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Thought for the Week:

“The only impossible journey
is the one you never begin.”

Anthony Robbins

 In worship this week:
November 25
Christ the King Sunday

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Pianist: Bingyu Peng

Liturgist: Todd Stewart

Ushers: Jack and Betty Bagent

Hospitality: Mike and Tillie Groves
Thanksgiving decorations this morning
are presented in thanks for the gifts of God.

Focus on HPC:     
Heifer International,

Dan West was a farmer from the American Midwest and member of the Church of the Brethren who went to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War as an aid worker. His mission was to provide relief, but he soon discovered the meager single cup of milk rationed to the weary refugees once a day was not enough. The he had a thought: What if they had not a cup, but a cow? That “teach a man to fish” philosophy was what drove West to found Heifer International. And now, nearly 70 years later, that philosophy still inspires their work to end hunger and poverty throughout the world once and for all.  Heifer works in 25 countries to attain sustainable livelihoods through community-owned interventions. They’ve provided more than 32 million families the tools and training to lift themselves from poverty. And yet nearly 1 billion people around the world still live in poverty. 

Last Sunday we raised $861 for the benefit of Heifer International through our raffle and Third Sunday Lunch. What a wonderful way to return to God’s use some of the gifts we have been blessed with. Thanks for giving, Highland Presbyterian!

This week in PCUSA Mission:            
Reclaiming the Spirit of Thanksgiving

The stress of everyday living often blinds us to the blessings we enjoy. That is why Thanksgiving Day can play such a wonderful role in our lives. It is an occasion to remind ourselves of the gifts that surround us and to give thanks for them. Gratitude is a crucial component of Christian discipleship. Meister Eckhart, the German mystic of the Middle Ages, wrote, “The most important prayer in the world is just two words long: ‘Thank You.’”

However, before last week’s Thanksgiving Day observance ended, Black Friday had already begun. Retailers opened their doors before many had finished their Thanksgiving meal, and Black Friday specials were purchased several hours before Friday dawned. Even more shopping specials were offered online on Cyber Monday.

On the heels of these two commercial events, a third post-Thanksgiving tradition has emerged that redirects our priorities. #Giving Tuesday, which is being observed today (November 27) in more than 150 countries, exists for one purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.

Now in its seventh year, #Giving Tuesday was created by the 92nd Street Y, a cultural and community center (in New York City), in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. It is billed as “a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.” 

On #Giving Tuesday, we can put aside the shopping emphases of the past few days and reclaim the focus on gratitude that we experienced last week. As Christians, our generosity is rooted in our gratitude to God, and Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to bear witness to that gratitude by making gifts to causes we hold dear. Today, as you ponder the giving opportunities before you, I hope you will consider the work of your church.
Immediate Church Family*:
Betty Bagent; Doris Baugh; Inez Geoghegan; Betty Lancaster; Preston Lancaster; the family of Jim Martin (Jim entered the Church Triumphant on November 19); 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 25 - December 1:  none

December - none
Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

This week at HPC:
Monday, November 26:
12:00 p.m. AA
Tuesday, November 27:
9:30 a.m. WW Quilters
10:30 a.m. Tuesday Morning Study
12:00 p.m. AA
7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, November 28:  
12:00 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, November 29: 
12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, November 30:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, December 1:
Yard Crew – Jack Bagent & Bill Pfeifer

Sunday, December 2: Advent I
9:30 a.m. Worship/Communion
10:30 a.m. "Deck the Halls"
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  • Advent Devotional Calendars, “God Lifts the Lowly,” are available to be picked up in the Narthex.

  • Poinsettias  If you would like to purchase a poinsettia in honor, memory, or thanks for someone during this advent season, please fill out the included form and return it no later than Sunday, Dec. 14.

  • Sunday, Dec. 2 - “Deck the Halls” Plan to stay following worship for this time of decorating and festive fellowship.

  • Gifts of Literacy   This year Highland will continue its tradition of presenting books to first-grade students at Magnolia Woods Elementary School. If you would like to participate, please purchase, insert a “gift from your friends at Highland” label, wrap ONE book per child (we need approximately 100 books), and return by Dec. 9. Or cash donations are greatly appreciated and we’ll do the work for you. For questions or more information contact Connie Buck or Connie Leonard.
  • Our theme for Advent is “Come to God’s Table.We will be celebrating communion each Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve. If you can help prepare and serve, check the sign-up sheet for available dates.

  • The Sermon for Advent I – Grace (Dec. 2) is “Drawing Near” from Jeremiah 33:14-16 and Luke 21:25-36.
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 – 1:00 pm
and Thurs. 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

cell (call or text): 314.283.7596
office: 766-5775 (please leave a message)

Highland Presbyterian Church (USA)
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