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MidWeek Message: BREAKING NEWS: Hometown Man Causes Uproar

Jan. 18, 2018 Dear Hyde Park Family, HOMETOWN MAN PREACHES; CAUSES UPROAR Mathias Avram, Nazareth Gazette Special Correspondent Nazareth, Galilee - Tensions flared as hometown product Jesus ben-Joseph made his first preaching appearance at the synagogue, offering a...

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Society of St. Andrew, Gleaning Network

2017 - A Great Year of Gleaning and Feeding • 18.1 Million Pounds Gleaned from the Fields • 10.4 Million Pounds Shipped in the Potato & Produce Project • A total of 28.6 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed • 86 Million Servings of Fresh Produce Provided • 5,960...

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News from Good Samaritan Mission

A magnifying glass, with its convex lense, enlarges the appearance of things. When you are called to "magnify the Lord," you are to make God stand out in a world that often ignores Him. How are you "being the glass?" As people look at your life, how are they seeing...

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Emily’s Youth Message – Dating

We can probably all remember the go-to lines our parents used to say to us comparing life from when they were growing up to our lives growing up. And you’ve probably cringed when you heard yourselves saying those same lines to your own kids. Without even trying very...

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Faith Steps Sacraments Workshop

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. March 4 Parents and their children, grades 2-5, are invited to join the Children’s Team and our pastors for a Sacraments Workshop in the Harnish Activities Center. We will explore the meaning of Baptism and Communion in the United Methodist Church...

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Faith Steps Picture Bible Parent Class

Feb. 4, 11, 18, 10:45 a.m. Spend three weeks with other parents learning practical steps for sharing your faith with your 2- or 3-year-old child. A blessing event and Bible presentation will take place on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Classes are from...

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MidWeek Message: How Can I Remember My Baptism?

Jan. 11, 2018 Dear Hyde Park Family, Last year, a worshipper asked this profoundly intriguing question: "Pastor, what does it mean when you say to us, 'Remember your baptism, and be thankful?' What if I don't remember my baptism? Great question. I don't remember my...

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Thank You from Missionaries Pat and Melenda Edmiston

Dear Friends at Hyde Park, Thank you very much for your $875 gift in November. The first workshop of Pat’s new pilot project in PNG went well. There were fifteen participants from three different languages. They were able to take home several scripture recordings,...

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SuperStart 2018

Parents of 4th & 5th Graders SuperStart is coming January 26 & 27, 2018 Lifebridge Church in Windermere (Orlando), FL  SuperStart is the nation's biggest preteen youth event where children can learn and grow in their relationships with friends, parents, and God....

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Mystery Trip 2018

It’s a mystery! Our mystery trips are one of the best traditions we have at Merge! It’s a great chance for our kids to grow closer together and have a great time. Parents, will be given an itinerary of the trip as we are piling your student(s) on our bus that Friday...

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MidWeek Message: Cold…but Happy?

The World Database of Happiness ranks countries based on how happy their citizens are. Based on this analysis, Iceland is determined to rank first. Given the climate, this might seem counterintuitive. In colder places, though, cooperation is mandatory. Everyone must work together for the common good and interdependence is the mother of affection. It ought to be the same for the church. We, after all, are the ones who bid each other “The Lord be with you (and also with you.)” In both examples, there’s a word for this–love.

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Homeless Point-in-Time Count, Feb. 22

The annual Homeless Point-In Time Count will take place on Thursday, Feb. 22. Hyde Park United Methodist is serving as a deployment site for volunteers. The annual Homeless Count in Hillsborough County is coordinated by the Tampa/Hillsborough County Continuum of Care...

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Thousands Celebrate Christmas Eve

Nearly 3,000 people celebrated Christmas Eve at one of the ten services held at our Hyde Park campus and The Portico campus. Our sincere thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who worked diligently to make family members, friends, neighbors and strangers feel welcome....

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Midweek Message: Christmas Comes

Dec. 21, 2017 Dear Hyde Park Family, "Christmas Comes" By Ann Weems, from Kneeling in Bethlehem Christmas comes every time we see God in other persons. The human and the holy meet in Bethlehem                 or in Times Square,                 for Christmas comes...

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Midweek Message: I Hate To Break It To You, Virginia

(Note - Parental Disclaimer: the following Midweek Message contains material that may be troubling to some children, particularly if they still believe in Santa Claus. Or the Tooth Fairy.) Dec. 14, 2017 Dear Hyde Park Family, I can't tell you the exact moment when...

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Society of St. Andrew, Gleaning Network

Accomplished January 1 to November 30, 2017 16.7 Million Pounds Gleaned from the Fields 9.1 Million Pounds Shipped in the Potato & Produce Project A total of 25.8 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed 77 Million Servings of Fresh Produce Provided 5,482 Events Held...

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Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary

Greetings from the President December 2017 Advent time has come! Last week we had our seminary Advent party, and celebrated also the last study session of the fall semester with all our students, faculty and staff. Advent time reminds us that the year is ending soon,...

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MidWeek Message: When Up is Down and Down is Up

Dec. 7, 2017 Dear Advent Pilgrims, The elevator once broke at my previous church in Cherokee, Iowa. Not only were people stuck inside, but whenever they pressed the "up" button, the elevator went down. And when they pressed the "down" button, the elevator went up....

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Lunch and Listen Mini-Concerts

Join us for three mini-concerts at The Portico, each at 12:15 p.m. On Dec. 6, Michael Dougherty and Colleen Schmitt will play organ and piano duets. On Dec. 13, Michael Dougherty will play holiday selections on the organ. Our series concludes on Dec. 20 with David...

