Upcoming Dunbar Events

Dunbar Magnet Elementary is a Title 1 school less than two miles from our Hyde Park campus. We continue to support the students and staff through a variety of efforts, most notably our recent book drive. Another way to support the school is by attending some of their upcoming activities. Take a look at the attached calendars and see if there’s a particular area that interests you.

Dunbar Year-At-A-Glance calendar
Hillsborough County School District — Student Calendar 2018-19

Homeless Memorial Service 2019

Homeless Memorial Service 2019

Members of The Portico community gathered Monday, Jan. 28 to remember and name the men and women who died on the streets of Tampa in 2018. In song, prayer and silent reflection, those present acknowledged the people in our midst that are sometimes invisible to us.
Here are the names of those who are known to have passed away on Tampa’s streets:
  • Johnny Arrington
  • Philip Bennett
  • Cynthia Blair Porley
  • Gregory Brantley
  • Heutra Carnegie
  • Charles Catterton
  • Levin Coda
  • Jose Colon Martinez
  • Rickie Crace
  • Eduardo Fernandez
  • John Fields
  • Michael Fontana
  • Michael Gentry
  • Gordon Hall
  • Robert “Rebel” Henderson
  • Anthony Hofbauer
  • Ronald Hurst
  • Ronald Jasenec
  • Derrick Johnson
  • Hassan Lewis
  • Darnel Livingston
  • Jonathan Emmanuel Lugo Maldonado
  • Katherine McDaniel
  • Richard Meccariello
  • Forrest Mendelsohn
  • Jeanette Metz
  • Sergio Mier-Sanchez
  • Dean Mone
  • Lionel Moore
  • William Oates
  • Carolina Pugh
  • Leonard Reichelderfer
  • Tracy Rowan
  • Julio Sanchez-Gutierrez
  • Crystal Santiago
  • Scott Sigler
  • Kevin Thompson
  • Daniel Tirko
  • Vanessa Verdavoir
  • Judy Vibbert
  • Michael West
  • Theresa Williams
  • Elizabeth Wilson
Open Arms Ministry Recognized

Open Arms Ministry Recognized

Hyde Park’s Open Arms ministry was recently recognized by the Florida United Methodist Conference. What began as an occasional effort to provide peanut butter sandwiches to hungry people has turned into a weekly program of feeding all who turn up at the Harnish Activities Center on our Hyde Park campus. You can read the entire article here.

Blood Drives at Hyde Park in 2019

Blood Drives at Hyde Park in 2019

Help save lives by donating blood. Your Thank You Gift this month is a fleece blanket, which some of us might want to share with our homeless friends. It’s a win, win, win!

The OneBlood bloodmobile will be at the Hyde Park campus 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. select Sundays (see schedule below). Look for the Bloodmobile on Azeele Street.

2019 Blood Drive Schedule

  • Feb. 10
  • April 28
  • June 23
  • Aug. 18
  • Oct. 20
  • Dec. 15

Learn more or schedule a courtesy appointment on OneBlood’s website.

Leave No Vegetable Behind!

Mark your calendar and plan to join us for a food-packing event with the Society of St. Andrew, Gleaning Network.

5-9 p.m., Saturday, March 9, Orlando, Florida

We are looking for 100 Volunteers to glean from a food trade show! Each volunteer should complete this form to register.

  • Volunteers should be at least 13 years old.
  • All volunteers will be provided a T-shirt.
  • There will be a pre-event meeting 30 minutes prior to the event to go over procedures and to distribute T-shirts to all volunteers. Those registered will be notified about time, date and location of the event.

The Southeast Produce Council (SEPC) is, once again, donating all leftover produce from their annual food show. Most produce will be donated and distributed in the greater Orlando area, with the exception of a few organizations in the Tampa area, including Hyde Park United Methodist’s Open Arms ministry.

Activities will include packing leftover food into boxes, stacking on pallets, shrink-wrapping and loading produce into 18-wheeler trucks.


For more information, contact Steve Rorrer, ministry liaison, at Srorrer@omniagroup.com or Michael Elmore, Society of St. Andrew, Gleaning Network, at fl-gleaning@endhunger.org
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 the shelter.

Upcoming Shelters

  • Based on the current forecast from the National Weather Service, a Cold Night Shelter is not expected in the near future.


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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