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Thought for the Week:

“Transformed people
transform people.”

Richard Rohr

In worship this week:
February 10, 2019

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Pianist: Ana Paula Simões

Liturgist: Barb Pfeifer

Ushers: John and Louise Dye

Hospitality: Mike and Tillie Groves

The flowers this Sunday are presented
to the glory of God
in celebration of Mike Grove's birthday.

Focus on HPC:     
Souper Bowl Update

I don’t think it is a surprise to anyone this year – but the commercials were the winner in the 2019 Super Bowl, at least in Highland’s viewpoint. Whether you know it or not, the real winner this year is the St. John UMC’s Shepherd’s Market and the clients it serves. Is that as far as it goes? Does this do anything to impact the world’s hungry?

To go a bit beyond the scope of the Shepherd’s Market, we look also at the work of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Did you know that this organization has served 11 parishes in South Louisiana for more than 30 years? The Shepherd’s Market is one of 115 member agencies serving the hungry in this area. To zoom out to a national perspective, The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is a member of Feed America, a nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that provides food and service to people. Together they comprise the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. While we might not care who wins a football game, we do care about “feeding my sheep.”

This week in PCUSA Mission:            
Stillman College Has a Long History of Forming Leaders

In 2017, when representatives from the United Nations toured the Black Belt of Alabama, one commented that the poverty there was unlike any he had seen in the First World. This area across the southern half of Alabama, once famous for its antebellum cotton production, is now well known for its difficult living conditions. These conditions disproportionately affect the African-American descendants of enslaved labor. Yet, many of these black residents also inherited an indomitable work ethic and have made incredible strides for themselves and their children.

Some traveled a short distance north to a place that promised a path to a brighter future. This is an educational institution in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, named for its founder, the Rev. Dr. Charles Stillman, then pastor of First Presbyterian Church (Tuscaloosa), and chartered by the Presbyterian Church. Since its beginnings during Reconstruction in 1876, Stillman College has welcomed and educated ambitious students from the Black Belt, the rest of the state and from across the nation.

One famously ambitious student from the Black Belt was the Rev. John Wesley Rice Sr. He paid for his first year at Stillman College with cotton. He then received a scholarship for the Presbyterian ministry. His son, the Rev. John Wesley Rice Jr., was educated at another Presbyterian college, Johnson C. Smith. He became a Presbyterian minister and returned to his father’s alma mater to serve as dean of students at Stillman College. The granddaughter and daughter of these men, Condoleezza Rice, would become the 66th Secretary of State of the United States.
Immediate Church Family*:
Betty Bagent; Inez Geoghegan; Betty Lancaster; 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
Geoghegan’s brother); Randy Geoghegan (Inez’s son); Carol 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; Family of Joy Walker (niece of the Pfeifers); Larry Wilcoxson (friend of the Leonards); the husband and family of Barbara Zeagler (friend of the Dyes.)

  * New names added to the prayer list this week are in italics.

February 10 - 16: Mike Groves (12)

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Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

This week at HPC:
Monday, February 11:
12:00 p.m. AA
Tuesday, February 12:
9:30 a.m. WW Quilters
10:30 a.m. Tuesday Morning Study
12:00 p.m. AA
7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, February 13:  
12:00 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, February 14: 
12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, February 15:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, February 16:
Yard Crew – Mike Leonard & Brandon Lithgoe

Sunday, February 17:
9:30 a.m. Worship
11:00 a.m. Third Sunday Lunch
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  • February Third Sunday Lunch is next Sunday, Feb. 17. Our entrée will be fried chicken and we’re depending on you to bring the sides. Please sign-up on the designated sheet found on the bulletin board in the fellowship area.
  • The Tuesday Morning Study Class concludes its DVD study, Prayer, by Phillip Yancey on Tuesday, February 12, 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.

  • Rev. Judy Roeling will be preaching to us next Sunday (Feb. 17) while Rev. Janie is traveling.

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

Sunday, February 10 - Wednesday, February 13
Rev. Janie is on Study Leave

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

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