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Thought for the Week:

“If you’re always trying to be normal
you can never know how amazing
you can be.”

Maya Angelou

In worship this week:
February 17, 2019

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Guest Preacher: Rev. Judy Roeling

Pianist: Ana Paula Simões

Liturgist: Todd Stewart

Ushers: Mike and Connie Loenard

The flowers this Sunday are presented
in memory of their parents
by Bob and Connie Buck.

Focus on HPC:     
Tuesday Morning Study Class

This spring Highland’s Tuesday Morning Study Class has an outstanding lineup of classes ready for you. All are welcome to drop in at any time to the class. They meet at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday Mornings in the adult Sunday School classroom.

Beginning on Tuesday, February 19 the class will begin a DVD study titled “ A Theology of Luke and Acts , A Video Study: 23 Lessons on Major Theological Themes.” This DVD is part of Zondervan Press’ Beyond Basics Video Series and is taught by Dr. Darrell L. Bock, Executive Director of Cultural Engagement and Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at the Dallas Theological Seminary. The class will view and discuss two lessons before Lent (2/19, 2/26) and then resume following Lent (3/12).

For Lent the class will study a DVD titled “ The Path to the Cross .” This DVD is part of Ray Vander Laan’s “That the World May Know Series.” The description states, “God’s story continues in this eleventh volume of Faith Lessons with the intense devotion of his people. Discover how their passionate faith prepares the way for Jesus and his ultimate act of obedience and sacrifice at the cross.”
This week in PCUSA Mission:            
Christmas Joy Offering Gifts
Help Student Apply Heart and Mind to Vexing Problems

Growing up in Rwanda, Joshua Karangwa often saw rural women and children carrying heavy cans of water on their heads for miles, just so their families could survive. His memory of people engaged in this back-breaking endeavor pierces his heart and challenges his mind. Karangwa, a 2018 graduate of Presbyterian Pan American School (Pan Am) in Kingsville, Texas, wants to tackle water accessibility and other issues that confront the developing world. He is now a first-year engineering student at Presbyterian-related Schreiner University. 

Karangwa dreams of the day when women and children will no longer have to tote large water cans, whose average weight exceeds 40 pounds when filled. The task is exhausting and can lead to strained backs, shoulders and necks. “It’s an issue that I want to address by using all the means I have acquired,” Karangwa says. He wants not only to design ways to make water more accessible, but also to help communities learn how to find their own solutions to problems like poor accessibility to water.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Christmas Joy Offering helps Pan Am, and other Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color, prepare future leaders like Karangwa to serve the church and society. At Pan Am, Karangwa experienced a school committed to meeting his academic and spiritual needs. He says that when he came to Pan Am, reading was an arduous task and he “couldn’t finish a book.” An intensive reading program at the school changed all of that. “They got me reading lots of books and now I enjoy books,” he says. “It’s a completely different view than what I had.”
Immediate Church Family*:
Betty Bagent; Inez Geoghegan; Betty Lancaster; Mary Perry; Deanna Lewis Sklar; Brad Smith.

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; 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 17 - 23: none

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Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

This week at HPC:
Monday, February 18:
12:00 p.m. AA
Tuesday, February 19:
10:30 a.m. Tuesday Morning Study
12:00 p.m. AA
7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, February 20:  
12:00 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, February 21: 
12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, February 22:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, February 23:
Yard Crew – Jack Bagent & Bill Pfeifer

Sunday, February 24:
9:30 a.m. Worship
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  • Third Sunday Lunch is TODAY. Fried Chicken with a wonderful array of sides will be waiting in the Great Hall following worship. Please plan to stay and kick off the Mardi Gras season with some fun and fellowship.

  • Beginning next Tuesday, Feb. 19, the Tuesday Morning Study Class will do a two-week “intersession” study on A Theology of Luke/Acts, a DVD study featuring the teachings of Dr. Darrell L. Bock of the Dallas Theological Seminary.  See “Focus on HPC” for more information.

  • The Annual Congregational Meeting will be Sunday, March 17 during the Third Sunday Lunch. This will be a special time for Highland as we begin to discern what the future might hold for us as a church.

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

cell (call or text): 314.283.7596
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Highland Presbyterian Church (USA)
10024 Highland Road • Baton Rouge, LA 70810 • 225.766.5775 •