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

March 17th, 2023

Worship this Sunday

Join us for worship this Sunday, March 19th for the Third Sunday of Lent where the focus will be from the Gospel of John where Jesus cures a man who was blind from birth, but none of the religious leaders at the time could believe that this truly happened. 


We are currently in the low risk category for covid transmission in Blount County and we will have no mask requirements this Sunday, March 19th


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

Bulletin (word document)
Bulletin (PDF)

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 March 13th

Free Little Neighborhood

Item of the Week

The item of the week is breakfast foods. Help us keep our boxes stocked with cereal, oatmeal, granola bars and more as we continue to help our neighbors.

Lenten Study and Dinner 

Wednesdays March 1-April 12

Join us this Lent for a book study and dinner as we read through the devotional Meeting Jesus at the Table that reflects on Jesus gathering with people around tables and we enjoy a meal together. We will gather in the fellowship hall on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:00 p.m. for appetizers and fellowship and 6:00-7:00 p.m. to discuss that week’s reading and eat dinner together. Study goes Wednesday, March 1 through Wednesday April 5. Books are still available for $20.

Read an excerpt from Meeting Jesus at the Table

Happy Highlanders

Tuesday, March 21, 11:30 am


Join the Happy Highlanders, Highland’s older adult ministry, as we gather for our March meeting. Meet us in the Fellowship Hall at 11:30 am. This month we will gather around table games and puzzles. Bring your favorite board game! Bring lunch and a beverage and sweets will be provided. 

Spring Clean Day and Manure Sale

Saturday, March 25th

Join the Building and Grounds Committee for a Spring Cleaning Day at Highland on Saturday, March 25th. We will have projects inside and outside.

The Sustainability Committee will host a manure sale for home gardeners to purchase bags of aged horse manure.

Cummings Conversations at Maryville College

March 27 & 28

Held annually at the College since 1877, the Margaret M. Cummings Conversations on Faith, Learning, and Service, renamed in 2019 and formerly known as “February Meetings” have offered Maryville College and local community an opportunity to come together to consider questions of faith and responsible living in the world. 

Theme for 2023 

The Good News of Neuroscience: Faith and the Brain for a Better You and a Better World!

Monday March 27, 7 p.m., Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre in the Clayton Center for the Arts, “Brains, Bodies, Beliefs and Behavior”

Tuesday March 28, 1 p.m., Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre, “A Brain Technique for Speaking Without Notes and Acing Every Exam!”

Tuesday, March 28, 7 p.m., Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre, “Brain Secrets for Exercising Your Mind, Your Body and Your Faith for a Complete and Fulfilling Life”

The lectures are free and open to the public.

 Learn more by following this link.

One Great Hour of Sharing

On Easter Sunday we will officially collect the first PCUSA Special Offering of the year, the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. The three programs supported by One Great Hour of Sharing - Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People - all work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. From initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope. 

Learn more about this offering’s impact at this link.

Habitat Build  

Blount Habitat for Humanity’s first house build in 2023 is the Faith Build.  Area churches, including Highland, have come together to fund the construction. All the churches involved are invited to come out and pound nails, wield paint brushes, supply lunches, or just fellowship.

The house is one of 20 that will be built (5 already completed) on Spurlock Street in Alcoa. Work days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, usually 8:00 until 12:00. If you are interested in helping, let Sandy Miller (865-223-8278) know and she will get you added to the email list. You will then be kept up to date on what the scheduled time and planned work for the day is.  

If you are not sure of your skills or don’t have tools, don’t worry. There is a wonderful group of “regular” volunteers who will teach you everything you need to know.  When we have dates that we are responsible for providing lunch, we’ll get the word out.  Everyone is always welcome to just stop by and watch the amazing process of building a home for a family in need!

Easter Breakfast 

Sunday, April 9th

After 3 years of absence due to the Covid epidemic, Easter breakfast is back! This extravaganza is put on by the Men of the Church who will have their culinary expertise on full display. Serving will begin at 9:00 AM EDT on April 9 before our Easter Worship Service.

If you have any questions or will not be at church on Sunday, but want to participate do not hesitate to call Rich Schenk at (865) 207-9456 or email at cfschenk@gmail.com.

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.

Elisha Phelipe- Janvier and Mayele Malipo have welcomed a healthy baby boy, Elisha, to the world. Prayers for this new life.

Millie Sieber -  Millie has been moved to assisted living at Asbury so she can rehab further before moving back to her apartment. Continue to pray for strength and recovery.

Baby Malakai - Kerry and Margaret Remp's grandson, Malakai, had successful heart surgery and has been able to go home sooner than expected. Continued prayers for strength and recovery. 

Skip Brackbill - Tom Brackbill requests prayers for his brother, Skip, dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

Mary Long's Father- Mary Long's father and Jessica Townesmith's grandfather, Howatt Mallinson, passed away on February 16th.

Kerry Remp- Kerry's mother passed away after a short stay in hospice. Please keep Kerry, Margaret and their whole family in prayer during this time.


Covid-19 - All in the world who are suffering from Covid-19, especially for patients, the mourning survivors of those who have perished, and the heroic medical professionals who are fighting the battle for us.

Mental Illness - Prayers for those suffering from mental illness and those who help to treat them. 

Homelessness - Prayers for those who struggle to find a place to live. 

Ukraine - Prayers for the country of Ukraine and the unknown future that is coming upon them. May we all strive for peace and harmony throughout the world. Visit the PCUSA Mission page here to donate to the refugee fund of the mission agency.

Earthquake Devastation - For the communities of Turkey and Syria who have experienced thousands of deaths following an earthquake this week.  

March Birthdays

Will Kilgore- March 2

Kathy White- March 5

Baret Webb-March 6

Jack Tymon- March 7

Julie Yeager- March 8

Judith Gregory- March 15

Sara Morris- March 18

Jeremy Lloyd- March 19

Marie Erickson- March 20

Sheri Liles- March 20

Alexis Durand- March 21

Herman Long- March 24

Mark Durand- March 25

Matthew Benz-Whittington - March 27

Georgia Benz-Whittington- March 29

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