All Things New…
Ring in the new year at Highland Avenue
On New Year's Day, we will gather for fellowship at 10 a.m in the Fellowship Hall, followed by a one-hour worship service in the Sanctuary at 10:30.
Still in place to be enjoyed - our Christmas labyrinth!
During the planning for Advent, two congregation members, John and Lynne Kern, were inspired to create a labyrinth outlined in Christmas lights on the front lawn.
Drive by the church, located where Highland Avenue makes a Y with Larkin Avenue, between 5 and 8 p.m. on any night and see the lights.
Better still, park your car and walk the labyrinth.
The address is 783 W. Highland Ave. in Elgin.
Thanks to the Daily Herald for helping us spread the invitation to our holiday services. Follow this link to read more: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20161214/submitted/161219466/
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!
HOLIDAY WORSHIP SERVICE TIMES
New Year’s Day service 10:30 a.m.
Fellowship time at 10:00 a.m.
The church office will be closed Monday, January 2.
Coming Jan. 13, 2017!
Highland Avenue Coffee House featuring Bryan Bowers
Folk music, light refereshments,
Friday evening, January 13
"Bowers is widely regarded as the leading
virtuoso on the autoharp...with distinct
gifts as a singer and songwriter."
- People Magazine
Open to the community; donations appreciated.
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.