Reserve a beautiful, fresh-cut Christmas Tree and support our youth!
Merge Youth Ministries is selling fresh Fraser Fir Christmas trees with the proceeds helping to provide mission trip scholarships. The trees are delivered only 48 hours after they are cut. The trees range from 3 – 14 ft. You can reserve your tree via our online form until Nov. 17.
You can also order your trees in person on Nov. 5 and Nov. 12. The youth will be selling trees 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Harnish Activities Center on Nov. 5 and in Courtyard and Magnolia Patio on Nov. 12.
Tree pick-up will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 in the main parking lot. If you can help distribute trees on Nov. 30, contact Kathy.
The Manna Ministry assembles and sells Zip-lock bags filled with Scriptures, 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:
For more information, contact Gray Caron, 813.839.0083.
Learn more about serving at Hyde Park United Methodist here.
We share in the support of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, typically on the fifth Sunday of the month.
The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home (FUMCH) is a refuge and haven for abused, neglected and troubled children. It has been serving the state of Florida for over 100 years. These children are provided a home-like setting at the main campus or the Youth Ranch. The Children’s Home is also focused on foster care services through their Open Hearts Family Service. To learn more about the children’s home, contact Lisa Johnson.
Next Sunday in 2017: Sept. 17 To make a contribution, please use the special envelope in either the pew rack or information carts. For more information, contact Pat Kelly.
Want to give online now?Click here and choose “Children’s Home” as the designation.
Sunday evening, over 130 students and parents attended a back-to-school celebration with Merge Youth Ministries.
Students enjoyed games, food and time with their families at a carnival-themed back to school night. Merge Youth Ministries staff and volunteers shared with families the Bible studies, trips and events planned for the upcoming year.
Staff and volunteers completed several “challenges” during the event to celebrate volunteer sign-ups. Senior Pastor Magrey deVega had a bucket of ice water dumped on him by his daughters in order to celebrate filling all confirmation leader spots. Program Assistant for Children’s and Youth Ministries Kathy DiRaimo was “pied” by Senior Pastor Magrey deVega to celebrate people who volunteered to deliver dinner to Sunday night youth programming.
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.
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.