Dear Church Family,

This is a big Sunday. A new sermon series will begin. Our High School seniors will be recognized. There will be an outside activity to create gifts for a mom in your life or anyone you love. There will also be beverages and snacks outside. Join us in person at 9 AM or online.
 
Our sermon series will follow Philippians which teaches us how to find joy in every circumstance.

God's peace to each of you,
Steve
WORSHIP WITH US
VIEW WORSHIP LIVE-STREAM (9 AM SUNDAYS) (click here to view)
Join us for In-Person or Online Worship!

We are now offering a 9:00 AM Sunday morning in-person worship service; No Registration Required. We will be live-streaming the service on YouTube at the same time for those who wish to participate remotely (it will remain online if you would like to watch it later).

During the 9:00 hour, there will be in-person Sunday school for children in Kindergarten-5th grade, as well as nursery care for younger children. In the Sanctuary on Sundays, household groups will be seated together with space between families, and communion will take place the first Sunday of each month using factory-sealed packets.
Activities for Sunday, May 9

Senior Recognition Sunday: Come to the worship service and join us in celebrating our high school seniors and sending them off as they move onto a new chapter in their lives!

Spring Flowers: Following the worship service, join us outside where we will turn ordinary plants into a beautiful gift for a mom in your life or someone you love. There will also be coffee, beverages, and a small snack provided. Starting on Mother's Day, let's spread some love this spring!
Celebrate Pentecost With Us!

The word Pentecost is Greek and it means "50th day." Fifty days after Easter Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and their followers, and the beginning of their earthly ministry to make disciples of all nations. Pentecost is the Christian Church’s birthday. This year it falls on Sunday, May 23rd, and we will be celebrating with jazz! HPPC will have guest jazz musicians Nick Schauer, Mikaella Croskrey, David Fague, and Dave Wakeley providing some spirit-filled music for worship. We hope you’ll join us for this special Sunday!
NEWS TO NOTE
Youth Ministries Update

There will be no youth programs on May 9th or 10th in observance of Mother’s Day. We hope you spend some joyful time with family!

Beginning May 16th and 17th, our youth program will shift schedules. We will no longer be meeting exclusively as gendered small groups, but we will meet with all high schoolers on Sundays, 6-8 PM and all middle schoolers on Mondays, 6-7:30 PM. Come join us for a hangout, games, and some Jesus time! Visit our youth page at hamblenpres.org/youth and contact mitchelp@hamblenpres.org for more information and any questions you have.
Top of the Hill Meeting Next Tuesday

Did you know May is Mental Health Awareness Month? At our Top of the Hill gathering on May 11 we have the opportunity to learn more about mental health from Mary Hawk, a licensed mental health counselor based in Spokane. Working with students and families through a special services program she created at an international school in Malaysia first sparked her interest in counseling. Mary’s passion for counseling also comes from experiencing healing and transformation in her own life. She has worked in private practice since 2003. Join us on Tuesday, May 11 at 11:00 AM via zoom. We look forward to a wonderful time of learning together! Zoom link will be emailed Monday. Please contact Pastor Jennie at jennieb@hamblenpres.org with any questions.
Star Word Experiences

In January, many of us embarked on a new spiritual practice. After hearing the story of the Magi following the star to see Jesus (Matthew 2:1-12), we were given a Star Word as a way to discover and contemplate the ways God was at work in our lives. We were encouraged to put our Star Word in a place that would remind us to reflect on it daily.

It’s now been four months since we received our words. We’d love to hear about the ways your Star Word is challenging, comforting, guiding, moving, freeing, or teaching you. If you would like to share your experience, please send a brief reflection to trinal@hamblenpres.org. Click HERE to read our first reflection. We look forward to hearing from you!
Acolyte Training

Fourth graders are invited to attend Acolyte Training. It will be held Sunday, May 23, at 10 AM in the sanctuary right after the Pentecost service. Contact Kathy Williams at kathylwms@gmail.com with any questions.
Seeking Ushers

Are you ready to be involved as a volunteer in worship again? If so, we'd love to have you! If you enjoy greeting folks at worship, you would make a great usher! You can sign up as an usher HERE or contact the church office at 509-385-0619.
Tuesday Morning Men's Bible Study is Now in Person!

