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 26th, 2023

Worship this Sunday

Join us for worship this Sunday, May 28th for Pentecost Sunday and make sure you wear red which is the liturgical color to represent the Holy Spirit! This is the Sunday we celebrate the ‘birth’ of the church when the Holy Spirit rushed through the room the disciples were hiding in and gave them the gifts they needed to go out into the world and share the good news of Jesus Christ. What gifts do we need to go out into the world and share that same good news? How do you feel the Holy Spirit moving in your life? Come to worship this Sunday and we will explore these questions and more. 

The church office will be closed, Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day. 

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

Bulletin (word document)
Bulletin (PDF)

Highland is a More Light Congregation

On Monday, May 22nd, the session of Highland voted for us to become a More Light congregation. This is a recognition within our denomination that we are a congregation that, ‘work(s) for the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people in the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and in society.” 

This is the beginning of a journey and opportunities for education and growth and we recognize that not everyone is on the same part of this journey. You might have a lot of questions. Here are a few helpful links to help you understand the More Light organization. 


More Light Website


History of More Light


What We Believe


Becoming a More Light Church and Why

Presbytery May 2023 Meeting Recap

Elder Tracey Farr was the commissioner for the May 2023 meeting of the Presbytery of East Tennessee and attached here is her report from the meeting. 

May 23rd Meeting

Free Little Neighborhood Item of the Week

The item of the week is kid’s snacks and supplies. Since we are officially collecting the Pentecost offering this Sunday which helps to support youth and young adults in our denomination, let’s get our Neighborhood boxes filled with snacks, food, wipes, diapers or anything that would make life easier for parents of young children.

Presbytery Newsletter 

Being Presbyterian means we are part of a connectional church. Our local governing body is the Presbytery of East Tennessee and at the link below you can read the weekly newsletter that provides updates to events and ministries that are happening all around us. You can also sign up to get the newsletter by going to the Presbytery’s website and going to the bottom of the homepage.

Newsletter link for week of May 22nd  

Pentecost Special Offering

Sunday, April 30-Sunday, May 28

Highland will collect the next PCUSA Special Offering, The Pentecost Offering on Sunday, May 28. 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.

Our 40% of the offering will be split between a donation to the Boys and Girls Club and towards our Free Little Neighborhood.

Learn more about the offering at this link.

The Beloved Community Outreach Foundation 


Join the Beloved Community Outreach foundation for their 10th Annual Memorial/Decoration Day Celebration on Monday, May 29, 2023 noon-1:00 pm at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Alcoa. This location is on Kings Court off of N. Hall Road and a little past the Quality Inn Hotel. This will be a time of remembrance, celebration, and fellowship.

Presbyterian Women Bible Study 

Thursday, June 1st, 1:30 pm


Highland’s own Circle of Presbyterian Women will meet to discuss the final lesson of the 2022-2023 Bible study on Thursday, June 1 at noon in the Fellowship Hall. (Please note the change in time and location.) We will discuss Lesson Nine in the study “Celebrating Sabbath”. The topic is “Sabbath and Community.” Since “community is key for sustaining us in our Sabbath journey,” we will celebrate our community with a pizza lunch! All are welcome! For more info, contact moderator Diane Brown at dianebrowntn@gmail.com.


The May e-newsletter of the Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of East Tennessee is here! It can be viewed at this link. 


We have lots of news about the Spring Gathering held on May 6. In addition, you can read about PW’s scholarship recipient Jessica Lewis, Mission Haven’s Spring Events, Historic Mars Hill Presbyterian Church in Athens, and the latest on peace and justice causes.

Summer Story Time with Pastor Matthew 

Join Pastor Matthew for Summer Story Time on Wednesdays from 10:00-11:00 am in the church pavilion starting on Wednesday, May 31st. This is a time that is meant for younger children and similar to a story time that you would see at a library. We will have a theme of the week with stories, activities, and art. Come out for a fun time! 

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.

Jussara’s Dog - This past week Jussara and her family had to say goodbye to their beloved dog, Thor, after a short battle with cancer. Keep Jussara and her family in our prayers.

Bruce and Jaki Day’s Daughter - Bruce and Jaki Day’s daughter, Shannon, recently lost her mother-in-law to a sudden passing. Shannon and her two children have traveled to Tennessee for the funeral and will stay here for Shannon to give birth. Let us pray for Shannon’s husband who is on military deployment, but is able to come home for the funeral.

Tracey Farr’s Friend - Tracey Farr’s friend, Brian, has a partner, Matt, who has been diagnosed with cancer and is beginning treatment. Let us pray for them as they begin this journey and that treatment goes well. 

Millie Sieber - Millie fell and broke a bone in her foot. She is recovering well and appreciates your prayers.

Susan's Family - Susan’s Family- Susan Ambler's family member Cybil has been diagnosed with breast cancer and has started treatment and is responding well so far. 

Skip Brackbill - Tom Brackbill requests prayers for his brother, Skip, dealing with a cancer diagnosis.


Covid-19 - 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.

Mental Illness - Prayers for those suffering from mental illness and those who help to treat them. 

Homelessness - Prayers for those who struggle to find a place to live. 

May & June Birthdays

Will Kemp - May 6

Linda Furtsch - May 7

Amber McMahon-Weller - May 8

Leo Benz-Whittington - May 8

Cindy Benz - May 19

Kay Pruitt - May 20

David Kemp - May 27

Nelda Camper - June 3

Leonard Blankner - June 5

Katherine Nordquist - June 10

Martha Vargas - June 10

Bethany Benz-Whittington - June 12

Steven Rusher - June 19

Bob Ambler - June 26

Elizabeth Kemp - June 27

If there are any announcements that you would like to include in the Highland Happening, please email office@highlandpresby.org by noon the Wednesday prior to the Highland Happening going out.

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