Highland Presbyterian Church​ seeks to be a diverse and inclusive Christian Community as we embody the love and forgiveness of Jesus by serving the Community and the World, drawing people to Christ.

Highland Happening

May 24th, 2024

Worship this Sunday

Join us for worship this Sunday, May 26th for Trinity Sunday. Our summer intern, Erica, will preach and lead us through the worship service. We will have the joy of welcoming our newest members, Pat & David Woody and Ashley Lee near the beginning of the service.  Our scripture focus will be from John 3 where Nicodemus comes to Jesus in the middle of the night to see for himself who Jesus is.  We will hear one of the most famous Bible passages, John 3:16 and will help guide us in our understanding of referring to God as One-in-Three and Three-in-One.  Join us for a wonderful service! 

Watch the service live on our Facebook page at 10:30 a.m.

Bulletin (PDF)
Bulletin (Word)

Free Little Neighborhood Item of the Week

Our Free Little Neighborhood Item of the week is summer supplies.  The weather is getting warmer, and people will be outside more often.  Pick up sunscreen, bug spray, a hat or any other items that would be useful during the summertime.

Summer Intern at Highland 

Our presbytery has a program where church members can go through training to be certified as a Commission Lay Pastor to serve in various contexts and situations. This summer, Highland will be the host church for Erica Patton as she goes through this training process. Erica is a member of First Presbyterian Church Lafollette and is excited to spend time with Highland learning and growing in God’s calling to her life. Read a bit about her below. 

Hi Everyone, I am Erica Patton a lifelong East Tennessee resident growing up in Lake City, now known as Rocky Top, TN. I have a twin sister, Erin, that lives in St. Louis, MO and an older sister, Christa, that lives in Las Vegas, NV.  My parents now live in Lebanon, TN and are retired elementary school principals.  I am a huge sports fan, especially basketball and football.  I am also a cat lady and play video games every chance I get.  Other hobbies include trying my hand at growing flowers which is going well so far. I work full time in an outpatient physical therapy clinic in Knoxville.  I look forward to spending the next few months getting to worship with you and getting to know each of you.  I am in the current commission lay pastor program with the presbytery and will be with you May through July.  Blessings to you all.

Summer Presbytery Education Series Hymn Study

Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Chancel Choir member, Dianna Koebke, is offering a way to stay engaged in worship education through the summer. This Hymn Study is designed to nurture and educate through a new discipleship opportunity via Zoom and open to all interested. It's Wednesdays from 7 - 8 p.m. June through July. Free and easy registration information can be obtained with the contact information below.

If you know of someone interested, you are encouraged to forward the flier.

Please contact Dianna at dturmand@gmail.com or Rev. Mark Lampley at mlampley@sequoyahchurch.org if you have questions and/or wish to register to receive the link & password.

You can also call the office at (865) 522-9804.

Juneteenth Presbytery Worship Service

Erin Presbyterian Church 

What is the newest federal holiday in the U.S.? If you guessed Juneteenth, you would be correct. In 2021, President Joe Biden signed the “Juneteenth National Independence Day Act,” forever designating June 19th as America’s 12th federal holiday! 

Sadly, the history and significance of Juneteenth is still unknown by many Americans, and the occasion’s passing often sparks little observance outside Black churches and communities. Perhaps White churches fear incurring accusations of misappropriating Black history and culture? But what could be more fundamental to America than marking another milepost in achieving liberty for all her citizens?

On Sunday June 23rd , Erin Presbyterian, 200 Lockett Road, Knoxville, will observe Juneteenth with a 10 a.m. worship service including an original choral reading, poetry, liberation hymns, special piano/organ selections, and the rich baritone voice of recognized guest artist Maurice Hendricks. Interim Pastor Anne McKee and the Erin congregation welcome all guests

to this celebration of freedom!

Online Sustainability Conference

July 9, Noon-1 p.m. EST


The Sustainability Committee invites you to attend a free virtual one hour course with Dr. Steven Bouma-Prediger to discuss his book, Creation Care Discipleship: Why Earthkeeping is an Essential Christian Practice. This course is free, but registration is required. 


Dr. Steven Bouma-Prediger is Leonard and Marjorie Maas Professor of Reformed Theology at Hope College and speaks regularly on environmental issues. He serves as the chair of the board of trustees for the Au Sable Institute. The session will draw on content from Steven’s latest book Creation Care Discipleship. Follow the link below to learn more. 


Why Earthkeeping is an Essential Christian Practice

Prayers, Concerns and Joys

Please pray for our members, families, and friends.

We lift-up prayers for those among our community who are shut in. Be with them as they are separated in body from their loved ones.

Kemp Family - Please keep the Kemp family in your prayers at Tiera, Liz and Cordell recently lost their grandmother, Jan Josey, lovingly know as Nana. Please hold their family in your prayers during this time of loss. 

Christie Morris - Christie fell recently and suffered a knee injury which scans will reveal more. Prayers for Christie as she recovers. 

Christie’s Student - Christie Morris requests prayers for one of her students, Kayden, who has a brain tumor and is undergoing treatment and had a recent biopsy and we give thanks that the biopsy procedure went well! 

Diane Hick’s Brother - Diane’s brother, Bill, was recently diagnosed with leukemia and is receiving treatment. Prayers for his treatment and all who care for him. 

Homeless - Let us pray for those who do not have a safe space to stay on any given night. As warm weather approaches, let us pray for those who are forced by life’s circumstances to sleep outside or wherever they can find. 

Ukraine - Let us continue to keep the people of Ukraine in our prayers as the war there continues on well past two years. 

Palestine and Israel - Prayers for peace and reconciliation as the war between Palestine and Israel continues.

May Birthdays

Will Kemp- May 6

Linda Furtsch- May 7

Amber McMahon-Weller- May 8

Leo Benz-Whittington- May 8

Cindy Benz- May 19

Kay Peace- May 20

David Kemp- May 27

If there are any announcements that you would like to include in the Highland Happening, please email office@highlandpresby.org by noon the Wednesday prior to the Highland Happening going out.

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