Weekly Eblast
Hodges Boulevard
Presbyterian Church
November 13, 2018
Sunday, November 18, 2018

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

Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26
Matthew 6:25-33

"Trust and Give Thanks"
Cindy will be out of the office next week. Kathy be in the office Monday and Tuesday only. There are no volunteers scheduled to man the office on Wednesday. The church office will be closed on Thursday and Friday. If there is an emergency please call one of your faithful elders.
Dear Hodges family,

It’s the week before Thanksgiving, and I don’t know about you, but that’s about the only thing on my mind! Steve and I will be traveling next week to spend the holidays with our children, which then leads me to think how very, very blessed we are personally, and certainly how blessed we all. This coming Sunday is always the date we pastors set aside as our “Thanksgiving sermon,” and this week will be no different. The topic (also indicated by the sermon title) will be about being thankful, of course, but also about how that gratitude comes from trusting God. Is our life always going to be a bed of roses? We all know the answer to that question! Of course it isn’t!! But then, we are not promised that, are we? We are promised that God will be with us and that God loves us, and that pretty much covers it. And, knowing those two things brings us the comfort that leads to the gratitude. Gratitude, then, leads us to grateful response. It’s kind of like a big circle!

Even amidst a time when there are so many distressing items in the news, in addition to the distress in our own church family of members having serious surgeries, scary diagnoses, and even dealing with death, we know that God is our comfort and strength, and (you’ll affirm this on Sunday!) that God’s steadfast love endures forever. I think it’s important for us to claim this as we pray with and for one another, because, after all, prayer is the most we can do.
Be still, and know that I am God!
(Psalm 46:10)

As we approach this season of giving thanks, followed immediately by the season of Advent and the coming of our Lord, I encourage you to think of ways in which you can tangibly express your gratitude – to your family and friends, to your church, to your community, and also to the world. Remember that a word of thanks or gratitude does go a long way in lifting someone up, and there may be those among us who are in need of that little boost.

So, in that regard, let me say how grateful I am for EACH one of you, because it is the whole of you that make up this church family, which I do love and feel so privileged to serve. Thank you for your faith and commitment to serving Christ and your community. It is truly a joy to be with you during this season of transition! And, since I won’t be here to write an Eblast for next week, I wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings, which we are so blessed to enjoy because …

Blessings to you and yours! I hope to see you Sunday!

Your servant and friend,



Wednesday, November 14
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

Thursday, November 15
10:00 am Pre-School Lunch Bunch
7:00 pm Session
No Traditions Choir Rehearsal

Friday, November 16
8:00 am Pre-School Staff Mtg
9:00 am Bus to Symphony
10:00 am Pre-School Lunch Bunch
7:00 pm Russian Fellowship

Sunday, November 18
9:00 am Contemporary Worship
10:00 am Education Hour
11:00 am Traditional Worship
6:00 pm Mid & Sr High Youth

Monday, November 19
6:30 pm Scouts

Tuesday, November 20
11:30 am Staff Meeting
12:00 pm PW Afternoon Circle
6:30 pm Endowment
7:00 pm PW Evening Circle
7:30 pm Stewardship

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), family of Charles Gaines (Debbie Abbott's father) , Jose Gonzalez, Carl Heldwein, Bob Hiller, Carolyn and Tom Hopper, Dave Keim, 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, Dale Simmons , 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

NOVEMBER 21 OR 28, 2018
11/18 Youth Group @ Youth Room
11/25 No Youth Group
12/2 Bake Sale during Sunday school
12/2 Holiday Home Gathering @Harkness’ - please RSVP on GroupMe - more details to come
We have a spot open for dinner this week! Please check out the signup genius link if you would like to help out and provide a meal for the youth on Sunday evening.

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

Thank you to all who participated and contributed!
·           Please remember to sign up for this year’s Advent Event . It will be an evening of great chili (the chili cook-off is first!), hanging of the greens , making of Chrismons for our tree, exploring Jesus’ family tree , and storytelling ! Bring your family or join a family of your friends for this special evening!  Deadline for signing up is November 26 .

·          We need to know about our Covenant Groups ! Our Adult Education committee is trying to make a list of all the educational opportunities here at Hodges, and we realized that we don’t even know how many covenant groups we have or where they meet!!! Please email Kathy Millard to let her know of your group, and when and where they meet. Thank you!

·          The children of HBPC this last week began preparing for Debbie’s return by decorating a banner. They are all excited to have her back with us! All our prayers are with Debbie right now!

Malinda Harris
Interim Director of Faith Formation
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 bring your favorite chili or soup by 5:00 p.m. for the JUDGES!

  Please RSVP to Jane Ramsdell at 904-237-6103 or jdowlingr@comcast.net.
Deadline is November 26, 2018.
Salvation Army
Angel Tree
November 18-December 9
HBPC will be participating with the Salvation Army Angel Tree agan this year. The tree will be set up in the narthex beginning November 18. It will be full of "Angels" that need you to bring them the joy of Christmas. If you are interested in sponsoring an Angel, here's what to do:

Just select an Angel from the tree.
Sign your name and phone number on the Sponsor Log beside the number listed on your Angel.
Take your Angel and a bag and follow the instuctions.
Bring the filled bag to the narthex no later than Sunday, December 9.

Contact Carolyn Wohlwend with questions:
phone: 904-223-6922 email: hodges@hbpcusa.org
website: hbpcusa.org