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Reading Buddies

For schools around the country, this semester has brought upon new ways of teaching and communication. Classrooms have been relocated to Zoom video calls as teachers have been finding creative ways to teach their students from home. In the South Dallas neighborhood of Mill City, families are struck by the realities of poverty, so these obstacles are more difficult to work around. HP Pres has been partnering with Dunbar Elementary school through Reading Buddies, a program that helps students... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 6/17/20
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Come, Lord Jesus

On Monday, May 25, George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer. A statement like this, while true, may divide us based on our personal experiences or political and social worldviews. But I believe this tragic event is an opportunity to listen, learn, and pray. I’ve been struggling with putting some of my thoughts and prayers into words, if there is a point, if I have anything to offer, etc., but the tears of my friends and the broken hearts of Christians... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 6/3/20
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New Hearts, New Minds, New Habits

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1)“I’m a runner, by the way,” Tad McIntosh, one of our elders, mentions as he referenced Hebrews 12:1. “In a race, you have to look forward, you have to keep your eyes on what’s ahead. In faith, that’s... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 5/28/20
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Session Update – May 18, 2020

The Session of Highland Park Presbyterian Church is the ruling body of our congregation, charged with governance, overseeing the Church’s spiritual health, and guiding its mission for Christ in the world. In order to better do this, the Session communicates frequently with the congregation of HP Pres to report its decisions and activities. You can visit the Elders page ( hppres.org/elders ) to see other updates from the Session and to send messages to our Elders and pastors.  ... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 5/19/20
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Church Around the World

In the past few weeks, we have had to adjust to a new normal as a church family. Although we have not been meeting in person on Sundays to worship together, we have been quick to discover new opportunities to connect not only in our city, but around the world.  Garrick and Dziu Roegner are HP Pres church members that have been living as missionaries in Spain with their family to share the love of Jesus on university campuses. The country was instructed to lockdown on March 13 due to... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 5/19/20
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Combating Hunger in Our City

“When I heard about the virus, my first thought was about how many people in our city were going to lose access to food due to job loss and school shutdowns,” Judi Wheeler, our director of missions, said. In an effort to combat hunger in our city, she met with our mission partners, Dallas Leadership Foundation and Primera Iglesia Bautista, to figure out how to best serve our neighbors during this difficult time. They have connected with families who have been economically... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 5/13/20
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Thank You, Heroes!

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, essential workers in our city are working tirelessly to serve our community. We are so thankful for everyone working on the frontlines amid this crisis. To honor the medical staff at Methodist Hospital, we asked our church family to make notes of appreciation to be included in care packages. We were blown away by the over 1,000 cards filled with encouraging words and sweet pictures that were gathered that Easter weekend. The appreciation care packages were... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 5/6/20
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Whoever Has Ears, Let Them Hear

We are often amazed at the creativity of our ministry partners, even in these trying times. Pastor Erik Fonseca leads a church in rural Cuba and was required to quarantine for 14 days in a makeshift clinic after a young man in his church was diagnosed with COVID-19. Because sharing the gospel is always a top priority for Pastor Erik and his church, he decided to turn this hardship into a blessing. Hunkering down with more than 60 other people also required to quarantine, Pastor Erik and his... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 4/29/20
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Session Update – April 28, 2020

The Session of Highland Park Presbyterian Church is the ruling body of our congregation, charged with governance, overseeing the Church’s spiritual health, and guiding its mission for Christ in the world. In order to better do this, the Session communicates frequently with the congregation of HP Pres to report its decisions and activities. You can visit the Elders page ( hppres.org/elders ) to see other updates from the Session and to send messages to our Elders and pastors. April... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 4/28/20
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Guide to Our Day of Fasting

  “Fasting is the self denial of normal necessities in order to intentionally attend to God in prayer.”  – Adele Calhoun Here are some ways to do just that using the Scriptures from today’s readings in the Bible in One Year . We are praying for ourselves, our church family, and our leaders. Morning “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”  ( Psalm 51:10 ) For God to... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 4/24/20
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Our City Impact

