Officer Elections August 21, 2022

On Sunday, August 21, immediately following the 10:50 a.m. service, Highlands Communing Members will have the privilege of voting for new officer candidates. The following men will stand for election. Each one of them has passed a background check, completed officer training, been interviewed by the Session Shepherding Committee, and comes before you highly recommended by the Session. Please be in prayer for these men, their families, and the Highlands Church Family.


Communicant’s Class begins August 21

Communicant’s Class begins August 21 at 5:00 p.m. A Communicant’s class for children interested in joining the church will be offered beginning Sunday night, August 21 at 5:00 p.m. The children will use a workbook, entitled Understanding the Faith, which includes homework as well as work in the classroom. Children in fourth grade or below must be accompanied by a parent.  Please register your child by emailing Laurie Nordan.


Please consider helping with our Greeting Ministry!

A warm, friendly welcome is a gift to members and guests alike! Our greeters serve in the Atrium between 8:15 and 8:40 for the early service and/or between 10:35 and 11:00 for the late service.  Please sign up to serve, either as a couple or as an individual during one or more of the coming Sundays. Your ministry to our members, regular attenders, and visitors will be a blessing to all!


Summer Sermon Series: “Does Jesus Matter?

Pastor Joseph Wheat on his summer sermon series, “Does Jesus Matter?”


2022 VBS photos and video

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Highlands is searching for a Junior High Ministry Coordinator

This is a full-time, non-ordained, salaried (including benefits) position. The position description is available here. If you know someone who might be a good fit, please have them contact Brad Tisdale.



Introducing a New Podcast by Pastor Joseph Wheat

Listen here.

Especially during the COVID 19 time, I have wanted to find a way to give more interaction for our members with each other. This podcast is being launched so we can connect with Scripture, hear each other’s stories, learn about ministry, and receive practical help for the Christian life. My hope is also that folks considering Highlands will connect with this conversational presentation of who we are. It’s called the SERMON AMP! Podcast – because the first five or so minutes are what I call an “amplification” of a sermon from Highlands. The total time for each episode is right at 30 minutes. A new episode will be released every week either on Monday or Tuesday.


First Things First ~ February 2021

by Bradford Mercer

I took this photo of Stumbling Stones (Stolpersteine) in Berlin, 2017. The Schneebaum family was deported to Auschwitz concentration camp in 1943. “HIER WOHNTE” means “here lived.” JG is the birth date. “ERMORDET” means “murdered.

Last Wednesday, January 27, was International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The day marked 76 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, the largest concentration camp established by Nazi Germany.

Several years ago Cindy and I came face to face with a sobering reminder of Auschwitz—Stumbling Stones (Stolpersteine). During our stay in Berlin we noticed small brass plates embedded in the walkways all over town. Inscribed on each one of these Stumbling Stones (also called Stumbling Blocks) is a name and date of a victim of Nazi persecution. You will notice in the photograph above that the Schneebaum family was deported to Auschwitz in 1943, where they were murdered. Initiated in 1992 by the German artist, Gunter Demnig, the Stolpersteine project’s goal is to commemorate individuals at exactly their last place of residency or work. There are currently over 13,000 Stumbling Stones in more than 280 countries.