October 5, 2023 – Newsletter

New Date: Kids Linger Longer on Sunday Oct. 15th Noon-3pm
Grown-ups can leave the kids with Faith and Team for lunch and fun, and then head out for their own adventure (or maybe a nap!) Register and pay ($10/child) on Church Center.

PAWSOME Hyde Park Pet Parade!
Oct. 28th – Want to help or walk your fur-baby?

Welcome to the pawsitively delightful pet parade extravaganza in the heart of Hyde Park. Prepare to be howling with laughter and filled with fur-nomenal fun as our furry friends strut their stuff in time for the Spooktacular Halloween season!

Starts at St. Johns Episcopal 9 – 10 am and ends at Hyde Park Presbyterian between 10:45 and 11 am. Harriet Plyler is head pet-wrangler for HPPC for this event, so contact her if you have ideas for “hosting” the closing events or if you’d like to help!

CLICK HERE for more info and to register your pet!

In Person Worship & Communion in the Sanctuary at 10 am
 Rev. Scott Moncrieff, guest pastor
J. Scott Moncrieff has sand in his shoes: his parents moved to Florida while he was in High School. He graduated from Stetson University (DeLand) with a Bachelors of Business Administration and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity. While an Associate Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian in Lakeland, he met and married Suzanne Sebring, an Elder for that congregation. They will have been married 51 years on December 2. Sue and Scott have two children — a daughter, Jenny, married to James and a son, James, married to Jenny. They each have two children, all in college.
Scott was Head Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church, Ormond Beach for 30 years. He  has since worked as Interim Pastor for several churches in Florida and North Carolina with Sue at his side. He is scheduled to preach most Sundays in October and November.

 Classes for Children and Adults follow Worship. 
Adult Class Oct. 8: “Autoworkers Strike Against Big Three Automakers Continues.” Join us for a discussion sparked by The Wired Word and Biblical references in the Meeting Room down by the office.

What Would John Jr. Drink? Beer, of course!
A diverse group of 20-odd people (one attendee estimated that NINE decades were represented!) gathered last Saturday at Kim Brannan’s for a delicious evening! Not only were we educated on a wide variety of beers by John Brannan, Jr., but the tastings and appetizers were abundant! While John Jr., brought beer from Green Bench Brewing where he works, many other varieties were offered. Questions were forthcoming: Where can you buy Green Bench beer? At Green Bench Brewing Company in St. Pete (very close to Ferg’s and Tropicana Field), but also Publix, Rollin’ Oats market on MacDill & Cypress, and Total Wine to mention a few.

A giant Thank You to the hospitality team of Jett Tanner, Betsy McElaney and Kim Brannan for the table spread with appetizers, John Jr. for his expertise (and beer) and Kim for opening up her home!

Will there be more “Tastings”? We can think of a few: cheese, wine, chocolate, YUM!

Thoughts from last week’s message
“How Many Presbyterians Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb?” from Mark 7:1-8; 14-15

In addition to Rev. Scott Moncrieff’s interesting tale of the traditions of why the US railways are a certain width (the width of the behinds of two Roman war horses that could fit in a chariot), we also learned:
1.Tradition is a powerful force in our lives
2. Traditions give us our identity
3. Traditions may serve as a substitute for God.

Join us with Rev. Scott Moncrieff again this Sunday!

“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry.”
— John 6:35
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