Open Arms Needs List

In addition to the food and other services provided on Sunday mornings, our Open Arms Ministry needs the following items to care for our guests:

  • Plastic take out/deli containers
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Razors
  • Readers
  • Men’s underwear
  • Women’s underwear
  • Men’s socks
  • Women’s socks
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Men’s and women’s clothing, casual shoes, belts and hats/caps
  • Wallets
  • Sleeping bags/blankets
  • Towels/wash clothes
  • Used pillows
  • Books (paperbacks preferred)/magazines

Please drop off any donations in the lobby of Ministry Offices. A large bin is in the Lobby for this purpose.

Hurricane Michael Relief Efforts

Hurricane Michael Relief Efforts

Hurricane Michael did unprecedented damage to many small beach communities and several cities in Florida’s panhandle. Hundreds of thousands of people remain without power. Here are several ways that can help alleviate some of the suffering:

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) suggests Five Things You Can Do For Disaster Response:

  1. Pray for those whose lives have been impacted by this disaster. Please also pray for Early Response Teams, disaster coordinators and the many volunteers who are working tirelessly to provide relief.
  2. Make relief kits. Download the packing list and shipping label at
  3. Give to UMCOR’s relief and recovery efforts at (U.S. Disaster Response, Advance #901670; International Disaster Response, Advance #982450; Undesignated, Advance #999895).
  4. Donate requested items only. To keep relief supplies in stock, give to Material Resources, Advance #901440 at
  5. Please wait for an invitation to volunteer.

If you wish to make a financial contribution using your phone, TEXT UMCOR to 91999. You will receive a response that allows you to make a donation in any amount using your credit card.

You can also make your check payable to Hyde Park United Methodist and drop it off in the Ministry Offices or in the offering plate. Please make sure to write Hurricane Michael relief on the memo line. Contributions will be combined and sent to UMCOR.

Early Response Team Training

An Early Response Team (ERT) is a self-contained team invited to a disaster-affected area to provide specialized physical, emotional and spiritual assistance to survivors. ERTs help with specific needs in the early days after a disaster, cleaning out flood-damaged homes, removing debris, placing tarps on home and other tasks as needed, while providing a caring Christian presence.

An email from the Florida Conference shared this message on Oct. 15:

Because the situation is still very unstable and changing hourly, we will be sending only ERTs who have been trained and credentialed in the last five years. As the situation stabilizes over the next few weeks, we will broadcast a wider invitation for volunteers.

If you would like to be trained as an early responder for the Florida Conference and UMCOR, New Covenant UMC in The Villages is hosting a training 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Nov. 9 at New Covenant United Methodist Church in The Villages. To learn more or to register, click here.

“Fissures and Cracks” Art Exhibit

“Fissures and Cracks” Art Exhibit

On Oct. 23, The University of Tampa’s Scarfone/Hartley Gallery will open Fissures and Cracks, an exhibition of visual works by the homeless of Tampa Bay. The exhibition will also feature The Faces of a Million Meals, a photography portrait series by Tim Kennedy, UT professor of communication, originally created for Trinity Café. The exhibition runs through Nov. 4.

The works in the exhibition were created through Art Space, a partnership program of the UT art therapy program, the Tampa Museum of Art and Hyde Park United Methodist Church/The Portico. The Art Space program provides opportunities for homeless individuals to explore the arts at the Tampa Museum of Art, then provides them with art supplies to create their own visual works with the assistance of UT art therapy students at The Portico in downtown Tampa.

On Oct. 26, from 6–8 p.m. there will be a panel discussion on homelessness in Tampa Bay, the Art Space program, as well as the various resources and programs area organizations are implementing to help with this societal issue. Panelists include representatives from the UT PEACE Volunteer Center; Vicki Walker, minister of missions and outreach from Hyde Park United Methodist Church/The Portico; Joseph Scarce, UT art therapy instructor; and Mandy Cloniger, executive director of Trinity Café. A reception with light refreshments will follow.

Developed by the Las Damas de Arte foundation in partnership with the gallery, Hyde Park United Methodist Church/The Portico, Trinity Café and the UT art therapy program, the exhibition is sponsored through a Community Arts Impact Grant from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners, as well as the Friends of the Gallery.

