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Thought for the Week:

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: love others.”

Bob Hope

In worship this week:
December 30

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Pianist: Ana Paula Simões

Liturgist: Dave Adams

Ushers: Bob and Connie Buck

Hospitality: Bob and Connie Buck
The flowers this Sunday are presented
to the Glory of God.
Focus on HPC:     
The Gifts of Christmas

The gifts of Christmas are people we cherish , joys we celebrate and memories we treasure . These words were found on a Christmas card and truly express the sentiments of the co-chairs of the Congregational Care (Louise and Connie) and the chair of the Mission Committee (Barb) as they think about Highland. Last week we expressed thanks for the Gift of Literacy program. Today we give thanks for Highland’s gift of hospitality.

On Sunday, December 16 we joined as friends we cherish to enjoy our annual Christmas party which over the years has evolved from a stand-up reception to a breakfast brunch. From southern grits cooked by a northerner to sweet rolls cooked in a black iron skillet and lots of other delicious dishes in between, forty-five people enjoyed sharing laughs and stories – memories we treasure . From setting up the Great Hall to cleaning up afterwards, fellowship events require participation from all and all are always so willing to assist.

Once again, we say Thank You! 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

This week in PCUSA Mission:            
Government Relations and
Advocacy Partnerships
Make a Difference Around the World
Catherine Gordon and Ryan Smith

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead
Working with decision makers looks different depending on where you are. Convincing your toddler to brush her teeth looks different from convincing your teenager to write a college admissions essay, which is different still from convincing the school board to keep funding the arts program you care so deeply about.

In our ministry in government relations and advocacy, the work looks different too. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) maintains two offices — one in New York (Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations) and one in Washington, D.C. (Office of Public Witness). Both offices advocate on behalf of the policies of the PC(USA) and the needs of our partner churches worldwide.

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations works with the U.N. system and agencies, as well as ambassadors and other diplomats, to create global change. The voices of our partners give us a strong message to share with global leaders. One saying that we repeat over and over again with U.N. Security Council ambassadors is this: “The church is in a country before conflict begins, the church continues to serve the community while a conflict occurs and, God willing, the church will be in the community to help it rebuild after a conflict ends.” This is more than many nongovernmental and humanitarian organizations can say.
Immediate Church Family*:
Betty Bagent; Inez Geoghegan; Betty Lancaster; the family of Jim Martin; Mary Perry; Deanna Lewis Sklar; Brad Smith; Doris M. (Skippy) Thompson.

Extended Church Family*:
Brandon Behrmann (Carol’s nephew); Austin Casey (Jack and Betty Bagent’s grandson); Steve Dull (husband of Lynn Nichols Dull); Dan Durway (former Pastor of Highland); Eva Fuller (Inez Geoghegan’s niece); Julius Fuller (Inez Geoghe-gan’s brother); Randy Geoghegan (Inez’s son); Harrison (Rob Stewart’s Mother); Claudia Hill (Connie Leonard’s sister); Phillip Lanier (friend of Rosemary John); 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.

December 30 - January 5: none

January - none
Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

This week at HPC:
Monday, December 31:
12:00 p.m. AA
Tuesday, January 1: New Year's Day holiday
(office closed)
12:00 p.m. AA
7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, January 2:  
12:00 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, January 3: 
12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, January 4:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, January 5:
Yard Crew – Mike Leonard & Brandon Lithgoe

Sunday, January 6:
9:30 a.m. Worship - Communion
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  • New Year! The new year is fast approaching and with that, new opportunities to serve in the ministry of Highland Presbyterian Church. If you would like to help usher, provide hospitality, serve as Liturgist, or provide flowers for the Sanctuary, please indicate when you can help on  the new sign-up sheets in the fellowship area.

  • The Tuesday Morning Study Class will begin a new DVD study, Prayer, by Phillip Yancey on Tuesday, January 8, 10:30 a.m., in the Adult Sunday School classroom. Come learn about Prayer, the intersection where we meet God. For more information contact Louise Dye or 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

There are no office hours for Rev. Janie this week.

cell (call or text): 314.283.7596
office: 766-5775 (please leave a message)

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