Category Archive: Community

  1. Dedication Sunday June 6th HPPC Family Legacy Playground

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    We hope you will join us on this special Dedication Sunday, June 6th right after the 10:00 am service. We will share in the dedication and blessing of our new playground together, then the kids can climb, swing, spin, bounce and chime while the adults fellowship. Dave’s Jukebox Diner will pull in where you can enjoy some delicious smash burgers for lunch on the lawn! Please invite friends and neighbors to this special service and dedication Sunday. It will surely be a memorable day at HPPC!

    From the initial desire to “renovate” our beloved playground by adding a centerpiece play station to honor John Brannan with his memorial funds we have since endeavored to create the HPPC FAMILY LEGACY PLAYGROUND, sponsored by many families who have worshiped at Hyde Park Pres over the years, and DEDICATED TO JOHN B. BRANNAN; Youth Leader, Teacher, Elder, Treasurer.

    This new playground is a fresh, fun, and vital way to provide a welcome haven for young children in the families who join us, as well as a community resource, a gift, and an outreach opportunity to the families in our community. Many of you have underwritten special play stations on the playground and we are so grateful for your contributions, as well as those who contributed to the overall fund!

    THE JOURNEY
    This playground was certainly a labor of love… Calls went out to 5 playground companies. After initial contact, 3 companies actually came out to view the current site and make proposals. The company who clinched the final selection was Kompan, with the standout option of the Pirate Ship. Kompan designed Water Works Park next to Ulele. Their recommended design made sure the Pirate Ship had good visibility from the Swann Avenue corridor, and that play stations were grouped age-appropriately and with safe “use zones”.
    The play stations were constructed in Denmark, then loaded on a cargo ship to cross the Atlantic, around the straits of Florida to the Port of Houston. It was then trucked to Austin, survived a snow storm in storage, and then made its way by truck to Hyde Park, once all the permitting and paperwork was completed.

    DEDICATION:
    HPPC FAMILY LEGACY PLAYGROUND
    Dedicated to John B. Brannan
    Youth Leader, Teacher, Elder and Treasurer who loved his church, family & friends

    We are grateful to the many generous individuals and families who created this fun, joyous playground.
    Glory to God!

    ANCHORS

    Kim Brannan & Family (pirate ship)
    In memory of a loyal husband and caring father

    Peg Gardner
    In honor of the children of this community

    Cheryl Jackson Young & Family
    In memory of my parents Dot & Dave Jackson

    Pam Jackson Blank & Family
    In memory of my parents Dot & Dave Jackson

    Monk & Carl Brannan (swing set)
    In memory of our devoted son John

    ADMIRALS

    Christina & Tony Brannan Jr. (fence)
    In memory of Uncle John

    Jane & Tony Brannan (musical play station)
    In memory of Tony’s brother & steadfast friend John

    Winston DuBose (ocean see saw)
    In memory of my good friend John

    Lynda & Chip Waters (spinner bowl)
    In memory of Lola Anne & Bill Frieze

    Stacey & Josh Crum (cloud climber)
    In honor of Carter Claire & Margot

    Renee Gardner & Brian Malek (cloud climber)
    In honor of Nicholas & Stella

    OFFICERS
    Danielle & Michael Blasco (chiming flower)
    In honor of our children

    Bill Brannan Family
    In memory of John, a wonderful brother

    Carl Brannan Jr. Family
    In memory of “my little brother John”

    Dr. Richard Farrior & Family (bench)
    In memory of Dr. J. Brown & Evelyn Searcy Farrior, Charter Members

    Nancy & Bob Hankin (chiming flower)
    In honor of Bradley, Tommy & Matthew

    Becky Brannan Hatcher & Family (bench)
    In memory of Becky’s brother John & his quiet strength

    Hyde Park Presbyterian Congregation (chiming flower)
    In honor of Val Van Orden & her years of tending our church gardens

    The Poe Family (chiming flower)
    In memory of Haven & Charlie Poe

    The Steiner Family (bench)
    In honor of our son Jackson

    Chris, Walker & Jourdan Tanner (bench)
    In honor of our parents Jett & Steven Tanner

    Rob & Vairin Brannan Tolley & Family
    In memory of my humorous brother John

    MARINERS

    Ken & Ruth Cowan
    Karla & Ed Grant 
    Sandy & Brian Kennedy
    Mary Fran Meyer
    Bruce H. & Ann Gillen Orand & Family
    Harriett Phillips
    Rev. Ken & Robin Shick
    Pat Farrior Van Bueren

    Jesus said, “Let the children come to me… for to such belongs the Kingdom of God.”
    -Matthew 19:14

  2. Give Up Something for Lent

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    We’re sure you’ve heard of giving up something during this season. It’s not too late!! The Missions Ministry encourages you to give up some food or funds to help lift up some of the 209 families served by End 68 Hours of Hunger through our pantry.

