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ADVENT WREATH CELEBRATION – Sunday, December 2, 2018

 Time: 11:15 am—12:30 pm

Where: Fellowship Hall

Who: The Highland Family

Make a wreath, sing Christmas carols,

enjoy Christmas cookies/snacks and punch/hot chocolate

The Advent Celebration is an intergenerational event to which all members of Highland are invited. Children and youth will be participating in the wreath and craft making as well. Whether your family numbers one or ten, you are invited to join the celebration. A devotional packet to be used while lighting the wreath candles will be our gift to you.

Registration BEFORE the day of the event is REQUIRED, so there are enough supplies and table space for each family. Please register on Sunday mornings, November 11, 18 or 25 at the Children’s Ministry kiosk in the narthex, by calling the church office or by signing up on the sign up genius. Please register by Sunday, November 25.

Since we are unable to supply enough greens for everyone, it is necessary for each family to bring their own. If you are unable to buy or supply your own greens, please indicate that on your registration form. Each family should bring: a container for your wreath, a full bag of greens and, if possible, greens to share, and clippers for shaping the greens (please label your clippers!).    Cost: $5.00 per family

If you have extra greens/snacks you can bring them on the Sunday morning before the event between 9 am- 10am.  Contact Laurie Juarez with any questions, 336-686-8342 or

Click Here for the Advent Wreath Registration Form


We invite everyone in the church to participate in a mission project on November 25, 5:30-7pm.  After dinner, we invite individuals, couples and families to each put together four crafts that can be delivered over the four weeks of advent to someone in need, or someone who is hurting, sick or lonely.  The first three weeks, deliver your gifts in secret!  The last week, reveal your true identity and wish your person a Merry Christmas.  Let them know that someone cares for them and is thinking of them this Christmas season.  If you don’t know anyone to deliver your gift to, we can assign someone from Highland to you.  Sign up is required.


2018 Carson Lecture

September 29-30th

This will be the 19th Carson Lecture. The series as created in 1996 with a bequest from the late Ruth Carson to provide opportunities to encourage the spiritual growth of Highland’s congregation. Many members of Mrs. Carson’s family, including her granddaughter, Sara Royer and several great-grandchildren, are still active members at Highland.

This is the 19th time Highland members have been blessed with another very special opportunity to hear a world renown speaker. As contemporaries at Princeton Seminary together, I knew Brian Blount would be a gifted minister, making a deep impact in our denomination. He will be the 3rd seminary president to speak to Highland, challenging us with a profounder understanding of the relationship between stewardship and spirituality as well as preaching and lecturing on one of his favorite NT books, Revelation. You will be sorry if you don’t make the time to put all 3 speaking engagements on your calendar, Saturday evening, Sunday morning and Sunday lunch! – Dr. Rabey


Brian K. Blount is President and Professor of New Testament at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA and Charlotte, NC.   He was called to this position in 2007, after serving for 15 years as the Richard J. Dearborn Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Princeton Theological Seminary.

An M.Div. graduate of Princeton Seminary in 1981, he obtained his B.A. from the College of William and Mary in 1978. After graduating from Princeton Seminary, he went on to become the pastor of the Carver Memorial Presbyterian Church in Newport News, Virginia from 1982-1988. William and Mary’s first African-American to receive membership in the Alpha Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society received his Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Emory University in 1992. He returned to teach at Princeton Seminary the same year. In 2016, he was elected vice president of the Society of Biblical Literature.  After serving in that role for one year, he assumed the presidency of SBL in 2017.  In 2016, he was also elected to serve as vice president of the Association of Theological Schools.  In 2018, he assumed the role of president of ATS.

Professor Blount’s primary work has been in the Gospel of Mark, the Book of Revelation and in the area of cultural studies and hermeneutics. He is the sole author of six books:  Cultural Interpretation: Reorienting New Testament Criticism (Fortress, 1995), Go Preach! Mark’s Kingdom Message and the Black Church Today (Orbis, 1998), Then The Whisper Put on Flesh: New Testament Ethics in an African American Context (Abingdon 2001), Can I Get A Witness? Reading Revelation Through an African American Lens (Westminster John Knox Press, 2005), Revelation.  A Commentary in the New Testament Library Series (Westminster John Knox Press, 2009), Invasion of the Dead.  Preaching Resurrection (Westminster John Knox Press, 2014).

In 2010, his Revelation commentary was voted the 2009 top reference work by the Academy of Parish Clergy.  He has also edited a volume of essays on worship with Leonora Tubbs Tisdale entitled Making Room at the Table: An Invitation to Multicultural Worship (WJK, 2000).  He is also the coauthor of a book with Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann and theologian William C. Placher entitled Struggling With Scripture (WJK, 2001).  He has also co-authored the book Preaching The Gospel of Mark in Two Voices (WJK, 2002) with Gary W. Charles, the pastor of Cove Presbyterian Church in Cove, VA.  He is an editor of The Discipleship Study Bible, also by Westminster John Knox (2008).  As a part of his work for the Bible, he has written the introduction and notes for Mark and Matthew. He is an associate editor of the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible for Abingdon Press. He is the General Editor for True To Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary by Fortress Press.  He is also an editor for the forthcoming revised Interpretation commentary series by Westminster John Knox Press.

He lectures widely.  He was the 2011 Beecher Lecturer at the Yale Divinity School, Yale University.  The author of numerous articles, he also preaches and directs adult education classes in local congregations. He is married, and he and his wife, Sharon, have two children, Joshua and Kaylin.