Hodges 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:




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 ...

"Truly I 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)


In Christ's love,



Friends and Visitors!


Have you ever thought about becoming a member at Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church? 


Well, consider this: 


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 available.


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 



 B.E.A.C.H. Nite Dinners


February 20

Menu: Stuffed Chicken Breast, Peas, Salad, Dessert


Please phone in reservations before the end of Tuesday

prior to the dinner.  Thanks.



February 2018


2/21 & 2/28

          Meditation with Pat Meredith - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND


March 2018


3/7   Sacred Sharing--Dr. Cynthia M. Benz

3/14  Meditative Zentangle--Evelyn Lopez

3/21  Your Space & Productivity--Ergonomics--Tod McVey

3/28  No dinner or program

3/29  Maundy Thursday Service 6:30-7:30 p.m.





Holding Up Your Corner:

Talking about Race in Your Community


Sundays at 10:00 a.m. in the

Fellowship Hall


Can we be a part of the solution?



Preschool Seeking

Part-time Financial Secretary

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 904-254-7304



Volunteers Needed


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 Pack programs.


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 recognition.


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 mfulton827@gmail.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.





02/20      Preschool Chapel 9:15 a.m.

               Painting Class 9:30 a.m.

               Staff Meeting 11:30 a.m.

               Afternoon Circle 12:00 p.m.

               Kensington HOA 6:30 p.m.

               Evening Circle 7:00 p.m.

02/21      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.

02/22      Pinewood Derby Setup 3:30 p.m.

               PNC Meeting 6:00 p.m. 

               Stated Session Meeting 7:00 p.m..

02/23      Pinewood Derby Check-in 6:30 p.m.

02/24      Scout Pinewood Derby 10:00 a.m.

               Youth Trip to the Zoo 10:00 a.m.

02/25      Worship 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

               Education Hour 10:00 a.m.

               Youth Meeting 6:00 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  



February 25


Second Sunday

in Lent


"Unbelievable News"


 Genesis 17:1-7, 15, 16

Mark 8:31-38


Dr. Cynthia M. Benz



Calling All Seniors

For a social media

safety class


Thursday, March 15

12:00 p.m.

Bring a brown bag lunch


Fellowship Hall


Learn about identity theft, privacy settings, popular apps and staying safe online.


Ask Debbie Abbott


See you there!



Hola Amigos!!


Just a 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 pellot1@bellsouth.net or call me at 992-8711. 

Adios, Jim Pellot



Wednesday Mornings


Women's Bible Study

9:15 am

Fellowship Hall


"Conversations With God"

February 28-April 4


Bibles & Bagels

Men's Bible Study

7:00 am

Fellowship Hall


The Book of Acts  



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




 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:  



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.




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