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Thought for the Week:

“True love is selfless.
It is prepared to sacrifice.”

Sadhu Vaswani
 In worship this week:
May 27, 2018
Trinity Sunday

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Music Director: Aubrey Nelson

Pianist: Bingyu Peng

Liturgist: Mary Martin

Youth Liturgist: Mei Stewart

Ushers: Bill and Barb Pfeifer

Hospitality: Bill and Barb Pfeifer
Flowers this Sunday are presented
in celebration of Bob Buck's birthday
by his family.
Focus on HPC:     
Our Everyday Prayer

Almost every one of us learned the Lord’s Prayer when we were still but a small child imitating our parents. As we grew, we learned the words by rote, but rarely have we considered the meaning behind the words of this central Christian practice. There are many reasons Christ gave us this prayer. Key among them is this: to order the way we see the world, ourselves, and others.

Over the course of the summer months, we will be diving deep into the meaning of this essential scripture passage and how our prayer life affects everything else we do. As a part of this series, we will also explore several additional “prayer practices” during our worship services. We look forward to sharing this experience together!

June 3 – Our Father in Heaven
June 10 – Hallowed Be Thy Name
June 17 – Thy Kingdom Come
July 1 – Thy Will Be Done
July 22 – On Earth as in Heaven
July 29 – Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread
August 5 – And Forgive Us . . .
August 12 – And Lead Us Not into Temptation
August 19 – But Deliver Us from Evil
August 26 – For Thine Is

This week in PCUSA Mission:                
Memorial Day – May 28

The battle had begun just over a month before, on Feb. 19, 1945. In the intervening 29 days, combat had raged 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In one particularly bloody battle, the Meat Grinder, 850 Marines had lost their lives. On March 21, the time had come to commemorate the more than 6,800 who had given their lives on the American side. Nearly 20,000 Japanese draftees had defended the rough rock island of Iwo Jima. Most of them had perished.

Chaplain (Rabbi) Roland Gittelsohn was selected to deliver the memorial sermon at a combined religious service dedicating the cemetery in which the Marine dead were buried. Racial and religious prejudice intruded as many of the Christian chaplains objected. Gittelsohn voluntarily withdrew from the assignment and instead presided over his own service for fallen Jewish service members. To their credit, several Christian chaplains chose to attend Gittelsohn’s service in support of their colleague. He had ministered to all during the battle and was respected for his love and compassion.

Gittelsohn delivered a sermon called  The Purest Democracy . A borrowed manuscript was reprinted and distributed. Marines sent copies home, permitting its wide circulation, even to the point of its being read in to the  Congressional Record The Purest Democracy  is considered by many as one of the most significant spoken memorials to war dead in our nation’s history.

In the sermon, Gittelsohn states: “We dedicate ourselves, first, to live together in peace the way they fought and are buried in war. Here lie men who loved America because their ancestors, generations ago, helped in her founding, and other men who loved her with equal passion because they themselves or their own fathers escaped from oppression to her blessed shores. Here lie officers and [privates], [blacks] and whites, rich and poor — together. Here are Protestants, Catholics and Jews — together. Here no man prefers another because of his faith or despises him because of his color. Here there are no quotas of how many from each group are admitted or allowed. Among these men there is no discrimination. No prejudice. No hatred. Theirs is the highest and purest democracy.
Immediate Church Family*:
Betty Bagent; Carol Behrmann; Doris Baugh; Inez Geoghegan; Betty Lancaster; Preston Lancaster; Mary Perry; Deanna Lewis Sklar; Brad Smith.

Extended Church Family*:
Brandon Behrmann (Carol’s nephew); Lettie Capers (friend of the Leonards); Austin Casey (Jack and Betty Bagent’s grandson); Woody and Susie Chew (friends of Deanna); Wayne Cline (Sherry Hutchinson’s brother); Steve Dull (hus-band of Lynn Nichols Dull); Dan Durway (former Pastor of Highland); Eva Fuller (Inez Geoghegan’s niece); Julius Fuller (Inez Geoghegan’s brother); 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.

May 27 – June 2: Carol Behrmann (5/29), Bob Buck (5/31), Marian Kleinpeter (6/1), Audrie John (6/2)

May 28 – John & Louise Dye
June 1 – Joe and Sufna John
   Jim and Mary Martin

Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

This week at HPC:
Monday, May 28:  Memorial Day
(office closed)
12:00 p.m. AA

Tuesday, May 29: 
10:30 a.m. Tuesday Morning Class
12:00 p.m. AA 
7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, May 30:
12:00 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, May 31:
12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, June 1:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, June 2:
Yard Crew – John Dye & Mike Groves

Sunday, June 3:
9:30 a.m. Worship - Communion
10:30 a.m. Congregational Meeting
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  • Called Congregational Meeting, June 3 following worship for the purpose of acting on a report from the Ad Hoc Property committee concerning a proposed Sewer Treatment Plant for Highland Cove and Highland Presbyterian Church located on the church property.

  • Tuesday Morning Study meets at 10:30 am. This week (May 29) we will be learning about John the Baptist. All are encouraged to attend.

  • Lagniappe Ladies will meet Tuesday, June 5, at 6:00 p.m. at Albasha’s (5454 Bluebonnet) for a Dutch-treat dinner.  Please indicate on the sign-up sheet if you will be attending.

  • June Third Sunday Lunch (June 17) will honor Fathers (on Father’s Day). For an idea of what to bring, look for the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.
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:oo pm
and Thurs. 10:00 am – 1:30 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 •