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Lenten Family Service Project Begins
Feb
18
10:30 AM10:30

Lenten Family Service Project Begins

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Fill the Ark for Heifer International


The mission of Heifer International is simple - to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Since 1944, Heifer has helped more than 22.6 million families in more than 125 countries move toward greater self-reliance through gifts of livestock and training in environmentally sound agriculture.  Visit the Fill the Ark display in the Greeting Space or outside the Atrium this Sunday to pick up service project supplies.  Our goal for the project is $1,000 to provide animals and agricultural training to a community in need.

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Lenten Strengths Workshop
Feb
24
9:00 AM09:00

Lenten Strengths Workshop

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During Lent across the ages, disciples of Christ have devoted time to self-examination and prayer, seeking to align themselves more closely with God’s intentions for their lives.  Join us at Highlands on Saturday, February 24 from 9 am to 1:30 pm to discern your unique strengths using the StrengthsFinder inventory and explore ways to build on them through personal reflection and communal experience.  Cost is $20 for workshop materials and a light lunch.  Confidential scholarships are available by contacting Reggie Holder at reggie@highlandsumc.net.  To register, contact Kathleen Lalor at kblalor@gmail.com by February 21. 

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Kathleen Lalor, Highlands’ member and our facilitator, has taken this model into 5 states and offered it to well over a thousand individuals since 2002.  Quoting Kathleen, “I have witnessed over and over again, people experiencing a renewed sense of purpose and a clearer sense of their God-given identity through this shared experience.  I’ve also heard from many that they feel more genuinely connected with other participants than folks they’ve been in church with for years.  When I go back to the church where I last served, invariably people bring up how much this workshop and its insights have meant to them & continue to mean to them.”

Here are a few quotes from past participants:  “So enlightening!  Not only about myself, but in understanding and appreciating other people!”   “Why didn’t someone tell me all of this 25 years ago?”   “I thought everyone had my strengths and that I was nothing special—but now I have a fresh sense of what I uniquely bring to the table.”   “I feel so confirmed and so inspired to be who I am more fully!”   “Can I do it again and bring friends/family?”

In advance of the workshop day, February 24, participants will be provided with an online access code, which will allow each person to access the online StrengthsFinder inventory.   This is not a test, but an inventory grounded in over 25 years of research in 7 nations and now available in over 20 languages.  Upon completion of the inventory, your results will pop up almost immediately, giving you your top 5 Strengths Themes along with a brief description of each theme.  Kathleen asks that you then forward those results to her at kblalor@gmail.com by February 21, so that she can compile them for the workshop itself.

 

                

 

 

 

 

 

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Choral Evensong for Lent
Feb
25
4:00 PM16:00

Choral Evensong for Lent

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Join us Sunday, February 25 at 4 pm in the Sanctuary for a service of Choral Evensong for the Lenten season. Evensong, or Evening Prayers, is a beautiful choral music tradition in which the ‘song’ of voices sounding together in harmony is heard at the ‘even’ point between the active day and restful night, allowing listeners time for restful contemplation. All Are Welcome!

Musical selections:
Purcell's Evening Service in G minor
Tallis' Responses for Morning and Evening Prayer

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Highlands United Methodist Church is located at 1045 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35205. Parking is available at metered spaces on the street, at the Southside parking deck off Magnolia Avenue, and in the church parking lot located directly behind the church off Richard Arrington Blvd. Please reserve the church lot for those with limited mobility.

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Sight Seekers: Robinson Iron
Feb
26
9:00 AM09:00

Sight Seekers: Robinson Iron

On Monday, February 26, the Sight Seekers have an opportunity to visit Robinson Iron in Alexander City.  Robinson Iron has developed a worldwide reputation for restoring and creating cast metal.  The third generation of the Robinson family remains involved in running the company which was founded in 1946.  There are often 15 to 25 projects going on at any one time.  In 2015, Robinson Iron fabricated gates for the City Hall of Philadelphia based on drawings by the architect of the building in 1869.  In 2017, they restored the 158 year-old cupola of the Tennessee State Capitol Building.  Closer to home, they were the company that cleaned, recast, and coated the Vulcan statue atop Red Mountain from 1999 through 2003.  This is a unique opportunity, as Robinson Iron is not normally open for tours and it will be only our group during the visit. 

