An historic peace church in the heart of Elgin

All Things New…

K Shaw Thompson color portrait

New Pastor Called

The Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren is delighted to announce that we have called Katie Shaw Thompson to be our next pastor, beginning November 29, 2015. We are excited to enter into a new time of ministry with her and are preparing for her arrival.


Fall Love Feast is Sunday, Oct 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The service will include a time for spiritual self-examination, feetwashing or handwashing, a potluck meal (please bring a dish to share - table service is provided), and communion. All are invited to this intergenerational event. Childcare will be provided.

Sunday School Resumed last month with classes for children, youth, and adults. The children will use the Shine curriculum. This fall's theme is Hearing God's Call.

Adults will have two opportunities:

Stewardship and the New Normal 

Financial advisors have been saying it for years, we must come to terms with the New Normal. While we gloried in the abundant wealth of the nation, debt and scarcity define so much of our lives. Stewardship as a spiritual practice has been shaped by that culture of abundance and privilege. In these sessions we will explore the new economic realities of our culture, and reframe our ideas of times and money around the biblical pattern of sufficiency.

The Christian Community Comes Alive

The birth of the early church in the book of Acts is the focus of this Guide for Biblical Studies book written by our own Rick Gardner. The first unit explores some of the ways people in the early church lived out and shared their faith in Jesus. The second unit looks at the witness of Saul and Peter as the gospel is shared with Gentiles. The final unit shows how the gospel spreads to faraway places.

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

The Deacons for September are Ruth Thomasek and Dan McFadden.