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Standing Together In Faith Amongst Our Differences

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Great Hall

Monday, April 01, 2019, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Hannah Buchanan, Director, HPUMC Cornerstone Worship; Peggy Wehmeyer, Journalist/Religion Correspondent

Generation gaps…social disparities – so many reasons to disagree. We can stand together, though - through our faith - when we acknowledge that God’s love bridges every difference that seems to loom so large between us. Who better to help us reconcile than HPUMC’s Hannah Buchanan and her mother, Peggy Wehmeyer?

Peggy Wehmeyer is an American journalist. She was born in Oklahoma City but was raised mostly in Barbados and Texas and is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin. As a young woman, Peggy worked at Dallas Theological Seminary in the Public Relations Department. In 1994, she was hired by ABC News, with the strong support of Peter Jennings, to become the first full-time religion correspondent on a national news network. Before taking the position at ABC, Peggy worked the religion beat at WFAA-TV in Dallas. In 2002, she left ABC to become the host and anchor of World Vision Report, the radio arm of the World Vision charitable organization. Peggy has two adult daughters. Widowed after the loss of her first husband in 2008, Peggy married Robin Blakely in December 2017.

Hannah Buchanan is the Director of Cornerstone at Highland Park United Methodist Church. Her zig-zag journey to ministry started at Wheaton, where she graduated in 2009 with a major in Economics and a minor in Biblical Studies that fed her passion for theology. Upon graduating, Hannah joined Teach For America to make a difference, teaching special education on the South Side of Chicago and coaching other teachers in the district. Not convinced education was the solution to the Big Problems of Life, Hannah decided to pursue a Master of Social Work. To pay for graduate school, she took a job as an Executive Assistant at Munger Place Church. Two years (and one almost irrelevant graduate degree) later, Hannah came to HPUMC’s Mockingbird campus, where she leads and establishes creative vision for contemporary worship. Hannah and her husband Ryan live in East Dallas. They delight in their one-year-old daughter Eliza and dream about how God might one day use her to do his work in the world!

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RSVP meal & program
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For meal reservations, payment of $15 per person (online or check) must be received by Thursday, March 28, 2019.

Your PayPal receipt or check is your confirmation. 

BE SURE TO INDICATE THE NAME OF YOUR GUESTS, CIRCLE NUMBER, or OTHER INFORMATION on your check or, if paying via PayPal, by email to Laura Petty at

Payments received after the deadline will not be accepted and no meal will be available. Please join us for the program, however, which begins at 12:00 pm and is open to all.

Childcare is available for this event free of charge, but you must make reservations by Monday, March 25, 2019, at www.hpumc.org/kidcare.

Spirit of Mission: The Georgia Bates Award Luncheon

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Great Hall

Monday, May 13, 2019, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

The United Methodist Women of Highland Park United Methodist Church are pleased to present Lisa Tichenor with the 2019 Spirit of Mission: Georgia Bates Award. Sponsored by HPUMC UMW, the Georgia Bates Award is an annual award honoring a woman from our congregation who has made a significant and lasting contribution to missions.

In 1988, Lisa Tichenor was introduced to a new initiative of the United Methodist Church: the creation of the first Methodist institution of higher learning on the continent of Africa. Tichenor's interest in the initiative led her to join the founding advisory development committee of what would become Africa University. Throughout the 30 years since then, Tichenor has been an advisor and advocate for AU and continues to serve on its Board of Governors. 

Tichenor was instrumental in spreading the word about Africa University to congregations in the South Central Jurisdiction (Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska), connecting churches and members directly with the school. She has led a number of initiatives to raise funds for capital projects and scholarships. In 2007, Tichenor co-chaired the North Texas Conference effort to raise funds for a health clinic and scholarships. She has helped HPUMC support the construction of a large intramural sport court and annual scholarships for AU students. In conjunction with the “Beyond Campaign”, Lisa is overseeing HPUMC’s initiative to build a dorm and student center on the campus of Africa University.

With support from Methodist churches and leaders like Tichenor, Africa University has grown to become a premier university with over 1400 students from 26 different African nations. AU now offers 50 cutting edge undergraduate and graduate programs with a student body that is 52 percent female, a remarkable statistic for that part of the world. Its 6,000+ graduates are impacting the continent in the fields of education, agriculture, business, government, and religion.

In addition to her work with Africa University, Tichenor and her husband Mac founded the Quad-W Foundation in memory of their son, Willie. The Quad-W Foundation provides support to people and organizations pursuing innovative ideas in the areas of higher education, sarcoma research, and personally transforming mission experiences. One of their programs, the Quad-W Mission Internship Summer Program, places college students in charge of programs for high-risk children, assisting senior citizens, and helping refugee populations adjust and integrate into the U.S. The Tichenor family has been long-time supporters of Carpenters for Christ.  In memory of Willie and as a reflection of his love for Carpenters for Christ, the Tichenors partnered with Carpenters for Christ to build homes in events known as the “Willie Build” campaign. Families literally have homes due to the generosity of the Tichenors.

Please join UMW for the 2019 Spirit of Mission: Georgia Bates Award Luncheon on May 13, 2019, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm in the Great Hall at Highland Park United Methodist Church, as we honor Lisa and celebrate Methodist women in mission.

RSVP meal & program
Pay $15 online

RSVP meal & program
Pay $15 by check 

RSVP Program only
(no deadline)

For meal reservations, payment of $15 per person (online or check) must be received by May 9, 2019.

Your PayPal receipt or check is your confirmation. 

BE SURE TO INDICATE THE NAME OF YOUR GUESTS, CIRCLE NUMBER, or OTHER INFORMATION on your check or, if paying via PayPal, by email to Laura Petty at

Payments received after the deadline will not be accepted and no meal will be available. Please join us for the program, however, which begins at 12:00 pm and is open to all.

Childcare is available for this event free of charge, but you must make reservations by Monday, May 6, 2019, at www.hpumc.org/kidcare.