High Street Happenings

January 12, 2018

“As a people of faith, we seek to better ourselves, our community, and our world through integrity, justice, and hope.”

Pastoral Reflection

News Regarding June Bryant

Dear all,

With much thought and consideration June has resigned from her presidency at High Street. Her cancer is not going away anytime soon and she needs to be free to focus her energy on her own health and wellbeing.

Pending Board approval at Thursday’s meeting Kim Lynn will fill June’s place as president. Kim has a lot of experience both on the Board and as president.

I am sad both that June’s health is not as good as we were all hoping it would be by now, and also to not be able to work with June who’s leadership I greatly admire. But I am grateful for her modeling self care and trust. It takes a lot of love of High Street to say yes to leadership but it also takes just as much love and certainly more trust to let that initial dream go to the hands of others.

Please hold June and the Board in your thoughts and prayers in this time of change.

Rev. Cassandra

Sunday Sermon – January 14 at 11 AM

Where Kindness Leads – Rev. Cassandra Howe

Often we think of love as passive. It happens to us, like falling in love or being “helplessly” in love. But love is a choice. It requires our active vigilance. On this MLK Day weekend we ask how kindness can help bring about that beloved community King called us to create.

Share the Plate with Community Food Bank

Religious Education for Children and Youth

January 21  , 2018

Preschool (K3-K)
Teacher: Vanessa Sullivan
Curriculum: Soul Matters
Lesson:  Doing the best we can with intentions

Lower Elementary (1st – 3rd)
Teacher: Christina Charette
Curriculum: Rainbow Connection
Lesson: We are all alike and different

Upper Elementary (4th – 6th)
Teacher: Leon Jackson
Curriculum: Soul Matters
Lesson: Doing the best we can with intentions




1. Book Drive January 14, 2018 (at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. service). We will collect books during the service to donate to third grade classes of Ingram-Pye Elementary School on Mercer Univ. Blvd. This is part of our social justice outreach to promote literacy. Books at third grade reading level are preferred. Paperbacks are perfectly fine. Gently used books are also okay. Barnes and Noble has a good selection in the children’s book area in the left aisle nearest the back wall. If you want to go ahead and bring them to church now, give them to Bretta Perkins and she will put them in the office.

2. Please note that the Finance Committee will be meeting this year on the second Sunday each month at 12:15.

3. MLK Day March Jan. 15th 11am. Every MLK Day High Street joins with hundreds of people to march for racial and economic justice. This year we’ll do the same. If you would like to march the full length with others from High Street, meet at the Booker T. Washington Center near Mercer’s campus at 11 (when the march leaves). If you would like to march for the last few blocks (may be more kid and elderly friendly) meet at High Street Church at 11:15. We’ll carry our banner and march for a better tomorrow! Steward Chapel AME hosts a worship service after the march. All are welcome.

4. MLK Day march, memorial events planned. The Martin Luther King Commission is planning several events in 2018 to recognize and celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. The annual community march is planned for 11 a.m. on January 15. The march will begin at four places in our community:

  • North: Booker T. Washington Community Center (391 Monroe Street)
  • South: Memorial Park Recreation Center (763 Long Street)
  • East: Rosa Jackson Recreation Center (1211 Maynard Street)
  • West: Frank Johnson Recreation Center (2227 Mercer University Drive)

The Martin Luther King Commission was created to promote understanding and acceptance of nonviolence and human equality as a way of building community among all. You can watch MaconBibbTV videos on past marches, get more information on the 2018 march, and see the calendar of events, on the MLK Commission’s website.

Other events for Monday include:

  • MLK, Jr Day Celebration Breakfast @ St Peter Claver Catholic Church January 15th (Monday) at 7:30 AM. Theme: BUILDING COMMUNITY THROUGH KINDNESS
  • Elegy for Martin Luther King @ the Grand Opera House January 15th (Monday) at 7:00 PM
  • Macon-Bibb Interfaith Committee meets @ High Street Church, 7:00 PM

5. Ministry Council Jan. 21st. Are you a chair of a ministry-related committee (RE, Social Justice, Social Activities, Membership, Worship?)
Please come to our re-newed Ministry Council Jan. 21st from 12:30-1:30. Bring your own lunch and we’ll get connected and offer each other resources as co-mission bearers of High Street Church! (Plan on every 3rd Sunday from 12:30-1:30).

