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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 17.
Here are two exciting ways to serve:
  • Pack Baskets: Saturday, November 18th at 10am in Fellowship Hall
  • Deliver baskets after worship 12:15pm on Sunday, November 19th (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 11/17!

Come help assemble baskets on Saturday 11/18 at 10am in the church Dining Room.

Sign up to deliver baskets on Sunday, November 19 here.

HCM Thanksgiving Baskets

COLLECTING FOOD FOR HCM THANKSGIVING BASKETS – These baskets support 40+ neighborhood families through Highlands Community Ministries to prepare a Thanksgiving meal and provide staples for the pantry. Please food in the blue mission bins, the mission closet, or provide a financial donation to supply $25 gift cards to purchase a turkey. Make checks out to HPC with “Thanksgiving Basket” in the memo and put in offering plate or send to the church office. Shopping lists are available at the Welcome Center. Please drop off food by November 17th. Come help pack baskets on Saturday, November 18 at 10am and sign-up online for basket delivery on Sunday, November 19: http://bit.ly/thanksgivingbaskets2017 Contact Angie Moore with questions -angiemoore814@gmail.com

Immediate Support for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

IMMEDIATE SUPPORT FOR HURRICANE HARVEY – The torrential rains are still affecting parts of Texas and Louisiana. Historic flooding has forced rivers and streams from their banks and submerged homes, churches, businesses and roads, stranding thousands of people. We are relying on the generosity of Presbyterians to provide financial and hands-on support to help the whole church stand with these communities and the Presbyterian family as it responds to its neighbors. God’s people are once again called on to stand in the “GAP” – Give. Act. Pray. GIVE: Checks can be made out to Highland Presbyterian Church with “PDA-Harvey” in the memo. ACT: When the church made hygiene kits in April, that effort supports people affected by such disasters.

 

PRAY: God, our Shelter, be a strong presence in the lives of neighbors who, having survived the winds and rains of Harvey, now face grief, uncertainty and weary days. May our generosity in prayer and in tangible signs of support overflow more than floodwaters, to sustain your work of healing and rebuilding and to bring comfort and strength to those who suffer. Amen.

 

Keep up to date on long-term recovery efforts at http://pda.pcusa.org/situation/tropical-storm-harvey/ or facebook.com/PDACARES.

 

If you would like to offer prayer and need guidance, consider praying this prayer written by Rev. Lauri Kraus:

 

God of our life, whose presence sustains us in every circumstance,

in storm and distress, we welcome the restoring power of your love and compassion. We open our hearts in sorrow, gratitude, and hope: that those who have been spared nature’s fury as well as those whose lives are changed forever by ravages of wind and water may find solace, sustenance, and strength in the days  of recovery and rebuilding that come.

 

We are thankful for the generous grace of days of preparation; for the wise counsel of experts and the generous collaboration of so many communities, that in the face of the storm kept many out of harm’s way, and lessened the effects of wind and water on others.  We pray for those yet in harm’s way; who wait in neighborhoods  while the waters rise, who pray for the rains to cease.  We pray for those huddled at home or among strangers while wind ravages, for those who have fled from home and wait and wonder.  We ask for sustaining courage, for the kindness of strangers, for hope that does not disappoint.

 

We open ourselves to listen with compassion to the stories of those whom Hurricane Harvey has not spared: communities deeply affected, whose livelihood, homes and stability have been destroyed.  We pray in grief, honoring the lives, shattered and the livelihoods, homes and businesses for whom recovery seems an insurmountable mountain.  We lift our voices in sorrow and compassion for families who have lost loved ones, homes, or livelihood.

 

We ask for sustaining courage for those who are suffering; wisdom and diligence among agencies and individuals assessing damage and directing relief efforts; and for generosity to flow as powerfully as rivers and streams, as we, your people, respond to the deep human needs beginning to emerge in the wake of the storm.

 

In these days of relief, assessment and response, open our eyes, our hearts, and our hands to the needs of your children and the movements of your Spirit, who flows in us like the river whose streams makes glad the city of God, and the hearts of all who dwell in it, and in You.

 

In the name of Christ the Healer we pray,  amen.

 

 

the Rev. Dr. Laurie Ann Kraus

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

 

Advocating #refugeeswelcome

Issues surrounding refugee resettlement is changing daily in the United States. One of Highland’s most significant missions for the last 25+ years has been supporting and participating in the resettlement of refugees through Co-Sponsorship with Kentucky Refugee Ministries. Here are some ways you can add your voice to those who support refugee resettlement and some resources to learn more about refugees.

 

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