Weekly Eblast
Hodges Boulevard
Presbyterian Church
March 26, 2019
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Fourth Sunday in Lent

9:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
10:00 a.m. Education Hour
11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship

Joshua 5:10-15
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
John 6:24-35

"When the Manna Stops"
Rev. Daniel Graham

Dear Hodges family,

Many of us are experiencing our Lenten journey this year in a new and different way, a way that I surely hope and pray is a positive one for you. For many of us it has been a spiritual practice of cultivating and letting go, which is, of course , far easier said than done. Usually, by the time any particular act is committed to be part of a Lenten practice or journey, it is something that is pretty “far gone” in our lives, something that reeeeeeeeally needs dedication and hard work. Cultivating a new and healthy habit. Letting go of an obsession at the root of our pain and distress. Hmmmmmm, it occurs to me that there may be something appealing about Lent being only about 6 weeks long. If we’re going to commit – heart, mind, body, and soul – to a specific discipline for a specific amount of time to try and achieve a specific purpose, 6 weeks seems like a reasonable, doable amount of time in which to tackle it. I asked a psychologist one time how long it takes to form a new habit. The answer? 28 days. Which is to say: YOU GOT THIS!! I hope your time so far has been fruitful and that you are able to accomplish what you set out to accomplish.

During Lent, as we tackle whatever it is that makes our Lenten journey challenging, there is one way we can count on being encouraged, and that is if we hold hope in our hearts, which is at the root of our Christian faith. Hope. I recently came across a meaningful poem called “Rough Translations,” by Jan Richardson, a United Methodist minister, that I hope will speak to your heart.

Hope nonetheless.
Hope despite.
Hope regardless.
Hope still.
Hope where we had ceased to hope.
Hope amid what threatens to hope.
Hope with those who feed our hope.
Hope beyond what we had hoped.
Hope that draws us past our limits.
Hope that defies expectations.
Hope that questions what we have known.
Hope that makes a way where there is none. 
Hope that takes us past our fear.
Hope that calls us into life.
Hope that holds us beyond death.
Hope that blesses those to come.
I pray that God continues to mightily bless your Lenten journey and strengthen you in your spiritual practice. May it be so! May it be so!!

Steve and I will be out of town this weekend in Colorado attending our daughter’s baby shower. Many of you know we have another grandchild due in early May, this will be Bethany and Matthew’s first, so we couldn’t be more excited! In fact, it is the clergywomen of that presbytery who are throwing the shower, so of course I had to go! You will, once again, be in good hands on Sunday with the Rev. Dan Graham, who is looking forward to being with you in worship. Please be sure and show him the good ol’ Hodges love and welcome, as I know you always do.

With HOPE in the Resurrection,
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.
The Camp Montgomery outing was a BLAST! Last Sunday, a group of our youth spent the afternoon building relationships and conquering their fears in the tree tops at Camp Montgomery! They had a blast and can’t wait to go back again.
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 and under. You can purchase them between Sunday services or by contacting Debbie at dabbott@hbpcusa.org.

Visioning Summit Work. Several weeks ago, a group of congregants gathered over the weekend to do the important work of casting a vision for the youth ministry of HBPC. They worked together as a team to not only develop a mission statement, but also a set of values and three-year goals. The mission statement declares, “The youth ministry of HBPC lovingly welcomes, connects, and equips our community’s youth to grow into a lifetime of faith and service.”

The details of how they plan to live out this mission can be understood through the values and goals that can be found on the church website. Check it out!


Tuesday, March 26
9:00 a.m. Preschool Chapel
11:30 a.m. Staff Meeting

Wednesday, March 27
7:00 a.m. Bagels & Bibles
9:15 a.m. Women's Bible Study
11:00 a.m. Glenn Conner's Memorial Service
5:00 p.m. The Story Continues
6:30 p.m. Traditions Choir

Thursday, March 28
9:00 a.m. 3 Year Old Parent Mtg.

Friday, March 29
9:00 a.m. 3 Year Old Parent Mtg.

Sunday, March 31
9:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
10:00 a.m. Education Hour
11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship
12:15 p.m. Children's Ministry
6:00 p.m. Youth

Tuesday, April 2
9:30 a.m. Painters & 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

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), Rochelle Seiler and family, 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.
Help Stuff Eggs!

Grab as many bags of eggs as you want (we have 1600 that need to be filled) and help us stuff them:
·      Individually wrapped candy (no loose Jelly Beans please)
·      Nothing with nuts or nut products like peanut butter
·      Avoid chocolates that will melt in the sun

We need to have all the eggs by Wednesday,
April 17. Questions?  Text, call or email Debbie! 
904-521-9491 or dabbott@hbpcusa.org
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.
Come celebrate with us! The Montgomery Center cordially invites you to join us for our very first Jubilee Party on April 6 from 12 p.m.-4 pm.! 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. 
Jubilee Party
Bring your friends, family, neighbors, congregation,
and anyone in between!
April 6, 2019
12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Food, games, music, and tours!
Children welcome! We'll see you there!
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

HBPC will be hosting Family Promise the week of April 7-14. We cannot schedule evening meetings while our guests are here. Please make arrangements to reschedule your meeting or plan to meet elsewhere during that week. Your cooperation is much appreciated!
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
phone: 904-223-6922 email: hodges@hbpcusa.org
website: hbpcusa.org