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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 4, 2018

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Music Director: Aubrey Nelson

Pianist: Bingyu Peng

Liturgist: Carol Behrmann

Youth Liturgist: Haleigh Thompson

Ushers: Bill and Barb Pfeifer

Hospitality: Sherry Hutchinson

Communion Servers: Mary Martin & Sherry Hutchinson
Flowers this Sunday are presented
to the glory of God
by Jim and Mary Martin.
Focus on HPC:       
Lenten Hymns -
Here, O Our Lord

Our closing hymn this Sunday was written by a Scottish pastor, Horatius Bonar, in the 19 th -century. It is a Communion hymn that has been set to several tunes. Some of them are as haunting as our theme hymn and others are more uplifting in nature. The lyrics, in either case draw our atten-tion to the meaning behind our sacramental prac-tice. As descendants of John Calvin, we believe that Communion (and Baptism) is a sign and seal of Christ’s real presence among us. The bread and wine are food for the journey that is needed by all Christ’s followers – for we cannot participate in God’s work on our own. The third verse gives a poignant description of the Lord’s Supper and its place in our lives:  Too soon we rise, the symbols disappear; the feast, though not the love, is past and done; gone are the bread and wine, but you are here, nearer than ever, still my Shield and Sun.

This week in PCUSA Mission:                
Young Adult Volunteers Program
Celebrates First Quarter of a Century

I still remember the first words from the first church leader I met as I first arrived in Manila: “You are welcome here, but you are not needed here.” Those words, spoken with wisdom and love almost two decades ago, would shape the course of my time as a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) in the Philippines. I didn’t know it then, but that same sentiment shaped the YAV program at its incep-tion. And it continues to guide our vision for the program as volunteers serve around the world and witness the holy ways the Spirit is leading them.

The YAV program is an ecumenical, faith-based year of service that encourages engagement in the causes of poverty and reconciliation alongside local people of faith. The YAV program invites young adults ages 19–30 to serve for one year of accompaniment in intentional Christian commu-nity in one of 16 national sites or six international sites. The program is for all Christian young adults, not exclusively Presbyterians, in the belief that we are all called and equipped by God for service in many forms. In 2018, the YAV program is celebrating the sending of its 25th class of young people into a year of transformative service. This means more than 1,700 young adults have partic-ipated in a year of service since the early ’90s, and are now experiencing a lifetime of change!

One of our partners in Asia and the Pacific, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP), was instrumental in creation of the YAV program. Through the 1980s and ’90s, as the Pres-byterian Church (U.S.A.) was developing new part-nership-based models of mission engagement, the Philippines was a strong partner in advocating for a clear, local voice in discerning, crafting and di-recting God’s mission.
Immediate Church Family*:
Betty Bagent; Carol Behrmann; Doris Baugh; Inez Geoghegan; Betty 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); 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 5:
12:00 p.m. AA

Tuesday, March 6:
10:30 a.m. Tuesday Morning Study
12:00 p.m. AA 
6:00 p.m. Lagniappe Ladies
7:30 p.m. AA

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

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

Friday, March 9:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, March 10:
Yard Crew – John Dye & Mike Groves

Sunday, February 11: 
9:30 a.m. Worship
11:00 a.m. Session
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  • TODAY – Sunday Study “Clash of Kingdoms.” Lesson 3, “The Powers of Darkness,” is the focus of this week’s class. All are encouraged to attend.

  • Tuesday Morning Study, March 6, will explore the theme “Ancient Rhymes” as seen in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Class begins with coffee at 10:30 a.m.  All are welcome.

  • Lagniappe Ladies’ March Meeting – Tuesday, March 6, 6:00 p.m. at HPC. The meeting will include an “All Things Irish” potluck dinner. Look for the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.

  • Sunday, March 11 – Spring Forward! We officially move our clocks forward on this day. Don’t be caught unprepared.

  • Sermon next Sunday (Mar. 11) – “John 3:17” from scriptures Numbers 21:4-9 and John 3:14-21.

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 •