Welcome to the new-and-improved 2016 www.hydeparkumc.org website of Hyde Park United Methodist. We hope you’ll enjoy your visit as a pleasant visual and informative experience.
The new site features fewer pages and more photos, requiring fewer clicks for more information. It adapts to the size of the screen you are using from the smallest smartphone to widescreen monitors. the simplified menu appears across the top of larger views, for smaller devices or windows, you can access the menu by clicking on the three horizontal lines at top right of screen.
For help finding specific content, use the convenient search function at top or bottom of every page. Still have questions? Contact the church communications staff at firstname.lastname@example.org, 813.253.5388.
Among the changes:
- NEW Serve –at the church, locally and in the world– section provides a comprehensive list of opportunities to serve through our church, plus a Spiritual Gifts inventory to guide your process of discernment.
- NEW Help section makes it easier for guests and members to find help online for important life events, immediate or long-term needs, support groups and prayer requests.
- EASY forms to contact the church or sign up for newsletters are right on the home page
- STORIES from our blog Hyde Park Speaks now part of the website.
- VIEW worship live online or archived sermons on the “watch and listen” page in the worship section.
The 2016 site replaces the five-year-old previous website, and incorporates newer technology to serve mobile users and changing needs. The development process was guided by the Hyde Park’s lay Communications Team, which identified needs, researched options, selected web development partner Faithlab, and guided the entire process alongside church staffers Martha Chamberlain, John Barolo and Nicki Taylor, in coordination with staff and lay teams in all ministry areas.
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In light of recent tragic events, Senior Pastor Magrey DeVega offered these powerful words of insight in his Sunday sermon:
“If there is any common denominator to be found among all of these national and international tragedies over the past month, it is this:
“We fear those who are different from ourselves. We distrust people who do not look like us, act like us, believe like us, worship like us, love like us. The old adage is as true now as it has ever been: we draw circles to define who is in and who is out, and when we do, we also draw them around ourselves. Our default modes as a civilization and as a society, is one of exclusion rather than embrace.
“And that, friends, is a spiritual issue. It is far deeper than debates over gun control and immigration. It is deeper than issues of racism or homophobia or Islamophobia. The deepest way to see this is as a theological issue. We fear those who are different from us because we fail to see how others are created in the same image of God as we are.”
View or listen to the entire July 10, 2016 sermon, “Inside Out.”
Hyde Park United Methodist will honor Mary Lou Compton‘s 18 years of service as our Financial Secretary/Treasurer at a Retirement Celebration 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. July 24 in the Harnish Activities Center. Those who wish to participate in a financial love gift for her may do so by indicating on a check or online contribution.
In addition to her staff role, Mary Lou is a long-time volunteer in Children’s Ministries, awarded the 2016 Lockmiller Christian Education Teacher of the Year Award by the Florida United Methodist Foundation. She plans to continue as a Sunday School teacher after her retirement.
With Mary Lou’s retirement, other staff members are transitioning into new roles in July:
- Lynn Osborne assumes Mary Lou’s responsibilities in the new role of Comptroller. Lynn’s prior role as Ministry Team Leader will now be incorporated into two newly defined positions, Executive Pastor and Church Business Administrator.
- Meagan Kempton is our new Church Business Administrator. She will oversee overall management and coordination of facilities, finances, and administrative support. She will also serve with the Finance Committee and the Board of Trustees.
- Kristin Passath has assumed the role of Director of Children’s Ministries, following five years as Assistant Director focusing on our elementary-aged children. She now brings her wonderful enthusiasm, creativity, and communication skills to this broader leadership role.
On Sunday, July 10, we welcomed the Rev. Kim Uchimura as our new Executive Pastor. She will share responsibilities of preaching and pastoral care, and will be responsible for overall management of staff and coordination of programs to ensure that ministries fulfill the church’s mission and vision. She will also work closely with the Ministry Leadership Council, Staff Parish Relations Committee, and Endowment Committee.
Hyde Park United Methodist welcomed the Rev. Kim Uchimura as its new Executive Pastor at a reception 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. July 10 in the Harnish Activities Center. View photos here.
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The Rev. Kim Uchimura
Below is the original post regarding Bishop Ken Carter’s announcement that the Rev. Kim Uchmura would be appointed to Hyde Park United Methodist:
The Rev. Kim Uchimura will come to Hyde Park from serving as Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Mount Dora. Prior appointments include The Well, and St. Andrew’s, both in Brandon. A second-career pastor, she previously spent 17 years in the banking industry.
She and her husband Greg met at Northwestern University from which they both graduated. They have three grown children: Katherine, (and her husband Bobby and their daughter Avery); Michael; and Elizabeth. The Rev. Uchimura enjoys playing flute and piano, reading historical fiction as well as fantasy, and playing with granddaughter Avery.
“I am thrilled to be coming to Hyde Park United Methodist,” she said. “I have learned so much about ministry from Hyde Park, both formally and informally. I so appreciate how the mission of making God’s love real has become an integral part of this church’s identity in Tampa. I can’t wait to be a part of it!”
In the United Methodist Church, pastors are appointed and reappointed annually in their churches by their Bishop, in this case Bishop Ken Carter of the Florida Annual Conference. Along with new appointment of the Rev. Uchimura, it was announced that Hyde Park’s currently appointed clergy, the Rev. Magrey deVega, senior pastor; the Rev. Dr. Sally Campbell-Evans, the Rev. Debbie Casanzio, the Rev. Justin LaRosa and the Rev. Vicki Walker — all will continue in their current positions at Hyde Park for the coming year.