6. Old City Flower Festival. High Street Unitarian Universalist Church is among those participating in the 7th annual Old City Flower Festival to be held Jan. 20-22 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on the corner of College and Forsyth streets. With a theme of “Consider the Lilies of the Field,” the festival will showcase the work of flower guilds from more than 15 Macon churches. The show, to be held in the sanctuary, will be open, at no charge, on Saturday, Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 21 from 1-4 p.m., and on Monday, Jan. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. High Street ‘s floral arrangement will be placed in the window-well of the stained glass panel of St Margaret.

Complementing the show will be free mid-day organ recitals Saturday and Monday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., a Sunday evensong service at 5 p.m. with special music, and a free flower arranging workshop on Monday at 10 a.m. led by Terry Holland in the Walter Harris Room of the Parish House.

The Canterbury House, located next door to the church, will be open for soup and salad luncheons on Saturday and Monday. There will be two seatings each day, at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Reservations, $10, are required. Please call the church office (St. Paul’s) at 743-4623.

The Canterbury House will also be the setting for an art show of works by St. Paul’s talented artists. A gift shop there will feature homemade jellies, painted cherry blossoms, and St. Paul’s new cookbook. A representative from the Cathedral Bookstore in Atlanta will be on hand Saturday with special items for sale.

Parking is available behind the church Parish House, 753 College St. For more information, please call the church office at 478-743-4623 or you may find us on Facebook at facebook.com/stpaulsmacon.org/

7. New Humanist Adult RE Class on January Sundays in: Reason and Reverence. A new Adult RE Class on humanism will begin Sundays January 7- 28 at 9:30 am, led by Bretta Perkins. UU’s draw inspiration from five sources of living traditions (page 4 of the Hymnal), the fifth being humanist teachings. We will be reading “Reason and Reverence: Religious Humanism for the 21st Century” by William R. Murry, retired UU minister and former president of Meadville Lombard Theological School. Murry prefers to call himself a humanistic religious naturalist. We will learn about various types of humanism and how humanism can be a religion of both the head and the heart. The book is available at http://www.uuabookstore.org, Amazon, etc. There are 3 copies left in our church bookstore. Contact Bretta Perkins to buy one at a discount.

8. High Street folks will be cooking lunch for the less advantaged on Saturday, Feb 10 and Sunday, Feb 11 from 10AM to 1PM. Please plan to join us to prepare 150-200 lunches. Please let Bob Hargrove (bobharg@yahoo.com) if you plan to join us. The Weekend Lunch program is at the back of Christ Church on Walnut Street Lane. Thanks, Bob Hargrove

9. Rev. Cassandra is holding new office hours. They are now Thursdays from 2-4pm. Rev. Cassandra is available throughout the week for phone and in-person pastoral consultations. Email highstreetrev@gmail.com to set something up or just drop by her office hours!

10. Absolutely No-Committee-Meeting Ad Hoc Committee: You’ve heard of High Street’s Absolutely No-Rehearsal Christmas Pageant, right? Well, with that in mind, I’m looking to form an Absolutely No-Committee-Meeting Ad Hoc Committee to plan next year’s 30th Anniversary Celebration of purchasing our beautiful building. Some of you have already been contacted about serving, and I would like to extend the offer to anyone who would like to volunteer. I’m looking for people who can do video, archival and historical research, storyboards, host a community open house, and plan the worship service/reception scheduled for April 29th, 2018. We have confirmed Rev. Mary Katherine Morn as our guest speaker. Please contact me, Kim Lynn, at (478) 397-5513 or katzenbooks45@gmail.com if you are interested.

11. Coffee Hour. If you would be willing to host a coffee hour after a Sunday service, please contact Craig Rowland at 478-318-1084 to volunteer for a Sunday.

12. Help Others! Please check out the Social Justice webpage for what you can do for others. Specific needs that change often will be placed in this Announcements section

Monthly Calendar

The following calendar is from this month’s newsletter. Please check the Announcements section above for any updates!