News from Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary

Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary (BMTS), our mission partner, is the largest United Methodist seminary in Europe, and serves students from eight countries who study in three languages: Estonian, Russian and English. Their newsletter is titled PrayerChain and the latest edition was published in February and March, 2020. It begins with a message from Külli Tõniste, Rector. Here’s an excerpt:


Well, March 10, 2020 was an interesting day. On that morning I purchased an airline ticket to Friends of Estonia in Nashville. I was happy that I got an excellent price. But in the same afternoon we saw the global economic markets crash. Next we heard that the entire country of Italy was locked up and now US-European travel has been cut. So I have no idea if I have an occasion to use that ticket. I certainly hope and pray that we all recover quickly from the plague and its many consequences.

Read the newsletter.

Open Arms – Supporting Those in Need

Open Arms – Supporting Those in Need

Effective March 22 and continuing until further notice, our Open Arms Ministry is making significant changes in response to the COVID-19 Epidemic. We will be serving our guests in the main parking lot behind the Harnish Activities Center. Stations will be set up to distribute a bagged lunch (provided by Metropolitan Ministries,) a bottle of water and their mail. Once each guests receives these items, they are encouraged to move on. In response to the guidance for social distancing, we cannot allow guuets to form groups or “hang out.” Whether you participate on our Open Arms team or not, you can support our guests and volunteers in prayer wherever you may be.


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 in months that contain a fifth Sunday.

The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home (FUMCH) is a refuge and haven for abused, neglected and troubled children. It has been serving residents of the state of Florida for more than 100 years. 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.

Jerome’s Story

Jerome first came to the Children’s Home about a year ago. He says he learned to hide at an early age, because he had to raise his siblings. During his time at the home, he has come into his own by getting involved in the running club and as an actor. To learn more about his story, including his plans for the future, watch his video.

Next Fifth Sunday in 2020: March 29
To support their ministry, please make an online contribution. For more information, contact Pat Kelly.

South Africa 2020 Mission Trip

Planning is underway for our mission trip this fall. Join the team and make God’s love real in South Africa. Travel Dates are Oct. 15-27, 2020.

Upcoming Meeting Dates: 12:15 p.m. March 29, 6 p.m. May 20, 6 p.m. July 22, 6 p.m. Sept. 9, 6 p.m. Oct 7. All meetings are in Knox Hall Room 151 on our Hyde Park campus.

For more information, contact Sita Monti, team leader, by email.

News Dave and Julie Eberhard, Wycliffe Translator missionaries

Dave and Julie Eberhard serve as missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators. In their most recent newsletter, they recount their service with the Mamaindê. Dave’s inspiration of setting worship music to western tunes to attached their youth. Here’s an excerpt:

Dear family and friends,

Some of you may remember how finding the appropriate music style was a big breakthrough many years ago during our time with the Mamaindê . Well, this year we discovered that the story of that music has come full circle. God is using it to speak to them once more, and in a very powerful way. Some 15 years ago, while we still lived in the Mamaindê village of Capitão Pedro, the youth there had lost all interest in their traditional music genre. They only wanted to listen to “western” music. After staying up all one night, I (Dave) translated 16 new Mamaindê worship tunes – western tunes but with lyrics translated from Portuguese to Mamaindê . The songs were an instant hit and have been sung faithfully since.

Read the Eberhard’s latest newsletter here.

Cold Night Shelters

Cold Night Shelters

Hyde Park United Methodist serves as a Cold Night Shelter on nights when the temperature, including wind chill, is forecast to drop below 40°.

Hillsborough County’s Department of Homeless Services is the agency responsible for asking that shelters are opened.

Hyde Park’s Harnish Activities Center opens at 6 p.m. on all evenings except Wednesdays, when it opens at 6:30 p.m. We will accept guests until our maximum number is reached. Guests will depart the following morning at 6:30 a.m.

Pets ARE NOT permitted in this shelter, however, Hillsborough County provides a pet-friendly shelter at Jackson Springs Recreation Center, 8620 Jackson Springs Road in Town ‘N Country. Phone: 813.554.5004. Pets must be leashed and owners are encouraged to bring crates, food, blankets and medication for their pets.

Upcoming Shelters

  • A Cold Night Shelter will not be held on Saturday, Feb. 29. Hillsborough County has determined temperatures will not reach the required threshold.


Volunteers are always welcome and needed to serve at these Shelters. The most effective way to participate is to register to be a part of the Cold Night Shelter small group using this link. Once a shelter has been declared, an email with a specific link to register for that event will be sent to members of this group.

Questions? Please contact Don Aiken, Ministry Liaison, by phone at 813.347.8333.

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