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Please remember to bring your
pledge cards this Sunday.
Thought for the Week:

"We make a living by what we get.
We make a life by what we give."

Winston Churchill

In worship this week:
November 12, 2017

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Music Director: Aubrey Nelson

Pianist: Bingyu Peng

Liturgist: Mary Martin

Youth Liturgist: Taylor Thompson

Usher: Anne McKnight

Flowers this Sunday are presented
to the Glory of God and
in thanks for Highland Presbyterian Church
by Anne McKnight.
Focus on HPC:       
What is Stewardship?

As part of Christ’s body, we are called to be faithful members of a particular congregation; participating in its work and worship and giving of our time, our talents, and our treasure to grow Christ’s ministry of love in a specific time and place.

Highland Presbyterian Church is no different. We need everyone’s help to become what God desires us to be. In order to fulfill our special mission of “Connecting our Community with Christ,” it takes many different resources. Financially funding our ministry is one key component of both our future as a congregation and our faith journey as individuals.

Though we have faced many changes in recent years, there is a wonderful future ahead of us – a place where God is already leading us. However in order to get there, all of us will need to give more than we have in the past. Think about it this way: if everyone raised their pledge by $500 ($10 a week,) we would be nearly $12,000 closer to our financial goal - if $750 ($15 a week,) almost $18,000. If $1,000 ($20 a week,) we would make our budget goal for 2018. 

We understand that not all are in a position to give this much. Nevertheless, we hope that you will increase your pledge by whatever amount you can this year – not only to help secure our future, but also because increasing our gifts to God’s ministry is a sign of our growing faith. Thank you for sharing your blessings and being an essential part of our ministry at HPC!

This week in PCUSA Mission:                
Freedom Rising Initiative Receives Major Gifts

Freedom Rising, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) initiative “to address and improve the worsening plight of the African-American male,” has received gifts totaling $78,461 from a Pittsburgh-based charitable foundation, two mid councils and an offering collected at a Presbyterian collegiate conference.

The Freedom Rising work in Pittsburgh will benefit from a $50,000 grant made by the John R. McCune Charitable Trust and a $20,000 gift from the Synod of the Trinity . Meanwhile, Sacramento Presbytery gave $3,000 to the broader Freedom Rising initiative. In addition, $5,461 was collected for Freedom Rising from participants at the College Conference at Montreat Conference Center. Freedom Rising is focused on five pilot cities: Baltimore, Charlotte, Cleveland, New York and Pittsburgh.  Freedom Rising, which was approved by the 222nd General Assembly (2016), will tackle high unemployment, mass incarceration, substance abuse and other problems that disproportionately affect African-American males.

In Pittsburgh, the gifts will go toward congregationally based mentoring programs that will start in elementary school and continue into young adulthood, said the Rev. Brian Wallace, associate minister of Pittsburgh Presbytery . He said these funds will help with start-up costs such as developing content, training mentors and equipping congregations that host programs.
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); Ron Brelsford (Rosemary John’s brother-in-law); Lettie Capers (friend of the Leonards); Austin Casey (Jack and Betty Bagent’s grandson); Wayne Cline (Sherry Hutchinson’s brother); Eva Fuller (Inez Geoghegan’s niece); the Miller twins in NICU in Nashville (friends of Brad Smith); Aleta Pickholtz; Earl Rabe (friend of Rick Gurtner); family of Pat Ragsdale (brother of Tillie Groves); family of Sammy Salvato (friends of the Leonards); 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.

November 12 - 18: Doug Moreman (15)

November 21 – Jack and Betty Bagent
Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

This week at HPC:
Monday, November 13:
12:00 p.m. AA

Tuesday, November 14:
9:30 a.m. WW Quilters
10:30 a.m. Bible Study
12:00 p.m. AA    
7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, November 15:
12:00 p.m. AA
5:30 p.m. HPC choir practice
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, November 16:
12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, November 17:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, November 18:
Yard Crew – John Dye & Mike Groves

Sunday, November 19: 
9:30 a.m. Worship
11:00 a.m. Third Sunday - Thanksgiving Lunch/
Raffle Drawing
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  • Happy Birthday and Happy Anniver-sary to those born or married in the month of November!

  • Third Sunday - Thanksgiving Lunch/ Raffle Drawing – November 19. Join us to give thanks for the blessings we have and share those blessings with others. Ham will be the lunch entree; so please sign up for sides. Following lunch, we will have the raffle drawing for the two quilts donated by the Giving Quilt ladies. Proceeds from the raffle go to fight hunger. For tickets or more information about the raffle, see Louise Dye.

  • Sermon next week (Nov. 19) is “You Do Not Know” from 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, Matthew 25:14-30. 

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 - 3:30 pm
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 •