Boulevard Presbyterian Church
Sisters and brothers in Christ,
No doubt, we
are still reeling from the shooting last week in Parkland, FL. When so
many are broken and suffering, it is difficult for us to move on. The
fact of the matter is, though, this is not normal, this should not be
happening, and we should not be able to move on so quickly or easily ...
and in all this, there are things we need to do. We need to continue to
pray, as it is the MOST powerful thing we can do, and we need to
proactively live into the reality of our call as Christians to be the
hands and heart of Christ to those in need in this dark world. As you do
all these things, today I will share with you a prayer that came out from
PDA (Presbyterian Disaster Assistance) last week:
A PRAYER OF
CONFESSION IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE MASS SHOOTING
STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL, PARKLAND, FLORIDA
Oh God, who hears the cries of your children, this [week] after Ash
Wednesday we remember that we are dust, and unto dust we shall return.
But not this way, Holy One, not now. It is far too soon to watch
even one more child go down to the dust, let alone so many. These your
children, their lives ended by another unspeakable act of violence,
deserved our care, our protection, our joyful witness as we watched them
grow into the fullness of adulthood. But we have failed. We have not kept
our schools safe and our children free from terror.
Oh Christ who said, let the children come to me and do not hinder them,
comfort these lost and wounded ones, shelter them and their grieving
families under the shadow of your wings. Help us to find the way to free
our children from fear that hinders their ability to grow, to thrive.
Walk alongside families and friends who now enter the valley of the
shadow of death.
Oh God, hear our prayers. We are wandering in a wilderness of relentless
violence, we are lost. Our mouths are filled with dust as we taste the
bitterness of rage and the first fruits of grief. Our hearts are broken
at the loss of these young lives and the shattering of so many families,
and like our forebears, we would cover our heads with dust and rend our
garments to show the depth of our sorrow and pain.
Crucified and Human One, who walked through the valley of the shadow of
death for our sake, help us. Walk with us through the dark valley. In
this Lenten season, give us the courage to face our brokenness and lack
of will to make peace in our communities, our cities, our schools. Give
us the wisdom to open our eyes and speak truth to power. Show us a
way out of this wilderness. Give us strength to make our Lenten
discipline one of remembrance, repentance, and action on behalf of those
whose lives are being shattered every day. Let this be our fast.
In the name of the Suffering Servant, Jesus, we pray. Amen.
The Reverend Dr. Laurie A. Kraus
Director, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
In closing, I
leave with you these words of our Lord, Jesus ...
tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members
of my family, you did it to me." (Matthew 25:40)
Have you ever thought about becoming a member at
Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church?
On Sunday, March 4, our pastor, Dr. Benz, and
members of our Evangelism Mission Team will host an informal
gathering at 10:15 a.m. and at 12:15 p.m. (after each worship
service) over on the left side of the sanctuary overlooking our pond.
We are calling it "Visitors' Welcome."
This is a casual time to get to know the pastor
and a few of our church members, enjoy refreshments, and ask any
questions you may have about the Hodges Boulevard Church or how to
become a member ... no pressure! All are welcome and child care is
If you have felt welcomed as you have visited
with us, if you are curious about our church, if you have a little
tug on your heart to learn more, please join us at our Visitors'
Welcome. You'll be glad you did!
I look forward to being
with you then!
Dr. Cynthia M. Benz
Menu: Stuffed Chicken Breast, Peas, Salad,
Please phone in
reservations before the end of Tuesday
prior to the dinner.
Meditation with Pat Meredith - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
Sacred Sharing--Dr. Cynthia M. Benz
Meditative Zentangle--Evelyn Lopez
Space & Productivity--Ergonomics--Tod McVey
No dinner or program
Maundy Thursday Service 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Up Your Corner:
about Race in Your Community
at 10:00 a.m. in the
we be a part of the solution?
The Preschool is seeking a part-time financial
secretary. Flexible school calendar schedule 5 hours a week.
