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Thought for the Week:

“Make each new day count
by helping someone or
just making someone smile.”

 Catherine Pulsifer

 In worship this week:
August 19, 2018

Pastor:  Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Music Director: Aubrey Nelson

Pianist:  Bingyu Peng

Liturgist:  Carol Behrmann

Ushers: John and Louise Dye

Hospitality: Mary Martin
Flowers this Sunday
are presented to the glory of God
in loving memory of Jane Payton
by Dudley Payton.
Focus on HPC:     
Interfaith Federation of Greater BR
Season of Shalom - Salaam

2018 Annual Prayer Breakfast - Thursday, September 6 , 7 am (doors open at 6:30 am) Boudreaux’s, 2647 Government St. This annual prayer breakfast began in 1987 and continues as the interfaith community gathers and prays for Baton Rouge. Tickets: $20 – see Rev. Janie if you would like to attend.

Waging Peace: via Fiction - Monday, September 10, 5:30-7:30 pm, Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Research proves fictional novels can add a level of safety and depth to tough, real-time conversations. Explore excerpts from a novel which invites racial understanding. Learn about new local, interfaith-based book group(s). Leader: Kina Reed, Director of Forensics, LSU Dept. of Communication Studies. RSVP 267-5600.  

2018 Hunger Walk - Sunday, September 16, 2:30 pm, Catholic Life Center, 1800 S. Acadian Thruway. Raise funds for Holy Grill and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, increase local hunger awareness as well as enjoy a 2-mile walk with new friends. Highland’s Youth will be looking for sponsors and fellow walkers.

Peace Network - Thursday, September 27, 6-8 pm, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2021 Tara Blvd. Calling peace-makers and peace-builders! Help create a local network of those who are committed to waging peace. Enjoy a potluck supper followed by a focused conversation led by long-time peacemaker Charlie DeGravelles. RSVP 267-5600.

For more information see:

This week in PCUSA Mission:            
Young Adult Volunteer
Commissioning Sunday

Today, several congregations close to Stony Point Center, many from the Hudson River Presbytery, will host the 2018-19 YAV class for Commissioning Sunday. This day acts as a reminder to both the Young Adult Volunteers (YAVs) and our Church that we do not go alone in God’s mission.

YAVs, ranging in age from 19–30, have gathered these last few days for a week of orientation before embarking on their year of service. Representatives from local congregations commit to transporting a group of YAVs to and from Stony Point, hosting the group for worship, com-missioning the volunteers during the service and providing a meal for good community and conversation. This acts as a nice retreat for the YAVs following an intense week of training. It also is a beautiful example of hospitality — something YAVs will continue to experience throughout their year at over 15 different sites in the United States and around the world.

Each congregation gains unique insight into a young adult’s call to service and the amazing opportunities available during a YAV year. This past Thursday, a representative from each church was also invited to attend worship with the entire YAV class during their nightly vespers. The  Young Adult Volunteer program  is encouraged by each faith community’s willingness to honor our Church’s commitment to baptism by walking alongside these young adults through their entire faith journey.
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); Carol Harrison (Rob Stewart’s Mother); Claudia Hill (Connie Leonard’s sister); Aleta Pickholtz; Earl Rabe (friend of Rick Gurtner); Philip Walker (nephew 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 26 – September 1:  Wendy Stewart
    (8/28), Ebony Mbarika (8/30)

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

This week at HPC:
Monday, August 27: 
    12:00 p.m. AA
Tuesday, August 28:
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 29: 
    12:00 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, August 30:      
    12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, August 31:
    12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, September 1:
     Yard Crew – Mike Leonard &
Brandon Lithgoe

Sunday, September 2: 
9:30 a.m. Worship/Communion
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  • This Sunday will be the final Sunday for Music Director Aubrey Nelson. We will have a short reception following worship to thank Aubrey for her wonderful work at Highland. Please make plans to stay.

  • 35th Anniversary T-Shirts are available for preorder now. Be sure to secure yours today by emailing the office at and then submitting your check for $12 per shirt. Shirts will be available in sizes S-3XL and checks can be made out to “Highland Presbyterian Church” with the memo “t-shirt.” Orders need to be in by Sunday, September 2 (next Sunday).

  • Next Sunday we will have Rev. Robin McCullough-Bade serving as Pulpit Supply while Rev. Janie is out.
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

Rev. Janie will be out of the office August 27 - September 3

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 •