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Thought for the Week:

”Lent is a time
for reconsidering our feelings,
for letting our eyes be opened to injustice,
to open our hearts to those suffering.”

Jorge Mario Bergoglio

In worship this week:
February 18, 2018

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Music Director: Aubrey Nelson

Pianist: Bingyu Peng

Liturgist: Dave Adams

Youth Liturgist: Caitlin Thompson

Ushers: Mike and Connie Leonard
Flowers this Sunday are presented
to the glory of God and in celebration
of Connie's upcoming birthday
by Mike and Connie Leonard.
Focus on HPC:       
Lenten Hymns -
What Wondrous Love is This

Our theme for this year’s Lenten season comes from the beloved Southern hymn, What Wondrous Love Is This.  Written for the Second Great Awak-ening, and published in 1811, the lyrics are based on John 3:16 and God’s great love for us. It was set to a popular, much older English tune, “The Ballad of Captain Kidd,” which has a beautifully haunting melody. At the heart of its message, this hymn speaks from the perspective of a believer who is in awe of a God who would do so much for her. In response, we can do nothing but give great praise to God and to the Lamb. May this song draw your own faith into a deeper place throughout this holy season.
This week in PCUSA Mission:                
Jimmie Hawkins Looks Back at
His First Year with Office of Public Witness

The Rev. Jimmie Hawkins packed his bags in early 2017, said goodbye to his North Carolina congre-gation at Covenant Presbyterian Church in New Hope Presbytery, and made his way to the nation’s capital as the new director of the Presbyterian Mis-sion Agency’s Office of Public Witness. His new appointment coincided with the swearing in of a new U.S. president. While he says the year has been filled with interesting political twists and turns, he believes it has been productive.

“It’s been empowering for me to see the church’s historic commitment to social justice. The PC(USA) has been one of the leaders, working with its ecumenical partnerships,” Hawkins said. “We are highly respected, especially around issues such as Israel/Palestine. There’s been a lot of conver-sation about the work we do there.” Hawkins gives a lot of credit to the OPW staff of three (Catherine Gordon, Nora Leccese and Annette Greer), which works closely on national and international issues. He also credits the changing political landscape with generating interest among Presbyterians about the work in Washington. “Last year’s CPJ Training Day gave us our largest number of atten-dees ever. People wanted to talk about advocacy and the response has been tremendous,” he said. “We’re going out, equipping people with the tools to be advocates at the national as well as local level.”
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); family of Judy Eubanks (former member); 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 18 - 24: none

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

This week at HPC:
Monday, February 19:
12:00 p.m. AA

Tuesday, February 20:
9:00 a.m. Presbytery Meeting, First Presbyterian
Church of Scotlandville
10:15 a.m. Tuesday Morning Study
12:00 p.m. AA 
7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, February 21:
12:00 p.m. AA
5:30 p.m. HPC choir practice
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, February 22:
12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, February 23:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, February 24:
Yard Crew – Mike Leonard & Brandon Lithgoe

Sunday, February 25: 
9:30 a.m. Worship
11:00 a.m. Sunday Study
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  • TODAY - Third Sunday Lunch and Annual Stated Meeting of the Congregation. All are invited to stay for lunch and a brief meeting. Both will be gold medal, award-winning.

  • Lenten Devotional “Jesus and the Prophets” is available for pick up on the Narthex table.  
  • “Journey to Narnia” - Tuesday Morning Study begins February 20, 10:15 a.m. The class will begin this study by watching the 2005 movie adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in its entirety.  All are encouraged to attend.

  • Sunday Study “Clash of Kingdoms,” meets Sunday, February 25.  Lesson 2, “The Believers,” is the focus of this week’s class. All are encouraged to attend.

  • Sermon next Sunday (Feb. 25) – “Take Up Your Cross” from scriptures Genesis 9:8-17 and Mark 8:31-38.

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. 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
and Thurs. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
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 •