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All of the Christmas decorations have been packed, holiday food has been eaten, weight has been added and resolutions have been made.  Some tackle the new year with a fresh outlook, strong start and determined steps while others simply begin the same routine. The only difference between last year and this year is that a year has passed and they are still doing the same things. Paul encourages you as a Christian to look at life differently this year.  Do not simply go with everything the world tells you to value or achieve, but fix your gaze beyond this world.
Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. [Romans 12:2]
God loves you and has a plan for you!  He has placed a calling on you to love Him more and love others.  It will take determination to “renew” our minds from thinking the way we always have.  Seek His wisdom and be brave enough to take advantage of the opportunit…

All In Leadership Meeting on January 10, 2015

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Church-wide Leadership Meeting January 10th @ 4:30 PM In The Choir Room
Can you believe a new year is here? We saw God do many great things in 2015 and we look forward to Him doing many more this year. Pastor James, Church Staff and Deacons are inviting all of those who have a position of leadership in our church to come to a meeting on Sunday, January 10, 2015 at 4:30pm in the choir room. If you have a task or title in the church you are invited. Even If you are praying about serving at HPBC this year, then you are invited as well! This will be an exciting time of encouragement and vision casting for the next year.

Share The Light of Christmas at Our Christmas Eve Service at 7:00pm

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You are invited to our Christmas Eve Worship at Homeland Park Baptist Church. We will gather in the sanctuary for a brief time of worship and celebration of the most beautiful gift ever given, the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Pastor James will also have a children’s message for all who attend. Dress for this service is “Christmas Casual” so bring your family to worship with your Homeland Park family. We hope to see you here. 

 "For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace." [Isaiah 9:6]

Birthdays and Anniversaries for December

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BIRTHDAYS Deborah Forrester12/4 Bill Whitlock12/5 Pat Cox12/8 Cindy Hanks12/12 Amber Taylor12/14 Rick Eubanks12/15 Kaleigh Collier12/16 Bertha Lyon12/16 James Strickland12/16 Ellen Black12/18 Patsy Fleming12/27 Harold Sanders12/27 Johnny White12/29 Benji Billings12/30 ANNIVERSARIES
Thomas & Delores Collier12/2 Jerry & Reba Geddings12/10

Lottie Moon Mission March This Sunday - Dec 6

This Sunday (12/6/2014] will be our "Mission March" for Lottie Moon.  This offering allows us as a church have an impact across the world through the International Mission Board of our Southern Baptist Convention.  There has never been a greater time or a greater need to help our Southern Baptist Missionaries across the world. Every little bit helps.  If you are not prepared to give Sunday, you can do so through the month of December.  Our goal is to reach $1,000.

Senior Adult Breakfast Tomorrow Morning, Dec 5

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This is a reminder for our Senior Adults.  There will be some great breakfast food prepared for you tomorrow morning at 9:00 am.  We hope to see you here as we honor what God is doing through you!

Let's Go Christmas Caroling on December 13!

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Join us again this year for a time of spreading Christmas cheer to our church members who are homebound and in nursing homes. They need to be reminded at Christmas that God loves them and so does their church. We need everyone to meet at the church on Sunday, December 13th at 3:30 PM. We will use the bus and members vehicles to split into caroling groups. You do not have to be a singer to do this, you just need to be willing to spread God’s love to those who need it.

HPBC Holiday Events Schedule for 2015

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Saturday 12/5 9:00 AM Senior Adult Christmas Breakfast
Tuesday 12/8 6:00 PM Bobbie Eskew Class Christmas Party


Saturday 12/12 6:00 PM Riding The Waves Young Adult Christmas Party
Sunday 12/13 3:30 PM Christmas Caroling To Our Shut-Ins 6:30 No PM Services
Monday 12/14 6:00 PM Stanley Watts Class Christmas Party
Sunday 12/20 10:30 Choir's Christmas Worship Celebration 6:00 PM Church-Wide Potluck Christmas Dinner
Thursday 12/24 Church Office Closed 7:00 PM Christmas Eve Service
Friday 12/25 Church  Office Closed for Christmas Day
Sunday 12/27 No PM Services

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes Are On Their Way, But There Is Still Time!

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Arthur and Lou Ellen Higgins
Sending the shoe boxes to Concord Baptist Church's Drop Off location.

