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Costa Rica Mission Trip — Our Final Day

Facing construction projects that turned out to be much more difficult than anticipated, there were times when we wondered if we would complete them. This thought was unsettling to all of us, especially since we know that there are no more teams coming to Pura Vida...

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Vision Town Hall Gatherings

For 12 months, we've been engaged in a sustained effort to discern how the Spirit intends to use Hyde Park — it's people, its service and its worship — to make God's love real and make disciples, both today and in the future. The Vision Team has synthesized a year's...

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Support Your Church When Shopping Amazon

AmazonSmile is an Amazon website with the same products, prices and features as Amazon.com. The program, run by the AmazonSmile Foundation, donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to charitable organizations. To participate, login at smile.amazon.com....

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Costa Rica Mission Trip — Day 5

More Than Just Food   All of our time here is not spent in work.  We spend a lot of time talking, laughing and getting to know each other and the many talents that we each possess. While playing games, we have discovered who among us can give the most creative clues...

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Midweek Message: What Heartens Me

Dear Hyde Park Family, “Jesus sat across from the collection box for the temple treasury and observed how the crowd gave their money. Many rich people were throwing in lots of money. One poor widow came forward and put in two small copper coins worth a penny.” – Mark...

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Costa Rica Mission Trip — Day 4

The Armor of God As has always been our custom on our adult mission trips, we come with a well-prepared week of Bible lessons for children. We are given guidelines regarding the facility in which we might be working, the number of children who will probably attend,...

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Tree of Thanks

Materials Needed: 1 Dry Branch (at least 2 ft. high) 1 quart size mason jar smooth river stones decorative moss 12-inch ribbon metal rim marking tags pens Tree of Thanks Start the Tree of Thanks as a fun Thanksgiving tradition and keep it displayed year-round as a...

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Middle and High School Students Discuss Sunday’s Sermon

Join our Youth Ministry students to discuss what the sermon was about during worship. Whether you attended the 9:30 a.m. service or plan to attend the 11 a.m. service, this group is for you! Our program is student-led, with donuts to stimulate the conversation....

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Costa Rica Mission Trip — Day 3

Drying Up Houses Day 3: Nov. 5, 2018 Our construction volunteers have been working on two projects this week, and on both of them their guidance and suggestions have led to an effective solution to the problems at hand. The first home was a 20’ by 30’ structure...

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Adult Mission Team in Costa Rica

Our 15-member adult mission team departed Saturday, Nov. 3 for a week of work and fun with our mission partner, Pure Vida, in Costa Rica. To keep up with posts of their progress and experiences (and posts of other mission events,) visit our Hyde Park Speaks page.

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Costa Rica Mission Trip – Day 2

Praise, Worship and Rain Day 2: Nov. 4, 2018 As we awakened to our first day here at Pura Vida, God was just finishing lifting the blanket of fog outside. The quiet neighborhood was just beginning to stir under a cloud-dotted sky to what appears to be a day promising...

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Costa Rica Mission Trip – Day 1

Costa Rica - We Have Arrived Day 1: Nov. 3, 2018 The day started early for 15 missioners as we gathered before sunrise at the airport in Tampa to begin our journey to Pura Vida Missions in Ramon, Costa Rica. While our flights were on time, our passage through...

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Glimpses of Grace

Lately, I've been thinking about the idea of unity. We just concluded our denominations study at Merge, and just last week we had Missions Sunday. In both cases, we celebrated similarities among people and did not shy away from discussing, and even honoring, those who...

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Midweek Message: Remember Roy G. Biv?

Dear Hyde Park Family, “Roy G. Biv” “Every Good Boy Does Fine.” “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” “I before E, except after C.” You recognize these. They are tools we learned as children to collect and retrieve facts that would be helpful throughout our...

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Youth Ministries Summer Mission Trips

Family Mission Trip AND High School Mission Trip Pura Vida Missions - San Ramon, Alajuela, Costa Rica Our mission trips are designed to be a cross-cultural adventure of sharing Jesus Christ. We provide your team with training materials to equip them for the trip. From...

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Reserve Your Christmas Tree by Nov. 16

Reserve a beautiful, fresh-cut Christmas Tree and support our youth! Merge Youth Ministries is selling fresh Fraser Fir Christmas trees with the proceeds helping to provide mission trip scholarships. The trees are delivered only 48 hours after they are cut. The trees...

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How Eugene Peterson Changed My Life

Dear Hyde Park Family, On Monday, Eugene Peterson died. You may know him as the author of The Message, a popular paraphrase of the Bible. Others may know him for his many books on Christian spirituality and pastoral ministry. I remember him for the week I spent with...

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Memorial Garden Rededication Nov. 4

Rededication Ceremony, 12 p.m. Nov. 4, Hyde Park Memorial Garden The Board of Trustees recently embarked on a special project to beautify our Memorial Garden. Over time, the original plants aged and some needed to be replaced. Under...