We will need to leave Highlands by 9 AM and the trip takes an hour and 20 minutes.  Following the tour, we will have lunch at Sho Nuff, which is well known for their barbecue and meat and veggie plates.  Cost of the trip and lunch is $15.  We should be back at the Church no later than 2:30 PM

To facilitate planning, it will be helpful to know how many people are interested in attending this trip.  Please e-mail Gayle Byrne (tennmiss@bellsouth.net) no later than Feb 7 and indicate whether or not you would like to attend.

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Children’s Cooking Service Project
Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

Children’s Cooking Service Project

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All children and their parents are invited to a kid’s cooking service project to fill the freezers for Community Ministries. Join us in the Fellowship Hall on Saturday, March 10 at 2pm to prepare casseroles and sandwiches for our neighborhood friends.

To register, contact Susan Rathmell.

Sign up to bring ingredients!

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be still: a contemplative worship experience
Mar
11
7:00 PM19:00

be still: a contemplative worship experience

Be still and know that I am God.
- Psalm 46:10


Drawing from the tradition of Compline - the service of evening prayers - our contemplative worship incorporates both ancient and emerging spiritual traditions, using a diversity of resources from Christian communities across the globe. Worshipers can expect a warm, welcoming, sacred space lit by candlelight, prayer, silence, and simple, distinctive music that calls us to a richer communion with God and our neighbor. Although there may be short readings, there will be no sermons or homilies, leaving room for your own prayerful ponderings.

Highlands United Methodist Church offers contemplative worship on the second Sunday of each month at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary. All Are Welcome.

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/373874509699774

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Community Easter Egg Hunt
Mar
24
9:30 AM09:30

Community Easter Egg Hunt

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Join us at Railroad Park on Saturday, March 24 for an Easter Egg Hunt and fun together with the Highlands family and larger Birmingham community.  Games and activities will begin at 9:30 a.m.  Egg Hunt will begin promptly at 10!

Youth and adult helpers are needed to hide eggs and facilitate games and activities.  To sign up, contact Mary Elizabeth Neal.

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be still: a contemplative worship experience
Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

be still: a contemplative worship experience

Be still and know that I am God.
- Psalm 46:10


Drawing from the tradition of Compline - the service of evening prayers - our contemplative worship incorporates both ancient and emerging spiritual traditions, using a diversity of resources from Christian communities across the globe. Worshipers can expect a warm, welcoming, sacred space lit by candlelight, prayer, silence, and simple, distinctive music that calls us to a richer communion with God and our neighbor. Although there may be short readings, there will be no sermons or homilies, leaving room for your own prayerful ponderings.

Highlands United Methodist Church offers contemplative worship on the second Sunday of each month at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary. All Are Welcome.

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/167618477146432

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be still: a contemplative worship experience
May
13
7:00 PM19:00

be still: a contemplative worship experience

Be still and know that I am God.
- Psalm 46:10


Drawing from the tradition of Compline - the service of evening prayers - our contemplative worship incorporates both ancient and emerging spiritual traditions, using a diversity of resources from Christian communities across the globe. Worshipers can expect a warm, welcoming, sacred space lit by candlelight, prayer, silence, and simple, distinctive music that calls us to a richer communion with God and our neighbor. Although there may be short readings, there will be no sermons or homilies, leaving room for your own prayerful ponderings.

Highlands United Methodist Church offers contemplative worship on the second Sunday of each month at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary. All Are Welcome.

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/115478712452466

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Open Table Float in Pride Parade
Jun
9
5:30 PM17:30

Open Table Float in Pride Parade

Join Open Table in the Birmingham Pride Parade, distributing water bottles and the message that All Are Welcome at Highlands. Meet at Highlands parking lot at 5:30 p.m. to carpool to the parade route.  Parade will start at dusk.  Wear bright colors or your Highlands All Are Welcome t-shirts and good shoes for walking.  All are welcome and invited to attend!  All parade participants will need to sign a registration form.  Minors will need a parent's consent.

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Christmas Eve Hospitality Bags
Dec
21
4:30 PM16:30

Christmas Eve Hospitality Bags

Each year, Highlands' Open Table assembles gift bags for worshipers to take with them following Christmas Eve services.  These bags are a small way of showing our appreciation for those who must work the holiday - first responders, doctors and nurses, convenience store attendants, etc.  Join us in the Fellowship Hall to assemble the bags and fellowship together.

