Highland’s work of Love begins just outside our doorstep – in the community we love called Louisville. We are uniquely positioned as a growing church in an urban environment to meet the physical and emotional needs of those right around around us, and our members are doing just that. Each week, you can find hundreds of Highlanders serving meals at the Salvation Army, collecting supplies for Highlands Community Ministries, teaching English in our building to refugee women from the Middle East, or tutoring kids in nearby Shelby Park. Read on to find ways that you can connect!
Joining Local Organizations in the Work of Love
Highland is deeply connected to the work of many local organizations and non-profits who are serving the needs of those in Louisville; several of our members work and serve in leadership roles of these organizations! At any given point in the year, you will find a group in our church – the choir, a Bible Study class, the youth group, you name it – who is reaching out to do the work of love in Louisville. Highlanders have served with non-profits such as Supplies Over Seas, Family Scholar House, Choices Inc., Cabbage Patch Settlement House, Highlands Community Ministries, Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Habitat for Humanity, and Wayside Christian Mission, both on a regular and occasional basis.
Marking Injustice in our Community
Deeply embedded in the communal ethos of Highland is a passion for God’s justice. Led by the work and education of the Justice Ministry Group, Highland’s members are intentional in calling out injustice where it exists and finding sacred space to mark and mourn acts of violence and injustice that surround us.
Each December on Peace Sunday of the Advent season, Highland remembers victims of violence and their families in our community by placing crosses on the front lawn of the church. The congregation gathers immediately following worship to read the names of those who have been killed throughout the year in an act of violence and place a cross on the lawn in their honor. Highland began this tradition in 1997 in Joe Phelps’ first year as pastor to draw attention to a rash of murders in the metropolitan Louisville area.
Highland members can also be found doing walks for hunger, for peace, for AIDS awareness, and for justice for refugees and migrants in Louisville.
Forms for Co-Sponsorship and Funding
Highland’s Community Missions Ministry Group receives applications for general funding, special event funding, and co-sponsorship for special initiatives throughout the year from our partner organizations and others. If you would like to submit an application on behalf of your organization for funding, please find these applications here at the links below. They can be filled out and sent to Renee Purtlebaugh.