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Thought for the Week:

“Have courage and be kind.”



In worship this week:
August 6, 2017

Pastor:  Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Pianist:  Cibele Perusso

Co-Liturgists:  Connie Buck and

          Doris M. (Skippy) Thompson

Ushers:  Bill and Barb Pfeifer

Hospitality:  Bill and Barb Pfeifer

Flowers this Sunday are presented
to the Glory of God
and in celebration of
Bill and Barb Pfeifer’s
60th Wedding Anniversary

Focus on HPC:           
    Make a Joyful Noise

                Psalm 95:  1 O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.  2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.  3 For the Lord is a great God.

           On Sunday, July 13, join the Highland Presbyterian Church Choir for a “Come One, Come All” Choir Day!  Everyone in the congregation is invited and warmly welcome, whether or not you wish to join choir on a long-term basis.  We’ll gather in the sanctuary at 9:00 a.m. for a short rehearsal, and then sing in the 9:30 service.  This event is perfect for anyone who loves to sing, but has a hard time committing to regular rehearsals. 
         Please consider joining us and helping Highland’s new music ministry to begin our second season on a high note!

    This week in PCUSA Mission:                             
    Presbyterian Hunger Program
    Visits Farmers

                Anyone doubting whether climate change exists should pay a visit to Haiti. That’s the assessment from Valery Nodem, the Presbyterian Hunger Program’s international associate, who recently visited the country, nearly eight months after Hurricane Matthew.  The Category 4 hurricane struck Haiti on Oct. 4 (2016) packing winds in excess of 145 miles per hour. As many as 1.1 million people were affected by the storm and nearly 600 people are known to have died, but authorities believe the number is likely three times higher. Hundreds of homes, roads and businesses were destroyed.
                “Since the hurricane hit, hundreds of people are still waiting for help to come,” Nodem said. “There are a lot of mountains in the region and support agencies cannot reach some of these rural communities by vehicle. They have to park and then walk to the villages.”  Haiti was still recovering from a 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Sandy in 2012 when Matthew struck, setting recovery back years. And a recent rainy season washed away rebuilding efforts.
                “It’s really hard for them to feel like they are on top of the recovery effort,” Nodem said. “The normal rain they are having now, any kind of rain, is killing people and it is heartbreaking and devastating. The hurricane just happened and the new rain is destroying crops.”  Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is working with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) partners in Haiti to provide seeds so farmers can quickly grow beans and vegetables that don’t require a lot of growing time.

    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; Highland Presbyterian Youth group and leaders.

    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 6 – 12:  Chacko John (8), Deana Lewis Sklar (9), Tom Tucker (10)

    August 12 – Jim and Linda Harris

    Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

    This week at HPC:
    Monday, August 7: 
         12:00 p.m. AA
    Tuesday, August 8:
         9:30 a.m. WW Quilters         
         10:30 a.m. Bible Study
         12:00 p.m. AA     
         7:30 p.m. AA
    Wednesday, August 9:
         12:00 p.m. AA
          7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA
    Thursday, August 10:
          12:00 p.m. AA
          8:00 p.m. Men’s AA
    Friday, August 11:
          12:00 p.m. AA
    Saturday, August 12:
           Yard Crew – Mike Leonard & Brandon Lithgoe
    Sunday, August 13: 
          9:00 a.m. rehearsal for "Come One, Come All"
                 Choir Day
           9:30 a.m. Worship - Communion
           11:00 a.m. Session Meeting
            7:00 p.m. AA

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    Upcoming Opportunities at HPC

    • The August Stated Session Meeting will be held Sunday, August 13 following the Worship service.  Contact Louise Dye for more information.

    • 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. & Wed. 9:30 am – 12:30  pm
        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 •