January 16, 2018
Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church
Dear Hodges Church friends,
We have certainly started the year off with a bang! First,
we celebrated Epiphany, then Baptism of the Lord, then we ordained and
installed our new elders and deacons. We have also announced a
congregational meeting for THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, AT 10:00 A.M. IN THE
SANCTUARY for the election of our Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC),
which is likely one of most important actions you will take this whole
year. YAY! How exciting! The people who are being presented on the slate
for election are active and devoted men and women of the Hodges Boulevard
Presbyterian Church and a very good representation of the congregation.
The Nominating Committee, who worked long and hard - and PRAYERFULLY - on
this slate, believes they are up to the task and will serve faithfully
and well in this capacity. Please be sure and be present for this seminal
moment in the life of your church. The names and biographical sketches of
those who are being nominated are below.
In the meantime, your new elders and deacons have been
trained and examined by the session and have been assigned to their
respective committees. In fact, they are already working! They are taking
seriously God's call on their lives, also living into the scriptural call
to exercise the gifts they've been given. I am thrilled to have the
opportunity to serve alongside them as we enter this new year and all the
possibilities before us.
Each week, you are asked to pray for the people named on the
prayer cards that are turned in during worship, as well as all those who
are listed in our bulletin. I would like to ask that you also add the
women and men serving on the session and diaconate, AND the women and men
who will be elected to the PNC. Prayer is the single most powerful thing
we can do, and in a year that will be filled with so many important
events, it is of paramount importance to engage in regular, fervent
prayer in order to make sure we stay on the right path, following God's
will and way for this congregation. Prayer is not only powerful, prayer
is effective! I highly recommend it. :)
as we charge full steam ahead in 2018 ...
not worry about anything,
in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
your requests be made known to God." (Philippians 4:6)
this is the boldness we have in him,
if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us." (1 John
And all God's children say - AMEN!!!
Congregational Meeting January 21 at 10:00 a.m.
Congregational Meeting Sunday, January 21, 10:00 a.m. in the
sanctuary for the purpose of electing the Pastor Nominating Committee
which will identify our next installed pastor. As part of the
search process, most churches conduct what is called a "mission
study." Basically, what that does is identify who and what a
church is at any given point in its history. These studies are
conducted at various times in the life of a congregation, not all of
which coincide with a pastoral search. For instance, there might be
one in order to assess whether or not a church is ready/able to engage in
a capital campaign. These studies are also conducted in a variety
of ways, the most common of which is like a town hall.
Unfortunately, in my experience, these are not particularly effective
because not everyone is able to attend or participate. Therefore,
what we have planned, and what I have found to be wildly successful, are
focus group meetings. These are meetings with a set number of
people, where a set number of questions will be asked that will provide
information for the PNC in the pastoral search. As soon as the PNC
gets trained, these meetings will be scheduled on different days and
times so every member will have an opportunity to attend. When the
meetings are announced, please make sure you get signed up!!! This
is a wonderful chance to participate in the search for your next pastor
and you don't want to miss it!!
I am originally from Kentucky and
grew up in The United Church of Christ. After graduating from a
Presbyterian college and marrying Chuck, we joined a Presbyterian Church
in Laurel Maryland. We have been members of two other PCUSA church before
coming to Hodges at its beginning stage. It has been an exciting
adventure working with outreach, children and nearly all the mission
teams during the last 25 years. Serving as a deacon and elder has been a
pleasure, and if elected, I look forward to helping our church in our
search for a new pastor and a soaring future.
Bruce and Tina Neu started
attending HBPC after moving to Jacksonville in the Fall of 2015. They
have been married for 14 years and are parents to daughters Liza, who
lives in Houston and Kady, a veterinary school student. Bruce has
been a Presbyterian almost his entire life, with the exception of being
baptized German Lutheran. He became one of the youngest ordained Elders
in his Presbytery at the age of 21 and served his family church on the
Session, Board of Trustees, and as a junior high youth group leader. He
also served Trinity Presbyterian Church in Pensacola on the Session and
as chair of the Personnel Committee. Bruce currently is on the HBPC
Committee working on the church's emergency preparedness and safety.
Chris has been a member of Hodges
Blvd. Presbyterian Church since 2008. She is a retired educator. Her last
position was the Principal of Stillwell Middle School. During her career
she found it rewarding to influence the lives of young people and assist
parents in the development of their children. Chris attends Sunday
morning bible study and Wednesday night activities. She has assisted in
worship as an usher, greeter and serving communion. Chris was ordained as
a Deacon in 2012. Two mission trips have been very rewarding in Chris'
walk of faith, and she believes that God has blessed her in so many ways.