Individually wrapped snack crackers, nuts, cookies, or candy are needed to fill the bags!  Contact Michele Nailen to help out!

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Open Table Social: MCAC Pancake Dinner
Feb
13
5:30 PM17:30

Open Table Social: MCAC Pancake Dinner

Join your friends from Open Table and other Reconciling groups from other local Methodist Churches in supporting the Magic City Acceptance Center's Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner.  Cost is $10 per person and all proceeds benefit MCAC.  Parking at MCAC is limited, so carpooling from the Highlands UMC parking lot is available - just let us know you're planning to attend and arrive a few minutes before 5:30. 

Event for Magic City Acceptance Center Pancake Dinner: https://www.facebook.com/events/143597249692690/

Magic City Acceptance Center is located at 2500 4th Ave S, Birmingham, Alabama 35233.

Highlands UMC is located at 1045 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35205.  Parking lot is off Richard Arrington Blvd. between 11th Avenue and Magnolia Avenue.

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People in Motion
Feb
13
1:00 PM13:00

People in Motion

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People in Motion will be offering a dance class beginning Tuesday February 13th at 1pm in the Fellowship Hall. We will meet for eight Tuesdays at a cost of $75, or $10 per class. This class is open to adults of all ages and abilities. No previous dance training required. Please come join for an hour of fun, fellowship, and dance!!  For further information please contact Cynthia Brennan at 205-213-7322 or cacmjp@bellsouth.net.

 

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UMW Circle 1 Meeting
Feb
12
11:00 AM11:00

UMW Circle 1 Meeting

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Join the ladies of the Circle 1 on Monday, February 12 at 11:00 a.m. for our monthly meeting.  Bring a bag lunch and drink and we will provide dessert.  Mary Elizabeth Neal will give a presentation on church communications and technologies.  To RSVP or for more information, contact Kim McRae at kimmcrae4@gmail.com.

 

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be still: a contemplative worship experience
Feb
11
7:00 PM19:00

be still: a contemplative worship experience

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Be still and know that I am God.
- Psalm 46:10


Drawing from the tradition of Compline - the service of evening prayers - our contemplative worship incorporates both ancient and emerging spiritual traditions, using a diversity of resources from Christian communities across the globe. Worshipers can expect a warm, welcoming, sacred space lit by candlelight, prayer, silence, and simple, distinctive music that calls us to a richer communion with God and our neighbor. Although there may be short readings, there will be no sermons or homilies, leaving room for your own prayerful ponderings.

This month's contemplative worship service will be a love feast - a service of Moravian origin in which Christ is encoutered through the sharing food, prayer, and hymns. 

Highlands United Methodist Church offers contemplative worship on the second Sunday of each month at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. All Are Welcome.

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Mercedes Marathon - No 8:30 Service and Traffic Delays
Feb
11
8:00 AM08:00

Mercedes Marathon - No 8:30 Service and Traffic Delays

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The annual Mercedes Marathon will take place on Sunday, February 11, 2018.  The race route spans most of Downtown and Southside Birmingham, running through Five Points South on 11th Avenue and winding around Highland Avenue.  Roads will be blocked, so you may wish to find an alternative route to church this week.  Highlands will provide dashboard signs to help law enforcement officers direct you through to the church.  Dashboard signs can be picked up on Sunday, February 4, 2018

Highlands will not have an 8:30 a.m. worship service this week.

Highlands has several members participating in this year's race.  If you are interested in cheering them on from the church lawn, please contact Deb Welsh or George Gaskin

For more information on the Mercedes Marathon, visit www.mercedesmarathon.com.

 

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Stephen Ministry Book Study - Session 5
Feb
7
6:30 PM18:30

Stephen Ministry Book Study - Session 5

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The Stephen Ministry system trains and organizes lay people to provide a caring ministry for their local church congregation. Highlands has recently become a Stephen Ministry church, and we will begin our training in the spring. Join us for this kick-off event book study, using the book Christian Caregiving, A Way of Life.

Led by Annie Green, Deb Welsh, and Mikah Hudson.  Anyone who would like to learn more about this new ministry is invited to attend. 

For more information, see one of the leaders or visit www.stephenministry.org.

