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. :)


So, as we charge full steam ahead in 2018 ...

"Do not worry about anything,

but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving

let your requests be made known to God." (Philippians 4:6)


"And this is the boldness we have in him,

that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us." (1 John 5:14)


And all God's children say - AMEN!!!


Grace and peace,



Called Congregational Meeting January 21 at 10:00 a.m.


Called 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!!



Pastor Nominating Committee Nominees 


Alice Harper

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 Neu

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.


Christine Gesdorf

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 talents.


Maryellen Beiletti

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.


Ryan Gulick

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.


Tod McVey

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.


Wezi Blunt

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 her life.  


 B.E.A.C.H. Nite Dinners


January 17

Menu:  Soup and Salad Bar, Dessert


January - February

Happy 2018!


1/17 & 1/24  

Dr. Dianah Bradshaw - Gracious, Dignified Endings 

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.



         HBPC MISSION - Powerpoint/Music/Stories about Nicaragua -

Future Mission Trip



         Wednesday Worship - What's Love Got to Do with It?



         Ash Wednesday Worship Service following dinner


2/21 & 2/28

Meditation with Pat Meredith - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND





01/16      Afternoon Circle 12:00 p.m.

               Evening Circle 7:00 p.m.

01/17      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.

     BEACH NITE Programming 6:30 p.m.

01/18      Worship Ministry Team 7:00 p.m.

               Disaster Preparedness Committee 7:00 p.m.

01/20      Scout Pinewood Derby Cutting #2 9:00 a.m.

01/21      Worship 9:00 & 11:00 a.m.

               Congregational Meeting 10:00 a.m.

               Education Hour 10:00 a.m.

               Eagle Scout Recognition 11:00 a.m.

01/22      Scouting Activities 6:30 p.m.


Miscellaneous Information

  • 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  



 Medical 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.



Deacon Information

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  deacons@hbpcusa.org


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.



January 21


"There is refuge.

There is hope." 


Psalm 62:5-12

Mark 1:14-20


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.




Wednesday Mornings


Bibles & Bagels

Men's Bible Study

7:00 am

Fellowship Hall


The Book of Acts


Women's Bible Study

9:15 am

Fellowship Hall





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

PreK-2nd Graders in Rm 2

3rd-5th Graders in Rm 3



  Mid-Hi & Sr-Hi

Youth Happenings



Sunday Morning

10:00 in Youth Room


Mid-Hi Youth Group 

Sunday Morning




Sunday Morning

10:00 Cry Room


Sunday Night

Sr-Hi Youth Group





paper recyclingThe Paper Recycling Bin is in the corner of our  parking lot.


The following items 

may be

placed in the bin:  

Newspapers, Magazines

Catalogs, Fax paper

School and Office paper

Notebooks, Folders, Mail



(Please do NOT place bags of shredded paper into the recycling bin!)



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Hodges Blvd Presbyterian Church!

4140 Hodges Blvd.,

Jacksonville, FL  32224
 phone:  904-223-6922  

fax:  904 337-4341 

email:  hodges@hbpcusa.org