May 31, 2023 – Newsletter

June 4th Lunch & Task Force Brainstorming

Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 4th for a special time of FOOD, FELLOWSHIP and VISIONING for our church’s future together. Immediately following worship, a lunch (delicious Coronation Chicken and Salads – how timely!) 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.

Everyone is invited to jump in to a time of brainstorming on one of the four Task Forces recently formed to help improve specific areas of our church. We need everyone’s input and insights!  All ideas are welcome.
You can hop into – or bounce around – to any that you like!
Worship & Music, Fellowship, Visitor Welcome Program, Building & Property.
Please RSVP on Church Center or email so we can set a place for YOU!

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.

June 11th  – Kids Linger Longer and Parents Play!
Parents can enjoy Brunch, Lunch, Shopping, Me Time … while the kids stay after Sunday School until 3 pm under the excellent care and fun and lunch with Miss Ilma and her crew!  CLICK HERE to register on Church Center.
In Person Worship in the Sanctuary at 10 am
Guest pastor Rev. Dr. Holly Dillon
Rev. Dr. Holly Dillon has served as the General Presbyter of the Presbytery of Tampa Bay since September 2022.  Before beginning her ministry in the Presbytery of Tampa Bay, she served as the Presbytery Leader in the Presbytery of St. Augustine in Jacksonville, and as an Associate Pastor at Palms Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville Beach.
Matthew 25:31-46, 28:16-20Children’s Sunday School immediately follows Worship with singing in the Chapel. Children will be served lunch this week while parents are brainstorming!
Join us for Lunch and a 30 minute Brainstorming & Idea session following Worship. All are welcome!

It’s Not Too Late!
Love Gift for Rev. Friesen
If 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.

Adult Class June 11
How God Reveals His Will
From Max Lucado’s book “The Great House of God”, Chris Bosworth will facilitate a discussion on a chapter titled “How God Reveals his Will”.  After we hear readings from the chapter, we’ll ponder issues like, “what ignites your heart?” and “how do you assess God’s plan for your own life?”.

Join us for this class, and to share ideas about the rest of the summer!

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, or email

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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