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.”
Missions Celebration Sunday is Oct. 1

Missions Celebration Sunday is Oct. 1

More than 40 different Missions organizations are supported by you and the rest of the Hyde Park congregation. Hear stories from and meet our mission partners face-to-face at our annual Missions Celebration 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1 in the Harnish Activities Center. Light refreshments will be provided.

Missions ministries and partners will host information tables in the Harnish Activities Center. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the missions our congregation supports and how you can get involved, too.

Multiple opportunities are available to serve and support Missions Celebration Sunday. By volunteering to set up, organize, or donate food to the event, you can help make God’s love real to our congregation on Missions Celebration Sunday. View all opportunities and sign up here.

Society of St Andrew Gleaning Network

Accomplished January 1 to August 31, 2017

12.5 Million Pounds Gleaned from the Fields
7.6 Million Pounds Shipped in the Potato & Produce Project
A total of 20.1 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed
60.3 Million Servings of Fresh Produce Provided
3,337 Events Held and 18,457 Volunteers Engaged

Click here for the summer newsletter.  Click here for the website.

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 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:

  • 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

Support the Children’s Home

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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.


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.

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