February 29, 2024 – Newsletter


ESTEAM Learning Labs & Apollo Academy Host Summer Camps at HPPC! (Discount available)

Campers engage their brains with hands-on activities and learn new skills daily. Exciting programs like Movie Making, Engineering, Coding Robots, Acting, Visual Art, and Board Game Creation. Develop skills for analytical thinking, public speaking, creative expression, teamwork, and conflict management.  

Discovery STEAM Camps Ages 4 – 8
All other STEAM Camps  Ages 8 – 15
Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4 pm
Cost $435.00 Full Day  $245.00 1/2 Day (Discovery Camps Only).  

Use Code HPPC15 for 15% off all registrations (offer expires April 25th or when camp is full).
Register Here.

Faces of the Cross: 6-week Lenten Bible Study
Wednesdays, 7:00 pm Feb. 21 – Mar. 27

Explore the challenges of those who played a significant role in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Discover how their legacies reflect the depth of God’s mercy and grace. If you missed the first week, you can Watch Here. 
This week: PETER, Part 2!

Taught by Kim Harvey Brannan, local Christian author of 
“Quiet Conversations: What God Wants You to Know About Him.”

Join us in the HPPC Conference Room.
CLICK HERE for Zoom (password mermaid) if you can’t come in person! It will also be recorded and posted on HydeParkPres.com website, under Coming Events.
Bring a friend and join with the 24 participants from last week!

Prayers in the Chapel
Drop In 11:00 am to 1:00 pm 

During Lent, take a meditative break at lunchtime and drop into the Chapel for self-directed prayer. Suggestions are on the Lectern outside the Fellowship Hallway

Manna Bags: $3 donation each this Sunday.
Helpful Supplies for the Homeless

Bring some cash to church and get a few Manna Bags to keep in your car to hand out to those in need. Their reaction to receiving one will lift your spirits as well as help them.
“Whatever you did for one of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”  – Matt. 25:40


Sunday, Mar. 3rd Worship & Communion Service
in the Sanctuary at 10:00 am

“Cracking the Whip” John 2:13-22
Rev. John Hougen, Interim Pastor

11:00 Classes for Children; Coffee & Conversation for Adults. Children are “shepherded out” of Worship after the Children’s Time. Nursery opens at 9:45 am

The Worship Service will be live-streamed on our Hyde Park Presbyterian Church YouTube channel under LIVE!  CLICK HERE to go to the page.

Phase I of our Building Project
Is an 
UP & DOWN Process!

Phase I of our building upgrade is underway! The repair of our elevator is included, and another project reaching great heights is the repair and painting of the steeple! (How about an “amen” and a “hallelujah”!)

Architect proposals are being reviewed, and planning has begun. Under the guidance of our Owner’s Representative, InVision, we will have: a code & compliance review; architectural drawings completed; fire suppression review and upgrade; new upstairs water fountain; upstairs rest rooms updated; upstairs A/C repair/upgrade; ceiling tiles replaced; other minor repairs and cleaning.

We plan to complete Phase 1 in time for the ESTEAM/ Apollo Summer Camps in June and July, then we’ll move on to Phase II!  Please be patient for any inconvenience that these repairs may cause … the results will be worth it!

Get the Scoop on Cracking the Whip 
Wednesdays on our Facebook page! 

Rev. John Hougen, Interim Pastor at HPPC, is already reaching out to the community via the Hyde Park Presbyterian Church Facebook page.
Last week: 147 views!

CLICK HERE for a peek at Mar. 3rd.

John’s day off will be Friday; he is full-time, but his hours may vary depending on whether he has evening Committee meetings.

Have a favorite event or project?
Jump into one of these areas!

The Session is busy planning for a great year. Did you know that committees accomplish much of the work of the church? We need more people to jump in and help … maybe in planning or maybe just championing a specific project or event. 

Email Ann Orand at office@hydeparkpres.com or call 813-253-0069 for personal contact info of one of Committee Chairs:

Communications: Harriet Plyler- Meeting Wed. Mar. 6 @ 9:30 am. Come join us! Responsible for the HPPC website, Church Center app, social media, weekly eChimes and other churchwide communication, including signs, posters, etc. Oversees the Tech Team in partnership with the Worship Committee.

Administrative & Property: Guy Bryant, Brian Malek  Christian Education: Kim Brannan, Sandy Kennedy
Membership: Mary Beth Freeman, Megan Leibl
Missions: Nancy Corwin, Ann Shipherd
Worship & Music: Stacey Crum, Dek Wright
Personnel: Nancy Corwin, Ann Maxey

Volunteer and offer a little bit of your time. You’ll enjoy getting to know your fellow church members, and you will really make a difference!

Two Dozen Attendees & A Testimonial

The Lenten Bible Study had 24 PARTICIPANTS on the first night last Wednesday. It was evenly split between 12 in-person and 12 on zoom.

A testimonial from Heather Shipherd: Annie and I sat outside on the patio, with a nice breeze on a beautiful night. It was a fun way to participate in the Bible study via Zoom in a nontraditional setting. It was nice after a long day not to have to drive to church!

Dates During Lent at a Glance

Sun. Mar. 3 @ 10am Communion Sunday
Wed. Mar. 6 @ 9:30am  Communications Meeting
Wed. Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27 @7pm Lenten Bible Study
Tue. Mar. 19 @ 6:30pm Young Adult Dinner & Study
Sun. Mar. 24 @ 10am Palm Sunday
Thu. Mar. 28 Maundy Thursday
Sun. Mar. 31 @ 10am Easter Sunday