03/14/2022 by Rev. Matt Tuggle

Three ways to have better friendships

When is the last time you had a real conversation? Though today we are more connected than we have ever been, we are also (at least) as lonely as we have ever been. Most of us are connected to hundreds or thousands of people online, and yet loneliness is still pervasive. Somehow we’ve come to bel...

03/02/2022 by Courtney Woodruff

Sacred Circle Time: Kids bless our families in Lent

It’s no secret — Jesus has a heart for kids. When His disciples attempted to turn away the children that were brought to Him for a blessing, Jesus used their innocence to set an example for those who hope to share in the glory of heaven. He said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hi...

02/28/2022 by Rev. Walt Marcum Inspirational

What does Ash Wednesday mean for us?

Most people know about Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday: over-the-top parades, purple and gold beads, king cakes, and celebrations. But what’s Ash Wednesday? Most know it’s the first day of Lent and that it’s customary to give up something for the forty days of Lent, but why do we do it? Just as the c...

02/22/2022 by Alex Yocum-Beeman

Spotlight Musical Theater steals our hearts

One would guess that Rev. Paul Rasmussen’s favorite day of the year would be Christmas or Easter. That guess, however, would not be correct. His favorite nights are the two nights a year Belong Disability Ministry’s Spotlight Theater puts on their show. “This has really become a hallmark program...

02/22/2022 by Alex Johnston

Three environments receiving new life at HPUMC this winter

You may have noticed some recent upgrades taking place across Highland Park United Methodist Church’s Mockingbird campus. In particular, three areas are being upgraded to kick off the new year: the historic Sanctuary, the Margaret E. Jonsson Sanctuary Garden, and the Wesley Hall basement. From ne...

02/15/2022

First year milestone: Uptown Church celebrates its first birthday

On February 6, Rev. Joy Gonzalez welcomed a crowd to a first birthday party at the House of Blues. This party was to celebrate a labor of love that took over two years of planning, and as Rev. Paul Rasmussen tells it, many knocks on his door from a passionate, persistent pastor who wanted to star...

02/01/2022 by Alex Yocum-Beeman Inspirational

Cindy's Story: The Art of the Doodle

“Doodling and coloring,” that’s how Cindy Johnston’s father, Jim, would describe what this father-daughter duo does together. But it’s so much more than that. It’s art. For over two decades, Cindy and Jim have teamed up to create unique masterpieces, rich in color and visual intrigue. After Jim...