Qualifications: Knowledge of general
bookkeeping procedures; Expertise with Quick Books Pro software
Duties: Reconcile monthly
bank statements; Assist in annual budget process; Pay bills and
record payments; Prepare monthly, quarterly and year-end financial
statements; Attend Preschool board meetings
Please contact Hope Henry at the Preschool
Check the table in the
Narthex for registration details. We are planning to assemble
20,000 packets of rice & beans and macaroni and cheese this year
which would provide food to approximately 12,000 people. We will
provide most of the packets to support our neighborhood schools' Back
Packing Event Saturday,
March 3, 10:00-noon
Do you have a Smart
Phone? Would you like to have instant connection to our
Membership Directory? This "smart" directory allows you to
view a member's picture, home address, email address and phone
numbers; "click" to send a message, an email, and even
click address to get a map!
Our Deacon moderator Mark Johnson requested each
deacon download this App, and now he wants every member who has the
app to update it with a picture to assist deacons in member
Each member can update our member database by
changing addresses, phone numbers and adding his/her picture. A
change request is submitted and reviewed by our office professional
who accepts the change to our system.
Here are the easy steps: (1) Download the app
Church Life from your App Store on your phone, (2) Email our
administrator Margaret Fulton email@example.com who will give
you a password. Once you login the first time with your
email and your password, the app saves it, so you don't have to
bother again. The App uses the church database powered by ACS
Technologies, the number one leader in church software. There are
different security levels, and member logins use only the basic
information that you see in our printed directory.
Chapel 9:15 a.m.
Afternoon Circle 12:00 p.m.
Bibles & Bagels 7:00 a.m.
Preschool Chapel 9:15 a.m.
Women's Bible Study 9:15 a.m.
And The Story Continues 4:30 p.m.
BEACH NITE Dinner 5:30 p.m.
BEACH Nite Programming 6:30 p.m.
Traditions Choir 6:30 p.m.
Derby Setup 3:30 p.m.
Session Meeting 7:00 p.m..
Derby Check-in 6:30 p.m.
Scout Pinewood Derby 10:00 a.m.
Trip to the Zoo 10:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Hour 10:00 a.m.
- Need a table in the narthex on
Sunday morning to promote a project or cause? Please
coordinate with the office for a table.
- You can listen to sermons online on
our website: www.hbpcusa.org
- Our latest newsletter (Church Key) www.hbpcusa.org
is available on our website
- Like us on
Facebook: Hodges Presbyterian Church
Genesis 17:1-7, 15, 16
Dr. Cynthia M. Benz
Calling All Seniors
For a social media
Thursday, March 15
Bring a brown bag lunch
Learn about identity theft, privacy settings, popular
apps and staying safe online.
Ask Debbie Abbott
See you there!
reminder that a deposit of $100 to HBPC is needed by March 1
to secure your reservation on the 2018 Mission Trip to Nicaragua with El
Porvenir on September 15-23, 2018. Please mail to
HBPC or place your check in the offering plate with the notation
"Nicaragua Mission Trip." If questions, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 992-8711.
"Conversations With God"
February 28-April 4
Sunday Morning Ministry
9:00 & 11:00
following Time for Children
Little Lambs: Toddlers
through Kindergarten in Nursery & Rm 1
Faith Trek: 1st-5th
Grades in Fellowship Hall
10:00-10:50 -- Learn and
Mid-Hi & Sr-Hi
10:00 in Youth Room
Mid-Hi Youth Group
10:00 Cry Room
Sr-Hi Youth Group
Medical Device Loan
The Board of Deacons has a
medical device loan coordination program. Anyone in the Hodges
Church family who has a need in borrow a medical device can contact the
Do you have a device to loan? Let the
Deacons know and they'll share the detals.
The Board of Deacons has a
dedicated e-mail address. if you would like to contact the board,
or any member of the board, please e-mail your comment(s), concern(s),
or any type of information you wish to send, to:
All e-mail is automatically
forwarded upon receipt to the moderator for appropriate action.
Do not hesitate to contact
any deacon, or send an e-mail to the above address if you feel the
board can help meet a need.
The stated monthly meeting for the Board of
Deacons is the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm.
The Paper Recycling Bin is in
the corner of our parking lot.
The following items
placed in the bin:
Catalogs, Fax paper
School and Office paper
Notebooks, Folders, Mail
NO CARDBOARD BOXES
**NO SHREDDED PAPER---NO LONGER
(Please do NOT place
bags of shredded paper into the recycling bin!)
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