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
October 7, 2021
Worship This Sunday
This Sunday, October 10th, we will have our 9:00 am pavilion service and 10:30 am sanctuary service.

Is it here? Is it there? Where is it??? This Sunday’s text from the Gospel of Luke has Jesus telling his disciples where they can find the Kingdom of God. The good news for all of us is that it is everywhere! But, the question we must ask, how do we participate in the Kingdom of God in the here and now? Join us this Sunday as we explore this idea and we continue in our stewardship campaign. 

Stewardship Season 2021
Our stewardship campaign this year will focus on Witnessing Change. Change is happening all around us. How does the Church respond to this change? How does Highland respond to this change? Where do we find hope in the midst of all of this change? From Sunday, October 3 to Sunday, October 17 we will look at three different text from the Gospels where Jesus talks about change. Our commitment Sunday will be October 17 and we hope that you and your family will think and pray upon what you can give to the church next year.

Click here to view the Stewardship Letter.
Daytime Circle Bible Study
Highland’s Daytime Circle will begin the new 2021-2022 PW Bible study in September: “What My Grandmothers Taught Me: Learning from the Women in Matthew’s Genealogy of Jesus”. The study is open to ALL circles, and the entire congregation! We will meet TODAY, October 7th. For more information, or to sign up, contact Diane Brown (865-323-7701 or dianebrowntn@gmail.com).
Fall Book Study
Tuesdays from Sept. 14-Oct. 19
This fall we will read the book Race in America as a church book study. As we have become a Matthew 25 congregation, one of the challenges is Dismantling Structural Racism and this book will be a great starting point to educate us.

There will be an in-person session in the morning (10:00-11:00 am) at the church and an evening (7:00 pm) session on Zoom.
Maryville College Homecoming Weekend
Maryville College will hold its Homecoming Weekend from October 22-24. We are happy to say that Highland will be the featured homecoming church! We will welcome any MC alum during the service and recognize students of past and present in our congregation. Follow this link to learn more about the events for that weekend.
Advent Journals
If anyone would like to get an Advent Journal that Columbia Theological Seminary will put together for this year, let Matthew know by October 13 so he can put in an order. These are made for no cost for churches who would like them.

Surveys for Church
Please find links to two different surveys to help Matthew in planning for the future. 
Winter Worship- The first survey is for how and whether to continue the 9am worship service as the weather gets colder and worshipping in the pavilion will no longer be safe Winter Worship Survey. 
Church Camping Trip- We are having talks of planning a churchwide camping trip for summer of 2022 at the Elkmont Group Campground in GSMNP. In order to pull this off, we need to reserve campsites soon and pick dates. Please take this survey if you are even slightly interested in something like this. Church Camping Trip Survey
Matthew 25 Spotlight
Dr. Bill McConnell will be leading an educational webinar on this topic on Wednesday, October 20 at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom on what it means to be a Matthew 25 Congregation.

Pre-registration is required, and you can do that here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0qd-2hrj4vEtHjTqF2W8wg-nwSQax9mWRZ
Bill McConnell is the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Mission Engagement Advisor for congregations and mid councils in the Synods of Living Waters, Mid-America, and Lakes & Prairies. He has served in this position since December 2016.
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.

Tina- Martha Vargas’ daughter has been admitted to the hospital for covid-19 and pneumonia in Atlanta, GA. She is doing well and receiving treatment, but prayers are appreciated. 
Mildred Engelhardt- Mildred passed away on Monday, October 4, 2021. A private service will be held for her family. Keep her loved ones in your prayers. 
Jim Cornett- Jim passed away on Saturday, October 2, 2021. A private service has been held for his family. You can view his obituary here.

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.

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


Friends and family are invited to a 50th Wedding Anniversary Party for Martin and Sandy Walker on October 16, 2021 beginning at 5:00 PM. The party, hosted by their daughter Christie Walker Morris, will be held at the Walkers' home at 4848 Mint Road, Maryville. Please RSVP to 984-3582. The Walkers request no gifts.
October Birthdays

Molly Bay- Oct. 2
Gene Johnson- Oct. 19
Rich Schenk- Oct. 25
Christie Morris- Oct. 26
Sweet Young- Oct. 27

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