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“BE HAPPY IN THE MOMENT, THAT’S ENOUGH.
EACH MOMENT IS ALL WE NEED, NOT MORE.”
~ MOTHER TERESA

 

 

 

 

  • Worship Service – Streaming Live this Sunday!

    We’d love to have you at our Sunday worship services. If not in person, then live on your computer screen. You can do this by clicking on the below link below at 10:00 am Sunday mornings. If you have internet access, your computer should do the rest. If you can’t join us live, you can still watch the service anytime later during the week. 

     

    https://hbpcusa.org/worship/special-liturgy-sermon

     

    If this doesn’t work, then copy the above address into the address line of your web. Hope to see you there!

  • Advent Star Words

    Advent Star Words

    This year your advent daily devotion is something a little different and everyone in your family can participate.  Each family will be given a packet of “star words” (think Magi – Star).  Each day you/your family will take one word from the packet and use that word to guide you/each other through the day. Some of the words are not English.  Have fun googling the meaning of that word. (Think of the fun you will have learning new words!)  

    We believe that star words will invite a new prayer rhythm of reflection and will be a powerful new way to connect with God. With that word, we trust that God is present, guiding you to ponder where God is leading you.

     

    If you did not pick-up your packet of words last week, they will be available in the narthex again this Sunday, or stop by the church office.

  • UPDATE

    We congratulate Debbie Abbott on her upcoming retirement and we recognize her "shoes will be difficult to fill." The Session approved for the Human Resources Team to secure an interim Director of Faith Formation as soon as possible. The committee for this task is being identified and will keep you posted on the progress. We will also keep you posted on plans to celebrate Debbie's dedicated service to HBPC.

     

    Should you have questions, please reach out to Marie Hix at tonymh40jax@gmail.com.

  • Annual Generosity Campaign

    DEDICATION SUNDAY

    Sunday, November 13 was Dedication Sunday where we gave our estimates of giving to God, prayerfully considering how much God gives to us. We want Hodges to be a church that engages God in worship, service, evangelism, prayer, devotion, and giving. Your generosity directly supports our community outreach, as well as many other services and programs. We pray you will be generous in giving to our church in the upcoming year. Those of you who haven't done so yet, please submit your estimate of giving card online. May God bear fruit from our abundant gifts to our church!

     

    YOUR GIFTS - SERVING GOD - CHANGING LIVES
  • Advent Daily Devotion

    This year your advent daily devotion is something a little different and everyone in your family can participate.  This coming Sunday, November 20, each family will be given a packet of “star words” (think Magi – Star).  Each day you/your family will take one word from the packet and use that word to guide you/each other through the day. Some of the words are not English.  Have fun googling the meaning of that word. (Think of the fun you will have learning new words!)

     

    We believe that star words will invite a new prayer rhythm of reflection and will be a powerful new way to connect with God. With that word, we trust that God is present, guiding you to ponder where God is leading you.   

  • 2023 Churchwide Challenge

    THE BIBLE YEAR: A Journey Through Scripture in 365 Days

    By Magrey R. deVega

     

    The Adult Christian Education Team, is excited to announce plans for a 2023 church wide challenge to read through the Bible in one year. We all know the power of God’s word.

     

    Support will be provided for this ambitious challenge throughout 2023 by Pastor Jonathan who will teach on Wednesday nights about the context, content, and history of the current text; as well as preaching about our monthly reading on the third Sunday of each month. The Adult Christian Education team will set up weekly discussion groups before or after the Sunday service or at other times during the week as is convenient.

     

    A daily scriptural guide has been created for you to follow and a special Bible Year Devotion Book has been ordered. Church leadership is subsidizing more than 2/3 of the cost of The BibleYear Devotion Book so that the cost of the book to you will only be $5.00. On November 13, Dedication Sunday, we will have your materials ready and you can pay at that time.

     

    This endeavor will EQUIP the congregation so that we can better Enjoy the fruits of God’s word.

     

    Your gifts - Serving God - Changing Lives

     

    If you have any questions you can contact Deborah Braden, Elder of the Adult Christian Education Committee at zoolife2060@gmail.com  or Debbie Abbott, Director of Faith Formation at dabbott@hbpcusa.org.

  • Blue Christmas

    The holidays can be a stressful, sad time for some, particularly if you’ve lost a loved one, are facing life after divorce, coping with the loss of a job, or living with an ailment. At Hodges, we recognize the hurt and stress and want to help you.

     

    On Wednesday, November 30 at 5:30 pm in the sanctuary, we will celebrate a service for wholeness. This service includes being anointed with oil and having elders pray with you, if you wish. We offer a sacred space to place our pain before God and recognize that only the Lord can make us whole.

