No Vegetable Left Behind 2018

Servants from various organizations walked over to the Tampa Convention Center to pack leftover produce from a Food Expo into boxes and ultimately onto large trucks and vehicles to serve local ministries and food banks. Servants came from Hyde Park United Methodist (48), Abe Brown Ministries (9), Dream Builders (3), New Hope United Methodist (6), University of Tampa (2), and First United Methodist – Lakeland (2).

Organizations benefiting from the fresh, high-quality fruits and vegetables were Feeding Tampa Bay (and all those that it serves), Good Samaritan Mission, Open Arms, Dream Builders and several banks in the Orlando area. The gifts of each person serving contributed to the success of the project; there was something for everyone to do and everything done was much needed.

This project will alternate between Orlando and Tampa over the next several years. It will be in Orlando next year on March 9, 2019. Mark your calendars and plan to join us. If you’d like to volunteer for future gleaning projects, sign up here.

Dunbar Elementary Magnet School

Hyde Park United Methodist has partnered with Dunbar Elementary Magnet School as part of the Florida Conference School-Church initiative, providing an opportunity to volunteer, serving the children and staff at the school. A school without a limited PTA and no playground, Dunbar Magnet provides Hyde Park servants with ways to help with children as tutors, room sponsors and for behind-the-scenes jobs. Projects are in the works for gardening, updating a worn staff room, and raising funds for a playground and technology mentoring. For more information or to volunteer, email Carleen Boyer.

News from Love INC

Love INC Guiding Principle: Work in ways that allows people to achieve their God-given potential. “A critical component of helping people move out of their need is to help them see their worth and value to God.” (Redemptive Compassion). The Love INC model helps people understand their value and empowers them to be part of the solution to their needs, so they fully understand the
difference they can make in their life and the lives of others. However, our intent to do this must also be coupled with access to community resources that can be directed towards those solutions. One such resource that is lacking in the Tampa community is affordable housing. Housing or lack of housing has a profound impact on a person’s ability to be stable and achieve their God-given-potential. Portico Workforce Housing Solutions is a first step in helping motivated, employed men get back into permanent housing. Discussions are underway for a similar model for single women. More is needed.
Love INC advocates for affordable housing. Our prevention model works with individuals to prevent evictions by addressing issues that can cause them to lose housing or that negatively impact their stability, gives hope and allows people to see their value as children of God. Love INC creates love stories and we share more in this edition of our newsletter and on our website.

Click here for more from the newsletter.

Society of St Andrew Gleaning Network

Monthly News and Stats

Accomplished January 1 to October 31, 2017
15.1 Million Pounds Gleaned from the Fields
8.6 Million Pounds Shipped in the Potato & Produce Project
A total of 23.7 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed
71 Million Servings of Fresh Produce Provided
5,184 Events Held and 28,267 Volunteers Engaged

News and Events

Yam Jam in North Carolina Provides One Million Servings of Food!
This group from North Carolina State University is just a few of the 1,478 volunteers in the first 5 weekends of the 6-week Yam Jam. So far, more than 310-thousand pounds of sweet potatoes have been collected and distributed, with one more weekend to go – this will feed hundreds of thousands of people!

The Georgia College GIVE Center Distributes SoSA Food to 50 Organizations
200 students and community volunteers joined together on the Milledgeville, Georgia campus on November 4 – “National Make a Difference Day.” At this annual potato drop, the group distributed bags of potatoes to more than 50 organizations, including Chard Wray Food Pantry, Cafe Central, the Baldwin County Life Enrichment Center, Habitat for Humanity, and numerous churches.

Green Beans Become a Feeding Project for Alcoa UMC in Tennessee
The United Methodist Men in this East Tennessee church coordinated the bagging to 6,000 pounds of green beans. The food went to the Louisville Christian Assistance Center, Sunset Gap Community Center, Norris Area Food Pantry, and Manna House in Knoxville, feeding hungry people across two counties.

Middle School Students Get Hands-on Lesson in Gleaning in North Carolina
About 100 8th-graders picked peppers in Mill River at a farm research center. All the food picked was distributed to local food banks by SoSA.

Students at the University of Southern Mississippi at Hattiesburg Feed the Hungry
The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) at USM partnered with The Society of St. Andrew on this 20,000 pound Sweet Potato Drop. Students helped to address and raise awareness about food insecurity in the Pine Belt area.

SERVE Day at Metropolitan Ministries – Register

SERVE Day at Metropolitan Ministries – Register

Be part of SERVE Day 2017 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. 19. The address of this year’s tent is 905 N. Governor Street, Tampa, FL 33602.

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
  • Nov. 19 (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.

Registration for SERVE day is through the Metropolitan Ministries website.
Click on the opportunities below for details and to register. Once you select your service area, you will be asked to create an account  (if you have not already created an account from last year) 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 Christina Mitchell, Director of Volunteers and Events, Metropolitan Ministries, 813.209.1067.

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

Register for SERVE day using this form or click on the links below.

Early Morning Parking:
9:30 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.

Chapel Volunteering:
10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
noon – 2:30 p.m.
2 – 4:30 p.m.
4 – 6 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.

Curious about what the Holiday Tent is and how it gives hope to families in Tampa Bay? Learn more in this article from the Tampa Tribune.

Emotional Support After the Hurricane

Emotional Support After the Hurricane

Recovering from a hurricane can be extremely stressful. The Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church has resources to provide emotional support to anyone in the impacted area including clergy, spouses, retirees, church staff and congregations. You do not have to be a member of our church to take advantage of these free services.

If you need help managing stress and anxiety related to hurricanes or other natural disasters – including referrals to community resources to help with specific concerns – call 1-866-342-6892. Assistance is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week courtesy of Wespath, the United Methodist Church’s health benefits provider.

Online help and information is available here.

  • On the liveandworkwell.com home page, click “I don’t know my access code” under the log-in box.
  • On the next page, select “Optum Behavioral Health Employee” from the drop-down box.
  • On the next page, select “Crisis Support” and then “Disaster Planning and Recovery.”

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