The link to our Ministry Information Form (MIF):
Mid-High Cross Mission Trip
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
YOUTH SUNDAY, AUGUST 26!
Our St. Augustine Presbytery is planning the February 2019 Mutual Mission Trip to Cuba. The trip's purpose is to develop a relationship with churches in Matanzas Presbytery, Cuba. This is not meant to be a tourist experience but a series of small group meetings with Cuban pastors and church members.
Dates: February 14 - 21, 2019
Estimated Cost: $1,100 including airfare
Participants: Limited to twelve by selection
Application Deadline: September 30, 2018
For more info contact Diane Watkins at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like an announcement published in the September/October Church Key, please contact the office prior to August 15.
The Presbytery of St. Augustine has called a special meeting at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, August 25, at the St. Giles Presbyterian Church. The purpose of the meeting is to hear from a presbytery task force that has studied the future of Montgomery Presbyterian Center (Camp Montgomery). If you have an interest in this integral mission of our presbytery, please consider attending this meeting. If there is enough interest, we will take the church bus; we will leave the church parking lot at 8:30 a.m.
This is the fourth update from the PNC. And I am so very humbled, proud, and honored to introduce to you once again, the members of your PNC team. Maryellen Beleitti, Wezi Blunt, Ryan Gulick, Alice Harper, Tod McVey (my Co-Chair), Bruce Neu. These family members have been working diligently in perfecting our MIF—Ministry Information Form. Just want to give you some data: To date we have met 25 times, each meeting has been 2 ½ to 3½ hours in length and sometimes more than once a week. Cindy tells us we have completed the MIF in record time. Most PNCs take 2 to 3 weeks to complete one of the five narrative questions that are fairly lengthy and involved. We DID NOT take that long.
We have submitted the MIF to the Session and they have approved it!! We are able to announce that the form has been submitted to our Presbytery and they have approved it. We will need to complete a few steps THEN, we will be ready to pull our first match (this is like Match.com). Our work will be to review the Personal Information Forms (PIF) of the pastors with whom we have been matched, to discern God’s called Minister for our church.
So again we are asking for your fervent prayers.
Thank you for listening and your time!
Begins Wednesday, Sept. 5th 9:15-10:30
The struggle is real. It's just plain hard to find the strength...the stamina...to get through the ups and downs of our daily lives. Sometimes it's enough to make you want to go hide in a cave. Guess what? Elijah has been there, done that. His life was a string of seriously mountain-top high and bottom-of-the-pit low events, and yet he did extraordinary things for God. In Elijah, you'll learn the spiritual stamina secrets that helped this great prophet hold on and persevere in faith, including practical habits related to making decisions, caring for the soul, accepting circumstances, mentoring, and finishing well-Elijah's ultimate legacy. He doubted and struggled just as we do, but he chose to believe God through it all. As you study his life through a combination of study of Scripture with personal reflection, application, and prayer, you will grow in faith and develop spiritual stamina that will help you not only to survive but to thrive in every season.This 6 Week DVD study by Melissa Spoelstra will take us deep into the book of Elijah. Each participant will have a Participant Workbook. Please reserve your copy now. Email (email@example.com) or call Debbie (094-223-6922). As always, childcare is available and all friends are invited.
ONE SERVICE SUNDAY BEGINS JULY 1
10:00 A.M. WORSHIP
goes through September 9
Holy Space and Worship For K-5th Graders
After the Children’s Message, all children kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to the Sunrise Room for a special time of praise, story, prayer, wondering and worship.
The children will leave their shoes at the door and enter a holy space where they can “Be still and know that God is there”. We will begin with our own special liturgy, story and prayer. After this they may go to one of the centers (quietly) to further explore their faith through art, reading, music, and prayer. We will also do teaching on worship, baptism,
and communion. All are welcome.
“The Lord our God we will serve, and His voice we will obey” Joshua 24:24
Only to say, if we want God to hear our prayers, we must surrender our selfishness and stubbornness to Him...and the PNC members are working real hard to do just that; in that we are following the process.
