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

'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.


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!


A group of Highland youth and three brave youth leaders spent the weekend camping at Stone Mountain State Park, July 13 - 15.

The Seekers Class also enjoyed a weekend in the mountains, courtesy of the Mackenzies.

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.

Celebrating the Ministry of Ann Pearce

We are so grateful for the 30+ years of Ann's leadership as our handbell director and wish her all the best in her retirement.

Annual Conference & Sarah's Ordination

We celebrated with the North Carolina Annual Conference in Greenville, NC on June 14 - 16, concluding with the Ordering of Ministry Service which included Sarah Fletcher's ordination as a deacon in full connection.  Congratulations Sarah!

Clothing Closet Blessedly Full and Serving Our Community

Thanks to our volunteers who helped sort and organize clothes for distribution to the community members on Tuesday, June 12.

Congratulations to our high school graduates:

Gabriel Adamson - Southeast Raleigh HS, plans to attend University of Alabama Huntsville
Aidan Cronin-Hudgins - Broughton HS, plans to attend University of North Carolina
Benjamin Franklin - Cleveland HS, plans to attend North Carolina State University
Faye Gant - Crossroads FLEX HS, plans to attend Western Carolina University
Sarah Louise Johnson - Broughton HS, plans to attend High Point University
Adam Mottershead - Enloe HS, plans to attend Western Carolina University
Lee Murray - Broughton HS, plans to attend East Carolina University
Anne Lacey Seaton - Broughton HS, plans to attend North Carolina State University
Edward Shutt - Broughton HS, plans to attend University of North Carolina
Junko Takahashi - Riverside HS, plans to attend University of Richmond

Highland also celebrates with recent college, masters, and doctoral graduates:

Lori Baber, BS in Nursing, UNC
Sarah Crawford, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Methodist University
Allison Cummings, MD, UNC School of Medicine
John Griffioen, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, NCSU
Paige Harrelson, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, NCSU
Erik Hawks, Associate of Applied Sciences in Forest Management, Montgomery Community College
Betty-Shannon Prevatt, PhD in Psychology, NCSU
Courtney Bryant Prince, PhD in Religion, Vanderbilt
London White, MBA, NCSU
Cameron Wood, MD, VCU

Inter-generational Mothers' Day Choir - May 13, 2018

Rise Against Hunger 2018

On Saturday, April 28, over 90 volunteers at Highland packed over 37,800 meals with Rise Against Hunger.  In Highland's history with this amazing hunger-ending agency, we've packed over 340,000 meals.  We're looking forward to more opportunities to fight hunger and future meal-packing events!