The Juniata River meanders through south central Pennsylvania and connects these three Presbyterian Churches in the Presbytery of Carlisle. We share similar histories, have similar compositions, and care for our friends and members in similar fashions. We are also unique in our sizes, our missions, and our outreach to Juniata and Perry Counties.
We have joined together to create a ministry spearheaded by our Pastor, the Reverend Nancy McClure, to strengthen our communities, and grow our spirits and our presence in this world. We aim to shine the Light of Christ in everything we do, in everything we say, and in everything we are.
Westminster Presbyterian Church in Mifflintown PA sits half a block off the square. Centrally located, with rich history, the building provides regular Sunday services at 11 am. Sunday School for all ages begins at 10 am.
The Presbyterian Church of the Perry Valley We celebrate the heritage of the PCPV! Perry Valley’s congregation selected a legacy path for their church in 2020. By early 2022, most members had transferred to Highland United, and cherished items from the building, chief among them the oil lamp from the sanctuary, are now shared in HUPC and WPC.
Highland United Presbyterian Church is the merger of two older congregations. In 1993, 1st United Newport, and Millerstown Church combined to form Highland United. Even older churches (Middle Ridge and New Bloomfield) helped form the 1st United Newport. The Meeting Place of Highland United sits outside of Newport on Church Rd, just off of PA Route 34. Christian Education for adults begins at 8:30 am, Sunday Worship at 9:30 am, and Sunday School for children begins immediately follow the Children’s Sermon during worship.
Highland United has been Zooming our worship services, Adult Sunday School, and Bible Studies since March of 2020 (the beginning of the pandemic). At that time, we were all in our homes and Zooming completely. Select meetings were offered by Zoom as far back as February of 2019, pre-pandemic! We were ahead of the curve! Then, during Advent 2020, some music was filmed in the Sanctuary, and a very limited number of people (Rev. McClure, organists, tech folks) were in the building and Zooming to the congregations from Highland United. When the Sessions approved returning to the buildings with precautions, we continued to Zoom. We are reaching people in hospitals, nursing facilities, and rehab facilities. We are reaching our “snow birds”. We are reaching some who have moved away from Mifflintown, Millerstown, and Newport but wanted to remain connected to the Juniata Valley Shared Ministry. We are even reaching new attendees, invited to our Zoom worship by our members. We convert the recorded Zoom services and burn DVDs for distribution to those folks who have no internet access, and are unable to join us in person. Please, if you are interested in any of these services, contact the church office at 717-567-9577 or by email at this link: HIGHLAND
Below you will find a recent sermon – Zoomed for those unable to attend in person and recorded for those without internet access – from Highland United for the whole of the Juniata Valley Shared Ministry.