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Thought for the Week:

“Never point a finger where
you never lent a hand.”

Robert Breault

In worship this week:
March 17, 2019
Lent II

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Pianist: Yiseul LaMieux

Liturgist: Connie Buck

Ushers: Bill and Barb Pfeifer
Flowers this Sunday are presented
to the glory of God
by John and Louise Dye.
Focus on HPC:     
The Path to the Cross

The introduction to The Path to the Cross invites us to “join renowned teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan as he guides you through the land of the Bible.” In each lesson, Vander Laan illuminates the historical, geographical and cultural context of the sacred Scriptures. “Filmed on location in the Middle East, the That the World May Know DVD series will transform your understanding of God and challenge you to be a true follower of Jesus.”

This Lenten study is different in both its setting, the area around the dead sea where Jesus lived and died, and its focus on the people and circumstances that prepared the way for Jesus and his ultimate act of obedience and sacrifice at the cross. This past week the class considered Isaiah 40:3-5 and “The Way of the Essenes,” a group of Jews who separated themselves from their world and culture in order to learn to live by the “very word of God.” This coming week the class will look at Luke 1:15-17 and “The Way of John the Baptist.”

Each lesson of this series is “stand alone.” All are encouraged to attend at their convenience for as many lessons as will fit into their schedule. Contact Louise Dye for more information.
This week in PCUSA Mission:            
“Two Way Ministry” in Cuba

“The dishwashing detergent is lost.” In Cuba, one would say,  “El detergente de lavar platos está perdido.”  That means that you will not find dishwashing detergent in the store these days. As we enter our fourth year as mission co-workers in Cuba, we realize how easy it is sometimes to forget that we are strangers living in a foreign land. We still remember many embarrassing instances when we called household items a different name from what residents called them. Yes, we have spoken Spanish since childhood, and day-to-day conversations are easy. But regional nuances in the way people in Cuba talk to each other provide learning experiences for people like us. This phenomenon happens in any country. Even in the United States, regional accents and idioms need to be “translated” for people from other parts of the country. In Cuba, there are many words and phrases that Cubans have developed to talk to each other that require some thinking if you are not from the island.

Day after day, our partnership in mission ministry teaches us that mission is a two-way street. We need to listen and learn as much from the people as they will learn from us. As we learn to listen not only to what people say, but also to what they mean, we engage in a ministry of partnership in which we also realize the many ways God is present, active and blessing the people in Cuba. Al-though we knew that as Presbyterian mission co-workers we were not bringing Christ to Cuba, it is another experience to witness how the Holy Spirit is supporting and guiding our brothers and sisters in Cuba to engage in God’s mission for the church and the community. During these last three years, we have learned about the sacrifices and dedication of hundreds of brothers and sisters in local churches serving the Lord and helping the community fight the root causes of poverty, creating opportunities for reconciliation and peace by breaking the circles of violence and empowering the church to witness to their faith even in difficult times. 
Immediate Church Family*:
Betty Bagent; Inez Geoghegan; Mike Groves; Betty Lancaster; Mary Perry; Deanna Lewis Sklar; Brad Smith.

Extended Church Family*:
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); the Miller twins (friends of Brad Smith); Aleta Pickholtz; Larry Wilcoxson (friend of the Leonards).
  * New names added to the prayer list this week are in italics.

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Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

This week at HPC:
Monday, March 18:
12:00 p.m. AA
Tuesday, March 19:
10:30 a.m. Tuesday Morning Study Class
12:00 p.m. AA
7:30 p.m. AA

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

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

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

Saturday, March 23:
Yard Crew – John Dye & Mike Groves

Sunday, March 24:
9:30 a.m. Worship
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  • March Third Sunday Lunch is TODAY. As a special nod to the Irish our entrée will be Corned Beef. All are encouraged to attend.

  • The Annual Congregational Meeting is TODAY during the Third Sunday Lunch. This will be a special time for Highland as we begin to discern what the future might hold for us as a church.

  • Lenten Devotionals, Awakening to God’s Beauty, are available for pick up on the Narthex table. It’s really never too late to benefit from a Lenten devotional.

  • The Tuesday Morning Study Class continues its Lenten Study, The Path to the Cross, Tuesday, March 19. The class meets on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Adult Sunday School Classroom. All are welcome.
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

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