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Thanksgiving Baskets Support Local Families

In partnership with Highlands Community Ministries, Highland Presbyterian Church will be collecting non-perishable 15225468733_504504c866_kfood items in October and November. We will build Thanksgiving Baskets for 40 families in our community. If you
can help, please bring food items in the collection bins in Fellowship Hall and the Walker-Nevin Building. The last day to drop off food is Friday, November 18.
Here are two exciting ways to serve:
  • Pack Baskets: Saturday, November 19th at 10am in the Dining Room
  • Deliver baskets: at 12:15pm on Sunday, November 24th (from the sanctuary)
 Thanksgiving Basket “Shopping List” 

This is a list of items that will go into each basket. Please bring as you can, or go shopping for an entire basket.

  • Money toward gift cards for each family to buy the right turkey for themselves (make checks out to Highland Presbyterian Church and put “Thanksgiving Basket” on the memo line. Please bring or send to church office).
  • Cans of sweet potatoes/yams
  • Cans or Packets of gravy15858950346_bbaef34cc4_k
  • Boxes of dressing/stuffing
  • Cans of Green Beans, peas, mixed veggies
  • Cans of Corn and Cranberry Sauce
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Dessert: brownie or cake mix & frosting, and Pumpkin pie filling
  • Boxes (we need boxes for packing the items into)

We plan on adding some pantry staples, please also offer:

  • Rice, beans or pasta.
  • Canned fruit
  • Peanut Butter

Please place them in the collection bins in the coat closet area of Fellowship Hall or in the Walker-Nevin Building. Donations accepted until 11/18!

Come help assemble baskets on Saturday 11/19 at 10am in the church Dining Room.

Collection of Items for Hygiene Kits

During March, Highland Presbyterian Church is joining area PCUSA churches to collect specific items needed for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Hygiene Kits. These kits will be ready to use by PDA whenever disaster strikes. Please bring your donations to the marked boxes at church. Plans to assemble the kits will be announced in April.


Items needed include:

Hand towels (16”x28” only), Single Toothbrushes (in original package), washcloths, bars of bath soap (in wrapper), Band-Aids, nail clippers, and wide-tooth combs.







Prayers of the People

Offered by Rev. Matt Nickel in 11:00am Worship Service on January 17.

Invited, you gathered for a wedding, in a small village, off the map.

Celebrating with the festivals and friends,

we are reminded that you became human; one of us.

And you created this sign with the simplest of elements: water.

We need it to drink, we need it to live.

It gathers in lakes; it flows through rivers.

So simple, yet so mysterious and complex.

With water you recieve us into your dying and rising in baptism.

With water you reveal your sign in the world.

At a glance, it looks like a simple raise of the glass to the wedding party

—but these waters we know are so much more than a good gesture:

These jars of water show signs that you long for equality in a world so thirsty for it.

The wine of abundance you made for all the people, not just the privileged.

It is liberating, humanizing, as you transform your people with grace and possibility.


When we need your signs more than ever, O Lord.

We’ve lived through a bad year for loving our neighbor.

And a new set of political elections are challenge us to love you,

when so many political idols seek to disturb us.

O God we need you in our time in the same way we need water.

And we need your promised glory like the transformations Jesus can author.


The witness of Martin Luther King Jr. exposed to the world

that none of us can walk alone and that we do not walk alone.

So we ask that you O Christ would walk with us, for we know you are alive by the Spirit.

May the world follow in the direction of your eternal promises made flesh,

your divine hope for reconciliation made earthly, for here, for now, for we cannot wait.

We know you do not hold back your abundance, or hesitate

that you are never reluctant with grace poured out upon grace.

So guide us by another way that we may do the same.


May your peace disrupt the systems of violence and inequality still at work.

May your grace break through barriers of ignorance and naiveté regarding racism.

May your hope inspire all to discover their responsibility to build wholeness.

May your love form deep roots that nourish your ways endlessly in our lives,

And in the life of the world.


And when we think we may have had enough,

When we are not sure where to turn,

When we do not know if we can keep going,

Call us again to worship fo here we turn to you with thanks and praise,

always seeking strength through the prayer you gave the people to pray saying…

Our Father…

A Call to Welcome Syrian Refugees

This position Statement was developed by Louisville Metro community faith leaders. Today at 11:00am, Pastor Cynthia Campbell and Associate Pastor Matt Nickel joined other religious leaders for a press conference to give witness to a shared commitment to welcome Syrian refugees outside the Pleune-Mobley Center. You can read the WAVE3 News story from this afternoon’s press conference here.


LOUISVILLE (Dec. 4, 2015) Faith leaders from across the Metro Louisville Community, whose religious traditions contain explicit teachings about welcoming the stranger, and who collectively have decades of positive experience with the refugee community, express our solidarity and pledge our support for those fleeing war and brutality—particularly, those escaping conflict in Syria. We unite around the moral imperative to welcome refugees. Despite the understandable grief and anxiety in the aftermath of recent domestic acts of terror, we are called to live with courage, not fear.


Therefore, we will continue to raise awareness of the plight of Syrian refugees. They are not potential threats to be feared, but sisters and brothers deserving of our compassion and protection.


We will also mobilize our various faith communities to work together to provide the financial and material support necessary to the local agencies whose priority of care extends to the refugee community.


We urge our neighbors and fellow citizens to join us in acting with compassion and hospitality to refugees, and urge our civic leaders to support such acts of compassion and hospitality.


As representatives of various religious communities much of what binds us together is our shared commitment to advocating for the most vulnerable. This shared commitment expresses the most profound aspects of our faith traditions, as well as our shared conviction that faith itself can bind us together in our common humanity, motivating us to pursue justice and peace for all God’s children.
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