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HPC Youth Happenings: 3/20/18

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Since I'm sure everyone's March Madness bracket is busted by now, I hope you'll all be pulling for Florida State against Gonzaga in the Sweet Sixteen this Thursday night! It sure would make me happy to know that all the HPC Youth are Nole fans for an evening. Speaking of things that would make me happy, it would be a great joy f...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 3/12/18

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Happy March Madness everyone! If you'd like to participate in the HPC Youth Tournament Challenge Group,create an entry on ESPN and go online here! The group is named "HPC Youth Ministry"and the password is hixsonpres1450 Anyone interested in helping hide Easter Eggs on Saturday, March 31st? Email Alisa Gillis atalisag@hixsonpres...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 3/6/18

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Anyone interested in helping hide Easter Eggs on Saturday, March 31st? Email Alisa Gillis atalisag@hixsonpres.org High School students, are you interested in a summer job with Camp Big Fish or Camp Vesper Point? For Camp Big Fish, you can apply here For Camp Vesper Point, let me know Here's Wha...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 2/20/18

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Thanks to Keith and Holly McAfee for leading our Winter Olympics Night last week! Here's a pic from the evening... ​ Dig returns as normal tomorrow (Wednesday) evening from 6:30 - 7:45 pm. I hope to see everyone there! Here's What's Happening around the Youth Ministry these days: 1.All current 6th ...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 2/13/18

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Who's been watching the Winter Olympics? It always amazes me that people can do such difficult things so well and so gracefully. If you enjoy the Winter Olympics, or just like hanging out with other students at HPC,join us in the Cornerstone TOMORROW (Wednesday), February 14th for a special Dig... We will have adevotional t...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 2/6/18

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, For those of you who sent students on the Ski Retreat, did anyone happen to bring home items that didn't belong to them? Sometimes articles of clothing get packed in the wrong bag, or things get lost.If you are missing something, or have found something that isn't yours, please let me know by emailing me at: morganl@hixsonpres.org ...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 1/30/18

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Don't forget that this Sunday is Super Bowl Savings Time. That means Evening Ministries will meet from 4:30 to 6:00 pm! High School students: we will have a special guest speaker at Underground: Greg Baney will join us to give us some of his unique perspective on the book of Revelation! Here's What's Happe...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 1/23/18

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, As you may have heard, our high school students are going through the book of Revelation at Underground this winter and spring. This past week we discussed some interpretive tools that can help us better understand the key themes and purposes of the book. This coming week we will discuss the vision of Jesus in chapter 1:9-20.And then...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 1/17/18

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Uberfreezin' 9 has come and gone and it was...A) Great to be with so many of our students this weekend B) Freezin' and C) An awesome time on the slopes ​​​ Here's What's Happening around the Youth Ministry these days: 1. There is NO DIG TONIGHT (Wednesday), January 17th due to icy roads and lots ...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 1/9/18

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Happy Tuesday to you all, after a very long time off on Sabbatical, it is good to be back at HPC! I look forward to seeing you all again very soon! If you're curious about how I spent my Sabbatical,you can read my blog post on the church website here. I want to say thank you to everyone who stepped up and helpe...

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Sabbatical Recap

As you all know, I was recently granted 5 weeks of Sabbatical time by the Session of HPC. This was a wonderful gift for me and my family. But what did I do with 5 weeks of time away from the church? How did God grow/shape/change me during this time? Here is a quick run through. December 4th 14th, Chattanooga. I confess that as I began my sabbatical, I didn't know what ...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 11/28/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, This will be the last time you hear from me in this newsletter for several weeks. I am thankful for the opportunity to take a sabbatical over the next 5 weeks, I look forward to what God will do in me during that time, and I am confident that the Youth Ministry is in good hands while I am away. Below are the normal youth hap...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 11/21/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Thank you to everyone who participated in Parents' Night Out this past Friday! We raised over $1,700 toward Youth Missions! Here's what else is happening: 1. Would you like to earn money toward Uberfreezin' or a Mission Trip? Several people in the church have offered to provide work to youth If y...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 11/14/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Parents, we are looking for 3 or 4 more adults to sign up to help withParents' Night Out Parents' Night Out isTHISFriday, November 17th!All workers should be at the churchat 5:30! This is a fundraiser for youth mission trips All students who want to go on a 2018 Mission Trip should plan to help Parents, this is a great ...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 11/7/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, A bunch of our Middle School students had a great weekend at Camp Vesper Point! Check out a few of the pics: ​ Parents, we are looking for 6 or 7 more adults to sign up to help withParents' Night Out Parents' Night Out isFriday, November 17th: less than 2 weeks away! This is a fundraiser for youth mission trips A...

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HPC Youth Happenings: Reformation Day Edition