The Men's Bible Study group meets Tuesdays at 7:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall. Social distancing is practiced and masks are worn. Currently, no breakfast is served. For those that wish to continue meeting through Zoom, that will be available simultaneously. For more information, contact Joe Bruce at joeb@hamblenpres.org.
HOW WE'RE HELPING OTHERS
Free Rein Therapeutic Riding Fundraiser

Spring Cleaning? Free Rein Therapeutic Riding is having a community drop off day in the Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church parking lot on May 15th from 10am to Noon. Drop off gently used, unwanted clothing and household items to help with this fundraiser. Click HERE for additional information or email info@freereinspokane.org.
Shirts & Shorts Drive - Liberty Park Preschool

It’s SPRING and that means it’s time for the Liberty Park Community Development Center shirts and shorts drive. If you would like to participate, sign up for specific gender/size combinations HERE. Donations are due by Sunday, May 16. Simply place your items in a one-gallon ziplock bag with the gender/size labeled and visible in the bag. Drop your donation in the labeled box inside the foyer of the church. See more details HERE. If you have any questions, call Karen Kelly at (509) 599-7518 or Kristin Markham at (509) 209-6500. We appreciate your commitment to this project.
Blankets for HPPC Newborns

The Congregation Care Team offers a ministry of giving baby blankets and Bibles to newborns of HPPC.  This outreach is intended to welcome our little ones with love and affirmation of our commitment to be part of our community of faith.

Have you welcomed a new addition to your family during this last year of the pandemic?  Are you expecting a little one in the coming months?  Please contact Kathleen Seppi with your news at sbkathleen@comcast.net.
UPCOMING EVENTS
ALL EVENTS HAPPENING ON ZOOM UNLESS NOTED
For Zoom links, email hppc@hamblenpres.org
FRIDAY, May 7
1 PM Gladys' Group

SUNDAY, May 9
7:30 AM Sunday AM Bible Study
8 AM Sermon Preview/Prayer Group
9 AM In-Person Worship Service

MONDAY, May 10
5:30 PM F&A In-Person Meeting
6:30 PM Session In-Person Meeting
TUESDAY, May 11
7:30 AM Men's In-Person Bible Study
11 AM Top of the Hill Zoom Meeting
12:30 PM Staff Meeting

WEDNESDAY, May 12
9:30 AM Wednesday Morning Bible Study
2 PM Betty's Group
6 PM Journey In-Person & Zoom

FRIDAY, May 14
1 PM Gladys' Group
"Reading the Bible With New Eyes”
Learning and Practicing Life-Giving Faith in Guatemala

Wednesday, May 19, at 4:30 PM, join the next Virtual Journey to Guatemala. Learn about how a theology based in the love and justice of Jesus Christ is transforming the lives and communities of people in Central America. You will hear testimonies from pastors and laypeople in CEDEPCA's Biblical and Theological Formation program and be led through an eye-opening study of scripture by Dr. Paulo Ueti, Anglican theologian, New Testament scholar, and friend of CEDEPCA.

Register in advance for this meeting HERE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Suggested donation $11.
HPPC Book Club

Join the discussion on the book, The Day the World Came to Town by Jim Defede, on Thursday, May 20th, at 2:00 in person in the Fellowship Hall or on Zoom if preferred. It can be purchased HERE.

