January 18, 2024 – Newsletter


Gasparilla Parade Parking

Jan. 20 Children’s Parade
Parking spot and access to the playground, restrooms and a family-friendly party. Reservations and payment on the Church Center app.
Jan. 27 Pirate Fest Parade
Day-of parking will be sold for $25 starting at 10:30 am; first come, first served. Members can contact Chris Bosworth (813-362-5871) in advance to reserve a spot.

Linger Longer Sun. Jan. 21 Noon – 3pm 
and Feb. Sun. Feb. 11 and Mar. 10. 
Plan on letting the kiddoes stay after Sunday School for a special program, lunch and fun with Faith and her team.
Register and pay ($10 per child) on Church Center.

Sun. Feb. 11 Super Bowl Party 5:30pm
Mark your calendar for a church-wide Super Bowl Party at the home of Tony & Jane Brannan. Main Dish, Dessert & Beverages provided. Please bring an Appetizer or Side Dish to share. Invite a friend: it’s an easy way to introduce others to our fun church family!


Welcome our New Interim Pastor!

At a special-called meeting of the Hyde Park Presbyterian (HPPC) Session on January 11, 2024, a vote to call the Reverend John H. Hougen to serve as our full-time Interim Pastor was approved. John has been working with our Session since June 1 last year as our Presbytery-appointed Moderator and his wisdom, insights and guidance have impacted each of us and provided much-needed stability for the elders and the work of our church.

Since March 2021, John has been serving as the Interim Pastor for Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church and has successfully navigated their course to form a Pastor Nominating Committee.

John will begin his new position with HPPC on Monday, February 12, and his first Sunday in the pulpit will be February 18. We hope you will all make a special effort to attend worship that day to warmly welcome him. John is eager to get to know our members and to begin the work of rebuilding our church’s infrastructure.

His emphasis will initially be on hiring additional staff, overseeing the improvements in our building, and increasing our worship and ministry offerings.

As Chair of the Interim Pastor Nominating Committee, Elder Brian Malek shared, “Our Session has had the opportunity to work closely with John over the last seven months, and we have been very impressed with his candor, expertise, and his wisdom. John has called on congregation members for pastoral care, he has attended committee meetings, and provided guidance and training for our roles as Session members.”

Brian added,  “John possesses all the necessary characteristics for our congregation, and his knowledge of our leadership team puts us in a position to get up to speed more quickly than any other candidate would have been able to do. We believe that John is the right person, at the right time, for Hyde Park Presbyterian Church.”

The Session is confident in John’s ability to lead us into the next phase of our journey. Please join us as we begin to pray for John as he will begin in this important role for our church.

Welcome to our New Childcare Workers!

We are pleased to welcome Carly and Grace to the child care and nursery team at Hyde Park Pres. We are so grateful for the wonderful care that Izzy and Gabby gave to our children over the past couple of years, and we hope to occasionally see their smiling faces back with us.

Hello, my name is Carly Stieben and I am a senior at Plant High School. I work in the nursery and watch over the children during services on Sundays. I have been babysitting for a couple years now and love watching over the kiddos.

Hello! I’m Grace Socher and I’m a senior at Plant High School. I’m also one of the captains on the Plant dance team. I’m so excited to be a volunteer to help the church and bond with the kids!

2024 Session Committees
Our Session Committees are divided into three major branches, which reflect the Session’s priorities and focus of work for the church. The committee chairs rely individual members of the congregation to participate in their planning, events and projects. Where would YOU like to dive in and contribute?
Administrative & Buildings: Co-Chaired by Brian Malek & Guy Bryant.
Responsible for the finances, building, property, tenants, and legal areas of HPPC. They work closely with the Treasurer, and when needed, with the HPPC Corporation and HPPC Foundation, as well as outside consultants including contractors, attorneys, etc.

Personnel: Co-Chaired by Nancy Corwin & Ann Maxey
Responsible for staffing concerns, policies, and procedures. This team handles
supporting and encouraging the staff, hiring new staff and manages staff issues.

Session Clerk: Chaired by Kim Brannan
Responsible for all communication and coordination with the Session, including
oversight of the three branches of Committees, coordinating with the Pastor and other staff as needed, and providing all reports to Presbytery and the congregation. In addition, serves as Session Liaison to tenants in our building.

Worship & Music: Co-Chaired by Stacey Crum & Dek Wright
Responsible for the overall details of supporting our worship services, working in
conjunction with the pastor, musicians, tech team, worship leaders, ushers and greeters and others as needed to provide spiritually enriching worship experiences. Partners with Communications in overseeing the Tech Team.

Christian Education: Co-Chaired by Sandy Kennedy & Kim Brannan
Responsible for educational offerings for adults, children and infants through Bible Study, Sunday School, Nursery, and educational offerings to the community.

Membership: Co-Chaired by Mary Beth Freeman & Megan Leibl
Responsible for maintaining connection with members through care and nurture
programs including Feeding Friends, Session Liaison Check-In Program, Prayer support groups, and Fellowship events. Outreach program to visitors is also a focus of this team.

Missions: Co-Chaired by Nancy Corwin & Ann Shipherd
Responsible for the financial support we provide to other non-profit ministries.
Coordinates all “hands on” mission projects including collection of much-needed
supplies and goods for outside organizations, working together to support ministry needs and to make a positive impact upon our community.

Communications: Chaired by Harriet Plyler
Responsible for the HPPC website, social media, weekly eChimes and other churchwide communication, including signs, posters, etc. Partners with Worship & Music in overseeing the Tech Team.

Tech Team: Co-Chaired by Bruce Orand & Marc Wallace
The Tech Team will jointly report to the Communications Committee and Worship Committee who serve as their liaisons back to Session. Led by Lay Members experienced in technology, this team is responsible for live-streaming our worship services, working to support the website and to make recommendations for, and add support to, our office computers and other technological equipment.

Sunday, Jan. 21st Worship in the Sanctuary at 10:00 am
This Sunday we will feature the world premiere of the first ever
Hyde Park Thesbyterians production!
“In the Beginning:
One God, Two People, and the First & Last Ever Talking Snake”     
Genesis 1-3, Revised Standard Version
Screenplay written and performed by the 4th – 6th graders, filmed and produced by Harriet Plyler, with special effects by Thompson Plyler.

Classes for Adults and Children after Worship. Nursery opens at 9:45. Children are “shepherded out” of Worship after the Children’s Time.

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

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