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Sumatanga Day Camp
Jun
18
to Jun 22

Sumatanga Day Camp

We are providing transportation for Highlands kids to Camp Sumatanga for Day Camp Session 2.  To take advantage of this opportunity, register your child for Day Camp Session 2, and then email Mary Elizabeth Neal to get your child on the transportation list.  Transportation is limited to 13 children - register early! Day Camp is for rising 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders. 

Camp Sumatanga is our beloved local United Methodist Church camp, hidden in the beautiful, rolling hills of Gallant, Alabama.  There are programs for children and youth of all ages, including intergenerational camps for families to experience together. 

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Parenting Conversation - Children and Service with Rachel Estes
Jun
26
6:00 PM18:00

Parenting Conversation - Children and Service with Rachel Estes

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Our popular summer discussion series just for parents is back!  Join us on Tuesday evenings to dive into important topics for parents, no matter where you are on your parenting journey. 

June 26: Children and Service with Rachel Estes
Rachel Estes is the Director of Outreach and Missions at Canterbury UMC and a regular volunteer with Highlands' Community Ministries. 

Family Friendly Dinner at 6 PM in Fellowship Hall
Parent's discussion with guest facilitators beginning at 6:30 PM
Childcare provided following dinner
Suggested donation of $20 per family
RSVP strongly encouraged; Visit www.highlandsumc.net/families to register.
 

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Vacation Bible School
Jul
9
to Jul 13

Vacation Bible School

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  • Google Calendar ICS

Our popular day-camp style Vacation Bible School will be July 10-14 for children age 4 - rising 5th graders.  Children arrive daily at 9:00 a.m. and are picked up each afternoon at 3:30.  Registration is limited to 40 children.  Registration for Highlands Members will open April 8.  General registration will open April 15.  www.highlandumc.net/vbs

Volunteers and Youth Counselors are needed!  Register at the link above - scroll to the bottom left!  Youth Counselors must be entering 6th grade in Fall 2018.  To sign up, contact Mary Elizabeth Neal.

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Parenting Conversation - Mindfulness with Mollie Erickson
Jul
17
6:00 PM18:00

Parenting Conversation - Mindfulness with Mollie Erickson

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Our popular summer discussion series just for parents is back!  Join us on Tuesday evenings to dive into important topics for parents, no matter where you are on your parenting journey. 

July 17: Mindfulness with Mollie Erickson
Mollie Erickson is a woman, daughter, sister, mother, friend, advocate and encourager. Her yoga classes are intentionally welcoming for persons at every stage of their practice, and are judgment free. She studied at Homewood High School, a brief stint at Birmingham-Southern College, and then graduated from Emory University. It took all that studying to learn that Success looks like Sitting Still, Listening, Managing Waste, Planting a Garden, and Always Choosing Kind Words.  Mollie has a million causes she would love to tell you about, and several ideas for saving the world.  She is married to Brian, and they have three amazing children (12, 11 and 5).  Namaste, y’all.

Family Friendly Dinner at 6 PM in Fellowship Hall
Parent's discussion with guest facilitators beginning at 6:30 PM
Childcare provided following dinner
Suggested donation of $20 per family
RSVP strongly encouraged; Visit www.highlandsumc.net/families to register.
 

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Parenting Conversation - Children and Technology with Dr. Peily Soong
Jul
31
6:00 PM18:00

Parenting Conversation - Children and Technology with Dr. Peily Soong

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Our popular summer discussion series just for parents is back!  Join us on Tuesday evenings to dive into important topics for parents, no matter where you are on your parenting journey. 

July 31: Children and Technology with Dr. Peily Soong
Dr. Peily Soong, MD is a pediatrics specialist in Birmingham, AL and has been practicing for 14 years.

Family Friendly Dinner at 6 PM in Fellowship Hall
Parent's discussion with guest facilitators beginning at 6:30 PM
Childcare provided following dinner
Suggested donation of $20 per family
RSVP strongly encouraged; Visit www.highlandsumc.net/families to register.
 

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Parenting Conversation - Mental Health with Dr. Dana Flynn-Schnieder
Aug
7
6:00 PM18:00

Parenting Conversation - Mental Health with Dr. Dana Flynn-Schnieder

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Our popular summer discussion series just for parents is back!  Join us on Tuesday evenings to dive into important topics for parents, no matter where you are on your parenting journey. 

August 7: Mental Health with Dr. Dana Flynn-Schnieder
Dr. Dana Flynn Schenider is a psychologist with Pitts & Associates in Birmingham, AL, providing individual therapy for children, adolescents, and adults; parenting consultation and strategies; play therapy for children; and family therapy.

