Thank You for Your Faithful Stewardship
Thank you, Hyde Park United Methodist, for your faithful stewardship, which supports ministries like our recent Confirmation class.
We celebrate these kids as they chose the words below to describe what following Jesus means to them:
Guess who’s going to be our High School Summer Intern? Welcome home George Carr!
“Hi, my name is George. I’m almost 22 and will be a senior studying sociology at FSU in the fall. I grew up in Tampa and have been a member of Hyde Park UMC since I was in middle school. For the past two years I’ve been on residential staff at the FSU & TCC Wesley Foundation, a United Methodist ministry that serves hundreds of students in Tallahassee. I also worked at Warren Willis United Methodist Camp the previous two summers, where I had the time of my life sharing God’s love with youth from all over the state. I’m so excited to be back home this summer and can’t wait to get to know everyone at Merge!”
Regret can be a feeling or sadness or guilt over something that has happened or something that has been done to us or by us. But, regret can also mean feeling sad over the loss or absence of something. Often, when we can’t seem to let go of regret, it is because something that we did caused us to miss out on something, give something up or lose something. But, the beauty of those seasons when we mess up and feel that we’ve missed out is that it gives us a new opportunity to go to God and say, “Help!” It gives us the chance to let God be a part of our life and redefine who we are. What if, instead of focusing on the past and what we have lost, we can focus on the present and what we can gain? Whether it’s the opportunity to experience forgiveness, the chance to let God in or the ability to be humbled, we might be able to learn something that will make us see life and other people in a whole different way.
Take some time on your own to think about a time when you lost something but saw God redeem that loss in a way you didn’t expect. Maybe you lost a friend because of something you did but later learned how to be a better friend and developed stronger relationships with some new people. Or maybe you lost your faith in God for a time but eventually drew closer to God and owned your own faith. Think about a time that you saw God turn your ashes into something beautiful. As you think about this, take some time to journal and answer these questions:
1) What was the hardest part of losing something that was important to you?
2) In that moment, how did you handle the feeling of regret? Did you pray? Cry? Yell? Hide? Talk?
3) Can you think of anything that you gained because of what you lost?
4) How do you think living with regret, constantly looking back at the mistakes you made, may actually hurt you in the future?
5) Write a letter to God telling him how you feel about some of your past regrets. Tell Him why you think you can’t move on. And tell Him specifically why you want to. How would your future be better if you could let go of the regret weighing you down? Write it as if you were sitting down and having a conversation with your most trusted friend.
Sunday, our youth showed us that saying yes to God’s work in you does not start at a certain age as they led us in worship at all services. This year’s theme was “Have No Fear”.
We are thankful for the hard work and dedication from our youth and volunteers that made Youth Sunday a success!
You can view the sermon from Haley Hansen in Magnolia or Kyle Holcomb in the Sanctuary in our sermon archives.
View photos from the Sunday below:
Meet our new Assistant Director of Youth Ministries, Megan Eldredge. She wrote a special note to everyone at Hyde Park:
“Hi everyone! My name is Megan Eldredge and I am so excited about joining the team at Hyde Park UMC. I’m a recent graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion. During my time in college, I spent three summers as a Camp Counselor at Warren Willis Camp and was an active member at the FSU and TCC Wesley Foundation where I am finishing up my year as the Assistant Director of Community. I’m originally from Melbourne, Florida, now live in Tallahassee and am excited about adding Tampa to my list of homes! I can’t wait to meet you all and be in ministry together!”
Megan will start on Monday, May 22. She will attend our Jacksonville Mission Trip with our students and interns. She will also lead the youth praise team and build relationships with our students and families over the summer. We are very excited she’s joining our team and hope you join us in making her feel welcome!
During the 11 a.m. Sanctuary service April 2, we confirmed 25 students and 2 were baptized. These students affirmed their faith in Christ and became members of our church.
These students have attended confirmation classes faithfully since January of this year to learn more about the Christian faith and the United Methodist Church. We are excited to welcome these new members of our congregation!