The gallery is located on campus at the R.K. Bailey Art Studios at 310 N. Boulevard. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. There is no charge for admission.

For more information, contact Jocelyn Boigenzahn, gallery director, at or (813) 253-6217.

Society of St. Andrew, Gleaning Network

Accomplished Jan. – Sept. 2018

  • 11.6 Million Pounds Gleaned from the Fields
  • 5.8 Million Pounds Shipped in the Potato & Produce Project
  • Total of 17.4 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed
  • 52.3 Million Servings of Fresh Produce Provided
  • 4,665 Events Held and 20,428 Volunteers Engaged
  • 810 Unique Participating Farms and Other Providers
  • 1,473 Unique Agencies Received and Distributed Food

News and Events

North Carolina Annual Yam Jam
At this Annual Yam Jam event, 250 volunteers gleaned more than 20,000 pounds of sweet potatoes in Willow Springs, North Carolina. It rained early that morning, but these tough volunteers stuck it out and gleaned in the mud.

Tennessee Gets Freshman Students Involved
For the second year in a row, freshman students from Ensworth School gleaned with SoSA as part of their school’s Service Day. In just over an hour on a September morning, these students gleaned 200 pounds of bell peppers from Allenbrooke Farms, providing 600 servings of fresh and organic food to neighbors in need. The peppers were given to Graceworks Ministries in Franklin, Tennessee.

Alabama Expands Farmers Market Gleaning
Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) in Alabama worked with the Lauderdale County Extension Office to create a farmers market gleaning program. The program gathered nearly 3,500 pounds of vegetables this year. The food was then distributed through church-based food pantries and soup kitchens.

Indiana Program Coordinator Goes on TV
SoSA in Indiana was featured on the IndyStyle show for Indy DO Day. This day actually consists of several days when the people of Indianapolis get to know their neighbors, take ownership of their neighborhoods, and take care of one another. Ann Radtke, SoSA Program Coordinator, gave a hands-on example of how we use our net bagging when gleaning. She also hosted a bag cutting event as part of Indy DO Day on September 27.

Florida SoSA Feeds the Homeless During Hunger Action Month
Florida Program Coordinator Mike Elmore prepped 35 bagged lunches and a cooler of iced water bottles on the last Saturday of Hunger Action Month. With his girlfriend, he passed out the lunches to the homeless population around Lake Eola, a major landmark in downtown Orlando. Mike says he wrote “You Matter” on the bags because homeless people want to be acknowledged and to be seen.

Mississippi Students Stay Engaged with SoSA
Jackson State University students always host a crop drop in August. They also want to “pay it forward” by cutting and tying red bags for the upcoming potato drop at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Virginia Volunteers Box Peaches for Agency Distribution
Sunshine and peaches! Volunteers from the Latter Day Saints and the Highway Full Gospel Food Pantry box peaches on a sunny day at Crown Orchard to distribute to our hungry neighbors in Lexington and Petersburg.

Great Gleaners in Georgia
We depend on volunteers like Tommy. We met Tommy at the North Georgia United Methodist Men retreat in August. He quickly became one of our most eager apple gleaners with his church’s food ministry. Whether you can glean with us once, or quite often, like Tommy, we would love to have you glean with us.

SERVE Day at Metropolitan Ministries – Register

SERVE Day at Metropolitan Ministries – Register

Be part of SERVE Day 2018 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. 18.

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
  • After worship on Nov. 4 and Nov. 11 in the Courtyard, outside the Magnolia Building and at The Portico.
  • Nov. 18 (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.

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

Registration for SERVE day is through the Metropolitan Ministries website.
Click on the opportunities below for details and to register.

If you registered for SERVE Day in 2017, you can access your account from last year.  Simply click the link, enter your password, and modify as needed. If you need any assistance with this process, please contact Nathan Gula, Sr. Manager, Volunteer Services, Metropolitan Ministries, 813.209.1035.

If you did not register last year, you will be asked to create an account 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 Nathan Gula, Sr. Manager, Volunteer Services, Metropolitan Ministries, 813.209.1035.

Register for SERVE day using this form or click on the links below. To sign-up for the prayer chapel, use this form.

Early Morning Parking:
9:45 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.

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.

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