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Thought for the Week:

“Let today be the day you give up
who you have been
for who you can become.”

Hal Elrod

In worship this week:
March 3, 2019
Transfiguration of the Lord

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Pianist: Ana Paula Simões

Liturgist: Dave Adams

Ushers: Dave and Peggy Adams

Hospitality: John and Louise Dye

Communion Servers: Bill and Barb Pfeifer

The flowers this Sunday are presented
to the glory of God
by Anne McKnight.

Focus on HPC:     
Lenten Studies

Ash Wednesday, March 6, marks the beginning of Lent, in the Christian tradition a time for reflection and contemplation. To help with this undertaking there are two options available. First is the Presbyterians Today 2019 Lenten Devotional, “Awakening to God’s Beauty.”   As the introduction states, “Ea ch Sunday you will be invited to practice the spiritual discipline of visio divina, which means “divine seeing.” Similar to the Benedictine practice lectio divina – “divine reading” – where a word or phrase of Scripture is pondered, visio divina uses an image instead as the focus for meditation. Accompanying each Sunday’s art is a guided meditation to help you slow down and see with your heart. During the week, the journey to Easter continues with reflections on God’s handiwork and beauty as told in the Psalms.” Please pick up your book off the table in the narthex.

Another option for Lenten observance is the Tuesday Morning study of the Ray Vander Laan “Faith Lessons” DVD, “The Path to the Cross.”  Come join the class in a journey through the historical, geographical and cultural context of the Scriptures as they discover how the passionate faith of the people of God prepared the way for Jesus and his ultimate act of obedience and sacrifice at the cross. The Tuesday Morning Study Class meets at 10:30 a.m. beginning March 12 and continues through April 16. For more information contact Louise Dye or Connie Buck.
This week in PCUSA Mission:            
God Knows No Barriers

The Rev. Joseph Reid has had two unique calls from God to preach at two historic churches with one big difference — the view. “My office window at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama, looked out on the overflow parking area for the church,” Reid said. “From my office in Utqiagvik, I can see the Arctic Ocean.”

Reid, who was born and raised in South Carolina, said his transition from a predominantly African-American congregation in Alabama to a mostly Iñupiaq congregation in Alaska has been virtually “seamless.” Of course, he’s noticed the change in temperatures from Birmingham to Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow), the northernmost city in the United States. He’s also noticed the ice, the wind and the snow — in July. Still, none of these differences troubled him.

“That’s how I knew this was a testament to God’s call,” he said. “There are no barriers for the experience of God. Culturally, there’s no barrier for the experience of God; racially, there’s no barrier for the experience of God; traditionally, the experience of God is universal. That’s what the Iñupiat people have taught me. They say ‘amen’ the same way African-Americans say ‘amen’ — only they say it in two languages.”

Established by Presbyterian missionaries, Utqiagvik Presbyterian Church had just 13 Alaska Natives in attendance at its first service, on Easter 1899. Today, more than 250 members and visitors attend services regularly.
Immediate Church Family*:
Betty Bagent; Inez Geoghegan; 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); the husband and family of Barbara Zeagler (friend of the Dyes.)

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

February 25 - Arthur and Lucien Smith
March 3 - 9: none

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

This week at HPC:
Monday, March 4:
(office closed)
12:00 p.m. AA
Tuesday, March 5: Mardi Gras
(office closed)
12:00 p.m. AA
7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, March 6:   Ash Wednesday
12:00 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, March 7: 
12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, March 8:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, March 9:
Yard Crew – Mike Leonard & Brandon Lithgoe

Sunday, March 10:
Daylight Saving Time begins
9:30 a.m. Worship
11:00 a.m. Session Meeting
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  • Mardi Gras Holiday The church office will be closed for Mardi Gras on Mon., March 4 and Tues., March 5. There is no Tuesday Morning Study Class on March 5.
  • Time change is coming next Sunday, March 10. Once again, it's time to "spring" forward as Daylight Saving Time begins.

  • March Third Sunday Lunch, March 17, will honor the luck of the Irish with Corned Beef. A sign-up sheet for sides is posted on the bulletin board.

  • The Annual Congregational Meeting will be Sunday, March 17 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.

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

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 •