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Thought for the Week:

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”

Mother Teresa

 In worship this week:
July 29, 2018

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Pianist: Ana Paula Simoes

Liturgist: Dave Adams

Ushers: Dave and Peggy Adams

Hospitality: Bob and Connie Buck
Flowers this Sunday are
presented by Bob Buck
in celebration of
Connie Buck's birthday.
Focus on HPC:     

Highland Presbyterian Church began on May 22, 1983 with 103 Charter Members making up the Congregation. Of the 103 Charter Members, ten of them are members today: Betty Bagent, Jack Bagent, Sherry Hutchinson, Connie Leonard, Mike Leonard, Jim Martin, Mary Martin, Julia Stewart, Todd Stewart and Rickie Taylor.

Just like many things, the membership numbers and age distribution have changed during the years. In 1983 Highland’s Statistical Report (as of Dec. 31, 1983) showed 112 Active Members: 20 under 25 years of age, 78 between 25 and 55 years of age, and 14 over 55 years of age. In 1993 the report showed 205 Active Members: 35 under 25 years of age, 145 between 25 and 55 years of age, and 25 over 55 years of age. Average attendance was 98. Ten years later in 2003 the report shows 122 Active Members: 8 under 25 years of age, 48 between 25 and 55 years of age, and 66 over 55 years of age. Average attendance was 70. The latest Statistical Report (as of Dec. 31, 2017) showed Highland having 55 Active members: 8 under 25 years of age, 13 between 25 and 55 years of age, and 34 over 55 years of age. Average attendance was 35.

The numbers may have changed during the years, but the family remains the same. If you have addresses for any members who have moved or changed churches that you think would like to receive an invitation to the 35 th Anniversary Celebration in September, please let Connie Buck or Louise Dye know. 

This week in PCUSA Mission:                
Reflecting on Mission "Sending"
and "Receiving" in the Life of the Church

Since 1984, the Mission to the U.S.A. (MUSA) program has connected the Synod of the Covenant in Michigan and Ohio with international clergy and lay leaders through fellowship, hospitality, mutual sharing and awareness. MUSA, which was co-sponsored by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for about two decades, has helped each mission partner break down cultural barriers and truly become brothers and sisters in Christ.

As Presbyterians, we affirm the unity of the church and the oneness of the global community of faith. We celebrate that over the centuries the gospel has spread from Palestine to the ends of the earth, arriving in North America through Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Given the history of missionary efforts, many Presbyterians tend to underestimate the interdependent nature of mission and our commitment to doing mission in mutuality and partnership. The mission of the church thrives on continuous exchange and is nurtured by active involvement and intentional fellowship and hospitality.

The Synod of the Covenant’s MUSA program affords congregations and presbyteries the invaluable opportunity to host and share fellowship with international mission partners (IMPs). Hence, in addition to sharing the gospel through sending mission co-workers and funding mission locally and globally, congregations can also nurture mission locally by experiencing the gospel as a mission field. The sending church is equally a receiving church.
Immediate Church Family*:
Betty Bagent; Doris Baugh; Inez Geoghegan; Betty Lancaster; Preston Lancaster; Mary Perry; Bill Pfeifer; Deanna Lewis Sklar; Brad Smith.

Extended Church Family*:
Brandon Behrmann (Carol’s nephew); Austin Casey (Jack and Betty Bagent’s grandson); Woody and Susie Chew (friends of Deanna); Wayne Cline (Sherry Hutchinson’s brother); 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); Claudia Hill (Connie Leonard’s sister); 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 29 – August 4:  Rick Gurtner (7/29), Connie Buck (7/31), Emma Stewart (8/2)

August 3:  Bill and Barb Pfeifer
Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

This week at HPC:
Monday, July 30: 
 12:00 p.m. AA

Tuesday, July 31:
10:30 a.m. Tuesday Morning Class
 12:00 p.m. AA
 7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, August 1:
 12:00 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, August 2:       
 12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, August 3:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, August 4:
Yard Crew – John Dye & Mike Groves

Sunday, August 5: 
9:30 a.m. Worship/Communion
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 31) we will study “The Samaritan Woman.”

  • Lagniappe Ladies will meet for dinner 6:00 pm, August 7, at Tokyo Café in the Bluebonnet Shopping Center. If you will be attending, please sign the list located on the bulletin board. Contact Carol Behrmann for more information.

  • Next Sunday (Aug. 5) Rev. Janie will continue her summer series on The Lord’s Prayer with “And Forgive Us . . .” from Colossians 3:12-15 and Matthew 6:25-34.

  • Session will meet Sunday, August 12 following worship.
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 •