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Thought for the Week:

“A successful person is one who can
 lay a firm foundation with the bricks
others have thrown at them.”

David Brinkley

 In worship this week:
October 14

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Pianist: Bingyu Peng

Liturgist: Taylor Thompson

Usher: Anne McKnight

Hospitality: Anne McKnight

Flowers this Sunday
are presented by Brad Smith
to the glory of God and for Janie,
the light of my life and the rock of my family. Happy Birthday!

Focus on HPC:     
The Shepherd's Market of St. John's UMC

Although we don’t have a pantry of food at Highland, we can and do support the mission of feeding the hungry. This is done in partnership with our neighbor church, St. John’s United Methodist, and their Shepherd’s Market, an affiliate of The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. The Shepherd’s Market is a client-choice food pantry serving the hungry and needy in south Baton Rouge (zip codes 70808, 70809, 70810 and 70820.) The pantry is open every Monday from 3:00 - 6:00 pm and every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 - 11:00 am. It has been operating for six years. In that time they have opened more than 2,700 files, each representing a different family. The Shepherd’s Market serves 380 families per month (approximately 35 families per day for the 3 days a week they are open) and distributes 23,000 pounds of food per month.

What can you do to help? It is easy. Bring donations of non-perishable food and place them in the grocery basket located in the fellowship area. Your donations will be collected and brought to St. John’s. Currently their “high demand” items are: cereal, dry beans, canned fruit, pasta sauce, soup, rice, peanut butter, jelly, flour, sugar, salt, canned milk, oatmeal, crackers, canned beans, canned meat, grits, Poptarts, pasta, juice, muffin mixes, ketchup, mayo, mustard, and mac & cheese. You might not know that our garden and citrus grove regularly provide fresh produce to the Shepherd’s Market. Volunteers are always needed, especially during harvest time. Please see John Dye if this is a way you would like to help. 

And did you know that the Shepherd’s Market is involved in a research project with LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center concerning the health effects of food insecurity? For more information see  

This week in PCUSA Mission:            
World Food Day, October 16

World Food Day — celebrated on Oct. 16 every year — commemorates the founding in 1945 of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO was created to respond to famines and hunger in a world of God’s abundance. Despite the abundance of land, water, nutrients and sunlight on this precious planet, even in the 21st century, hundreds of millions of people go hungry.

Each year, Presbyterian congregations join with partners around the country to lift up World Food Day during the Food Week of Action. The Food Week starts the Sunday before World Food Day and ends on the Sunday after it. This week also includes the International Day for Rural Women (Oct. 15) and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (Oct. 17).

During the Food Week of Action, we commit to action. We commit to spend our dollars on food that is produced and brought to us in ways that promote a sustainable and just food system. Beyond examining our food choices, we also recognize that racism continues to taint many aspects of the food chain. Our food system was founded on plantation agriculture and slavery, and our approach exploits people and despoils God’s creation. Poverty wages are the diet of those who plant, harvest and serve us our food, and a disproportionate number of those workers are people of color.

The actions for 2018 focus on how we can move toward sustainability and justice for those who have been hurt in the past and those currently suffering. The more than 50 co-sponsors of the Food Week of Action agreed that claiming rights, fair compensation and food sovereignty are priorities as we move in this direction. Find more information on Food Week and World Food Day at .
Immediate Church Family*:
Betty Bagent; Doris Baugh; Inez Geoghegan; Betty Lancaster; Preston Lancaster; 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); Carol 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.

October 14-20:  Janie McElwee-Smith (20)

October 29 – Hans and Rosmarie Dunner
Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

This week at HPC:
Monday, October 15:
12:00 p.m. AA
Tuesday, October 16:
10:30 a.m. Tuesday Morning Class
12:00 p.m. AA
7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, October 17:  
12:00 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, October 18:       
12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, October 19:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, October 20:
Yard Crew – Jack Bagent & Bill Pfeifer

Sunday, October 21: 
9:30 a.m. Worship
10:30 a.m. Flu Shots
11:00 a.m. Third Sunday Lunch
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  • Flu shots/Third Sunday Lunch – Sunday, October 21.  This is the time to take advantage and get your flu shot from a registered Walgreens pharmacist. Please bring your medical insurance card so that this shot may be billed correctly, usually at no charge. Lunch’s entree will be a spooky good pork loin with lots of treats. Check the bulletin board for other items to bring and contribute to the lunch.

  • Connectional Denomination. One of the marks of Presbyterianism is that we are a “connectional” church — that is, our congregations are connected through presbyteries that are connected to synods and to our General Assembly. In an effort to improve these connections, Moderator of the Presbytery of South La Chip Chiphe will be having informal table conversations with those attending our October Third Sunday Lunch.

  • Your help is needed! The fourth-quarter list for ushers, hospitality, and liturgists is posted. Please sign up for an opportunity to offer much needed help in the life of our church.
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

Rev. Janie will be out of the office
for vacation and continuing education October 15 - 21

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 •