Yesterday, sixty-four shoeboxes were sent from our church family to Operation Christmas Child to be distributed all around the world.  Thank you for all who gave and prepared these boxes.  It is amazing to hear stories of how each box ends up in the hands of a specific child that meets their specific needs whether it be a pair of socks, toothbrush, doll or toy car. Pray for the hands that deliver these shoeboxes and for those that receive them.  Thank you church for reaching our world!





If you would still like to prepare a shoe box for a child there is still time. You prepare a shoe box and take it to Concord Baptist Church.  Here are the drop off times.
Wed, Nov. 18: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.Thu, Nov. 19: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.Fri, Nov. 20: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.Sat, Nov. 21: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.Sun, Nov. 22: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.Mon, Nov. 23: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Instructions For Preparing Your Shoebox:http://www.sama…

Praying for Paris Tonight!

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Monday Night Prayer Meeting(Every 1st and 3rd Monday Night of the Month)
Tonight we will be specifically be praying for the victims, survivors, governing officials and public servant in Paris in light of their recent attack.  As an American we can emphasize with them after the tragedy that hit our shores on September 11, 2001.  If you remember, there were a lot of people searching for God's hand in the midst of that tragedy and our Parisian brothers and sisters are doing the same.  Pastors and churches need our prayer support.  Sure you can pray where ever you are, but having the encouragement of others while you pray is powerful.

We will meet in the Family Life Center tonight at 6:00 pm.  Everyone one is welcome!

Farewell Reception for Jason and Elizabeth Elvington on November 18

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It is bittersweet for me to announce that our youth pastor Jason Elvington has accepted a call to serve as the University and Youth Pastor at College Heights Baptist Church in Plainview, Texas.  We are sad to see he and Elizabeth go, but know God is leading them in this direction.  We want to send them off in a big way.  

We will have a farewell reception for them this Wednesday Night (November 18) in the Family Life Center.at 6:30 pm. The menu will be pizza and a cake.  We would also love, for some of our folks to bring some other desserts as well.

Jason's last Sunday with us will be November 22nd.  Please be in prayer for he and his family during this transition.  Pray for our church as well, to find the person God will provide to lead our youth.

In Him,
Pastor James

Church Wide Thanksgiving Fellowship on November 24

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Tuesday, November 24th at 6:00 PM HPBC Family Life Center Please bring soups, sandwiches and desserts. Drinks will be provided.

There will be no Wednesday PM Services Due To Thanksgiving Break

Weekly Youth Update: 11/9-11/15

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Tonight, the Homeland Park youth will finish our Bible study series in 2 Timothy as we study 2 Timothy 3:10-17. We look forward to seeing you tonight from 6:30-7:30 in the Loft of the Family Life Center for Bible study and at 6:00 before in the gym of the FLC if you want to hang out!

Jason

Weekly Youth Update: 11/2-11/8

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Tonight, the Homeland Park youth will be having Bible study from 6:30-7:30 in the Loft of the Family Loft Center. Gym will open at 6:00 for anyone wanting to hang out. We hope to see you there as we continue our study through 2 Timothy!

Jason

Turn Your Clocks Back and Come To Homcoming

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Hello, this is your Pastor,

I am excited to remind you that tomorrow morning will be our Homecoming Worship Celebration.  Bible Study will be at 9:30 for all ages with our worship service beginning at 10:30 am.  We are looking forward to seeing many who have been apart of our church family as well as meeting some new faces. Former pastor of our church, Dr. Wayne Dickard will be delivering a powerful message as well as some friends of our church will be singing.  Lunch will be in the Family Life Center after the service.  We are asking out folks to bring plenty of food to accommodate our guests.  Also, remember to set your clocks back one hour tonight.  Donna and I, look forward to worshipping with you and your family in the morning.  Come expecting a blessing!
In Christ,
Pastor James

Weekly Youth Update: 10/26-11/1

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The Homeland Park youth will continue in our 2 Timothy study this Wednesday night! Bible study starts at 6:30, ends at 7:30, and meets upstairs in the Loft of the Family Life Center. We hang out before starting at 6:00 in the gym. We look forward to seeing you there!
Saturday, October 31, the church is hosting Trunk or Treat at the church! Feel free to stop by with your younger brothers and sisters to grab some candy! We will be in the church parking lot starting at 6:00.
Sunday, November 1, Homeland Park Baptist Church is hosting homecoming. Join us as we celebrate God’s work in our congregation and as we prayerfully anticipate what He will continue to do in our lives! Sunday school starts at 9:30, worship starts at 10:30, and lunch will follow after the worship service.

