• GET PREPARED FOR … ?????

    Free Save The Date Clipart Pictures - ClipartixWe officially kicked off one of the most important seasons of the year at HBPC -- our stewardship/commitment season -- this past Sunday, October 14 – and will celebrate this season with a Commitment Sunday, November 4, 2018.


    You will want not want to miss Commitment Sunday morning worship (either 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m.) and the Celebration Brunch that will immediately follow both worship services that same day (it will be catered and YUMMY!). You will be given an opportunity on October 21 and October 28 to make a reservation for this Brunch; we would appreciate your help with that so we may plan appropriately.


    So. . . . stop right now and put this date – November 4 – on your calendar. You will receive lots of information, in the coming days, about this important time in the life and family of Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church as we prepare for what’s next!!

  • PNC UPDATE from Chris Gesdorf, Co-Chair – October 7

    Good Morning! This is the Pastor Nominating Committees -fifth update.


    The follow are a few facts:


    45 PIFs have been received to date


    45 PIFs have been printed and distributed to the team to date


    45 PIFs have been reviewed and rated


    A small handful have been held for further review, –an even smaller handful were sent supplemental questions to answer and provide more information about themselves.


    We are currently praying and reviewing the answers. We all haven’t heard the Angels sing yet.


    From this point forward we will be exploring other avenues.


    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





    Thank you for your service to the church. These young people were teachers of the adults this week. They processed into the church with a flying dove (to remind us that God wants us to be at peace with others around the world), and with flags representing many of the countries also celebrating World Communion Sunday.
    All of us are proud of their service this last Saturday and Sunday. Those participating included Dante Blunt, Seth Bergeron, Abby Harrell, Eva Harper, Lily Morgan, Isaiah Newland, and Felicity Phillips. Thank you again for your help!


    A very special THANK YOU also goes out to Alice Harper, who lead the baking of the bread, and Ann Marie Newland, for her help with every aspect of the project!


    Mark Your Calendars
    Wednesday, October 31

    No classes or dinner

    Sunday, November 4

    Tweens are going BOWLING!!

    Third-Fifth graders are invited to bring a sack lunch and join us right after the 11:00 a.m. service.


  • Youth Activities

    The Youth had a great weekend with Mid-High Bowling and a Home Gathering for the Senior-High! The plan is to have a fun night out the first Sunday of each month so stay tuned for next month’s details! A special thank you to all the volunteers that have come together recently and helped out as we continue to build our program!



    Sunday School meets week from 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. Senior High meets in the Youth Room, and Mid High meets in the Sunrise Room.

    Youth Group is on Sunday evenings from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Most weeks we will gather in the Youth Room for dinner, games, a devotional, and break out groups for Senior and Mid High. Other times we will enjoy some special time off campus.

    Wednesday evenings we are ready to do Homework and Hangout at 6:15 p.m. after the Wednesday night dinner! Join us in either the Youth Room or Sunrise Room for a casual time to hangout and maybe even get a little work done!


    If you have any questions or want to RSVP for a special event, please contact Kim Ross: 2ufgators@gmail.com or 904-631-7727 (text preferred).

    Parents are also keeping up with events and signups through GroupMe. We have used this on mission trips in the past and it is a great way to share information quickly. If you are a parent and not already connected, please contact Kim Ross to be added.



    Sunday, November 4, 2018

    2:00 p.m.

    CROP WALK for HUNGER is an annual outreach activity sponsored by Church World Services to feed people globally. Seventy-five percent of funds raised will be dedicated world-wide, while 25% will stay locally with the Arlington Community Service food bank.


    The walk will take place at the Ed Austin Park at the north entrance of the 1.75 mile walking track. Registration will be on site at 1:30 p.m. and all participants are asked to bring a jar of peanut butter for ACS food bank.


    Anyone sponsoring walkers should make checks payable to Church World Service.


    This is a great event for family or youth! For more info contact Pastor David Lee at Highlands United Presbyterian Church at 904-641-9622.

