Weekly Eblast
Hodges Boulevard
Presbyterian Church
November 6, 2018
  As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
Colossians 3:12-17

Sunday, November 11, 2018

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

Matthew 5:1-12

"Eternal Father, Strong to Save"

Dear Hodges Church family,

Oh, what a beautiful morning, oh, what a beautiful day!
The Eblast comes to you on Tuesday afternoon, but because I’m taking a couple of vacation days on Monday and Tuesday of this week, this article was written Sunday afternoon … and, you guessed it! The song above is what’s in my heart and on my mind (to the point of being an annoying earworm)! This past Sunday was Commitment Sunday and it was, indeed, a beautiful morning and a beautiful day (!!!), and if I’m not mistaken, I believe a good time was had by all! It was glorious to be able to remember and celebrate our sacraments together, and it was glorious to be so blessed as to be able to make a commitment to be a blessing to others, AND it was glorious to enjoy brunch together with our sisters and brothers in Christ. It just doesn’t get much better than that, now, does it??? So, I want to say a huuuuuuge thank you to all those who were in attendance and brought your cards forward as you celebrated the Lord’s Supper. I also want to encourage those of you who couldn’t be with us in the fact that we don’t have a DEADLINE for those cards. It does make our planning eeeeever-so-slightly easier to have the cards sooner, rather than later, but … no pressure. :) The early numbers were promising, and we look forward to hearing from the rest of you. And, because it was so exciting for me (and a great testimony about commitment to stewardship!), I want to tell you about an email I got Sunday afternoon. One of our members was unable to be in worship Sunday morning and was near frantic about getting the commitment card in and accounted for. How cool is that?!?! I assured this person that even if it was a few days or a week, we would be happy to accept that card. So, … hey you, out there – you know who you are – THANK YOU!!!  It’s exciting to see others’ experience of stewardship as such a positive one. I’d also like to thank the following precious members who were so very kind to share their thoughts on stewardship:

Mary Alderman          Crystal Phillips
Kathy Cockerham      Brad Russell
Jim Morton                 Edie Tebbs
Raymond Zalusky

THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH! You were all so thoughtful and amazing, and we are all grateful and blessed by you!

As just a tiny teaser for what’s coming up this Sunday, November 11 …

You may (or may not!) be aware that this past Thursday, November 1, was All Saints’ Day, an important day in the Church when we remember the great saints who have gone before us. For this occasion to get its full due, we decided to hold off on this special recognition until after Commitment Sunday. We have had seven member deaths in the last year, and we will be tolling the bell in thanks and remembrance of them at the beginning of both services on Sunday. I hope to see you then.

In the meantime, DON’T FORGET!!!!!!


Thanks be to God!

Your servant and friend,


Wednesday, November 7
7:00 am Bibles & Bagels
9:15 am Women's Bible Study
4:30 pm And the Story Continues
5:30 pm B.E.A.C.H. Dinner
6:15 pm Program
6:15 pm Mid & Sr High Youth
6:30 pm Traditions Choir

Thursday, November 8
7:00 pm Heather Glen HOA

Saturday, November 10
8:00 am Campus Clean-up

Sunday, November 11
Veteran's Day
8:15 am Blood Drive
9:00 am Contemporary Worship
10:00 am Education Hour
11:00 am Traditional Worship
6:00 pm Mid & Sr High Youth

Monday, November 12
Pre-School Closed

Tuesday, November 13
9:30 am Painting Buddies
11:30 am Staff Meeting
7:00 pm Deacon's Meeting

Remember In Prayer....

