December 7, 2023 – Newsletter

Sunday, Dec. 10th: Congregational Meeting follows Worship
The members of HPPC will elect the new class of elders to serve on the 2024 Session.
The slate presented by the Nominating Committee are: Nancy Corwin (2 year term), Sandy Kennedy, Ann Maxey, Harriet Plyler and Annie Shipherd.
The 2024 Nominating Committee is also scheduled to be elected. The slate includes: Christina Brannan, Kim Brannan, Carol Kline, Harriet Plyler and Jett Tanner.
Please plan on staying after Worship for this important business.

‘Tis the season for our Guardian ad Litem Toy Drive. You can be an Advent Angel!  

1. Buy new toys (do not wrap) and gift cards (Chick fil A, Starbucks, Burger King etc) for the children within the Guardian ad Litem program.
2. Bring to church no later than Noon on Dec. 10.

Toys should be for toddlers to older teens, and multi-cultural given the diverse population amongst the children. Gift cards and monetary donations are also welcome — HPPC Mission Elves LOVE to shop!

Sunday, Dec. 10th – Linger Longer & Play Rehearsal
The children have their parts for the Christmas pageant. Everyone has their scripts as well. If we end up having newcomers—little guests, grandchildren who are visiting, nieces, nephews, etc—and they want to participate, Miss Faith can find them a spot, too!The Linger Longer on Dec 10th will be lunch and recess for the kids 12-1 and turn into a dress rehearsal for both the adults and the children from 1-3 pm.

Pajama Story Time (Virtual)
7:00 – 7:30 pm Sunday Dec. 10th & 17th
Kids can tune in on their computer for a short Christmas Story Time with Miss Faith.
Click Here to join the Zoom meeting! Password 777
Meeting ID: 534 373 5886   Password 777
Check out our HPPC 2023 Advent Playlist!
Hover over the QR code with your camera and click on the link. Add as a playlist on your desired streaming service and enjoys sounds of the season that we will be enjoying in worship, and that you can enjoy throughout this season of waiting.
(editor note: ok, it’s really hard to hover with this artwork all around it; look for them on the Bulletin, and I’ll try harder next week! The music is wonderful; so it’s worth trying!)
In Person Worship in the Sanctuary at 10 am
Rev. Scott Moncrieff, Guest PastorThe Worship Service is now being live-streamed on our Hyde Park Presbyterian Church YouTube channel under LIVE!  CLICK HERE to go to the page and select the sermon.

 Children are “shepherded out” of Worship after the Children’s Time.
Congregational Meeting for Adults and Sunday School for Children after Worship. 

Advent Devotional Books for Individual Study and Adult Sunday School
We have copies of “A Surprising God” … Advent devotions for an uncertain time.  Get your copy ($10) to have some reflective time during this time of waiting (and frenzy, if we aren’t careful!). The book will also be used for discussion in the Adult Sunday School class.

Please see Chris Bosworth to get your book on Sunday!

Let our Sanctuary reflect the beauty of the season; donate a Poinsettia!
You may take yours home after the Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve. $20 each. You may pay on Church CenterEasyTithe, or fill out a paper form and include cash or check in the offering plate.

End 68 Advent Countdown

During the advent season the Missions ministry hopes you will not only provide toys for the guardian ad litem children but will also participate in a Waiting for Christmas Advent Activity. Each day between now and Christmas, place an item needed by the children in End 68 Hours of Hunger in bags which can be found in your pew on Sunday Dec. 3rd.

The bags should be returned by January 1 so they can be used for the children when they return from their Christmas holiday. Lists of needed items are in the bags.

And of course, you may also donate via our Amazon wish list or write a check to help out some of the 700 kids we are now feeding every week. Thanks and enjoy the wait!

Come they told me (pa rum pum pum pum)
A newborn king to see (pa rum pum pum pum)
Our finest gifts we bring (pa rum pum pum pum)
To lay before the king (pa rum pum pum pum …)
Have you remembered to bring in your pledge card for 2024?The photo is the Nativity as seen through the eyes of Margot Crum, who, at 7 years old,  knows that EVERYBODY can’t wait to see that baby and bring their gifts!

A Night of Crafts, Cookies, Chili, Carols & Chrismon Tree Lighting
The downstairs fellowship hallway was alive with Christmas cheer and joy, old friends and new friends, last Sunday. Many many thanks go to Stacey Crum, who championed one of HPPC’s cherished traditions and led the Chrismon Service with a message “A Thrill of Hope”; Jett Tanner who introduced adorable Christmas cracker/poppers and Jesse Trees to newer members (and to those whose dog at some of the tree ornaments), and Kim Brannan who brought together a feast of 7 different chilis. Chili chefs were Bruce Orand & Marc Wallace (Most Unique); Sandy Kennedy; Stacey & Josh Crum; Lynda Waters (Most Flavorful); Patty LeFevre; Laura Tanner (Best All Around); and Kim Brannan.
Five young ladies from Plant High School’s a cappella women’s chorus brought beautiful music to both the workshop and the Chrismon service.

Save the Following Sunday Dates!
Advent  Angel Toy Drive,
 ongoing until the 10th!
Dec. 10th Linger Longer & Pageant Rehearsal
7:00pm Pajama Story Time (Click Zoom)
Dec. 17th 10am Children’s Christmas Pageant
11am Apollo Academy Holiday Market
7:00pm Pajama Story Time (Click Zoom)
Dec. 24th 10am Virtual Church Family Service
Dec. 24th 5pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Dec. 31st 10am Morning Worship (New Year’s Eve)
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