November 30, 2023 – Newsletter

Sunday Afternoon, December 3rd @ 4:30 pm
Get in the holiday spirit with 3 adorable Advent Crafts, a Chili Cook Off and a Chrismon Tree Lighting Service. Enjoy favorite carols and music by the
Pink Panthers Plant High School Women’s a cappella chorus.
Bring a toy for the Advent Guardian Angel Toy Drive to place under the beautiful tree decorated with Chrismons. And invite a friend or neighbor: this will be FUN!!

Let’s Launch Advent with a Kick!
Sunday, December 3rd, 4:30 pm

Gather to eat a variety of chili recipes and vote for your favorite, during our Advent Workshop & Tree Lighting.
Prizes will be awarded for Most Flavorful, Most Unique and Best All Around!

Please email the office if you can
help with Breakdown & Clean-Up after.

‘Tis the season for our Guardian ad Litem Toy Drive. You can be an Advent Angel!  

1. Buy new toys (do not wrap) and gift cards (Chick fil A, Starbucks, Burger King etc) for the children within the Guardian ad Litem program.
2. Place under the Chrismon Tree on Dec. 3rd, 6:00.
3. Bring to church no later than Noon on Dec. 10.

Toys should be for toddlers to older teens, and multi-cultural given the diverse population amongst the children. Gift cards and monetary donations are also welcome — HPPC Mission Elves LOVE to shop!

Don’t Miss the Cute Crafts for Dec. 3 at 4:30!

Count down with Jessie Trees – Each family will make and take home a beautiful 18” tree with 25 wooden ornaments tracing the lineage of our Lord. Each day throughout Advent, read the corresponding Bible verse and hang the ornament on your tree.

Christmas Crackers – An olde English tradition that brings lots of fun to your Christmas table. Make enough for everyone at your holiday meal complete with jokes, Bible verses, trinkets, and of course paper crowns and snappers so they’ll go pop! Kids love this craft and secretly choose special items to fill them. We need your empty toilet paper tubes!! 

Cookie Decorating – It wouldn’t be a HPPC Advent Celebration without everyone’s favorite: Cookie Decorating – and eating!

We really appreciate a $10 per family donation to help cover the cost of crafts.

Dec. 10 ’til 3pm Linger Longer & Play Rehearsal

The children have their parts for the Christmas pageant. Everyone has their scripts as well. If we end up having newcomers—little guests, grandchildren who are visiting, nieces, nephews, etc—and they want to participate, Ms Faith can find them a spot, too!.

The Linger Longer on Dec 10th will be lunch and recess for the kids 12-1 and turn into a dress rehearsal for both the adults and the children from 1-3pm.

Pajama Story Time (Virtual)
7:30 pm Sunday Dec. 10th & 17th

Kids can tune in on their computer for a short Christmas Story Time with Miss Faith. Stay tuned for the link to join in!

In Person Worship & Communion in the Sanctuary at 10 am
Rev. Scott Moncrieff, Guest Pastor

The Worship Service is now being live-streamed on our Hyde Park Presbyterian Church YouTube channel under LIVE!  CLICK HERE to go to the page and select the sermon.

 Children are “shepherded out” of Worship after the Children’s Time.
Sunday School for Children and Adults after Worship. 

Advent Devotional Books for Individual Study and Adult Sunday School
We have copies of “A Surprising God” … Advent devotions for an uncertain time.  Get your copy ($10) to have some reflective time during this time of waiting (and frenzy, if we aren’t careful!). The book will also be used for discussion in the Adult Sunday School class.

Please see Chris Bosworth to get your book on Sunday!

Let our Sanctuary reflect the beauty of the season; donate a Poinsettia!
You may take yours home after the Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve. $20 each. You may pay on Church CenterEasyTithe, or fill out a paper form and include cash or check in the offering plate.

Sunday, Dec. 10th: Congregational Meeting
follows Worship
The members of HPPC will elect the new class of elders to serve on The Session next year. The slate presented by the Nominating Committee are Nancy Corwin (2 year term), Sandy Kennedy, Ann Maxey, Harriet Plyler and Annie Shipherd. The 2024 Nominating Committee is also scheduled to be elected. Please plan on staying after Worship for this important business.

End 68 Advent Countdown

During the advent season the Missions ministry hopes you will not only provide toys for the guardian ad litem children but will also participate in a Waiting for Christmas Advent Activity. Each day between now and Christmas, place an item needed by the children in End 68 Hours of Hunger in bags which can be found in your pew on Sunday Dec. 3rd.

The bags should be returned by January 1 so they can be used for the children when they return from their Christmas holiday. Lists of needed items are in the bags.

And of course, you may also donate via our Amazon wish list or write a check to help out some of the 700 kids we are now feeding every week. Thanks and enjoy the wait!

Save the Following Sunday Dates!
Advent  Angel Toy Drive,
 ongoing until the 10th!
Dec. 3rd 4:30pm Crafts, Chili & Tree Lighting
Dec. 10th Linger Longer & Pageant Rehearsal
7:30pm Pajama Story Time (virtual)
Dec. 17th 10am Children’s Christmas Pageant
11am Apollo Academy Holiday Market
7:30pm Pajama Story Time (virtual)
Dec. 24th 10am Virtual Church Family Service
Dec. 24th 5pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Dec. 31st 10am Morning Worship (New Year’s Eve)

Sandy Kennedy honored as the Lightning Community Hero for her work with End 68.
Sandy Kennedy has been instrumental in the continual growth of End 68 Hours of Hunger as they serve children who struggle with food insecurity. Although “retired”, Sandy spends most of her waking hours working to improve processes and expand the impact End 68 has in our community. She is the logistical leader in coordinating food availability, purchasing, pick up/delivery and pantry restocking, as well as creating and updating lists used by packing teams each week.

The $50,000 received from this grant will be used to continue to further and expand the mission of End 68 Hours of Hunger.

Sandy is an elder and dedicated member of HPPC, serving on both the Missions and Communications Committees. She is indeed the light and love of Christ in action for our community. The current tagline on her emails is: “If you cannot feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”
— Mother Teresa

Please return your Pledge Form (now overdue, but that’s ok!)
You can mail it back, place it in the Offering Plate, or email

“Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”    – Colossians 3:17

Consider this message from Paul as you complete your Pledge Form for 2024, which includes your pledge of Time & Talent.
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