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Faithful Steward Award

By Jim Crowley

Chair, Church in the World Committee


The Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (LPTS) honored Highland Presbyterian, along with Second Presbyterian Church and Independence Presbyterian Church (IPC) of Birmingham, Alabama, with its 2016 Faithful Steward Award, which honored the three congregations for long standing support of the Seminary. Among the ways that Highland has assisted LPTS are by providing intern opportunities for students and through direct financial support to their scholarship program.


Other examples of the length and durability of our relationship include the two endowed chairs in honor of former Highland Pastors: the William A Benefield, Jr. Chair of Evangelism and Global Mission and the Henry P. Mobley Chair of Doctrinal Theology. Members of our church community also have strong connections with the Seminary; Susan Grubbs and Jane Welch are among several members that have served as Seminary trustees and, of course, the late David Hester and Gene March were both LPTS faculty members.


Louisville Seminary is one of ten Presbyterian seminaries throughout the country and Highland’s relationships extend beyond our city. Cynthia Campbell was President of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago before we were so fortunate to have her with us as our Pastor and she is also on the board of the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. Lee Hinson-Hasty is on the PCUSA’s Committee on Theological Education.


In a world that seems to be increasingly polarized, in politics, religion and civics, it is even more important to be educating and training a new generation of thoughtful, reasoned and knowledgeable church leaders. The Seminary’s vision statement puts it well, “[…] the Seminary provides theological resources for the church by striving to interpret the gospel in an ever-changing world, by extending the horizons of theological inquiry and by shaping the church’s intellectual foundation for its faith and ministry. In all these activities, our aim is to nurture the convictions, character, vision, wisdom and forms of life vital to leadership in the Christian community and the wider culture (emphasis added).”


We are fortunate to have LPTS in our city and are honored to partner with them. This is yet another example of how your stewardship gifts are used to support the broader church while providing support to presbyterians and Christian leaders for the next generation.


Read the Louisville Presbyterian Theological news story on their website.

Habitat for Humanity

By Jim Crowley

Chair, Church in the World Committee


On an unseasonably warm Saturday afternoon in late October, HPC participated in the dedication of the Habitat for Humanity 2016 “Presbyterian house”. Sponsored by 4 local churches – Highland, Second Presbyterian, Harvey Browne and img_1957Springdale Presbyterian – Habitat staff handed the keys to its new owner, Andrea Moody, a second generation Habitat homeowner and currently a nursing student at the University of Louisville. This home, and several other Habitat houses adjacent to it, are less than 2 miles from HPC on South Hancock Street in the Shelby Park neighborhood. Habitat has other houses under construction on Caldwell St., just a few blocks away.


You haven’t heard much about Habitat lately; Highland participated in the “raise the roof” of this house in May and, due to scheduling issues with the build-team, we only had a small number of other work days over the summer. The Church in the World Committee will be working with Habitat to try to provide more opportunities for hands on mission in addition to the financial support that Highland provides.


Your gifts and financial commitment made this possible and we were excited to be a part of this house, particularly as it is situated so close to our church. We send our blessings and good wishes to Andrea.

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.