UPCOMING EVENTS. . .
Every Sunday 10:00 AM Worship
Communion served 1st Sunday of Month
Choir Practice 8:30-9:30AM
Knitting Group 2nd Sunday of Month in
Every Tuesday – Bible Study 7-8:30PM
Every Wednesday - Bible Study with
Rev. Lou Kilgore 10-11:30AM
Bell Choir Practice 7PM
Thu 1/19 Personnel 10AM Session 7PM
Fri 1/27 HMPC Book Group 1-3PM
2/4 Artist Reception 1-4PM
Mission Team Project for “Souper”
This year’s collection for
the Center for Food Action (CFA) includes a new option in addition to cans of
soup. On Sunday, January 15th,
you can pick up a CFA soup container “Bank”, use it to collect spare coins and
cash for three weeks, then bring it back on Sunday, February 5th. Canned soup is a great gift, too, but cash is
more versatile and will allow CFA to provide a variety of foods for families in
Book Club at HMPC
The Book Club meets on the 4th Friday
of the month and anyone is invited to
come and discuss the books. The Book
Club will meet again on January 27, 2017, at 1PM.
My Personal Wishes
few years ago, Linda Latham, Mary Guidetti McColl, Carol Margreither and
Barbara Fernstrom met several times to develop a booklet, “My Personal Wishes
at the Event of My Death”. This was to give those who were interested a
guideline to express to their families how they would like everything to be
handled after their death. This includes requests for funeral arrangements,
memorial donations, organ donations, information for death certificate and
newspapers, as well as location of important papers. If you would like a copy
of this form, please contact Chris Buckley. It is suggested a copy be given to
a family member for reference. We hope you will find this helpful.
Prayers & Announcements
Announcements for the Sunday Worship
service should be emailed to the church
office. If you would like the community
to pray with you please call the office at
Annual Reports for 2016
first reminder that the office would like all annual reports in, via email, by
Friday, February 10, 2017. If you would
like to send your report in sooner, rather than later, we are accepting reports
starting next week. Thanks!
Our focus Bible story for
this Sunday is Matthew 4:12–23. As
we enter this text, we meet Jesus starting to preach and gather disciples.
Verse 12 reports that the arrest of John the baptizer is a turning point, a
decision point, for Jesus. Choosing to follow in the way of God was the heart
of John’s message before his arrest. Now the call to change directions and
journey in God’s ways becomes Jesus’ message. Jesus’ ministry unfolds in
Capernaum in Galilee, the part of Galilee inhabited by Gentiles. This was the
ancient land of the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali. In offering this detail,
Matthew points to Jesus as the fulfilment of the words in Isaiah 9:1–2. Jesus
calls the crowds to repent, to change, to turn one’s life in a new direction.
The call of the disciples in verses 18–22 seems like expected to them. By hearing
to Jesus’ message and follow, these brothers changed the direction in their
lives, setting a model for the church and all who seek to follow Jesus from
that point on. At our time together, we will explore opportunities to reflect
on what it means to be called to this adventure of discipleship. What are we
being called to do? How does answering Jesus’ call to “come and follow” fit in
with the other choices and decisions that our young people face as they move
through teenage years? As we provide a warm, loving, and invitational
community, we hope and pray that they will be inspired and encouraged to
consider responding to Jesus’ invitation to follow in God’s way of love. Jesus’
call wants to stimulate in us a decision that defines and gives us unity as
followers in the way of God. We are given the opportunity to move from a former
time into a future time. All children and youth are welcome to join us for
Bible story time and activities on the 2nd floor after the time of
conversation with the pastor in worship. Childcare is available for children 4
and under on the 2nd floor as well.
with a Purpose – Paterson Habitat to Gulf Coast
Since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita made
landfall in late 2005 Habitat for Humanity has built, rehabbed and repaired
more than 6,000 homes. The Gulf Coast region is still dealing with the
aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Gulf Coast affiliates continue to
build houses in the hurricane-affected areas as part of Habitat’s long-term
program―the Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Recovery Effort. No construction
experience is necessary. TWAP trips are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do
something truly meaningful, discover a new culture and new friends, and learn
some new things about yourself, too. Paterson Habitat has returned to the
Gulf Coast year after year to help with these efforts.
February 15th – Saturday February 18th
trip options within these dates are available by request. Email
email@example.com if you are interested in joining the team.
of Immokalee Workers Update
CIW had the honor
recently of welcoming the Rev. Jan Edmiston, Co-Moderator of the Presbyterian
Church (USA) to Immokalee. Representing nearly two million Christians
nationwide in the highest elected position within the PC (USA), Rev. Edmiston’s
visit signified the latest demonstration of her church’s deep and
unwavering commitment to the CIW’s work, a commitment that has been a crucial
driving force in the success of the Fair Food Program.
Rev. Edmiston received a warm welcome from CIW
members and a tour of the very community center and low-power radio
station that both the PC(USA) and the Peace River Presbytery generously helped
to launch thirteen years ago. After hearing firsthand from CIW leaders
about the transformative changes that have taken place in the fields, Rev.
Edmiston both met with Judge Laura Safer Espinoza of the Fair Food Standards
Council, to learn about the FFSC’s role in monitoring and enforcing workers’
rights under the FFP, and traveled to Sunripe Certified Brands to hear from a participating grower in the
Fair Food Program about how this unique partnership is bringing dignity and
human rights to the fields for the first time in decades — and having a positive
impact on the growers’ bottom line.
Before departing, Rev.
Edmiston shared the hope she felt during her visit to Immokalee, and her
plans to follow-up her visit with action in the broader PC(USA) community.
Her visit was a welcome ray of inspiration in difficult times. CIW
received $500 from HMPC Mission Funds in 2016. To learn more about this
program, go to www.ciw.org.