“The Last Green Thread” April 25

“The Last Green Thread” April 25

The Florida Wildlife Corridor’s documentary, “The Last Green Thread,” will be shown in a free screening at Tampa Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

The film documents the journey of three friends, Mallory Lykes Dimmit, Joe Guthrie and Carlton Ward, a Hyde Park United Methodist member. Their April 2018 “Heartlands to Headwater” expedition was made along the thin green band near the Interstate 4 corridor that connects two of the state’s largest wetlands systems—the Everglades’ headwaters just south of Orlando and the Green Swamp just northeast of Tampa.

A panel discussion and audience Q & A will be held at the conclusion of the film. Members of the panel include:

  • Kathy Castor, US House of Representatives, Florida 14th Congressional District; Chair, U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis
  • Mallory Lykes Dimmit, President, Florida Wildlife Corridor; VP of Strategic Development, Lykes Bros., Inc.
  • Carlton Ward, founder of the Florida Wildlife Corridor; conservation photographer; National Geographic Explorer
  • Ed Sherwood, Executive Director, Tampa Bay Estuary Program
  • Will Wellman, Director of Adult Faith Formation, Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church; ordained minister

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets or reservations are necessary. Hyde Park United Methodist is one of the sponsors of this event.

Additional information is on the Tampa Theatre website.

Photo courtesy of Alex Morrison, Florida Wildlife Corridor

Fall 2019 Mission Trip

This year we are planning to offer a fall mission trip to assist fellow Floridians in rebuilding their homes and lives after surviving Hurricane Irma. All skill and experience levels are welcome. The costs will be minimal, as we will be staying on cots in a church, preparing our own meals and will not have any construction fees. Teams will work Monday – Friday. The Conference Disaster response office will likely deploy us in Southwest Florida and we will serve where we are most needed.

We will have an informational meeting from 6–7:30 p.m. Monday, April 8 in Hyde Park’s Knox Hall Room 150. To RSVP, click here.

Please invite anyone who might be interested.

While we have enjoyed a long and meaningful partnership with El Ayudante in Nicaragua, due to continuing civil unrest, we are not planning a church-sponsored mission trip there this year.

While praying about what we might do this year instead, we were made aware of the tremendous damage and ongoing needs for rebuilding due to Hurricane Irma in our very own state. Suddenly it became very obvious where we were being called and how we could respond.

Click here If you would like to read more about our conference’s hurricane response efforts.

If you are interested in local one-day projects, contact Vicki Walker and she can connect you to those opportunities.

There is still an opportunity to serve with El Ayudante if you are interested in going on your own. El Ayudante is offering trips June 29 – July 6, and July 6 – July 13, 2019. Click here for more information where you can sign up directly with them.

Metropolitan Ministries Bridge Builders Luncheon 2019

Metropolitan Ministries Bridge Builders Luncheon 2019

A nutritious meal. A safe place to sleep. Access to resources. Knowing somebody cares. Hope comes to life when a homeless adult or child’s suffering is finally alleviated. This is when they realize their future can be different. Please plan to attend Metropolitan Ministries’ annual Bridge Builders fundraising event, celebrating the important work you make possible.

Hyde Park has subscribed a table for 10 guests. Sign up by completing this form. Tickets are distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Bridge Builders Luncheon, April 11, 2019, Hilton Hotel, 211 N. Tampa Street, Tampa


  • 11 a.m. – Noon: Networking
  • Noon – 1 p.m. Program

Get more information at metromin.org/bridgebuilders

News from the Society of St. Andrew, Gleaning Network

Let’s take a glance at the numbers so far this year.
3.5 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed
10.6 Million Servings of Fresh Produce Provided
2,313 Passionate Volunteers Engaged
456 Events to End Hunger Held
426 Recipient Agencies Received Food

Now let’s check out the latest news.

