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Thought for the Week:

A kind gesture can reach a wound
that only compassion can heal.”

Steve Maraboli

 In worship this week:
July 1, 2018

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Pianist: Bingyu Peng

Liturgist: Doris M. (Skippy) Thompson

Ushers: John and Louise Dye

Hospitality: Amy Stewart

Communion Server: Amy Stewart
Flowers this Sunday are
presented to the glory of God
by Anne McKnight.
Focus on HPC:     
Did You Know?

Independence Day, by Lyman M. Smith, Captain, CHC, USN, Retired; Director of Presbyterian Counsel for Chaplains and Military Personnel. (

We pause today to remember and celebrate the brave action of the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. On that date the delegates voted to officially adopt the Declaration of Independence. A committee of five was tasked to have the text printed and dispatched across the 13 colonies as rapidly as possible. These copies departed Philadelphia on July 5.

George Washington, commander of the con-tinental forces, was camped outside New York City when he received his copy of the text on July 9. On that day the soldiers under Washington’s command were given a new mission as they fought to defend the newly declared independence.

Perhaps by coincidence or perhaps by design, in the very same general orders of July 9, Washington also directed the colonels and commanding officers of the regiments to procure chaplains for their units. The commanders were to pursue “persons of good characters and exemplary lives.” The soldiers were to “pay the chaplains suitable respect and attend carefully upon religious exercises.”

This week in PCUSA Mission:                
Documentary on Fred Rogers’ Legacy
is Released

During the heyday of PBS’s  Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood  even a lot of Presbyterians did not know that the mild-spoken host of the popular PBS children’s program was a clergyman and the most famous living Presbyterian in the world.

As Morgan Neville shows in his new documentary —  Won’t You Be My Neighbor?  — while still in college, Fred Rogers intended to study for the ministry, but put it off when he became fascinated by the new medium of television. He saw it as a great tool for building community but was appalled by its misuse, especially in the exploitive programs then beamed at children.

Neville engages a room to talk about Rogers, while others, including Rogers, speak through well-selected archive footage from the  Neighborhood  series, interviews and a couple of college commencement addresses. Journalist Tom Junold, whose friendship with Rogers during the last five years of the latter’s life, appears throughout the film, and minister friend the Rev. George Wirth provides the rare theological comment so important to fully understand Mr. Rogers as more than just a humanitarian concerned for the welfare of children.

As Wirth explains, Rogers managed to preach Christian values without using the doctrinal language of a sermon. Better than most ministers and any other children’s program host, he understood and shared Jesus’ concern for children, evident in such passages as Mark 10:33–35.

Immediate Church Family*:
Betty Bagent; Carol Behrmann; Doris Baugh; Inez Geoghegan; Betty Lancaster; Preston Lancaster; Mary Perry; Deanna Lewis Sklar; Brad Smith.

Extended Church Family*:
Brandon Behrmann (Carol’s nephew); Lettie Capers (friend of the Leonards); Austin Casey (Jack and Betty Bagent’s grandson); Woody and Susie Chew (friends of Deanna); Wayne Cline (Sherry Hutchinson’s brother); Steve Dull (hus-band of Lynn Nichols Dull); Dan Durway (former Pastor of Highland); Eva Fuller (Inez Geoghegan’s niece); Julius Fuller (Inez Geoghegan’s brother); 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.

July 1 -7: Elvis Dioke (5), Betty Bagent (6), Sufna John (7)

July – none           
Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

This week at HPC:
Monday, July 2: 
 12:00 p.m. AA

Tuesday, July 3:
10:30 a.m. Tuesday Morning Class
 12:00 p.m. AA
 7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, July 4: Independence Day
(office closed)  
 12:00 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, July 5:       
 12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, July 6:
10:30 a.m. Youth leave for Montreat Conference
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, July 7:
Yard Crew – Jack Bagent & Bill Pfeifer

Sunday, July 8: 
9:30 a.m. Worship
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  • Tuesday Morning Study continues to meet during the summer months. This Tuesday (July 3) we will study “Martha, Mary, and Lazarus.” 

  • Last Day for the Youth “Wall of Envelopes.” Our Youth head off for Montreat, NC next Friday, July 6. If you would like to make a donation to this endeavor, please place your check marked “Youth Trip” in the offering plate today.

  • Judge Bob Downing will be our guest speaker for worship next Sunday, July 8. His topic will be “How Can We Reduce Crime?” from Malachi 4:1-6 and Luke 1:17.

  • We will not have a Third Sunday Lunch in July.

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