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.

Support the Children’s Home on the 5th Sunday

Support the Children’s Home on the 5th Sunday

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On the fifth Sunday of the month, we share in the support of the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home. 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: July 30
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.



Assist Refugees in Tampa Bay

Assist Refugees in Tampa Bay

Hyde Park United Methodist supports the work of the Tampa Bay Refugee Task Force, which assists local refugees in the Tampa Bay area.

The task force includes representatives of various government agencies, private not-for-profit organizations and mutual assistance associations. Their purpose is to increase awareness of refugee populations, share best practices, build collaborations between agencies, spot trends in refugee populations, characteristics or movements, help create good communication among service providers, discuss refugee program service needs and possible solutions to meeting those needs.

There are two ways for you to support our refugee populations in Tampa Bay this summer.

(1) Attend World Refugee Day — celebrate our local refugees and volunteers at World Refugee Day, 1 p.m. June 16 at Pinellas Technical College (904 34th St. South, St. Petersburg, FL).

The event will feature a networking time beforehand with jazz music and heavy hors d’oeuvres, a half hour program where the mayor will speak and awards will be given to former refugees who have made contributions to the community, a cultural dance performance and a full citizenship ceremony, naturalizing over 30 former refugees. The event is free and open to the public.

(2) Volunteer at the Summer Refugee Youth Program — support local refugee students, from kindergartners to seniors in high school during this summer program, 10:30 am.. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at Global Community Church (11301 US Hwy 301, Thonotosassa).

Tuesdays the program serves elementary school-aged children (kindergarten through 5th grade). Wednesdays the program serves middle and high school students (grades 6-12). The scheduled events include tutoring, art/crafts, lunch and fun activities. Volunteer opportunities are available for any part of the day.

To sign up to volunteer, contact Colleen Suarez, 813.785.1601.

Member Visits International Mission Partner

Member Visits International Mission Partner

Pat Hannon, member of Hyde Park United Methodist, recently visited the Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary in Estonia while in port from a Baltic cruise. The seminary is a mission partner of Hyde Park United Methodist and provides some of the only theological education and training available in its area.

Here is what Pat said about his visit:

My brother Harry and I were planning a Baltic cruise last year and found that our ship would dock for a day at Tallinn, Estonia where I knew we had a mission partner. With the assistance of Vicki Walker, we were able to contact people at Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary (BMTS) and arrange a visit.

The ship docked on very cold morning on May 9 and we were met by a faculty assistant at the seminary, Anna Seifullina, who took us to BMTS which is adjacent to the main church. Upon arrival, we were introduced to Meeli Tankler, President and Taavi Hollman, Chief Administrator. During coffee and cookies we discussed mutual friends and travels. Taavi visited Hyde Park United Methodist in 2012 and knows the Harnish brothers and others in our congregation.

After our seminary visit, Anna and another faculty member gave us a short tour of old Tallinn where we had lunch and were acquainted with a lot of history

Attached are some photos of the seminary and staff that we met. The staff and people we met were most gracious and hospitable. BMTS is having a positive impact in the former Soviet territories and is most appreciative of our continued support.

Visiting this mission partner increased my awareness of the importance of our mission work and the fact that we, Hyde Park United Methodist, are having an impact in this world.

Grace and Peace,
Pat Hannon

View a gallery of Pat’s photos below:

Open Arms – Supporting Those in Need

Open Arms – Supporting Those in Need

Every Sunday morning, Hyde Park United Methodist’s Open Arms Ministry provides a nourishing meal to homeless and low-income individuals, and an invitation to worship with the congregation. Open Arms also collects toiletries and clothing on a regular basis and distributes these on the first Sunday of the month. Haircuts are available on the third Sunday of the month.

Open Arms Guests

Find fellowship and a hot breakfast every Sunday morning. Open to all who are homeless or simply in need of a hot, delicious meal. We also provide haircuts (third Sunday) and clothing distribution (first Sunday) monthly, as well as other services for the homeless. For more information, contact Pam Carpenter.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are multiple opportunities to help with the life-changing impact of our Open Arms ministry to the homeless and those in need. Contact Jill Krantz, volunteer coordinator, to learn more and sign up.

  • Sunday during Open Arms: Prepare food at 7 a.m., serve food at 8 a.m. and clean-up at 9 a.m., whatever works best for your schedule
  • Throughout the week to support Open Arms: Food and bread pickups, organize clothing
  • Monthly during Open Arms: Distribute clothing and toiletries (first Sunday of the month), cut hair (third Sunday)
  • Semi-Annually During Open Arms: Mission Smiles dental clinic


Disposable food containers, clothing and toiletries are distributed to our Open Arms guests weekly. Donations may be dropped off at our Ministry Offices. Contact Pam Carpenter for specific donation needs.



View more ways to serve at our church, locally and around the world here.

Have Lunch with Michelle Shrader June 11

Have Lunch with Michelle Shrader June 11

Michelle Shrader will be our guest preacher in the Sanctuary on Sunday, June 11.  She is passionate about Missions and Outreach. Join her for a luncheon and conversation 12:15 p.m. in Knox Hall 150. RSVP here.

Michelle, an ordained minister with the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church, grew up at Hyde Park United Methodist and attended Plant High School. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Duke University. Currently, Michelle is serving as a Pastor with the Central Methodist Mission in Cape Town, South Africa. She is a mission partner of Hyde Park United Methodist and we are supporting her during the three years she is serving in South Africa.

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