Dear HP Pres Family, Throughout the Gospels, Jesus does the work of meeting physical needs of the people he encounters. He lovingly demonstrated the importance of healing the sick and feeding the hungry. At HP Pres, our Missions Team is dedicated to partnering with like-minded organizations and mobilizing volunteers to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our city and world as we work together to meet physical needs. This work is vital and critically important during crises like COVID-19. To... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 4/23/20
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Serving Our City

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, there has been increased worry concerning personal protection equipment for medical personnel and other essential workers. This has been a constant need throughout our world as we wade through this crisis. Our church family has been praying ceaselessly for ways to be a blessing to our city in the midst of these uncertain times. Thankfully, God has opened doors for us to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  First, we were able to attain 5,000 N95 masks to... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 4/22/20
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It'll Be Worth It

Rhiannon Fekete grew up in a home where faith wasn’t a high priority. When she started studying art and architecture in college, she began to learn about the biblical stories that much of the art was representing. She lived in Italy for three years, immersed in the culture and soaking in the incredible scenery that the churches provided in the cities. While being away from her friends and family, Rhiannon spent most of her time by herself city-hopping to see as much awe-inspiring... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 4/15/20
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April Financial Update

Highland Park Pres Family, Over the past few years we have been blessed by the remarkable generosity of a strong and growing congregation. Thank you for your continued faithfulness in the midst of these extraordinary times. We also want to address some of the more pressing questions you may have about the church, our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and other more financial-related issues. Additionally, our website  hppres.org , has all the most updated information, as well... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 4/9/20
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100% Real

“How sure are you that everything about Jesus is real?” 8-year-old Drake asked his mom. She quickly explained that throughout her life, Jesus has proven himself to be 100% real. Drake, who had grown up going to Sunday school and knew the story of Jesus, replied “I think I’m at about 50%.” His mom and dad continued to discuss God’s great redemptive story with him, and Drake decided to think on it and learn more about what it means to accept... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 4/9/20
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Praise and Holy Week

Week 7: Praise and Holy Week What have you learned and how have you grown through Lent? How have your readings, prayers, or fasting challenged or encouraged you as you follow Jesus? How has God changed our hearts through Lent? HOLY WEEK This is a special week of praise and worship in Christ’s suffering for us. This is a week to remember his final meal with his disciples, followed by their betrayal and abandonment of Christ from the garden to the courts. This week seemingly... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 4/9/20
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Session Update – April 5

The Session of Highland Park Presbyterian Church is the ruling body of our congregation, charged with governance, overseeing the Church’s spiritual health, and guiding its mission for Christ in the world. In order to better do this, the Session communicates frequently with the congregation of HP Pres to report its decisions and activities. You can visit the Elders page to see other updates from the Session and to send messages to our elders and pastors. April 2020 Special... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 4/5/20
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Our World is Changing, But Our Mission Isn’t

Due to the spread of COVID-19, our church family has not been able to meet as usual. Thankfully, social distancing does not equal spiritual distancing. We have not canceled church, because the church is not a building, or meeting at a certain time or place. The church is a people on mission together, putting on display the love and hope of Jesus for the world.  Thanks to internet connections and Zoom video conferences, our church family has been able to connect, pray, and study... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 4/2/20
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Confession

WEEK 6: CONFESSION What are we learning through Lent? How have your readings, prayers, or fasting challenged or encouraged you as you follow Jesus? SCRIPTURE Read Psalm 38. This is David’s prayer of confession. It’s his prayer to expose the lifelessness of empty sins. Do Not Forsake Me, O Lord 1 O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath! 2 For your arrows have sunk into me, and your hand has come down on... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 4/1/20
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Anger

Week 5 What are we learning through Lent? How have your readings, prayers, or fasting challenged or encouraged you as you follow Jesus? SCRIPTURE Read Psalm 137. How Shall We Sing the Lord's Song? By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. 2 On the willows there we hung up our lyres. 3 For there our captors required of us songs, and our tormentors, mirth, saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!"... Read More
Posted by Communications Ministry at 3/26/20
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