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August Movie Series

Join the Encore community for movies and lunch every Thursday in August. Our friend Allen Stone will offer his analysis on five of his favorite stories depicted on screen. Connect with friends, have a light lunch and join in on the discussion. RSVP by the previous Tuesday for the optional $10 lunch at or 214.523.2246.


Thursday, August 2 - His Girl Friday
His Girl Friday stars Rosalind Russell as reporter Hildy Johnson, a standout among cinema's powerful women. Hildy is matched in force only by her conniving but charismatic editor and ex-husband (played by the peerless Cary Grant), who dangles the chance for her to scoop her fellow news writers with a big story in order to keep her from hopping the train that is to take her to a new life as a housewife.

Thursday, August 9 - Steve McQueen: American Icon
McQueen, one of America's most intriguing movie stars, “is still the King of Cool” according to Esquire Magazine—50 years after the zenith of his career! The coolest thing about him, however, is barely known, despite countless biographies and articles. Steve McQueen was a believer in Jesus Christ. Steve McQueen: American Icon is the untold true story of the spiritual quest of a Hollywood legend.

Thursday, August 16 - The Insult
In today's Beirut an insult blown out of proportion finds a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee in court. From secret wounds to traumatic revelations, the media circus around the case puts Lebanon through a social explosion forcing the characters to reconsider their lives and prejudices. The Insult was nominated for Best Foreign Film Academy Award earlier this year.

Thursday, August 23 - Bombshell: the Hedy Lamarr Story
What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and Bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon and a technological trailblazer who perfected a radio system to throw Nazi torpedoes off course during WWII. This documentary brings to light the story of an accomplished woman, spurned as too beautiful to be smart, but a role model to this day.

Thursday, August 30 - Churchill
starring Brian Cox and Miranda Richardson
Tensions mount for beleaguered British Prime Minister Winston Churchill as D-Day nears in June 1944. Fearful of repeating past mistakes, Churchill is reluctant to embark on the large-scale campaign that the entire war effort hinges upon. Clashing with his political opponents, the troubled leader receives unwavering support from his devoted wife, Clementine. With strength and shrewdness, she tries to prevent his physical, mental and spiritual collapse while inspiring him to achieve greatness.

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Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Room 329

Every Thursday, from 08/02/2018 to 08/30/2018, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Prayer Blanket Ministry

If you like to knit, crochet, quilt, tie fleece and want to partake in a special act of service (making blankets and prayers shawls for the hurting and sick), please consider offering your talents to HPUMC’s Prayer Blanket Ministry. While making blankets, we pray for the recipients' comfort and God’s healing hands. Our hope is that these blankets, made with prayer, will be a source of love and security. Create in community with other blanket makers or knit from home. If you have questions, contact Arang at 214-523-2138 or

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Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Room 216

Second Tuesday, Fourth Tuesday of the month, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Monday Friends


*First Monday of each month, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Room 120, Free

This program is geared for ages 70+. 

Enjoy a light lunch and some of the highest American Film Institute rated movies. Free, drop by. Donations welcome. For more information about Monday Friends, call Susan Rogers at 214-523-2266 or email .

The movies coming up are:      


La La Land 

September 10: Chappaquiddick

Depicting Ted Kennedy's involvement in the fatal 1969 car accident that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne.

Please RSVP to Susan Rogers at or 214-523-2266.



La La Land 

October 1: I Can Only Imagine

The inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe's beloved, chart topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness.

Please RSVP to Susan Rogers at or 214-523-2266.


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Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Room 120

First Monday of the month, 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM