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Thought for the Week:

"Family means no one is left behind
or forgotten."

Dean DeBlois

In worship this week:
September 24, 2017

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Guest Pastor: Rev. Melanie A. Smith

Music Director: Aubrey Nelson

Pianist: Bingyu Peng

Ushers: Mike and Tillie Groves

Flowers for Sunday are presented
to the glory of God and in memory of
Jane E. McElwee, Claude W. McElwee, Jr.,
Robert Frederic Nast, and all of our family
already in the church triumphant
by Brad Smith and Janie McElwee-Smith. 

Focus on HPC:       
Baptism: Sign and Seal of God’s Faithfulness
                    Book of Order, Presbyterian Church USA

"God’s faithfulness signified in Baptism is constant and sure, even when human faithfulness to God is not. Baptism is received only once. The efficacy of Baptism is not tied to the moment when it is administered, for Baptism signifies the beginning of life in Christ, not its completion. God’s grace works steadily, calling to repen-tance and newness of life. God’s faithfulness needs no renewal. Human faithfulness to God needs repeated renewal. Baptism calls for decision at every subsequent stage of life’s way, both for those whose Baptism attends their profession of faith and for those who are nurtured from childhood within the family of faith."

This week in PCUSA Mission:                
Evangelism Sunday
Ray Jones, Associate Director for Evangelism

As I speak with church leaders, I notice that there is frustration and anxiety around the rapid change in our culture. Since some people are no longer showing up in our churches, I hear the need expressed for evangelism training. Even though I believe training is important, I don’t believe evangelism training will solve the problems the church faces in the winds of change.

What we need is discipleship training. Just as churches start new churches, disciples make new disciples. What if the training we received was how to be more intentional with the corporate and personal practices that take us deeper in our love of God and one another? Disciples know we have good news to share and understand the call to justice. We cannot be trained to share what is not already good news inside of us. Think about it: Do we need training to share the beauty and glory of the sun setting over the ocean?

Our hope is that we will move into the community with love this Evangelism Sunday. Notice what God is already doing in the lives of the people around us. Clean up the park next door. Share a meal with homeless men and women in our community. Invite our neighbors over for lunch or dinner. Be kind to a stranger. Be open to the conversations that happen because we are being the church in our community. And when prompted, we share how we are a little more courageous, hopeful or forgiving because of this journey in Christ.
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.

September 24-30: Mary Etta Brown (24), Elias
John (24),  Ann Cutter(27)

Detail of the Prague Astronomical Clock in thePrague Old Town

This week at HPC:
Monday, September 25
12:00 p.m. AA

Tuesday, September 26:
9:30 a.m. WW Quilters
10:30 a.m. Bible Study
12:00 p.m. AA
7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, September 27:
12:00 p.m. AA
5:30 p.m. HPC Choir
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, September 28:
12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, September 29:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, September 30:
Yard Crew – Jack Bagent & Bob Buck

Sunday, October 1:
9:30 a.m. Worship - World Communion Sunday/
Peace and Global Witness Offering
10:30 a.m. Congregational Meeting
11:00 a.m. Sunday Study
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  • There will be a Special Meeting of the Congregation on October 1. The purpose of the meeting is to receive the report of the 2017 Nominating Committee and elect 2 Ruling Elders for the Class of 2020 and 3 members of the Congregation to serve on the 2018 Nominating Committee.

  • World Communion Sunday and Peace & Global Witness Offering – October 1. Gifts to the Peace & Global Witness Offering will proclaim the peace of Christ through peace-building ministries of accompaniment, advocacy, and education.

  • Sunday Study will begin a new study, “Clash of Kingdoms,” October 1. Discover how Paul delivered the Good News of Christ to Philippi, a Roman colony who worshiped false gods. Contact John Dye for more information.

  • 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. Contact John Dye for more information

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 on Study Leave, September 25 - 29
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 •