Our neighbors, families, and friends need hope. The whole world needs hope. Christians in the 16th century needed hope too. They coined the Latin phrase Post Tenebras Lux, which means “After Darkness, Light.” They knew the darkness they were living in would not last and that Jesus Christ is the Light that brings hope. We know that too. This Advent, join us as we encourage one another with the Hope of Christmas.

Join us for In-Person Worship on Sunday Mornings at 9 AM!

  • Masks are optional.
  • Nursery care is provided.
  • Communion is served in factory-sealed packets the first Sunday of the month.
  • Children's Sunday School is available for ages 3-yrs through 5th grade after the Junior Sermon.

VIEW WORSHIP LIVE-STREAM (9 AM SUNDAYS) (click here to view)




Pledge Card Reminder!

Thank you to everyone who has returned a pledge card so far! If you have not returned yours yet, please do so as soon as possible so that we can set our budget for next year. If you have lost your card or have questions, you can email Heather Notske directly at heathern@hamblenpres.org

Advent Poinsettias

Our beautiful Advent tradition returns, as our sanctuary will soon be adorned with Poinsettias. If you wish to contribute a poinsettia to grace the sanctuary during Advent, we are now accepting orders. The cost is $15 per poinsettia, and order forms and envelopes are located at the information desk outside the sanctuary. On the order form, you may designate your poinsettias “In memory” or “in honor” of a family member or friend. Completed order forms can be placed in the offering plate during worship, or dropped off at the church office by Sunday, November 27. You may also place your order by calling the church office at 509-448-2909.

Volunteers Needed for the Advent Fair

The annual Advent Fair will be this Sunday, November 27, 10:30-Noon. We would love to have you join us for crafts, food, service projects, and a carol sing to start the season off right! If you are interested in volunteering or would like to donate undecorated sugar or gingerbread cookies, please contact Cindy Dicken at cindyd@hamblenpres.org. See you there!

Last Chance to Get Your Tickets for the Quilt Raffle

The ANNUAL QUILT RAFFLE is underway to raise funds for supplies needed to further the Deborah Circle ministries. This year, a beautifully designed quilt made by Marge Cusworth will be raffled. The quilt is approximately 54" by 54" and would make a lovely covering for a single bed or a striking wall hanging with 16 squares, each containing an appliqued western boot.

Raffle Tickets are $2 each and can be purchased from a Deb's Circle member or after the worship service on Sundays in the Fellowship Hall. The drawing will be held November 27, during Coffee Fellowship after the worship service. You do not need to be present to win. 

No Wednesday Morning Bible Study Next Week

Wednesday Morning Bible Study will not meet next week on November 30. We will resume meeting on December 7, with Away in a Manger? Christmas Beyond the Barn.

Christmas Pageant From Scratch & Soup Supper

The annual Christmas Pageant From Scratch is back! It’s coming up on Sunday, December 4, 2022, starting at 5:30 PM with the return of a soup supper. If you would like to bring soup or cookies for the supper, you can sign up HERE. We hope that you and your family will come enjoy this fun evening including dinner, carols, and an impromptu play about the birth of Jesus. ALL AGES are welcome to attend!

Cozy Christmas Women’s Event

Cozy Christmas! Women ages high school and up are invited to join us for a cozy Christmas on Thursday, December 8, from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall. We’ll have a short devotional, optional Christmas crafts, delicious finger foods and a hot chocolate bar, and Christmas games. Childcare for ages 11 and under will be provided. Wear your jammies, bring a friend, and enjoy a time to take a deep breath in the midst of the busy holiday season.

Year-End Deadlines

If you volunteer for ministry, please note that any outstanding receipts that you would like to be reimbursed for, must be turned in to the office by noon on January 6.

Any contributions that you would like included on your 2022 giving statement must be turned in to the office or postmarked by December 31.


Office Hours

Church office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 AM to 4 PM, and Friday, 9 AM to Noon. As always, staff will be available for appointments and meetings beyond the posted hours.

All events meet in person unless otherwise noted:

THURSDAY, November 24

Thanksgiving Day

Church Office Closed

FRIDAY, November 25

Church Office Closed

SUNDAY, November 27

7:30 AM Zoom Sunday AM Bible Study

9 AM In-Person/Online Worship Service

10:30 AM Advent Fair

TUESDAY, November 29

7:30 AM Men's Bible Study

WEDNESDAY, November 30

9 AM Preschool Music Class

9:30 AM NO Wednesday Morning Bible Study

5 PM Journey Kids' Club

7 PM Praise Band Rehearsal

THURSDAY, December 1

9 AM Portable Projects

10:30 AM Carole Walker Memorial Service

7 PM Choir Rehearsal

FRIDAY, December 2

9:30 AM Friday Stampers

Adult Sunday School:

Songs of the Season - December 4 & 11


As we journey towards Advent and Christmas, join us to study the songs of the season found in the gospels. We’ll also study biblical characters featured in the songs that fill our hearts with the hope and joy of Christmas. Come to the Skylight Room after the 9:00 AM worship service on December 4 & 11.

