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Thought for the Week:

“I believe that love expands. 
As you give love out, it’s received
and reciprocated – and it grows. 
That’s the beauty of it.”

Hill Harper

 In worship this week:
June 17, 2018
Father's Day

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Pianist: Bingyu Peng

Liturgist: Brad Smith

Ushers: John and Louise Dye
Flowers this Sunday
presented to the glory of God
in celebration of
all who serve as fathers
by Mike and Connie Leonard.
Focus on HPC:     
Favorite Memories

We are observing the 35 th Anniversary of Highland in 2018. Over the past three and a half decades we have seen and accomplished so many things. In preparation for our big celebration in September we would like to start gathering some key memories from you, the Highland family. 

So to begin:  What is your favorite memory of Highland?

Please jot down a memory – add your name if you like and drop in the offering plate (or email Rev. Janie at Thanks for sharing your life and ministry at HPC!

This week in PCUSA Mission:                
Zimbabwe and Denver Presbyteries
Build Each Other Up

Is mission a one-way street? Not to people in Denver Presbytery or the Presbytery of Zimbabwe of the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (UPCSA). These two presbyteries have been faithful witnesses to the unity of the body of Christ for more than a decade, despite the nearly 10,000 miles between them.

This partnership grew out of the commitment of a Denver couple’s desire to assist a school in Zimbabwe. Gradually, local churches began to support those efforts. Denver Presbytery helped to facilitate a discussion to determine how this relationship could honor the gifts of people in both places.

In 2005 the two presbyteries signed a memorandum of understanding, recognizing that “It was God, not us, who called us into partnership. It is a partnership that is grounded in love and respect for one another. We are able to extend God’s love to one another because God first loved us.”

The Rev. Lydia Neshangwe, clerk of the Presbytery of Zimbabwe and convener of its Ecumenical Relations Committee, said the presbyteries’ joint Partnership Committee finds particular value in relationships, diversity and equality. “The result is a relational mutuality that is manifested in our various engagements,” she said.

Over the years, the partnership has provided opportunities for Presbyterians in Zimbabwe and Denver to get to know one another. Delegates travel back and forth regularly, strengthening relationships by exploring what they have in common and how they can support each other through dialogue, prayer and programs. The relationship has enabled Denver clergy to spend a month in Zimbabwe to assist with congregational care, preaching, teaching and other projects, while Zimbabwe pastors have used their long sabbatical in Denver for rejuvenation, study and exchange of experiences and ideas. A mentor program pairs retired pastors from Denver Presbytery with theology students and new pastors in the Presbytery of Zimbabwe, allowing them to pray for each other and share questions, ideas, concerns and goals.
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 17 - 24: Sharyn Lithgoe (19), Mandy Gurtner, Mike Leonard, & Doris M. (Skippy) Thompson (20), Linda Harris (24)

June 20 – Mike and Tillie Groves
June 30 – Todd and Wendy Stewart         
Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

This week at HPC:
Monday, June 18: 
 12:00 p.m. AA

Tuesday, June 19:
 10:30 a.m. Tuesday Morning Class
 12:00 p.m. AA
 7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, June 20: 
 12:00 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, June 21:       
 12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, June 22:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, June 23:
Yard Crew – John Dye and Mike Groves

Sunday, June 24: 
9:30 a.m. Worship
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 19) we will study “Peter.” 

  • June Third Sunday Lunch - Today will honor Fathers (on Father’s Day). All are encouraged to stay and enjoy a special lunch.

  • Next Sunday – June 24, while Rev. Janie is on vacation, we will worship with scripture and hymns. Come make a joyful noise unto the Lord.

  • The Youth “Wall of Envelopes” still has envelopes for the taking. All proceeds go to benefit the Youth Montreat Conference/Mission Trip.

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 will be on vacation June 19 - 26

cell (call or text): 314.283.7596
office: 766-5775 (please leave a message)

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