Weekly Eblast
Hodges Boulevard
Presbyterian Church
January 8, 2019
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Baptism of the Lord

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

Isaiah 43:1-7
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

"I Have Called YOU by Name"

Dear Hodges family,

As we begin this new year, I do so with much gratitude for sooooooo many things, and it is my strong desire to keep an outlook of positivity and gratitude this year, one day at a time. As we begin, I cannot help but reflect upon the many folks in this church family who do so much, do it selflessly, and do it joyfully. I want to be sure that we are recognizing those who give of themselves as living examples of Christ in the world. So, as the calendar has turned, I would encourage you to take special notice of the helpers among us, and express your thanks for the ways they serve.

Now, having said all that, there is one very special group of people I want to give a special shout out to for the AMAZING way they all helped with the Christmas Eve service. For those of you who attended that night, you surely noticed that ALL the scripture readings, and even the special solo of “O Holy Night,” were all done by young people in our congregation – and they were FANTASTIC!!! They made me so profoundly grateful to have had their help, and I’m sure there were some mighty proud moms and dads in the congregation! Sooooo, without further adieu, I would like to give thanks for and lift up the following youth:
Austin Zalusky
Philip Wright
Sebastian Phillips
Ryan Seiler
Kirsten Seeley
All these young people were expertly prepared and I’m certain I’m not the only one whose heart swelled with delight as they served the Lord by serving the Hodges Church on a very, very momentous night. Please let them all know how appreciative you are!

The other group I’d like to acknowledge is all our Charter Members who so graciously served as Advent Candle Lighters this year. What a joy it was to see such long-time members continuing to serve God in this place! So, another shout out to the following:
Herb and Jane Ramsdell
The Robinson Family
The Harkness Family
Ed and Beryl Johnson
Chuck and Alice Harper
The Ross Family
Mike and Cathy Steve
Thank you to all of you for your faithful contributions year after year after year. We are grateful and we are blessed by you!

Maybe an attitude of gratitude is a wonderful way to start the new year, for as scripture reminds us …
… give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
(1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Blessings on you and on the new year before you!
Wednesday Night Programming
January 9, 2019
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Living the Questions
The name of this session is called Compassion: The Heart of Jesus’ Ministry  The focus is that Jesus was not primarily a teacher of correct beliefs or right morals. He was a teacher of a way that transforms people from legalistic rule-followers into compassionate disciples who put people first.  This session will be led by Debbie Abbott in the Sunrise Room.
 Mission Trip to Immokalee Florida
January 27 – February 2, 2019

Looking for Willing Hands and Helping Hearts to Help Victims of Hurricane Irma


-         Suffered severe damage to mobile homes from Hurricane Irma in 2017.
-         Immokalee is a community of migrant farm workers with population of 25,000.
-         Our partner, Florida United Methodist Church, has 128 cases open from Hurricane Irma.


-         5 ½ hour trip in the church bus to Immokalee which is near Ft. Myers.
-         Staying at First United Methodist Church with good quality cots; bring your own bedding.
-         Shower trailers available for men and women.
-         Kitchen facilities available for breakfast and fixing sandwiches for lunch; local restaurants for dinner.

A deposit of $100 to HBPC which covers the cost of housing. Meals and incidentals are not included. Transportation will be provided on the church bus. E-mail Jim Pellot at pellot1@bellsouth.net for an application or call 904-992-8711.
Things are in full swing after Christmas break and there are loads of fun gatherings coming up! Here are the events that should be on your radar:

·        Sunday School is BACK! Same time and place- 10:00 a.m. in the Sunrise Room (Mid-High) Youth Room (Sr. High).
·        Youth Group on January 13 is all about getting ready for the Mystery Dinner Theatre which will be on April 27. Join us this week to make a final decision about the script and find a role on stage or behind the scenes that works for you.
·        Save the Dates! Spring Bake Sales: January 27, February 24, March 31, and May 5.
·        We are going to VELOCITY AIR for Youth Group on February 3. Save the date and stay tuned for more information.
·        Don’t forget that there is always a place for youth to hang out, rest, and get some homework done on Wednesday nights. Find a cozy space in Room 2 and make yourself at home!
Christmas shoebox gifts from our congregation were delivered to three countries in central Africa before December 25. Of the 100 colorful shoeboxes filled with toys the first shipment arrived November 28 to Cameroon, where 43 % of the population is age 14 or younger. Other shipments went to the Democratic Republic of Congo on November 29 and to the Country of Chad on December 8. Our church Christmas Child packing party was held October 20 as part of the fall festival. 

