Three truths form the foundation of stewardship:
God created everything.
God owns everything.
As disciples of Jesus, we are not owners
of our stuff, but trustees.
The Christian life is a response of gratitude to God – for his gifts of love and grace. Our monetary support enables the church to accomplish God’s mission in our world.
The pull of our materialistic culture, or an unfamiliarity with wise financial tools, hinders many of us from becoming faithful resource stewards. Want to try Hyde Park’s Financial Peace University class to help? Let us know.
Questions about Giving?
How Do I Give?
Whether it’s in the Sunday morning offering plate or through an online contribution, you may choose from multiple giving options.
On Sundays, you may place a check or cash in the offering plate when it is passed during worship. Use the envelopes found in the pews and information racks, or request your own personalized giving envelopes by calling 813.253.5388.
Mail or drop off your check at the Ministry Offices: Hyde Park United Methodist, 500 W. Platt St., Tampa, FL 33606. Some members find it most convenient to write a check to the church monthly, as they write checks for monthly bills. Payments using an online bill paying service should be sent to this address as well.
Consider electronic funds transfer from your checking account for a convenient method of recurring contributions. This method saves time, postage and check charges, and you don’t have to worry about forgetting to bring your contribution on Sunday. To set up recurring contributions electronically, fill out this Authorization Agreement, attach a voided check, and mail or drop off to Lynn Osborne. The transfer occurs on the third of each month. If the third falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, it will occur on the following business day. At any time you desire, you may change or cancel your authorization.
Use a debit or credit card to give online here. The debit or credit card information is processed through an electronic gateway service using encryption and other security methods to protect your financial information. Please note that the church must pay a small processing fee to receive your contribution this way.
Monthly and year-end contribution statements will be provided to you as a record of your giving. If you have any questions, contact Lynn Osborne, 813.253.5388 ext. 225
How Much Do I Give?
That’s between you and God. While we never tell anyone how much to give, we lift up the Biblical pattern of tithing, giving the first 10 percent of our income to God, as a practical discipline for spiritual growth. (Malachi 3:6-10) Some people begin with a smaller percentage and grow into the 10 percent tithe. Others feel God calling them to give beyond the 10 percent tithe as their faith and discipleship continue to grow. Everyone is challenged to “take the next step” in their giving.
Should My Tithe be Based on My Gross or Net Income?
Everyone must seek God’s direction in their giving decisions. Traditional interpretations indicate the biblical tithe represents the “first fruits” of our income. By giving before the costs of housing, transportation, taxes and other expenses, we honor the principle that God owns everything. We can joyfully trust God to allow us to live fully on the other 90 percent.
Is My Salvation Determined by the Level of My Giving?
No. We are saved by God’s grace, as a free gift accepted by faith. But living into that salvation—what we call the Discipleship Pathway—includes learning to use the gifts God gives us, so that God can use our gifts to work his salvation in the world.
Am I Still Welcome if I do not Tithe?
Absolutely! No one is ever asked how much they give. Tithing is always a personal, spiritual discipline.
How do I Give to the Endowment Fund?
You may designate a gift to one of the below existing Endowment funds. (If the donation is to honor or commemorate special persons or events, acknowledgments are mailed to both donors and honorees. Anonymous gifts are also accepted.)
A new fund may be named in memory or in honor of a designate with a contribution of $25,000 or more. Please consult Kim Uchimura at 813.253.5388.
Endowment donations may include cash, publicly-traded securities, closely-held securities, real property, tangible personal property, other property, bequests (wills), charitable remainder trusts, life estate gifts, life insurance, individual retirement accounts, gift annuities, and retirement plans.
The Existing Endowment Funds:
General Fund—Supports ongoing ministry needs as determined by the elected church leadership, and includes the:
Youth Endowment—A church member created this Endowment in July 2006, to help with Youth Ministries’ special needs beyond the annual operating budget
Charlotte Nicholas Lehnherr Children’s Ministry Fund—Created in 2011 by Charlotte Lehnherr–in memory of her mother and sister–to provide support for our mission of “Making God’s Love Real” in the lives of children in our congregation and our community
James L. and Martha S. Ferman Special Ministries Fund—Created in 2012 in gratitude for the Fermans’ lifelong interest in music and education, and to be used for musical concerts, guests artists, lecture, or special ministry programs
Richard C. Langford Legacy Fund—Created by his family in 2015, in memory of Richard C. Langford, to be used for faith development in children, youth, and adults
Facilities Fund—Maintains, cares for, improves, and constructs physical facilities, furnishings, and equipment, including the purchase of additional property. Initially funded by a bequest from Henry Butler–a long-time member and builder who assisted in maintenance of the buildings–and includes the:
Houlihan Building Fund—Created in memory of church member Frank Houlihan in August 2005, for the maintenance, care, improvement, and construction of physical facilities.
