Community Involvement

Community Involvement

Highland Community Church strives to make an impact in and around the Wausau, Weston, and Marathon communities.  We encourage our staff and our attenders to be active and participate in local events.  

Here are some upcoming opportunities for you to Connect, Grow, and Go into our community.  Watch for updates as each event approaches or contact Janna Janke at  for more information. 

Volunteers are needed for the Community Connection Day on Saturday, August 18 at the Veterans Park In Marathon City.  Help is needed in all areas.  Please contact Teri Hess or Janna Janke at 715-842-5683 to learn more about how you can help with this community outreach event!

GOING ON NOW!   We are collecting items for Stuff the Bus school supply collection program.  School supplies are brought to Highland and are donated to the Fill a Backpack Fill a Need Program which provides necessary school supplies for over 8000 children throughout Marathon County.   Most needed are colorful backpacks!  Click here to learn more about this great program and  for specific items you can donate.    Items must be brought to the Connection Point area at any campus by Sunday, August 12.  Thanks for helping over 8000 children in need throughout Marathon County!

August 11 marks the date for our Marathon Campus Free Sale.    This event is open to both Highland attenders and the community.  Our intent for the FREE SALE is simply to show the love of Christ as we share the gracious gifts God has provided to us with the community.  All Items are free.  

*Highland's Free Sale at our Wausau Campus is over for 2018.  Check back next spring for updates on this annual event! 

September 15:  Weston Elementary School Service Project!   Join us at Weston Elementary School , along with Principal Sarah Trimner, to paint their gymnasium.  Help us build a bridge into this school by serving their staff by painting their room.  We will gather at 9:00 a.m. at the school.  Bring your paint brush, roller, and drop cloth; paint will be provided (but don't let it be a hindrance if you don't have one!).  For further details and information contact Pastor Dan at or by calling the front office.  Many hands make light work, so plan to join us!

September 29:  Feed My Starving Children is a protein base food packing event that takes place each year.  Thousands of children from third and fourth world countries receive necessary nutrition through this life-saving food packing event.   We encourage you as an individual, Adult Life Group, or in a group of friends to serve with your team!  This year there will be a local Feed My Starving Children event at Mount Olive Lutheran church in Weston.   500 volunteers are needed.  Consider serving as a family, Adult Life Group, or grab your neighbors and serve!  To learn more about this incredible opportunity click here.

October/November:  Operation Christmas Child gives you the opportunity to pack shoe box gifts for children in need from all around the world.  Many parents use this as an opportunity to teach their children about giving.   Click here to visit Operation Christmas Child's website.  Watch for more details in Highland Happenings in September and October.

November:  Highland's Giving Tree Ministry gives you the opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts for children in need.  Often we partner with local school districts to help provide Christmas gifts for children who may not otherwise receive a gift.   Each year, over 100 families are given gifts to help make their Christmas season a bit more joyful!

January - February:  Collection of  essential clothing items for local school children.   Most needed items include: socks, underwear, shoes, boots, sweatpants, and leggings as well as personal hygiene items such as shampoo, body wash, and deodorant.  Items are now being collected at each campus in the Connection Point area.  There are lists of essential items at each location as well as in mailboxes at the Weston and Marathon campuses.  Please consider donating items to help local children.

May, 2019:  Blessings in a Backpack food collection! Over 1200 local school children from 16 different schools receive a backpack with food items to take home each weekend.  Please consider donating items during the month of may to benefit hungry children.    To learn more about the Blessings in a Backpack program, and to learn how to bless children with a backpack of food, visit their website.  

Ongoing:  Did you know you could be a mentor for a child in one of our local elementary schools?  By simply volunteering for just 30 minutes a week, you can help develop a child's character, and advance the student's resiliency, social development and growth.  For more information, please contact Janna Janke at

Other Community Service Opportunities we have participated in:

  • Monthly meals provided to the local organizations that serve our community such as Police and Fire Departments and the Women's Community
  • Adopt a Classroom at Weston Elementary School
  • Law Enforcement appreciation event
  • Preparing and serving a meal for the homeless
  • Children and Youth Ministries volunteering at The Neighbors Place
  • Youth Ministries yearly spring clean-up efforts at local camps
  • Nursing Home visits to play games, carol, and fellowship
  • Make a Difference Day - an annual event put on by the United Way of Marathon County that enables people with physical needs to have their yard work done.   This is a great way to connect in the community and serve those who are not able to serve themselves.

Questions about opportunities to make an impact in our community?  Contact Janna Janke at