From Possibility to Reality

From Possibility to Reality

June 2019

Dear Hyde Park Disciples,

Your Facilities Team and Board of Trustees loves that the things we do to maintain and improve the property of the church is so that ministry can happen. We help turn possibilities into reality.

Your financial support enables us to proactively maintain all of our property. This is no small thing.

We are forward-thinking here, including the approach we take with our buildings and grounds. In the past year, we have been able to replace items in need with energy-saving and environmentally-friendly options. These new items help save the church money and reduce our impact on the planet.

Knox Hall now has a “cool roof,” which helps prevent heat absorption. It also has been outfitted with Wi-Fi thermostats. These allow us to monitor potential air conditioning problems in real time, and to customize room settings. Lights across our property are being retrofitted with LED bulbs. The Chapel uses all LED bulbs now, is brighter and uses much less electricity.

Air conditioning units in the Wesley Center and Harnish Activities Center have been repaired by our own facilities staff, saving huge expenses that would have been paid to an outside vendor. Many older toilets in the children’s rooms of the Wesley Center have been updated as needed with toilets that use less water.

The parking lot on the Hyde Park campus was recently repaved and sealed. Sidewalks have been pressure washed. These improvements help create a much safer place for drivers and pedestrians.

We are grateful to be part of the possibilities that God brings our way.

Grace and peace,


Rich Howard-Allen
Facilities and Operations Team Leader

Giving Matters April 2017

Giving Matters April 2017

Thank You for Your Faithful Stewardship

Thank you, Hyde Park United Methodist, for your faithful stewardship, which supports ministries like our recent Confirmation class.

We celebrate these kids as they chose the words below to describe what following Jesus means to them:

Giving Matters: How Votes and Pledges are Connected

Giving Matters: How Votes and Pledges are Connected

Dear Hyde Park Disciples,

I write this brief note to you today on the eve of the presidential election.  It is our quadrennial opportunity to choose the next president of the United States, a country where we are free to practice our religion of choice.  Whether you are a Democrat or Republican or a member of another party, we are all free to choose how we participate in the election.  But participating is the only way that we can ensure our freedoms continue.

I have heard over the years that some people don’t vote because their vote doesn’t count or matter.  But remember President George W. Bush was elected by 537 votes in Florida and therefore won the Electoral College.  President Obama won North Carolina in 2012 by only 2 voters per precinct.  And this year is expected to be just as close.

So you may be asking yourself, what does any of this have to do with Giving Matters and Hyde Park United Methodist and Stewardship.  Well, when it comes to making your annual pledge, I have heard many say, “My pledge doesn’t matter.”  Just like razor thin margins in presidential elections can change the course of history, your pledge to our church can alter the course of history too.

Your pledge helps us determine how many people we can help in Open Arms.  Your pledge helps us determine how many ways we can teach the children in our congregation how to love God.  Your pledge helps us determine how many unchurched people we can bring to Christ at The Portico campus.

No pledge is too small.  Like each person’s vote, every pledge matters.

Pastor Magrey reminded us about how being both a believer in Jesus Christ and an active member of Hyde Park United Methodist is a freeing experience.

This church has always been one where we are free to give, free to love, free to be involved or free to sit back and observe.  But today, like the politicians are urging you to TURN OUT in the election to ensure their victory, I am asking you to TURN IN your pledge card and ensure God’s victory. We receive God’s grace freely and are invited to participate in what God is doing to transform this world.

Please join me in turning in your pledge for 2017:

  • Pledge online at
  • Place your paper card in the offering plate
  • Mail it into the Ministry Offices

Grace and peace,

Jonathan Brill
Chair, Stewardship Team

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