Many thanks to our HBPC Samaritan’ s Purse committee of: Jenni Cole, Michelle Dragon, Nadine DeJong, Alice Harper, Jonathan and Jennifer Kilgore, Joyce Penman, Karen Nichols, Rochelle Seiler.


Tuesday, January 8
11:30 a.m. Staff Meeting
5:30 p.m. Worship Committee
6:00 p.m. PW Coordinating Team
7:00 p.m. Deacons Meeting
7:30 p.m. Johns Creek HOA

Wednesday, January 9
7:00 a.m. Bibles & Bagels
9:15 a.m. Women's Bible Study
3:30 p.m. The Story Continues
5:30 p.m. BEACH Dinner
6:30 p.m. Program
6:30 p.m. Youth
6:30 p.m. Traditions Rehearsal

Thursday, January 10
11:30 a.m. Betty's Buddies
6:00 p.m. Outreach
7:00 p.m. Property
7:00 p.m. Youth Reno Team

Friday, January 11
9:00 a.m. Bus to Symphony

Saturday, January 12
11:00 a.m. Bob Benson Memorial Service

Sunday, January 13
9:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
10:00 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship
6:00 p.m. Youth

Monday, January 14
9:00 a.m. Pre-School Chapel
6:30 p.m. Scouts
7:00 p.m. EMT
7:00 p.m. Stewardship

Tuesday, January 15
9:00 a.m. Pre-School Chapel
11:30 a.m. Staff Meeting
12:00 p.m. PW Afternoon Circle
6:30 p.m. Kensington HOA
7:00 p.m. Mission Planning
7:00 p.m. PW Evening Circle

Remember In Prayer....

Kimberley Aden, Judy Bedillion (Debbie Braden’s mother), family of Bob Benson , Charlotte Berglund, Gale and Elaine Boylan, Glenn Conner, Larry and 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, Patricia Zalusky-Taylor, Harold Wohlwend

(Names added this week are in bold.)

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

Wednesday night dinners resume tomorrow and we are very grateful Golden Corral is our new caterer.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
5:30 p.m.– 6:15 p.m.
Adults/Youth-$5  Children-$3  Family-$15  
Menu:*Pot Roast OR Fried Fish, Yellow Rice, Cut Corn, Yeast Rolls, and Dessert

Children's Menu: Chicken Tenders and French Fries

                                               6:30 p.m. –7:30 p.m.
Program: “Living the Questions”  with Malinda Harris facilitating
Children’s Program: “Living the Faith Brick By Brick”
Please make reservations on our website www.hbpcusa.org or
call the church office 904-223-6922.    

*Please specify your preference of meat when ordering.

Reservations must be received by 10:00 a.m.
on Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Betty's Buddies
will meet
Thursday, January 10, 2019
at Coop303
303 Atlantic Blvd.

The Pre-School will be enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year! Please contact Hope Henry at 904-254-7304 before January 11, 2019 if you would like to enroll. Active Church Members, Parents and Grandparents of Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church received Preschool priority registration.   
The Story Continues...
Maryellen Beiletti's class will be meeting on Wednesday, January 9, at 3:30 p.m. to watch the movie  "Amazing Grace."

Bibles & Bagels
 Men! Come, learn, and explore what
 Presbyterians believe!

Bagels and Bibles, the early Wednesday morning men’s study group, is starting a new 9-week study using the book “Being Presbyterian in the Bible Belt.” We are beginning this study Wednesday, January 9, at 7:00 a.m. Through reading and discussing questions of faith, we will be able to more clearly understand and state to others, perhaps outside our faith, what it means to be a Presbyterian.

Join us early morning, mid-week for bagels, coffee, some energizing discussions and Christian fellowship in the Fellowship Hall. We will have you out and on your way by 8:00 a.m. You are sure to be blessed!

Contact me with questions,
George Ross 904-223-4284

Women's Bible Study
 Wednesday Mornings 9:15-10:30
Childcare Available
It’s a great time for new beginnings!  
Starting January 9th, we will begin a new Bible study called Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist.
This book was a sweet soul-whisper, and an invitation to reconnect with God and loved ones. I’m no longer on that crazy hamster wheel.  I’m walking a more "in the present" path, with the ladies in our Bible Study by my side and more importantly-Jesus. I invite you to join us.
All the materials will be provided and lots of love shared.  If you have any questions, text or call me, Nicole, at (904) 566-0945. 
Nichole Bigay
phone: 904-223-6922 email: hodges@hbpcusa.org
website: hbpcusa.org