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Thought for the Week:

“No one is useless in this world
who lightens the burdens of another.”

Charles Dickens

 In worship this week:
July 8, 2018

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Guest Preacher: Elder Bob Downing

Pianist: Ana Paula Simoes

Liturgist: Todd Stewart

Ushers: Chacko and Rosemary John

Hospitality: John and Louise Dye
Flowers this Sunday are
presented to the glory of God
by Jim and Mary Martin.
Focus on HPC:     
Did You Know?

In the late 1970’s, the Presbytery of South Louisiana set a goal of beginning a new church each year during the 1980’s. Dr. James Monroe was called as General Presbyter and served with the New Church Development Committee to achieve this goal. After the appropriate demographic and site studies were completed, the Highland Road area was given priority. A search for suitable property began and ultimately the property on which Highland Presbyterian Church now sits was purchased by the Presbytery. 

A task force was formed to begin the organization of Highland Presbyterian. In the spring of 1982, pursuant to the recommendations of this task force and with the concurrence of the Presbytery and the New Church Development Committee, a call was issued to the Rev. Robert Lee Nichols, Jr. to serve as Evangelist and Organizing Pastor.  

This week in PCUSA Mission:                
Cuba Trip Inspires Song “Thirst for Life”

Living Waters for the World (LWW), the global ministry of Synod of Living Waters, has partnered with popular all-girl singing group Cimorelli to raise awareness of the world’s water crisis and LWW’s efforts to address it. The group’s youngest members, Dani and Lauren, along with their father, Mike Cimorelli, traveled to Cuba with LWW earlier this year to meet with partners there. Their resulting awareness campaign, which includes release of the song “Thirst for Life” and an accompanying music video, has generated an enthusiastic response. The video has received over 100,000 views worldwide

Living Waters for the World has provided clean water for hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. The organization has trained church teams from virtually every presbytery in the denomination, resulting in over 900 water system installations in 25 nations. One of those nations is Cuba, where the first water system placed at Matanzas Seminary has led to over 40 more throughout the country.

Cimorelli got involved when Dani, 17, and big sister Katherine were helping in the nursery at Historic Franklin (Tennessee) Presbyterian Church, where they met LWW’s executive director, Steve Young, a member. Young invited the Cimorelli family to see what LWW is all about. The Cimorellis toured different LWW water systems during their five-day trip to Cuba. Dani said she was surprised to realize how something as simple as clean water is taken for granted in the United States. “When we first arrived, I went to brush my teeth and they said, ‘Don’t do that; use a water bottle,’” Dani recalled. “People in their everyday lives can’t just turn on a faucet to brush their teeth.
Immediate Church Family*:
Betty Bagent; Doris Baugh; Inez Geoghegan; Betty Lancaster; Preston Lancaster; Mary Perry; Deanna Lewis Sklar; Brad Smith and Highland Presby-terian Youth Group and leaders.

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 8 - 14: Brandon Lithgoe (10)

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

This week at HPC:
Monday, July 9: 
 12:00 p.m. AA

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

Wednesday, July 11:
 12:00 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

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

Friday, July 13:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, July 14:
Yard Crew – John Dye & Mike Groves

Sunday, July 15: 
9:30 a.m. Worship
4:00 p.m. participants in Youth Conference/
Mission Trip return
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  • Judge Bob Downing is our guest speaker for worship todayBob is a graduate of Zachary High School and LSU. He was licensed to practice law in 1975 and served as District Judge for the 19th Judicial District Court of EBR parish (1985-2000) and then as a Court of Appeal Judge for the La. First Circuit Court of Appeal (2000 – 2010). Judge Downing has received numerous awards for his commitment to crime prevention and rehabilitation in our community including induction into the Angola Justice Hall of Fame.

  • Tuesday Morning Study continues to meet during the summer months. This Tuesday (July 10) we will study “Doubting Thomas.” 

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

  • Rev. Dr. Michael Elmore will serve as Pulpit Supply next Sunday, July 15. His sermon is titled “God's Baby Talk” and comes from Luke 18:15-19. 

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

Rev. Janie is on the Youth Trip July 6 – 15.

cell (call or text): 314.283.7596
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