Scholarship Funds—Provide educational aid to congregation members and friends, and were initiated by the bequest of a church member who taught school. These funds include the:
Vee Choate Educational Fund—Created in memory of church member Vee Choate in September 2003, for scholarships for individuals preparing for full-time Christian ministry.
Jim Harnish Ministerial Scholarship Fund—Created on Jim’s 11th anniversary as Senior Pastor in September 2004, for scholarships for United Methodist seminary students.
Dorothy Ebersbach Scholarship Fund—Created in 2012 by a bequest from our late, longtime member Dorothy Ebersbach, for higher education educational assistance for individuals who have been active at Hyde Park and who demonstrate financial need.
Dorothy Ebersbach Ministerial Scholarship Fund—Created in 2012 by a bequest from our late, longtime member Dorothy Ebersbach, for scholarships or ministerial internships at Hyde Park for persons preparing for ministry within the United Methodist Church.
4) Outreach and Missions Endowment Fund—Provides for the community outreach and world missions of the church.
Investment and Administration of Endowment Funds
The funds of The Hyde Park United Methodist Endowment Fund are invested with the Florida United Methodist Foundation, Inc. and administered by the Endowment Fund Committee. The Committee reviews and approves the investment policies on an annual basis and oversees the endowment income distribution according to the purpose of each endowment.
The Fountain Fellowship
The Fountain Fellowship is composed of church members and friends who have indicated to the Endowment Committee that they have included Hyde Park United Methodist in their will or estate plan. The Fellowship uses the church’s fountain as a symbol of their Endowment Fund gift, since their gift keeps on giving like a fountain of life-giving water. An annual appreciation dinner recognizes members’ commitment to the future ministry of the church, and invites new members to join the Fellowship. You may add your name to the list by contacting Lynn Osborne, 813.253.5388. Anonymous donations welcomed also.
Where Does my Money Go?
Your gifts to Hyde Park United Methodist help the church equip, prepare, and send disciples to share the love of Christ with others–both in this community and around the world. Contributions help pay for our gathering place for all of us to worship, learn, and grow together–and help our church family to live out the great commission to, Go make disciples of all nations. Your giving to Hyde Park United Methodist furthers our mission through these four basic channels.
The Ministry & Missions Fund underwrites the ministries, operation, and maintenance of our local congregation–including staff salaries; worship and building costs, insurance, and ministries serving children, youth, and adults. This Fund also supports mission projects that are specifically chosen by our local church leadership and include more than 20 organizations in Tampa, the United States and worldwide and our share in the global missions and ministries of The United Methodist Church.
The Building Fund provides the resources for the upkeep and maintenance of our facilities.
The Endowment Fund provides a way for persons to give gifts to provide for the long-term future of the church. The principal of these gifts is held in perpetuity, and the earnings is made available for church ministries as needed.
Why Does the Church ask for a Pledge of my Next Year's Planned Giving Each Year?
Pledges provide reasonable expectations of the income the church will receive for the coming year, and thus the very basis upon which the Finance Committee plans the church’s annual budget–prudently estimating income and establishing a realistic budget for all of our ministries.
Does the Church Only Want my Money?
No! We encourage every disciple of Jesus to find the place to serve that matches their spiritual gifts, talents and passion. If you’d like to talk with someone about finding your place to serve, contact Debbie Casanzio, Director of Discipleship Ministries, 813.253.5388, ext. 298.
Who Sees my Giving Information?
Information on pledges and giving is a sacred trust that is held in confidence in the Financial office with periodic reports to the Senior Pastor.
What forms of non-cash contributions may I give to Hyde Park United Methodist?
Non-cash contributions may include:
● Publicly Traded Securities
● Closely-Held Stock
● Personal Property
● Real Estate
● Paid Insurance Policies
● Charitable Lead Trusts
● Deferred Gifts
For more information on these non-cash contributions, please click here. [pdf will link]
For more information on any of these ways to give, contact Lynn Osborne or Meagan Kempton, Hyde Park United Methodist, 500 W. Platt St., Tampa, FL 33606, 813.253.5388. You should always consult with your own tax advisor as to the tax-deductibility of gifts in your particular situation.
What is the Endowment Fund?
Did you know the Church has an Endowment Fund? The money you give is held in perpetuity, with just the interest spent on church ministries. This ensures each gift makes a lasting contribution through the life of Hyde Park United Methodist.
Giving to the Endowment strengthens a church to continue its ministry even in difficult economic times, and provides for the long-term future of the church.
An endowment gift may be made at any time, and is frequently made in honor or memory of an individual or as part of an estate plan.
Learn more about Planned Giving at the
Florida United Methodist Foundation