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Thought for the Week:

“While we may come from different places and speak in different tongues, our hearts beat as one.”

J. K. Rowling

In worship this week:
July 2, 2017

Pastor:  Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Pianist:  Cibele Perusso

Liturgist:  Mary Martin

Ushers:  Bob and Connie Buck

Hospitality:  Bob and Connie Buck

Communion Servers: Bill and Barb Pfeifer

Flowers this morning are presented
to the Glory of God
by Jim and Mary Martin.

Focus on HPC:           
           Rev. Janie is back!

    After a very exciting maternity leave, Rev. Janie is back and has resumed her full time duties at Highland Presbyterian.  This includes visiting and catching up with members of our congregation. 
                If you are one of those people who like to drop in at the spur of the moment, Rev. Janie will be in her office on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 am until 12:30 pm.  If you prefer a more planned approach or you would prefer Rev. Janie to visit you, she is available by appointment Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm.   All you need to do to make an appointment is call or text her cell phone  (314.283.7596), call the office (766-5775) and leave a message if no one answers immediately, or send her an email (
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    This week in PCUSA Mission:                             

              When you talk to Jeff Arnold, executive director of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities (APCU), you can’t help but feel optimistic. Following the organization’s annual Presidents’ Conference, his view is that faith-based affiliations among Presbyterian schools are getting stronger and growing due to the strength of connections offered by the APCU.  The organization, which has 56 member institutions, has seen strong growth in recent years and continues to provide value for affiliated schools.
              “We’re probably as strong as ever,” Arnold said of the APCU’s health. “We’ve had a lot of enthusiasm over the past year around some of the new initiatives we’ve put in place that are beginning to pay dividends to the schools.”  Hannam University in South Korea joined the APCU this past year as the first institution outside of the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and Arnold sees this as a good indicator of how schools are benefiting from their affiliation.  “Their new president — Duk-Hoon Lee — is a graduate of Hannam,” Arnold said. “Unlike his predecessors, he decided the school should return to its Presbyterian roots and was very interested in reconnecting with the church. He has really made a great effort to bring the school back into the fold, so to speak. Part of that effort was to gain membership in the APCU.” 
    Immediate Church Family*:
    Doris Baugh; Inez Geoghegan; Betty Lancaster; Dudley Payton; Mary Perry; Deanna Lewis Sklar; Lucien and Arthur Smith; Brad Smith.

    Extended Church Family*:
    Brandon Behrmann (Carol’s nephew); Ron Brelsford (Rosemary John’s brother-in-law); Lettie Capers (friend of the Leonards); Austin Casey (Jack and Betty Bagent’s grandson); Wayne Cline (Sherry Hutchinson’s brother); Eva Fuller (Inez Geoghegan’s niece); Jonathan Kellebrew (the Pfeifer’s daughter’s nephew); Rhonda Matthews (friend of the Lancasters); Aleta Pickholtz; Earl Rabe (friend of Rick Gurtner); Neomi Robinson (Mary Perry’s helper); 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 2 – 8:  Elvis Dioke (5), Betty Bagent (6),
                      Sufna John (7)
    no anniversaries in July

    Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

    This week at HPC:

    Monday, July 3: 
         12:00 p.m. AA
    Tuesday, July 4:  Independence Day holiday
                (office closed)
         12:00 p.m. AA
         7:30 p.m. AA
    Wednesday, July 5:
         12:00 p.m. AA
         3:00 p.m. IFGBR Listening Post (main library)
        7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA
    Thursday, July 6:
         12:00 p.m. AA
         8:00 p.m. Men’s AA
    Friday, July 7:
         12:00 p.m. AA
    Saturday, July 8:
         Yard Crew – Bill & Mary Lambert
    Sunday, July 9: 
          9:30 a.m. Worship
         11:30 a.m. Session Meeting
         7:00 p.m. AA

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    Upcoming Opportunities at HPC

    • Tuesday, July 4 is a holiday and the church office will be closed.  The Tuesday Bible Study will not meet, but resumes its regular meetings on Tuesday, July 11.

    • Lagniappe Ladies go out to eat Tuesday, July 11 at Ralph and Kacoo’s on Bluebonnet.  Ladies, please indicate on the sign-up sheet if you will be able to attend.

    • Our sermon next Sunday, July 9, will be “Full Stature” based on Ephesians 4:7-13 and Colossians 3:12-17.

    • The June/July Stated Session Meeting will be Sunday, July 9 at 11:00 am in the Adult Sunday School classroom.  Session members should contact Rev. Janie if you are unable to attend.

        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. & Wed. 9:30 am – 12:30  pm
        available 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 •