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Elgin CROP Walk Sunday, Oct. 15


Sunday, October 15, 2017 
Distance: 5K

Congratulations, Elgin CROP Walk Teams!! According to the Elgin Walk website, walkers raised $7,589 in online and offline gifts in this year! Hats off to Peg Lehman and Ralph Miner, the top walkers, and all who walked and pledged, for their support of Church World Service and hunger-fighting programs in our community.

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!

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Highland Avenue members honored at Judson Prayer Breakfast

Congratulations to Highland Avenue members Carol and Leon Miller who were honored at the May10th Judson University Prayer Breakfast as nominees for the D. Ray Wilson Volunteer Service Award.

Carol and Leon managed the weekly Saturday night Soup Kettle meal at our church for more than 30 years and have provided mentorship and support for the city's overall Soup Kettle ministry as part of Elgin Cooperative Ministry, which makes it possible for any hungry person to receive a meal every day of the week, every week of the year in Elgin, IL.

Thank you, Leon and Carol for your tireless service for your neighbors' good and the glory of God.  

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 December 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."  

Our views on the current political climate in the wake of the presidential election

Highland Avenue Church letter of response

In November 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. 


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.