  • Wednesday Night Dinner – Coordinator of Volunteers Needed

    Wednesday Night Dinner and Program 
    is in need of a regular Coordinator of Volunteers:

    For a number of years, the Hodges family has been blessed with a handful of faithful servants who have tirelessly volunteered in the kitchen – and we couldn’t be more grateful for their help and their endless smiles!!! At the beginning of the summer, we lost our elder for Fellowship, and as of September, our kitchen ladies have hung up their aprons and joined the ranks of those who come for the dinner and program. Unfortunately, we have been unable to find a replacement volunteer coordinator. We now find ourselves in the position that for this ministry to continue, we need to identify someone who has a heart for this activity and is willing to coordinate the effort. MAYBE WE HAVEN’T ASKED THE RIGHT PERSON YET??


    Would you be willing to serve your church in this way?


    What would this look like?


    You make sure there are enough volunteers to staff the kitchen, and you coordinate the efforts to take care of the checklist of necessary tasks to be accomplished, which will be provided. This is a simplified description, obviously, but many hands make light work.


    Currently, there are serving elders who are stepping in to organize this effort each Wednesday night, but they are not a permanent solution, so we are asking: Are YOU being called to serve?


    Please be in prayer about this rewarding opportunity, which is also an urgent need, and if you feel the Spirit giving you a little nudge, please call Cindy in the church office. In the meantime, hear these words from the Apostle Paul in addressing the Church in Corinth:


    “I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind — just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you — so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 1:4-7)


  • Wednesday Night Dinner


    Dinner Reservations must be received by 3:00 p.m. Monday for the following Wednesday night dinner!


    Make Your Reservations NOW!

    Sign-up by clicking here, calling the church office at 904-223-6922 or email kmillard@hbpcusa.org.


    Wednesday, October 17

    5:30 p.m.

    $5 adult, $3 children, $15 family



    Adult/Youth Menu: Seared Salmon, Rice Pilaf, Oven Roasted Vegetables, Garden Salad, and Dessert

    Children’s Menu: Hotdogs and French Fries



    Adult Program: “Living the Question”  with guest speaker Jamie Hoener

    Children’s Program: ”Living the Faith Brick By Brick”


  • Fall Festival – Needed

    Do you have a canopy or tent we can use?

    We also need cakes and baked goods for the cake walk!

    Contact Chris Cavan 904-642-0147


  • HBPC Fall Festival – Saturday, October 20

    Shoebox “Packing Party” at our Fall Festival on October 20, 2018. Church members and festival guests will be asked to fill a provided shoebox with gift items the Outreach Team has already purchased - toys, hygiene items, beanie babies, socks, etc. Be a part of the assembly line; demonstrate the joy of giving to underprivileged children. Read more on Operation Christmas Child at samaritanspurse.org.

  • Visitors’ Welcome – Sunday, October 21, 2018

    Have you considered becoming a member of HBPC?


    Join us next Sunday after the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services for refreshments on the left side of the sanctuary near the pond. You will have an opportunity to meet our Evangelism Mission Team, find out about the activities and goals of our church family, and ask questions about joining the HBPC family.


    We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Sign up for Directory Photo Dates – October 25 – October 27



    We are excited to be coordinating a new pictorial directory for our church! It’s been 4 years since we’ve had updated pictures of our church families, and we’ve all gotten so much better looking! This directory will be such a treasure for everyone – ESPECIALLY OUR NEW PASTOR! We hope that you won’t need much encouragement to make a date with the photographer.


    Photo dates are OCTOBER 25 & 26, 1:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., and OCTOBER 27, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. You can call us at 904-223-7878 to schedule your time, you can sign-up with us on Sundays between services, 10:00-11:00 a.m., or you can schedule online at:




    Each person/family who has a photo taken will receive a complimentary 8x10 picture – and you will get to choose your favorite of all the shots taken at your sitting. There will be some discounts available to you at the time of your sitting, as well. THERE WILL BE NO UNDUE PRESSURE BY THE PHOTOGRAPHER TO PURCHASE ADDITONAL PHOTOS, so that your experience will be enjoyable. Family pets, friends and extended families are welcome at the photo sessions.
    Feel free to call us with questions or to schedule your photo session as soon as you are ready. Thank you for your participation and support!


