Our Partner Good Samaritan Mission is Moving

Our Partner Good Samaritan Mission is Moving

The Good Samaritan Mission is a mission partner of Hyde Park United Methodist that serves migrant farm workers and their families. They are located in Wimauma, FL.

They shared in a recent update that they plan to move locations within Wimauma soon. Read more:

As we get ready to embark on our new initiative that we told you about last month of serving more of our neighbors, we have come to realize that our physical location does not dictate who we are. We feel that we can be a more effective ministry by taking our program to the people right where they live. Coupled with the knowledge that it is a significant financial burden to maintain a property this size, we have decided to move GSM’s home base to a smaller location in the Wimauma area. We are currently in the process of researching suitable sites. This relocation has the added benefit of enabling us to direct more of your donations to programming and growth rather than towards building and grounds maintenance costs.

We envision a future that sees us taking our Adult Education Program to more and more locations throughout our community. The possibilities for locations are endless: churches, work camps, civic centers, senior centers, parks, schools, etc. We can either be in a building or use trailers. Our mobile food pantry will go with our mobile classes. We will eventually have classes during the week, in the evening, and on the weekends as well. We are looking forward to creating partnerships with our community as we work together to serve our neighbors.

Although we have put the Balm Wimauma Road property up for sale, our organization, The Good Samaritan Mission, is still going strong and is excited about expanding its outreach in this community to reach an even greater number of people in more locations.

How you can help with our new venture:

* Be in prayer for the Mission, our clients, staff, volunteers and Board of Directors.
* Volunteer to host a food or donation drive at your church or business.
* Volunteer for a regular volunteer opportunity, click here.
* Consider a financial donation to support the work of the Mission – click here.

Learn more on their website.

Family Fun Night Kick-Off Sept. 15

Enjoy games, food and fun with your family at our Family Fun Night Kick Off 6-8 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Harnish Activities Center!

This will be the first of a series of Family Fun Nights hosted by Children’s Ministries at Hyde Park United Methodist. Fellowship with other families while enjoying food, bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, and more!

Everyone is welcome to this event, so feel free to invite your friends, family and neighbors.  A donation of $10 per family is suggested.

Questions? Contact Kristin Passath.

Move Up Sunday Aug. 13

Move Up Sunday Aug. 13

Happy new Sunday Morning Live year!

Move Up Sunday, Aug. 13, is the official start of the new year in Children’s Ministries and when our children move up to their new Sunday Morning Live small group class to match their age and/or grade for the 2017-18 school year.

Sunday Morning Live is for children age 3 through 5th grade at 9:30 and 11 a.m. in the Wesley Center. At Sunday Morning Live, children encounter Jesus in an age-appropriate way, learning practical truths while having fun!

Questions? Contact Kristin Passath.

Serving Children’s Ministries This Year

Use your gifts to make God’s love real to the families of Hyde Park United Methodist! What you do with your time matters and you can make a difference in the life of a child!

Opportunities to serve during this school year (2017-18) include:

Preschool (3-4-K)/9:30 a.m. Sundays
  •          Adult shepherds for the 3-year-old small group
  •          Adult shepherds for the Kindergarten small group
  •          Youth or Adult tech volunteers
Preschool (3-4-K)/11 a.m. Sundays
  •          Adult Large Group Leaders
  •          Adult shepherds and youth
 Elementary (Grades 1-5)/9:30 a.m. Sundays
  •          Youth and an adult shepherd for 1st grade
  •          Youth and an adult shepherd for 4th grade
  •          Youth for 5th grade
Elementary (Grades 1-5)/11 a.m. Sundays
  •          Youth needed

Contact Kristin if you are interested in helping in any of these areas.

Give Support and Scriptures with Manna Bags

Give Support and Scriptures with Manna Bags

The Manna Ministry assembles and sells Zip-lock bags filled with Scripture, information on community resources, healthy snacks, sunscreen and a pair of socks for distribution to impoverished individuals to help them feel the love of Christ. Manna bags are generally available to purchase the last Sunday of the month in the Courtyard for $5.

2017 Manna Bag sale dates:

  • July 30
  • Aug. 27
  • Sept. 24

For more information, contact Gray Caron, 813.839.0083.

Learn more about serving at Hyde Park United Methodist here.

Volunteer Training Night for Children, Youth and Adults

Volunteer Training Night for Children, Youth and Adults

Have you said “yes” to volunteering with our children, youth or adult groups? Join us for a leadership training event 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 2 in the Harnish Activities Center.

The event will be a great opportunity to focus on team building, individual leadership and learn helpful tips to improve your skills.

Do you need childcare? RSVP to Kathy DiRaimo for children and youth or Glenn Simpson for adults.

Volunteering this year, but unable to make your training? Contact Kathy DiRaimo for children and youth or Glenn Simpson for adults.

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