep the garden watered, weeded, and harvested more frequently.

Our garden’s mission: Service through donating food. Education, Sustainability, Community.  A challenge in 2020, but we did the best we could—and it was enough!

In addition to donating produce and hosting immigrants, Highland Community Victory Garden has a secondary goal, which is to be a demonstration garden, a teaching garden.  The garden is teaching us that creation is ongoing.  The work that has gone into the garden is a cooperation in Creation. The garden is God’s blessing.  Everyday, people from the community visit the garden on their neighborhood walks.  We hope that all those who work in the garden or simply walk through will find inspiration and encouragement.

Donations  of time and funds welcome.

Another Great Food Drive

Highland continues to fight hunger in our local community. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Food Drive on March 21 supporting Interfaith Food Shuttle!

A Beautiful Sunday for Worship

Highland began a new outdoor drive-in service on Sunday, February 21. Join us Sundays at 1 PM, tune in with your car radio, and offer your worship to God! Find out more about this service here.

Scout Sunday

Thanks to Troop 357 & Pack 357 for their participation in worship on Sunday, February 14. Highland is grateful for our long-standing ministry partnership with our scouts. Here is the video that was shared in worship, telling a bit about our relationship to the scouts and featuring pictures from Pack 357's life together this past year.

Sanctuary Updates Almost Complete

There are a few items left to tidy up, but the main work in the sanctuary has been completed: the expanded chancel steps, the new flooring, new handrails for the steps, and expansion of the hearing loop. Many thanks to folks who gave expertise and generous use of their time to plan this project: Tom Lamb, Kevin Quick, Ryan Lockett, David Beam, Gail Flowers, Earleen Barnes, and Debbie Carroll.

Click here for more pictures and a detailed explanation of the project.

Supporting Conference Disaster Relief

Our "Tree Team" traveled to Goldsboro on Saturday, January 23, to help remove trees impeding needed fencing at the North Carolina Conference's MERCI Disaster Response Center. Many thanks to Cullen Whitley and the whole team for their faithful service!

Sanctuary Updates

Work is moving quickly to expand the chancel steps and replace floor coverings!

Beginning the New Year with Worship

Many thanks to the young adults of Highland who led an outdoor worship service on Sunday, January 3, including great music and a wonderful message from Alexandra Ellison!

Christmas Eve Food Drive

Highland collected another minibus full of food for the Interfaith Food Shuttle with the help of our surrounding community on Christmas Eve. We delivered over 1300 lbs. of food to Interfaith Food Shuttle, along with over $350 in cash donations. Thanks to the Wood/Atkins family, the Lockett family (pictured), and James Myers for helping with drop-off that day, and to Amy Takahashi for delivering the food to the Interfaith Food Shuttle.

Rise Against Hunger

45 volunteers packed over 6200 meals on Saturday, December 5. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to our fundraising goal! Pandemic precautions made it harder to pack as many meals as we would have liked, but the money will still support Rise Against Hunger's global hunger relief efforts.

Got Solar? Highland Does!

A process several years in the making, we are pleased to announce that Highland's solar grid has been connected to the utility grid and linked to the church's system to help offset our electricity usage. Many thanks to our Green Team that helped envision this work as Highland seeks to be a better steward of resources and of God's creation.

Youth Service Project - November 8, 2020

Youth and adults from Highland spent a fall afternoon helping a member of our community clear brush and branches from a wooded property, a small project that made a big difference in this home owner's life!

Halloween Movie Night

Thanks to the Children's Ministry team for hosting a fun, safe Halloween event on Friday night, October 30!

CROP Walk 2020

This year's team consisted of 29 walkers who raised over $3000 to fight hunger locally and around the world. Our Highland team rose to the virtual challenge and several shared photos of them out walking (including our youth group).