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Thought for the Week:

“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”

Mother Theresa

 In worship this week:
November 18
Thanksgiving Sunday

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Pianist: Bingyu Peng

Liturgist: Dudley Payton

Ushers: Mike and Connie Leonard

Thanksgiving decorations this morning
are presented in thanks for the gifts of God.

Focus on HPC:     
Thank you!

The Stewardship Committee would like to say thank you to the Highland Church family! We are so very grateful to everyone who has pledged for 2019 and for your thoughtful generosity. Pledges assist our Session in making plans for the coming year and all that we would like to accomplish together. If you have not yet had a chance to turn in your pledge card, please do so at your earliest convenience. It’s never too late to share your time, talent or treasure.

We hope to have all of our financial plans outlined by the beginning of December and will share this information as soon as we are able. Again, thank you for all that you do!

If you have any questions or concerns whether general or specific, don’t hesitate to contact Dave Adams or Mike Groves.

This week in PCUSA Mission:            
Exhibit Showcases
Advent Devotional Art

The Gallery at  West Side Presbyterian Church  in Ridgewood, New Jersey, recently showcased the paintings, photographs and poetry of local artist Andrew Weatherly. Weatherly is the 26-year-old man with Down syndrome who created the artwork for  Presbyterians Today’s  2018 Advent Devotional,  God Lifts the Lowly.  Many of the paintings from the devotional, which is based on Mary’s Song of Praise, were part of the exhibit. West Side Presbyterian Church also provided copies of the devotional to the public. Weatherly was chosen to illustrate this year’s devotional, as his work exemplifies Mary’s praises to God, citing how God sees beyond limitations and afflictions. “There aren’t really any limits to what people can do,” Weatherly said.

Weatherly first met  Presbyterians Today’s  editor and co-author of the devotional, the Rev. Donna Frischknecht Jackson, in 2006. Frischknecht Jackson was a seminary intern at South Presbyterian Church in Bergenfield, New Jersey, where Weatherly attended. “His positive outlook made an impression on me,” Frischknecht Jackson said. “And so, when the time came to plan the 2018 devotional, and seeing a growing interest among our churches to include all ‘abilities’ in our worship services, I knew I wanted to share how God was working through Andrew.”

For the gallery committee at West Side Presbyterian Church, it was the spirituality in Weatherly’s work that captured their attention. “His work demands focused concentration from the viewer, and then suddenly there is a spiritual revelation that expresses not just an artist’s vision, but also his very spirit and soul,” said John Ianacone, chair of West Side’s gallery committee. “Andrew’s search for meaning is every soul’s longing for understanding.”
Immediate Church Family*:
Betty Bagent; Doris Baugh; Inez Geoghegan; Betty Lancaster; Preston Lancaster; Jim Martin; Mary Perry; Deanna Lewis Sklar; Brad Smith.

Extended Church Family*:
Brandon Behrmann (Carol’s nephew); Austin Casey (Jack and Betty Bagent’s grandson); Woody and Susie Chew (friends of Deanna); Steve Dull (husband of Lynn Nichols Dull); Dan Durway (former Pastor of Highland); Eva Fuller (Inez Geoghegan’s niece); Julius Fuller (Inez Geoghe-gan’s brother); Randy Geoghegan (Inez’s son); 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 Pick-holtz; Earl Rabe (friend of Rick Gurtner); Phillip Walker (nephew of the Pfeifers); Larry Wilcoxson (friend of the Leonards); Barbara Zeagler (friend of the Dyes.)

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

November 18-24:  none

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

This week at HPC:
Monday, November 19:
12:00 p.m. AA
Tuesday, November 20:
(Rev. Janie on vacation)
12:00 p.m. AA
7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, November 21:  
(office closed - Thanksgiving holiday)
12:00 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, November 22: Thanksgiving
(office closed - Thanksgiving holiday)       
12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, November 23:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, November 24:
Yard Crew – Mike Leonard & Brandon Lithgoe

Sunday, November 25: Christ the King
9:30 a.m. Worship
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  • Third Sunday Lunch – Today will have an International flair with Spaghetti provided by Rob and Amy Stewart. The rest of the menu will be provided by the Congregational Care committee so that all can come and enjoy. All are encouraged to attend.
  • Raffle to Fight Hunger You still have a chance to enter into the drawing for a beautiful LSU themed quilt made by the Giving Quilt Quilters. Tickets are $5.00. The drawing will be held today during Third Sunday Lunch (all money and/or “checked-out” tickets must be returned prior to the drawing.) All proceeds will go to Heifer International. 

  • Thanksgiving holidays – The Tuesday Morning Study will not meet on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The church office will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 21 and Thursday, Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving).
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

due to the Thanksgiving holiday office hours for Rev. Janie are Mon. 10:30 am – 1:00 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 •