Family Friendly Dinner at 6 PM in Fellowship Hall
Parent's discussion with guest facilitators beginning at 6:30 PM
Childcare provided following dinner
Suggested donation of $20 per family
RSVP strongly encouraged; Visit www.highlandsumc.net/families to register.
 

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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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Parenting Conversation - Picture Book Theology with Hannah Schock
Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

Parenting Conversation - Picture Book Theology with Hannah Schock

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Our popular summer discussion series just for parents is back!  Join us on Tuesday evenings to dive into important topics for parents, no matter where you are on your parenting journey. 

June 12: Picture Book Theology with Hannah Schock
Hannah Schock is the creator of Picture Book Theology, which collects and highlights the evocative and spiritual material to be found in children’s picture books. You can learn more about Hanna and Picture Book Theology on her blog: www.picturebooktheology.com

Family Friendly Dinner at 6 PM in Fellowship Hall
Parent's discussion with guest facilitators beginning at 6:30 PM
Childcare provided following dinner
Suggested donation of $20 per family
RSVP strongly encouraged; Visit www.highlandsumc.net/families to register.
 

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Five Points South Clean Up Day
Jun
9
8:00 AM08:00

Five Points South Clean Up Day

Clean and Clear is Five Points South's beautification and cleanup event that happens three times a year. From trash collection to graffiti removal and greenery efforts, this is your day to give back in your downtown.

Clean and Clear is a Five Points Alliance program and only made possible through our sponsors and partners and the City of Birmingham. 

SIGN-UP: at
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1B8BRQRkFbieV3jYMuglrsIAcrEEV2cdhcs7jReQ9Kac/edit

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/591891134480211/


WHEN: Saturday, June 9, 2018 8am-1:30pm
• 8am-8:30am: Check-in
• 8:30am-11:30am: Shift - 3 hours
• 12pm-1:30pm: Volunteer lunch at Brennan’s Irish Pub

WHERE: 8am check-in at the amphitheater in Brother Bryan Park with a group orientation at 8:30am. Five Points South business district and many areas within the neighborhood are targeted for Clean and Clear efforts.

WHAT: At check-in, you’ll receive your assigned cleaning area, complimentary coffee, water and snacks. All we need you to bring is the manpower and some tools. IMPORTANT!!!! We will need 3 pressure washers, some weed eaters and a lawn mower.

TARGET AREA: Brother Bryan Park
• Litter pick-up within and around park
• Sidewalk clearing and weed cutting around park.
• Tree Trimming within park
• Sidewalk pressure washing within park

WHO: Anyone! From large companies to individuals, families with young children to college students, we’ll find a place and tasks for everyone. Sign up as an individual or gather a team.

WHY CLEAN & CLEAR: Since March 2017, 138 volunteers totaling 459 hours have made Clean and Clear Five Points South a huge success. And we know that beautification efforts like Clean and Clear create a higher quality of life by attracting visitors, residents, reducing crime, encouraging new businesses and instilling pride in the city we all call home.

RESULTS TO DATE: Over 6,700 pounds of trash and debris have been collected; 3,248 feet of sidewalks/alleys have been cleaned/cleared and problems with city infrastructure like vandalism, potholes and damaged bus stops have been reported.

Have a special project idea? Submit it here: jlittle@revbirmingham.org

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Atrium 3 Outing: Civil Rights Institute
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

Atrium 3 Outing: Civil Rights Institute

This has been an amazing year in Atrium 3!  To close out this great year, we are planning an outing on Saturday, May 19 at 10:00 a.m.  for an age appropriate tour of the Civil Rights Institute, a visit to Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and then picnic in Kelly Ingram Park with lunch.  We are asking students to chip in $15 for a donation to Sixteenth Street Baptist and lunch and adults to chip in $30 for admission to the CRI ($15) and donation to Sixteenth Street and lunch.  Weily and Lauri Soong and Kristin Harper and Reggie Holder will be chaperoning so you can feel free to drop your child off or you are welcome to come along with us.  Please RSVP to Reggie Holder and include how many to count on.  We will meet at the Fred Shuttlesworth statue outside the CRI at 10:00 a.m. on May 19th at the corner of 16th Street and 6th Ave. North.  

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Camp Sumatanga Work Day
May
19
9:00 AM09:00

Camp Sumatanga Work Day

As always, folks have been hard at work planning fun-filled and transformative experiences for each week of summer camp. But some of Camp's sacred spaces still need a lot of help to be presentable and hospitable for the next beautiful crew of campers, staff, and volunteers. Trails and places for gathering, learning, recreating, fellowshipping, etc - their conditions can and should reflect the countless, invaluable "God is nigh" moments they've held and will continue to hold for many years to come.

