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Thought for the Week:

"To plant a garden
is to believe in tomorrow."

Audrey Hepburn

In worship this week:
April 21, 2019
Easter/Resurrection of the Lord

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Pianist: Ana Paula Simões

Liturgist: Dudley Payton

Ushers: John and Louise Dye

Communion Servers: Carol Behrmann and Connie Buck
Focus on HPC:     
Welcome to Highland's
Newest Members:
Preston Lancaster
Bill and Billy Lewis

Focus on HPC –
Baccalaureate Service

In addition to the traditional commencement ceremony with its cap and gown, congratulatory handshakes, valedictorian speech, and recognition of outstanding educational achievements, graduation can also be marked with a more reflective event that focuses on students’ personal growth and achievement - a Baccalaureate Service.

Next Sunday, April 28, Highland will have a Baccalaureate Service for our graduating High School Seniors: Emma Stewart, Caitlin Thompson and Taylor Thompson. This seems to be a first for Highland, not because we’ve never had Seniors graduate before, but because this is perhaps the first group to be born into, baptized into, confirmed into and now graduating (in a sense) from our family. It has been such an honor to watch them, teach them and love them through all the years that we too will take the time to honor them as they mark a milestone in their lives.
Easter Lilies this morning are given

In memory of . . . Eddis and Sally Buck; Bill and Alita Gaines by Bob and Connie Buck; Mrs. Bettye Gallagher; Dr. & Mrs. Wm. F. Arey by John and Louise Dye; Edwin McKnight by Anne McKnight;   Barbara Payton, Jane Payton by Dudley Payton;  Jane Elding McElwee {-Nast}, Claude W. McElwee, Jr., and Robert Frederic Nast, Sr . by Janie & Brad Smith.

In gratitude for . . . The Youth of HPC by Lucien and Arthur Smith; Highland Presby-terian Church by Janie, Brad, Lucien and Arthur Smith.

In honor of . . . Brad Smith’s birth! By Janie, Luc and Thor; Taylor, Caitlin and Haleigh Thompson  by Mike and Connie Leonard; Our nannies’ birth! By Lucien and Arthur Smith; 
Dr. Joseph A. Smith & Barbara Bradford Smith by Brad and Janie Smith.
This week in PCUSA Mission:            
Easter/One Great Hour of Sharing

May the joy of Christ’s Resurrection be yours this Easter Sunday. Today, we are reminded of the abundant hope we have in Christ.

Resurrection hope points us to the promise of eternal life and calls us to celebrate all circumstances where hopelessness is overcome by God’s grace. A good example of this can be found among our brothers and sisters in Haiti who are thriving in new communities that have sprung up after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

In the earthquake’s immediate aftermath, feelings of despair gripped Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince and the surrounding region. The ground shook fiercely for less than one minute, but the damage caused in that moment and in the aftershocks that followed displaced more than 1.5 million people. Their homes and possessions were gone, and so were many of their family and friends. The death toll has been estimated at 300,000.

However, in Haiti there are many places where hope has been reborn, including the Central Plateau, where thousands of earthquake survivors fled. One Great Hour of Sharing helped survivors who escaped to the Central Plateau build four eco-villages. These communities are designed to be socially, economically and ecologically sustainable.

Andral Estes is one of the survivors whose life has been transformed, and he has lent his leadership skills to help others in his eco-village begin again. Estes’ life as a small-scale farmer is a far cry from his previous career in the insurance business. Nevertheless, he has embraced his new circumstances and helped others adjust to a new way of life.

He credits his education with giving him the ability to learn how to farm well. Providing education is an important value for Estes and his neighbors. With the help of Presbyterian congregations, they built an elementary school to help future generations develop their God-given talents.   Your One Great Hour of Sharing gifts helped make this happen.
Immediate Church Family*:
Betty Bagent; Inez Geoghegan; Mike Groves; family of Betty Lancaster; family of Mary Perry; Deanna Lewis Sklar; Brad Smith.

Extended Church Family*:
Barbara Behrmann (Carol's mother); Brandon Behrmann (Carol’s nephew); Austin Casey (Jack and Betty Bagent’s grandson); Steve Dull (husband of Lynn Nichols Dull); Dan Durway (former Pastor of Highland); Eva Fuller (Inez Geoghegan’s niece); Julius Fuller (Inez Geoghegan’s brother); Randy Geoghegan (Inez’s son); Carol Harrison (Rob Stewart’s Mother); Claudia Hill (Connie Leonard’s sister); Phillip Lanier (friend of Rosemary John); Aleta Pickholtz; Barbara Smith (Brad Smith's mother); Larry Wilcoxson(friend of the Leonards).

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

April 21 - 27: Caitlin Thompson (21), Taylor Thompson (21), Rob Stewart (23)

April - none
Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

This week at HPC:
Rev. Janie will be on vacation April 22 - 27

Monday, April 22: Easter holiday
(office closed)
12:00 p.m. AA
Tuesday, April 23:
9:30 a.m. WW Quilters
10:30 a.m. Tuesday Morning Study
12:00 p.m. AA
7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, April 24:  
12:00 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, April 25: 
12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, April 26:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, April 27:
Yard Crew – Jack Bagent & Bill Pfeifer

Sunday, April 28: Baccalaureate Service
9:30 a.m. Worship
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  • Lagniappe Ladies will gather for dinner on Tuesday, May 7, at City Pork (7327 Jefferson Hwy.), 6:00 pm. Please sign-up if you plan to attend.

  • The Tuesday Morning Study Class will meet Tuesday, April 23, 10:30 a.m. They will resume their study of the books of Luke and Acts. All are welcome.

  • The Church of the Way invites the congregation of Highland Presbyterian to celebrate its 101 years of ministry and mission and the retirement of Rev. Ted Roeling on Saturday, May 4, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., at Broadmoor Presbyterian Church, 9340 Florida Blvd.

  • There will be a Farewell Reception following Worship May 5 for Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith, Brad, Lucien, and Arthur SmithIt is with mixed emotions that we gather to wish the Smith family a safe and bountiful transition to Rev. Janie’s call in Pennsylvania. Please plan to be present to wish them a fond farewell. 
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

cell (call or text): 314.283.7596
office: 766-5775 (please leave a message)

Highland Presbyterian Church (USA)
10024 Highland Road • Baton Rouge, LA 70810 • 225.766.5775 •