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Thought for the Week:

"Only by giving are you able
to receive more than you already have."

Jim Rohn

 In worship this week:
August 12, 2018

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Music Director: Aubrey Nelson

Pianist: Bingyu Peng

Liturgist: Todd Stewart

Usher: Mary Martin and Sherry Hutchinson

Hospitality: Jack and Betty Bagent
Flowers this Sunday are
given to the glory of God.
Focus on HPC:     
Pastors of Highland

        In the spring of 1982 the first of a long line of faithful Pastors for Highland Presbyterian Church began with the call of the Rev. Robert Lee Nichols, Jr. to serve as Evangelist and Organizing Pastor. On the Day of Pentecost ,May 22, 1983, with the chartering of Highland Presbyterian Church, Rev Nichols was installed as Pastor. In July of 1989, Rev. Nichols accepted a call to start a new church in Ballwin, Missouri and the search for Highland’s next Pastor began.
               An Interim Pastor, the Rev. Malcom Anderton, was asked to serve the congregation of Highland during the year-long search. In September of 1990, the Rev. Daniel L. Durway was called and installed. Both Rev. Durway and his wife, Flo, served the church faithfully until his retirement in 1999.
Again, an Interim Pastor, Rev. Bo Lewis, was asked to serve the church while the next full-time Pastor was sought. A search by the Pastor Nominating Committee led to the call of the Rev. James A. Rollins and his installation in June 2000. In September of 2013, after 13 years of faithful service, Rev. Rollins stepped down as Pastor of Highland Presbyterian Church.               
In October of 2014, the Rev. Linda L. Kelly was chosen to serve as Interim during the search for Highland’s next Pastor. She too served faithfully through December of 2015. A call was issued, accepted, and on February 8, 2016, the Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith was installed as Highland’s fourth Pastor.

This week in PCUSA Mission:                
          Holiniana Rokotondralambo
Promotes Growth Initiatives
Based on Communities

Madagascar, which sits off the southeast coast of Africa, is the fourth largest island in the world. More than 90 percent of its flora and fauna are found nowhere else on Earth, including more than 8,000 plant species. Yet for all of its natural resource richness, Madagascar is among the world’s least-developed countries, according to the U.N. Nearly 90 percent of its residents live on less than $2 a day and only one-third have access to safe drinking water.
Holiniana (Holly) Rakotondralambo is the program director for the Development Department (SAF) of the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM). SAF/FJKM is a non-governmental organization (NGO) whose mission is to bear the witness of the church in the field of social and economic development and promote development initiatives.
“Communities are at the heart of all our project or program activities,” Rakotondralambo said. “Communities are both the key stakeholder and the ultimate beneficiary. As an NGO we work inclusively with the whole community but target the most vulnerable. Our vision for 2050 is to see all Malagasy citizens enjoying basic human rights and able to access fairly managed resources in a sustainable way.”
This fall, Rakotondralambo is one of 10  International Peacemakers visiting the U.S. as part of the ann ual Presbyterian Peacemaking Program’s initiative. They will speak at churches, seminaries and other gatherings from Sept. 21 through Oct. 15. In her presentation to U.S. audiences, Rakotondralambo will describe her country’s natural beauty juxtaposed against its significant social and economic challenges and will speak about how her organization is addressing those challenges and building peace in Madagascar.
Immediate Church Family*:
Betty Bagent; Doris Baugh; Inez Geoghegan; Betty Lancaster; Preston Lancaster; Mary Perry; Bill Pfeifer; Deanna Lewis Sklar; Brad Smith .

Extended Church Family*:
Brandon Behrmann (Carol’s nephew); Austin Casey (Jack and Betty Bagent’s grandson); Woody and Susie Chew (friends of Deanna); Wayne Cline (Sherry Hutchinson’s brother); 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); Claudia Hill (Connie Leonard’s sister); the Miller twins (friends of Brad Smith); Aleta Pickholtz; Earl Rabe (friend of Rick Gurtner); Joy Walker (niece of the Pfeifers); Larry Wilcoxson (friend of the Leonards); Barbara Zeagler (friend of the Dyes.)

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

August 19 - 25: 
Alexandria John & Mary Martin (20),
Dave Adams (22)

August 19:  Mike and Connie Leonard
August 29:  Dave and Peggy Adams

Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

This week at HPC:
Monday, August 13 :  
    12:00 p.m. AA

Tuesday, August 14 :
    9:30 a.m. WW Quilters
    10:30 a.m. Tuesday Morning Class
    12:00 p.m. AA
    7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, August 15
    12:00 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, August 16:       
    12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, August 17:
    12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, August 18:
     Yard Crew – Jack Bagent & Bill Pfeifer

Sunday, August 19: 
9:30 a.m. Worship
11:00 a.m. Third Sunday Lunch
7:00 p.m. AA

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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  ·          Tuesday Morning Study continues to meet during the summer months. This Tuesday (August 14) we will study “Pharisees and Sadducees.”

·          August Third-Sunday Lunch (Aug. 19) will be a “Burger Bash” with all the trimmings. See the bulletin board for the sign-up sheet. Contact Connie Buck for more information.

·          Next Sunday (Aug. 19) Rev. Janie will continue her summer series on The Lord’s Prayer with “Deliver Us From Evil” from Proverbs 2:6-15 and Luke 11:14-23.

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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