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Thought for the Week:

“Love should be practiced like Lent: 
secretly and dumbly.”

Paris Leary

In worship this week:
February 25, 2018

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Music Director: Aubrey Nelson

Pianist: Bingyu Peng

Liturgist: Todd Stewart

Youth Liturgist: Emma Stewart

Ushers: John and Louise Dye

Hospitality: Brad Smith and Janie McElwee-Smith
Flowers this Sunday are presented
to the glory of God and
in honor of the Little Giants' first birthday
with gratitude to their family of faith.
Focus on HPC:       
Lenten Hymns -
Come, Ye Sinners

Originally written for the frontier revivals of the early centuries in the United States, Come, Ye Sinners is another eerily haunting hymn for our Lenten practice. Based loosely on the parable of the Prodigal Son, the lyrics offer mercy to all who are broken, have fallen, or are in need of love in any way. Perhaps the most beautiful of the verses reminds us of the urgency of Christ’s message:  Come, ye weary, heavy-laden, lost and ruined by the fall: if you tarry ’til you’re better you will never come at all.  Though we sometimes have difficulty admitting our need for a Savior, all of us have sinned and fallen short. Let us all echo the chorus in the coming days, following our love-filled Christ to Jerusalem:  I will arise and go to Jesus. He will embrace me in his arms. In the arms of my dear Savior, oh, there are ten thousand charms.

This week in PCUSA Mission:                
World Day of Prayer

World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical move-ment led by Christian women who welcome all to join in prayer and action for peace and justice. This year, World Day of Prayer is celebrated Friday, March 2. The annual worship service is created by an invited writer country. The 2018 service was created by the World Day of Prayer Committee of Suriname. With Genesis 1:1–31 as their guiding Scripture, the women of Suriname remind us that we are all caretakers of God’s good creation. They write, “What God creates is always good! In the first five days, all that is needed is made ready until humankind is created. We are created in God’s image. We are worthy just be-cause God loves us, but the creator holds us accountable for how we care for the environment and all the beings on earth. We can’t be careless or wasteful. It is time to seriously think about what we have done to God’s creation.”

World Day of Prayer’s guiding principles say “prayer is rooted in listening to God and to one another.” The urgent public and private need to care for God’s creation grows as more is under-stood about the impact of global climate change, which is expressed through stories in the service. ​Women’s voices introduce multicultural and multiethnic Suriname communities, tell stories of conservation and living well with creation, and raise concerns about the increasing abuse of human beings, God’s creatures and the environ-ment. They remind participants that we “forget that we are only borrowing the earth,” and call us “to commit ourselves to being better stewards of God’s creation and caretakers of our neighbors with Jesus Christ as our example.”

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 25 – March 3:   Robert Lowry, Arthur
Smith and Lucien Smith (Feb. 25); Connie
Leonard (Feb. 28)

February & March:  none

Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

This week at HPC:
Monday, February 26:
12:00 p.m. AA

Tuesday, February 27:
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 28:
12:00 p.m. AA
5:30 p.m. HPC choir practice
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, March 1:
12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, March 2:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, March 3:
Yard Crew – Jack Bagent & Bill Pfeifer

Sunday, February 4: 
9:30 a.m. Worship/Communion
11:00 a.m. Sunday Study
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  • TODAY – Sunday Study “Clash of Kingdoms.” Lesson 2, “The Believers,” is the focus of this week’s class. All are encouraged to attend.

  • Tuesday Morning Study, February 27, will explore the theme “Deep Magic” as seen in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Class begins with coffee at 10:30 a.m.  All are welcome.

  • Lagniappe Ladies’ March Meeting – Tuesday, March 6, 6:00 p.m. The meeting will include an “All Things Irish” potluck dinner. Look for the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.

  • Sermon next Sunday (Mar. 4) – “WWJD” from scriptures Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 and John 2:13-22.

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 •