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Family Christmas Service – 5:30 p.m. Dec. 23

All are welcome to join us for a family-friendly, joy-filled evening at our Family Christmas Service, 5:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 23 in the Sanctuary. Cookie reception follows in the Sanctuary Courtyard. This service is led by our children and youth. Join us for a fun...

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Midweek Message: The Wonder of Christmas

Nov. 30, 2017 Dear Hyde Park Family, "Wonder takes our breath away, and makes room for new breath. That's why they call it breathtaking." - Anne Lamott One of the more provocatively titled books on faith and spirituality over the past several years is Help, Thanks,...

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2017 Advent Devotional

Each year, members of our congregation contribute to our Advent Devotional book. There are pages for each day of Advent, which included a scripture reference and a reflection. In addition, children contribute seasonal artwork. A print version is available on our...

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How to Make Good Memories Without Grumpy Side Effects

Posted by Sarah Anderson | Blog, Imagine The End, Make It Personal It’s the most wonderful time of the year. We’re on the cusp of all things holiday and fun. The festivals. The fairs. The pumpkin patches. And the promise for more parties and holiday spectaculars just...

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Christmas at Hyde Park

Special Services: Blue Christmas 7 p.m. Dec. 21 The Community Hall at The Portico campus This is supposed to be a joyful time of year, but for some of us, the holidays are hard. You are not alone. Childcare available with RSVP to jwotsch@hydeparkumc.org. Family...

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Midweek Message: Blessings at the Table

Nov. 23, 2017 Dear Hyde Park Family, As you make your final preparations to gather with loved ones for Thanksgiving, I want to share with you this poem by the poet Joy Harjo. I appreciate her use of the table as a metaphor for what holds us together, as the place...

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SERVE Day 2017

Thanks to the nearly 400 members of our congregation participated in SERVE Day 2017 at Metropolitan Ministries. From unloading vehicles and sorting canned goods to slinging turkeys and singing joyfully, you generously made God's love real to those in need of so many...

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Adult Nicaragua Mission Trip Video

The gifts keep on coming …. Our resident video storyteller, Don, has created a masterpiece slide show of our trip. I know you’ll want to be sharing this with your family and friends. Thanks so much Don. This is like “manna from heaven”. God’s Peace to you and yours…...

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News from Hillsborough House of Hope: Mentor Needed

Hello Friends of HHH, Thank you for your prayers for 2 mentors for our new residents. We only need one more! Please keep praying for one more  mentor who wants to give hope to our newest resident. Contact Linda Walker for information about mentoring...

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Happy Birthday Jesus Party

Come Celebrate Jesus' Birthday With Us! From 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, will be our Happy Birthday Jesus party with Jr. Zone (3-4-K), Zone (grades 1-3) and Club 45 (grades 4 & 5). We need LOTS of helpers at our party to help with set up, clean up and hands on...

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Midweek Message: Living in the Moment

Nov. 16, 2017 Dear Hyde Park Family, The Lord went in front of them in a pillar of cloud by day, to lead them along the way, and in a pillar of fire by night, to give them light, so that they might travel by day and by night. Exodus 3:21 I have been living with that...

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The List

Avoid the mall madness and provide meaningful gifts. We are offering everyone another option for gifts. You can honor your friends and family by making a contribution to one of our mission partners, that range from working to end hunger worldwide to assisting local...

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Family Traditions

The word “tradition” is defined as the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation. I love this! Traditions are multi-generational, crossing all lines of age and even ethnicity. When we share with our kids and grandkids their lineage and heritage...

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Society of St Andrew Gleaning Network

Monthly News and Stats Accomplished January 1 to October 31, 2017 15.1 Million Pounds Gleaned from the Fields 8.6 Million Pounds Shipped in the Potato & Produce Project A total of 23.7 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed 71 Million Servings of Fresh Produce...

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News from Missionaries Pat and Melenda Edmiston

Dear Prayer Partners, Pat is off to PNG again for a month. This time he will be starting a new translation project. The project will include three language groups: Juwal, Urimo and Bungain. All of the scripture portions that they produce will be in audio format only...

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The Salvation Army – Volunteers Needed!

Many know The Salvation Army best for the bells ringing at the Red Kettle during the holidays, but few realize the money raised during this time funds their programs throughout the year. The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign accounts for 82% of the entire...

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Mission Smiles Report

Mission Smiles had their fall dental clinic in the Harnish Activities Center on Sunday, Oct. 29. The clinic provides free dental care to the underserved members of our community. To learn more about Mission Smiles or to get involved, contact Joan Mellen. Click here...

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Midweek Message: Chicken Noodle Ice Tea Soup

Nov. 9, 2017 Dear Hyde Park Family, Kermit the Frog: “Hey Fozzie, whatcha got there?” Fozzie Bear: “This? Well, it’s called a Thermos.” Kermit: “Cool. What’s a Thermos?” Fozzie: “Well, a Thermos keeps hot liquids hot and cold liquids cold.” Kermit: “Interesting. So,...

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A Gratitude Adjustment

Of all the qualities God tries to build into our character, gratitude seems to be one of the most obvious. It doesn’t take long to tell if someone is thankful or not. It’s the kind of quality that sets a pattern for the rest of an individual’s personality....

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Ministry and Money

It is no secret that it takes money to run the church, but where does the money come from, and where does it go?  Learn more about our church budget below. If you have questions, feel free to contact us. Ready to make God's love real through your 2018 pledge? Pledge...

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