Weekly Eblast
Hodges Boulevard
Presbyterian Church
November 27, 2018
Correction: The memorial service for Sallie Cotter’s father’s has already taken place and will NOT be on December 1 as announced in last week's Eblast. We apologize for the mistake.

Sunday, December 2, 2018
1st Sunday in Advent

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

Aaaaaaaaaand, I’m back! I hope everybody had a terrific Thanksgiving last week and that you got your fill of turkey and loved ones. It was hard to switch from stretchy pants back to work clothes, but I am grateful, as always, to be back among you and am looking forward to a glorious Advent season.

Speaking of which, there are some very exciting events coming up that you want to be sure and have on your calendar, if you don’t already. And the first one is this week! Let me give you an outline to help keep everyone straight:

Saturday, December 1 @ 5:00 p.m.
Advent Family Night with our now infamous chili cookoff, great Advent family activities, and hanging of the greens. It’s going to be faaaaaaabulous!

Saturday, December 8 @ 11:30 a.m.
PW Gathering
Sunday, December 9 @ 10:15 a.m.
Congregational meeting to elect officers
Sunday, December 16 @ 10:00 a.m.
Christmas Cantata – **ONE SERVICE**

Monday, December 24 @ 6:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve – **ONE SERVICE**

Tuesday and Wednesday, December 25-26
Church office is closed in observance of the Christmas holidays
Sunday, December 30 @ 10:00 a.m.
Service of Lessons and Carols – **ONE SERVICE**

While many of us are planning and looking forward to this season, may we be ever mindful of those who are separated from loved ones, for whatever reason or circumstance, those who are suffering, those whose tables and bellies are empty, those for whom the holidays are a burden, rather than a joy.  As disciples of Christ, who are to be his love and light to the world, maybe these are the words we can keep before us:

In the same way, let your light shine before others,
so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
(Matthew 5:16)

Blessings to you all as we enter his holy season. I anticipate with great joy experiencing this special time with you!!!

December 9
10:15 a.m.
A congregational meeting has been called for Sunday, December 9, for the purpose of electing officers for the the Class of 2021. The meeting will take place in the sanctuary at 10:15 a.m.
If you have a scheduled meeting, please remember to fill out a Room Set-up Form. Do not assume your layout needs are known. The forms are located on the receptionist's desk or contact Kathy Millard in the church office to have one emailed to you. Upon completion they need to be emailed to Ryan Gulick at: ryangulick99@gmail.com .
Advent Wreath and Candles

The Advent wreath first appeared in Germany in 1839. A Lutheran minister working at a mission for children created a wreath out of the wheel of a cart. He placed twenty small red candles and four large white candles inside the ring. The red candles were lit on weekdays and the four white candles were lit on Sundays.

Eventually, the Advent wreath was created out of evergreens, symbolizing everlasting life in the midst of winter and death. The circle reminds us of God’s unending love and the eternal life He makes possible.

The most common Advent candle tradition involves four candles. A new candle is lit on each of the four Sundays before Christmas. Each candle represents something different, like hope, peace, joy and love. Often, the first, second, and fourth candles are purple; the third candle is rose-colored. Occasionally, a fifth white candle is placed in the middle and is lit on Christmas Day to celebrate Jesus’ birth.

Shining Brightly


Wednesday, November 28
7:00 a.m. Bibles & Bagels
9:15 a.m. Women's Bible Study
2:00 p.m. Budget Committee
6:30 p.m. Traditions Choir

Thursday, November 29
9:00 a.m. Pre-School Parent Meeting
7:00 p.m. Worship Meeting

Friday, November 30
9:00 a.m. Pre-School Parent Meeting

Saturday, December 1
5:00 p.m. Advent Event

Sunday, December 2
9:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
10:00 a.m. Education Hour
11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship

Monday, December 3
1:30 p.m. HR Ministry
6:30 p.m. Scouts

Tuesday, December 4
11:30 am Staff Meeting

Remember In Prayer....