Away in a Manger? Christmas Beyond the Barn

Wednesdays, December 7, 14, 21, 9:30 AM


When we think about the story of Christmas, we picture animals gathered around the infant Jesus, angels singing, and a star shining over a stable. But the story of Christmas is more than a quiet scene depicted on a Christmas card. For three weeks in Advent, we’ll study stories in the gospels of Matthew and Luke that didn’t happen on a silent night but teach us about the One in the manger. Join us Wednesday mornings at 9:30 in the Skylight Room.

Youth Christmas Parties

On Sunday, December 11, and Monday, December 12, Oasis and Caravan will each have a Christmas Party! We’ve got holiday competitions, Christmas trivia, and a white elephant gift exchange in our small groups (make sure to bring a gift if you’re coming!), it will be an awesome time to celebrate our last meeting of the year!

Top of the Hill--2nd Tuesdays from 11:30-1:00

Top of the Hill is back! This monthly event is geared toward retirement-aged folks who want to socialize over a meal, then learn something new. Topics range from presentations by local non-profits to travelogues to local authors or musical programs. RSVPs for each month are due the Friday before each event. Suggested donation to cover lunch is $8, cash or check. Here is the next presentation: 

  • December 13--Jeannie Wright will be back with her friends, Glen and John, for a Christmas music concert

To RSVP, sign up on the clipboard at the information center or call the church office (509-385-0627) by the Friday before the event.

Blue Christmas Service

A Service of Light in a Time of Darkness

  • A service for those who struggle with grief, pain or loneliness during this season, offering comfort in prayer, candle lighting, liturgy and music
  • Wednesday, December 14, 7pm
  • In-person and streamed live

Kids’ Day Out

This year, we will be offering our first Kids’ Day Out! This will happen on December 17, from 1 to 4 pm, and will be a time that kids from birth (nursery available) through grade 5 can come and watch a movie, eat pizza, play games, and just enjoy being together! The cost per child will be $5 to cover the cost of food. We hope that this will be a time for parents to run errands that are difficult to do with kids in tow!

A Great Light

Christmas Eve at Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church

Jesus forms truth from untruth, offers joy from despair, provides hope for the hopeless, and can turn our darkness into light. Join us as we welcome the light of Christ at our Christmas Eve Services on Saturday, December 24.

  • 3:00 PM: Service with candle lighting and Christmas carols led by a jazz combo
  • 5:00 PM: Service with candle lighting, communion, and Christmas carols led by our Chancel Choir
  • Both services in-person and streamed live

Wednesday Morning Winter Bible Study

Not Your Favorite Bible Story: Wrestling with the book of Judges

January 4, 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15

“In those days, there was no king in Israel; all the people did what was right in their own eyes.” In many ways, this evocative final line of the book of Judges summarizes the content of the entire book. Much of the narrative in Judges leaves us shocked, confused, and in some cases, terrified. Engaging this text brings us into encounter with characters and stories we might wish were deleted from the Bible. This winter we’ll wrestle some of the most challenging texts in the Hebrew scriptures to boldly ask deep questions about God and humanity. Join us Wednesday mornings at 9:30 AM in the Skylight Room.

Book Club

You can join the Book Club for a discussion in person on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 2 PM. For more information, contact Betty Thompson at bettythomps@aol.com.

2023 Reading List:

January 19: When We Were Young and Brave by Hazel Gaynor

February 16: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

March 16: When the Last Leaf Falls by Bill Myers

April 20: War Bonds by Cindy Hval

May 18: Horseback Honeymoon by Dorothy Ballard, Ellen and Quincy Scott

Oasis Connect Retreat

January 20th-22nd marks our yearly high school winter retreat to Tall Timber! This retreat is all about connection and community—both what a healthy Christian community looks like, as well as what it means to be an active part of that kind of community! This retreat ideally leads into a time for students to discern what it looks like to commit to this church.

Family Dodgeball Night

We will hold our yearly Family Dodgeball Night on February 17, 2023 from 7-9 pm! This is a fantastic opportunity for parents to play a fun sport with their kids! Even if you don’t have kids, please come! We would love to have anyone that is interested come and play! There will be dessert after we are done playing to help you get your strength back! If you are interested in playing, please RSVP to Cindy Dicken, Director of Children’s and Family Ministries, at cindyd@hamblenpres.org.