    Scott & Karen Nichols



  • Advent Devotional

    God Lifts the Lowly

    During this holy season of Advent, we are invited to pray and contemplate with Mary in her Song of Praise — the Magnificat — found in Luke 1:46-53.


    This year’s devotional is very

    special. The paintings and poems are the work of Andrew Weatherly, a young Presbyterian man born with Down syndrome, who uses his gifts to raise awareness of the capabilities of those with special needs. The rest of the text — reflections and prayers for each day of Advent — is the joint work of Donna Frischknecht Jackson, pastor and editor of  Presbyterians Today and sister to a man with special needs, and Krin Van Tatenhove, also a pastor who is father to a special-needs son. With great love and joy, Andrew, Donna and Krin bring God’s might and Mary’s “yes!” to life in powerful new ways.


    Perfect for congregations, families and individuals, each day provides a Scripture excerpt, meditation and prayer to deepen the Advent experience.


    If you would like to order your copy of Presbyterians Today 2018 Advent Devotional please contact the church office by November 1, 2018. The cost is $3.50 per book for orders less than 10 and $2.50 per book for orders of 10 or more books.




  • No Wednesday Night Dinner – October 31




  • Hurricane Awareness


  • VISITORS – Please Sign-in during Preschool Hours

    Visitors Please Sign In At Front Office Sign, SKU: K-5923Please 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.
    Thank you!



  • Office Volunteers Needed

    Please contact the church office if you are interested in helping out. Available slots are Monday - Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.






    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.

  • Feed the Youth!

    Help support the youth of Hodges Boulevard by feeding them on Sunday nights at Youth Group! They like tacos, pasta, burgers, fried chicken, sandwiches, and just about anything else you can think of! Food is served at 5:55 pm from the kitchen for about 15 people. The church will provide all paper products and flatware. There is ice and lemonade available although you are welcome to bring another drink if you would like.


    If this sounds like the ministry for you, then click on the link below and sign up for a date that works for you!




    Contact Lauren Grady for more information: 904-509-1619


  • Arlington Community Services – NEEDS

    Arlington Community Services is in need of the following items: Canned potatoes, Hamburger Helper, Pasta sides, Milk packets, Travel size toiletries, Bar soap, Ramen Noodles, Jiffy Mix, Toilet paper


    Drop your donations in the blue bins in the church office. Thanks you for your help!


  • HURRICANE FLORENCE – Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)

    Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) urges your support for those affected by Hurricane Florence. PDA is delivering immediate aid to those impacted by Hurricane Florence on the eastern seaboard of the United States. Initial assessments suggest catastrophic destruction, but the full scope of the damage will not be known for many months.The storm’s path is cutting across areas still recovering from Hurricane Matthew (2016). While these winds and waters have meant loss and destruction, the work of PDA might become, as the Psalmist says, “a river whose streams make glad the city of God.”PDA is deploying teams to affected presbyteries to meet with Presbyterian and community leadership to assist in coordinating relief efforts and mucking out homes and churches. After initial needs are addressed, PDA will remain—providing spiritual emotional care and Long Term Recovery to address unmet needs of those impacted. Through your prayerful gifts we draw hope out of the chaos. 


    Click here to make your donation: https://pma.pcusa.org/donate/make-a-gift/gift-info/DR000194/


  • Family Promise Benefit at the Alhambra – November 4 

    Before there was “Hamilton”, there was “1776”. This musical look at history is based on the drafting and the signing of the Declaration of Independence… if the founding fathers can agree to do it! John Adams teams up with Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson to battle those in Congress opposing the movement to separate from England. Don’t miss this funny, insightful and rollicking story of our country’s creation.