This is the third update from your PNC. Each of our meetings are 2 to 3 hours in length and we also are meeting more than once a week. As I have previously mentioned, in other updates, that the MIF consists of questions regarding data about our church AND narrative questions. We have completed the data questions and are over halfway through the narrative questions. We will again be meeting today and as long as it takes to complete the MIF in order for GOD to direct the Minister to answer our call.
So AGAIN we ask that you Pray for us in finding the Pastor that GOD already has chosen for our church.
Thank you for listening and your time!
Meals on Wheels volunteers are needed to help deliver meals to Beaches senior citizens who are in need of assistance. Our church's delivery dates are scheduled only four times a year, and volunteers spend two to three hours picking up and delivering prepared meals. Please consider signing up for this outreach opportunity. Call Jack or Grace Hand at (904) 221-4134 or (904) 703-5518.
The PNC would like to thank all the members of HBPC who attended the forum on Sunday, June 10, at 10:00 a.m. to hear Rev. Dr. Cynthia M. Benz present the Analysis Report. If you weren't able to attend the forum, then you can view the Analysis report by clicking the following link: View/Download the Analysis Report
Jacksonville's Emergency Preparedness and the National Hurricane Center Hurricane Preparation website/links are included below:
Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church, is looking for an energetic person, passionate about ministry with youth and with experience in creating/directing multi-faceted programs for youth. Responsibilities include planning events & group activities; conferences & mission trips; visiting youth & their families; organizing & implementing educational programs; & recruiting volunteers.
Required: a lifestyle demonstrating an understanding of the grace of Christ, the love of God, & importance of peace & unity in the church; a firm understanding of the Reformed tradition of the Christian faith with previous relevant experience including social networking and previous church employment and/or evidence of relevant work.
Forward your resume, with a cover letter including your Statement of Faith, to MH at Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 4140 Hodges Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32224 or to firstname.lastname@example.org; Subject: YOUTH; NO phone calls, please.
UPDATE FROM THE YOUTH DIRECTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE: We are continuing to work through many avenues to find the person God is preparing for us. While we have used numerous tools (public website job board, surrounding Presbytery job boards, local colleges, Presbyterian affiliated colleges and universities in surrounding states) we are disappointed at the limited response of qualified candidates.
If you know of anyone whose qualifications match our needs, please have them check out the posting and send their resume to us.
We are exploring working with a consulting firm, recommended to us by a pastor in this Presbytery, who specializes in assisting churches with staffing needs.
We ask that you continue to pray for us.
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 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.
Fellowship Hall Sunday mornings at 10:00. Join us for a RightNow Media study based on the Epistles of John led by evangelist Tony Evans which begins this Sunday — study, conversation, and friendship. Comfortable Christianity often means a weak Christianity. In this study on John’s three letters, Dr. Tony Evans challenges Christians who have grown
comfortable and complacent in their faith. Fellowship with God is the essence of our faith, and Tony walks through 1, 2 & 3 John to paint a picture of love, obedience, and truth. In a world that hates Jesus, we are called to love Him and His people with a fierce love.
Medical Donations are accepted at the homeless shelter located at Shetler Ave, Jax Beach. That facility supports the homeless population by providing both medical services by volunteers and evening dinner meals prepared by volunteers. Our church serves dinner at the Beaches Mission House on the third Monday evening of each month. But did you know that unopened, prescription drugs may be donated also if within expiration date? So rather than throw away surplus drug refills, consider a donation to the shelter. According to Kat, donations of medical supplies/Rx can be dropped off Monday - Friday between 9am - 5pm. For more information phone Kat 241-7340.
Do you know what October 31, 2017 was? Well, yes, it was Halloween. More importantly to us Presbyterians, it marked the 500 year anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation! This event is being celebrated throughout Europe.
Bagels and Bibles, the early morning men’s study group, is studying the formative Reformation movement using “The Reformation for Armchair Theologians” by Glenn Sunshine, a readable, narrative story written for lay audiences. We will study the history, causes, theologies and results of the Reformation. We will study some of the familiar, early leaders of this period, such as, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox and others.
Join us early morning, 7:00 a.m., mid-week for bagels, coffee, some energizing discussions and Christian fellowship in the Fellowship Hall to share and learn a little about the history and formation of our Presbyterian faith. We will have you out and on your way by 8:00. You are sure to be blessed!
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