05/18/2021 by Kevin Crain

HPUMC recognizes and celebrates high school seniors

With the school year coming to an end, Highland Park United Methodist Church celebrated our graduating seniors this past Sunday, May 16, in the 11 am Cornerstone worship service. In addition to the class of 2021 leading worship, this sacred, annual service featured a slideshow of the graduating...

05/14/2021 by Kevin Crain

Rev. Jeremiah Booker to lead Cox Chapel

During his time here, he’s enjoyed serving in a variety of roles on HPUMC’s Pastoral Care team—officiating weddings and funerals, going on hospital visits, overseeing the Prayer Tower Ministry, and helping with Journey Ministry Memory Care. His “partner in ministry” is his wife, Petrella, who wor...

05/10/2021 by Kevin Crain Disability Ministry

Belong gathers in person for the first time since spring 2020

There were plenty of big smiles and socially distanced hugs when our Belong disABILITY Ministry gathered in person on Sunday, May 2, for the first time in over a year. Not wanting to miss any part of the day, several Belong participants and their families arrived 20 minutes early. “Can you b...

05/06/2021 by Andi Fancher Parenting

Finding rest in the midst of overwhelmed this Mother's Day

As I reflect on this past year and all the many ways that moms have poured themselves out for their families, pivoting in ways we could have never imagined, I wonder how many of us are hitting a wall? If you can identify with needing a little self-care this year, I see you. You made it. We made i...

04/28/2021 by Kevin Crain

Rev. Susan Robb to retire this summer

This summer, Highland Park United Methodist Church and the Cox Chapel community will say farewell to Rev. Susan Robb, HPUMC Senior Associate Minister. After leading Cox Chapel for nearly two years, Rev. Robb is confident that now is the right time to retire. “My husband and I are looking forward...

04/23/2021

Mustard seed of faith: Rev. Paul Rasmussen reacts to Chauvin Verdict

The mustard seed. It’s the smallest of every type of seed. And Jesus often used the image to teach and encourage. Once, Jesus said to his disciples, “For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will mov...

04/19/2021 by Emily Schultz Inspirational, Kids Ministry

Two-year-old Ella meets her ‘friend,’ Paul

Our sweet Ella was 11 months old when the world shut down. Like everyone else did in 2020, our little family worked through the peaks and valleys. We missed seeing our family that only lived minutes away, we navigated a career furlough and all that entails, and, of course, schools were closed. We...

04/13/2021 by Susan Phillips Inspirational, Parenting

We smiled through it: One mother's reflections after a year of COVID

I leaned over the sleek sink of our hotel, spreading pink lipstick across my lips, then sweeping bronzer beneath my cheekbones. Clay was turning 40, and we were staycationing at The Ritz, getting ready for dinner and drinks with friends at the fancy restaurant downstairs. Other than the momentous...