A Smooth Peanut Butter Drive Finish

A Smooth Peanut Butter Drive Finish

Our thanks to all who contributed to our peanut butter drive. Your generous contributions gave 1,255 pounds of peanut butter to our Open Arms Ministry, allowing us to spread the love to our guests as they head out on the streets of Tampa.

Here are some fun facts about peanut butter:

  • A medium jar of peanut butter (16 oz.) makes about 32 sandwiches.
  • It takes about 734 peanuts to make a 16 oz jar.
  • One peanut butter sandwich contains 12 grams of protein. Children ages 1-8 need 13-19 grams of protein a day.
  • One jar of PB will provide a child with over 1/2 the daily protein requirement for a month. A dozen jars will do an entire year.

The drive may be over, but you can always bring peanut butter to our campuses. It seems our guests have an appetite for it!

Special Offering for Kids Camp and Mission Fund

Special Offering for Kids Camp and Mission Fund

Special Offering for Kids Camp and Mission Fund

Make a difference in the life of a child by sending them to camp, Vacation Bible School or on a mission trip! A special offering will be taken at all services on Sunday, May 5 for the Kids Camp and Mission Fund.

This fund provides scholarships for children and youth with financial needs to attend Church Camp, Youth Mission Trips and VBS. Many of the children that receive the scholarship are part of Hyde Park United Methodist, Metropolitan Ministries or the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home. The funding for these scholarships comes solely through donations.

You can donate to the Kids Camp and Mission Fund as an addition on your church offering envelope (designate it as “Camp Fund”,) by using the Special Offering envelopes found in the Information Racks around our Hyde Park campus or online now.

“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

Mission Smiles Clinic April 2019

Mission Smiles Clinic April 2019

Our Open Arms Ministry hosted Mission Smiles on our Hyde Park campus Sunday, April 7. A committed and dedicated team of 28 volunteer dental professionals and pre-dental and dental hygiene students from Hillsborough Community College staffed the mobile office and provided dental services to 29 guests. Of this total, 36 dental services were provided, including 29 extractions, three fillings and 21 cleanings.

The dollar value of dental services donated to the community is $11,790. When the dollar value of volunteers serving ($5,237) is added, the total value delivered is $17,027! You can read the entire report as well.


News and Thank You from Missionaries Pat and Melenda Edmiston

Dear Friends at Hyde Park,

Thank you for being such faithful partners with us through your generous gifts and many prayers. We remain passionate in our vision to see the last language group receive God’s Word in the language of their heart. Only then will “the earth be filled with an awareness of the Glory of the Lord.” (Hab 2:14)

Because of you, we live out this calling that God has put on our lives.

Gratefully His,

Pat & Melenda
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Papua New Guinea

For more news, click here.

News from Missionaries Nick and Renee Shaw

Who’s Gonna Tell Them?
If you had the opportunity to be at our commissioning and send-off service at First Church in Newark, you heard the sermon by Rev. Dr. Tim Bias, from Romans 10:5-15, “Who’s Gonna Tell Them?” – a message that challenged each of us to ponder deeply what our individual call is in sharing the Gospel, a sermon that was powerful and moving. Multiple times since that Sunday afternoon, Renee, myself, and several friends have referenced it. To keep reading, click here.

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