The List

The List

Thanksgiving arrives next week, followed by the pinnacle of consumer excess, “Black Friday.”

Avoid the mall madness and provide meaningful gifts. We are offering everyone another option for gifts. You can honor your friends and family by making a contribution to one of our mission partners, that range from working to end hunger worldwide to assisting local farm workers to helping families in poverty in our city.

Shopping couldn’t be easier.

Browse The List. Make your selections. Submit your payment.

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Reserve Your Christmas Tree by Nov. 17

Reserve Your Christmas Tree by Nov. 17

Reserve a beautiful, fresh-cut Christmas Tree and support our youth!

Merge Youth Ministries is selling fresh Fraser Fir Christmas trees with the proceeds helping to provide mission trip scholarships. The trees are delivered only 48 hours after they are cut. The trees range from 3 – 14 ft. You can reserve your tree via our online form until Nov. 17.

You can also order your trees in person on Nov. 5 and Nov. 12. The youth will be selling trees 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Harnish Activities Center on Nov. 5 and in Courtyard and Magnolia Patio on Nov. 12.

Tree pick-up will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 in the main parking lot. If you can help distribute trees on Nov. 30, contact Kathy.

SERVE Day at Metropolitan Ministries – Register

SERVE Day at Metropolitan Ministries – Register

Be part of SERVE Day 2017 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. 19. The address of this year’s tent is 905 N. Governor Street, Tampa, FL 33602.

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
  • Nov. 19 (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.

Registration for SERVE day is through the Metropolitan Ministries website.
Click on the opportunities below for details and to register. Once you select your service area, you will be asked to create an account  (if you have not already created an account from last year) 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 Christina Mitchell, Director of Volunteers and Events, Metropolitan Ministries, 813.209.1067.

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

Register for SERVE day using this form or click on the links below.

Early Morning Parking:
9:30 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.

Chapel Volunteering:
10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
noon – 2:30 p.m.
2 – 4:30 p.m.
4 – 6 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.

Curious about what the Holiday Tent is and how it gives hope to families in Tampa Bay? Learn more in this article from the Tampa Tribune.

Hurricane Relief: 5 Ways to Help

Hurricane Relief: 5 Ways to Help

As we watch the ongoing weather devastation in Texas and Florida, our United Methodist Committee on Relief is already actively providing relief assessing needs. Florida Bishop Ken Carter has issued a challenge to collect 4,000 Flood Buckets to provide relief in Texas, and more will be needed in Florida.

Here are five ways you can offer direct assistance to people in need:

  • VOLUNTEER TO SERVE. Sign a waiver, tell us your skills and get on the list  with this form.
  • DONATIONS FOR FLORIDA. Non-perishable food items, water, batteries, and other hurricane supplies for immediate delivery. If there are items you stockpiled that you no longer need, or want to purchase items, bring them to the Courtyard outside the Sanctuary Sunday.
  • FLOOD BUCKETS (CLEANING KITS). The Florida Conference is once again challenging all churches to participate in a statewide flood bucket effort, with a goal of assembling 4,000 buckets. View the whole contents list here in a downloadable PDF. Bring your completed buckets to the Ministry Offices.
  • HYGIENE KITS. Basic health and hygiene products fit in a one-gallon plastic bag. Contents and instructions for assembly are here in a downloadable PDF.  Bring your completed buckets to the Ministry Offices.
  • MONEY. Consider making a financial contribution to flood relief, all of which goes directly to people in need. Make your check payable to Hyde Park United Methodist, and designate it for “Hurricane.” Alternatively, you may donate directly to UMCOR online here.

Our state and national governments are providing assistance. Senator Bill Nelson outlines many ways you can receive help here


Midweek Message: When the Great Storm is Over

Midweek Message: When the Great Storm is Over

Dear Hyde Park,
30  “But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31  Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Just now, I bet you barely took a pause between reading verses 30 and 31 of Matthew 14. Peter cried out for help, then Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him. Call, then response. Just like that.
The truth is, we could just as easily separate those two verses with about 24 hours, spanning from, say, last Sunday morning to last Monday morning. We were all Peter last weekend, facing the strong wind, gripped with fear, and our spirits beginning to sink. In so many ways, we each cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Then, 24 hours later, we woke up to a brand new day. The storm departed, the wind ceased, and the dreaded storm surge that was to engulf South Tampa never materialized. We were left with downed trees and loss of electricity, but mostly blinking and bleary-eyed with disbelief. We wondered how we were spared, when nearly every other part of Florida was so devastated.