    • Drop your donations of Compleat meals and canned fruit at the church during office hours or bring to in-person worship Sundays at 10:00 am
    • Use this Amazon list Food will be sent directly to the church.
    •  Write a check to HPPC and mark it Lenten Food Drive or find the Lenten Food Drive link on the Text to Give site.

    Thanks for your generosity.

  3. Here Comes the Family Legacy Playground!

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    The HPPC Family Legacy Playground was born across the sea in Odense, Denmark. The entire thing, complete with pirate ship, slides, swings, spinners and seesaws  … you name it … was loaded onto a cargo ship and set sail across the Atlantic. Check the HPPC website often as we track the the progress of our playground on its journey to the corner of Swann and Willow!

  4. Advent Angels Toy Drive

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    Be an Advent Guardian Angel!!

    We’re looking for some Guardian Angels this year! You can make a difference in the life of a child who is in the court system. We’re excited to partner with the Guardian Ad Litem Program for a toy drive to benefit children who are separated from their parents.  A Guardian Ad Litem becomes a voice for the child’s best interests and needs.

    In Hillsborough County, The Guardian Ad Litem Program works with more than 3500 neglected, abused, abandoned and/or disabled children who have been removed from their homes and placed in the hands of the court. Many of these children are in foster care in our community and this may be the only gift they receive. We are joining their efforts to provide a Merry Christmas for those children by contributing new, unwrapped toys which will be offered to the guardian who will select a toy based on the child’s interests. 

    We invite you to join us in this partnership opportunity to care and share with children in need! The Guardian Ad Litem representative has suggested the following types of toys to make a child’s Christmas special this year:

    • Multi-racial dolls
    • Trucks or Truck sets
    • Lego or Lego type block sets
    • Craft Sets

    You can drop off your donation any day at the church during office hours, between now and December 12, 2020. Use the Willow Street entrance and place them in the brown Mission Corner box. Or bring it with you to Sunday 5:45 pm services and place in the box in the narthex.  A Mission Ministry person will also be at the Willow door from 11:30 to 2 pm on Saturday, December 12.

    If you prefer, please make a monetary donation online or send a check designated for the Guardian Angel Project to the church by December 1st so the elves can shop. Thanks for your enthusiastic contributions once again. 

    May the Advent Season bring you peace, love, joy and hope!!

  5. HPPC Family Legacy Playground

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    The Entire Playground is now Underwritten!!

    The new playground will be a fresh, fun, and vital way to provide a welcome haven for young children in families who join us as well as a community resource. It will be very visible from the Swann Avenue drive-by corridor, and a gift and outreach to the families in our community.

    From the initial desire to “renovate” by adding a centerpiece play station to honor John Brannan with his memorial funds, calls went out to 5 playground companies. After initial contact, 3 companies actually came out to view the current site and make proposals.

    The company who clinched the final selection was Kompan, with the standout option of the Pirate Ship. Kompan designed Water Works Park next to Ulele, where you can see the adorable Ocean SeeSaw and the Spinner Pole. Their recommended design made sure the Pirate Ship had good visibility from the Swann Avenue corridor, and that play stations were grouped age-appropriately and with safe “use zones”.

     

     View Link for Visuals!!

    General Playground Fund  Gifts of any size are welcome to put on the finishing touches, such as  trees, landscaping, festive shade sails. 
    Goal $12,000 PLEASE EMAIL: office@hydeparkpres.com, Call: (813) 253 0069 Or  Donate Direct

    Ocean Seesaw  Up to three children can rock on each end featuring dolphins and sharks 
    $8,000 Underwritten

    Spinmaster Pole  Stand-up spinning in style, solo or with friends
    $3,500 Underwritten

    Creative Manipulative  Designed for hands-on play for toddlers and fosters hand-eye coordination
    $2,500 Underwritten

    Buccaneer Pirate Ship  Large play station for young swashbucklers to create adventures on the high seas       
    $35,000 UNDERWRITTEN

    Deluxe Swing Set with Flying Saucer & Baby Bucket  Up to four older children can enjoy swinging next to mom and baby 
    $10,000 UNDERWRITTEN

    Fence  Secure, black aluminum fencing with auto-closing gates keep our little ones safe. 
    $6,500 UNDERWRITTEN

    Spinner Bowl  Kids love to spin and whirl around in this big scooped seat
    $3,500 UNDERWRITTEN

    Comfy, durable Outdoor Benches  Wooden benches provide cool seating   $500/each (3 available)  
    3 UNDERWRITTEN 1 more available

    Cloud Climber  Climbing fun on this low net climber for toddlers.
    $4,000 UNDERWRITTEN

    Musical Play Station  An interactive music panel with xylophone chimes for curious minds and peaceful play   
     $5,000 UNDERWRITTEN

    Chiming Flowers  Petals on these brightly colored flowers allow children to create delightful chiming tones 
    $2,000/each  UNDERWRITTEN

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