So mark Saturday, 5/19 in your calendar! Bring your gloves, hammers, paint brushes, organization skills - or simply your enthusiasm - and let's get to work!

Please help spread the word to any and all who might be interested.

Saturday, May 19th
9AM - 3PM
3616 Sumatanga Road Gallant AL 35972

Lunch will be provided.

Questions? Concerns? Words of wisdom? Email lmroden@gmail.com or jennyLhughes@gmail.com

To RSVP, click the link below.  You can view project details or even suggest your own!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdvYBqvqFNuYaprAEfSp35ahmAyC_9RkjUphM7iogP_HXYzDA/viewform

 

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Serving Day Trip
May
19
8:00 AM08:00

Serving Day Trip

A work trip is planned to the North Alabama Disaster Response Warehouse in Decatur.  We will leave the Highlands parking lot at 8 am and will return late afternoon.  We will meet our conference Disaster Response Director, Ray Crump, take a tour of the facility, and work unloading and sorting supplies. Families are welcome.   Contact Deb Welsh or Denise Williams to reserve your spot ASAP!

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Reconciling Ministries Network Potluck Dinner
Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

Reconciling Ministries Network Potluck Dinner

Join Open Table at Highlands for a potluck dinner! All Reconciling Methodists (and similar groups from other denominations) are invited to join us for delicious food and warm fellowship. All Are Welcome!

Bring a dish to share - entree, side, salad, bread, or dessert. No reservations are necessary, but an RSVP will help us prepare. Potluck will take place in our Fellowship Hall. Doors from the church parking lot off Richard Arrington Blvd. and from street parking on Magnolia Ave. will be open for attendees to enter.

Children are welcome and invited! While we will not have a nursery, we will have activities and caregivers so that parents may participate fully.

Let us know you're coming! RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1627069344054040

Don't have Facebook?  RSVP by email: reggie@highlandsumc.net

 

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Disaster Response Awareness Sunday
Apr
22
9:00 AM09:00

Disaster Response Awareness Sunday

Let’s celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by learning how to care for our neighbors near and far during times of natural disaster. There will be stations ready to create hygiene kits and flood buckets, and you can sign up for an upcoming work trip to our conference warehouse or for training to become an early responder. There will be opportunities to  learn more about UMCOR and to meet your Highlands Serving Team members. Plan a few extra minutes to come through the Greeting Space and Fellowship Hall during the Sunday School hour or following the 10:30 service.

 

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

Lenten Family Service Project Begins

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  • Google Calendar ICS
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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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Children's Choir Resumes
Jan
24
4:45 PM16:45

Children's Choir Resumes

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  • Google Calendar ICS

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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Community Ministries Christmas Day Breakfast
Dec
25
9:00 AM09:00

Community Ministries Christmas Day Breakfast

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  • Google Calendar ICS

Christmas breakfast will be served in the Fellowship Hall from 9 to 10 am. We need breakfast casseroles, fruit, juice, and milk. Drop off items during the Christmas Eve services or bring them on Christmas morning. If you can’t serve but want to help, please consider making a donation to the Community Ministries fund to assist with the purchase of blankets, gloves, hats, and socks. To sign up to serve, contact Deb Welsh at deb@highlandsumc.net.

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Christmas Pageant Dress Rehearsal
Dec
23
9:30 AM09:30

Christmas Pageant Dress Rehearsal

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  • Google Calendar ICS

Dress Rehearsal for Children's Christmas Pageant.  This rehearsal is MANDATORY for all children participating in the pageant.  Please be on time!

Children playing angels will need a white, long-sleeved leotard or shirt and leggings. 

ALL children need to wear cool, loose-fitting clothing under their costumes and comfortable shoes.

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Christmas Eve Hospitality Bags
Dec
22
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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Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
Dec
20
4:45 PM16:45

Christmas Pageant Rehearsal

  • Highlands United Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Rehearsal for Children's Christmas Pageant.  All children with Main Roles (Angel Gabriel, Gabriel's Angels, Mary, Elizabeth, Joseph, Inn Keeper, Magi, and Star Bearer) are asked to attend.  This rehearsal is not mandatory, but it is VERY helpful if our leading cast members have this time to practice.  Please contact Mary Elizabeth Neal if your child has conflicts with either rehearsal time.
 

