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

June 23rd, 2022

Worship this Sunday

Join us this Sunday, June 26. Pastor Matthew will be on vacation the week of June 20-26. Rev. Susan Reisinger will guest preach on Sunday.


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


Highland’s Session has voted to keep all our Covid protocols in place. We are all so appreciative with all your patience as we have navigated this pandemic. 

Bulletin for June 26th (word doc)
Bulletin for June 26th (pdf)

New Presbyterian Women Bible Study


Highland’s Presbyterian Women’s Circle will take the summer months of July and August off, and will return on Thursday, September 1, 2022 to meet at 1:30 pm in the church parlor.


At that time, we will begin our new PW Bible study for the 2022-2023 year:  “Celebrating Sabbath: Accepting God’s Gift of Rest and Delight” by Carol M. Bechtel and Laura Mariko Cheifetz. The study contains nine lessons, and we will cover one lesson each month, using scripture passages from Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Isaiah, Matthew, Luke and Acts.

Read More Here

Story Time with Pastor Matthew

Every Tuesday from June 7 – July 26

Join Matthew for story time this summer! We will read a few books, sing a song, and have a craft at the end! This is a fun, weekly activity for our younger children and you are more than welcome to invite friends to join in as well. We will meet outside in pavilion and if weather is not permitting, we will move into the sanctuary.


Story Time will take a break this week while Pastor Matthew is on vacation. Join on Tuesday, June 28 when Matthew returns. The theme that week will be Dinosaurs!


Maryville Area Youth

Maryville Area Youth (M.A.Y.) is a ministry partnership with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church for our children and youth to gather around games and fellowship. We share our spaces, resources and combine our numbers together for larger and more consistent events. 


Pray for us for the next MA.Y. event on Monday, June 27 as we go to Dollywood! 


Our next event will be a pool party at the Meade’s house on Sunday, July 10th. We will cookout, swim, play games and have a fun day outside! More details will follow as we get closer to that day.

Becoming A Beloved Community: Understanding Systemic Racism

A Joint Study with St. Paul AME Zion and New Providence Presbyterian Churches

Join Becoming a Beloved Community as we develop an understanding of our history as churches, denominations, and communities. Understanding the history that molds us is essential to moving forward together. To accomplish this goal, the group of individuals listed below will guide us through some of the major events of our racial history. In addition to the speakers, we will also be reading together a work by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You.  The dates are June 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th and July 10th and 17th. The meetings are Sundays at 7:00 at New Providence Presbyterian Church. Childcare will be provided if you reserve at the beginning of each week to cpfree4@bellsouth.net.

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Matthew 25 Spotlight

Being a Matthew 25 Presbytery means we are constantly working toward creating the beloved community. Each week, in this email, we will share resources or stories of ways of engaging the three challenges of Dismantling Structural Racism, Eradicating Systemic Poverty and Building Congregational Vitality.

See how churches, neighborhood council partner providing new opportunities in Cincinnati neighborhood as they live into the Matthew 25 Iniative. 


Watch video here.

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.

Judith Gregory- Judith had successful surgery and is back home resting. Her doctors have high hopes that this surgery will help her progress forward. Please keep her in your prayers.

Pastor Amy- Rev. Amy Bradly from St. Andrew’s Episcopal of Maryville received great news this past week in regards to her breast cancer diagnosis. No lymph nodes were positive and she will still receive chemo and radiation as a precaution but clinically she is cancer free! Please continue to pray for her and her family as they enter this next stage.

Ruth Law- Ruth had to have her only kidney removed due to cancer and is on a waiting list for a transplant. 


Tracey Farr- Tracey is running for public office and the District 2 of Blount County. Keep her in prayer as she undertakes her campaign. 


Cindy Benz- Cindy had foot surgery and will have a few months of recovery. Prayers for patience and strength during her healing. 

Keisa Pascalini- Janvier and Mayele’s daughter, Keisa, has been dealing with dizziness and seizures. Prayers for their family as they navigate this difficult medical aliment. 

Kim Chaney-Bay- Kim fell and bruised her shoulder. Prayers for quick recovery. 


Bruce Watt- Bruce’s dementia has progressed and his family is having to seek more help for him. Prayers for Bruce and his family during this difficult time. 


Christie Morris- Christie is going through a difficult time and life and needs prayers of support. 


Liz (Betty) Knot- Betty was a classmate of Corita and Millie who passed away last week after a life dedicated to helping Palestinian children get access to school, resources and a better life.


Senators and leaders- Prayers for guidance as our national and local leaders debate gun legislation and many other laws that impact the day to day life of so many. 


Pride Month- Prayers of acceptance to our LGBTQIA+ for those who celebrate their true self during pride month and prayers of comfort who have felt hurt by their church before.

We lift-up especially the following prayer concerns:                                           

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.

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.

At Asbury Place:

Bruce Watt

June Birthdays

 Nelda Camper June 3rd

Leonard Blankner  June 5th

Ron Graves June 8th

 Katherine Nordquist June 10th

Susan Rice June 11th

Bethany Benz-Whittington June 12th

Samantha Ozaeta  June 21st

Lauren Schrock June 23rd

Bob Ambler June 26th

Elizabeth Kemp June 27th

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