Highland Presbyterian Church​ seeks to be a diverse and inclusive Christian Community as we embody the love and forgiveness of Jesus by serving the Community and the World, drawing people to Christ.

Highland Happening

November 17th, 2023

Worship this Sunday

Join us for worship this Sunday, November 19th as we finish going through the book of 1st Thessalonians where Paul writes to the church in Thessalonica more about the return of Christ and how they can live in hope and love. He closes his letter by reminding the community to live together in love and support and blesses them on their journey of faith.  

Watch the service live on our Facebook page at 10:30 a.m.

Bulletin (word document)
Bulletin (PDF)

Free Little Neighborhood Item of the Week

Free Little Neighborhood Item of the Week is clothing for cold weather.  As the temperatures begin to drop, people will need to start bringing out their cold weather clothing and you may find items you do not need anymore.  We will keep this as our item for a few weeks so please bring in socks, gloves, scarfs, jackets and more if you are able to.

Presbytery Newsletter

Being Presbyterian means we are part of a connectional church. Our local governing body is the Presbytery of East Tennessee and at the link below you can read the weekly newsletter that provides updates to events and ministries that are happening all around us. You can also sign up to get the newsletter by going to the Presbytery’s website and going to the bottom of the homepage.

Newsletter link for week of November 13th  

Eco-friendly Holiday Practices

From the Sustainability Committee

"The most wonderful time of the year is upon us! Unfortunately, it’s also the most wasteful. Americans create 25% more waste during the holiday season, which amounts to a million extra tons of garbage every week. The food, the travel, and the gifts all end up hurting our planet." (Green Citizen)

It seems like it begins earlier every year and certainly is not appearing on the church calendar yet. However, many of us are beginning to think about the holidays and are already making purchases of gifts and decorations, as well as making travel plans. So, it is not too soon to ask- what gift will you give God's Creation as you celebrate the birth of Jesus? Protecting the environment is also a Christmas gift to your grandchildren and their grandchildren.

Please check the links below for great tips for reducing holiday waste:




Advent Book Study 

November 28 - December 20

Join us for the four weeks of Advent as we read through Christmas In The Four Gospel Homes.  This is a weekly devotional for the season of Advent with each chapter focusing on the four Gospels and comparing each to a house and how it would be decorated for the Christmas season. 

Books can be purchased for $20. The study will be offered Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m. starting November 28th and on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. in the church parlor starting November 29th.

Read an excerpt from the book at this link.

Happy Highlanders


Happy Highlanders will not be meeting in November. Mark you calendars for December 12 for our Christmas luncheon! Details will be forthcoming.

Blount Co. Ecumenical Action Council

Thanksgiving Service

Sunday, November 19

Join the Blount County Ecumenical Action Council for their annual Thanksgiving Service at the Blount County Library in the Sharon Lawson Room on Sunday, November 19th at 2:00 p.m.

Prayers, Concerns and Joys

Please pray for our members, families, and friends.

We lift-up prayers for those among our community who are shut in. Be with them as they are separated in body from their loved ones.

Palestine and Israel - War has broken out between Palestine and Israel with many innocent people on both sides caught in the middle. Prayers for peace and reconciliation.

Asbury Assisted Living - It has been revealed that Asbury Retirement Community is closing their assisted living facility. Prayers for the residents who need to find a new home and the staff who will need to find a new job.

Diane Hicks - Diane fell and broke her arm and had to have surgery. Prayers for a speedy recovery. 

Charlene Renollet- Sandy Miller's dear friend, Charlene, was taken to the hospital to receive treatments for blood clots. Prayers for her treatment and recovery.

Jim Harb - Prayers for Jim who has supplied our olive oil for many years after he has recently been diagnosed with cancer. 

Rachel McMillian family - Rachel’s family member had a baby that was born with a rare genetic disorder and is not expected to live much longer. Prayers for her family as they spend precious days with their child.

November Birthdays

Holly Elliot - Nov. 2

Jennifer Pierce - Nov. 9

Jason McTeer - Nov. 14

Brian Kilgore - Nov. 17

Rebecca Judy - Nov. 19

Susan Ambler - Nov. 20

Jean Wortman - Nov. 21

Ethan Lloyd - Nov. 22

Courtney Webb - Nov. 25

Emma Meade - Nov. 26

Kim Chaney-Bay - Nov. 27

Billy Newton - Nov. 28

If there are any announcements that you would like to include in the Highland Happening, please email office@highlandpresby.org by noon the Wednesday prior to the Highland Happening going out.

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