 

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Grounded Book Study - Session 5
Feb
7
6:30 PM18:30

Grounded Book Study - Session 5

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Upper Room Class E209

Led by Reggie Holder

Grounded by Diana Butler Bass explores the fact that religion is on the decline in America as many people leave behind traditional religious practices and suggests that what appears to be a decline may actually be a major transformation in how people understand and experience God. This shift, from a vertical understanding of God to a God found on the horizons of nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that surrounds us—and that is challenging not only religious institutions but political and social ones as well.

Grounded guides readers through our contemporary spiritual habitat as it points out and pays attention to the ways in which people experience a God who animates creation and community and looks at new ways of understanding God.

Bringing her understanding of the latest research and studies and her deep knowledge of history and theology to Grounded, Bass cites news, trends, data, and pop culture, weaves in spiritual texts and ancient traditions, and pulls it all together through stories of her own and others’ spiritual journeys. Grounded observes and reports a radical change in the way many people understand God and how they practice faith. In doing so, Bass invites readers to join this emerging spiritual revolution, find a revitalized expression of faith, and change the world.

Books will be available for purchase in the Greeting Space, starting Sunday, January 7.

Contact Reggie Holder for more information. 

 

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Grounded Book Study - Session 4
Jan
31
6:30 PM18:30

Grounded Book Study - Session 4

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Upper Room Class E209

Led by Reggie Holder

Grounded by Diana Butler Bass explores the fact that religion is on the decline in America as many people leave behind traditional religious practices and suggests that what appears to be a decline may actually be a major transformation in how people understand and experience God. This shift, from a vertical understanding of God to a God found on the horizons of nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that surrounds us—and that is challenging not only religious institutions but political and social ones as well.

Grounded guides readers through our contemporary spiritual habitat as it points out and pays attention to the ways in which people experience a God who animates creation and community and looks at new ways of understanding God.

Bringing her understanding of the latest research and studies and her deep knowledge of history and theology to Grounded, Bass cites news, trends, data, and pop culture, weaves in spiritual texts and ancient traditions, and pulls it all together through stories of her own and others’ spiritual journeys. Grounded observes and reports a radical change in the way many people understand God and how they practice faith. In doing so, Bass invites readers to join this emerging spiritual revolution, find a revitalized expression of faith, and change the world.

Books will be available for purchase in the Greeting Space, starting Sunday, January 7.

Contact Reggie Holder for more information. 

 

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Stephen Ministry Book Study - Session 4
Jan
31
6:30 PM18:30

Stephen Ministry Book Study - Session 4

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The Stephen Ministry system trains and organizes lay people to provide a caring ministry for their local church congregation. Highlands has recently become a Stephen Ministry church, and we will begin our training in the spring. Join us for this kick-off event book study, using the book Christian Caregiving, A Way of Life.

Led by Annie Green, Deb Welsh, and Mikah Hudson.  Anyone who would like to learn more about this new ministry is invited to attend. 

For more information, see one of the leaders or visit www.stephenministry.org.

 

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Sight Seekers: Third Space Exhibit at Birmingham Museum of Art
Jan
25
9:30 AM09:30

Sight Seekers: Third Space Exhibit at Birmingham Museum of Art

Third Space, the first large exhibition of contemporary art from the Museum’s own
collection. Third Space features over 100 works of art in a variety of mediums, including
painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and video. This exhibition creates connections
between the American South and other parts of the world using contemporary art.
Meet at Highlands at 9:30 a.m. Cost $15.

Sight Seekers is our day travel group made up of Highlands’ adults, all ages and interests. We meet once a month to visit sights and attractions in the Birmingham metro area. Everyone is welcome to join with us on one or all outings!  To make a reservation, call the church office at 933-8751 or drop a note in the offering plate.

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Stephen Ministry Book Study - Session 3
Jan
24
6:30 PM18:30

Stephen Ministry Book Study - Session 3

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The Stephen Ministry system trains and organizes lay people to provide a caring ministry for their local church congregation. Highlands has recently become a Stephen Ministry church, and we will begin our training in the spring. Join us for this kick-off event book study, using the book Christian Caregiving, A Way of Life.

Led by Annie Green, Deb Welsh, and Mikah Hudson.  Anyone who would like to learn more about this new ministry is invited to attend. 