  • Angel Tree Program

    HBPC is working with The Salvation Army to provide needy boys and girls a happy Christmas through the Angel Tree program. This Sunday you will have the opportunity to pick the boy or girl you wish to sponsor. The Angels will be available in the narthex.

  • Musical Opportunity for Children’s Voices

    To Sing During Worship on December 4

    If your child knows how to sing Away in a Manger, they will love singing this! Our music director, Susan Reed asked me to reach out to children from first grade on up to come sing the song called A Manger So Far from Home with the adult choir during worship in December 4.

     

    This will involve 2 rehearsals:

    · The first one right after worship on Sunday 11/20 and

    · The second rehearsal will be with the adult choir on

    Wednesday night at 6:30 – children will rehearse first with the choir then could leave.

     

    Please email/call Ms. Debbie if your child is interested. What a wonderful opportunity for the kids and a treat for our congregation! 

  • 1st & 3rd Wednesday Night Programs

    We finished our series on Daniel last Wednesday. We heard why the New Testament looks the way it does because of what’s in Daniel, particularly this last chapter, and what the transforming and living Word of God is continuing to say to us in 2022 (nearly 2023). If you missed it, then you can view the recording of livestream at:

     

    Livestream or View recordings of Daniel Study

  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)

    PDA is providing help to those affected by Hurricane Ian. We join together to lift our prayers for all those impacted. As people of faith, we stand ready to partner with presbyteries, congregations and communities to meet immediate and long-term needs. To make a donation please click here.

  • HBPC Preschool Update

    We are thankful for our families and our blessings of working at our wonderful preschool.

    Thank you Mr. Andy for an amazing Chapel about thankfulness.

     

    Kimberly K. Welch

    HBPC Preschool Director

     

         
  • Youth Ministry

    Thanks for your service!

    We discussed what it meant to serve: Is the customer always right? Are there times as a church that we should challenge society and culture - not cater to it?
     
     
  • Arlington Community Services Update

    Homelessness continues to rise in our neighborhood but 3 of our homeless clients secured jobs in October! We fed 359 clients, 120 homeless and helped 9 families financially. We received 4,874 pounds of food and distributed 6,193 pounds. We continue to be blessed by your donations of food and monetary gifts.

     

    Pantry needs are: Jiffy Mix, canned meat, tuna, canned pasta, canned fruit, pork & beans, chili, canned tomatoes, dried Beans, peanut butter, jelly, dry potatoes, cereal, oatmeal, crackers, snacks, toilet tissue, soap, small toiletries and clean T-shirts for the homeless.

    Thank you for your donation of 310 lbs. of fabulous hygiene bags for the homeless!!!!

     

    Peace,

    Mary Louise Weber, Executive Director

    Arlington Community Services, Inc.

     

  • Update Deacon Prayer List

    The Deacons are currently updating the Prayer Chain Contact List and need your help. If you are currently on the list, or wish to be added to the list, please email Gale Keeley ASAP at galekeeley50@gmail.com

     

    Thank you for helping with this important mission and,of course, for your prayers.

  • Women’s Bible Study

    Women’s Bible Study

    The Angels of Christmas Hearing God's Voice in Advent

    By Rev. Susan Robb

    This wonderful four-week Advent study explores the four angelic visits surrounding the birth of Jesus with Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds. In this study, the reader will dive deep into the history of the angel Gabriel and other angels. The Angels of Christmas uses these four angelic appearances to discuss God’s presence in history and our lives today. The messages of the angels hold meaning for listeners both then and now.

     

    This study begins Wednesday, October 26 in the Sanctuary at 10:00 am or Thursday, October 27 at 6:30 pm by ZOOM. Get your book now from Debbie Abbott ($10).

  • CDC Guidelines

    Follow CDC Guidelines

    Please follow CDC guidance on wearing masks.
  • CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS

    We are updating all our volunteer records.  If you are actively supporting an event or ministry with your time and energy, we thank you.  The first step in updating is to have all volunteers go to our website and read our Volunteer Handbook of Policies and Procedures and the Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures for HBPC found at this link https://hbpcusa.org/serve/volunteer-handbook. Once you have gone over the information in these handbooks, please fill out and submit the confirmation.

  • COVID-19 Fund

    As we are all aware these are unprecedented times and we as a church have to remain strong, prayerful and hopeful. Please help in donating toward the COVID-19 fund which will assist those who have been affected financially during this crisis. The idea is to have the funds available for our own members and the community around us. Donations can be made on our church website online at https://www.mychurchwebsitegiving.com/App/Giving/hodg4140174 or mailed to the church office at 4140 Hodges Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32224. As always, your gifts serving God.....changing lives!!

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