Dear Hyde Park Family,
We find ourselves as a human community in the aftermath of yet another catastrophic storm. The images coming out of the Bahamas have been horrifying and heartbreaking, as we think about the unimaginable devastation that many people in the Bahamas are now living in. We also join in prayerful concern for those along our eastern coast who are currently facing the storm.
Our immediate response as a congregation is to be one of generosity, primarily through financial contributions to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), which is already communicating with Bahamian officials to begin coordinating immediate and long-term relief.
We invite you to make a generous donation to UMCOR by making your check payable to the church and designating it for “UMCOR” or “Dorian Relief.” You can also give online right now on our website. Because all of UMCOR’s administrative and infrastructural overhead is covered by our apportionment giving, 100% of your contribution will go directly to people in need.
Local disaster officials from here in the Florida Annual Conference are already coordinating with UMCOR and organizations such as Bahamas Methodist Habitat, which hosted and mobilized our Family Mission Trip last summer. Over time, as our Conference initiates donation drives and work teams, we will keep you apprised and encourage your participation.
Let us all be in prayer for everyone affected by Hurricane Dorian, and may those prayers prompt our compassionate and generous response.
THIS SUNDAY: STRENGTHEN YOUR GRIP
We’ve all been there. When life feels unsteady and chaotic, we often forget that the best thing to do is strengthen our connection to God. I invite you to join us this Sunday as we begin an important new series called “Get a GRIP.” On each of these four Sundays, we will discover new, exciting, and practical ways to get a grip on life by taking hold of Jesus. You won’t want to miss a single week.
Grace and peace,
The Rev. Magrey deVega
Senior Pastor, Hyde Park United Methodist