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Happy 500th Anniversary of the Reformation! How should you celebrate? I highly recommend walking around your neighborhood, going door to door, and asking neighbors for candy. You could maybe even dress up in a costume too. That would be fun. For other creative ways to celebrate the Reformation, watch the weekly Youth video later ...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 10/24/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, This December and early January will be a very new and exciting experience for the Lusk family! That's because I have the opportunity to take a Sabbatical, which the Session of HPC has offered as a time of renewal and refreshment for my family and I. What does that mean? Read all about it in this letter. Here's what else ...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 10/17/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, We've got a great service opportunity for students and adults this week! Come to the church this Thursday, October 19th and help with the Little Seekers Fall Festival! The Festival goes from 5 - 7 pm, and we need people to help pass out candy to our little ones. Candy will be provided. Here's what else is happening: ...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 10/10/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Happy Fall Break everyone! Because we had to cancel Underground this past Sunday,I have extended the Early Deadline for Uberfreezin until this Sunday, October 15th! Sign up and pay online here to reserve your spot!(Or pay in person by check or cash) AFTER the Early Deadline, the cost rises to: Skiers: $275 Snowboar...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 10/3/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, There are TWO BIG things to know about this week! ONE: TheHigh School Bonfire is THIS Friday, October 6th from 6 - 10 PM High School students are encouraged to come enjoy flag football, hot dogs on the grill, s'mores, a devotional time, games, and of course, FIRE! This is a great way for guests to get connected. Invite a...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 9/26/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, There are 2 AWESOME youth retreats on the horizon!Many of our students are interested in attending these retreats, so please take a look at the lists below Only a payment can guarantee a spot on a retreat. Also, there isFINANCIAL AID available for BOTH RETREATS!Please don't hesitate to ask me about getting some financial as...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 9/19/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, ARGHHH! Happy National Talk Like a Pirate Day to Ye! There be 2 AWESOME youth retreats on the horizon!Many o' the youth crew are inclined to attend these land lubber events and we'd thank ye if ye would enlist them Only pirate gold (payment) can guarantee ye a spot on a retreat. Also, there be shared treasure(FINANCIAL A...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 9/12/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, We had an great time at the Hixson/Soddy 5th Quarter on Friday night! Thanks to our students who came! ​ We have 2 AWESOME youth retreats coming up!Basic info is below. Some of our students are already expressing interest and we'd love to get them registered as soon as possible!Only a payment can guarantee a spot on a retreat...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 9/5/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Tomorrow (Wednesday) from 6:30 - 7:45 is Dig, our Wednesday evening youth meeting. What is Dig? It's very similar to D-Groups. Students will "dig" deep into Scripture together! We will have a small group for high school girls, one for high school guys, and a combined group for middle school High School Girls will study t...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 8/29/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, If any of you happen to partake in the Twittersphere, we now have an HPC Youth Twitter account: @youth_hpc. It's a great way to find a link to the HPC Youth Happenings, etc. Just a quick reminder, we do NOT have youth meetings this Wednesday, August 30th.We also do not haveUnderground this Sunday, September 3rd. Here'...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 8/22/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, I hope everyone enjoyed the Eclipse yesterday. What an amazing example of God's majesty on display in His creation! Just a quick reminder, we do NOT have youth meetings this Wednesday or next.Underground is THIS SUNDAY, August 27th from 5:00 - 6:30 PM!Our first Underground was pretty awesome, and our Underground Impact T...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 8/15/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, It's Underground x2 this week as we gear up for a new ministry year! Our last "Summer" Underground is tomorrow (Wednesday), August 16th Come hungry and come early! All youth and volunteers are welcome tocome at 6:00 for a spaghetti dinner,brought to you by our kitchen committee! Our first "Fall" Underground ...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 8/8/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, We have a minor time change for the Dynamic Duo Lock-in,which is THIS FRIDAY, August 11th! Students should meet at the Church at 7 PM(so that we can leave in time to go to SuperFly!) Everyone must have a SuperFly waiver - you can fill it out online here.Please do this ahead of time to save us time! Everyone must also have a...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 8/1/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, There will beNO UNDERGROUND tomorrow evening (August 2nd) due to the Missions Dinner and Reports. Underground will resume next Wednesday, August 9th. And now for many more happenings of the summer and beyond: 1. Our Youth Mission Teams (Jamaica and Alabama) will report on their trips TOMORROW (Wednesday), August 2nd...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 7/25/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Thank you for praying for our Middle School Mission Team! From what I've heard, they had a great week of service and team building in Alabama! Tomorrow (Wednesday), July 26th isSummer Underground from 6:30 - 7:45! We will start out at the PAVILION tomorrow -come dressed to play Ultimate Frisbee Don't forget to invite a g...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 7/18/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Please be in prayer for our Middle School Mission Team, they left for Alabama yesterday morning and arrived safely in the afternoon.The team members are:Harris Armstrong, Sydney Beard, Isabel Hooker, Anna Hutchings, Rachel Hutchings, Faith Isbell, Emily Johnson, Asher Jones, Dylan Loftin, AJ McAfee, Chloe McAfee, Brianna Parker, Ga...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 7/11/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, There is still time tosign up for our trip to the Lake Winnie Water Park, which is tomorrow (Wednesday), July 12th! The cost for this event is$30 per person You can bring money for lunch,but I will also have stuff for sandwiches available We willmeet at the church at 10 AMandreturn around 5 PM Note:our tickets will get us...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 7/5/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Here are a couple of quick reminders for this coming week: There isNO Summer Underground tonight.We will meet again next Wednesday, July 12th from 6:30 - 7:45 PM. There will be aMiddle School Missions Team Meeting following the worship service THIS SUNDAY, July 9th. Sign up for our trip to theLake Winnie Water Park= ...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 6/27/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, There are two BIG THINGS happening this week! Summer Underground begins tomorrow (Wednesday), June 28th from 6:30 - 7:45 PM. Summer Underground is for all rising 6th graders through graduated seniors You can expect games (indoor and outdoor), snacks and a gospel centered Bible Study This is a great chance to invite some...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 6/20/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Thanks to everyone who helped us kick off our summer events in style last Friday! It was great to see so many of our students plus quite a few guests. This was also yet another reminder of God's faithfulness to our Church as we were able to enjoy so many blessings being out at this new campus. This week we don't have a youth event...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 6/13/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, It is difficult to believe that our Jamaica Mission Trip has already come and gone. The Lord gave us a fantastic week in Jamaica and we look forward to sharing more about it sometime later this summer! ​ TheSummer Kick Off Launch Event is THIS Friday,June 16th. Sign up here today! We'll have a...

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Jamaica Team Blog #1: Jack Stimart

Hello Americans, it's me Jack Stimart back for Jamaica round two. Today is Sunday so we spent most of the time chilling. We had breakfast at 8:00 in the morning. Fun fact: the sun shines brightly through the windows around 5 AM so I, personally, was wide awake by 8:00. After a breakfast of some magnificent scrambled eggs with peppers and bacon mixed in we headed down to ch...

