Enjoy a lunch with Michelle Shrader, our guest preacher in the Sanctuary on Sunday, June 11. The luncheon will be 12:15 p.m. in Knox Hall 150.
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 3 years she is serving in South Africa.
Michelle is passionate about Missions and Outreach. Join her for a luncheon and conversation 12:15 p.m. June 11 in Knox Hall 150. RSVP here.
Mission Smiles is a ministry partner of Hyde Park United Methodist that provides free dental services to those in need. The Mission Smiles team visits Hyde Park United Methodist a few times a year to provide free dental services to our Open Arms guests.
On the April 23, 2017 visit of Mission Smiles, 34 guests received $13,116 worth of services from 29 volunteers!
Read a recent “thank-you” message delivered to Hyde Park by Kathy McGartland, Mission Smiles Program Manager:
Generosity, a willingness to give your time to others
Understanding, because their lives might be very different from your own
Empathy, an ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and feel what they must feel
Compassion, to truly care about making someone else’s life better
Patience, because the process doesn’t always go as smoothly as it might
Dedication, to stick with the project and see it through
You’ve shown these qualities and so much more, so thank you for all that you do.
We are thankful to be a partner in ministry with Mission Smiles. It is through the support of the people at Hyde Park United Methodist that Mission Smiles is able to help make God’s love real in this way.
Read Kathy’s update on Mission Smiles from April 23, 2017 here.
Accomplished January 1 to April 30, 2017
5.2 Million Pounds Gleaned from the Fields
3.6 Million Pounds Shipped in the Potato & Produce Project
A total of 8.9 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed
26.6 Million Servings of Fresh Produce Provided
897 Events Held / 6,714 Volunteers Engaged
News and Events
Why Do We Glean?
Jeannie Hunter, our Tennessee regional director, was recently interviewed by Moyo, an online video service for a spiritually-minded community of those looking to engage with global issues. Jeannie spoke of “the lost art of gleaning,” emphasizing the historical / biblical / ethical / moral reasons to glean. Tennessee program coordinator Kelsey Miller was also interviewed, and spoke of God’s abundance
SoSA Board Member is a “1040 Saint” to Thousands
Andrew Benjamin is a member of the SoSA Board of Directors, and is also a very hard worker when he joins in on a crop drop. At home in Minnesota, the 82-year-old volunteers to help people do what is so hard for them, yet is a joyful labor of love for Andrew: tax returns. You may have seen Andrew recently on the national NBC Nightly News.
Jackson State University Annual Crop Drop
Dozens of students at Jackson State University gathered at a university parking lot on April 8 to bag up 20,000 pounds of sweet potatoes for those in need in the city of Jackson, Mississippi. The event was sponsored by the Center for University-based Development. The potatoes were donated by a Mississippi farmer.
Addressing Food Insecurity in Winston-Salem
Volunteers swarmed the parking lot of Christ Rescue Temple Apostolic Church to bag potatoes for individuals and families in need in and around Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 40,000 pounds of potatoes were distributed through many area agencies.
Though we miss Evan greatly, we are able to find comfort and inspiration in a special poem he left behind. A dedicated Scout to Hyde Parks’s Boy Scout Troop 22, his wisdom at the young age of thirteen is found in these special words to live by.
Shane Parker, Troop Leader
From January until now, El Ayudante has had the pleasure of hosting 9 teams with many more to come in the following months. As of now, Boynton UMC, Missionary Friends, Mamaronek, New Life Missions, St. Paul’s United Methodist, Toledo School of Nursing, Walking Together, a team representing Tennessee, and Riverwood International Charter School have all visited our campus...to keep reading click here.