If you have any questions, please email me at jason@homelandparkbc.org!

Weekly Youth Update: 10/19-10/25

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This past Sunday night, the Homeland Park youth joined other area churches for our yearly Saluda Baptist Association youth rally. Mosaic from Anderson University did an amazing job of leading us in worship and Tony Eubanks challenged us to put away what distracts us from full worship of God and to fully devote ourselves to Him! Pray with us that this night would lead to continued life change of the youth in our congregation and in those in our association.
This week, we will start a new series in 2 Timothy. Join us on Wednesday night, from 6:30-7:30, as we study God’s Word! The gym opens at 6:00 for anyone wanting to hang out beforehand and we hope you invite your friends and family to join us.
Finally, Sunday, November 1, Homeland Park Baptist Church is hosting homecoming. Join us as we celebrate God’s work in our congregation and as we prayerfully anticipate what He will continue to do in our lives!
If you have any questions, please email me at jason@homelandparkbc.org!

Jason

Weekly Youth Update: 10/12-10/18

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Tonight, the Homeland Park youth will conclude our study through 1 John! Bible study is in the Loft of the Family Life Center from 6:30-7:30 and we hang out beforehand in the gym at 6:00. Looking forward to seeing you there!
This Sunday, the Homeland Park youth will join other area youths from our Saluda Baptist Association for our yearly associational student rally on Sunday, October 18! Tony Eubanks will be teaching and Mosaic from Anderson University will be leading us in worship. We will meet to leave from the church at 4:15 pm. Dinner will be served at 4:45 pm, the rally begins at 5:30, and we will begin to return back to HPBC between 7:45-8. Yearly, this is a great opportunity to fellowship with other believers and grow united in our profession of Christ and pursuit of knowing Him! You will not want to miss this evening! Please let me know as soon as possible if you’re coming.
Finally, on Sunday morning, November 1, Homeland Park Baptist Church is hosting homecoming. Join us fo…

Weekly Youth Update: 10/5-10/11

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This week, the Homeland Park youth will continue our study through 1 John! Bible study begins at 6:30 and we hang out beforehand at 6:00! Invite your friends and join us in the Loft of the Family Life Center as we seek the Lord together and fellowship with one another!
In two weeks, the Homeland Park youth will join other area youths from our Saluda Baptist Association for our yearly associational student rally on Sunday, October 18! Tony Eubanks will be teaching and Mosaic from Anderson University will be leading us in worship. We will meet to leave from the church at 4:15 pm. Dinner will be served at 4:45 pm, the rally begins at 5:30, and we will begin to return back to HPBC between 7:45-8. Yearly, this is a great opportunity to fellowship with other believers and grow united in our profession of Christ and pursuit of knowing Him! You will not want to miss this evening!
Finally, on Sunday morning, November 1, Homeland Park Baptist Church is hosting homecoming. Join us for this time…

World Hunger Day

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World Hunger Day Sunday, October 11th
Envelopes are in the pews.

Trunk R Treat

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Birthdays and Anniversaries for October

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BIRTHDAYSDorothy Dutton10/2
Deborah James10/3
Pauline Tate10/4
Sandra Culpepper10/5 Molly Black10/10 Ross Christensen10/10 Jimmy Cleveland10/10
Caitlin Billings10/11
Lonnie Vickery10/11
Brittney Medlin10/14 Larry Black10/15
Delores Collier10/15 Reba Geddings10/17
Ann Dalton10/18
ANNIVERSARIES

Weekly Youth Update: 9/27-10/4

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Tonight, the Homeland Park youth will meet for our Wednesday night Bible study from 6:30-7:30! We will be continuing our study through 1 John in 1 John 4. Join us in the Loft of the Family Life Center for Bible study and come early at 6:00 for hanging out in the gym!
The Saluda Baptist Association Student Rally is Sunday evening, October 18 at Pope Drive Baptist Church! This is an evening you will not want to miss as we join our brothers and sisters in Christ from neighboring churches for fellowship and growth in the Lord together to be encouraged and challenged to carry out God’s mission for us in the greater Anderson area. Tony Eubanks will be leading us in teaching and MOSAIC from Anderson University will be leading us in worship! Details for departure are coming soon but if you plan to attend, please let me know by this Sunday so that I may reserve your dinner ticket (free dinner!).
Homecoming at Homeland Park Baptist Church is Sunday morning, November 1! Join us for this time of…

