Financial Peace University LIVE!

One thing that Dave Ramsey has learned through more than 25 years of guiding people on how to win with money: It doesn’t happen in one day. But it can start in one day!

Join Dave, Chris Hogan, and Anthony O’Neal on Sept. 28 for the first-ever Financial Peace Accelerated — a live teaching of all nine lessons in just one day.

At Financial Peace Accelerated, you will learn how to:

  • Break the cycle of financial stress by creating and living on a monthly budget. It’s time to tell your money where to go instead of wondering where it went.
  • Attack your debts one at a time with gazelle intensity, so that one day you can scream, “’I’M DEBT FREEEEEEE!”
  • Put yourself on the path toward millionaire status by understanding how to save for the future, invest like a pro, and give with outrageous generosity!

At the event, you will also receive a year-long membership to Financial Peace University where you can review all nine lessons, discover all the tools you need and enjoy free access to EveryDollar Plus, our game-changing budgeting app.

Individual tickets are $89 and couple tickets are $129. Register here.

The all-day event is Saturday, Sept. 28 at Calvary Orlando, 1199 Clay Street, Winter Park FL 32789.

Serve with Love INC

Love INC has a few new ways for you to get involved! Our mission is to mobilize the church to transform lives and communities in the name of Christ – helping churches help people. Below are a few requests and calls to action that directly impact our guests.

Love INC volunteers have been walking with a family over the last year coordinating a yard and home clean up, mentoring and A/C repair which ultimately led to reunification between parent and children. The family is thriving, however, they have needed a new roof they entire time. The mother has been working hard to save a substantial contribution towards a new roof and is ready to move forward.

This is where our wonderful network of churches come in!  Do you know of a contractor or roofer in your church or network with a servant’s heart? Please share this to explore how we can partner.

Calling Handymen: We need volunteers to complete some minor repairs on a mobile home for a guest of Love INC. She is scheduled for hip and knee replacement surgery in August and these repairs are imperative for her to continue to live independently and age in place safely in her home. The first priority is to secure her metal stair rail; repair broken latch on screen door located at the top of the stairs; re-attach an awning to her trailer.

Help Center Volunteers needed: Did you know the Love INC Help Center is the foundation of our ministry and is solely staffed by trained volunteers? We are seeking additional volunteers to fill available slots on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday. Office hours are from 9:00-1:00 and located in The Portico downtown. Volunteers can make their own schedule and can serve in all aspects of the Help Center.

Interested in serving in office? Join us for our next Volunteer Orientation on Saturday, June 29 from 10:00-12:00 at The Portico and RSVP here.

If you feel you can assist in any of these roles or would like more information, please reach out to Jennifer Agana at 813-222-5683 or to learn how you can get involved.


Midweek Message: Hearing Music in the Mundane

Midweek Message: Hearing Music in the Mundane

Dear Hyde Park Family,

In 2007, Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten wrote an article about a fascinating social experiment involving acclaimed classical violinist Joshua Bell, widely regarded as one of the finest musicians in the world.

Bell has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls, commanding hundreds of dollars per ticket to hear him play. But in 2007, his venue was outside a busy metropolitan subway station in Washington, D.C. Instead of wearing perfectly appointed concert attire, he wore jeans and a t-shirt and a baseball cap.

The question was this: If one of the world’s greatest musicians played some of history’s most beautiful music, but did it in a most ordinary setting, would anyone notice?

Leonard Slatkin, music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, was asked what he thought would happen. His guess was that if a thousand people walked by, there would be 75 to 100 who would stop and take time to listen, and 35 or 40 who would recognize the beautiful quality of the music. He also predicted about $150 in his donation jar.

Slatkin’s prediction was way off.

A thousand people did pass by—1,097, to be precise. But not a single person stopped to notice the wonder of Bell’s music. And he collected a measly $32 and change.

But there was little Evan. Three-year-old Evan Parker was walking alongside his mother Sherry at 8:30 that morning, running late for an appointment. She walked briskly past the violinist with Evan in tow. And as the video would later show, every few steps, Evan kept turning back at the violinist, staring at him to see and hear the music. Even as his mother kept rushing him along, even using her body to block his line of sight, Evan kept craning his neck to catch more of the wonder that every other person seemed willful to ignore.

Sometimes, it takes a child-like perspective to capture the wonder in the ordinary.

The poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning once wrote,

Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God,
But only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.

I don’t know what this summer holds for you. Hopefully, it is filled with times of rest, renewal, and time with loved ones, even amid your hard work and busy schedules. But don’t just “sit round and pluck blackberries.” Be more like little Evan, and less like the 1,096 people who missed a chance to experience wonder and beauty.

Don’t miss the opportunities in the next several weeks to open your eyes and see the wonder of God all around you.

Next week I hope to do that, as I spend time in beautiful Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, preaching and teaching at the United Methodist Music and Worship Arts Week. I would love your prayers for the six sermons and three workshops that I will be offering. But most of all, pray that I won’t miss the chance to catch the wonder of God, even amid my work.

That will be my prayer for you. That you would hear God’s music in the mundane, and be filled with the beauty of God.

Grace and Peace,


The Rev. Magrey deVega, Senior Pastor
Hyde Park United Methodist

Thank you to the many people who have signed up to serve the 400+ children attending Vacation Bible School next week. Most of our volunteer slots have been filled, but we could use a “deeper bench” of people willing to serve multi-purpose and back-up roles. This is a perfect way for anyone who has never served in children’s ministry to serve in a non-imposing but vital way. Help make a huge difference in the lives of children and sign up here.


As I do every summer, I will be taking some weeks off in July from writing the Midweek Message. I’ll resume writing them again in August. Prior messages can be found here.

Hyde Park Wins Partnership Award with Dunbar

We are so grateful for the opportunity to partner with Dunbar Elementary Magnet School, and we are honored to have received the award for Hillsborough County Public Schools Partners in Educaton!

A huge thank you to all who volunteer with the students and teachers at Dunbar. Together, we can really make a difference in our community.

View this 3-minute produced by teachers at Dunbar Elementary School.


See more news about our partnership with Dunbar here.

Merge Movie Day

Merge Movie Day

On Sunday, June 23, Merge will meet at Westshore Mall to see Toy Story 4.

Meet us at the Food Court at 12:30 p.m. for lunch (bring your money) and we’ll all head over to watch the 1:30 p.m. matinee.

Share Your RMD Tax-Free

Note: Incorrect information appeared in our June 18 newsletter and has been corrected in this post.

Did you know you can share your retirement assets with Hyde Park United Methodist and distribute funds without paying ordinary income tax? Savers who have accumulated investments in tax-deferred accounts, such as a 401(k), 403(b) or IRA, must begin distribution of these assets by the time they reach 70 1/2 years old. If those assets are not needed to support your retirement, you can distribute them directly to Hyde Park United Methodist. This strategy saves the payment of ordinary income tax on the amount of the distribution. More information can be found on the Florida United Methodist Foundation website. You may want to consult your tax advisor. Questions? Email Lynn Osborne, Comptroller.

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