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Thought for the Week:

“My experience with being a human
 is that we are all in the same boat:
so ruined, so loved, so not in control of much.”
                       Anne Lamott


In worship this week:
August 20, 2017

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Pianist: Ciebele Peruzzo

Liturgist: Emma Stewart

Ushers: Todd and Mei Stewart
Flowers this Sunday are presented
in memory of
William and Alita Gaines
by Bob and Connie Buck.

Focus on HPC:       
From here to there and back again...
At the end of July, seven of our youth and two adults journeyed to Orlando, Florida for a week of mission, worship, and fun. Here are some reflections from participants:

“This year I got to help out at the Salvation Army and an organization called United Against Povery, which helps people who are struggling to support themselves and their families. I love doing mission trips because I get to have fun and make friends while I serve in the community.”

“My favorite part of the mission trip was seeing how genuinely happy the older residents we served were. Every time we greeted them their faces would light up!”

“This year’s mission trip was eye-opening. I have heard about people with Alzheimer’s and dementia, but working with them gave me deeper understanding. This strengthened my faith because I saw the way that God worked through us and our patients.”

“This mission trip I worked at an elder-care facility. There were so many people from all over, many of whom spoke only Spanish. This experience strengthened my faith by seeing God work through the residents and also all who cared for them.”

This week in PCUSA Mission:                
Leading by Example in Rwanda
          Rwanda is known for the genocide that swept the country more than 23 years ago, leaving the nation with an impoverished and traumatized population. But Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-worker Kay Day is focused on the future, not the past. And she believes the thoughtful theological leaders she and others are working to train will build the future .         
           Day works as a professor of theology (biblical interpretation and homiletics) at Protestant University in Rwanda. The institution is supported by five Protestant denominations, including the Presbyterian Church of Rwanda, a PC(USA) mission partner. The school opened in 2010, but its roots go back to the founding of the School of Theology of Butare years earlier. Students study divinity, education and community development. The school strives to produce graduates who will contribute to Rwanda’s spiritual, intellectual and socioeconomic life and become pillars of reconciliation, mutual respect and societal development.
           Day works to model servant leadership for her students, but emphasizes that Jesus is the one and only true leader of the church. “We are following him,” she said. “He was a servant leader. We need leaders to follow that example.”
Immediate Church Family*:
Doris Baugh; Inez Geoghegan; Betty Lancaster; Dudley Payton; Mary Perry; Deanna Lewis Sklar; Brad 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 Bagents’ grandson); Wayne Cline (Sherry Hutchinson’s brother); Eva Fuller (Inez Geoghegan’s niece); Jonathan Kellebrew (the Pfeifers’ 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 20 - 26:  Alexandria John (20),
Mary Martin (20),
              Dave Adams (22)

August 29 – Dave and Peggy Adams
Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

This week at HPC:
Monday, August 21: 
12:00 p.m. AA
Tuesday, August 22:
    9:30 a.m. WW Quilters
    10:30 a.m. Bible Study
    12:00 p.m. AA
    7:30 p.m. AA
Wednesday, August 23:
12:00 p.m. AA
5:30 p.m. HPC Choir (Sanctuary)
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA
Thursday, August 24:
12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA
Friday, August 25:
12:00 p.m. AA
Saturday, August 26:
Yard Crew – John Dye & Mike Groves
9:30 a.m. WW Quilters Sewing Day
Sunday, August 27:
9:30 a.m. Worship
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC

•    The Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge will hold its CommUNITY Prayer Breakfast on September 7, 7:00 a.m., at Boudreaux’s on Government St. For tickets or more information contact Rev. Janie.

•     The HPC Choir is back in action! Join us on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. to enjoy a time of music, fellowship, and fun.

•    Upcoming Dates in September:
Sunday, September 3 – Communion
        with guest preacher, Rev. Judy Roeling
Sunday, September 10 – Session Meeting
Sunday, September 17 – 3 rd Sunday Lunch

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 •