Great Events Begin With An Idea

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One of the many things I love about pastoring is the way ideas for events come together.  There are many great repetitive events that occur weekly, monthly and yearly, just because that is what the church “has always done”.   However, there are times when God speaks through the imaginations and passions of His people.  Even though they may not realize it at the time. For example, a few weeks ago, one of our members walked into Wednesday Night Bible Study and said, “We need to have a homecoming!”  It came out of the blue, we had not even been talking about it. There is the idea! Granted people will always be filled with ideas and opinions, but when God speaks, people are willing to support that idea.  The person followed their comment with, “ . . . and I’ll be glad to help put it together.” Before you know it after much prayer, some phone calls, emails,  and meetings, we are having homecoming on Sunday, Nov. 1.
Former pastor Dr. Wayne Dickard will be preaching along with some other sur…

Weekly Youth Update: 9/21-9/27

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The Homeland Park youth are currently exploring 1 John in our Wednesday night Bible study! This week, we will be in 1 John 3. Bible study is from our normal time of 6:30-7:30. We hang out beforehand at 6:00 in the gym of the Family Life Center. Invite family and friends and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow at 6!
The Saluda Baptist Association Student Rally is Sunday evening, October 18 at Pope Drive Baptist Church! This is an evening you will not want to miss as we join our brothers and sisters in Christ from neighboring churches for fellowship and growth in the Lord together to be encouraged and challenged to carry out God’s mission for us in the greater Anderson area. Details of time and departure are coming soon but circle the date today on your calendar!
Homecoming at Homeland Park Baptist Church is Sunday morning, November 1! Join us for this time of welcoming back friends and family and pray for an awakening and revival in our community and church as we celebrate several …

Weekly Youth Update: 9/14-9/20

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Quick update this week! Bible study is tonight from 6:30-7:30 in the Family Life Center! We will be in 1 John 2:15-17!
Also, mark your calendars for November 1! The church will be hosting Homecoming that Sunday and we are excited for the youth to join the rest of the church body in celebrating God’s great work at HPBC over the years and what we pray He will do in the years to come!
If you have any questions, please email me at jason@homelandparkbc.org!

Jason

Weekly Youth Update: 9/7-9/13

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This week, we’ll be continuing our series in 1 John! Join us for Bible study, Wednesday night, from 6:30-7:30. Feel free to arrive early at 6:00 to hang out with us beforehand!
This past Saturday, the youth attended the start of college football season for the Clemson-Wofford football game! We had an amazing time in fellowship and fun watching the Tigers dominate, surviving the heat and sunburns, and meeting players on the field after the game! I'm planning to have photos up next week

If you have any questions, please email me at jason@homelandparkbc.org!

Jason

Thank you for caring enough to serve!

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We are so thankful for these men and others that work tirelessly to keep our building and grounds in order.  Here are Larry, Gary and Odell hanging our new sign for those who take advantage of our walking track.

Homecoming At The Park on November 1

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Save The Date!
We are inviting you to be a part of this great day. Prepare your heart, bring a friend and pray, pray, pray! More information is on the way.

Weekly Youth Update: 8/31-9/6

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This Wednesday, the will continue our study in 1 John. Bible study is from 6:30-7:30 pm and they gym will open at 6:00 for anyone wanting to hangout beforehand! See you then!
This Saturday, September 5, the youth will head to Clemson for the start of college football season as Clemson takes on Wofford in Death Valley! Tickets are limited, first come-first serve, and $10 each. In order to reserve a ticket, please pick up a trip packet from me and return the medical release and permission forms by Wednesday. We will have a brief parent-student meeting at 5:30 pm on Wednesday for those attending.
If you have any questions, please email me at jason@homelandparkbc.org!

Jason

Support Our Community by Attending The Dream Big Parade This Friday Morning

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Greetings folks, 

I was happy to receive in invitation today for our church to support Homeland Park Primary School by attending their 3rd Annual Dream Big Parade on September 4th at 10:00 am. They are asking us to simply go to the school and cheer on their students/teachers as they walk through our community.

Special Guests will include: the Westside High Ram Band, Homeland Park Fire Department, and more.

Let's take our church outside of the walls of our worship center by encouraging our local school to Dream Big!

Thank you in advance,


Pastor James

Thank you to Echoes of Mercy

@laural3713 A big thanks to Echoes of Mercy tonight. God always uses your ministry in mighty ways. #blessedpic.twitter.com/FO9pzFGiwX— Homeland Park BC (@homelandparkbc) August 31, 2015

He Is Able!

