May 10, 2023 – Newsletter

Mother’s Day Diaper Drive for Beth-El Farmworkers Mission now through Sunday!

Parents who work in the fields near Beth-El Mission need our help. Money is tight and diapers are a necessity if you have a small child. That’s where we can make a difference. Diapers for babies over 20 pounds are needed the most!

You are invited to make a donation of diapers to honor your mom. Please bring them with you when you come to church between now and Mother’s Day. Monetary donations are also welcome so Missions angels can shop for you. Thanks again for sharing the spirit of Christ with those around us. Make checks to HPPC; note Diaper Drive in the notation line.

Vacation Bible School Summer Day Camp
July 24-28, 2023; 9-5pm (ends at 2 pm Fri.)

Join us for a full week of summer day camp at Hyde Park Pres led by the highly-skilled experts from Cedarkirk. $220 per child entering Kindergarten – 5th grade. Email Miss Ilma with questions:  CLICK HERE to register.

Manna Bags for the Homeless
will be for sale this Sunday
These ziplock bags are perfect to keep in your car to be able to hand out to those you encounter on street corners. Please see Sandy or Nancy this Sunday to restock your supply!
In Person Worship & Baptism in the Sanctuary at 10 am
At 10:00 am, click to view the livestreamed Online Worship Serviceor watch it later.
Scottlyn Anne Marie Shick, daughter of Lindsey & Spencer Shick and granddaughter of Rev. Ken Shick will be baptized during the service.
Happy Mother’s Day! No Sunday School classes today.
Recap of the Congregational Meeting May 7, 2022
Last Sunday, May 7, we held a Congregational Meeting in the Chapel immediately following worship. Pastor John DeBevoise of Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church served as Moderator. Members voted to approve the dissolution of HPPC’s pastoral relationship with Rev. James Friesen, effective May 31, 2023, as recommended by the Session. Our terms of dissolution included salary and benefits for up to nine months, which will cease upon his acceptance of new employment; and to reimburse Rev. Friesen up to $7,500 to attend a retreat designed for pastors for spiritual restoration. Members may contribute to this Love Gift fund for the retreat. We thanked Pastor James for his nearly seven years of service to our church and committed our love and prayers to him and his family. The Friesens will vacate the manse, effective May 14.
Immediately following the business portion of the Congregational meeting, four Vision Team members presented our plans for moving forward (shown below).

Love Gift for Rev. Friesen
Spiritual Restoration RetreatIf you would like to give a love gift to the Friesens in appreciation of nearly seven years of service, you may contribute to the fund for a spiritual restoration retreat designed for pastors.
Please make your check payable to HPPC and be sure to designate “love gift” in the notation line. Or check “other” in Easy Tithe or Church Center; please email to be sure it is directed properly.
Immediately following the business portion of the Congregational meeting on May 7, four Vision Team members presented to the congregation our plans for moving forward.
–      Kim Brannan shared how we plan to handle the summer months and that a Leadership Nominating Committee has been elected to search for an Interim Pastor.
–      Tony Brannan Sr. presented how the Vision Team has identified our Core Values and developed a new Mission Statement for the church. “Our mission is to be the light and love of Christ in action for our community through worship, fellowship, service and learning.”
–      Lynda Waters discussed four new Strategic Priorities in which we will concentrate energy and effort in the next year to rebuild. The four areas include: Worship and Music, Fellowship, Visitor Welcome Program, and Building & Property.
–      Dek Wright emphasized that each area has a Task Force that has been formed and we need members to volunteer to serve on each one! It is imperative that we have insights and ideas from members to help formulate specific programs. Members had the opportunity to sign up following the meeting.If you would like the full power point presentation of the meeting, please click here to request.

Which Task Force Will YOU Join?
  • Each Church Member needs to become involved in the process of reviving our congregation.
  • We need YOUR ideas, your desires & needs, and your help!  We want everyone to become ACTIVE again!
  • Please contact one of the co-chairs of the Task Force that is calling you.
  • Email Lynda Waters  or click on names below to email them.

Task Force to Improve Worship & Music
Chairs: Stacey CrumTony Brannan Sr.

  • Create a more robust music program
  • Engage worshippers more actively
  • Involve lay people more in worship vs solely staff

Task Force to Improve Fellowship
Chairs: Megan Leibl & Mary Beth Freeman

  • Launch Small Groups for specific life stage groups: Young Adults, Parents with Young Children, Single Parents, New Mothers, Bodybuilders, Prime Timers, Parents of Pre-Teens
  • Launch Small Groups for shared interests: Gardening Club, Book Group, Cooking for Member Needs, Movie Group, Biking Group, Intercessory Prayer Groups, Neighborhood Walkers
  • Churchwide FUN events: Picnics, Potluck Suppers, “Tea on Tuesdays,” Church Family Game Night, HPPC at the Rays
  • Cedarkirk Retreats: Churchwide; Women; Men
  • Midweek Bible Study Opportunities coupled with fellowship

Task Force to Improve Visitor Welcome Program
Chairs: Dek Wright, Harriet Plyler

  • Develop follow-up and outreach to visitors who attend worship
  • Provide both formal and informal methods to get to know visitors
  • Encourage consistent attendance and engagement

Task Force to Improve Building and Property
Chairs: Bryan AlspachGuy Bryant

  • Improve the curbside appeal and welcome to our building
  • Repair & Improve: Elevator, Water Fountains, Second floor
  • Maintain on regular basis; Beautify!

Please continue to pray for our leadership and each member of our church family as we move forward with hope.

  • To bless Pastor James & his family as they seek another ministry call
  • To lead us to the right Interim Pastor
  • To bless HPPC as we strive to rebuild and revitalize our church
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