Kimberley Aden , Judy Bedillion (Debbie Braden’s mom), Bob and Pam Benson, Charlotte Berglund, Gale and Elaine Boylan, Glenn Conner, Larry & Gerry Cook (friends of Judy Klein), Jose Gonzalez , Carl Heldwein, Bob Hiller, Carolyn and Tom Hopper, Dave Keim, Nancy (Linda Martin’s friend), Katie Meredith, Jack Moore, Josh Moore, Kathy (Larry/Glenyce Payne’s daughter), Merrylin Opendo, Nolan Perret, Betty Phillips, 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

Bibles & Bagels, the early morning men’s group, has started a 6-week series studying about Advent, Christmas and Epiphany to better prepare us for the season. We began November 20 and will end January 2. (We will not meet during Christmas week.)

There is no book to buy and each session will stand-alone. Join us at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesdays for bagels, coffee, and some energizing discussions. You will be out and on your way by 8:00 a.m.
Contact George Ross with questions:
12/2 Bake Sale during Sunday school
12/2 Holiday Home Gathering @Harkness’ - please RSVP on GroupMe - more details to come
If you would like to help out and provide a meal for the youth on a Sunday evening please click the link below.

Contact Kimberly Ross at 904-631-7727 with any questions or to be added to the GroupMe list.

Reservations must be received by 3:00 p.m. Monday, December 3, 2018

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

Wednesday, December 5

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

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

*Adult Menu: Boneless Pork Loin OR Baked Tilapia, Roasted Vegetables, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Garden Salad, and Dessert

Children's Menu: Chicken Tenders and French Fries

Adult Program: Malinda Harris will explain the history of the Prayer Labyrinth and how to walk it. A canvas labyrinth will be laid on the Fellowship Hall floor and everyone will have the opportunity to prayerfully walk. Wear socks! No shoes allowed on the labyrinth.

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

*Please indicate which selection you prefer.
Salvation Army
Angel Tree
November 18-December 9
A big thank you to everyone for participating in the Angel Tree Drive. All the Angels have been taken! This is a reminder that the bags (and bikes, scooters, doll houses, etc.) need to be at the church no later than December 9. Please mark the Sponsor Log with the date of the return, and be sure the bottom part of your Angel tag is placed with the scanning bar code and number facing out in the plastic pouch on the bag. Also, the name, code, and plastic bag needs to be attached to any other gift that will not fit in the bag.

Contact Carolyn Wohlwend with questions:

All women are invited
to the
Presbyterian Women Christmas Gathering
Saturday, December 8, 2018
11:30 a.m.

Luncheon and Ornament Exchange
Betty's Buddies
December 13, 2018
11:30 a.m.

Season's 52
5096 Big Island Dr
Jacksonville, FL 32246

We will meet at the church at 10:45 a.m. and carpool to the restaurant.
Contact Lynn Holmes at
Contact Ann Rossman for Poinsettia orders: 904-743-0365
Christmas Cantata Worship Experience
Sunday, December 16

Join us for one service at 10:00 a.m. for our Christmas Cantata Worship Experience! After a time of corporate worship in song, the musicians of our church will present "Joy In This Place." All our musicians and volunteers will join together in this special presentation of God's Word in song, recounting the story of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and God's love for us.

Year-end Gift Giving
During this season of thanksgiving and gift giving it is not unusual for us to take note of the bounty we’ve been blessed with throughout the current year. Then, we may look at one or more of the worthwhile charities we support for special year-end financial giving. It is a blessing and a joy to be able to make these gifts. 
Have you also considered your church as a recipient of a special year-end gift as well? Gifts above and beyond your regular giving could be used to further God’s work done here at Hodges. There are quite a few options to choose from. 
A gift to your church’s Endowment fund is a gift for the future. It is intended as a perpetual fund that helps fund future projects, programs or missions we may not even conceive of today. The Endowment fund is intended for gifts that keep on giving. 
Perhaps you would prefer to make a special designated offering toward one of our existing mission or program areas or a specific project. Designated gifts are welcome to better fund an area having a special interest or appeal to you; to help build the youth program, to support one of our outreach programs, or to support a project such as the costly repairs that are needed to make the sanctuary water-tight again. 
Your generous, special gifts to the Church would be a blessing and put to very good use.

George Ross
Our Pre-School collected 147 pounds of food for BEAM during their Thanksgiving food drive. Great job Pre-Schoolers!
phone: 904-223-6922 email: hodges@hbpcusa.org
website: hbpcusa.org