Weekly Eblast
Hodges Boulevard
Presbyterian Church
April 3, 2019
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Fifth Sunday in Lent

9:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
10:00 a.m. Farewell Reception
11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship

John 1:19-23
John 13:33-35

"Sent to Serve"

Dearest Hodges family,

As you know, Sunday will be my last day serving you here at Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church, and I surely hope to see you at one of our worship services and/or at the reception between the services. While I am very excited about my next call as interim pastor in another church, I do also grieve leaving you. So, let me share a few final words.

Thank you for your graciousness.
Thank you for your generosity.
Thank you for your kindness.
Thank you for being so welcoming.
Thank you for accepting me during this temporary call.
Thank you for your indulgence.
Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the good work you have done.
Thank you for your prayers.
Thank you for your commitment to the Church of Jesus Christ.
Thank you for your love.

There is, of course, much, much more for which I am grateful – if I listed them all, this would turn into an epistle! Suffice it to say that I consider you good and faithful servants of the Lord and I give thanks to have been with you for this season in your church life.

And, now, I also leave you with these parting words in scripture from Numbers 6:24-26:
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.

Take good care and take good care of one another, as I know you will!

In Christ’s service,
Red Rock Service

Be sure and pick up a red rock as you enter worship on Sunday. The rock symbolizes
They will be used during the celebration of
the Lord's Supper.

Farewell Reception

April 7, 2019

Please join us in the narthex between
services to wish Cindy farewell
and show our appreciation for all her hard work here at HBPC.
Refreshments will be provided.
Sunday School classes will not be held.
Prayer for those in the middle of the Lenten wilderness

The ashes on my forehead long gone, my Lenten discipline exposed as more good intentions than realized practice, the cold days of winter beginning to give way to warmer afternoons, the center of Lent feels like a mix of blooming daffodils and bare tree branches. Lord, I long for beauty even as the world languishes in the carnage of cyclones, war and revenge. I began this Lent determined to stay alert to the presence of the holy, awake to the inbreaking of the divine, on watch for how to serve the One who came to save the world. But, dear God, right here in the middle of the wilderness, I confess I am weary, weighed down with the urge to sleep until the suffering has passed and resurrection reigns.

What are 40 days in comparison to the expanse of Kairos time? I hear Jesus in the garden, disappointed and exhausted, asking me why I could not keep awake for even a little while. I know the story, Lord. I know your people do not remain in the wilderness forever. I know that even in deserts, wild flowers grow and you provide. Manna comes each day and we keep moving toward your promised future. Even so, Gracious God, I forget that you give all that is needed and then some. I forget, joy comes in the morning and the great waves of justice cannot be held back much longer.

Forgive my faithless stupor and in your mercy nudge me awake with glimpses of goodness, small acts of kindness and relentless beauty emerging from places long desolate. Do not let me ignore the angels who minister in wilderness places, the nourishment of daily bread or the gift of those on this journey with me. Patient God, guide me through these waning days of Lent, keep me alert to your presence, awake for your sake and on watch for your promised new creation. Amen.
Mystery Dinner Tickets are NOW ON SALE! Support the youth at their mystery dinner performance, “Missing Greenbacks: An Old-Time Radio Mystery” on April 27 at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for children 10 under. You may purchase them between Sunday services or by contacting Debbie at dabbott@hbpcusa.org

This Sunday, April 7 , the youth will be gathering for Sunday School at 10:00 for another time to focus on the meaning of Lent. Then, in the afternoon, we will meet off campus at Kim Ross’ home from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (NOT 6:00-7:30) for pizza, hang out time, and rehearsal. As the mystery dinner approaches, we will need the extra time to prepare!

Easter Egg Hunt Helpers! The HBPC Easter Egg Hunt on April 20 is just around the corner and we need the help of all the youth to hide eggs, run games, and manage the fun. Please plan to join us from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Friends are welcome!


Tuesday, April 2
9:30 a.m. Painters and Crafters
11:30 a.m. Staff Meeting
1:30 p.m. HR Meeting
5:30 p.m. Worship Meeting
7:00 p.m. PW Meeting
7:00 p.m. Johns Creek HOA

Wednesday, April 3
7:00 a.m. Bagels & Bibles
9:15 a.m. Women's Bible Study
5:00 p.m. The Story Continues
6:30 p.m. Traditions Choir

Thursday, April 4
10:00 a.m. Preschool Lunch Bunch
6:00 p.m. Outreach
7:00 p.m. Youth Reno Team
7:00 p.m. Property
7:00 p.m. Fellowship

Friday, April 5
9:30 a.m. Bus to Symphony
10:00 a.m. Preschool Lunch Bunch

Sunday, April 7
Family Promise
9:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
10:15 a.m. Farewell Reception
11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship
6:00 p.m. Youth

Monday, April 8
Family Promise
9:00 a.m. Preschool Chapel
7:00 p.m. Evangelism

Tuesday, April 9
Family Promise
9:00 a.m. Preschool Chapel
9:30 a.m. Painters & Crafters
11:30 a.m. Staff Meeting
7:00 p.m. Deacons Meeting

 Remember In Prayer....

