All Things New…
Remembering our createdness in God
Ash Wednesday Invitation
Join us on Wednesday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Highland Avenue Church sanctuary for a simple, brief Ash Wednesday service, in which you may receive ashes on your forehead if you so choose.
From the earth God made the first humans, breathed life into them, and as Ecclesiastes writes, it is to the earth we humans shall return.
Gather with others this night to begin the holy season of Lent and to remember who you are, and whose you are.
Greetings received from our Muslim neighbors
Honoring God through community
The Highland Avenue Church was honored to receive four thank-you notes from local Muslim neighbors last week in response to the banner outside our building that reads: "Honor God - say no to anti-Muslim bigotry."
When the cards arrived, Pastor Katie and Administrative Assistant Barb mistook them from the envelopes to be Christmas cards. Thinking it odd that the church would receive cards, they were all the more moved as they opened them and realized what they were.
"Dear Pastors and Parishioners, Thank you so very much for your banner," reads one card. "It means a lot to us and more so to our children who were born in this country and know only one home. It is so heartening to see a church in our hometown of Elgin to be so tolerant, loving, and inclusive. This is exactly what we need today. After all, we really are one big family."
Church Board Chair Anna Speicher rose during the sharing of Joys and Concerns in Sunday worship to say how touched she was by these expressions of gratitude. "I want to say how amazing it is when you do a small thing," she shared. "I'm really so grateful for these people who took the time to tell us that it mattered. It's a reminder to me that these small opportunities that we have to say something, anything--to witness--don't go unnoticed. They're important. So, I want to try to do that more. I think we're all called to do that. Our banner is just a sign. It's not enough. We need to do more. But it's still important."
The banner was hung on the building
in September and purchased from
Our views on the current political climate in the wake of the presidential election
Highland Avenue Church letter of response
Recently a letter was approved by the church board and submitted to the editors of Elgin Courier News and the Daily Herald, expressing our response to the challenges and opportunities created by the presidential campaign and election. We invite members of the community to read the letter (click here) and to consider or share their own responses, especially regarding some of the ways that we can move forward constructively, together.
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!
Sunday worship service at 9:30 a.m.
Fellowship time at 10:30 a.m.
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 week. We will study the scripture text that will be used for our worship service the following Sunday. Join us for a spirited, open discussion.