Dear Hyde Park Family,

Ah, summer.

Do you know where the word summer came from? It’s from the Old English word sumor, which is derived from the early Germanic word sumer, which in turn came from the early Indo-European word sem.

And here’s the kicker. Do you know what sem meant? It meant “together” or “one.”

At the heart of summer is togetherness. It can and should be a time of creating memories with others and strengthening relationships with them. Whether that means going on vacation with your family, or spending long evenings in the backyard with friends, or heading out to the beach with loved ones, summer gives you a chance to feel like you are not alone.

That should most certainly include your church family. You may have a very busy summer ahead, but here are five practical ways you can stay “together” as “one” with Hyde Park United Methodist over the months ahead.


Have you worshipped online lately? View here. If it’s been a while, you’ll be amazed at how great the quality of the online experience is now. Our terrific worship tech team works very hard to make sure that those who join us remotely feel connected to everything that is happening live. Join us on your computer, tablet or smartphone, wherever you may be.


Our worship team has put together two terrific worship series that are sure to catch your interest. The first is “That’s Not in the Bible!” from June 16 to July 7, which will explore popular sayings that sound biblical but are not actually in the Bible. If you’ve ever heard (or even said) phrases like “Everything happens for a reason” or “God helps those who help themselves,” come join us and hear what the Bible has to say.

Then, we’ll once again offer a series based on recent popular films. It’s called “Faith at the Movies,” from July 14 to August 4. We’ll be exploring truths of the Christian faith as found in the movies “Mary Poppins Returns” (July 14), “The Little Prince” (July 21), “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” (July 28), and “Black Panther” (August 4). And if you haven’t seen these films, don’t worry! We’ll be having a special screening for everyone in the Magnolia Building on the Wednesday prior to each Sunday. Both of these series would be great opportunities for you to invite friends to worship.


Once again, we are ramping up for a joy-filled, energy-packed week of Vacation Bible School, this year themed “Roar!” We will have about 400 children learning about God’s love, led by hundreds of volunteers. In fact, we are still looking for about 30 adults to serve in some important roles throughout the week, so I invite you to check out our website to find out more. Even if you’ve never volunteered for VBS, you will get all the training you need to have as much fun as the children themselves. All you need is a willing heart and a caring spirit!


Throughout the upcoming months, scores of people from the church will be participating in various missions and ministry trips around the world. Will you mark these dates in your calendar and say a prayer for these teams as they travel and make God’s love real?

  • June 3-12: Chancel Choir in England visiting and singing at various Wesley heritage sites
  • June 17-22: 4th– 12th Graders at Warren Willis Camp
  • July 14-19: Youth Domestic Mission Experience at SIFAT (Science in Faith And Technology) in Lineville, AL
  • July 21-28: High School Missions Trip to Costa Rica doing VBS for local communities
  • Nov. 10-16: Adult mission trip to Southwest Florida for Hurricane Irma rebuilding. For more information, see the note below.


Finally, join us in reading, studying and praying through the Bible using our daily scripture readings. These texts have been carefully selected by our discipleship team to coincide with the themes of our worship series, and will unite us in experiencing the truths of the Bible all throughout the summer. Feel connected with the congregation as we read the Scriptures together! 

On behalf of the clergy, staff, and lay leadership of this church, I wish you and yours a blessed summer, as we stay together as one!

Grace and Peace,


The Rev. Magrey deVega
Senior Pastor, Hyde Park United Methodist

If you are interested in learning more about the trip this November to Southwest Florida to help in the rebuilding efforts from Hurricane Irma, there is a planning meeting from 6–7:30 p.m. Monday, June 24 in Knox Hall Room 150. Sign up here.

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