Tom Abbey, Judy Bedillion (Debbie Braden's mother), ) Bob and Pam Benson, Charlotte Berglund, Gale and Elaine Boylan, Glenn Conner, Lary & Gerry Cook (friends of Judy Klein), Charles Gaines (Debbie Abbott's father), Jose Gonzalez, Carl Heldwein, Bob Hiller, Carolyn and Tom Hopper, Dave Keim, Dorothy Martin (Brad Russell’s mother), Nancy (Linda Martin's friend), Katie Meredith, Jack Moore, Josh Moore, Gloria (Jim Morton's mother), Kathy (Larry/Glenyce Payne’s daughter), Merrylin Opendo, Ray Paul (Amy Zalusky’s father), Nolan Perret, Betty Phillips, Mary Plante (Matthew's mother), Bill Salisbury (Tammie Wright's father), Roger (Judy Schuler’s brother), Robin Soergel, Catherine and Bill Trask

(Names added this week are in bold.)

Maryellen Beiletti,
Wezi Blunt, Chris Gesdorf, Ryan Gulick, Alice Harper, Tod McVey, Bruce Neu

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

Click here to sign-up using our church website:
Or call the church office at 904-223-6922 or email

Wednesday, November 14

Dinner 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Program 6:30-7:30 p.m.

$5 adult/youth, $3 children, $15 family

*Charcoal Grilled Cheeseburgers and Hotdogs OR Marinated Chicken Breast, Garden Salad, Potato Chips, and Dessert

Adult Program:  “Living the Questions”  with facilitator Steve Benz

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

*Please indicate which selection you prefer.
Eight 3 rd- 5 th graders, our Tweens , had a
wonderful time bowling at Bowl America on Sunday, November 4! We thank Todd and Lori Bergeron and Ann Marie Newland for chaperoning this afternoon of fellowship and good exercise!

The Wednesday evening adult education class – Living the Questions – continues tomorrow in the Sunrise Room. Topic for this week is “ Evil, Suffering, and A God of Love .” Join us for wonderful food, good fellowship, and a topic that raises questions frequently in the lives of human beings.

Have you signed up for the Advent Event on Saturday, December 1? We must have sign ups by Novemver 26 to prepare properly.
Please join our church family for an evening of chili, Chrismon making, Hanging of the Greens, storytelling, and fellowship.

Malinda Harris
Interim Director of Faith Formation

Make -up Photo Session
November 11, 2018
12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

If you were unable to get your picture taken during our recent photo sessions, please call us at 904-223-7878. There will be an additional photo session on Sunday, November 11 following the 11:00 a.m. service in the sanctuary.

Since there are quite a few that still need to have their picture taken, please call us to let us know you are coming.

Scott & Karen Nichols
We had a great week for the Youth with home gatherings, raffles and a successful first bake sale of the season! Thank you to all those who contributed, volunteered and hosted. We are truly blessed to have so many dedicated to our youth.
Our next bake sale will be Sunday, December 2, 2018. We already have special requests for rice crispy treats and homemade chocolate chip cookies!
This week we are back in the Youth Room for our regular group meeting and we already have a volunteer to provide a meal!!! Sunday, November 18 is open if you would like to provide dinner to these spunky youth. Please check out the signup genius link below if you are interested.

Contact Kimberly Ross at 904-631-7727 with any questions.

Betty's Buddies

November 8, 2018
11:30 a.m.
Safe Harbor Seafood
2510 2nd Ave North
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Contact Lynn Homes
November 10, 2018
8:00 a.m.-noon
Volunteers are needed to help spruce up our campus. Please sign-up to help!

Contact Gerald Schmidt 904-463-6953
Donate Blood
November 11, 2018
8:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
OneBlood will be in in our church parking lot to make donating blood convenient. All donors will receive a FREE OneBlood Fleece Blanket and a wellness checkup.

Contact Tim Keeley
Visitors' Welcome
November 18, 2018

Have you considered becoming a member of HBPC?
Join us 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 congregation, and ask questions about joining the HBPC family.
We look forward to seeing you there!
  Please RSVP to Jane Ramsdell at 904-237-6103 or jdowlingr@comcast.net.
Deadline is November 26, 2018.
phone: 904-223-6922 email: hodges@hbpcusa.org
website: hbpcusa.org