Our mission is to inspire positive change in our world as we are led by Christ’s example of love, compassion, and acceptance of all people.
What We Believe
I Believe…God is with us, in our midst, daily and forever. A community of like-minded people is necessary to help sustain our spirit in crises, in peace, in prayer and to help us focus on God’s presence in our lives. We show God’s presence in our love and service to those in need as well as those around us.
I Believe…In global warming, hope, love, family and embracing
I Believe…In doing the right thing…..whatever that is
I Believe…When the sun rises it will set
when the snow falls it will melt
when the wind blows it will still
the sun will rise again….
the snow will fall again…
the wind will blow again….
what we give we will get back ten fold
in the spaces in between I am never alone
I Believe…Opening our hearts to love, courage to follow the heart
I Believe…God is in every person in the world. We need to look, respect and nurture the God in us.
I Believe…The Holy Ghost is in every heart and that sometimes the connections to “it” needs help.
I Believe…That some mysteries are better left unsolved.
I Believe…No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.
I Believe…The words of HCUCC surrounding the sanctuary
Micah 6:8 Do justice, have mercy, and walk humbly with God
Let your light shine with kindness.
I Believe…That all you need is love……and jazz
Who We Are
Our faith is 2,000 years old. Our thinking is not.
We believe in God’s continuing testament. This is why we are committed to hearing God’s ancient story anew and afresh in our lives and in the world today. We try to remain attentive to God’s creative movement in the world. Religion and science are not mutually exclusive, and your head and heart are both welcomed into our places of worship. We prepare our members and leaders to be engaged in ministry in the present and future church, and we embrace all kinds of communities and new modes of thinking. Why? Because God is still speaking,
No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.
We believe in extravagant welcome. This is why we insist that God’s communion table is open, not closed, and God’s gift and claim in baptism are irrevocable. We advocate justice for all. Our congregations extend hospitality as a sign of God’s inclusive love. We teach that evangelism — offering bread to those in search of it — is God’s mission. Our perspective is global, not provincial. We work with — not against — people of other faiths. Why? Because God is still speaking,
Never place a period where God has placed a comma.
We believe the church’s mission is to change lives — individually, systemically and globally. We work to make transformation possible, but trust in God’s grace. This is why we insist that churches must be places of vitality in worship, learning and advocacy. We are committed to working for justice, and we believe that lives are changed through global experiences and friendships. Why? Because God is still speaking,
The High Country United Church began its life together as a congregation on August 25, 2002, meeting at Blowing Rock Assembly Grounds, a United Church of Christ conference center. A mass mailing, several newspaper articles, and other media invitations yielded a first Sunday’s attendance of 155 persons. Over the next few months, approximately 20 persons from the congregation emerged as a visioning task force that has helped us to formulate our mission statement, covenant, and self-understanding regarding our call and purpose as a faith community.
In the Fall of 2004, the congregation moved to a new location in Vilas, NC which will enable more of the work to which we feel led. We are committed to our vision that we believe reflects God’s challenge to us to be a community of faith that is inclusive, to offer unconditional safety and acceptance, to create an open and thoughtful atmosphere for welcome, and to be active in the world, working and advocating for justice and peace.
The High Country UCC is part of the National UCC Church. For more information about the beliefs and vision of the national UCC visit UCC.org.
The narrative budget provides insights about our congregation’s story of mission and service. Every church is unique, and our narrative budget describes how the varying components of the budget contribute to our shared vision of church in our community. Whether it’s putting up solar panels to demonstrate our concern for the environment or partnering with the F.A.R.M. Cafe in Boone, we try to live out our faith.
The church library will be open on a self-serve basis each Sunday from 9:30 to 10 and 12 to 12:30. The library is located in the Annex.
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