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Thought for the Week:

"When you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, and the other for helping others."

Audrey Hepburn

 In worship this week:
August 5, 2018

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Music Director: Aubrey Nelson

Pianist: Bingyu Peng

Liturgist: Dudley Payton

Usher: Anne McKnight

Hospitality: Sherry Hutchinson

Communion Servers: Dave and Peggy Adams
Flowers this Sunday are
presented in celebration of
Emma Stewart's birthday
by Mike and Tillie Groves.
Focus on HPC:     
The History of Highland's Buildings

       In 1984, one year after Highland’s Commissioning, a Planning Council was established to proceed with a master development plan for the property on Highland Road.  This plan included building the first new building on the site, the “Fellowship Hall.” A building campaign began, an architect and contractor were hired and the Fellowship Hall, now better known as the Sanctuary Building, was begun.  The building was dedicated on November 15, 1987.
            In 2006 Highland again had an opportunity to expand their facilities. After the sale of unused property and paying off an existing mortgage, the finances were in place to look to implementing long-range plans.  A committee of the Session worked with architect Bob Lunsford to develop a plan for renovation of the narthex area and expansion of the education wing of the Sanctuary Building.  Contractor Frank Brost was chosen, and ground was broken on August 5, 2007.  The new space was dedicated on the Day of Pentecost, May 11, 2008, Highland’s 25 th Birthday.

This week in PCUSA Mission:                
Minneapolis Church Pledges Matching Gifts for South Sudan Education and Peacebuilding Project

A Presbyterian church in Minneapolis is taking steps to help children affected by civil war in South Sudan.  The war began in 2013, two years after South Sudan gained independence. The conflict has displaced more than 5 million people, leading to massive human suffering and widespread famine. As part of its response, the 223rd General Assembly (2018) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) passed a comprehensive overture that provides a robust platform for the denomination’s Office of Public Witness to advocate for an end to the war.
The Rev. John Yor, general secretary of the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan, attended the Assembly as an ecumenical representative. He told those in attendance that educating children and grassroots peacebuilding training are essential to the peace process now and in the future. He said the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan is committed to that important work.
In the midst of war, the church and its partners are ensuring that teachers are being trained, schools are being established in camps for the displaced, traumatized children and teachers are being healed, and communities are being given the skills to support schools. Presbyterian World Mission supports this work by providing programmatic resources and mission co- workers through the  South Sudan Education and Peacebuilding Project (SSEPP) .
Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis has become a key partner in the effort. A mission tithe from the church’s 2014 capital campaign provided the foundation for SSEPP with a $1 million pledge. Half the pledge has already been distributed, and the remaining $500,000 has been offered in matching gifts. Foreach dollar given to SSEPP, Westminster will contribute an additional 38 cents.
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 5 - 11:   Chacko John (8), Deanna Lewis Sklar (9)

August 12:   Jim and Linda Harris
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 6:   
12:00 p.m. AA

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

Wednesday, August 8:  
12:00 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, August 9:        
12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, August 10:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, August 11:
Yard Crew – Mike Leonard & Brandon Lithgoe

Sunday, August 12:   
9:30 a.m. Worship
11:00 a.m. Session Meeting
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 7) we will study  “Mary Magdalene.”

·         Lagniappe Ladies  will meet for dinner  6:00 pm, this Tuesday, August 7,  at  Tokyo Café in the Bluebonnet Shopping Center.  Contact Carol Behrmann for more information.

·         Next Sunday (Aug. 12)  Rev. Janie will continue her summer series on The Lord’s Prayer with  “Temptation”  from Luke 4:1-13 and Matthew 6:1-4.

·         Session  will meet  nextSunday (Aug. 12)  following worship.  Contact Connie Buck for more information.

·         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.
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)
10024 Highland Road • Baton Rouge, LA 70810 • 225.766.5775 •