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New Youth Logo & Mission Statement

For the past four years, we at the HPC Youth Ministry have been equipping students to "walk in the light and glow in the dark." This has been a helpful mission statement for me and other youth leaders at HPC because it has reminded us of our main focus in Youth Ministry: to be instruments through which the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ shines. I hope it has also been...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 5/30/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, What an amazing time to be at Hixson Presbyterian Church! We said our goodbyes to the Gadd Road location and now look to the future at our new location at 1450 Jackson Mill Dr.! As of right now, we are planning to have our first worship service at the new Church this coming Sunday. We also plan to have Sunday School, though this ma...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 5/23/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, It's the last week of school for most, and Lord willing the last week for HPC at the Gadd Road location! Don't forget we have a chance to say goodbye to the building this Sunday at 9:30, with a fellowship time at 10 and our worship service at 10:45. Also, if you've signed up to help move, remember that begins this Friday at 9 AM...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 5/9/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, It's almost that time of year: only about two weeks of school left to go! Students, the end is in sight, and I am praying for you to have perseverance as you finish out the school year! Then summer will be here, and we've got a ton of fun things planned for you!Click here to view the 2017 Summer Event Calendar! Here are the highligh...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 5/2/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, This past Sunday was our FINAL UNDERGROUND at the Gadd Road location. It was a bittersweet evening, as we had a ton of fun but also said our goodbyes to the youth facilities here. It was amazing to listen to students and adults share memories of this place and to hear them describe what God has done in their lives while attending Chu...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 4/25/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, After two very exciting rounds of voting, our youth have spoken, and we have new names for our Youth rooms and Sunday night program. The new Middle School Room will be "The Garage" The new High School Room will be "The Cornerstone" "Cornerstone" received 15 votes. 2nd place was "The Hive" with 12 votes, 3rd place was "The Plac...

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Youth Impact Teams

This past Sunday, as part of our high school teaching time at Underground, we announced to the students that starting in the summer of 2017, we will begin recruiting for and forming "Impact Teams." What are Impact Teams? The Vision of Impact Teams Impact Teams will be ministry teams composed of high school students who have made a clear profession of faith in Jesus Chris...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 4/18/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, We are EXTENDING the FINAL ROUND of voting for the new Sunday Night program name and the new High School room name to TOMORROW! Students, parents, and volunteers are each allowed 1 vote...either online or in person. You must submit your actual name with your vote...votes with fake names or without a name will not be counted. This is...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 4/11/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, We are down to the FINAL ROUND of voting for the new Sunday Night program name and the new High School room name! Students, parents, and volunteers are each allowed 1 vote...either online or in person. You must submit your actual name with your vote...votes with fake names or without a name will not be counted. This is only to ensur...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 4/4/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Have you enjoyed March Madness this year? Are you sad that it's over? Well here's your opportunity to participate in a different kind of madness. We've taken your suggestions for the new Sunday evening program names, whittled them down to the Sweet Sixteen, and now we are ready to start our preliminary round of voting. The first rou...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 3/28/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Have you enjoyed March Madness this year? Are you sad that it's almost over? Well here's your opportunity to participate in a different kind of madness. We've taken your suggestions for the new Sunday evening program names, whittled them down to the Sweet Sixteen, and now we are ready to start our preliminary round of voting. The fi...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 3/14/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, This Sunday evening is Foundation Day at the New Church! We are so excited for what God has done and continues to do in establishing our New Church building! Join HPC Sunday evening, March 19th at 5 PM to help cover our foundations with Scripture! This event will take the place of Underground and our normal Sunday evening minist...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 3/7/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Here's what else is happening this week: 1. D-Groups are back to normal tomorrow (Wednesday), March 8th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm Sorry we cancelled last week. Praise God that most of the nasty weather bypassed us! Just FYI, there will be NO D-GROUPS during Spring Break (March 22nd) 2. Underground is this Sunday, March 12th from 5...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 2/21/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers,​ If you're into social media, then I'd like to invite you to check out #YOUTHursday. YOUTHursday features links to articles, videos, books and book reviews, conference and training opportunities as well as quotes, ideas, Bible verses...all sorts of various equipping tools designed for both teens and parents. Each week will be somet...

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#YOUTHursday 2/16/17

The #YOUTHursday post for this week highlights an article on DesiringGod.org from Jaquelle Crowe, entitled, Four Ways Teenagers Live for More. Check it out here! Every Thursday the HPC Youth Ministry will feature links to articles, videos, books and book reviews, conference and training opportunities as well as quotes, ideas, Bible verses...all sorts of various equippin...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 2/14/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers,​ Happy Valentine's Day Everyone! If you're into social media, then I'd like to invite you to check out a new weekly post I will begin this Thursday called #Youthursday. Youthursday will feature links to articles, videos, books and book reviews, conference and training opportunities as well as quotes, ideas, Bible verses...all sort...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 2/7/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers,​ Youth Skate Night was this past Saturday, and we had a great time at Hamilton Skate Place! Thanks to Bo Wheeler and Will Card for helping out as chaperones for this event! And now for the other happenings of the week: 1. D-Groups are tomorrow (Wednesday), February 8th from 6:30 - 7:30 PM 2. Underground is this Sunday, February ...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 1/31/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers,​ Youth Skate Night is THIS Saturday, February 4th from 5 - 9 PM Invite a guest and come join us for some Roller Skating at Hamilton Skate Place! Cost is $11, which covers skates and admission Guests' cost is only $5 We will meet at the Church at 5 pm and eat pizza, then head to the skating rink! We should return to the Churc...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 1/24/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers,​ Students, submit your ideas for our New Program and Youth Wing names! With the move to the new church building comes a new name for our Sunday night program. Though we love the name "Underground," it won't really fit anymore once we move since our youth spaces will be above ground Also, what might we call our new youth spaces...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 1/17/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Uberfreezin' 8 came and went so fast I can hardly believe it. We had such a great time with the students this weekend and I am thrilled about all that God did among our group in terms of creating unity and growth in our students. Thank you to Keith Holly McAfee, Ben Jones, Jennifer Lusk, Josh Huff and Bo Wheeler for being amazing ch...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 1/10/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Students, submit your ideas for our Program and Youth Wing names! With a new location comes a new name for our Sunday night program. Though we love the name "Underground," it won't really fit anymore once we move since our youth spaces will be above ground We do not have a new name for our Sunday night program yet, and I would l...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 1/3/17

