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Thought for the Week:

“The time is always right
to do what is right.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

In worship this week:
January 20

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Pianist: Bingyu Peng

Liturgist: Dudley Payton

Ushers: Bill and Barb Pfeifer

The flowers this Sunday are presented
to the glory of God by Anne McKnight.
Focus on HPC:     
Let's #Tackle Hunger

Souper Bowl
of Caring

More than 29 years ago, the Souper Bowl of Caring began with a simple prayer from a single youth group: “Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those without a bowl of soup to eat.” Since that day, more than $143 million has been raised for local charities across the country through the Souper Bowl of Caring. It has become a powerful movement that is transforming the time around the Big Game into the nation’s largest celebration of giving and serving.

This year, once again, Highland’s Youth Group will take on the challenge to “Change the Game” when it comes to meeting the needs of those in our community who experience hunger. Once we know the competitors in the 2019 Super Bowl, the youth will put out barrels where you can cast your vote for the winner (or express your appreciation of the creative ads that come with the Super Bowl) by donating non-perishable food items. Our “winner” will be the heaviest barrel. All proceeds will go to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, the real winner in this game.

This week in PCUSA Mission:            
Places of Inadequacy Challenge Us
to Look to God

This article originally appeared as a part of Regarding Ruling Elders: A Monthly Series for Spiritual Leaders. To receive monthly notifications of new articles and read archived issues, visit

The story of the feeding of the 5,000 in Mark 6 starts with the disciples coming to Jesus and asking him to send the people away to buy food for themselves. Jesus responds to this well-meaning advice by saying, “You give them something to eat” (Mark 6:37). The disciples look at the crowd and then look at what they have to offer, and their response to Jesus is basically, “It’s not enough!”

This same scene also plays itself out in the church repeatedly. Our congregation’s energy, facilities and money can all seem pitifully lacking. Budget season especially can seem like a yearly opportunity to have our noses rubbed in the reality of “It’s not enough.”

Sometimes it may seem that we, ourselves, are not enough. The work of officers in the church carries big responsibilities and serving as leaders can quickly push us to a place of inadequacy.

What I have discovered over the years is that these places of insufficiency are invitations to experience God’s sufficiency. They challenge us to look away from ourselves and what we have or do not have to God, who has everything we need. The truth is that as long as we feel we have enough of what we need to get by, we are tempted to leave God out of the equation. Spiritual leadership may turn into a do-it-yourself project. Times of “not enough” are really a blessing! They call us to take what we do have and through prayer put it in
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; Family of Joy Walker (niece of the Pfeifers); Larry Wilcoxson (friend of the Leonards); Barbara Zeagler (friend of the Dyes.)

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

January 20 - 26:  none

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Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

This week at HPC:
Monday, January 21:
12:00 p.m. AA
Tuesday, January 22:
9:30 a.m. WW Quilters
10:30 a.m. Tuesday Morning Study
12:00 p.m. AA
7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, January 23:  
12:00 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, January 24: 
12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, January 25:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, January 26:
9:00 a.m. Session Retreat
Yard Crew – Mike Leonard & Brandon Lithgoe

Sunday, January 27:
9:30 a.m. Worship
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  • January Third Sunday Lunch is today! A warm meal with your choice of  soups, salads, and desserts will be waiting in the Great Hall following worship. All are invited to attend.

  • The Tuesday Morning Study Class continues its DVD study, Prayer, by Phillip Yancey on Tuesday, January 22, 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.

  • Lagniappe Ladies will meet for dinner at Carrabba’s Italian Grill (7275 Corporate Blvd.), Tuesday, February 5, at 6:00 p.m. A sign-up sheet is available for those interested in attending.

  • The Sermon next Sunday (Jan. 27) will be “Do Not Have” from Psalm 19 and 1 Corinthians 13.
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

There are no office hours for Rev. Janie this week.

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 •