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February 15, 2018

HPC Timeline to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC)

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October 2014 — HPC members vote 42-0 straw poll to investigate dismissal from PCUSA January 2015 —1st meeting of Presbytery’s Administrative Commission (AC) including HPC’s Georgia Riedel March–May 2015 — AC conducts straw poll. HPC members overwhelmingly vote in favor of leaving PCUSA Spring 2015 — Independent appraisal values HPC church and manse properties @ $1.67 million Fall 2015–January 2016 — A CPA revises and approves HPC financial statements needed for Presbytery February 2016 — Presbytery indicates total payment required ...
February 03, 2018

Thank You to the Congregation- 2/3/18

Elders
Dear HPC members, former members, and friends, This letter of thanks has been a long time in coming. Up until this past week, the best path for our church to leave the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) and join the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) remained unclear. But recent events have made it possible for your elders to see the finish line and to thank you for your role in helping us reach our common goal of leaving the PCUSA for the EPC, a group of like-minded, Bible-based, Christ-centered believers. We want to thank each one of ...
December 20, 2014

Pastor's Christmas Letter 2014

Do you have that Christmas spirit yet? How can you get in the Christmas mood? Maybe it's going to NYC and seeing "the tree" and all of the window displays on 5th Avenue, or maybe it's shopping or decorating your house. Maybe it's watching your favorite Christmas movie like "Miracle on 34th Street," or "It's a Wonderful LIfe" or "White Christmas." One of my favorite "Christmas" movies is "Elf." Will Ferrell plays Buddy, a giant, adopted elf who goes on a journey from the North Pole "through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through ...
April 16, 2014

Pastor's Easter Letter 2014

Do you know those types who always walk around with a tune in their head, singing it for everyone to hear? That's not my daughter Emily. If she's got a tune in her head, she's not sharing it with me. Emily loves animals, she loves riding horses, but she doesn't seem to love singing. She didn't even sing Happy Birthday to me on my 50th birthday. So imagine my surprise when Emily joined Shrek, the Rye Neck musical, singing and dancing up on stage. If she had any stage fright you wouldn't have known it. You could see her filled with joy as she ...
December 12, 2013

Pastor's Christmas Letter 2013

There's a great conversation in "A Charlie Brown Christmas" between Charlie Brown and Linus as they're walking to the skating pond. It goes like this: Charlie Brown says, "I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus. Christmas is coming, but I'm not happy. I don't feel the way I'm supposed to feel. I just don't understand Christmas, I guess. I like getting presents and sending Christmas cards and decorating trees and all that, but I'm still not happy. I always end up feeling depressed." And then Linus responds, "Charlie Brown, ...

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