Every person makes a difference…
It can be overwhelming to hear about the massive numbers surrounding hunger and food insecurity. It might make you feel that no matter how hard you try, you won’t make a difference.

But that’s just not true. Ask Jim from Florida. No matter how big the numbers are, Jim won’t let his passion be thwarted. He knows his efforts matter to each person who receives fresh food free of charge because of his hard work.

And Jim didn’t even discover this passion until the young age of 69. No matter what the numbers say, Jim wants to do everything he can to help the people in his community. Rather than joining his peers on the golf course, he pours his time into volunteering.

One ordinary day, while he was sorting food at a local food pantry, a stranger transformed Jim’s volunteer career. A woman walked into the pantry and announced her discovery of an entire grove of citrus fruits on her land.

This woman was hoping the food pantry had a solution for gathering those oranges and bringing them to the families who need it the most. Much to her relief, there was an easy solution: gleaning with the Society of St. Andrew.

Fast forward 12 years, Jim and his group glean every year to help feed their community. What started as one citrus grove grew to include multiple providers and farms.

They gleaned over 75,000 pounds of food in a single year. Those crates provided so much food that one pantry could not handle it all.

So the group branched out and now serves more than 15 local hunger-relief organizations to ensure that all of the gleaned food is given away to families in need when it’s available and fresh.

Jim said the hardest part is taking advantage of all of the offers extended to them. Jim explained that more farmers and providers are contacting them with new offers of food and the distances are increasing to nearly two hours away from his home.

He and some of his fellow volunteers are willing to make that trek, but they know that they cannot transport certain foods in the back of a pickup for two hours. SoSA’s network of relationships helps them partner with local organizations nearby to ensure that no food is lost when there are still so many hungry.

Just last week, when offered a large quantity of food, Jim called on a friend who owns a refrigerated truck for his non-profit. He explained that they could double the amount of food rescued in one trip if his friend came along and brought that big, beautiful refrigerated box truck.

And this is where you come in! You can be the partner or connection that makes a difference.

Volunteer to glean a field or just drive a truck. Or even make a donation to help cover the cost of renting a truck or some other expense.

Not near a regional office? You can still volunteer with SoSA! Consider becoming an HRA.

HRA stands for Hunger Relief Advocate and HRAs serve a very important role in the Society of St. Andrew’s Gleaning Network.

It’s the ideal way for people who live in a state without a SoSA regional office to get involved in gleaning, food rescue, and feeding hungry people—on a schedule that works for you and within 30-50 miles of home.

If you believe that hunger is a problem with a solution, if you don’t mind a little dirt, if you don’t mind asking for help, and if you have a passion for get healthy food to people in great need, you have what it takes to be a Hunger Relief Advocate!

Contact SoSA to find out more about how you can bring people together in your community to harvest and share nourishing food with hungry neighbors!

Early Response Team (ERT) Training

Early Response Team (ERT) Training

Early Response Teams (ERT) are specially trained, self-contained teams who enter a disaster zone at the invitation of local emergency management officials, the local church or other recognized agencies requesting assistance. ERTs offer a Christian presence and are trained to provide various types of physical, emotional and spiritual assistance to disaster survivors. The groups are registered with the Disaster Recovery Ministry of the Florida Conference and Disaster Recovery coordinates team placement to get help where it is needed most after a disaster.

ERT training focuses on types, phases and levels of a disaster and explains what is meant by early response. Participants learn the importance of spiritual and emotional care, tarping, flood clean-up, chainsaw safety, team requirements and more. Participants are trained by UMCOR-certified trainers and, upon completion, receive a badge identifying them with UMCOR and the Florida Conference. Participants must be 18 or older and pass a background check.

Our Next Early Response Team (ERT) Training will be held 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. April 6, 2019, at First UMC St. Petersburg, 212 3rd St. N., St. Petersburg 33701. Space is limited to 25 people and registration is required.

To sign-up, please visit floridarestores.com/training-schedule

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