Have you said “yes” to volunteering with our children, youth or adult groups? Join us for a leadership training event 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 2 in the Harnish Activities Center.
The event will be a great opportunity to focus on team building, individual leadership and learn helpful tips to improve your skills.
Do you need childcare? RSVP to Kathy DiRaimo for children and youth or Glenn Simpson for adults.
Volunteering this year, but unable to make your training? Contact Kathy DiRaimo for children and youth or Glenn Simpson for adults.
All youth and parents are invited to an “Out of This World” Back to school night 5:30-8 p.m. Aug. 6 in the Harnish Activities Center. It’s a fun evening full of food and activities to kick-off the new school year.
- Space-themed photo booth
- “Alien slime” challenges
- Free giveaways
- Space-themed food
- Time with new small groups
- Information about the upcoming year
Do you need childcare for younger children? RSVP for it here.
Our Family Mission Team is spending the week in Nicaragua at our mission partner, El Ayudante, making God’s love real! Please keep them in your prayers as they impact lives this week.
Here are some of the photos the team has sent us:
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.