Opportunities to Serve at HPPC & in the Community

Visit our website at hamblenpres.org/getinvolved to check out a list of ways to get involved at HPPC and grow as a disciple of Jesus. You will find 10 different categories along with a few examples of things that fit in each category. In front of each category is a checkbox. If you think you would like to try out a new ministry, print the list, check the box(es) of the categories that interest you, return it to the office, and we will contact you when we have a need for volunteers. Thank you for serving with us!

Join the Snow Patrol

Colder weather is upon us! Our parking lot gets plowed when it snows, but we depend on volunteers to keep our walkways safe and clear of snow during the winter. If you would like to sign up in advance for a specific day that you would be willing to snowblow our sidewalks, we would love to hear from you! We have a snowblower, shovels, and de-icer. Training can be provided! Sign up for one day this season or volunteer for multiple days--your choice! If interested, contact Heather Notske at 509-385-0627 or heathern@hamblenpres.org or sign up online HERE.

Liberty Park Community Development Center Toy Store 

Dear Congregation,


Your Neighborhood Outreach Deacons are again sponsoring the TOY STORE drive for the Liberty Park Development Center. This ministry gives needy families a chance to purchase Christmas gifts for their children at a fraction of the actual cost of the item. In these uncertain times, families may need to choose between feeding their families over providing a little Christmas joy for their children.

Sign up for specific ‘wish list’ items at bit.ly/HPPCToyStore2022. Drop off your UNwrapped gifts in the Toy Store box located in the church foyer. An evening drop off is available Wednesday, November 30, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

Monetary donations, designated for the Toy Store, are always welcome. We will fill in gaps by purchasing as needed.

If you would like to help set up for the Toy Store at the Children’s Center, signup in the Sign-up Genius under ‘Volunteers- toy store set up’… about 1 hour of time on Friday, December 9, at 2:00pm.



Questions??? Karen Kelly 509.599.7518--- kjkelly547@gmail.com

Or Kristin Markham 509.209.6500--- themarkhams6@gmail.com

Resilient Threads Guatemala

Women Sewing and Weaving for a Better Life

Be sure to check out Resilient Threads Guatemala at the Advent Fair on Sunday, November 27, and help support empowerment, hope, and changed lives for women in Guatemala. You can learn more at resilientthreadsguatemala.org.


Thank you to our volunteers who have faithfully picked up Bite2Go this fall. The sign-up Genius has added dates from January through March for new and returning volunteers. The spots fill up quickly, so, if you are interested in taking a turn, get online soon at bit.ly/Bite2GoHPPC! Or, choose to support the program with a monetary gift designated to the Bite2Go budget. Thank you!

An Update from the Moe Family

You can read an update from Betsey and Eric Moe, mission co-workers serving in Guatemala, and see a photo from this year's HPPC mission trip to Guatemala at bit.ly/MoeUpdateWinter2022.


Children’s & Family Ministry

Volunteer Opportunities

You can sign up at bit.ly/ChildMinistriesHPPC to help with J.A.M. Sunday School, Wednesday evening Journey program, or other volunteer opportunities that impact children. For information on our children's programs, visit our website or contact our Director of Children's and Family Ministries, Cindy Dicken, at 509-385-0626 or cindyd@hamblenpres.org.

JAM (Jesus and Me) Children's Sunday School

J.A.M. Sunday School is right after the Children’s Sermon during worship. Each week this fall, children ages 3 years through 5th grade will gather for lessons on the Parables of Jesus. There is so much to learn from these amazing stories that our Savior told while He was on earth! We have fun activities, skits, and wonderful messages planned! It’s going to be so fun!

Journey Kids' Club (K-5th Graders)

Journey Kids' Club meets Wednesdays, 5:00 to 7:00pm. We are so excited to spend time playing games, eating food, and learning more about God in this really wonderful time together! A weekly donation of $5 is suggested to help support the cost of dinner. You are encouraged to bring a friend!

Youth Ministries (6th-12th Grades)

Come join us for a hangout, games, and some Jesus time! For more information on our youth programs, 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 PM.

Sunday Donuts!

Come grab a snack! Immediately following the service on most Sundays, our middle schoolers and high schoolers meet in the youth room for donuts and a chill hangout time.


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!

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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, Assoc. Pastor of Care & Outreach, or call/text: (206) 794-0689

Click to email Heather Notske, Director of Operations, or call/text: (509) 251-6468

Click to email Cindy Dicken, Director of Children's & Family Ministry, or call/text: (818) 321-1551

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

Click to email Scott Dicken, Director of Worship Arts, or call/text: (818) 464-6034

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.