Category Archive: Note from the Pastor

  1. Worship +2 Relaunch September 12th

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    But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.                        Isaiah 40:31

    Waiting….  As the pandemic season comes to a close, we are waiting for things to return to NORMAL. Will it be the same? What will the new normal look like?

    Here is a vision to consider: butterflies coming out of a cocoon. Caterpillars are born with everything they need to become butterflies. Some of these parts develop over time and are visible, like wing buds. Other things are happening, but can’t be seen. But all the information for these parts is stored in the caterpillar’s cells, waiting to be unlocked.

    This summer our church has been in a cocoon, if you will: we have all the parts we need to relaunch. We too, are waiting to be unlocked.

    Isaiah 40:31 reminds us that waiting is a time of renewal. Relaunching our church will take strength. There are spiritual muscles that we have not used in a while. Ask anyone who has worn a cast for a broken bone. It takes time and perhaps some help to regain strength and functionality. Perhaps there are some of us that have gotten out of the Sunday routine. It takes time to reclaim that time and get close to God after worshiping in your jammies.

    This summer has been about getting out and getting together with friends and family. After being locked down, many of us are hitting the road to see loved ones; your pastor included. I encourage all of you to take some time this summer to reconnect and restore yourselves.   Rest up: because we have some flying to do!

    We are the body of Christ and like the butterflies, we are equipped but we need to get moving. You’ll be hearing a lot about WORSHIP+2: coming to Sunday Worship (live or livestreaming) and being part of two more things … like Alpha or Sunday School or being part of a ministry committee or helping with a church workday.

    We need each other, and when you step into WORSHIP+2 you will be amazed at what God is doing in your life. And in the life of this church.

    Let’s get flying!


    Rev. James D. Friesen


    Our New Schedule Beginning September 12th:

    9:30 – 9:50 – Coffee, Talk and Prayer
    10 am – Worship, both in-person and livestreaming
    11 am – Classes for Children 3 and up
    11 am – Classes for Adults
    9:30 – Noon – Nursery

  2. Covid-19 Update

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    Hyde Park Presbyterian Congregation,

    Please pray for our community, which will be impacted in many different ways, especially the elderly, ill, hungry, and those who will be out of work or school because of this pandemic. We encourage you all to stay connected with each other especially if you are not seeing each other in person: reach out to those you normally speak with only at church and check in. If you do become ill please let the church office know and we will stay connected with you.   

    Rev. James D. Friesen

  3. Personnel Updates

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    With Kathy Baumann’s retirement after more than 3 decades, Kimber George, our Office Administrator, has now taken over the additional role of Financial Secretary.  Kimber holds an MBA, and with one year of office administration under her belt, we are confident she will serve HPPC with the high standards and confidentiality we all have long appreciated. However, we recognize that asking one person to complete all the job duties formerly performed by two people would be unduly challenging, at least in the beginning.  So, through the Lenten season, our very own Lynda Waters will be assisting for 10-15 hours a week during the transition as Interim Office Assistant.

    Kimber George, Office and Financial Administrator, will be in the office Monday through Thursday. She can be reached for financial correspondence at; phone ext. 2.

    Lynda Waters will be in the office generally mid-days Monday, Wednesday and Friday or as schedules dictate; her main focus will be the Bulletin, Church Calendar, Directory and phone. She may be reached at; ext. 1.

    The office hours for conducting business are 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Thursday; 9:00 am – Noon on Friday. Pastor James Friesen’s day off will be Thursday.

    Through this transition the personnel committee will be assessing the office staffing needs and will get a good idea of the type of person we should hire and for what duties and hours after Lynda has helped us through the transition.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me or the personnel committee  any time.


    Rev. James D. Friesen & the Personnel Committee

  4. Kathy Baumann Retirement

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    It is with warm wishes that I announce the retirement of our Financial Secretary, Kathy Baumann. Kathy has been the rock of this church for 33 years.  Her knowledge of the mechanics of HPPC has helped me so much during my first years here, and Kathy’s institutional knowledge of this church has been such an asset.  She has taken great care of all of us while being a faithful steward of the sacred trust of the church financials. 

    Kathy has touched so many at Hyde Park Presbyterian Church over the years. She never failed to promptly respond to members who called or emailed her, or explain church accounting procedures, and she would always answer the countless questions from elders. We will all miss her warm smile, sweet presence and diligence. Over the past six months Kathy has been passing the torch to Kimber George who will be taking on her role next year. You may still catch a glimpse of Kathy from time to time in the church office as she will be doing a little consulting for us in 2020.

    I’ll share one story of Kathy that you may not know.  Time and time again she has used this story from Mark 12:41-44 and it will always remind me of her.

    41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. 43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

    Kathy has seen it as her duty to look out for all the copper coins for over 30 years. 

    Rev. James D. Friesen


    We will honor Kathy for her contributions in a farewell reception at 12:15 pm on December 15th, right after the traditional service.  Each of you is invited to attend.

    At this gathering, we will present a Love Gift to Kathy. Please send your contributions to Kimber in the church office by Wednesday, December 11 or place them in the offering plate by Sunday, December 8th, clearly marked as the Love Offering for Kathy. Please call the church office with any questions you might have.

    If you would like to donate online, you can do so here:

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