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Thought for the Week:

"A kind gesture can reach a wound
that only compassion can heal."

Steve Maraboli
 In worship this week:
March 18, 2018

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Music Director: Aubrey Nelson

Pianist: Bingyu Peng

Liturgist: Brad Smith

Youth Liturgist: Taylor Thompson

Ushers: Mike and Connie Leonard
Flowers this Sunday are presented
by Mike and Connie Leonard
in celebration of
Caitlin and Taylor Thompson's birthday.

Focus on HPC:     
Interfaith Federation’s
Sounds of CommUNITY

Conversations . . . all around town
2018 Topic:  Race Relations.

            We do not know what we do not know.  And so we listen. Listening brings change – in us, others, and our community.  Anyone can get involved.   Some conversations are informal.  Others are intentional and in small-groups.  Some are faith based.   To learn more about oppor-tunities for conversations see: or call 225-267-5600. 

28 th Annual Sounds of CommUNITY Concert
Sunday, April 29, 4:00 pm, Broadmoor UMC, 10230 Mollylea Dr.

            Celebrate the diversity and richness of musical styles! Enjoy the talent of local musicians as they create harmonies which both touch the heart and give hope to the weary spirit.  This year’s concert features pairs of congregations (with predominately white or black membership) who are in partnership with each other.

This week in PCUSA Mission:                
April 17 – International Day of 
Farmers’ Struggles
(Valery Nodem, Presbyterian Hunger Program)

As I travel around the world and visit farmers and other agricultural partners, my appreciation of farmers and respect for them grows ever stronger. Every day I learn more about what farming repre-sents, not only for farmers but also for all of us as consumers. We depend daily on farmers and farms yet often do not get glimpses of their daily realities or struggles. Many farmers find themselves living in poverty and being affected by hunger. In 2015, three United Nations agencies reported that most of the 795 million people worldwide who don’t get enough to eat are in fact farmers.

In January, I visited with farmers in Sri Lanka whose land had been forcefully taken away during years of civil war in their country. Since then, Sri Lankan farmers have had a hard time providing for themselves and their families. They shared stories about the abundance of food they used to produce, the streams of water near the villages that allowed them to irrigate their farms, and the overall ease of access to water for daily use. With-out their land, it has been difficult to meet basic needs and to establish a sense of belonging and community. 

These Sri Lankan farmers echo what I see and hear all around the world as I meet with farmers. Farmers feed the world! Yet farming is not always perceived as a “dignified job,” and society rarely gives the recognition farmers deserve. Meanwhile, apart from the availability of land, farmers face many other challenges: losing access to native seeds (that have been the basis of agriculture since the beginning of creation), no access — or very limited access — to capital,and the effects of cli-mate change (which often destroys their produc-tion and means of living).
Immediate Church Family*:
Betty Bagent; Carol Behrmann; Doris Baugh; Inez Geoghegan; Betty Lancaster; Preston Lancaster; Mary Perry; Deanna Lewis Sklar; Brad Smith; Caitlin Thompson.

Extended Church Family*:
Brandon Behrmann (Carol’s nephew);  family of Mary Etta Brown;  Lettie Capers (friend of the Leonards); Austin Casey (Jack and Betty Bagent’s grandson); Wayne Cline (Sherry Hutchinson’s brother);  Susan Corona (friend of the Bucks ); Steve Dull (husband of Lynn Nichols Dull);Dan Durway (former Pastor of Highland); Eva Fuller (Inez Geoghegan’s niece); Donald Leake; the Miller twins (friends of Brad Smith); Aleta Pickholtz; Earl Rabe (friend of Rick Gurtner);   Family of Betty Rich (Jack Bagent’s sister who entered the Church Triumphant on April 5, 2018);  Joy Walker (niece of the Pfeifers);Larry Wilcoxson (friend of the Leonards); Barbara Zeagler (friend of the Dyes.)

 * New names or concerns added to the prayer list this week are in italics.

April 15 - 21:   Brad Smith (20), Caitlin and
Taylor  Thompson (21)

April 27 –  Rick and Debbie Gurtner

Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

This week at HPC:
Monday, April 16: 
12:00 p.m. AA

Tuesday, April 17:     
10:30 a.m. Tuesday Morning Study
12:00 p.m. AA 
7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, April 18:
12:00 p.m. AA
5:30 p.m. HPC choir practice
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, April 19:
12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, April 20:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, April 21:
Yard Crew – John Dye & Mike Groves

Sunday, April 22:
9:30 a.m. Worship
11:00 a.m. Session Meeting
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  • TODAY - Third Sunday Lunch will be a celebration of spring!  All are invited to stay following worship for this wonderful lunch and fellowship opportunity.

  • Tuesday Study Class (April 17) – will begin a new study, The Return of the Prodigal Son, by Henri Nouwen. Coffee will be ready at 10:30 with the lesson “Introduction, pages 1-19” following.  For more information or to obtain a copy of the book, contact Louise Dye or Connie Buck.

  • The Session will have a combined April/May meeting on Sunday, April 22.  Please mark this on your calendar.

  • Sermon next Sunday (Apr. 22) – “Action Verb” from John 10:11-18 and 1John 3:16-24.

  • Coming up –Feliciana Work Days:  April 27-28. All hands are welcomed for either or both days.  Contact Jack Bagent for more information. 
About HPC
Highland Presbyterian Church is a vibrant tree in God's grace-filled orchard. Deeply rooted in God's life-giving presence here on earth, this tree extends its branches to support one another in faith and reach into the world around it to produce fruit. Whether you are seeking God's presence through questions or service, discussion or fellowship, there is a home for you at Highland.
Connecting with Our Pastor
Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

office hours for Rev. Janie are Mon. 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
and Thurs. 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
by appointment Mon. – Thurs. 9:00 am – 4:30 pm 
cell (call or text): 314.283.7596
office: 766-5775 (please leave a message)
Highland Presbyterian Church (USA)
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