EACH MOMENT IS ALL WE NEED, NOT MORE.”
~ MOTHER TERESA
Please be aware worship will be moved to the Fellowship Hall until the repairs in the sanctuary are complete.
Please be mindful that while the Fellowship Hall is set up for worship, activities that are usually held there should be moved elsewhere until the repairs are complete.
After prayerful consideration at a called meeting on Sunday, February 3, the session believed it prudent for the safety of the congregation that we notify a recent visitor, who is a convicted sexual offender, that it would be best that he worship elsewhere. Florida law typically states that convicted sexual predators may not be within 250 feet of any place where children gather regularly. At least one other church in our presbytery has taken similar action in regards to this person for the safety of their congregation, as well. For additional information, please refer to this link: https://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/sops/flyer.jsf?personId=103616
Our Immokalee Mission group was blessed to help at Mision Peniel on our last afternoon. Look them up at misionpenielpeaceriver.com to find out more about the extraordinary work being done in the Peace River Presbytery. On Friday afternoon we served over 500 meals to farm workers and their families and helped distribute clothes, diapers, shoes, books and toys to the little ones. Sadly, there
just wasn’t enough for all who came.
Pastor Miguel Estrada, the backbone of Mision Peniel, told us that these people who toil daily to harvest the food that we buy in our grocery stores don’t have enough to feed and clothe their own families. We will be collecting the following:
new or gently used children’s pants, shorts, shirts, play shoes and socks, diapers, adult clothes, children’s books and new toys. A box for collection will be by the front office and in the narthex.
Pat Meredith will deliver our collections the first week of March. We have 3 weeks to fill his pickup! Please share this information with anyone who might be willing to donate.
For more information, contact Marty Moore at 386-9081.
February 3, 2019
Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church
Good Morning HBPC.
I am Tod McVey and this is Chris Gesdorf. We are your Co-Chairs of your PNC but most of you know that for going on a year.
Before I continue, how many of the men here wear a size 9.5 shoe? Please stand.
When shopping for shoes—“Just a point” certain styles and makes fit differently. Ladies know this am I right? And you would expect them to at least match.
That is important-Although we usually don’t buy one pair to wear once or for just one outfit.
So your PNC has spent 112 hours over 43 meetings to date—And we have received 63 PIF’s that are reviewed by ALL of us.
We did submit follow up questions to a couple of candidates for clarification.
Prior to the end of 2018, we also advertised in two Presbyterian Magazines and now that the Holidays have passed, we are receiving more PIF’s.
We (your PNC) are focused on finding that 9.5 shoe, so to speak based on all the information from your Focus Group Responses and based on our HBPC Mission statement and our MIF.
Although it is time consuming it is a labor of Love and a journey for our HBPC’s future.
So Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians (Book 1) which “Meant to strengthen and give encouragement” to your faith in your PNC.
Once again we ask for your prayers and Thank You for your time.
SAVE THE DATE!!
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Join the Presbyterian Women for our 2019 fundraiser
A MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION
To include Cajun cuisine, a silent auction, a fifty/fifty drawing, and fun and frivolity!
Donations for the silent auction are being accepted, including art, baskets, gift cards, and new items.
Ticket sales begin February 10, 2019
REJOIGNEZ-NOUS POUR LE PLAISIR!
Tweens, Parents, and Grandparents Were Bowled Over...
Many of you have heard the adage: “the only thing about change is that change is constant” or something like that. And because that is true at Hodges, it is with a certain amount of sadness that we share with you a decision made by the Session on Thursday evening.
After a great deal of discussion and sharing, the Session accepted the recommendation of the special taskforce that has been studying for several months to try to work out a way to continue our Wednesday night dinners. However, based on participation of our membership, we are taking a hiatus from the Wednesday night dinners.
The dinners are unsustainable, from both a cost and work-effort expended, with the current low attendance. To put it bluntly, we are not covering the cost of the dinners; Session agrees this is not good stewardship of our funds. The final Wednesday night dinner will be on January 30, 2019.
The taskforce’s diligence and hard work is greatly appreciated by all who supported and participated each Wednesday evening. There have been many volunteers who have been supported this effort. We give thanks to you for your faithfulness.
This is not to say there will never be Wednesday night dinners or a Wednesday night program. The Education Team of Session along with staff will continue to evaluate Wednesday night programs; so stay tuned for that information.
What it is saying is that the needs of our congregation are changing. To that end, stay tuned to the e-Blast each week for all activities at Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church to see where you can ‘plug in’ and add to the fellowship and JOY in service. Share your ideas with session and staff.
No Sunday School
Youth Group at 6:00 p.m. We will be working on the Mystery Dinner. We need everyone’s help!
Youth Ministry Vision Summit, February 22-23. The consultants from Ministry Architects will be back on February 22 and 23 to guide the entire church in casting a vision for the youth of HBPC and we would love for you to join us.
The next Bake Sale date is February 24. Enjoy a tasty treat and support the youth.
Men! Come, learn, and explore what Presbyterians believe!
Bibles and Bagels, the early Wednesday morning men’s study
group, is starting a new 9-week study using the book “Being
Presbyterian in the Bible Belt.” We are beginning this study
this Wednesday, January 9, at 7:00 a.m. Through reading and discussing questions of faith, we will be able to more clearly understand and state to others, perhaps outside our faith, what it means to be a Presbyterian.
Join us early morning, mid-week for bagels, coffee, some energizing discussions and Christian fellowship in the Fellowship Hall. We will have you out and on your way by 8:00 a.m. You are sure to be blessed!
Wednesday, January 9th 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
It’s a great time for new beginnings! Starting January 9th, we will begin a new Bible study called Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist. This book was a sweet soul-whisper, and an invitation to reconnect with God and loved ones. I’m no longer on that crazy hamster wheel. I’m walking a more "in the present" path, with the ladies in our Bible Study by my side and more importantly-Jesus. I invite you to join us. All the materials will be provided and lots of love shared. If you have any questions, text or call me, Nicole, at (904) 566-0945.
Please sign-in at the front desk when visiting the church during Preschool hours (8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.). If you do not have your name badge, a visitor tag will be issued while you are here. This is a state requirement for our Preschool licensing and we appreciate your cooperation.
It has come to our attention that we need to be careful not to place plastic of any kind into our paper recycle bin in the parking lot. One specific example mentioned was the little plastic windows on mailing envelopes can spoil a batch of paper being recycled. It only takes one small piece of plastic to ruin a batch. Please be careful and ensure that if you have any envelopes with the plastic window that you remove it before placing the paper in the bin.
Also, the Times-Union recently ran an article about recycling. One item that we have mentioned before, and to remind you of again, is to remove all paper labels from metal cans before recycling the cans. Similar to above, a paper label can ruin a batch of recycled metal. And, we have the perfect place for those labels, yep, our recycling bin!
Thanks for your efforts in keeping our bin full of recyclable paper only.
Currently there is a need for: Jiffy Cornbread Mix, toilet tissue, paper towels, individually wrapped tooth brushes, toothpaste, bar soap, Bus Passes, and new wash cloths for their homeless packs. If you can assist with any of these items, please drop them in the blue bins in the church office. Thank you.
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 cover letter including your Statement of Faith to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE FROM THE DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRIES 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.