VBS Supports Hillsborough House of Hope

Thanks to Angela Schroden, Director of Hyde Park United Methodist’s Vacation Bible School (VBS), for involving Hillsborough House of Hope this year.
The 2018 VBS theme is SHIPWRECKED and is focused on teaching children that no matter what shipwrecks happen in life— Jesus Rescues. Whether they are lonely, worried, struggling, have done wrong, or powerless— Jesus rescues. Linda Walker, Hillsborough House of Hope Program Director will speak to the children attending VBS about how the women in the program, just released from jail, need faith too.
This year’s VBS has chosen to support a mission that exemplifies what the youth are learning. Hillsborough House of Hope is honored to be chosen as an example that when you are lonely, worried, struggling or powerless-Jesus rescues!
VBS is supporting the Hillsborough House of Hope mission by donating the dollars (and cents) that VBS campers bring in each day from June 25-29.

Want to see the House of Hope and get a tour? Attend their open house July 11, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Please RSVP by calling Linda Walker at 813.231.5122 or hhhope@verizon.net

For more about Hillsborough House of Hope, click here.

Donate Blood – Save a Life – Feel Great!

One Blood’s Big Red Bus will be on Azeele Street Sunday to gather blood donations. Donating blood is a simple way to save lives like Logan’s. He is a vibrant 7-year-old boy, who over the course of his young life, has received more than 110 blood transfusions. There is no cure for what Logan has so he will rely on the kindness of strangers for the entirety of his life to donate their blood so that he can live. See Logan’s story. Let’s continue to help Logan!

Sign up at oneblood.org, using sponsor code #11863, then visit the Big Red Bus on Azeele Street at your appointed time. Donors receive a T-shirt and wellness checkup, plus special pricing on tickets for Crayola Experience at Florida Mall in Orlando.


Message from Pat and Melenda Edmiston, Missionaries

Message from Pat and Melenda Edmiston, Missionaries

Dear Friends at Hyde Park,

Thank you for your $831 gift in March.

One of my goals as a translation consultant is to make sure that translations are not only accurate, but also natural and clearly understood by the readers and listeners. Jesus said, “When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart.” (Matthew 13:19)

John helped us check several books of Scripture that had been translated into his language of Feni. This is what he had to say afterward:

“Checking all of these books has shown me how important it is to understand the big picture in Scripture. We went through the whole books of Romans, Luke and Ephesians. Now I can see how each of their parts is connected together. The Feni translation made all of those bits and pieces clear and understandable. And then, reading through each of the books gave me a better understanding of the whole message. I had never done that before.”

Thank you for helping us to make God’s Word available and understandable in so many languages.


Pat and Mel

Wycliffe Bible Translators

Society of St. Andrew, Gleaning Network

Accomplished January-April 2018
4.5 Million Pounds Gleaned from the Fields
2.7 Million Pounds Shipped in the Potato & Produce Project
A total of 7.2 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed
21.7 Million Servings of Fresh Produce Provided
883 Events Held and 7,213 Volunteers Engaged

News and Events

New Gleaning Group in South Florida
On Saturday morning, June 2, SoSA will meet with the South Florida group, “Edible Gardening and Sustainable Living” to initiate a gleaning network in their area of South Florida. They will explore ways to glean the mangoes, avocados, and other fruits and vegetables that don’t get harvested, and distribute that food to hungry families. The group expects to involve community leaders and other caring people as it gleans with SoSA this summer.

Annual 20,000 Pound Potato Drop at Louisiana State University
Sponsored by Kitchens On The Geaux and LSU Campus Life, this annual event happened again in April. A Louisiana farmer donated the potatoes which were bagged and sent to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and the LSU Student Food Pantry.

“We Are What We Eat” Rhubarb? And a recipe.
A recent post by Jean Blish Siers on EndHunger.org reflects the great significance of food in the full spectrum of our lives. Even this blog post was inspired by remembrance of childhood rhubarb. As a bonus, Jean provides a favorite recipe for Rhubarb Crunch. Read “We Are What We Eat” in our EndHunger.org blog.

The Hyde Park Serves Team Makes God’s Love Real

The Hyde Park Serves Team Makes God’s Love Real

On Saturday, May 5, the Hyde Park Serves Team helped a woman whose apartment was destroyed during hurricane Irma to move into her new apartment. The woman is disabled and could not move herself. The Hyde Park Serves team moved her belongings, including a piano, from a storage unit into the new apartment.

Thanks to the volunteers who helped; volunteers will be needed for other projects related to Irma destruction. If you would like to serve, contact Vicki Walker.

Mission Smiles Dental Clinic Report

On Sunday, April 22, Hyde Park United Methodist hosted the Mission Smiles dental clinic in the Harnish Activities Center. Click here for a summary and photos.

We received the following feedback from Mission Smiles Program Manager, Kathy McGartland:

What a great clinic on Sunday. I always feel the presence of the Lord descending on our day!

A woman called us last Wednesday and said her brother, Don, was diagnosed with cancer in his mouth. Don needs all of his teeth extracted so he can start radiation/chemo on May 10. The dentist he went to would not do it and then there was the cost. Within 48 hours, I received x-rays and clearance papers from Don’s oncologist. Dr. Eric Ebuen agreed to stay late on Sunday to take care of at least half of Don’s mouth. We planned to remove the rest of Don’s teeth at the next clinic.

Well, since some of our guests left and we did not have as many sign up or they just needed exams, we were able to call Don in earlier and take out 21 teeth.

We also took two impressions for partials for two human trafficking survivors.

Dental services on Sunday totaled $21,450. This is the highest we have ever done in any clinic. Miracles always happen at Hyde Park United Methodist! We are blessed to have you partner with us.

Please be in prayer for Don as he has a long, hard road ahead of him going through treatment.

If you would like to help with the next Mission Smiles Dental Clinic on Oct. 14, just let Vicki know VWalker@Hydepakumc.org.

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