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Happy New Year everyone! May God cause his grace and peace to abound in you throughout this year, and may you abide in Christ each and every day! Lord willing, 2017 will bring some exciting changes, primarily our move to the new Church building! Our expectation is that this move will take place sometime in late May or June. Over...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 12/13/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Thanks to everyone who came to the Youth Christmas Party last Friday! We had a full house and it was a blast! Congratulations to Hunter Landreth on winning the Ugly Sweater Contest! Thank you Jennifer Lusk, Karen Bennett, Will Card, Jill Wooten, Bo Wheeler Scott Sigette for helping with the party investing in our students! Stude...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 12/6/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Our Youth Christmas Party is THIS Friday, December 9th at the Lusks' house from 7 - 10 PM! Watch this instructional video on how to come prepared for the Christmas Party: https://www.facebook.com/305539986127211/videos/1496694523678412/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED Wear an ugly Christmas sweater for a chance to win the ugly sweater contest! ...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 11/29/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, 1. D-Groups are tomorrow (Wednesday), November 30th from 6:30 - 7:30 PM! 2. Our 1st Jamaica team meeting is a Lunch THIS SUNDAY, December 4th after church Our Jamaica Mission Trip will be June 3rd - 10th, 2017 To join the team, please pay a $50 deposit and come to the first meeting! Everyone needs a passport to go on this trip,...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 11/15/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Parents' Night Out is THIS Friday, November 18th! All volunteers should plan to be here at 5:30 to get set up and prepare for the kids You can sign up to volunteer by clicking here Parents' Night Out is a Fundraiser for our 2017 Mission Trips. Anyone planning to go on a mission trip should help with PNO! And now for the oth...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 11/1/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, A bunch of our students and adults dressed up for our Underground costume contest. We had a great time and lots of fun costumes! Here's a look: And now for the other happenings of the week: 1. Our Middle School Retreat is this weekend! Students should meet at the church at 5 PM. We WILL HAVE DINNER at the Camp Friday Night. W...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 10/25/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, This Sunday, October 30th, is Reformation Sunday! (Reformation Day is actually Oct. 31st). It's been 499 years since Martin Luther nailed the 99 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany and changed the course of the Church forever!So naturally, the HPC Youth are going to celebrate with a Costume Contest at Underground! All...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 10/18/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, First of all, I want to say a great big THANK YOU to Bo Wheeler and Josh Huff for leading our students on an A-maze-ing adventure through the Mayfield Farms Corn Maze on Saturday Night! Second, I want to remind every Middle School Student and Family that the DEADLINE to register for the Middle School Retreat at Camp Vesper Point is ...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 10/4/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, It finally feels a little like Fall, but this week I hope you're all Freezin'...as in UBER-freezin'. The EARLY BIRD deadline to pay your deposits and lock in the lower rate for our annual Youth Ski Retreat is THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9th! Right now, the cost is $215 for skiers, $235 for snowboarders, and $125 if you want to come and j...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 9/27/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, We had a fantastic time on our High School Camping Retreat at Fall Creek Falls this past weekend! Thank you Bo Wheeler, Derek (Terry) Ball and Jen Ball for helping to make this a retreat to remember! Here's a whole bunch of stuff y'all need to know... 1. D-Groups are TOMORROW (Wednesday), September 28th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm! 2. Un...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 9/20/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, I'd like to recommend to you a new book that I believe could be an excellent parenting resource. It is called Faith that Lasts: Raising Kids that Don't Leave the Church by Jon Nielson. While I have not yet read the book, I have read other works by Nielson and highly recommend him as an author.If you'd like a copy, you can purchase on...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 9/13/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, I'd like to recommend to you a new book that I believe could be an excellent parenting resource. It is called Faith that Lasts: Raising Kids that Don't Leave the Church by Jon Nielson. While I have not yet read the book, I have read other works by Nielson and highly recommend him as an author.If you'd like a copy, you can purchase on...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 9/6/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, We have a great new parenting resource available: it is a new book called Faith that Lasts: Raising Kids that Don't Leave the Church by Jon Nielson. While I have not yet read the book, I have read other works by Nielson and highly recommend him as an author. If you'd like a copy, you can purchase one at the church for the low cost of...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 8/30/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, It was a fun and timely day on the lake this past Saturday. Fun because a bunch of our middle school students had a great time swimming, tubing, and evening water skiing on the lake with the Bonners! Timely because it was SOOOOO hot (the real feel was 106 degrees y'all) and it was refreshing to be able to spend most of that time in t...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 8/23/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, We had a great first Underground this past Sunday night! It was such an encouragement to me to be back with our students on a Sunday night, and I look forward to another big turn out this coming Sunday. One thing you may have heard about is the announcement of our new Mobile Phone Policy for all Youth Programs (Underground, D-Groups...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 8/16/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Thanks to all who helped with Family Fest! It was a great event and it was encouraging to see so many people come and participate. Here's a whole bunch of stuff y'all need to know... 1. Underground is BACK THIS Sunday, August 21st from 5:00 to 6:30 pm! Worshiping God, studying His Word, crazy games, snacks, connecting with frien...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 8/9/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, To all students and teachers out there, I am praying for you this week as school begins! If you have any specific prayer requests, please contact me to let me know how I can pray for you. A verse that always helped me as school began was 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) = Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you. You may feel anxious ...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 8/2/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, A great success the Star Wars Lock-in was! To all students who came, thank you I say! And of course we could not have done it without the following wonderful volunteers: Bo Wheeler, Will Card, Jen Ball, Derek Ball, Ben Dean, Ben Jones, Josh Huff, James Stultz, Leah Dean, Sina Beard, Kathy Higley. As we move into August and the begin...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 7/26/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Our next big summer event is the Star Wars Lock-in! Sign up here so we know who's coming!The Star Wars Lock-in is THIS Friday, July 29th!Here are some important things you need to do for the lock-in: Invite guests to attend with you, but remember they must have a notarized HPC Medical Release Form! Guests should also sign up onli...

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HPC Youth Happenings:7/19/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, If you've driven by the new church site lately, you've noticed workers there everyday. Lately they've been installing plumbing, next will be a concrete foundation, and within a month or two we'll begin to see the frame of our building. It is so exciting to see the Lord's plans for our church building taking shape! And it reminds me t...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 7/12/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Parents, have you ever thought of your role as a parent as prophetic? Maybe you've never thought of yourself as an Isaiah or an Elijah sent to speak truth into the lives of your kids, but if you think about that's a big part of what we are called by God to do! Here's a great quote from this month's CPYU Parent Page: "Being prophetic...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 7/6/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, It's good to be back in the office after a fantastic week in Chicago with some of our high school students, and then a good week of vacation in Florida with my family. Happy belated Independence Day to everyone, and if you're a Golden State Warriors fan, July 4th and the signing of Kevin Durant also represent your independence from l...

