Merge This Week

Merge This Week

Hi everyone! We wanted to let you know that Merge isn’t going away, we’re just now connecting via technology! So, we wanted to fill you all in on how Merge will look in the coming weeks.
Daily:
  • Bible Project Devotions posted to our stories daily and saved in our highlights so that you can follow along with the congregation!
Wednesdays:
  • Confirmation Lesson Video! If you’re a part of Confirmation this year, your remaining lessons will be in video format with a quiz to send back to us on Sunday evenings!
  • Bible Study Videos! A video of our Bible study, “The Story,” will be included in the E-News every week!
Sunday:
  • 1 p.m. –  Parent Ministry Zoom call. We want to know what life looks like for you right now, and have a space where parents can connect with each other. We will be meeting every Sunday with this same link.
  • 2 p.m. – Confirmation Instagram Live! If you have any questions about the lesson, this is your chance to ask and talk about what you learned!@mergehpumc
  • 4 p.m. – Merge Instagram Live! We want to connect with you all and hear how you’re doing in this crazy time! @mergehpumc
Challenges:
  • Family Minute To Win It Challenges and Tik Toks for us to share on social media and a chance to win gift cards! Email them to us HERE!
  • Take a picture of yourself and your loved ones over the next few days, from wherever you want to be, and post it on social media with two hashtags: #HydeParkUMC and #FlattenTheCurve. Post it on whatever social media channels you prefer: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. This isn’t just some gimmicky exercise, but it will create a virtual wall board of images of each of us, so that we can pray for each other by face and name, and be a testament to the world that we are doing our part to stem this disease. And we may even use these photos somehow in worship next week. So post those photos, starting right now!
  • Wave a Palm Branch! During the week before April 5, we will be asking families to submit photos or short (5 second) videos of themselves waving a Palm Branch to be shown during the first hymn on Palm Sunday. All of these can be submitted here: https://www.dropbox.com/request/4tBoqZhBlX4nGK5E6zPt

Sayde’s Corner

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health” – 3 John 1:2

During this hard time with the Corona Virus we must remember our God. He does not want us to fear or panic but remember that he has a handle on this. He wants us to stay healthy and prosper even during this pandemic that makes us panic. I pray that you all read this in good health and I pray that you are following God’s word during this stressful time.

-Sayde Harrington-Moniz
Communications Connector

Bible Study

Watch this week’s “The Story” Bible study video, where we discuss Israel taking Jericho!

More Merge Fun!

Seder Dinner and Lecture – 6 p.m. April 6 on Zoom

Warren Willis Summer Camp registration still open! Register for Week 2, June 15-20. $430 per person

Merge This Week

MERGE Isn’t Going Away!

Hi everyone! We wanted to let you know that Merge isn’t going away, we’re just going somewhere else – the virtual world! Pretty exciting, huh?! So, we wanted to fill you all in on how Merge will look in the coming weeks.
Starting Wednesday, March 18:
  • Confirmation Videos! If you’re a part of confirmation this year, your remaining lessons will be in video format with a quiz to send back to us!
Starting Sunday, March 22:
  • Bible Project Devotions posted to our stories daily and saved in our highlights so that you can follow along with the congregation!
  • 1 p.m. Parent Ministry Zoom call. We want to know what life looks like for you right now, and have a space where parents can connect with each other. If you’d like to be added to this, click here.
  • 2 p.m. Confirmation Instagram Live! If you have any questions about the lesson, this is your chance to ask and talk about what you learned! @mergehpumc
  • 4 p.m. Merge Instagram Live! We want to connect with you all and hear how you’re doing in this crazy time! @mergehpumc
Starting: Wednesday, March 25:
  • Bible Study Videos! A video of our bible study, The Story, will be put on our social media and emailed to our regular bible study group!
Challenges:
  • Send us your own “minute-to-win-it” challenges and Tik Toks for us to share on social media and a chance to win gift cards!
  • Email them to us here!
Intergenerational Seder Dinner

Intergenerational Seder Dinner

Join us for a Traditional Jewish Seder meal

Although our in-person Seder dinner was canceled, we can still connect and learn more about this Jewish tradition from the Rabbi Nathan Farb. Join us for a lecture on Passover and the traditional Seder meal 6 p.m. April 1 via Zoom.

Rabbi Farb will share the history of the Seder, how the meal is conducted, lead us through some interactive elements and tell some fun stories and memories from his childhood. Individuals are invited to bring a cup of wine or juice and two candles as optional, participatory items to engage in parts of the Seder dinner in their own homes.

Rabbi Farb will also open up the floor for a Q and A session during the discussion. Don’t miss this great opportunity to engage with what you have been reading in the Bible Project 2020!

Join Zoom Meeting
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What Is The Seder? (Video)

 

Scholarships Available – Apply Here

Scholarships Available – Apply Here

We believe it is important to invest in higher education for eligible high school, college and seminary students. Below is a list of scholarship opportunities provided by Hyde Park United Methodist and by other United Methodist agencies.

Hyde Park United Methodist Scholarship Applications

There are currently three Hyde Park United Methodist scholarship opportunities available: one is for high school seniors, one for college students (associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree or vocational certificate) and one for divinity students. The deadline for applying for any of the Hyde Park scholarships is March 30, 2020.

  • High School Seniors | Required Reference Form (high school application only)
  • College (This scholarship is available to individuals who are currently pursuing a post secondary education towards a Bachelor’s degree, Associate’s Degree or a Vocational Certificate. Individuals pursuing a Master’s or Doctorate degree are not eligible for this scholarship.)
  • Seminary

Other Scholarship Resources

Kids say the darndest things…about Christmas!

Kids say the darndest things…about Christmas!

And we want to hear ALL of them!!

Children’s Ministries and Youth Ministries are looking for children and youth who are not camera shy to be videoed in a simple Q & A to be shown at the Family Christmas Service.

Filming for children will take place during Sunday Morning Live on 9/22 and 9/29 and during Choir/Wednesday Night Dinner on 9/25 & 10/2. (Dates for youth will be scheduled in October). If your child or student is able to participate, please contact Melissa for more info with the subject line – FCS Video

Not sure about talking to a camera but still love the spotlight? We’re also searching for children and youth to join our live cast as a costumed character to complete the nativity scene at the Family Christmas Service. *This role is different than in years past.*  For more info, contact Melissa with the subject line – FCS Character

All children and youth must have a signed media release on file to participate.

The Family Christmas service is on Dec 23 at 5 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

Youth Council Positions Open

Would you like to be a leader in Merge Youth Ministries?

Would you like to have a say in what we do at Merge weekly, monthly and yearly?

You can help lead other youth as we “Merge Real Faith with Real Life.”

Merge’s Youth Council is a group of students chosen to serve in leadership roles within Youth Ministries. They assist staff with planning and organizing events, perform outreach, coordinate praise and worship, and aid their peers in forming a stronger connection to God and others.

Feel called to fill a position of leadership in our faith community? Here are your next steps:

  • Download the form below for the position(s) you are interested in
  • Complete the forms
  • Return all completed for to Emily Kuche, Director of Youth Ministries
  • After submitting your forms, you will be contacted to schedule an interview with Emily and other Merge adult leaders
  • Interviews will take place 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22

Below is a list of available positions for our Youth Council for the coming year:

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