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Thought for the Week:

“You are imperfect,
you are wired for struggle,
but you are worthy
of love and belonging.”

                                              Brené Brown


In worship this week:
September 3, 2017

Pastor: Rev. Janie McElwee-Smith

Guest Preacher: Rev. Judy Roeling

Guest Pianist: Ping Bingyu

Liturgist: Dave Adams

Ushers: Mike and Connie Leonard

Hospitality: Mike and Connie Leonard

Communion Servers: Dave and Peggy Adams
Flowers this morning are presented
to the glory of God
by Mike and Connie Leonard.

Focus on HPC:       
A report of the effects of Hurricane Harvey on the Presbytery of South La. from the Rev. Dr. Ron Sutto, General Presbyter

Lake Charles area has had some flooding. At this time there may be some damage at St Andrew and Westminster in Sulphur. The damage is not extensive. As time goes by, there will be further evaluations and cost estimates. I have asked Christina Drake, Disaster Coordinator for PSL to work with the churches in coordinating grant requests from PDA. 

Several of the churches in the West, have begun to assemble hygiene kits to distribute to the Lake Charles Convention Center which is housing evacuees from Texas.

As to our neighboring Presbyteries, New Covenant and Mission. I have been in daily conversation with officials from those presbyteries concerning their needs. I have offered the resources of PSL as they may need them. Christiana is ready to travel if requested.

For all persons who want to help in the recovery, donations may be made to New Covenant, or Mission Presbytery directly, or to PDA (Presbyterian Disaster Assistance). 

This week in PCUSA Mission:                
How are rights and love different?
by N. Graham Standish, Senior Pastor,
Calvin Presbyterian Church, Zelienople, Pennsylvania

The Declaration of Independence says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” This statement is remarkable because prior to the Declaration, the only people deemed to have inalienable rights were emperors, kings and nobility. All others were at their beck and call.
    The conundrum for many Christians is that it is easy for us to confuse the Declaration’s “rights” and the Constitution’s “laws” with God’s “call.” We have a tendency, much as ancient rulers did, to turn God into a national deity who cares mostly about helping us to pursue what we want, while ignoring the pursuit of what God really wants. We have inalienable rights, but God calls us to inalienable love.
    Love is different from rights. Rights declare the freedoms we are given to live. Love declares the life we are called to live. Rights are basic. Love is transcendent. Rights are individual. Love is communal. Rights are fought over. Love is blessed over. Rights can divide us. Love unites us. Rights can lead people to aggressively declare, “Don’t Tread on Me!” Love leads people to humbly ask, “How can I lift you up?”

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); Lettie Capers (friend of the Leonards); Austin Casey (Jack and Betty Bagents’ grandson); Wayne Cline (Sherry Hutchinson’s brother); Eva Fuller (Inez Geoghegan’s niece); Jonathan Kellebrew (the Pfeifers’ daughter’s nephew); Aleta Pickholtz; Earl Rabe (friend of Rick Gurtner); Neomi Robinson (Mary Perry’s helper); 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 3 - 9:  Bill Lambert (5), Eric
Kleinpeter (6), Maira Braga Cabral (7), Sherry
Hutchingson (8)

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

This week at HPC:
Monday, September 4 : Labor Day holiday
(office closed)
12:00 p.m. AA

Tuesday, September 5:
10:30 a.m. Bible Study
12:00 p.m. AA
7:30 p.m. AA

Wednesday, September 6:
10:00 a.m. PSL Youth Committee (UPC)
12:00 p.m. AA
5:30 p.m. HPC Choir
7:00 p.m. Ladies’ AA

Thursday, September 7:
12:00 p.m. AA
8:00 p.m. Men’s AA

Friday, September 8:
12:00 p.m. AA

Saturday, September 9:
Yard Crew – Jack Bagent & Bob Buck

Sunday, September 10:
9:30 a.m. Worship
11:00 a.m. Session Meeting
7:00 p.m. AA
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Upcoming Opportunities at HPC
  • The Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge will hold its CommUNITY Prayer Breakfast on September 7, 7:00 a.m., at Boudreaux’s on Government St. For tickets or more information contact Rev. Janie.

  • All are invited to attend a Fellowship Supper at University Presbyterian Church, Thursday, September 7, 6:00 p.m. This is an opportunity to meet the Rev. Alison Infante Zamora, pastor of one of the oldest Presbyterian churches in Cuba and the Moderator of Matanzas Presbytery. If you are interested in attending, please contact John Dye.

  • Session will meet Sunday, September 10 following worship for the Stated September Meeting. Rev. Janie would like to meet individually with each Elder prior to this meeting.

  • Lagniappe Ladies will meet Tuesday, September 12, at 6:00 pm at the church for a potluck supperPlease remember to sign the list on the bulletin board in the Fellowship area. A

  • Youth Sunday and Third Sunday Lunch: Sunday, September 17.

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. 10:30am-1pm,
Thurs. 10am-1:30pm
available 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 •