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

May 12th, 2022

Worship this Sunday

Join us this Sunday, May 15 for the Fifth Sunday of Easter. We will look at the passage from John 13:31-35 where Jesus tells his disciples that others will know they are followers of him based on how they share their love. Reminder that masks will be optional for worship, but you are welcome to wear them as your feel comfortable. Join us in person or live on our Facebook Page.


Pastor Matthew will be on study leave this next week from May 16-22 in Montreat, NC. Beth Ragsdale will be our guest preacher on Sunday, May 22. If any pastoral concerns arise, contact the church office.

Bulletin for May 15th (word doc)
Bulletin for May 15th (pdf)
Worship Service May 8th
Hymnal Dedication Bookplate
If you would like to have a bookplate in our new Glory to God hymnal which we dedicated in memory of Dotty Bushing, please fill out an online form with the link below. A suggestion donation of $25 will help to grow and continue the Dotty Bushing Memorial Fund and support our music ministry for years to come.

Happy Highlanders May 18th

Happy Highlanders will meet on Tuesday, 5/18 at 11:30 in the fellowship hall. Let’s learn about each other! Please bring an item for Bring and Brag - something you are proud of that you made or inherited or just have, that reflects you! Also, bring a sack lunch. Light refreshments and beverage will be provided.

In advance, mark your calendars for our picnic on June 21. The pavilion at Asbury has been reserved.

We hope to see on May 18 for some interesting fellowship!

Presbyterian Women’s May Meeting and Daytime Circle Updates

Join the Presbyterian Women’s Circle for their monthly Bible study on Thursday, May 12 at 1:30 pm in the Parlor as they read through What My Grandmother Taught Me Contact Diane Brown for more information.

Use the button below to read about the updates from the PW circle of Highland and especially of their support of a student, Mary Jane, in the Philippines. Thank you to Diane Brown for her leadership and write up of this report and all the women who attend these events.

Daytime Circle Updates

Pentecost Offering

Between now and Sunday, June 5, we will collect the next PC(USA) Special Offering, the Pentecost Offering. A gift to the Pentecost Offering helps the church encourage, develop, and support its young people, and also address the needs of at-risk children. 40% of the Pentecost offering can be retained by individual congregations wanting to make an impact in the lives of young people within their own community. The remaining 60% is used to support children-at-risk, youth, and young adults through ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.

Maryville Area Youth Gathering in May

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. 


Join us for the next M.A.Y. event this Sunday, May 15 at noon at Highland. It will be a cookout and outdoor games. Sign up to bring side items at this link.

University of Tennessee Campus Ministry Spring Fundraiser

Did you know that Pastor Matthew serves on the UT Presbyterian Campus Ministry board? It has been a fun way to be involved in the presbytery and if you would like to make a donation we are asking 100 individuals to donate $20.22 in honor of the class of UKirk graduating class of 2022. This ministry has been on campus here at UT Knoxville for 75 years and our hope is that we will be here for another 75 years. UKirk is a completely donor based ministry, meaning we rely on donations from individuals like yourself, churches and the Presbytery of East Tennessee.

So, would you please consider making a one time gift of $20.22 before the end of May?


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.

A church in Franklin, KY creates clothes closest to live out its goal as a Matthew 25 congregation. Read their story 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 has consulted with a specialist at Vanderbilt Medical center and has surgery scheduled for May 24 to relieve a pinched nerve. We pray that the doctors, nurses and all involved will help Judith in a full recovery. Please keep her in your prayers.

Charolette Tymon- Charolette injured her knee in a track event and need prayers as she awaits results of MRI.  

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

May Birthdays

Will Kemp- May 6

Linda Furtsch- May 7

Leo Benz-Whittington- May 8

Amber McMahon-Weller- May 8

Cindy Benz- May 19

Kay Peace- May 20

David Kemp- May 27

If there are any announcements that you would like to include in the Highland Happening, please email communications@highlandpresby.org by noon the Wednesday prior to the Highland Happening going out.
Click the button above to visit our online giving page. It only take a few minutes to set up an account and you can schedule automatic payments to keep up with your pledge.
Visit the new calendar page on the Highland website to stay up to date with what is happening in the life of the church. A printed version will remain in the Highland Happening every week. 
Church Calendar for May
Church Calendar for June

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