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Thought for the Week:

“Where we love is home –
home that our feet may leave,
but not our hearts.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

In worship this week:
May 5, 2019

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Pianist: Ana Paula Simões

Liturgist: Todd Stewart

Ushers: Mike and Connie Leonard

Hospitality: Congregational Care Committee

Communion Servers: Mike and Connie Leonard
Flowers this Sunday are presented
in celebration of
Rev. Janie's ministry
at Highland Presbyterian Church.
Focus on HPC:     
A Season of Prayer

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” Ecclesiastes 3:1
Have you noticed that seasons mark changes - changes in temperature, changes in activities and sometimes changes in the way we look at things? Hopefully you will notice a change in Connections as we mark this time of change with a Season of Prayer and include favorite prayers on the front page each Sunday.

Several months back the Tuesday Morning Study Class did a study on prayer. We learned that we all tend to have a favorite prayer that speaks not only ourselves, but also others. We would like to feature some of these prayers each week. If you have a favorite prayer you would like to share, please write it down and give it to Louise Dye or email it to

Remember, as Paul says in Philippians 1:3-6, 3   I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy  5   because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,  6   being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  
This week in PCUSA Mission:            
Beautiful Feet Carry the Good News

A delegation representing the Niger Mission Network (NMN) saw beautiful feet in Niger — many of them — during a recent 13-day partnership trip hosted by the Evangelical Church in the Republic of Niger (EERN). Participants learned some of the ways the good news of Jesus is proclaimed by Christian brothers and sisters in a country where the majority of its citizens are Muslim.

A pastor, who is a member of the EERN Board and makes his living as a teacher of English teachers, humbly serves his family, congregation and village. Like many of the leaders, he converted from Islam and is the only Christian among his siblings. He has paid for the education of many of the children of his Muslim siblings. Some of these nieces and nephews who lived with his family while going to school have become Christians. One is a pastor.

The mission network group learned that this leader also has given land and contributed to build a church, a pastor’s home and a student hosting center in his village, because, as he said, “There are only three Christians from my village, and we must share the good news.”

The analogy of beautiful feet was first used to describe those who carried the good news from Babylon to Jerusalem, proclaiming the end of captivity and the return of the Jewish people from exile. The apostle Paul revived this image of beautiful feet, as he described how the gospel must go forward so that all may hear it and believe. There must be messengers, those with beautiful feet, for the ultimate good news of Jesus to go to all people.
Immediate Church Family*:
Betty Bagent; Inez Geoghegan; Mike Groves; family of Betty Lancaster; Deanna Lewis Sklar; Brad Smith.

Extended Church Family*:
Barbara Behrmann (Carol’s mother); 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); Marilyn Lewis (Bill and Billy Lewis’ daughter-in-law), Aleta Pickholtz; Barbara Smith (Brad Smith’s mother); Larry Wilcoxson(friend of the Leonards).

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

May 5 – 11:  none

May 19 – John and Marian Kleinpeter
Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

This week at HPC:
Monday, May 6:
12:00 p.m. AA
Tuesday, May 7:
10:30 a.m. Tuesday Morning Study Class
12:00 p.m. AA
6:00 p.m. Lagniappe Ladies
7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, May 8:   Rev. Janie's Last Day
12:00 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, May 9: 
12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, May 10:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, May 11:
Yard Crew – Jack Bagent & Bill Pfeifer

Sunday, May 12: Mother's Day
9:30 a.m. Worship
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  • Farewell Reception following Worship TODAY for Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith, Brad, Lucien, and Arthur SmithPlease plan to stay for this celebration of Rev. Janie’s ministry at Highland.

  • 29th IFGBR Annual Sounds of CommUNITY Concert will be held TODAY at 4:00 p.m., at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 544 Government St. Rev. Janie will be a soloist in this concert.

  • The Tuesday Morning Study Class will meet Tuesday, May 7, 10:30 a.m. They continue their study of the books of Luke and Acts. All are welcome.
  • Lagniappe Ladies will gather for dinner on Tuesday, May 7, at City Pork (7327 Jefferson Hwy.), 6:00 pm. Please sign-up if you plan to attend.

  • Next Sunday, May 12, is Mother’s Day. Dr. Tom Tucker will be our Pulpit Supply. His Sermon is titled “Why? What? How?” from Psalm 23 and John 10:22-30.
  • Third Sunday Lunch is May 19. Our entrée will be pork loin as we gather to celebrate the beginning of Summer. Please sign-up for sides.
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 •