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Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
Dec
13
4:45 PM16:45

Christmas Pageant Rehearsal

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  • Google Calendar ICS

Rehearsal for Children's Christmas Pageant.  All children with Main Roles (Angel Gabriel, Gabriel's Angels, Mary, Elizabeth, Joseph, Inn Keeper, Magi, and Star Bearer) are asked to attend.  This rehearsal is not mandatory, but it is VERY helpful if our leading cast members have this time to practice.  Please contact Mary Elizabeth Neal if your child has conflicts with either rehearsal time.
 

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Atrium Work Day
Nov
30
11:00 AM11:00

Atrium Work Day

  • Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a work day to complete materials needed in our children’s Atrium. We will be working at Our Lady of Sorrows’ Atrium. You are welcome to work all or part of each time. We will be coloring, cutting and pasting paper materials, and assembling some wooden lessons. Contact Lauri Soong or Reggie Holder for more information.

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Atrium Work Day
Nov
28
6:00 PM18:00

Atrium Work Day

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  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a work day to complete materials needed in our children’s Atrium. We will be working at Our Lady of Sorrows’ Atrium. You are welcome to work all or part of each time. We will be coloring, cutting and pasting paper materials, and assembling some wooden lessons. Contact Lauri Soong or Reggie Holder for more information.

Additional work day will be Thursday, November 30.

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Community Thanksgiving Meal
Nov
23
12:00 PM12:00

Community Thanksgiving Meal

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  • Google Calendar ICS

As is our tradition, Highlands will serve Thanksgiving lunch to our Community Ministries friends on Thursday, November 23. Prior to the meal, we need volunteers to cook desserts and sweet potato casseroles or purchase fresh fruit, as well as set up and decorate the Fellowship Hall. On Thanksgiving Day, we need volunteers to help with serving, welcoming, and clean up.

If you will be out of town on Thanksgiving, please consider making a donation to assist with the purchase of the meal. Checks may be made to HUMC with “CM Thanksgiving” in the memo line and dropped in the offering plate during worship or delivered to the church office.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Martha Council or Deb Welsh.

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Children's Choir Sings in Worship
Nov
19
10:30 AM10:30

Children's Choir Sings in Worship

  • Highlands United Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Children's Choir at Highlands offers songs in worship once a month.  The next performance will be Sunday, November 12.  Children's Choir is open to all children in elementary school.  Rehearsals are Wednesday afternoons at 4:45 during the school year.  Contact Mary Elizabeth Neal to find out how to join!

Children's Choir will practice in the Sanctuary at 9:30 a.m. on November 12.  Mary Elizabeth will escort all children to Atrium following rehearsal.

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Weekday Atrium Session
Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Weekday Atrium Session

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  • Google Calendar ICS

All children who currently attend Atrium Level 1 or 2 are invited for an extended session on Friday, November 10 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  Extended Atrium sessions are ideal for children who are new to the Atrium.  Catechists can give more one-on-one time, and children get to dive deeper into their favorite lessons.  To RSVP to this Atrium session, contact Mary Elizabeth Neal or Lauri Soong by Sunday, November 5. 

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Highlands Connections Potluck - Community and Neighborhood Focus
Oct
29
11:45 AM11:45

Highlands Connections Potluck - Community and Neighborhood Focus

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  • Google Calendar ICS

At Highlands, we know that connection is at the heart of our ministries.  God is working through all of us, connecting us with each other and our community.  Join us on Sunday, October 29 after worship for a Connections potluck lunch to fellowship together and learn about how we are connected to our community and surrounding neighborhood, and how that connection brings us closer to God and one another.  All Are Welcome!

To sign up to bring a dish, please visit www.highlandsumc.net/connectionspotluck.

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Highlands Connections Coffee - Service and Outreach
Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

Highlands Connections Coffee - Service and Outreach

  • Highlands United Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

At Highlands, we know that connection is at the heart of our ministries.  God is working through all of us, connecting us with each other and our community.  Join us on Saturday, October 28 following our Community Ministries hospitality hour for a Connections discussion and coffee to fellowship together and learn about how our service and outreach connect us to God and each other.  All Are Welcome!

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Highlands Connections Coffee - Study and Learning
Oct
22
9:30 AM09:30

Highlands Connections Coffee - Study and Learning

  • Highlands United Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

At Highlands, we know that connection is at the heart of our ministries.  God is working through all of us, connecting us with each other and our community.  Join us on Sunday, October 22 during the Sunday School hour for a Connections discussion and coffee hour to fellowship together and learn about how our study and learning connect us to God and each other.  All Are Welcome!

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