August 31, 2022 – Newsletter


Ice Cream & Dessert Social Sept. 14
Connecting with Community on Wednesdays! 

Invite someone to the Social on Sept. 14th with ice cream, dessert, and fellowship in the learning center and playground. What an “easy ask!”
At 6:30 pm we’ll have the Big Reveal of the fall Connecting with Community Calendar of dynamic, engaging programs, registration info for supper, child care and more!

Register here for the Ice Cream Social on Church Center app!

Sept. 11th … Fan Sunday
Wear a jersey or colors of your favorite team!

Sept. 11 is our Fall Kickoff Sunday! Wear a jersey or the colors of your favorite team! College or pro football, baseball, hockey, soccer … whatever makes you cheer!

Help Rev. James decide what to wear: email what jersey YOU would like to see him sport on Sunday … as long as one can arrive in his size in time.
EMAIL your favorite team by Friday!

Moving Further … Sept. 11th
Kids move up to new classes!

It’s a new school year, and time for our children to move up to new Sunday School rooms and classes. Please join in as they are celebrated at the 10 am Worship Service. Several kids will be joining the Preschool class, and many are moving into a new classroom for those in Kindergarten and up.

All children still begin classtime in the Chapel with singing at 11:00 am. Look for new signage for classrooms for pick-up!

New Members Class
Sept. 11 @ 11:00 am Conference Room

It’s a great time to get back to school and back to church. Come discover what it means to be a member, Presbyterian, and how you can be part of the great things happening at HPPC! Coffee and snacks; all are welcome!

Register on Church Center app
(or just come to the class in the Conference Room).

Kids Linger Longer! Sunday, Sept. 11, Noon – 3 

On Sunday Sept. 11, kids can linger longer after Sunday School for a pizza lunch and fun with friends.
Parents can go to brunch (or just go take a nap …)

Register and pay ($10/child) on Church Center app.

Free Concert @ 3:00
Sun. Sept. 11th

Join us, and bring some friends, for a free string band concert, brought to you by Bryan Alspach and New Horizons Music! Not your typical violin concert … check out the banjos and ukuleles, too!

Bryan may be retired from teaching music in public schools, but in addition to serving HPPC as an Elder, he also plays with the Tampa Bay Symphonic Winds, co-directs the New Horizons Band of Gulf Port Florida, and performs with the Kicking Brass Quintet.

For more info on New Horizons, please contact Bryan at or see him at church!

In Person Worship & Communion at 10 am; also Live Streamed.
At 10:00 am, Click To View Online Worship Service, or watch it later.
A new series for September starts today: A beginner’s guide to repairing broken relationships. No Sunday School Classes today.
Baptism of Ryker Pines
& Communion on Sunday, Sept. 4

Ryker Remington Pines, son of Ryan and Julie Demeter Pines, will be baptized on Sunday. Please join his family in welcoming him into the family of God, and celebrate our redemption in Christ with the Lord’s Supper.

Monday, Sept. 5
Labor Day

Have a restful, safe Labor Day weekend!
The church office will be closed so our staff can rest. And, a big Thank You of gratitude for all the volunteers who labor diligently for HPPC, End 68 Hours of Hunger, and other missions.

Your Session met on August 16th
More information will be forthcoming on many of these “snippets” from the Session Meeting. “Stay tuned” to future e-Chimes and other announcements.

Update on Coming Events:
Connecting with Community Wednesday nights start Sept. 14.
Advent 2022 will include the Tree Lighting on Dec 4; Wednesday Night Events (Connecting with Community);  Christmas Play Dec 11; Christmas Eve Family Service at 4:00 and 6:00 Traditional Candlelight Service.

Update from Housing Ad-Hoc Committee 
Mark Steiner reported that closing on the Orleans house should be the end of August, after some minor adjustments of roof and electrical issues and renter deposit, total to HPPC will be $726,072.

Update from Vision Ad-Hoc Committee 
Kim Brannan, Vision Committee, recommended a 3-year partnership with Leighton Ford Ministries to guide us through the Vision Process. Services typically include a full church survey process, focus groups, full church vision plan/retreat and more.

Proof of Concept on Preschool Project was presented. An exploratory committee will examine the hurdles involved with housing a pre-school at HPPC.

Approved Mission Committee request to consider a tithe of 10% of the sale of the Orleans house to a special missions fund.

Heard Elder Nominating Committee update and a Congregational Meeting set for October 2 to elect new elders.

Tech Team Update: The projector in the sanctuary is failing. A replacement projector is $20,000. Session authorized Bryan Alspach to work with Bailey Dean and the tech team to investigate possible alternative solutions.

Baptisms: Authorized the baptism of Ryker Remington Pines, son of Ryan and Julie Demeter Pines, on Sept. 4th.

Yikes! Rev. James & Zelle, Paypal and Venmo? NO, NO, NO Way!

Please remember that Rev. James Friesen (or Hyde Park Pres, Pastor, or Office) will NEVER email, text message or call you to try and set up Zelle, Paypal or Venmo to help pay for emergency maintenance.  OR to ask you to buy a gift card for some needy cause.
If you get a request, it is a SCAM. Just DELETE it without opening it. Nice, polite, giving church members are frequent targets for these scams. Step out of your comfort zone and just hang up or delete the message or email without opening it!

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