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


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

Congratulations, Amanda!

Amanda Nunn was commissioned as a Stephen Minister at Millbrook UMC on Sunday, July 15. We are thankful for opportunities to partner with other Methodist churches across the connection and are proud of Amanda's work and passion for ministry.


Highland Members in the Media

In its July issue, Walter Magazine featured volunteers with the Triangle Radio Reading Service, including Highland's Bob Kruger.  Click here to read the article and learn more about this community agency's work, where Bob has been volunteering for over 30 years.

Walter Magazine's May issue featured the local business opened by Highland member Jill Rossi. Click here to read about the Devilish Egg,  Jill's creative venture in central Raleigh.

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.

A Word of Thanks from Ann Pearce

Thank you to all HUMC members for the June 24th reception in my honor as I retire from being your Director of Handbells. The refreshments, including a beautiful personalized cake, were plentiful and tasty. The flowers added to the celebration quite nicely. Experiencing this ministry with you for the last 31 years has been a huge part of my life. I thank you and all staff members with whom I have worked for the opportunity to serve Christ through the unique musical expression of handbells. It's important to note that I would not have been able to function in this capacity without the loving support of Irv, as I made my way over to church for over 1,116 Wednesday night rehearsals! Also, you must have noticed that he and other family "roadies" toted many heavy handbell cases and tables on scores of busy Sundays! Of course, the most important persons in this whole endeavor are the ringers. Their dedication to HUMC's music program and their passion to play music, not just the notes, continued to amaze and make me feel truly blessed. And finally, thank you for my monetary gift. It was a sweet surprise and is very much appreciated.
Joys abound,

Ann Pearce

Congratulations to Jane Gray!

Jane was recognized on June 22 for her six years of service on the Board of Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC).  She is pictured here with LANC Executive Director George Hausen.

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

Team Highland: Plane Pull for Special Olympics NC

Congratulations to the team from Highland for their strong showing in the Plane Pull for Special Olympics NC. (Ryan Lockett, Paul Langfield, Jacob Goodin, Mackenzie Mims, and Chuck Stuber)

Celebrating Marcia

Highland celebrated Marcia Nance's 40th anniversary as our organist on Sunday, May 6, 2018, with a morning of wonderful music and a beautiful reception after worship.

Representing Highland in our Community

The Highland UMC Community Victory Garden was proud to participate in the first-ever pollinator celebration sponsored by the Glenwood Community Advisory Council on Saturday, April 28. It was a great chance to meet neighbors who shared stories of their connections to the garden. Former Lacy students fondly reminisced of their third-grade Earth Day tour of the garden. Several neighbors mentioned how much they enjoyed visiting the garden as a place to relax and contemplate nature. A disabled gardener was happy to hear of the elevated beds and sweet potato-planting to come soon. Because we're known for our sunflowers and sunflowers are pollinator magnets, we passed out sunflower seeds. Let's hope we see a lot of sunflowers in the neighborhood this summer!

Congratulations to the Glenwood Advisory Council on a very worthwhile event, well-envisioned and carried out.

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!

"On Top of Spaghetti" - Fun and Fellowship for a Great Cause

Highland Winds hosted a fundraiser dinner, "On Top of Spaghetti," to raise funds for our Rise Against Hunger meal-packing event.  Wonderful music was provided by Highland Winds, our Bluegrass Band, and our Children's Choirs.  Thanks to Jo Anne Swartz and her team for a great night!

A Day to Celebrate: April 15, 2018

A wonderful day at Highland, including Confirmation, the Library Book Sale, the HUMRingers at 11:00, and an afternoon concert to benefit UMCOR.

Congratulations, Joe Burton!

Congratulations to Joe Burton, long-time Highland member and leader of our Micah 6:8 Team, who was recently appointed to the position of Peace With Justice Coordinator for the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. This position is one that is appointed by the NC Conference Board of Church and Society.  Joe will be working with the Board on justice issues identified as priorities for the Conference.   The current issues the Board has identified for the church to work on are: multilateralism (finding solutions to shared problems), nonproliferation of nuclear weapons and disarmament, peace building at home and abroad, gun violence prevention, and ending wars. These actions are meant to be non-partisan and always in line with the teachings of Jesus.

Community Garden Celebrations

Logan's Trading Company hosted a Plant a Row for the Hungry celebration on Saturday, March 24.  As one of the top 5 donors to Plant a Row for the Hungry last year, we were recognized with a plaque and a portable greenhouse. Then Cullen won the door prize - a well-stocked tool box!

Confirmation Retreat

Our Confirmation Class had a great weekend on retreat at the Trinity Center at Salter Path, NC.  We did five weeks of lessons in one weekend, and still managed to find time to worship, play, and enjoy the beach!

Thank you from Joyce Faucette

I appreciate all of the prayers, food, flowers, cards that Highland showered me with during my weeks of heart related surgery and recuperation.   A sincere thank you to all.

Peace and blessings,

Joyce Faucette

Thank you from Janet Mahoney

Thank you for all the cards and prayers on our behalf for Mabel Groditski’s passing. I continue to be blessed with the outpouring of love and kindness from Highland folks. When I reflect on the way Mom made it look so simple and natural to live a Christian life, I am so thankful for having her in my life for so many years. Listening to others tell me about how she touched their lives, brings joy to me at a time when it is certainly difficult to feel joy. So thank you, all, for allowing the sun to shine through during these cloudy days, by sharing your kindness and God’s love with me.

With gratitude and love,

Janet Mahoney

Lenten Lunches

Our first Lenten Lunch of the season combined with the Highlanders and their guests, the Cardinal Singers, for a wonderful time of worship, food, fellowship and music.

A Poem of Thanks

I want to tell you about Family Promise
A lot of our members worked on this
So I wrote—you might call it a poem—about it
To thank all who helped make it a hit

The set-up team was great
And managed to create
Some comfortable places
Out of our classroom spaces

Many thanks to the drivers of the vans
Who faithfully followed detailed plans
They got everybody to where they needed
Day after day, their routes they repeated

Let me tell about the meals that were prepared
These all showed how much Highland cared!
The providers made tasty dishes galore
Everyone ate well, and came back for more

The overnight hosts provided conversation
It was fun to exchange cordial information
And share warm feelings with our guests
To find out about our mutual interests

The kids and the children’s activity had great results
Who had more fun, the kids or the adults?
They made sculptures from Play Doh and blankets galore
Shared in the awesome bonfire, and played bingo and more

We also must thank our Scout Troop
They were a hard working group
And showed up for k.p. duties every night
Cleaned up the dishes and set things aright

Finally the clean-up team races
With mops, sponges, and brooms
To return the guest spaces and places
Back into Sunday School classrooms

Now you too can be heralded in a poem, what a thrill!
Write down on your calendar the twenty-ninth of April
And join us for the next round of Family Promise
Then I’ll write about you in a poem, just like this.

Flu Kits - Assembled!

Circle 1 and United Methodist Women assembled 365 flu kits for Alliance Medical Ministry on Monday, February 12.  Thanks to everyone who contributed materials for the kits!

Clothing Closet

Our Clothing Closet served approximately 25 families, including ESL students, when it opened on January 11, as well as providing additional donations for Love Wins Ministries.  Thanks to everyone who has donated clothes, all the volunteers who helped distribute clothes that day, and to the Missions Team for helping provide new shelving and storage for the Clothing Closet!

Circle 1 show love to Veterans

Circle 1 met on January 8th to make Valentine Cards for the veterans at the Durham VA hospital. Eight ladies enjoyed snacks, conversation and laughter, and released their inner child to make 58 cards.