Pam Benson, Charlotte Berglund, Gale and Elaine Boylan, Mary Blanchard's daughter, Larry and Gerry Cook (friends of Judy Klein), Bob Danberg, Roy Hannon (Tish Hubbard's brother), Bob Hiller, Carolyn and Tom Hopper, Dave Keim, Nancy (Linda Martin’s friend), Katie Meredith, Jack Moore, Jack and Sylvia Moore, Kathy (Larry/Glenyce Payne’s daughter), Merrylin Opendo, Nolan Perret, Betty Phillips, Bill Salisbury (Tammie Wright’s father), Roger (Judy Schuler’s brother), Wayne Reed, Robin Soergel, Catherine and Bill Trask, Sue Williams, Patricia Zalusky-Taylor

Maryellen Beiletti,
Wezi Blunt, Chris Gesdorf, Ryan Gulick, Alice Harper, Tod McVey, Bruce Neu
Easter Breads and Butterfly Release
10:00 a.m. Easter Sunday

Why Easter Breads? Jesus is the bread of life! Different countries around the world celebrate with special Easter breads: Paska from the Ukraine, hot cross buns from England, festival loaf from Greece, and babka from Poland.

Please join us on the patio by the Sanctuary (due to worship being held in the Fellowship Hall)  during the Sunday School Hour, 10:00-10:45 a.m., on Easter Sunday morning for this special time of fellowship and celebration.  (The regularly scheduled Sunday school classes will not be held.)  Children and adults are asked to bring their favorite Easter bread, bagel, coffee cake, hot cross buns, etc. to share with our church family. It will be a great time to catch up with each other as well as to celebrate the Good News of Christ’s resurrection.

AND… at 10:30 a.m. we will gather around our beautiful flowery cross and release the butterflies, a symbol of new life.
Flowering of the Cross
Everyone is invited to bring flowers on Easter Sunday to decorate our outdoor cross. A symbol of death, darkness, pain and hopelessness is transformed into something beautiful, new and alive in celebration of the Resurrection of Christ.
If you have a graduating senior this spring from either high school or college, please let us know in the office.
Jubilee Party
April 6, 2019
12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

The Montgomery Center cordially invites you to join us for our very first Jubilee Party! Come celebrate with us as we step into the future here at Montgomery.
Get a tour of the projects we've been working on, enjoy a BBQ hosted by our new Culinary Director, and thank all of those who have worked so hard to see Montgomery succeed. 

Bring your friends, family, neighbors, congregation,
and anyone in between!
Food, games, music, and tours!

If you would like to ride the church bus please contact Milton Fulton at 904-223-4263. The bus will leave at 10:30 a.m. and return around 4:00 p.m.
Preschool Changes

Starting May 1, 2019, the Preschool will close their newly installed door in the hallway while classes are in session. The doors will close at 8:00 a.m. and re-open at 3:15 p.m. If you are not employed by the Preschool, you must be accompanied by a preschool employee during this time. This includes visitors, church members, church staff, and volunteers. If you need access to the Preschool, please call the Preschool office or enter through the Preschool exterior door. This new policy includes the use of the Sunrise Room and storage closets. Any meeting set ups, cleaning of closets, etc., will need to be scheduled after school hours. Thank you for your help in keeping our students safe and our school in compliance with state regulations.

It is time for the FABULOUS, MYSTERIOUS,
Mystery Party! 
Join us Sunday, April 14, from 3-5 p.m. at Seth Bergeron’s house.   Have your ride drop you off at exactly 3:00!   You will not want to be late!  Wear comfy “sleuthing” clothes.  Any other costumes will be provided. Together, we will figure out what, if anything, has happened to the notorious pirate treasure that was buried near the woods in Buccaneer Valley!
This event is for all 3rd-5th graders AND THEIR FRIENDS!!!!  Just let Ms. Debbie know so that she can have the right number of snacks and clues available!
Please RSVP by email (dabbott@hbpcusa.org) or text (904-521-9491).

ADDRESS:  12122 Basalt Dr. S., Jacksonville, FL 32246

A Mystery Dinner Theater at
Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church
Saturday, April 27
5:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Fellowship Hall

The year is 1948. The atmosphere is thrilling and sensational. Penelope Parker presents her final radio show before heading to New York for all new television productions. Yet, not everyone is celebrating. The envy of others at the radio station brings a variety of reactions including resentment, betrayal, deception and thievery. Will treachery and injustice rule? Or will you be the winning hero by solving the mystery and finding the guilty culprit?

      Don’t miss the fun, food, and prizes!
Dress in 1940’s fashion.

COST: $30/adults, $20/kids 10 and under
Tickets available for purchase starting March 17 between services or from the church office during the week.

Questions? Contact Debbie Abbott at 904-223-6922
or dabbott@hbpcusa.org
Family Promise
April 7-14, 2019

Betty's Buddies
April 11, 2019
11:30 a.m.

Olive Garden
9465 Atlantic Blvd.
Jacksonville, Florida

Contact Lynn Holmes 904-524-2134 or
Mary Blanchard
Arlington Community Services
Current Needs

Hamburger/Tuna Helper, Rice, Dry Beans, Pasta Sides, Cereal, Jiffy Cornbread Mix, Jello, Pork & Beans, Canned Potatoes, Canned Tomatoes, Pasta Sauce, Tuna, Bar Soap, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, and new socks for the homeless
Minute for Mission

Please remember that during the pastor transition period you will need to contact Kathy Millard if you would like a Minute for Mission. Due to time constraints only one will be scheduled per service and we will not schedule any on communion Sundays.
phone: 904-223-6922 email: hodges@hbpcusa.org
website: hbpcusa.org