This year Highland Presbyterian Church is featuring a different part of our mission statement each month. This month our Mission Statement focus is: We believe we are called … to comfort the troubled, soothe the suffering, bless the dying. So far this year, at least a dozen church members have said to me, “I had no idea it would mean so much to me when people …” and then followed the list of acts of caring and compassion. Members gave thanks for people who signed up for the Meal Train and brought food; who visited in the hospital or rehab facility; who brought communion; who drove them to the doctor or on other errands; who sent cards with prayers and good wishes; who provided such a lovely reception for after the memorial service; who brought that wonderful teddy bear when we had our baby! We get thank you notes all the time at church expressing profound thanks for these simple but deeply important signs of care.
The church is always called to ministries of care and compassion. As we do so, we follow Jesus’ own example. As our Brief Statement of Faith says: “Jesus proclaimed the reign of God: teaching by word and deed and blessing the children, healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted.” Providing care for our members, for extended family of members and friends of the congregation is one of the primary tasks of all of us on the ministerial staff – of Doodle Harris, Matt Nickel, Charles Brockwell, Frank Heller and myself. We are joined in this ministry by Stephen Ministers and Deacons, choir members and those who participate in our fellowship groups. As you reach out to one another – with a call or card or meal or visit – you are extending the love of God and building up the fabric of our beloved community.
On November 9, we will dedicate the pledges of financial commitment which you are making to the ministry of Highland Presbyterian Church for 2015. Among other things, your gifts support the staff and facilities and programs that make our ministries of care and compassion possible. As you think prayerfully about your financial support, I hope you will also think about finding new ways to get involved by sharing your time and energy to extend compassion to those in need. Check out other possibilities!
Jesus said that the measure you give will be the measure you get back. Sharing even a few moments in acts of kindness and care will do as much to lift and sustain your own spirit as they do to support those for whom you care. In this month of Thanksgiving, may we all find new ways to “share hope from the heart of the Highlands.”
Cynthia M. Campbell, Pastor
Highland Presbyterian Church is a community of believers inspired by the love of Jesus Christ and biblical teachings. We believe we are called to guide our children, support our neighbors,
comfort the troubled, soothe the suffering and bless the dying.
We give, we receive, we serve,
we teach, we question, we learn,
we sing, we laugh, we pray.
We strive to use our time and talents to serve God, one another, and the world, sharing hope from the heart of the Highlands.