Society of St. Andrew, Gleaning Network

Accomplished Jan. – Sept. 2018

  • 11.6 Million Pounds Gleaned from the Fields
  • 5.8 Million Pounds Shipped in the Potato & Produce Project
  • Total of 17.4 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed
  • 52.3 Million Servings of Fresh Produce Provided
  • 4,665 Events Held and 20,428 Volunteers Engaged
  • 810 Unique Participating Farms and Other Providers
  • 1,473 Unique Agencies Received and Distributed Food

News and Events

North Carolina Annual Yam Jam
At this Annual Yam Jam event, 250 volunteers gleaned more than 20,000 pounds of sweet potatoes in Willow Springs, North Carolina. It rained early that morning, but these tough volunteers stuck it out and gleaned in the mud.

Tennessee Gets Freshman Students Involved
For the second year in a row, freshman students from Ensworth School gleaned with SoSA as part of their school’s Service Day. In just over an hour on a September morning, these students gleaned 200 pounds of bell peppers from Allenbrooke Farms, providing 600 servings of fresh and organic food to neighbors in need. The peppers were given to Graceworks Ministries in Franklin, Tennessee.

Alabama Expands Farmers Market Gleaning
Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) in Alabama worked with the Lauderdale County Extension Office to create a farmers market gleaning program. The program gathered nearly 3,500 pounds of vegetables this year. The food was then distributed through church-based food pantries and soup kitchens.

Indiana Program Coordinator Goes on TV
SoSA in Indiana was featured on the IndyStyle show for Indy DO Day. This day actually consists of several days when the people of Indianapolis get to know their neighbors, take ownership of their neighborhoods, and take care of one another. Ann Radtke, SoSA Program Coordinator, gave a hands-on example of how we use our net bagging when gleaning. She also hosted a bag cutting event as part of Indy DO Day on September 27.

Florida SoSA Feeds the Homeless During Hunger Action Month
Florida Program Coordinator Mike Elmore prepped 35 bagged lunches and a cooler of iced water bottles on the last Saturday of Hunger Action Month. With his girlfriend, he passed out the lunches to the homeless population around Lake Eola, a major landmark in downtown Orlando. Mike says he wrote “You Matter” on the bags because homeless people want to be acknowledged and to be seen.

Mississippi Students Stay Engaged with SoSA
Jackson State University students always host a crop drop in August. They also want to “pay it forward” by cutting and tying red bags for the upcoming potato drop at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Virginia Volunteers Box Peaches for Agency Distribution
Sunshine and peaches! Volunteers from the Latter Day Saints and the Highway Full Gospel Food Pantry box peaches on a sunny day at Crown Orchard to distribute to our hungry neighbors in Lexington and Petersburg.

Great Gleaners in Georgia
We depend on volunteers like Tommy. We met Tommy at the North Georgia United Methodist Men retreat in August. He quickly became one of our most eager apple gleaners with his church’s food ministry. Whether you can glean with us once, or quite often, like Tommy, we would love to have you glean with us.

Midweek Message: What We Have Learned So Far

Midweek Message: What We Have Learned So Far

Dear Hyde Park Family,

First, a quick word of prayerful concern for the people all along the Gulf coast and the southeastern United States who have been affected by the devastation of Hurricane Michael. Our United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) will offer a coordinated response from our denomination, and we will inform you of how to join in those recovery efforts. In the meantime, we pray for aid and comfort for those seeking provision and shelter, safety for the first responders and electricity workers, and swift, effective work by all agencies working to provide relief.

Second, I want to offer you this exciting, comprehensive update on where we are in our visioning process. This statement was written by members of our Vision Team and offered as a bulletin insert in last Sunday’s worship services. But in case you missed it, I invite you to read it and ponder these important learnings by our Vision Team so far:



For 12 months, we’ve been engaged in a sustained effort to discern how the Spirit intends to use Hyde Park – its people, its service and its worship – to make God’s love real and make disciples, both today and in the future.

We’re in the process of synthesizing a year’s worth of information gathered through meetings with hundreds of church members and non-members, staff and lay leaders; through ministry assessments; open-invitation visioning chats with more than 200 participants; and a congregation-wide survey with more than 700 respondents; among other outreach.

As we advance this visioning process toward recommendations to present to the church, we do so…

Against a landscape of challenges and changes in the Tampa-area community and our culture:

  • 2/3 of people living in the area are not involved in a religious community.
  • Going forward, three times as many people in the area are likely to disassociate from religious community than become active in one.
  • Unchurched people living in the area have a higher level of disinterest and disillusionment with organized religion than the national average.

Understanding that Hyde Park United Methodist has a strong foundation and committed members:

  • The vast majority of our congregation currently feel a strong connection to God and consider themselves fully committed followers of Jesus.
  • At least 2/3 of our congregation cited our worship, the warmth and friendliness of our people, core values and our preaching among the reasons they remain committed to Hyde Park United Methodist.

Recognizing that complacency could cause us to miss opportunities in the midst of our changing community and culture:

  • Average Sunday worship attendance has remained at approximately 900 people for 20 years, out of more than 2,000 members, and more than 6,000 who participate in our ministries, communications and other involvement.
  • Approximately 500 households participate in financial pledges to the church each year out of nearly 1,400 households, and this has remained about the same for many years.
  • 1/3 of congregational survey respondents expressed a desire for a stronger spiritual commitment while recognizing they have not made the commitment to get more involved.

