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Thought for the Week:

“Waiting is a period of learning. The longer we wait, the more we hear about him
 for whom we are waiting.”

Henri Nouwen

In worship this week:
March 11, 2018

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Music Director: Aubrey Nelson

Pianist: Bingyu Peng

Liturgist: Connie Buck

Youth Liturgist: Kate Stewart

Ushers: Mike and Tillie Groves

Hospitality: Mike and Tillie Groves

Flowers this Sunday are presented
in celebration of Bill Pfeifer's birthday
by Barb, Greg and Debbie Pfeifer.
Focus on HPC:       
Lenten Hymns -
I Want to Walk as
a Child of the Light

Written during the 1970’s, I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light, is a beautiful hymn written by Kathleen Thomerson. The lyrics display a child-like faith – simple, earnest, heartfelt. They are based upon the imagery in Revelation of the hea-venly city of Jerusalem: the city where there is no need of the sun, for God will be our light. As we draw nearer to the earthly Jerusalem with Christ, may we all keep our eyes firmly set on the Easter dawn that follows the shade of Calvary. And may this song be our prayer:  I want to see the bright-ness of God; I want to look at Jesus. Clear Sun of righteousness, shine on my path, and show me the way to the Father. In him there is no darkness at all; the night and the day are both alike. The Lamb is the light of the city of God; shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

This week in PCUSA Mission:                
PC(USA) Charter Congregation
Ministers to Children of Deported Parents

The children coming to “Camp in a Van” were one of Misión Presbiteriana Hispana’s greatest success stories of 2017. Forty children showed up when the new worshiping community in Fayetteville, North Carolina, took its Vacation Bible School to a near-by park. Eighty percent of the children were not members of Misión Presbiteriana. Some of the children told leaders they had not seen their par-ents, who had been deported to their home coun-tries, “for a long time.” Then they asked for hugs.
“It was a miracle of God,” said Misión Presbi-teriana’s pastor, Trinidad Martinez Solis. “These children told us they felt like they were embracing their parents — and that they felt the love of God through us like they’d never felt before.” This experience with the children was an unforgettable experience for Martinez and the community he serves. Some of the children decided they wanted to follow Jesus. None of them wanted it to end. “Receiving the children’s testimonies,” he said, “was a spiritual joy.”

The visas issued to Martinez and his family are set to expire in June. Even though the family mem-bers are in the legal process of changing their status, the process might not conclude before their visas expire. Martinez acknowledges that it is a difficult time, with a lot of “distrust as to what is going to happen with Hispanic people.” But he is urging the congregation — which became First Hispanic Presbyterian Church of Fayetteville   in November — not to be afraid. “I want us not to panic,” he says, “but to continue trusting in God. The same God that sustains here in the U.S. will sustain if we have to return to our countries.”

Immediate Church Family*:
Betty Bagent; Carol Behrmann; Doris Baugh; Inez Geoghegan; Betty Lancaster; Preston Lancaster; Mary Perry; Deanna Lewis Sklar; Brad Smith; Caitlin Thompson.

Extended Church Family* :
Brandon Behrmann (Carol’s nephew); Lettie Capers (friend of the Leonards); Austin Casey (Jack and Betty Bagent’s grandson); Wayne Cline (Sherry Hutchinson’s brother); Steve Dull (husband of Lynn Nichols Dull); Dan Durway (former Pastor of Highland); family of Judy Eubanks (former member); Eva Fuller (Inez Geoghegan’s niece); Donald Leake; family of Hank McKinney (former member); 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.

March 4 - 10: none

March:  none
Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

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

Tuesday, March 13:
9:30 a.m. WW Quilters
10:30 a.m. Tuesday Morning Study
12:00 p.m. AA 
7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, March 14:
12:00 p.m. AA
5:30 p.m. HPC choir practice
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, March 15:
12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, March 16:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, March 17:
Yard Crew – Mike Leonard & Brandon Lithgoe

Sunday, February 18: 
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
  • Welcome to Jennifer Hirstius, our new Office Administrator/ Bookkeeper. Although you probably won’t see her on Sunday, you might meet her on the phone or in the office during the week. When you do, please give her a warm welcome.

  • Easter Lilies – It’s time to place your order for Easter Lilies. Please fill out the Easter Lily form and return it with $15.00 per plant no later than Sunday, March 25.

  • Tuesday Morning Study, March 13, will explore the theme “The White Witch” as seen in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Class begins with coffee at 10:30 a.m.  All are welcome.

  • Third Sunday Lunch – March 18. You will share the luck of the Irish at our next Third Sunday Lunch. Please see the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board for our entrée and what to bring.

  • Sermon next Sunday (Mar. 18) – “Lifted Up” from Jeremiah 31:31-34 and John 12:20-33.

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 – 1:30 pm
and Thurs. 10:00 am – 1:00 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 •