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Thought for the Week:

“ A true and worthy ideal frees and uplifts a people;
a false ideal imprisons and lowers.”

W.E.B. DuBois

 In worship this week:
September 2, 2018

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Guest Preacher: Rev. Robin McCullough-Bade

Pianist: Bingyu Peng

Liturgist: Brandon Lithgoe

Ushers: Jack and Betty Bagent

Hospitality: John and Louise Dye

Communion Servers: Mike and Connie Leonard
Flowers this Sunday
are presented to the glory of God
by Bill and Barb Pfeifer.
Focus on HPC:     
35 th Anniversary Celebration
  Sunday, September 23, 2018

9:30 am Celebratory Worship Service
with special Music and Reaffirmation
11:00 am Reception in the Great Hall
(in place of our Third Sunday Lunch for September)

4:00 pm “Gather Us In”
A Concert of Music & Scripture
Featuring music from
the Highland Presbyterian Church Choir,
Acoustic Oxygen, Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles from LSU.

How can you help?

  • All events are open to the Community.  Please invite your friends!

  • If you would like to help provide food for the Reception following worship or light refreshments following the concert, please indicate what you would like to bring on the sign-up sheets located on the bulletin board.

This week in PCUSA Mission:            
All Can Benefit from One-Room Worship
Sue Washburn,
Pastor, Reunion Presbyterian Church

Growing up, one of my favorite shows was  Little House on the Prairie . The characters were old and young, likable and unlikable. Even though some (like the Olesons!) were petty and others made mistakes, they were always there for each other when it counted.  Little House  had story lines for both kids and adults on the show.

By contrast, today’s media programming is narrowly targeted. There are shows for preschoolers with fish and animals as characters. There are shows for elementary-age kids with teenagers as the heroes and adults as the fools. There’s Netflix and Hulu and iTunes for young adults to stream. And, of course, there are cable and network stations for generations of people who still use a TV set.

Gone are the days of a family gathering to watch the same screen and, with some exceptions, to watch shows that are intended for multiple generations. Today, dad and daughter can sit side by side while he watches a cooking show and she streams an animated movie — both wearing headphones.

Many churches have followed suit in their approach to worship. There’s children’s church with separate activities so the adults can actually listen to the sermon while their kids are off crafting and gaming in Jesus’ name. There are edgy services with “talks” instead of sermons, as well as traditional Sunday morning gatherings with robes and organs. Differentiation can be a good thing as we seek to reach new generations. But such targeting is beyond the reach of many small churches.

As I begin to plan for the “back-to-church” season, I’m remembering  Little House on the Prairie’s  one-room schoolhouse. Small churches are like that schoolhouse, bringing together people from all ages and backgrounds for one hour per week — farmhands, babies, grocery store owners, teenagers, retired professors, toddlers and the mayor can all show up.

Immediate Church Family*:
Betty Bagent; Doris Baugh; Inez Geoghegan; Betty Lancaster; Preston Lancaster; Mary Perry; Bill Pfeifer; 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); Wayne Cline (Sherry Hutchinson’s brother); Steve Dull (husband of Lynn Nichols Dull); Dan Durway (former Pastor of Highland); Eva Fuller (Inez Geoghegan’s niece); Julius Fuller (Inez Geoghegan’s brother); Carol Harrison (Rob Stewart’s Mother); Claudia Hill (Connie Leonard’s sister); Aleta Pickholtz; Earl Rabe (friend of Rick Gurtner); Philip 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.

September 2 - 8:  Eric Kleinpeter (6), Sherry
 Hutchinson (8)

September 5:  Bob and Connie Buck
Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

This week at HPC:
Monday, September 3: Labor Day holiday
(office closed) 
12:00 p.m. AA
Tuesday, September 4:
10:30 a.m. Tuesday Morning Class
12:00 p.m. AA
7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, September 5:  
12:00 p.m. AA
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, September 6:       
7:00 a.m. IFedGBR Prayer Breakfast
12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, September 7:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, September 8:
Yard Crew – Jack Bagent and Bill Pfeifer

Sunday, September 9: 
9:30 a.m. Worship
11:00 a.m. Session Meeting
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  • Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Prayer Breakfast, Thursday, September 6, 7:00 am. For Tickets please see Rev. Janie or Rosemary John.

  • Feliciana Retreat Center Work Day, September 7-8. Painting, cleaning, raking, oh my! All are welcome to bring their skills (whatever they may be) and enthusiasm. Contact Jack Bagent for more information.

  • 35th Anniversary T-Shirts Today is the final day to order. Please see Louise Dye to place your order and confirm your size.

  • Youth Sunday, September 16. We will celebrate all the exciting things that the Youth have been doing this year with a Youth-led worship service.

  • Flu Shots – For those who have asked, we will be offering flu shots again, tentatively scheduled for our Third Sunday Lunch in October (October 21).
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

This week office hours for Rev. Janie Thurs. 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
by appointment Tues. – 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 •