An historic peace church in the heart of Elgin

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Walkers in the fight against hunger

Elgin CROP walk Oct. 16

Here is the Highland Avenue Team who walked in the Elgin CROP Walk on Sunday.  (Unfortunately Fred Miller missed being included in the photo.) 

Thanks to the generous support of our congregation and family and friends, we raised $4,000 for CROP and Church World Service’s many life-saving programs. Heart-felt thanks to all!!!!

The money raised through the Elgin CROP Walk funds our local soup kettles and food pantries.  Click THE FACE OF HUNGER IN ELGIN to see a  short video on the soup kettles and food pantries in Elgin.

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Hunger is one of the greatest injustices facing our world, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Ending hunger is possible, and it is possible in our lifetime. You can help make it happen.

For nearly half a century, CROP Hunger Walks have ensured that more people worldwide have access to nutritious, sustainable food sources. From combating droughts in Nicaragua to providing agricultural training in Indonesia to stocking shelves in hundreds of food pantries across the United States, CROP Hunger Walks help end hunger by raising funds to support local food programs and the international anti-hunger work of Church World Service.

Stand with neighbors in your community who rely on food assistance programs. Partner with parents worldwide as they ensure a bright future for their children. Support those struggling in the face of grinding poverty and open up new doors of opportunity for them.

Tens of thousands of CROP Hunger Walkers are committed to building a hunger-free world. Join the movement!


Feetwashing, handwashing, communion & more

Celebrating Love Feast on World Communion Sunday

Welcome to the Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren, where we will celebrate love feast during our Sunday morning worship this week. Members, non-members, adults and children are welcome to participate as they are able in this four-part, 90-minute service, which includes a time for reflection, feetwashing and handwashing, a fellowship meal, and communion.

Love feast on World Communion Sunday ~ October 2 ~ 9:30 a.m.

More about the history and meaning behind the love feast and world communion traditions can be found here.


Come color with us!

Join us for
Intergenerational Worship
this Sunday at Highland Avenue
as we reflect on how to 
love--and color with-- 
enemies and neighbors. 


Worship begins at 9:30am. 






Hear from someone who has been there

Renowned peace activist to speak at Highland Avenue

Come and hear peace activist, pacifist, writer, and speaker Kathy Kelly speak at Highland Avenue on “confronting government violence.” Kelly has been a member of peace teams in Gaza, Afghanistan, and Iraq, remaining in combat zones during the early days of both US-led Iraq wars. She has been arrested in the course of her peace work over sixty times, at home and abroad. In 2005, Kelly, a Chicago resident, co-founded Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end US military and economic warfare. Learn the reality of war's impact on people in far-away countries around the globe from Kathy Kelly, who has seen it first-hand; A free event; all are welcome.

Date: Sunday, September 18

Time:  2:00 p.m.

Place:  Fellowship Hall, Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren

Sponsored by Highland Avenue’s Outreach and Witness Ministry Group; Fox Valley Citizens for Peace and Justice; Elgin’s First Congregational Church; and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva.

Our Jr. High youth welcome you

Welcome to Highland Avenue!

On the last day of Sunday School this year, the Jr. High class talked about welcoming, then worked together to create this welcome video. Check it out!

Relief mission veterans recall their experiences

Meet Highland Avenue's Seagoing Cowboys

Meet Merle Brown and Matt Meyers, Highland Avenue's own seagoing cowboys, in video interviews by Pastor Katie Shaw Thompson.

The seagoing cowboys were men and boys who volunteered after World War II to tend livestock shipped by the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration and the Heifer Project to war-devastated countries overseas.

To find out more about these amazing missions, read Peggy Reiff Miller’s new book published by Brethren Press, The Seagoing Cowboy, or click here to visit a website the author has created to tell their story.

For a look back in time and to learn more about this chapter in history, visit Heifer International's website which includes historic photographs, videos, and biographies.


Sunday School classes meet after church for children, youth, and adults. Click here for more info.

Wednesday Morning Bible Study meets at 10 a.m. each Wednesday. We will study the scripture text that will be used for our worship service the following Sunday. Join us for a spirited, open discussion.