Acknowledging our congregation’s expressed desire for increased connection, deeper Biblical understanding, and more service and outreach opportunities, among other needs:

  • 54% of survey respondents requested more opportunities to be better connected (to church members, staff and/or community.)
  • While many church-goers first came to Hyde Park United Methodist because of a personal invitation from a friend, more than 50% of our congregation are neutral or dissatisfied with their invitation to others.
  • More than 50% of respondents expressed neutrality or dissatisfaction with their personal progress in reading Scripture faithfully, a standout among overall satisfaction with other spiritual practices.
  • More than 80% of survey respondents reflected that it is “Somewhat Important” or “Very Important” for the whole church to have better clarity about the purpose and mission of The Portico.
  • Connectivity, diversity, community, invitation and communication were the topics most widely discussed in the Vision Chats, as was a call for more focus in our missions and service for greater impact.

The Vision Team will soon be announcing town-hall-style gatherings to present its findings and recommendations to the congregation ahead of presenting recommendations for vote by the Church Conference.

Should you have any questions or comments, please send them to chairpersons Scott Meckley and Cheryl Parrish and our Vision Team at

SERVE Day at Metropolitan Ministries – Register

SERVE Day at Metropolitan Ministries – Register

Be part of SERVE Day 2018 with around 400 others from both Hyde Park campuses! Individuals from Hyde Park and their friends and family will sort food, park cars, hand out turkeys and more at the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent on Nov. 18.

Shifts are available throughout the day and range from one and a half to two and a half hours. Participants wear red “Making God’s Love Real” T-shirts. If you would like a T-shirt, you can order one using the form below.

T-shirts can be purchased for $10:

  • In the Aldersgate Coffee Shop at any time
  • After worship on Nov. 4 and Nov. 11 in the Courtyard, outside the Magnolia Building and at The Portico.
  • Nov. 18 (SERVE Day) in the Courtyard

Children must be 8 years old to participate in SERVE Day. Child care is available for children 7 years old and younger at the Hyde Park Campus 9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. only.

Do you need childcare or a red Hyde Park T-shirt? Fill out this form. 

Registration for SERVE day is through the Metropolitan Ministries website.
Click on the opportunities below for details and to register.

If you registered for SERVE Day in 2017, you can access your account from last year.  Simply click the link, enter your password, and modify as needed. If you need any assistance with this process, please contact Nathan Gula, Sr. Manager, Volunteer Services, Metropolitan Ministries, 813.209.1035.

If you did not register last year, you will be asked to create an account to complete the process and also electronically sign a legal waiver. Registration requires each person to create an account. If you need any assistance with this process, please contact Nathan Gula, Sr. Manager, Volunteer Services, Metropolitan Ministries, 813.209.1035.

Register for SERVE day using this form or click on the links below. To sign-up for the prayer chapel, use this form.

Early Morning Parking:
9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

General Tent Volunteering:
10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

noon – 2:30 p.m.
2 – 4:30 p.m.
4 – 6:15 p.m.

Parking and Wagon Pulling:
10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
noon – 2:30 p.m.
2 – 4:30 p.m.
4 – 6:15 p.m.

Spanish Speaking Volunteers:
10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
noon – 2:30 p.m.
2 – 4:30 p.m.
4 – 6:15 p.m.

News From The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home

Early Childhood Education Center Opens New Facility
On September 20th, we dedicated the Lamar Louise Curry Early Childhood Education and Development Center. This 20,000 square foot facility will become the new home of In As Much, currently located on Lakeshore Drive. About 50 people attended the Dedication celebration, including donors who generously supported the construction of the building, current and former Trustees, Volusia County government members, and representatives from various agencies.

Local Church Representative Workshop on October 20
Our Local Church Representative (LCR) workshop is this month, and the deadline for RSVPs is rapidly approaching. Please call Trista Calvin with any questions and RSVPs at 386.668.4774 ext. 2296 or email at

Welcome Mica Renfroe, Our New Ranch Administrator
We are very excited to introduce you to Ms. Mica Renfroe, the new Ranch Administrator for the Madison Youth Ranch. Prior to coming to the Ranch, Mica spent 23 years at The Methodist Home for Children and Youth in Macon, GA. We look forward to what this next chapter has in store for the life of the ministry of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, and we hope you will join us in extending a warm welcome to Mica as she joins the team.

Christmas Gift Card Drive Information Coming Soon
As Christmas moves closer, we are excited to announce our annual Christmas gift card drive information. This drive gives us, as a connectional church, an opportunity to show God’s love through gifts – during a season in which gift giving and generosity are especially celebrated. We ask that you again consider purchasing gift cards to be distributed across the Children’s Home ministry to give to the children we serve. Be on the lookout, as we will be sharing more information in the next couple of weeks.

Flower Arranging Class

Learn the concepts of flower arranging and design for your front door, mantle or holiday table. Hyde Park member Larry Lucas will be demonstrating. This event is open to the public.  A $5 donation is requested. Proceeds from this event will benefit the 1033 Market and our mission partners.

2 – 4 p.m. Oct. 27, Magnolia Building

Details? View Our Event Flyer

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