To receive a Zoom link and more information, contact Betty Thompson at bettythomps@aol.com.
Vacation Bible School
Attendance Registration & Volunteer Opportunities

Grab a pair of sandals, your bathrobe, and your sense of adventure, then get ready to escape with the Israelites! At Wilderness Escape VBS, June 28 - July 2, 9:00 AM - Noon, we'll meet Moses, hang out with the Israelites, and join their amazing adventure of trusting God in the wilderness. For more information and to register, click HERE or contact Joe at joeb@hamblenpres.org or 509-954-3041.

Please prayerfully consider volunteering to help with Vacation Bible School this year. The kids are inviting you to join them on an adventure with Wilderness Escape VBS June 28-July 2, 9 AM-Noon. Volunteers are needed as teachers, guides, music leaders, games leaders, and more. Please contact Joe Bruce at 509-954-3041 or joeb@hamblenpres.org with any questions or go HERE to sign up as a volunteer. Thank you!
Camp Spalding
 
Through their Christian summer camp programs, Camp Spalding provides a chance for thousands of young people from greater Spokane and North Idaho to get away from the daily routine, spend a week with an outstanding, fun staff of mature role models, and experience the adventurous life God intends for us. Sessions begin at the end of June and are offered during various dates throughout the summer. Once again, our Deacons are providing a 50% scholarship for any student attending. Prior to registering, obtain a Scholarship Code from Sandy Riebe at sandyr@hamblenpres.org. You can view this year’s Camp Spalding schedule and register using the Scholarship Code at campspalding.org.
Preschool Registration for 2021-2022 is open!
 
We're looking forward to a great year. Visit https://www.hamblenpres.org/preschool-registration to complete our online registration forms. Contact Interim Director Lisa Holmes at lisah@hamblenpres.org with questions.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH MINISTRIES
JAM (Jesus and Me)
Children's Sunday School

JAM Sunday School is in-person at 9:00 AM. Face masks and social distancing will be utilized. Online Sunday School activities will still be available as will a Zoom link if you would like to join Sunday School via Zoom.

Journey (Wednesday Evening Program for 1st-5th Graders)

Journey is in-person and simultaneously on Zoom from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Wednesdays. Activities include games, laughter, Bible study, and highs and lows for the week.

For information on our children's programs, visit our website or contact our Director of Children's Ministries, Joe Bruce, at joeb@hamblenpres.org or 509-385-0626.
Youth Ministries (6th-12th Grades)

Come join us for a hangout, games, and some Jesus time! For more information, visit our website's youth page at hamblenpres.org/youth. For questions, contact Mitchel Pierce, Director of Student Ministries, at mitchelp@hamblenpres.org.
Caravan (6th-8th grade):
Mondays 6:00-7:30 PM
Oasis (9th-12th grade):
Sundays 6:00-8:00
GIVING
Support the Ongoing Mission of HPPC with Your Tithes & Offerings

To make a donation to HPPC (one-time or recurring gift) you may do so HERE.
Thank you for choosing to support our mission to grow active followers of Jesus Christ
and build his community!
CONNECT WITH PASTORS & STAFF
Connect with Pastors & Staff

We are here for you! Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 AM to 4 PM and Friday, 9 AM to Noon. You can connect with pastors and staff by clicking on a link below to email them. Our cell numbers are also listed. Please reach out!

Click to email Pastor Steve Watts, Pastor, Head of Staff, or call/text: (509) 251-0366

Click to email Pastor Jennie Barber, Interim Associate Pastor, or call/text: (206) 794-0689

Click to email Heather Notske, Dir. of Operations & Group Ministry, or call/text: (509) 251-6468

Click to email Joe Bruce, Director of Children's Ministries, or call/text: (509) 954-3041

Click to email Mitchel Pierce, Director of Student Ministries, or call/text: (206) 739-6126

Click to email Kyla Fague, Interim Worship Director, or call/text: (509) 270-6848

Click to email Trina Limbaugh, Administrative Assistant, or call the office: (509) 448-2909 ext. 101

To submit a prayer request or to be added to the prayer chain, send an email to prayer@hamblenpres.org.