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Chicago Missions 2016: Sunday Night

Hey everyone! This is going to be a quick post because it's almost time for lights out. But I wanted to let you know we are all safe here in Chicago and really looking forward to beginning our ministry projects tomorrow. We have had some fun outings to Navy Pier and the Museum of Science and Industry. We also ate authentic Italian beef at Portillo's and Chicago Style pizza...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 6/14/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, This time next week I will be in Chicago with 10 high school students and 2 chaperones! Also, Bo Wheeler will be in Charlotte with 8 middle school students and 2 other chaperones. We are all looking forward to what God has in store for us and pray that He will use these experiences to grow us in dependence on and faith in Him. Here ...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 6/7/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, If you happen to be at VBS this week, you've probably noticed how many teenagers are there helping out. It is so great to see so many youth taking an interest in our younger kids by serving them at VBS! Thank you students for your help! Here are a few things you need to know about our Youth Ministry this week: 1. Come to Undergroun...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 5/31/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Summer is here! I thought I heard a collective sigh of relief from all around the city as students finished up with exams and classes last week. The time for a break from school is finally here! If you really want to make this a summer to remember, I've got 10 ideas for you right here: 1. Come to Underground, beginning tomorrow (WED...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 5/24/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Summer is so close! Students, you only have a few more days to go! Study hard if you have exams, and know that I am praying for you to finish well. As Summer approaches, here are 10 things you need to know about our Youth Ministry: 1. Register to Volunteer at VBS! With summer approaching, that means VBS is almost here (it's less ...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 5/17/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Please take a minute and check out the summer event brochure. These events are also on our website and on CCB, and you can pick up a hard copy of the brochure in the church foyer! One more note about summer: rising 6th graders (current 5th graders) are welcome at all Youth Ministry events this summer (beginning June 1st). The lone e...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 5/10/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Please take a minute and check out the summer event brochure. These events are also on our website and on CCB, and you can pick up a hard copy of the brochure in the church foyer! One more note about summer: rising 6th graders (current 5th graders) are welcome at all Youth Ministry events this summer (beginning June 1st). The lone e...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 5/3/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Please take a minute and check out the summer event brochure, which you can download here. These events are also on our website and on CCB, and you can pick up a hard copy of the brochure in the church foyer! The 2016-2017 Medical Release Form is available for download here! This form is mandatory for all youth under age 18 who w...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 4/26/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, I want to tell you about an exciting new team: Youth Event Planners (Y.E.P.) is a group of adults and students tasked with scheduling, planning and helping to lead youth special events and retreats. The very first YEP task was to put together this year's summer event calendar. We tried very hard to put together a calendar of events t...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 4/19/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Thank you to everyone who made the latest Underground Outdoors happen! Thanks to our students who came out and participated, thanks to the youth praise team for leading us in worship, and a special thanks to: Derek Ball, Jen Ball, Scott Bennett, Josh Huff, Jennifer Lusk, Melissa Mahoney, Ben Parker and Bo Wheeler for all your help in...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 4/5/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Here are things you need to know about our Youth Ministry: 1. On the menu for this week is the HPC Dinner Auction! The Auction officially begins this Sunday, April 10th, and continues through next Sunday, April 17th. The Auction takes place in the breezeway, so make sure to check out the meal options as you leave the worship serv...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 3/22/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Two Fundraisers for our Youth Mission Trips to Chicago (June 18-25) and Charlotte (June 20-24) are coming soon! The Dinner Auction is looking good, with 10 host families already. We would love to get 10 more hosts! (You can sign up to host a dinner right here). Parents' Night Out is April 29th, and we are looking for adults and stud...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 3/15/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Happy Ides of March everyone. We are just about 3 months away from our two Youth Mission Trips to Chicago (June 18-25) and Charlotte (June 20-24). We'll have some team meetings in the next few weeks, and we've got our Fundraisers kicking off, including the Dinner Auction (You can sign up to host a dinner now! We have 6 hosts already,...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 3/8/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Go Mocs! Now I know who I'm picking to make a run to the Final Four. Speaking of which... The HPC Youth Ministry really enjoys getting involved in March Madness! Everyone is welcome to join our Tournament Challenge group on ESPN. All you need to do is follow this link and set up an entry to join! The password is: walkinthelight Her...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 3/1/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, The NCAA Tournament is right around the corner, and the HPC Youth Ministry really enjoys getting involved in the Madness! We've got a Tournament Challenge group on ESPN. You're welcome to follow this link to our group and join! The password is: walkinthelight Here are 10 things you need to know about our Youth Ministry: 1. The Yout...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 2/23/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, One of the practical ways that we as a Youth Ministry can carry out our Mission statement (Equipping students to Walk in the Light and Glow in the Dark) is to train our current students to welcome and include new students who visit our church. This is why we are inviting students to come to an informational meeting about a new team w...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 2/16/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, The sun came out today! What a welcome sight. And it looks like it might stick around for a while. So, let's get out and enjoy the warmer weather this weekend! All Youth are invited to come to the new church property this Saturday, February 20th from 1:30 to 4:00. We'll break out the volleyball, the Frisbee, the football, the Spikeba...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 2/9/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, I want to say a Super-sized thank you to the Boulwares and the Deans for hosting our Super Bowl parties this past Sunday! We had a great time at the high school party and I have heard good things about the middle school party as well. Thank you once again for opening your homes to us! Here are 10 things you need to know about our Yo...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 2/2/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Happy Groundhog Day everyone! The Youth Super Bowl Parties are THIS SUNDAY, February 7th from 6 PM to 10 PM- Whether you're a big football fan, or you don't care about football at all, you should come, and bring a guest with you while you're at it! We'll have plenty of fun for everyone!- Parents, we need YOUR HELP to provide snacks ...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 1/19/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Are you a current high school student? Are you a parent of a high school student? If so, I want to encourage you to consider coming to the Chicago Missions Info Meeting, this Sunday afternoon, from 4 to 4:45 PM. This meeting is purely informational. No one has to commit to anything if you come. I just want to tell you about the Missi...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 1/12/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, How about that Bama/Clemson game last night? What a great game, no matter how you feel about that outcome! I wanted to briefly introduce you to a new parenting resource I've come across, called Axis Cultural Translators. You can find their website by clicking here. The point of their ministry is to provide "translations" across gene...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 1/5/16

