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Highlands Presbyterian Church Final Service 5/15/16

Dear Friends of Highlands,

Many of you have already received news that after 63 years, Highlands Presbyterian Church, a beloved institution in our spiritual community and in the hearts of our membership, will hold our final services on May 15th, 2016.

We will hold an early worship service at 9 a.m. for all members and friends who want a more intimate gathering.

Our Final Worship Service will be held at 3:00 p.m., for the general community as well as members of the St Augustine Presbytery—particularly the Administrative Commission that is assisting us with final transitions as we mark the dissolution of Highlands Presbyterian Church.

The Reverend Glenn Dixon of Faith Presbyterian in Melrose will lead, as well as Ruling Elder Ralph Moulder of First Presbyterian in Starke and Rev. Sandy Faison of Highlands.

Both services will offer special music from our talented musicians, a tradition that's been highly beloved among our membership. Sunday's services will include music by Andrew Hughes, RD Bonner, Alisun Bonner, Kathy Broyard, and Crystal Miles leading our Highlands Bell Choir.

We invite you to attend one of our services and join us in celebration of 63 years or worship!

Sunday, August 2

Our August 2 service began with a lovely performance by RD Bonner, Allyson Bonner, and Kathy Broyard of Cat Stevens’ “The Wind.” I wish you could hear it now.

The rain is such a blessing and our garden blesses us with many beautiful flowers for our sanctuary. The entrance to the church parking lot is blooming with more and more plantings, thanks to Andy Hughes.

Sandy's Sunday message was about Soul Nourishment, asking us to consider what provides nourishment to our souls. What can Highlands do to increase our spiritual practice and nourishment? How can we encourage and reflect a joyful soul? Come and reflect with us!

Sunday, July 19th

Sunday, July 19th, some old friends returned for worship, and we celebrated the Lord’s Supper with a very friendly group. Susan Mickelberry served a tasty, light summer meal after the service and we enjoyed the conversations and shared news of summer trips.

The title of our sermon today was “Demolition.” The message was about tearing down the walls that separate us and rebuilding a new holy temple of the spirit in service, prayer, and worship, uniting all beings and all creation.

Our Pastor, Sandy Faison, has finally moved her household to her permanent home here in Gainesville and will be available by appointment on Mondays and Wednesdays. Her number has been listed in the announcements for several weeks: 907-978-0466.

We’d love to see you! Come join us this Sunday!

Join Us This Sunday for a Special Musical Program

Come join us at Highlands this Sunday, June 14, at 11 a.m. Pastor Sandy Faison will lead our services with a sermon titled "Size Doesn't Matter" on this fourth Sunday of Pentecost! We think you will enjoy Pastor Sandy's style, flavored as it is by her years in Alaska!

Also featured will be special harp music performed by Crystal Clark Miles, including "All in a Garden Green," "Siciliana," "Another Spring," as well as "It's a Rosebud in June," arranged by Crystal. Come enjoy this special program and join us for food in the Fellowship Hall afterwards! We'd love to see you

Highlands Welcomes the Reverend Sandy Faison as New Pastor!

Highlands Presbyterian Community Church proudly announces appointment of the Reverend Sandy Faison as our new pastor! Sandy was joyfully introduced as our new pastor at the April 26th service! It's been a long search, and Highlands feels fortunate indeed to introduce Sandy to our congregation and to the community. Sandy brings with her a warm heart and welcoming spirit, in addition to many years of experience as a Presbyterian pastor. The congregation expresses it's warm appreciation and gratitude to Sandy. We look forward to her presence among us. More to come!

April 26 Good Shepherd Sunday Sermon, "In Return" by Pastor Sandy Faison

On April 26, our fellowship enjoyed the leadership of Pastor Sandy Faison who led services with a sermon titled "In Return" on Good Shepherd Sunday! Special music was a piece by attendee Thomas Smith entitled The Simplon Pass (poem by Wordsworth), performed by Jasmine Robinson, soprano; John David Erikson, cello; and Andy Hughes, piano. It was very special indeed. We hope you will attend Highlands soon and discover our many riches of fellowship, music, and spiritual exploration.

First Lent Service, Spring 2015

Thanks for a wonderful first week of Lent sermon at our 2/22 service this morning by Rev. Glenn Dixon, Pastor Emeritus from Westminster Presbyterian! Glenn spoke on "Who Am I?" and also asked "who are my brothers? Glenn will be back on March 15th!

Join us next week on Sunday at 11am as Meaghan Monaghan leads us in Reflections on Lent!

Plan Now to Attend Highlands March 7 Lions & Lambs Spring Concert!

Highlands invites you to kick off your spring early! Come to “Lions and Lambs," our first-ever spring concert on March 7! Enjoy a wide range of music (art song, jazz, gospel choir, harp, plus original folk/rock and classical piano).

Tunes will be offered by Gainesville musicians Sidney Bertisch, Michael Derry, EFM Sanctuary of Praise, Andy Hughes, Stephen Langer, Crystal Miles, Daryl Mullee, raymondale and the Family Band, Jasmine Robinson, Thomas Smith, and Chris Ypsilanti.

Come join in the musical fun. Support Highlands as you enjoy a first-rate musical event!

Date/Time/Place: Saturday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at Highlands,1001 NE 16th Avenue, Gainesville, FL.
Admission: Suggested Donation $5-$10 at the door. All proceeds will benefit Highlands music and community outreach programs.

Highlands Welcomes Ruth Elswood January 11th and 18th! Come Join us!

January 11th and 18th offer a special treat at Highlands' 11 a.m. services. Ruth Elswood, who has been studying for the ministry at Austin Presbyerian Theological Seminary in Texas, is visiting Gainesville and will deliver the sermons for both Sundays.

Ruth and her husband Lon have been Highlands members since 2013. During the last few years in addition to studying, she has been completing internships, last year as resident chaplain at Tampa General Hospital. Highlands is the sponsoring congregation for Ruth's seminary study. She will graduate in June, at which time she and Lon plan to return to Gainesville.

We are happily looking forward to both services and hope you will join us for one or both!