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Thought for the Week:
“We do not draw people to Christ by loudly discrediting what they believe, or by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.” 

                                    Madeleine L’Engle                                       

In worship this week:
July 9, 2017

Pastor:  Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Pianist:  Cibele Perusso

Liturgist:  Dave Adams

Ushers:  Bill and Mary Lambert 

Hospitality:  Bill and Mary Lambert

Flowers this Sunday are presented
to the Glory of God
by Dave and Peggy Adams.

Focus on HPC:           
    Why Support Buy-A-Mile?

                 This summer, our youth will drive over 1500 miles to travel to their Youth Mission Trip in Orlando, Florida. While most of us only associate Disney World and Universal with this locale in central Florida, what most people do not realize is that Orlando is a very normal city – with problems of poverty and hunger just like here. One of the most unique mission experiences a young person can have is to hold directly together the chance to go to the most “magical” places on earth in the same week as serving those who truly need it.
                When our youth came back from their Mission Trip to Austin, Texas, last summer, they arrived home with an entirely new perspective on life and faith. One of them said, “It was amazing how much our presence really made a difference in the lives of those we were serving.” Another commented, “I saw God in all the people I worked with, in everything they did – from the way they acted to the ways they treated others.” And still another, “I learned lots from going on our mission trip this summer – especially about growing friendships and my relationship with God.” So please support Buy-A-Mile, ($5 per mile traveled)
     and this special opportunity in our youth’s faith journey.

    This week in PCUSA Mission:                             
                    MOST DIVERSE IN AMERICA

                A church in Georgia is reaching out to a community that has become one of America’s most ethnically diverse. Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Stone Mountain is about two miles from Clarkston, Georgia, which counts as many as half of its 13,000 residents as refugees. Those who trace their Presbyterian roots to Scotland, Africa and the Caribbean, along with those who found their roots at Memorial Drive, worship side by side.
                Memorial Drive’s pastor, the Rev. George Tatro, sees the potential for the church to be the heart of the community. His mantra is “if you have something, share it.”
                And the church is doing just that by letting Shalom International Ministry – a 1001 New Worshiping Community founded by immigrants, refugees and the Tri-Presbytery New Church Development Commission – worship in its space free of charge.
                In addition to Sunday worship, the Shalom International Ministry sponsors an after-school initiative called Inspire at Memorial Drive, which provides tutoring for nearly 30 middle school students from Ethiopia, Somalia, Burma, Rwanda, Sudan, Pakistan, Nepal, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, and Angola, as well as children’s ministry programs. On Saturdays, they have a safety program for 35 to 50 children from the community…
    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 9 – 15:  Brandon Lithgoe (10)

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    Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

    This week at HPC:
    Monday, July 10: 
         12:00 p.m. AA
    Tuesday, July 11
         9:30 a.m. WW Quilters
         10:30 a.m. Bible Study
         12:00 p.m. AA
         6:00 p.m. Lagniappe Ladies – Ralph & Kacoo’s
         7:30 p.m. AA
    Wednesday, July 12:
         12:00 p.m. AA
          7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA
    Thursday, July 13:
          12:00 p.m. AA
          8:00 p.m. Men’s AA
    Friday, July 14:
          12:00 p.m. AA
    Saturday, July 15:
           Yard Crew – Mike Leonard & Brandon Lithgoe
    Sunday, July 16: 
           9:30 a.m. Worship
           11:00 a.m. Third Sunday Lunch
            7:00 p.m. AA

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    Upcoming Opportunities at HPC

    • Lagniappe Ladies go out to eat 6:00 p.m., 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 16, will be “Grow Up” on Ephesians 4:14-16 and 1 Corinthians 12:12-27.

    • July Third Sunday Lunch is next Sunday, July 16.  In this hot weather it’s always nice to enjoy a relaxing, indoor picnic.  Our entree will be hamburgers with all the fixings.  Please indicate on the sign up sheet what “side” you might like to bring.  Proceeds will go toward the Youth Mission Trip to Orlando, FL.

        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 •