Connecting Our Community with Christ
We stand as a mighty tree in our community:
Strong and rooted,
Soaring and reaching,
Vibrant and fruitful,
Sheltering and comforting.

In worship this week:
June 2, 2019

Guest Preacher: Rev. Jeff Day

Pianist: Yiseul LeMieux

Liturgist: Carol Behrmann

Usher: Anne McKnight

Hospitality: Sherry Hutchinson
Flowers this Sunday are presented
to the glory of God.

A Season of Prayer
Excerpt from “From the Pulpit”
by Rev. Dan Durway, former Pastor of HPC

Last month I preached a sermon on “Guidelines for Prayer.” Several people afterwards asked me to write down the points I made. Here they are.

Prayer is central in the life of anyone who claims to be a follower of Jesus. Karl Beth, the Swiss theologian, wrote: “In prayer God invites us to live with him.” When we pray, we are responding to this invitation.
  • First, pray that God will help you to know the truth about yourself. We often hide the truth about ourselves from others, but unfortunately, we also hide the truth about ourselves from ourselves.
  • Second, pray for a holy indifference to the people who either praise you or criticize you unjustly. Pray to be able to take helpful criticism, but to forget unjust criticism.
  • Third, pray to remain calm when your plans are thwarted. Life is filled with people and events which frustrate our plans and hopes.
  • Fourth, pray for the strength to meet every crisis in life and to rejoice over the fact that last week’s crises are ended and can be forgotten.
  • Fifth, pray to rely on God for strength to fulfill the responsibility God has placed upon you.

(to be continued - the concluding 6 guidelines will be printed next week, June 9.)
Focus on HPC
Pentecost Offering    

In celebrating Pentecost, we recognize the birth of the church and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Christ’s followers. That Spirit remains with the church, connecting us with the church of the past, inspiring the church of today, and pointing toward the church of the future.

The Pentecost Offering unites us in a church-wide effort to support young people by inspiring them to share their faith, ideas, and unique gifts with the church and the world and to build a life of faith. The Offering serves to nurture the faith of our members in their first third of life – children, youth and young adults- local and around the world.

A gift to the Pentecost Offering helps the church encourage, develop, and support its young people, and also address the needs of at-risk children. 40% of the Pentecost offering can be retained by individual congregations wanting to make an impact in the lives of young people within their own community. (Highland traditionally supports the Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services with its portion.)

The remaining 60% is used to support ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.  Twenty-five percent goes to serving communities through Young Adult Volunteers, YAVs. These volunteer programs bring young adults together in fellowship, worship and service throughout the world. Another twenty-five percent goes directly to youth through Youth Ministries which guide them in their walk with Christ and inspire those called to accompany them. The final ten percent goes to Child Advocacy to provide advocacy that protects, and education that nurtures children and youth in mind, body and spirit.

This week in PCUSA Mission:            
      “Speak Up and Share Your Faith”
Understanding intentional,
authentic evangelism.

Immediate Church Family*:
Betty Bagent; Inez Geoghegan; Mike Groves; Deanna Lewis Sklar; Brad Smith.

Extended Church Family*:
Barbara Behrmann (Carol’s mother); Brandon Behrmann (Carol’s nephew); Austin Casey (Jack and Betty Bagent’s grandson); 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); Randy Geoghegan (Inez’s son); Carol Harrison (Rob Stewart’s Mother); Claudia Hill (Connie Leonard’s sister); Phillip Lanier (friend of Rosemary John); Marilyn Lewis (Bill and Billy Lewis’ daughter-in-law), Aleta Pickholtz; Barbara Smith (Brad Smith’s mother); Larry Wilcoxson(friend of the Leonards).

   * New names added to the prayer list this week are in italics.

June 1 - 8:  Marian Kleinpeter (1), Audrie John (2), Amy Stewart (7), Jim Harris (8)

June 1 – Joe and Sufna John
June 4 – Brandon and Sharyn Lithgoe
June 9 – Brad Smith and Janie McElwee-Smith       
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This week at HPC:
Monday, June 3:
12:00 p.m. AA
Tuesday, June 4:
10:30 a.m. Tuesday Morning Study Class
12:00 p.m. AA
7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, June 5:  
12:00 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, June 6: 
12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, June 7:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, June 8:
Yard Crew – John Dye & Mike Groves

Sunday, June 9: Day of Pentecost
9:30 a.m. Worship/Communion
11:00 a.m. Birthday Lunch
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  • Pentecost is June 9, 2019. For this red-letter day, let’s all wear red. We will celebrate the birthday of Highland Presbyterian Church with our traditional Jambalaya lunch following worship. Please sign-up if you plan to attend.  This will take the place of our regular Third Sunday Lunch for June.

  • The Tuesday Morning Study Class will meet Tuesday, June 4, 10:30 a.m. They continue their study of the books of Luke and Acts.

  • Rev. Betsy Irvine will be our guest preacher next Sunday, June 9.
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.
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