Since she has been retired her heart leads her to give of her time and
I have been a member since 1997.
I have learned so much here. I first got involved with PW (Presbyterian
women) when Fran Meza came to me and said "God told her that I would
make a good Vice Moderator of PW." I said that I had not been
involved but I accepted and that was my start. I am involved in a small
group, which is one of the best activities I have been in. I have
previously served as an Elder in charge of Fellowship. I have enjoyed
three pastors and three Interim pastors and look forward to finding a new
pastor if I am elected to serve on the PNC.
Though I was born here, in
Jacksonville, FL, I spent the first eleven years of my life living in
Keystone Heights, FL. There, I was home schooled alongside my three
sisters, Kelsey, Rebekah, and Karin. Now, my family and I are actually
living here, in Jacksonville. Currently, I am a student at the University
of North Florida (UNF), and am working three jobs to allow myself to
continue my education there. Also, I have been attending Hodges Blvd
Presbyterian Church for four years now, and hope to stay here for a long
time to come.
I was born in Shelbyville,
Indiana, where my family belonged to the First Baptist Church of
Shelbyville. We then moved to Columbus Indiana, and I attended Indiana
State University. I moved to Maryland where I lived for 26 years,
attending and serving the First Presbyterian Church of Westminster. I
moved to Jacksonville back in 2013 and started working for UNF as the
Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator. I have 2 sons Kevin (26) and
Dustin (24) and they still live in Maryland. I am married to my beautiful
wife Roschelle McVey (Philippines). We were happily married in HBPC by
Pastor David February 28th 2015. I have served one year of a three-year
term as a deacon and I am also a member of the HBPC Emergency Planning Committee.
I have been a member of the awesome Bibles and Bagels Mens group and at
times honored to play music with the Praise and Worship band at the early
service. I am honored and blessed to be nominated to the HBPC PNC. If
elected, I look forward to serving God and the beautiful and loving
family of Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church.
I joined Hodges Boulevard
Presbyterian Church in June 2014 after moving here with my family
from Arlington, Texas. I currently serve on the Board of Deacons and
took on the role of Secretary in January 2017. Wezi has a very profound
analytical skill set and possesses a high degree of integrity. She is
currently working as an Operations Analyst at Merrill Lynch and is about
to complete her Six Sigma Green Belt Certification in Project
Management. Born in Malawi and raised in Zimbabwe, Wezi moved to
Texas in August 2004 to pursue her post high school education. She
graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Management at the University of
Texas at Arlington, and attained her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts at
Northlake College in Irving, Texas. Wezi is married to Thomas Blunt
and together they share two sons: Dante and Gabe who are such a joy to
Menu: Soup and Salad
Dr. Dianah Bradshaw - Gracious, Dignified
Dr. Bradshaw is going to tackle this often avoided
topic. Through personal experience and medical knowledge, she is
going to lead two workshops that will benefit not only caregivers,
but all of us....one day. Death is a natural part of the
rhythm of life. Even though as Christians we have hope in eternal
life, preparation for the reality of our last season of our life will
be immensely helpful.
MISSION - Powerpoint/Music/Stories about Nicaragua -
Wednesday Worship - What's
Love Got to Do with It?
Wednesday Worship Service following dinner
2/21 & 2/28
Meditation with Pat Meredith - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
Circle 12:00 p.m.
Bibles & Bagels 7:00 a.m.
Women's Bible Study 9:15 a.m.
BEACH NITE Dinner 5:30 p.m.
Traditions Choir 6:00 p.m.
NITE Programming 6:30 p.m.
Ministry Team 7:00 p.m.
Preparedness Committee 7:00 p.m.
Scout Pinewood Derby Cutting #2 9:00 a.m.
Worship 9:00 & 11:00 a.m.
Congregational Meeting 10:00 a.m.
Hour 10:00 a.m.
Scout Recognition 11:00 a.m.
Activities 6:30 p.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
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Facebook: Hodges Presbyterian Church
Device Loan Program
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 Deacons at:
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 email@example.com
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.
Dr. Cynthia M. Benz
It is time again for the Preschool Registration
open to HBPC. If you have a child or a grandchild that you would
like to register for the fall of 2018, there is a discount for children
of members or grandchildren of members. Contact Hope Henry,
Preschool Director, at 254-7304.
Bibles & Bagels
Men's Bible Study
The Book of Acts
Women's Bible Study
Children's 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 Serve
Mid-Hi & Sr-Hi
10:00 in Youth Room
Mid-Hi Youth Group
10:00 Cry Room
Sr-Hi Youth Group
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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