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2016 will bring you all joy, health and growth in Christ! I want to say a huge thank you to Derek Ball, Jen Ball, Robert Johnson, Mike Landreth, Holly McAfee and Keith McAfee for leading our students on Uberfreezin' 7. This year's trip was a strange one, mostly because of the warm weather. Winterplace...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 12/16/15 plus 2016 Preview

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Merry Christmas everyone! It may not feel like Christmas, but we're only 9 days away! Now that exams and school are winding down and Christmas break is upon us, below is your guide to all that is (and is not) happening during Christmas break. Also below are some important dates and information for the first half of 2016. You'll want...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 12/8/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Our Middle School students had a great time celebrating Christmas this past Saturday at the McAfees' house! Thanks to the McAfees for opening your home to us! The HIGH SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PARTY is THIS Friday, December 11th at the Lusks' house! Here are a few other important details:- The party begins at 7 PM and goes till around 10 P...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 11/16/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, PARENTS' NIGHT OUT IS THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH, AND WE NEED MORE ADULT HELPERS!We need 5 more adults to come help in order to do this fundraiser well and best serve the families and children who are participating. Would you please consider coming to help? Parents: If your son or daughter wants to go on a 2016 Mission Trip, we need...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 11/10/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Here are 10 things you need to know about our Youth Ministry... 1) ADULT HELPERS FOR PARENTS' NIGHT OUT: Parents: If your son or daughter wants to go on a 2016 Mission Trip: we need you to come help with this fundraiser! It's a great way for you to contribute to the process of preparing our youth to go on their mission trips! You ca...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 11/3/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Happy November everyone! As we move into a season of thanksgiving, what a great time to reflect on all that the Lord has done in providing for our Church building program in the capital campaign! Celebration Sunday was an exciting time in the life of our church, but it's only the beginning. We have so much to be thankful for! Here a...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 10/27/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, This Sunday is Celebration Sunday at HPC! What will we celebrate? First and foremost, we will celebrate our awesome, sovereign God who provides for our every need. Second, we will celebrate all that God has done to provide for this Church as He directs our campaign to build a new church building. Third, and more specifically, we will...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 10/20/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, We had a great time at Underground Outdoors this past Sunday! It was an incredible setting for worshipping our great God and enjoying fellowship outside together. And we also enjoyed getting to see the progress of the site work at the property. It's exciting to envision the completion of our new building and the ability to meet out t...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 10/13/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Praise God for all that he is doing in the life of our church as he continues to pave the way for us to move out to the new property! Please continue to be in prayer for this whole process! Speaking of the new property, the youth will be out there this Sunday evening for Underground Outdoors.- Everyone should plan to be there at 4:3...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 10/6/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Our Youth Ministry Mission Statement is to "Equip Students to Walk in the Light and Glow in the Dark." We want our students to trust Jesus (the Light) to be their Savior and their Lord. Because Jesus is the Light of the world (John 8:12), his followers can and should reflect his light in a world broken and darkened by sin (Matthew 5:...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 9/29/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Thanks to everyone who came out to the Church Picnic this past Sunday! What a great time we had celebrating God's faithfulness to HPC, and capping it all off with the Hungry Games. I'm still a little wounded by the fact that I lost to Bo-Hemian Rhapsody Wheeler, but you can't win them all I guess. Here are 10 things you need to know...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 9/22/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Today is the official last day of summer. That's hard to believe because school's been in session for like 6 weeks! But that also means we are getting closer to our big retreats, like... 1) UBERFREEZIN' 7: The Uberfreezin' 7 Early Bird Deadline is THIS SUNDAY, September 27th. Pay your $50 deposit this Sunday to reserve your spot and...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 9/15/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Can I just say once again what a great job our youth did with the announcement at church Sunday morning? That was awesome! Here are 10 things you need to know about the HPC Youth Ministry... 1) DINNER: Come tomorrow (Wednesday) at 4:30 for HHD (Hangout/Homework/Dinner). Bring your homework or just come hang out, and then join us fo...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 9/8/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, I hope you all enjoyed a long, restful Labor Day weekend. Thanks to all the high school students who showed up at our house Sunday Night, we enjoyed having you over! There is SO MUCH to tell you about! Here are 10 things you need to know about the HPC Youth Ministry, in chronological order (more or less)... We're having a Church Pi...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 9/1/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, What an exciting time it is at HPC! God is doing big things, amazing things! We heard all about what he is doing at the vision banquet this past Sunday, and I for one was very encouraged. If you weren't able to be there, you can go online and read all about how things are progressing with the move. This move will have a huge impact ...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 8/26/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, It was great to see so many of our students back at Underground last night! Don't forget, our next Underground is not until September 13th. This is because this Sunday, August 30th, is our Church Vision Banquet, and the following Sunday, September 6th, is Labor Day Weekend. Here are a few other ministry things for you to consider ov...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 8/18/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, I hope everyone is getting adjusted to being back at school. I know this is a tough adjustment for many, so please let me know how I can pray for you! Underground, our weekly large group program, is back and better than ever this Sunday Night at 5 PM! Please come join your friends and make new friends as we play games, worship God t...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 8/11/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, If you catch your students with red eyes and a bit of moisture on their cheeks this week, it's not because "they got something in their eye" or "their contacts are itchy." It's because summer is over. I feel like I have "something in my eye" even as I type this. It was a great summer, filled with fun and rest and laughter and time sp...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 8/4/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Please join me in praying for all of our students, teachers, parents, administrators...anyone associated with our schools. Let's pray that God would do great things in our schools this year and that he would use our HPC kids as His witnesses wherever they are. As far as Youth Ministry stuff for the Fall, here are a few things of not...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 7/7/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, I've got lots and lots to tell you about this week. We still have lots of great things planned for the summer, and you'll get to read about them below. But if you're into looking ahead on the calendar, you should save the date for: Middle School Retreat at Camp Vesper Point: November 13th - 15thUberfreezin' 7 (our annual Ski Retreat...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 6/16/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Summer is in full swing! Please check out the summer events calendar located here, and the explanation of what we'll be teaching this summer here, both are on our church website. This time next week, our Jamaica Team will be serving at the Jamaica Deaf Village! We leave bright and early this Saturday morning. Please pray for us as w...

