Highland Presbyterian Church
Sunday, December 17, 2017

Our Story--

 
bench marks -- stepping stones -- milestones
 
Beginnings -- our first 5 years
 
Worship services began in the living room of the House—very often we needed chairs into
the kitchen and down the hall toward the bathroom.
 
    
 
So the House was remodeled, and the three-car carport became the “Sanctuary.” On the
Day of Pentecost, May 22, 1983, the Highland Presbyterian Church was officially chartered,
organized with 103 Charter Members.  The Rev. Lee Nichols was installed as Pastor and
the first class of elders and deacons was installed.  The Jambalaya Pentecost Birthday Lunch
tradition was born –  with everyone wearing red, the liturgical color of Pentecost!!
 
A building fund campaign eventually produced a new building that included kitchen, nursery,
Sunday school rooms, and a large versatile room -- our new Sanctuary.  
 
 
Our next decade or so
 
The Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Durway was installed as pastor in September, 1990, after
Lee Nichols received a call and left to start another new church. The Session
launched “A Week of Evenings” at church, our Vacation Bible School for all ages,
which usually included outside speakers for the adults.  
 
Annual Christmas week Mission Trips of youth and adults to the Mexican border,
Puentes de Christo, had to be discontinued because of difficulties at that time
with Mexican customs authorities.  Highland members were serving in Presbytery
and in local interfaith groups, and tutored reading in elementary schools. Some
from HPC went periodically to the “Holy Grill,” a local Soup Kitchen, to help serve
lunch for a week at a time; others planted a small garden and citrus orchard and
still take the produce to another Soup Kitchen. Some specifics have changed, but
we continue to feel the emphasis on benevolences and Mission giving.
 
                         “We seek to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ,
     gathering to worship and study, loving and caring for one another,
and reaching out in service and witness to our community and the world.”
 
Dan Durway retired in January, 1999, and the Rev. Dr. James Rollins, our current
pastor, was installed in June, 2000, to help us close out the last year of the 20th Century.
 
 
Our next century
 
Jim Rollins came with a family that included two high-school (at that time) daughters
and a first-grade teacher, all of whom contributed to the rich heritage of music in
Worship at Highland.
 
Former pastors Lee Nichols and Dan Durway returned to participate with Jim Rollins
in the weekend celebration of our 20th Anniversary on Pentecost, 2003.
 
Some acreage of the property was sold in order to remodel and expand the
Sanctuary building to give us a large narthex/fellowship area and more classroom
space. The new wing was dedicated on the occasion of Highland's 25th birthday,
the Day of Pentecost, May 2008.
 
 
“No matter who you are, or who you’re not, you’re welcome at Highland.”
 
                          
            
 
 
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