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 5th, 2022

Worship this Sunday

Join us this Sunday, May 8 for the Fourth Sunday of Easter. We will look at the passage from John 10:22-30. 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.


We will also dedicate our first Free Little Neighborhood box and we encourage you to bring canned goods and dry food for us to stock up our box! 


Our Session will meet next Tuesday, May 10 to discuss business and ministry of the church. Please keep your church leadership in your prayers.

Bulletin for May 8th (word doc)
Bulletin for May 8th (pdf)
Worship Service May 1st
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.

CHANGE OF DATE: 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
Free Little Neighborhood Build Day Saturday, May 7
You may remember me sharing with you on Mr. Rogers’ Day about the idea for a Free Little Neighborhood that we could build on our property and put various items that are needed like food, medical supplies, school supplies, clothes and anything else. There has been positive feedback to this idea and we will have a build day on Saturday, May 7 from 9am-noon at Highland with some help from Habitat for Humanity. We hope to build and put up two or three of these structures and begin filling them soon. There will be a posterboard in the sanctuary this Sunday with a list of needed items and if you have anything you can donate, please bring them to the church We will dedicate the Neighborhood in worship on Sunday, May 8.

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. 
Please mark your calendar for the next M.A.Y. event at Highland on Sunday, May 15 at noon. It will be a cookout and outdoor games. 

Labyrinth Walk Invite

The Long family invites you to Seven Springs Retreats you to join us for an open house and meditative labyrinth walk on WORLD LABYRINTH DAY, Saturday, May 7, 2022 from 11:00-3:00. We will be offering a short introduction to labyrinths on the hour each hour. The walk can then be done individually at any time. We are excited to see you May 7 for this free event. Please RSVP to info@sevenspringsretreats.com


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. 


Baby McMahon-Weller- Amber and Kimberly welcomed a new baby girl, Evelyn Corrine to the world. We give thanks for new life!

Nancy Davis- We received news from Nancy’s family that she passed away on Thursday, April 7. A private service will be held for her family in Wisconsin. Please keep Nancy’s loved ones and family in your prayers. You can read Nancy’s obituary at this link.

James Glen Connor Jr.- Sandy Walker’s brother, James, passed away due to complication from diabetes. A private service for his family will be held. Please keep Sandy, the Walker family and James’ family and loved ones in your prayers. 

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

April & 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.
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Church Calendar for May
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