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Jamaican Contemplations: Pre Trip

It's T-Minus 5 days until the HPC Youth head out for Jamaica, and that means it's time to get you set up to follow us while we're there! We will do our best to update this blog every day, usually with different students sharing their "Jamaican contemplations" from that day. We will post our blog on Facebook and Twitter for easy access. For starters, I want to invite you t...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 6/9/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Summer is in full swing! Please check out the summer events calendar located here, and the explanation of what we'll be teaching this summer here, both are on our church website. Here's what's happening THIS WEEK: - Summer Underground is THIS Wednesday, June 10th from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.This summer we'll use Counter Culture by David P...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 6/2/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Summer is in full swing! Please check out the summer events calendar located here, and the explanation of what we'll be teaching this summer here, both are on our church website. Here's what's happening THIS WEEK: - Summer Underground is THIS Wednesday, June 3rd from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.This summer we'll use Counter Culture by David Pl...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 5/26/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Welcome to Summer! Olaf the Snowman is jealous. Our very first Summer Youth Event is THIS COMING FRIDAY! It's called Downtown Shenanigans, which is basically just a time where we go downtown, walk around, play frisbee or spikeball in Coolidge Park, and eat Ice Cream at Clumpie's. Your student should bring money for ice cream and wear...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 5/19/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Believe it or not, Vacation Bible School is just a 13 days away (June 1st - 5th). We still need plenty of help from both adults and teenagers. If you are able to volunteer during VBS, please sign up online by following this link! School is winding down quickly. Some of you are already done (Yay for you!) others will be done this wee...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 5/12/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, This time next week, some of our high school Seniors will have graduated! What an exciting time in their lives! We want to make sure we recognize and pray for our Seniors. If you are a graduating Senior, please make sure to be at the Worship Service THIS Sunday, May 17th. We will call you up before the congregation, pray for you, and...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 5/5/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, I would just like to take this opportunity to praise God, our Great and Faithful Provider! As of yesterday, God has now provided the Jamaica Team with all of the funds we need! Thanks be to God! He has blessed us beyond measure! Now Jamaica Team, let's go and serve our hearts out! We are still a few weeks away from the end of school...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 4/28/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, This weekend is a big weekend for HPC and the HPC Youth Ministry!- This Friday, May 1st, we have Parents' Night Out!- This Sunday, May 3rd we have a congregational meeting to vote on the sale of this property and the move to the new property- This Sunday evening, May 3rd we have a big BBQ dinner at 5 PM. It is a potluck, so families ...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 4/21/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, School ends in about a month, VBS is 6 weeks away, we leave for Jamaica in 2 months...in other words, summer break is almost here! The HPC Youth Ministry will have a great summer lined up for students. I hope to have a calendar out by this weekend. It will be on the website first, and then will most likely be in this email next week....

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HPC Youth Happenings: 4/7/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, This Sunday is a very important day in the life of our church. During the Sunday School hour (9:30 - 10:30 AM), our leadership will present to you tentative site plans, elevations and designs for a proposed new building on the Hixson Pike Property. All Youth, both Middle and High School Students, should be there. Students, if you're...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 3/31/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Happy Spring Break everyone! If you're out of town for the week, I hope you're having a fun and restful time. Students, if you're in town, I hope you'll join us at my house tomorrow (Wednesday) evening at 6:30 for a time just to hang out and enjoy some fellowship. We'll have a fire and s'mores and play some games. We have a great gr...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 3/24/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Spring Break is right around the corner, and graduation is not far behind! We have a great group of graduating Seniors from HPC, and we want to make sure we recognize them and pray for them as they move along to the next stage of life. If you are a graduating Senior or a Parent of a Senior, please mark your calendars for Sunday, May ...

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HPC Youth Happenings:3/10/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, We had a great weekend at the Camp Vesper Point Retreat. I want to thank Jen Ball, Shannon Boulware, Leah Dean, Jennifer Lusk, Scott Bennett, Josh Huff and Bo Wheeler for being such outstanding chaperones. I'd also like to thank our students for being such a delight to spend time with. I truly have so much fun on these trips and retr...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 3/3/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Happy March everyone! March is a great month for fundraising for our Jamaica Mission Trip. If you'd like to help us with that, please sign up to host a dinner for the Dinner Auction. You can read more about the Dinner Auction and sign up here, or you can visit the sign up table Sunday after the Worship Service. The Camp Vesper Point...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 2/24/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, I hope everyone enjoys their snow day! We are just 10 days away from the Camp Vesper Point Retreat on March 6th - 8th. We're going to have a great time singing karaoke, eating the best camp food around, playing games with friends, dancing at the hoe-down, roasting s'mores by the bonfire, and worshipping the Lord together! There's s...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 2/17/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, We are just a couple of weeks away from the Camp Vesper Point Retreat on March 6th - 8th. Around 20 students are committed to going so far, and I am really looking forward to it! We're going to dig deeply to look at the Parable of the Sower (or Soils) and how it encourages us to be honest with God about our dirtiness! There is still ...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 2/10/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, The Charlie Brown shows/movies are childhood favorites of mine. I think one of the most interesting characters in the Peanuts Gang is Pigpen. Why? Because he is filthy, dirty and stinky, and he doesn't feel the need to hide it. He is open and honest about being dirty. What does this have to do with anything? At the Camp Vesper Point...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 2/3/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, I want to say a great big THANK YOU to all the adults who helped out with the Super Bowl Party! Whether you brought a delicious snack, mingled with the kids at the party, or helped clean up afterwards, your contribution was so important and we really appreciate it! As we roll into February, we are getting closer and closer to the Ca...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 1/27/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Who ya got...Seahawks or Patriots? I think it's Seahawks in a close one. Tom Brady will attempt a last second TD pass to win the game, but because the ball won't be deflated it will slip out of his hand and fall harmlessly to the turf. Either way, all youth are invited to come to HPC to watch the big game this Sunday, Feb 1st from 6...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 1/20/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, It feels like spring outside, and spring makes me think of March, and on March 6th - 8th, we're having a Camp Vesper Point Retreat! On this retreat, students can enjoy a fun and relaxing weekend, get more connected to the Youth Group, and benefit from focused Bible teaching and worship times. - We encourage everyone to invite guests...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 1/13/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, College Football Season is over now, and that means we can turn our attention to the NFL Playoffs and the Super Bowl. Why is that important to our Youth Ministry? Because every year one of our favorite events is the Super Bowl Party! This year, the HPC Youth Super Bowl Party is on Sunday, February 1st from 6 to 10 PM.There is no dead...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 1/7/15

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Uberfreezin' 6 came and went so quickly that it seems like a blur. But within that blur, we had another great ski retreat with a great group of students! The weather wasn't as freezin' as we'd like (if only we had today's weather during our trip!) but we still made the most of the fake snow and really enjoyed skiing. Our topic of st...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 12/22/14

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, I think I heard a collective scream of delight last Thursday as Christmas Break arrived. (Or was it a collective sigh of relief???) Anyway, to celebrate the arrival of Christmas Break, all middle and high school youth are invited to come hang out at the Lusk's house TONIGHT from 7 - 10 PM. We will play games, watch a Christmas movie...