Then Jesus said to Peter, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

I’ve always interpreted that line to be one of rebuke from Jesus. “C’mon, folks,” I hear Jesus say. “Amp up the faith, tone down the doubt. Get yourselves together.”
But I don’t think Jesus is reprimanding us right now. I am hearing a different tone in his voice, one that is instructive and inviting, not chastising. What I hear is, “Okay. So what will you learn from this experience? What did this storm teach you?”
Those are the questions we will be exploring this Sunday. And I’m wondering, what has this experience of dealing with Hurricane Irma taught you?
  • What has it revealed about who you are?
  • Or what you value?
  • Or what you are most fearful of?
  • Or what you would do differently in preparation for next time?
  • And how are you going to minister to those who are suffering?
Would you be willing to share with me what this experience has taught you? I would love for you to email me your responses, as I discern the content of my sermon for this Sunday.
No, I do not think God causes hurricanes, or even allows them to happen. Nor do I think God uses human suffering to reprimand us. Instead, I believe in a God of resurrection and second chances, who is with us in suffering, ready to reach out a hand. Then, it is incumbent on us to learn the lessons that this experience is teaching us.
We are continuing our collection of flood cleaning buckets and hygiene kits, expecting now that many of our donations will stay here in Florida to assist with recovery from Hurricane Irma. With the rising flood waters of the nearby Alafia River, many communities in our own county will be in great need. Those communities include Lithia, where former staff member Erick Ashley and wife Tracey serve churches and are in urgent need of buckets and kits. We encourage you to complete those donations and bring them to the church this Sunday.
In addition, bay area United Methodist churches are collecting donations of non-perishable food items, water, batteries, and other hurricane supplies for immediate delivery to Naples and South Florida. If there are items that you stockpiled which you no longer need, or if you can purchase items for donation, please bring them to the Courtyard outside the Sanctuary this Sunday.
It’s great to be on the other side of this storm. Now, let’s make God’s love real for others.
Grace and Peace,
The Rev. Magrey deVega
Senior Pastor, Hyde Park United Methodist
Church Activities UPDATE /// This Week

Church Activities UPDATE /// This Week

Things are a little different here this week due to cleanup from Hurricane Irma. We continue to lift in prayer all those affected by the storm, and those working to clean up. 


  • Ministry Offices will be open again starting Wednesday, Sept. 13
  • 6:30 p.m Prayer service Wednesday, Sept. 13 in the Chapel on the Hyde Park campus. Open to all who desire prayer in community.
  • We will have Chancel Choir and Children’s Choir Practice at their normal schedule on Wednesday, Sept. 13
  • No Dinner, Adult Small Groups, Youth, Nursery or Children’s programming on Wednesday, Sept. 13
  • Aldersgate Corner Bookstore and Coffee Shop (Hyde Park campus) is closed until Sunday, Sept. 20
  • The Portico Cafe will be open with extended hours on Wednesday and Thursday evenings Sept. 13 and 14 until 7 p.m. – It is located at 1001 N. Florida in downtown Tampa
  • New Small Groups, Classes and New Member Class will start next Wednesday, Sept. 20
  • DocNight Screenagers at The Portico campus is cancelled
  • Missions Team meeting (Wednesday, Sept. 13) is cancelled
  • Finance Team meeting is happening as scheduled on Wednesday, Sept. 13
  • Small Blessings Preschool will be open on Thursday, Sept. 14 as scheduled
  • Trustees Team meeting is moved to Thursday, Sept. 14 – 5:30 p.m. at The Portico Cafe
  • Family Fun Night is still happening Friday, Sept. 15

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