All kids are invited to join us for a pumpkin carving party on Oct 8, 6-7:30 pm. We will be meeting in the downstairs dining hall at Highland to carve pumpkins for our annual Pumpkin Hayride. All Kingdom Kids (up to 6th grade) & Youth Group (7-12th grade) are welcome to come. Please bring a carving kit for your child.
“..In that sacrament is Christ, because it is the Body of Christ, it is therefore not bodily food but spiritual. Whence the Apostle says of its type: “Our fathers ate spiritual food and drank spiritual drink,” (1 Corinthians 10:3) for the Body of God is a spiritual body; the Body of Christ is the Body of the Divine Spirit, for the Spirit is Christ, …
-St Ambrose of Milan, “On the Mysteries” – 4th century
Sunday, August 17th we had Pastor Tom Clyde and Matt Reichart as our guest speakers. It was a great Sunday. It was so good to see Pastor Tom and his wife, Betty. Matt and his wife, Susan, brought us information about Pine Valley Camp and how we can help. We do support Pine Valley through our mission giving. Fifty large cans of fruits and vegetables were collected for the camp. Personnel contributions can be made to Pine Valley Camp, 504 Chapel Drive, Ellwood City PA 16117. Your mission giving helped send 9 kids to Seneca Hills Day Camp. It was a great experience for the children. Operation Christmas Child—it’s not too early to start collecting items. The boxes are to be turned in at the end of November.
Thanks to all of you who volunteered to help with Summer Food Service Program at Highland. We served 940 meals, 120 children participated and we had 30 volunteers. Twenty packs of food per week were sent home with the kids for the weekend through the food program backpack program. The program works because of all of you who volun- teered. Thank you!
Church membership is a responsibility of Christian discipleship. For those interested in membership within this particular church of Highland Presbyterian: a six-week membership class is being offered this fall during the Sunday School hour, 10:00 – 10:45 a.m, beginning September 14 and running through October 19.
The class will cover the following topics: belief in God, approaches to Scripture, the gospel of Jesus Christ, the process of discipleship, the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, the history of the Presbyterian Church, the operations of a Presbyterian church, the privileges of membership, and the expectations of membership. This membership class is for the inquiring, but it is not assumed that everyone who takes the course will desire to become a member upon completion. The pastor will have a conversation with each prospective member to gauge his or her readiness. Baptism may be administered upon completion of this course for those who have not yet been baptized. This class has been thoroughly enjoyable and highly informative in past years. Contact Pastor Rich to enroll.
Wednesday is Church day at Highland. After Rally Day and running through May a full lineup of programs is available on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30. Childcare will be provided for children 3 and under in the nursery.
Kingdom Kids resumes September 10 for children 4 and up. This program instructs children in biblical content, while providing age appropriate activities such as arts and crafts, cooking, games, singing and making music. This is a great opportunity for children to learn how to be a disciple of Christ and develop Christian friendships.
1st Wednesday – Dinner and Devotionals. We share a meal together from 6:00 – 6:30, (suggested donation of $2 per person), which is followed by an in-depth, interactive Bible study. We did this last year during Lent and it was a huge success. This Bible Study will be especially beneficial to the increasing number of people required to work on Sunday, keeping them connected to the Church and growing in the word of God. If you, or someone you know, is required to work on Sunday mornings, please bring them to these Bible Studies. The first Dinner-Devotional will be held Wednesday, October 1.
2nd Wednesday – Committee Wednesday. Our Church’s Session is made up of different committees, (Finance Committee, Christian Education Committee, Congregational Life Committee, Mission & Evangelism Committee, Worship & Music Committee), which oversees every aspect of our church’s operation. Whereas previously these committees met at different places and at different times, on different days of the week, and different weeks of the month, now each committee is meeting at the same time and place, (just a different part of the building). Why the change? First, we wanted to increase membership participation on these committees, especially with an eye to having more seasoned members of our church mentoring and instructing younger members in the operations of the church. If we have all the committees meet at the same time we can justify the expense of childcare, thus making committee involvement more accessible to parents with children. Second, we’re hoping this change will increase the productivity and efficiency of the work done by the committees. Oftentimes committees are working on different aspects of the same issue. Meeting at a common place and time could facilitate collaboration amongst the committees and reduce redundancies or miscommunication.
3rd Wednesday – Session. If you’re not on Session, take your kids or grandkids to Kingdom Kids and enjoy a night off!
4th and 5th Wednesdays – Prayer Meeting This will be a chance for us to pray together, to pray for one another, to pray for the needs of our church, our neighborhood, our world. We will use the Scripture as a tool which teaches us how to pray; the Scriptures will guide our prayers, and shape the content of our prayer requests. It will be a power hour of prayer, a very beneficial help in getting through the week.
This Wednesday programming will begin the first Wednesday after Rally Day, September 10 and run through May. So get in the habit of going to church on Wednesdays. We often find it hard to go from Sunday to Sunday without being in the fellowship of my church family. Spending Wednesdays together will draw us closer as a family of faith, and it will refocus us on our primary task of fully devoting ourselves to Christ.