The Highlands United Presbyterian Church in Arlington celebrated 50 years of ministry on April 26 by highlighting the ministry that they are involved in for God’s creation. They displayed their “50!” in jelly jars designated for the Arlington Community Services ministry, and surrounded that display with a table filled with hygiene kits put together for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. The congregation took the opportunity of their 50th anniversary celebration to dedicate their new gardens as well, and unveil a giant mosaic of the mariner’s cross.

Worship was glorious with handbells and choir, and charter members and old friends in attendance. The sermon was delivered by John Purrington, the grandson of the organizing pastor and Methodist minister, Robert Purrington. A service of rededication was held outside after worship, followed by a three-block stroll to the nearby community center where the Highlands congregation first held worship services in 1965. The food was there waiting for us, plentiful and good, and the celebration continued as friends remembered where the church began and contemplated where God will take them over the next 50 years.

Peace and grace,

Steve Benz