An historic peace church in the heart of Elgin

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Easter Season Worship Services

You are invited to join us for our upcoming and Holy Week services as we remember Jesus' last week on earth: His gathering with the disciples, His death, and the joy of His resurrection.

April 2  Fifth Sunday in Lent worship service  9:30 a.m.

Guest preacher Jay Wittmeyer will bring a sermon titled “The Nonviolent Jesus and Logs in the Eye" from Matthew 7: 1-12

April 9  Palm Sunday worship service  9:30 a.m.

Pastor Katie will offer a sermon titled “Who is This" based on Matthew 21: 1-11

The service will begin in the Fellowship Hall with a palm processional. Those with mobility issues are welcome to be seated in the sanctuary and greet the gathering crowd from there.

April 13  Maundy Thursday Love Feast  7 p.m.

Pastor Katie will present a sermon titled “To Be Blessed" from Matthew 5: 1-12

Come for a time of self-examination - the ritual of feetwashing, a practice that has been carried out by folks in our faith tradition for centuries; a fellowship meal together; and holy communion.

April 14  Good Friday Tenebrae  7 p.m.

Gather with us in the sanctuary as we read the narrative of Jesus' trial and crucifixion found in Scriptures Matthew 26-27 and as we open space for grief and lament in preparation for the joy of Easter.

April 16  Easter service  9:30 a.m. Christ is risen! Hallelujah! 

Pastor Katie’s sermon will be titled “Raised from the Dead”, taken from the Scripture verses found in Matthew 28: 1 - 10

Come join in the celebration!


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.

Love Feast Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. Members, non-members, adults and children are welcome to participate.The service will include a time for feetwashing, a practice that has been carried out by folks in our faith tradition for centuries.