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[Ephesians 3:20] Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us.
Dear Church,

I have been so encouraged to see God working through the lives of our members. I cannot thank our congregation enough for making our “Fall Out of Summer Spectacular” go so smoothly. It was refreshing to see many new faces from the community bring their children to the event. School supplies were given to over fifty children that needed them and most importantly, each one heard the gospel presentation. 


He Came To Earth He Died For Our Sins He Rose from The Grave He Ascended Into Heaven He Is Coming Back For Us
Giving a child school supplies will help them this year, but sharing Jesus with them can change their life. With another month comes greater opportunities. Do not grow faint or be subject to a “little” faith. Know that God is able and He will give you the power and strength to overcome any obstacle you may be dealing with today. You are loved …

Weekly Youth Update: 8/24-8/30

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What a week! This past Sunday, we hosted our third annual Fall Out of Summer Spectacular! We had a great showing from the community of children and youth joining us for games, food, and school supplies. Most importantly, we gathered students into small groups to share the Gospel by giving them a wristband which will help them remember Jesus’ death and resurrection and tell it to others! Over the past two years, God has mightily used this event to give us new relationships with the community and we pray this continues this year.
This Wednesday, the youth will begin our study through 1 John. I am extremely excited to begin this journey through this crucial book of the Bible which will help us understand Jesus’ work for us, the life and evidence of a true Christian, and the assurance we can have in our relationship with God! Bible study is Wednesday night, 6:30-7:30 pm, in the Loft of the Family Life Center. The gym will open at 6:00 beforehand for anyone wanting to hang out!
Next Satur…

Our Senior Adults Enjoy Their Faith Fellowship Today

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Our Senior Adults enjoyed their gathering today for their "Faith Fellowship'". Mrs. Bobbie Eskew is seen here leading their devotion. If you know any Senior Adults who need a great group to run with, they are welcome here! Their next event will be a road trip to the Billy Graham library on September 10th. Sign ups will be on the bulletin board located in the church hallway.

The Fall Out of Summer Spectacular Rain Plans

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In case of rain, we will still be having our "FALL OUT OF SUMMER SPECTACULAR"!  All of the events can be moved into our gym.  Leadership arrives at 4:00 pm for set up and doors open at 5:00 pm.  We look forward to seeing you there!

We are hitting the streets this Saturday - Aug 22

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I wanted to remind everyone that we will be taking flyers into our community tomorrow morning in hopes of spreading the word about about our Fall Out of Summer Spectacular on Sunday. The routes are ready we just need people. We need drivers, navigators and walkers.  All are needed.  We will meet at the church fellowship hall tomorrow at 10:00 am and be finished by noon.  If you have any question, email pastorjames@homelandparkbc.org.

In Him,

Pastor James

Weekly Youth Update: 8/17-8/23

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Tonight, the youth will have Bible study from 6:30-7:30 in the Loft of the Family Life Center! Invite your friends from school and we’ll see you tonight!
On August 23, Homeland Park Baptist Church will be hosting our annual Fall Out of Summer Spectacular! Come with family and friends starting at 5:00 in greens beside the Family Life Center. We’ll have games, food, and school supplies! This community block party has been a big success the past two years as many of the youth in our church became involved as a result of this event. We’ll need your help getting the final plans in place. This Saturday, August 22, we will go through Homeland Park passing out flyers and meeting residents to let them of the event and our church at 10:00 am. We look forward to seeing you there!
With the fall schedule coming closer and closer to being done, we are excited to announce again the Clemson football trip the youth will take on Saturday, September 5! Come join us as we watch Clemson take on Wofford t…

Weekly Youth Update: 8/10-8/16

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This week, the Homeland Park Youth will be having our meeting time Wednesday Night from 6:30-7:30! We’ll be closing out of summer with one final game night, Wednesday Night! We’ve had a great summer of fellowship with other churches, great Bible studies, and fun in deepening our relationships with one another through things like Six Flags and Cola Wars!  See you Wednesday night in the Loft!
On August 23, Homeland Park Baptist Church will be hosting our annual Fall Out of Summer Spectacular! This community block party has been a big success the past two years as many of the youth in our church became involved as a result of this event. We’ll need your help getting the final plans in place. This Sunday, August 16, we will have an “All-In” meeting to prepare our hearts and minds for action. Next Saturday, August 22, we will go through Homeland Park passing out flyers and meeting residents to let them of the event and our church. We look forward to seeing you there!
With the fall schedul…