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Mission Update from Ryan & Krista Ginn
The first day of school has come and gone for our group of high schoolers this year. It was the last “first” day of high school for 4 out of 5 of our kids. At the end of this year they will graduate and then have their first day of college, university, or wherever God takes them. Even though this is only our fourth year as hostel parents, the short time has brought so many memories and experiences. When you have a chance to live overseas and away from your comfort zone, you become a lot more reliant on those around you who are experiencing the same thing. At the end of this year, we will have had the seniors with us for 4 to 5 school years. That is a big chunk of their lives so far. We feel privileged to have had this time with them as they mature and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. When I look back on the first day at the hostel for these kids, I’m amazed at how much growth has taken place. I am also amazed at how much growth has taken place in me by filling this role.
2021 Christmas Giving Tree Needs Your Support
Please join the Highland Giving Tree Committee this summer to prepare for the Christmas Season and continue Highland’s 40 year long Giving Tree Mission. Due to the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Giving Tree will follow the procedures used in 2020. Christmas gifts and/or gift cards will be purchased online and in stores by Highland volunteers with funds donated by the congregation. The volunteers will then deliver the items directly to those agencies supported by Highland in the past.
The success of this year’s project depends on:
- Raising enough money to meet the various agencies’ needs through contributions to the Giving Tree Fund
- Finding enough volunteers who will agree to purchase, bag and deliver about 20 gifts to an agency
Any amount you can give will help. If possible, please consider donating an amount equal to the cash or the amount you spent on gifts in previous years. Send contributions to Mike Nolt at the church (Marked 2021 Giving Tree). Volunteers willing to purchase and deliver gifts to the agencies should contact Ginny Kleppinger (email@example.com).
Fall is here, and your Nominating Committee is back at work selecting candidates for the next class of Deacons, Trustees and Elders. We would like to give all members of our congregation the opportunity to serve in leadership roles, as well as to recommend those who should be our leaders. On September 19 and 26, there will be a time during the worship services for you to write your recommendations and give them to the committee. We will do the rest in terms of talking to the members suggested! If you feel like you yourself would like to serve, do not be shy about entering your own name. Prayerfully consider this request as you look around the congregation and help us develop the candidates who will lead Highland as the class of 2025!
Market share cards will be sold by Mike Nolt at the church office during regular hours. Market share cards will no longer be sold on Sunday mornings. Purchases of $200 or more can be delivered upon request. The EFT accounts will be office pick-ups starting on 1st weekday of the month. Thank you for your support. All profits go to hunger relief locally and worldwide. Your card purchases by gift cards, purchased at a discount is our gift to hunger.
Updates on Hospital and Death Notifications
With the many changes in medical care due to changing hospital policies, please call
Highland to make the staff aware that you or a family members is at the
hospital. Each hospital operates differently, but most no longer contact
churches about members being patients. Call the church office and ask for Donna 717-569-2651. When a death occurs for a Highland member, it is our policy to contact the family to request a notification email blast be sent to the entire congregation. If the
family chooses not to give permission to us, then we do not send out the email notification. Funeral homes also no longer notify us that our members have died, so it is important for family members of the deceased to notify Highland of the death.
The Library will be open for four hours a day, from 10:00AM-2:00PM. There should be no more than four people in the library at a time and it is asked that time in the Library be limited to one hour other than for the librarian. Any returned book will be placed in a “Returns” basket and quarantined for seven says before being returned to circulation. Hand sanitizer should be used between the handling of books being reviewed. The library will be used as a place for the exchange of books or other informational materials and not a place for reading and studying at this time.
Looking for a Preschool for your children or grandchildren in the future? The Veritas Preschool at Highland is a wonderful Christian Preschool school right here on the Highland campus. Further, we have scholarships available for Highland members in need. Veritas begins accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year on January 15, 2021. If you are interested in learning more about our preschool, please contact our Preschool Director, Meghan Lake. Also, you may visit the Veritas website. Make sure to note that you are a Highland member when applying.