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 24, 2021
Worship This Sunday
We welcome Rev. Rachel Penmore from the UT UKirk campus ministry to the pulpit this week. This is the first Sunday of Advent and as we move through the Sanctified Art theme of Close to Home this week’s subtheme is Homesick. 
As we begin Advent with the “Little Apocalypse” in Luke 21, we remember how far from home we are. The world is not as it should be. Many have lost their physical homes, many feel alone, and many are isolated. Many of us feel as if we are wandering with no clear way forward. This first week speaks to our deep longing—for our home to be made whole, made right, and made well. With deep longing, we watch for God. Thankfully, God enters a homesick world.
Join us for worship virtually by watching on our Facebook Page.
Matthew's Vacation
Pastor Matthew will take a week of vacation from November 22-29. Rev. Rachel Penmore of UT UKirk will be the guest preacher on Sunday, November 28.
Advent 2021
Check out our many Advent offerings for this season! You can sign up with the sheets in the back of the sanctuary or by emailing William in the office. 
Book Study- Wednesdays in Advent in the parlor with masks at 9am and 1pm- Thomas G. Long and Donyelle C. McCray wrote a daily devotional specifically for this pandemic world. A full description can be found here and you can read an excerpt from the book by following this link. Books can be purchased for $10. Email William in the office to sign up. 
Devotionals- Sign up to get either a daily advent devotional from A Sanctified Art that will correspond with our Advent theme of Close to Home or a daily Advent Journal that Columbia Theological Seminary has created for churches. Let William in the office know if you would like a copy of either or both. 
Advent Bible Study on Zoom- Rev. Bethany Benz-Whittington will lead a Zoom Bible study on Tuesdays in Advent at 7pm. She will explore the character of Mary in the Gospels learning about her role as the Mother of God. Email William in the office to sign up. 
Advent Bible Study November 30th at 7pm
On Tuesday, November 30, we begin our Advent Bible study, on Mary: Mother of God. Please join Rev. Bethany Benz-Whittington as she takes us on a journey into the joy, celebration, despair, grief, and rejoicing that is Mary. Find the study on Zoom at 7 pm.

Bethany BW (she/her) is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Highland Advent Study
Time: Nov 30, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Every week on Tue, until Dec 21, 2021, 4 occurrence(s)
    Nov 30, 2021 07:00 PM
    Dec 7, 2021 07:00 PM
    Dec 14, 2021 07:00 PM
    Dec 21, 2021 07:00 PM

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Christmas Joy Offering
Highland will participate in the final PCUSA Special Offering, the Christmas Joy Offering. The Christmas Joy Offering has been a cherished Presbyterian tradition since the 1930s. The Offering distributes gifts equally to the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions and to Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color. The Assistance Program provides critical financial support to church workers and their families. Presbyterian-related schools and colleges provide education and leadership development while nurturing racial and ethnic heritage. We will collect the offering on Sunday, December 19 but you can send in a gift any time in advance and put Christmas Joy in the memo line.
Happy Highlander’s Christmas lunch December 21st
On Tuesday, December 21, at 11:30 Happy Highlanders will be having Christmas Lunch at the Bistro at Asbury.

Upon arriving, you must check in at the Health Center or Assistant Living due to Covid practices. 

RSVP by Thursday, December 16, to Sandy Miller (223-8278) or Linda Furtsch (806-2969
Heifer International
Heifer International has been transforming lives for 75 years. Happy Highlanders is a leading a campaign for Highland to, once again, donate an Ark to Heifer. Each family that receives livestock from the Ark will pass the gift forward with livestock offspring being given to other families in need.

There will be a table set up in the back of the sanctuary on Sundays throughout the Christmas Season to collect donations, large or small. There are also Honor Cards available so that you may honor loved ones with your gift. Checks should be made out to Highland, with Heifer in the subject line.
Please prayerfully consider helping us to reach our goal of gifting an Ark ($5000) with your donation. Help us bring Joy to the World this Christmas Season.
"Hope and Gratitude in the Midst of Adversity" Multi-Faith Thanksgiving Service Nov. 21
On Sunday, November 21st at 3pm, the Blount County Ecumenical Action Council will be holding a Multi-Faith Thanksgiving Service via Zoom.

Participants need to register in advance for the gathering. To register, click this link.

After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about attending the virtual service on November 21.

Call 503-894-0187 or email ramaloha@hotmail.com for more information.
Highland Quilters
Fridays from 9am-12pm
Join Highland Quilters on Friday mornings from 9:00-noon. We meet in the Fellowship Hall. Machines, fabric, threads, scissors, etc. are all there waiting for you! We work together to make quilts for new babies, those who are ill, celebrations, or any need in the community. 
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.

Five congregations in the Presbytery of Milwaukee joined together on an initiative inspired by the Matthew 25 invitation to feed the hungry. Read the story linked below to see how it led to unexpected, broad collaboration. 
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 received the diagnosis of Guillain-Barre syndrome and is receiving treatment for it. Let’s surround her with prayer for strength and recovery. 
Mike Outler- Stacey Nordquist’s Brother-in-Law will begin cancer treatment at MD Anderson in Houston, TX. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

Bill- Friend of Jean Wortmann recently had successful surgery for pancreatic cancer and also has the diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. Please keep Bill and his family in your prayers at this time. 

Cathy VanHorn- Our new church friend, Cathy, broke her leg in two places on a hike. Prayers for recovery and gaining strength.

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.
At Asbury Place:
Bruce Watt
Nancy Davis.
November & December Birthdays
Holly Elliot- November 2nd
Susan Law- Nov. 7th
Joy Peace- Nov. 7th
Jason McTeer- Nov. 14th
Rebecca Judy- Nov. 19th
Susan Ambler- Nov. 20th
Jean Wortman- Nov. 21st
Ethan Lloyd- Nov. 22nd
Courtney Webb- Nov. 25th
Emma Meade- Nov. 26th
Kim Chaney-Bay- Nov. 27th
Reese Wills- December 5th
Melody Dees- December 7th
Dwane Bel- December 8th
Liam White- December 8th
Megan Baker- December 10th
Ed Meade- December 14th
David Campbell- December 15th
Jeff Bay- December 16th
Alex Anderson- December 21st
Jan Bell- December 25th
Eleanor Wills- December 27th
Mark Dunn- December 30th
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