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Thought for the Week:

 “Prayer does not change God,
but it changes the one who prays.”

Soren Kierkegaard

 In worship this week:
June 10, 2018

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Pianist: Bingyu Peng

Liturgist: Doris "Skippy" Thompson

Ushers: Anne McKnight

Hospitality: Tillie Groves & Connie Leonard
Flowers this morning
are presented to the glory of God
in thanksgiving for Bradford J. Smith
and eleven wonderful years of marriage,
by Janie McElwee-Smith.
Focus on HPC:     
A Mountaintop Experience

Next month, our youth group will make a two-day journey into the mountains of North Carolina to the Montreat Conference Center located in the small town of Montreat, NC. There they will gather with over 1,000 youth and adults from around the country to worship, study, fellowship, pray, sing, and grow with God and one another.
Over the years our congregation has sent many commissions to Montreat for this conference. It should be no surprise that the next generation has been waiting with great anticipation for their turn. This year our theme at the conference will be “Lift Every Voice,” based on the classic hymn Lift Every Voice and Sing.  Though we have not learned precisely what material that will be covered, we can be certain that the leadership of the event will open our youth’s eyes to all the ways that God counts every single voice. To enhance this understanding, our youth will also be undertaking an afternoon of mission work in downtown Asheville, NC before the conference begins.
We hope that you will join in prayer for our youth as they prepare for the journey ahead and that you will continue to give generously through the “Wall of Envelopes” fundraiser. Thank you for supporting our youth!

This week in PCUSA Mission:                
Presbyterians Join Other Denominations for Annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days

For more than 200 Presbyterians, Ecumenical Advocacy Days began with Compassion, Peace & Justice Training Day at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church and ended with a visit to Capitol Hill to lobby Congress for changes in the approach to immigration and refugees. The 16th annual  Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice  was held in Washington, D.C., focusing on the theme “A World Uprooted: Responding to Migrants, Refugees & Displaced Persons.” Clergy and members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joined their counterparts in other denominations to worship, debate and hear from those who are facing displacement because of conflict, climate change and poverty.
“There are more than 65 million displaced people in the world, and at least 20 to 30 million are refugees,” said the Rev. John L. McCullough, president/CEO of Church World Service, in his opening remarks. “All kinds of people are seeking a sense of peace, justice and fairness. They all want to have a safe place to call home. Never have we faced a time like this.” The Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune, the new director for Ecumenical Advocacy Days, told the crowd the hard work is just beginning. “Millions have been uprooted by violent conflict, corruption and the environment,” she said. “We cannot stand on the sidelines and be silent. We cannot shrug our shoulders and only send thoughts and prayers.” 
The weekend activities consisted of numerous workshops focusing on immigration, environmental racism and the impact of disasters on displaced people. The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, vice president and dean of Esperanza College at Eastern University in Pennsylvania, told the group that Christians need to respond with solidarity. “Imagine you don’t have your identity, roots, language, home and property. Imagine having to let go of vital connections and life lines, move away from everything that gives you your identity,” she said. “If we want to see life restored, it’s not by cutting budgets, but by embracing the stranger. We are here as a united group, not representing a particular party, but the heart of Jesus.”          
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.

June 10-16: Inez Geoghegan (12),
Tillie Groves (14),
 Michael Aguillard, Jr. (16)

June 4 Brandon and Sharyn Lithgoe
June 9 – Brad Smith & Janie McElwee-Smith
June 20 – Mike and Tillie Groves              

Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

This week at HPC:
Monday, June 11:  
    12:00 p.m. AA

Tuesday, June 12:
    9:30 a.m. WW Quilters
    10:30 a.m. Tuesday Morning Class
    12:00 p.m. AA
    7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, June 13: 
    12:00 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, June 14:       
    12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, June 15:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, June 16:
     Yard Crew – Jack Bagent
& Bill Pfeifer

Sunday, June 17: Father’s Day
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
·          Tuesday Morning Study continues to meet during the summer months. This Tuesday (June 12) we will study “Joseph, Magi and Shepherds.”  All are encouraged to attend at any time.

·          June Third Sunday Lunch (June 17) will honor Fathers (on Father’s Day) and will feature chicken as the entrée. Be sure to sign up on the bulletin board as we plan our wonderful feast!

·          The Summer Sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer continues next Sunday (June 17) with “Your Kingdom Come” from Romans 8:18-25 and Luke 11:9-10.

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:oo 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 •