    Sunday, November 4 benefits Family Promise of Jacksonville. The show starts at 2:00 p.m., doors open at 12:00 p.m. with the meal being served from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.


    Purchase your ticket from Family Promise or a board member and help support homeless families with children. The ticket price of $60 includes the meal, nonalcoholic beverages, tax, gratuities and a donation to Family Promise.Ticket sales end October 22.


    For tickets, call Beth Mixson at 904-537-3645 or email bethmixson@familypromisejax.org .

  • Volunteers Needed

    Our HBPC Family Service employs the use of overheads to project lyrics and Scriptures and we need one or two more volunteers who can rotate on a schedule to run the slides during service. Training is provided. Further, we need you to be available at 8:00 am on Sundays to run-through the slides with the Praise band. The slides will be prepared for you; just need someone who can click a mouse. Please reach out to Bill Broyles at 904-742-6672 and leave message and I will call you back. We are down to (2) dedicated souls and we need a third and fourth to support our services. Thank you!



  • Presbyterian Women Circles – Resumes September 9

    The Presbyterian Women Circles meet the third Tuesday of the month resuming on September 9. The meetings are held at 12:00 noon in Fellowship Hall and 7:00 p.m. in the church office. All women of the church are invited to participate.


    This year's study will be "God's Promise - I Am With You". Books are $10 and will be available for purchase in the narthex on Sunday mornings September 2, 9, & 16 or at the circle meetings.


    Contact Mary Alderman at gatorxray3@gmail.com or 904-874-7180 with any questions.

  • Men! Bibles and Bagels

    Wednesday, September 12
    7:00 a.m.


    Bibles and Bagels, the early morning men’s study group, is starting a new 10-week study based on Dr. Timothy Johnson’s book, Finding God in the Questions. Many of us know of the author in his role as a well-spoken doctor and medical advisor for the various ABC network news venues. He also holds medical positions at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. However, before he was a doctor, he studied to become a minister of the Word. In fact, today, he assists with ministry in the protestant Evangelical Covenant Church faith.


    In Finding God in the Questions, Dr. Johnson explores what he believes as a result of his life-long personal journey of faith. In this world of almost continuous scientific breakthroughs and seeming assaults on core religious beliefs, it may be easy to become confused on ones beliefs. Dr. Johnson leads us to an understanding “that science and religious belief need not to be in conflict.” His goal in writing this book was to “…explain (his) faith with honesty and thoroughness in a way that would prompt others to find God by asking their own questions.”


    Join us early morning, mid-week for bagels, coffee, some energizing discussions and Christian fellowship to share and learn a little about our own answers to the ‘big questions’ of faith. We will have you out and on your way by 8:00 a.m. You are sure to be blessed!




    Our HBPC Traditions Choir has since the formation of the this local Body of Christ offered songs of praise and worship to this congregation for over 27 years! Our group is comprised of people who just love to sing and fellowship around God's Word in song. We have no requirements other than to just come and enjoy the best seats in the house on Sunday mornings singing with us. Our group is fun and open and we welcome all and will help you adjust right into a routine; we don't even have schedule requirements; sing with us when you can! Please let a choir member know of your interest or myself, Bill Broyles. I can be reached at 904-742-6672. Leave a message; I'll call you back. Our choir wants to expand and you can be an integral part of our growth and ministry here. Peace!



  • Ministry Information Form (MIF) link
  • New Women’s Bible Study
    Began Wednesday, September 5th 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

    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 (dabbott@hbpcusa.org) or call Debbie (904-223-6922).   As always, childcare is available and all friends are invited.

  • June 1st is beginning of hurricane season

    Jacksonville's Emergency Preparedness and the National Hurricane Center Hurricane Preparation website/links are included below:





  • Position Available – Director of Youth Ministries

    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, Florida  32224 or to mhixjax2017@gmail.com; Subject: YOUTH;   NO phone calls, please.

  • Director of Youth Ministries Search Update

    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.

    Marie Hix

  • Church Life App

    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.