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

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.

Unearthing History in the Holy Land

Highland member Jim Johnson has participated in seasons 3 and 4 of the El Araj Excavation Project, an archaeological dig site on the northern end of the Sea of Galilee. A large portion of the excavation work has identified Roman objects from the New Testament period. The pictures here show Jim as part of the team clearing a mosaic floor thought to be part of a 8th-century Christian church. We're grateful for all the scholars and scientists whose work helps us better understand the lives and circumstances of the early church.

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

Habitat Dedication

We celebrated with the Elengi family on Sunday, June 9, at the dedication of this year's Habitat for Humanity house. We built the house in partnership with a coalition of Episcopal churches and the dedication was presided over by our Pastor Alan and the Episcopal bishop of our area.

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 Scholarship Recipients!

Congratulations to Collin Heiler, 2019 recipient of the Betty M. Gardner Memorial Scholarship. Congratulations also to Junko Takahashi, who received a scholarship renewal for the coming year. Each student received $1100.

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!

Hosanna!

We celebrated the story of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem during Holy Week with waving palms and singing children! We then enjoyed a brunch, raising funds for our youth mission trip, and made care baskets for Highland members who can't be with us on Sundays. It was a great day of worship and fellowship!

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.

Easter Greetings from Circle 1!

Circle 1 made over 40 Easter cards for our members of the Highland family who can't get out to church on Sundays. They were also able to send cards to Highland members in the hospital. Circle 1 is a women’s circle that is smaller in number but mighty in heart.  They like to eat, laugh, and help others. They have lots of fun and welcome other women to join us. Contact Carol Thomas for more information.

UMYF Reunion

Thank you to Diane Racey, Mary Kathryn Brewer, and all those who helped to gather folks for a UMYF reunion on Sunday, March 24.

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!

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