May 23, 2023 – Newsletter


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 Love Gift in Easy Tithe or Church Center.
June 4th Lunch & Task Force Brainstorming

Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 4th for a special time of FELLOWSHIP and VISIONING for our church’s future together. Immediately following worship, a lunch will be held in The Learning Center for all adults, while Sunday School and lunch will be provided for the children with Miss Ilma. Nursery will also be provided.

After lunch, everyone is invited to jump in to a time of brainstorming on one of the four Task Forces recently formed by the Session to help improve specific areas of our church. We need everyone’s input and insights!  All ideas are welcome.
You can hop into any of the four Task Force groups:
Worship & Music, Fellowship, Visitor Welcome Program, Building & Property.
RSVP and let us know you are coming!

Linger Longer on Sunday June 11 Noon-3:00
Kids get to hang out after Sunday School for play, lunch and fun with friends. YOU get to go grab lunch with friends (their kids can come, too!) or enjoy a little quiet time … just for you!  RSVP on Church Center!

New Lower Price! $175 for full day camp!
Vacation Bible School Summer Day Camp
July 24-28, 2023; 9-5pm (ends at 2 pm Fri.)
Pass the word to all your friends! We need some more campers for Vacation Bible School!

Join us for a week of full day summer camp at Hyde Park Pres led by the highly-skilled experts from Cedarkirk. $175 per child entering Kindergarten – 5th grade. Email Miss Ilma to register:
CLICK HERE to register on Church Center.

In Person Worship in the Sanctuary at 10 am
At 10:00 am, click to view the live streamed Online Worship Serviceor watch it later. This will be Rev. James’ last day in the pulpit.
“When the Day of Pentecost Had Come” 
Please wear red in recognition of Pentecost.
No Children or Adult Sunday School today.  Enjoy your Memorial Weekend!
Above is Our New Mission Statement*
A Leadership Nominating Committee was elected at the April 25th Session Meeting: Chair Brian Malek, Clerk Kim Brannan and Chaplain Nancy Corwin.
Roles & Responsibilities of Leadership Nominating Committee
  • To work with Presbytery’s Commission on Ministry to assist in our interim phase.
  • To begin the Interim Pastor search as quickly as possible.
  • To ultimately prepare the congregation to form a Pastoral Nominating Committee to search for a new, permanent pastor

This team will also spearhead the Transition Process, tapping other members as needed, to ensure that all details of running the church are in place prior to Rev. James’ departure, and continuing thereafter. Nancy Corwin is leading the interview process for an Administrative Assistant. This summer, we will feature Pulpit Supply Pastors to preach and lead worship on Sundays, with plans for an Interim Pastor by early Fall.

* Artwork is a work in progress!

Thank You, HPPC from End 68 Hours of Hunger

As the school year draws to a close, the End 68 Hours of Hunger Community would like to thank you again for the use of the building and for all the ways you have supported us throughout our journey to reach so many students. James has been so helpful to rescue us when the alarm was set off or when Amazon delivered a package after hours.

Our rooms at Hyde Park Pres have enabled us to feed 600 children in this pantry alone. We look forward to working with you in the future.
Thank you so much.
Carol LoCicero Kline and Sandy Kennedy

Diapers, Diapers, Diapers!

Thank you for your generosity to the Moms at Beth-El Farmworkers Ministry. Diapers are a most welcome gift as well as a necessity! Nancy Corwin with our Missions Ministry is currently arranging a time to deliver them out to Wimauma, with the help of Chip Waters’ truck! A big box of craft and art supplies was also donated by Jett Tanner for Beth-El’s art teacher.

Memorial Day, May 29

To many, Memorial Day symbolizes the unofficial start of summer, (and an excuse for sales and closed offices) but what is the holiday for exactly?

The American holiday, marked by parades and ceremonies, and observed on the last Monday of May, is an opportunity to honor military personnel who died while serving in the U.S. military.

Enjoy a safe and peaceful Memorial Day weekend, and pray for those families whose loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice serving our nation.

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!
  • Join us for lunch and brainstorming on June 4th!  RSVP now!

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