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

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).

Congratulations to Will Horn!

Congratulations to Will Horn of Boy Scout Troop 357 who completed his Eagle Scout board of review Saturday morning. His Eagle Scout service project was constructing a music wall for Ridge Road Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC. Well done, Will!

Sleep Out to End Homelessness

Twelve families in the Highland community spent a rainy night in tents over the October 9-11 weekend to bring awareness about homelessness in our community and to raise funds for Family Promise. Amy Takahashi's children's sermon on that Sunday morning tells this story and features some pictures from camping families.

If you would like to contribute to their fundraiser in support of Family Promise, it's not too late! We've raised over $300 and would love to raise more!

Click here to make a pledge of support.

Serving with Circle 1

A group from UMW Circle 1 gathered at the home of Meg Smither to prepare soup for the women at the Helen Wright Center in downtown Raleigh. We celebrate all the ways Highland members are continuing to serve in our community.

Pumpkin Unloading 2020

Many thanks to everyone who came out to help with pumpkin unloading this year! Thanks also to the "outside the box" thinking that helped shape our unloading this year. Pumpkins arrived in the truck in large boxes on palettes which were unloaded on Friday, October 2, by a landscaping crew. On Saturday morning, the Highland family showed up to take pumpkins from boxes and palettes to their places on the front lawn. The process allowed for much more social distancing and a safer unloading. Well done Highland family!

Cub Scouts Continue to Serve

On September 27th a greenway cleanup was held at the House Creek Mile 1-2 with 9 participants. The city has a limit of ten people per cleanup. Although it was one of our smallest in group size, it was the largest in the amount of trash collected. There was even a large area of trash strewn down the hill from the I-440 heading toward the creek, but our crew took care of it. Over the past three years sixty four cub scouts of Pack 357 have volunteered a total of 278 hours.

Wonder Kids

The Children's Ministry Team re-imagined spiritual formation for children this fall in light of pandemic precautions and developed Wonder Kids small groups.

Each group is using the new "Celebrate Wonder" Curriculum from Cokesbury.  Currently we have 19 children enrolled in our four small groups.  Two of the groups are meeting on the breezeway of the church while the other two groups are meeting on the deck and carport of group members.  

Celebrate Wonder seeks to honor the spiritual life of children—their natural sense of awe, wonder, imagination, and curiosity—and help shape their growing faith.

Clothing Closet Providing for the Community

Our Clothing Closet moved outside last Saturday morning to distribute clothing to community members in need. Mindful of pandemic precautions, Highland volunteers set up the Clothing Closet in our parking lot, taking full advantage of beautiful fall weather. About 45 bags of clothes were given out that one morning! Thanks to coordinator Vickie Adamson and the team of volunteers who made this happen.

Congratulations, Seth & Casey!!

We celebrate with Seth Troxler and Casey Molina on the occasion of their marriage on September 12. We pray God's blessings on them both and their new life together.

A Successful Youth Group Hike

Highland's Youth hit the trails Sunday afternoon at Umstead State Park for an afternoon together of enjoying creation together and growing their faith. Youth group will look quite different this fall, but this group will make the most of it!

Congratulations Hadley!

Congratulations to Hadley Myers for successfully completing our Summer 2020 "Hide It In Your Heart" Challenge. Hadley memorized all 8 verses in this summer's challenge.  Her prize?  The joy of having God's word hidden in her heart and a fresh apple pie!  Yay Hadley!

Back to School Parking Lot Parade

Thanks to all who came out to cheer on our children and teachers as they prepared to start a most unusual school year! And thanks to the Children's Ministry Team for putting together such a fun event!

Welcoming Will to the Body of Christ

We were thrilled to share in worship last Sunday the baptism of William Kirk Krueger III. While the baptism took place the previous weekend, we were able to watch the video as a family of faith during worship and make our promises to help support Will in his Christian journey. Blessings on him and this beautiful family!

HSP: Community Impact

We celebrate a fantastic week of work by our HSP Team youth and adults! They filled one of the Highland minibuses with food for Interfaith Food Shuttle, constructed birdhouses to share with families in the community, and tended to a variety of independent service projects. We give thanks for the committed leadership of Neil Smith, Adam Mottershead, and Sarah Wallace, as they creatively reimagined Highland Service Project for this unusual season in our life together.

Planting Justice Summer Storytime

We celebrate the ministry of Amy Takahashi and the ways even the youngest in our community are learning about the issues of race, equality, and loving our neighbors.  Families are welcome to join these story times on Thursday mornings at 10 throughout the summer.

Bike Rodeo

Thanks to Amy Takahashi and all the folks who helped to make our Bike Rodeo a success! (June 13, 2020)

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Highland celebrated with our graduates in worship on June 7. Congratulations to our high school and college graduates:

  • Logan Earp- graduating from Broughton High School - plans to attend UNC- Asheville 
  • Alexandra Ellison - graduating from Cary Academy - plans to attend Georgia Tech
  • Sara Lockett - graduating from UNC School of the Arts - plans to attend Fordham University 
  • Sheridan Mitchell Page - graduating from Cary Academy - plans to attend Davidson University
  • Kiyo Takahashi- graduating from Riverside High School - plans to attend Wake Forest University
  • Bella Templeton- graduating from Leesville High School - plans to attend WakeTech
  • Kathryn Hood - Photography & Spanish - UNC Charlotte
  • Patrick Horn- Business Administration - High Point University
  • Austin Hughes - Business Marketing - Appalachian State University
  • Hailey Loftin - Sports Management & Communications - NC State University
  • Kevin Quick - Masters of Divinity - Duke Divinity School at Duke University
  • Will Richards - Mechanical Engineering - NC State University

Food Drive Success!

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our Food Drive for Interfaith Food Shuttle on Sunday, May 3. The collection filled not just the back, but every row of seats in one of Highland's mini-buses.The donations filled two pallets when delivered on Monday -- that's a LOT of food! Thanks also to Amy Takahashi for coordinating, to Tom Lamb for delivering the load to IFFS, and to all the volunteers who helped out on Sunday.

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.