Category Archive: Event

  1. Advent Guardian Angel Project

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    The Missions Ministry “kicks off” the Advent Season with its Be a Guardian Angel project. We are again partnering with the Guardian Ad Litem program to provide new toys for children and youth who are in the foster care system or under the supervision of the courts. In addition to new toys, you may donate money online (Easy Tithe/Donate/Guardian Angel Christmas) or with a check marked Guardian Ad Litem (by December 1).  This gives the committee elves adequate time to shop.

    Only new, unwrapped toys are needed. Bring your new cars, trucks, multicultural dolls, crafts, Legos, and science activities to the church before December 12. At the Advent Tree Lighting service on Sunday, December 5 toys will be accepted.  On Saturday, December 11, from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm, Nancy Corwin of the Missions Ministry will be at the Willow Street entrance to the church to accept your donations. You may also order items from Amazon and have them delivered to the church.  The drive concludes on Sunday, December 12.

    Thanks for your interest and participation!

  2. Ice cream Social- Meet Ilma!

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    Welcome Ilma De La Rosa!
    Early Childhood Coordinator for HPPC

    Ilma holds a master’s degree in youth and family ministries, and will be leading our children’s ministry beginning Sept. 12. Ilma (sounds kinda like Yuma) and her husband Rick will be worshiping with us in August, so come and extend a warm welcome!

    Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Ilma moved to Tampa in 2008, where she has been involved in children’s ministry at area churches. At Radiant Church in South Tampa, she coordinated the nursery for all services, along with parents and volunteers; coached, scheduled, trained and encouraged volunteers; along with teaching.

    Interested in helping out with the nursery or classes? You can reach her at


    Join us on the playground on August 22nd after the 10:00am Worship service to meet Ilma.
    Nursery and children’s classes 5th grade and under will resume on September 12th!


  3. 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!

    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.

    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!


    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


    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

    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


    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

  4. Ramsey Financial Peace University Back By Popular Demand

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    Back by popular demand, this spring HPPC is again offering the Ramsey Financial Peace University nine-lesson course using biblical wisdom and common sense to help you tackle budgeting, pay off debt, and build wealth.

    The classes for this Bible-based plan, created by popular radio personality Dave Ramsey, will be led by our own Matt Vanture (HPPC elder) from 8 – 9:30pm for nine weeks, starting Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Connect with others just like you whom you can encourage and hold one another accountable and celebrate progress.

    Normally, you would need to subscribe to this FPC course, but HPPC has bought a license for a year, allowing our members full free use of this excellent resource. To register for this free course, just click on this link:

    Questions: please contact Matt Vanture at

    Zoom Information : May 19 & Each Week for 9 weeks @ 8:00 pm: click the Zoom link here

  5. Recap Congregational Meeting Held March 7th

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    Congregational Meeting held March 7

    – Clerk Jonathan Colbert declared a quorum with participants in person and via zoom; Rev. James Friesen opened the meeting with prayer.
    – Rev. James gave the Pastor’s Report, reflecting the changes due to the pandemic. While some might call 2020 a dumpster fire, he prefers to think of it as a refining fire. It was noted that our holiday seasons provided unique opportunities for the church to be visible in the community, and zoom small groups and classes had unexpected benefits as well. 42 Sermons, Morning Jam and Kid’s Church plus special services were recorded or live-streamed. Over 100 people participated in the Advent events, not counting the three Christmas Eve services. The HPPC Family Legacy Playground was fully funded, and the freezer is full of frozen meals that can be taken to those in need.
    – Treasurer Tony Brannan, Jr. shared the 2020 and 2021 Budgets. 2020 closed the year with a $25,700 deficit which must be carried over to the 2021 budget. The 2021 budget is $422,911, about $30,000 less than 2020 actuals.
    – Rev. James stepped out for the presentation of the Pastor’s Terms of Call. The motion to approve the Terms of Call was made and seconded. A question regarding the goal-setting process for the pastor was answered by Jonathan Colbert, chair of Personnel. The motion passed. James then rejoined the group and thanked the congregation for their vote of confidence.
    – Mark Steiner presented the committee structure for 2021, Rich Easterlin presented the roles and duties of the Session, some of the committees and Nancy Corwin presented the last few committee structures including Personnel/Nominating and Missions.
    – The meeting was closed with prayer.

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