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Thought for the Week:

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps
 hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls
to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

Maya Angelou

In worship this week:
October 1, 2017

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Music Director: Aubrey Nelson

Pianist: Bingyu Peng

Liturgist: Brandon Lithgoe

Ushers: Brandon and Sharyn Lithgoe

Hospitality: Brandon and Sharyn Lithgoe

Communion Servers: Anne McKnight and Connie Buck

Flowers for Sunday are presented
to the glory of God
by Anne McKnight.

Focus on HPC:       
  Communion:  The Lord’s Supper
                    Book of Order, Presbyterian Church USA

“The Lord’s Supper is the sign and seal of eating and drinking in communion with the crucified and risen Lord. During his earthly ministry Jesus shared meals with his followers as a sign of community and acceptance and as an occasion for his own ministry. He celebrated Israel’s feasts of covenant commemoration.”

“In his last meal before his death, Jesus took and shared with his disciples the bread and wine, speaking of them as his body and blood, signs of the new covenant. He commended breaking bread and sharing a cup to remember and proclaim his death.”

“On the day of his resurrection, the risen Jesus made himself known to his followers in the breaking of bread. He continued to show himself to believers, by blessing and breaking bread, by preparing, serving, and sharing common meals.”

This week in PCUSA Mission:                
World Communion Sunday
Peace & Global witness Offering

Like millions of people around the world, Presby-terian elder Bill Campbell was moved by the heart-breaking image of a drowned Syrian boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach in 2015. Three-year-old Aylan Kurdi was among thousands of Syrians who drowned while trying to escape the violence gripping their country.

“There must be a way I can do something,” Campbell told himself. As chair of the mission committee at Old First Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, Campbell got his congregation involved by working with a local refugee resettlement agency to collect and assemble “welcome kits” that newly arrived refugee families find in their new homes when they first open the door. The kits include household goods such as flatware, dishes, cooking utensils, lamps, cleaning supplies, toiletries and linens. It took two cars to haul one kit, and the congregation assembled and delivered seven of them.

But Campbell hoped the wider church could multiply the efforts of congregations like his. He and like-minded members of other churches asked San Francisco Presbytery to match congregations’ contributions to support resettlement of refugees in the San Francisco Bay Area. The presbytery agreed to match up to $10,000 from its peacemaking fund. The matching funds were available thanks to gifts to the Peace & Global Witness Offering, which most congregations are receiving today. 

Immediate Church Family*:
Doris Baugh; Inez Geoghegan; Betty Lancaster; Dudley Payton; Mary Perry; Deanna Lewis Sklar; Brad Smith.

Extended Church Family*:
Brandon Behrmann (Carol’s nephew); Ron Brelsford (Rosemary John’s brother-in-law); Kathy Burke (friend of the Pfeifers); 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); family of Denny Hill (Mike and Connie Leonard’s brother-in-law); Jonathan Kellebrew and family (the Pfeifer’s daughter’s nephew); family of Rosemary Maloy; the Miller twins in NICU in Nashville (friends of Brad Smith); Aleta Pickholtz; Earl Rabe (friend of Rick Gurtner); 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.

October 1 -7: Preston Lancaster (5)

October 7 – Chacko and Rosemary John

Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

This week at HPC:
Monday, October 2
CPM meeting - Rev. Janie is out of the office
12:00 p.m. AA

Tuesday,October 3:
10:30 a.m. Bible Study
12:00 p.m. AA
7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, October 4:
12:00 p.m. AA
5:30 p.m. HPC Choir
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, October 5:
12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, October 6:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, October 7:
WW Quilters Sewing Day
Yard Crew – John Dye & Mike Groves

Sunday, October 8:
9:30 a.m. Worship
10:30 a.m. Flu Shots
11:00 a.m. Session Meeting
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  • Lagniappe Ladies will meet Tuesday, October 3, 6:00 p.m. for dinner at BRQ Barbecue and Seafood, 10423 Jefferson Hwy. Please sign-up, so we’ll know whom to expect.

  • Flu Shots – October 8. This is your chance to have your flu shot delivered directly to you by a certified Walgreens’ Pharmacist. Shots will be given immediately following worship in the Children’s Sunday School Classroom. Please bring your insurance cards. Contact John Dye for more information.

  • Third Sunday Lunch – October 15. In celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, we will have a German inspired meal. Please check the sign-up sheet for sides needed.

  • Sermon next week (Oct. 8): “A Healthy Respect” based on Psalm 19 and Exodus 20.

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 – 1:30 pm and
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 •