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Thought for the Week:

“The greater part of the Christian life should  consist of constant prayers of praise, gratitude and thanksgiving.  For in these prayers one finds the power to transform persons
and the world.”

                                     John Calvin                                 


In worship this week:
August 13, 2017

Pastor:  Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Pianist:  Cibele Perusso

Liturgist:  Sharyn Lithgoe

Ushers:  Mike and Tillie Groves

Hospitality:  Mike and Tillie Groves

Communion Servers:  Mike and Connie Leonard

Flowers this Sunday are presented
to the Glory of God by Carol Behrmann.

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”  Albert Einstein

Focus on HPC:           
    What’s our message?
             How many people have noticed that Highland Presbyterian Church no longer has a sign identifying it and sharing a message?  Do we rely on a sign to identify who we are?  Do we rely on a sign to share our message?  Hopefully we do not.
            That being said, we do need a sign to at least help people to find us easily and have an idea of who we are.  Our Session committee is beginning work to identify the best way to share our message with not only our members but also the community at large.  The options are almost limitless.
            As you go about your daily life, notice the signs around you.  How do they convey a message?  Is it a message that’s useful or one that’s confusing?  When you find one that you think meets the needs of Highland Presbyterian, note where it is and send the information to Connie Buck.  Hopefully we’ll have a visible message back out in the community soon.

    This week in PCUSA Mission:                             
    Presbyterian Hunger Program
    Visits Farmers

                Why would a family leave home in Central America and embark on a harrowing 2,500-mile journey with the uncertain outcome of finding asylum in the United States? The Genesis of Exodus, a new interactive online resource, seeks answers to this question. It offers a wealth of background and tools to help Presbyterians and others understand and respond to immigration issues.
         Subtitled Violence, Poverty, and Social Disintegration: The Root Causes of Central American Migration, the resource is the result of a two-week information-gathering trip — with stops in El Salvador, Guatemala and southern Mexico — by staff of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Office of the General Assembly (OGA) and World Mission last November.  “We went to Central America with the main goal of producing a film,” said Vicente Guna Serrano, manager of technologies for OGA. What emerged from the experience, however, was a much bigger project. Guna described the resulting resource as a “story map,” which he said is “a more interactive way to tell a story.”
                 The story map platform incorporates text, maps, charts, photos and multimedia, and allows users to reference other sources through links. It includes access to the trailer for the film, also titled The Genesis of Exodus.  The online resource introduces users to the history and economic background of Central America, to people who are fleeing violence in the region, and to community and religious leaders who are trying to help them. 

    read more at https://www.presbyterianmission.

    Immediate Church Family*:
    Doris Baugh; Inez Geoghegan; Betty Lancaster; Dudley Payton; Mary Perry; Deanna Lewis Sklar; Brad Smith; Lucien Smith; 

    Extended Church Family*:
    Brandon Behrmann (Carol’s nephew); Ron Brelsford (Rosemary John’s brother-in-law); Lettie Capers (friend of the Leonards); Austin Casey (Jack and Betty Bagent’s grandson); Wayne Cline (Sherry Hutchinson’s brother); Eva Fuller (Inez Geoghegan’s niece); Jonathan Kellebrew (the Pfeifer’s daughter’s nephew); Rhonda Matthews (friend of the Lancasters); Aleta Pickholtz; Earl Rabe (friend of Rick Gurtner); Neomi Robinson (Mary Perry’s helper); 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.

    August 13 - 19:  Ashley Aguillard (19)

    August 16 – Alan and Ann Cutter
    August 19 Mike and Connie Leonard

    Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

    This week at HPC:
    Monday, August 14: 
         12:00 p.m. AA
    Tuesday, August 15:           
         10:30 a.m. Bible Study
         12:00 p.m. AA     
         7:30 p.m. AA
    Wednesday, August 16:
         12:00 p.m. AA
          7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA
    Thursday, August 17:
          12:00 p.m. AA
          8:00 p.m. Men’s AA
    Friday, August 18:
          12:00 p.m. AA
    Saturday, August 19:
           Yard Crew – Jack Bagent & Bob Buck
    Sunday, August 20: 
          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

    • Today we celebrate August birthdays and anniversaries.  Special wishes go out to those born or married in the month of August.

    • Special Thanks to Cibele Perusso!  We have been very blessed to have Cibele serve as our summer pianist the past 10 weeks.  This will be her last Sunday, so please take a minute to share your thanks and well wishes.

    • Third Sunday Lunch will be August 20.  Our entrée will be brisket and volunteers are asked to contribute a side item or dessert.  Look for the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.  For more information contact Connie Buck.

        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. 10:30am-1pm,
        Thurs. 10am-1:30pm
        available 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)
        10024 Highland Road • Baton Rouge, LA 70810 • 225.766.5775 •