For more information, see one of the leaders or visit www.stephenministry.org.

 

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Grounded Book Study - Session 3
Jan
24
6:30 PM18:30

Grounded Book Study - Session 3

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Upper Room Class E209

Led by Reggie Holder

Grounded by Diana Butler Bass explores the fact that religion is on the decline in America as many people leave behind traditional religious practices and suggests that what appears to be a decline may actually be a major transformation in how people understand and experience God. This shift, from a vertical understanding of God to a God found on the horizons of nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that surrounds us—and that is challenging not only religious institutions but political and social ones as well.

Grounded guides readers through our contemporary spiritual habitat as it points out and pays attention to the ways in which people experience a God who animates creation and community and looks at new ways of understanding God.

Bringing her understanding of the latest research and studies and her deep knowledge of history and theology to Grounded, Bass cites news, trends, data, and pop culture, weaves in spiritual texts and ancient traditions, and pulls it all together through stories of her own and others’ spiritual journeys. Grounded observes and reports a radical change in the way many people understand God and how they practice faith. In doing so, Bass invites readers to join this emerging spiritual revolution, find a revitalized expression of faith, and change the world.

Books will be available for purchase in the Greeting Space, starting Sunday, January 7.

Contact Reggie Holder for more information. 

 

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Children's Choir Resumes
Jan
24
4:45 PM16:45

Children's Choir Resumes

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Children's Choir resumes on January 24, 2018!  Children's Choir is open to all children in elementary school and meets every Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m in room E208.  Carpooling from Vestavia, Mountain Brook, and Homewood is available if your child would like to participate but needs a ride. 

Children's Choir sings during 10:30 worship about once a month and will sing on Palm Sunday on March 25, 2018 and for Good Shepherd Sunday on April 22, 2018.

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Grounded Book Study - Session 2
Jan
17
6:30 PM18:30

Grounded Book Study - Session 2

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Upper Room Class E209

Led by Reggie Holder

Grounded by Diana Butler Bass explores the fact that religion is on the decline in America as many people leave behind traditional religious practices and suggests that what appears to be a decline may actually be a major transformation in how people understand and experience God. This shift, from a vertical understanding of God to a God found on the horizons of nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that surrounds us—and that is challenging not only religious institutions but political and social ones as well.

Grounded guides readers through our contemporary spiritual habitat as it points out and pays attention to the ways in which people experience a God who animates creation and community and looks at new ways of understanding God.

Bringing her understanding of the latest research and studies and her deep knowledge of history and theology to Grounded, Bass cites news, trends, data, and pop culture, weaves in spiritual texts and ancient traditions, and pulls it all together through stories of her own and others’ spiritual journeys. Grounded observes and reports a radical change in the way many people understand God and how they practice faith. In doing so, Bass invites readers to join this emerging spiritual revolution, find a revitalized expression of faith, and change the world.

Books will be available for purchase in the Greeting Space, starting Sunday, January 7.

Contact Reggie Holder for more information. 

 

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Stephen Ministry Book Study - Session 2
Jan
17
6:30 PM18:30

Stephen Ministry Book Study - Session 2

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The Stephen Ministry system trains and organizes lay people to provide a caring ministry for their local church congregation. Highlands has recently become a Stephen Ministry church, and we will begin our training in the spring. Join us for this kick-off event book study, using the book Christian Caregiving, A Way of Life.

Led by Annie Green, Deb Welsh, and Mikah Hudson.  Anyone who would like to learn more about this new ministry is invited to attend. 

For more information, see one of the leaders or visit www.stephenministry.org.

 

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be still: a contemplative worship experience
Jan
14
7:00 PM19:00

be still: a contemplative worship experience

Be still and know that I am God.
- Psalm 46:10


Drawing from the tradition of Compline - the service of evening prayers - our contemplative worship incorporates both ancient and emerging spiritual traditions, using a diversity of resources from Christian communities across the globe. Worshipers can expect a warm, welcoming, sacred space lit by candlelight, prayer, silence, and simple, distinctive music that calls us to a richer communion with God and our neighbor. Although there may be short readings, there will be no sermons or homilies, leaving room for your own prayerful ponderings.

Highlands United Methodist Church offers contemplative worship on the second Sunday of each month at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. All Are Welcome.

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