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HPC Youth Happenings:12/16/14

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Hang in there students! Only a couple more days and exams will all be over! In the meantime, study hard, eat good breakfasts, and remember that God really wants to hear your prayers about exams! Of course, He delights in hearing your prayers ALL the time. But the Bible specifically tells us to cast our anxieties upon God because He c...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 12/9/14

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, As we move into exam time for our students, I would encourage everyone to be in prayer for them. For many, this is a very stressful time. Students, how can I serve you during exam time other than prayer? What is something we could do that would make exam time a little more bearable? Thanks to everyone who came out to the Children's ...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 12/2/14

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, A couple of nights ago, our High School Students started off the Christmas season with a bang at our annual Christmas Party! We got all dressed up, we took funny photos, we showed off our dance moves and exchanged some pretty wild gifts. Thank you once again to Ben and Leah Dean, Derek and Jen Ball, and Moriah Huff for hosting and pl...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 11/25/14

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, I hope everyone enjoys a fun and safe Thanksgiving this week! May God bless you richly as you celebrate with friends and family, and may we all celebrate with thankful hearts. For all High School students, there will be a...High School Christmas Party: THIS SUNDAY, November 30th- Join us at the home of Ben Leah Dean and Sammy Jones...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 11/18/14

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, It's COLD!!! We were pretty cold at the Middle School Retreat this past weekend too. I want to send a shout out to my brothers of the unheated cabin - you became more manly sleeping in the cold. As a whole, the retreat was great! We were challenged by our speaker, Tony Souder, to see, savor and then share the greatness of God in our ...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 11/11/14

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Happy Veterans Day! Thank you to all who have served our country in the Armed Forces! It's exciting to stand out at the church property and imagine what might be. God has blessed us with such a beautiful plot of land, and for a long time our church has dreamed about what He might want us to do with it. Well, Lord willing, the dream ...

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HPC Youth Happenings:10/28/14

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Well God gave us a beautiful weekend for the HS Camping Retreat at Fall Creek Falls! We had a great time out in the woods, hiking, playing sports, sitting around the fire, eating, etc. Most of us left exhausted, but I hope it was restful for our souls. We discussed our self image, and how Jesus calls us to be God's image bearers even...

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HPC Youth Happenings:10/21/14

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Thank you to everyone who came and participated in Underground Outdoors this past Sunday! God gave us beautiful weather and a picturesque sunset. Josh Huff led us in worship around the fire. Scott Bennett shared the good news of the Gospel with us from Acts 16. And many other adults and students helped make it a fantastic event. Her...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 10/13/14

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, I hope Fall Break was restful for you Hamilton Co. school folks. I also hope those about to go on Fall Break will have a relaxing time off. Lately we've had some yucky weather that's made me want to stay indoors. But it looks like things might improve greatly just in time for Underground Outdoors! Don't forget that Underground meets...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 9/30/14 AND 10/7/14

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Alright everyone, tomorrow is October. You know what that means? Baseball playoffs!!! I'm pulling for the Giants and the Orioles to get to the World Series! Get excited everybody! Speaking of getting excited, what a great turn out for our Jamaica Info meeting on Sunday! We have lots of students considering joining the team. Please s...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 9/23/14

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, I want to say a big THANK YOU to all the students and volunteers who helped make Underground Outdoors a great event this past Sunday! We had a lot of fun, we got to meet a few new students, and the Gospel was preached (thanks Josh!). We look forward to hosting U.O. again on October 19th! This Sunday, September 28th, there is a very ...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 9/16/14

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, So let's get down to the nitty gritty...Underground Outdoors is THIS SUNDAY, Sept. 21st from 4:30 to 7:00 PM.- Students are welcome to show up to the new church property earlier. I will be out there around 3:30.- The new church property is at the corner of Hixson Pike and Jackson Mill Road next to Stonewall Farms- Don't forget to inv...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 9/9/14

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, As we chug along into September, there are three very important things I want everyone to know about September 21st. 1) September 21st is the early bird deadline to sign up and pay your $50 deposit for Uberfreezin' 6.- Sure, Uberfreezin' 6 is not until January 2nd - 5th, 2015. But as they say, the early bird catches the worm, or in ...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 9/2/14

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Youth culture can be downright strange and confusing to many of us. But it can also be difficult for our students to navigate. Imagine living within a culture that is constantly changing. How do you keep up??? Well, that's one of the great things about D-Groups, which kick off Tomorrow (Wednesday, September 3rd)D-Groups can be like ...

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HPC Youth Happenings: 8/26/14

Dear Parents, Students and Volunteers, Next Wednesday, September 3rd, we kick off Discipleship Groups. Let me share about them briefly: - D-Groups are safe places for students to share their lives: their struggles, their questions, their joys - D-Groups are good places for students to learn to walk in the light, and to sharpen each other - D-Groups are divided up in...

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Youth Ice Skating Cancelled

Due to a lack of interest, we are cancelling the Youth Ice Skating event that was scheduled for this Saturday, August 9th. Don't forget that Underground is back on August 17th. I pray that everyone has a great first day/week of school. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you as you transition back into the school year....

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HPC Youth Happenings: 8/5/14

School may be starting soon, but we've got one more fun summer event planned for this Saturday, August 9th: Ice Skating in Nashville! - All middle and high school students are welcome, but please sign up so I know how many drivers I need.- Meet at the Church at 9:15 AM- Return to HPC around 6 PM- Cost is only $10, plus money for a late lunch- You can sign up here! As the...

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