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Thought for the Week:

The purpose of human life is to serve
 and show compassion and
the will to help others.”

Albert Schweitzer

In worship this week:
February 11, 2018

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Music Director: Aubrey Nelson

Pianist: Bingyu Peng

Liturgist: Todd Stewart

Youth Liturgist: Taylor Thompson

Ushers: Bob and Connie Buck

Hospitality: Bob and Connie Buck
Flowers this Sunday are presented
in memory of their parents
by Bob and Connie Buck.

Focus on HPC:       
Journey into Narnia

Considered one of the greatest children’s series of all time, the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis offers wonderful insight for children of all ages. This Lent, our Tuesday Morning Study, taught by Rev. Janie, will examine the genius of Lewis’ the-ology through the lens of the most famous book in the series – The Lion, the Witch and the Ward-robe.  We will begin our study by watching the 2005 movie adaptation; however there will be several copies of the book available to borrow if you prefer reading.

Continuing through the next five Tuesdays, begin-ning at 10:30 a.m., we will dive into key themes throughout the narrative that will help us to ex-plore our own faith and journey with Christ. They are: Feb. 27 – Deep Magic, Mar. 6 – Ancient Rhymes, Mar. 13 – The White Witch, Mar. 20 – The Stone Table, and Mar. 27 – Aslan.

Be sure to join us for this journey that could pos-sibly transform the way you see Christ as never before.

This week in PCUSA Mission:                
PC(USA) Pastor Recognized
by 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

The Rev. Peg Roy of First Presbyterian Church in Auburndale , Florida, is being recognized by the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle as a Game Changer in her community, as part of the organization’s #iamagamechanger campaign. The campaign celebrates unsung heroes in America who are creating communities that meaningfully and fully welcome people with intellectual or de-velopmental disabilities. Roy was nominated by Susan Carleton, a church member raising two children with autism.

Since joining the church a year and a half ago, Carleton’s children have become active members in the church community, occasionally volun-teering in the weekly food pantry and always en-joying second Saturdays at the Hangout, a church program created by elder Kathy Nall. The Hangout provides a fun, inclusive space for young people with special needs while their caregivers have a break. Roy has continually reached out with a warm welcome and ongoing support and recently invited the kids to light the first Advent candle as part of Sunday service.

Both children, Fergus, 17, and Aedammair, 11, compete with Polk County’s Special Olympics teams in track and bowling, and Fergus is training on the county’s inaugural equestrian team. “The welcome we’ve received at First Presbyterian has transformed my kids,” Carleton said in her inter-view with Seattle Games organizers. “They’re more confident than before, more outgoing, and so hap-py to find a community where they can contribute and truly belong. So when I heard about the #iamagamechanger campaign, I sent in my nomination pretty quickly.”
Immediate Church Family*:
Betty Bagent; Carol Behrmann; Doris Baugh; Inez Geoghegan; Betty Lancaster; Mary Perry; Deanna Lewis Sklar; Brad Smith; Caitlin Thompson.

Extended Church Family* :
Brandon Behrmann (Carol’s nephew); Lettie Capers (friend of the Leonards); Austin Casey (Jack and Betty Bagent’s grandson); Wayne Cline (Sherry Hutchinson’s brother); Steve Dull (husband of Lynn Nichols Dull); Dan Durway (former Pastor of Highland); Cecil and Judy Eubanks (former members); Eva Fuller (Inez Geoghegan’s niece); family of Hank McKinney (former member); 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 or concerns added to the prayer list this week are in italics.

February 11 - 17: Mike Groves (12), Barbara
Aguillard (15)

February: none
Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

This week at HPC:
Monday, February 12:
(office closed for Mardi Gras holiday)
12:00 p.m. AA

Tuesday, February 13: Mardi Gras
(office closed for Mardi Gras holiday)
12:00 p.m. AA 
7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, February 14: Ash Wednesday/
Valentines Day
12:00 p.m. AA
5:30 p.m. HPC choir practice
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, February 15:
12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, February 16:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, February 17:
Yard Crew – John Dye & Mike Groves

Sunday, February 18: 
9:30 a.m. Worship
11:00 a.m. Third Sunday Lunch & Annual Stated
Meeting of the Congregation
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  • The Annual Stated Meeting of the Congregation is Sunday, February 18 during lunch. This is a chance for the Clerk of Session and Treasurer to present a re-port on the work of the Church in 2017. If there is any business you would like brought before the Congregation, let Clerk Louise Dye know today.

  • Third Sunday Lunch on February 18 will celebrate the Winter Olympics with prize-winning chilis and sides. Please see the bulletin board to sign-up.

  • “Journey to Narnia” Tuesday Morning Study begins February 20, 10:15 a.m. Today we will then begin our study by watching the 2005 movie adap-tation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in its entiretyThis class will begin at 10:15 a.m. due to the length of the film. All other classes will begin at 10:30 a.m.  

  • Lenten Devotional “Jesus and the Prophets” is available for pick up on the Narthex table.
  • Sermon next Sunday (Feb. 18) – “Fasting for Lent” based on Mark 1:9-15 and Isaiah 58:1-12.

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 on vacation February 12 - 14
office hours for Rev. Janie are Thurs. 10:00 am – 1:00 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 •