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Mission Smiles at Hyde Park

  Missions Smiles held dental clinics on Oct. 14 at Hyde Park United Methodist where 32 guests were served! Thank you Mission Smiles, their dentists and nurses, and all who volunteered their time to make this clinic a success. To read more about the clinic, click...

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Midweek Message: The Last Place We Want God

Dear Hyde Park Family, Years ago, I read a hilarious book by Esquire columnist A.J. Jacobs called The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible. Jacobs, a self-avowed agnostic, sought to...

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Family Christmas Service Casting

Calling all aspiring stars! Do you have a big personality? Like to be in the spotlight? We’ve got the perfect role for you! We are currently casting Family Christmas Service Characters. The Family Christmas Service cast is comprised of 20-25 non-speaking characters...

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Open Arms Needs List

In addition to the food and other services provided on Sunday mornings, our Open Arms Ministry needs the following items to care for our guests: Plastic take out/deli containers Plastic grocery bags Razors Readers Men's underwear Women's underwear Men's socks Women's...

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Redemption of Scrooge

Does Christmastime have you feeling more like "Bah! Humbug!" than "Merry and Bright?" Sign up now! Advent is traditionally a time of joyful anticipation for the birth of Christ, but between the financial stresses, never-ending to-do lists and family conflicts that it...

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Hurricane Michael Relief Efforts

Hurricane Michael did unprecedented damage to many small beach communities and several cities in Florida's panhandle. Hundreds of thousands of people remain without power. Here are several ways that can help alleviate some of the suffering: There are two...

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“Fissures and Cracks” Art Exhibit

On Oct. 23, The University of Tampa’s Scarfone/Hartley Gallery will open Fissures and Cracks, an exhibition of visual works by the homeless of Tampa Bay. The exhibition will also feature The Faces of a Million Meals, a photography portrait series by Tim Kennedy, UT...

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Society of St. Andrew, Gleaning Network

Accomplished Jan. - Sept. 2018 11.6 Million Pounds Gleaned from the Fields 5.8 Million Pounds Shipped in the Potato & Produce Project Total of 17.4 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed 52.3 Million Servings of Fresh Produce Provided 4,665 Events Held and 20,428...

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Midweek Message: What We Have Learned So Far

Dear Hyde Park Family, First, a quick word of prayerful concern for the people all along the Gulf coast and the southeastern United States who have been affected by the devastation of Hurricane Michael. Our United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) will offer a...

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SERVE Day at Metropolitan Ministries – Register

Be part of SERVE Day 2018 with around 400 others from both Hyde Park campuses! Individuals from Hyde Park and their friends and family will sort food, park cars, hand out turkeys and more at the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent on Nov. 18. Shifts are available...

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News From The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home

Early Childhood Education Center Opens New Facility On September 20th, we dedicated the Lamar Louise Curry Early Childhood Education and Development Center. This 20,000 square foot facility will become the new home of In As Much, currently located on Lakeshore Drive....

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Flower Arranging Class

Learn the concepts of flower arranging and design for your front door, mantle or holiday table. Hyde Park member Larry Lucas will be demonstrating. This event is open to the public.  A $5 donation is requested. Proceeds from this event will benefit the 1033 Market and...

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Dunbar Elementary Wish List

Like many schools in the Hillsborough County School District, Dunbar Elementary Magnet has a Wish List of items that will help teachers and staff improve the quality of the education provided to their students. To view a list of current wished-for items, please click...

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Midweek Message: One Song for the World

Dear Hyde Park Family, A few months ago, my daughters and I made another trip to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, and we rode the iconic It’s a Small World. That ride was a mainstay of my childhood, and I can remember our whole family cheering when we passed by the...

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News From Abe Brown Ministries Ready4Work Program

Vincent describes his time in New Jersey as a period in his life when he had no direction, no guidance, and was a lost soul infatuated with the street life. Vincent found himself in and out of jail at a young age, so he decided to move to Florida. Vincent soon met a...

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Ballroom Dance Classes in October

There is scientific proof that dancing IS GOOD FOR YOU… Truly there are health benefits to BOOGIEING! So join us in the Narthex from 7 - 8:30 p.m. on Monday evenings in October. Wear leather soled shoes or bring two pairs of cotton socks. For more information, please...

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Oktoberfest to Benefit Good Samaritan Mission

Oktoberfest Our friends at The Old Castle German Restaurant in Sun City Center are celebrating their annual Oktoberfest event from October 5 to October 7 from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. each day, with proceeds benefiting Good Samaritan. Good Samaritan will have a table display,...

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World Communion Sunday – Oct. 7

This Sunday, we celebrate World Communion Sunday, when we share the unity with our Christian brothers and sisters around the world. That global perspective is also the basis for our annual Mission Celebration on Oct. 28. We will host more than 40 mission partners,...

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Family Fun Night — Nov. 2, 2018

It's fall ya'll! Celebrate with a Fall Family Fun Night! Enjoy dinner, live music, rock-climbing wall, inflatable slide, pumpkin painting (bring your own pumpkin), photo booth, carnival games, caramel apple bar, face painting and more! Bring the whole family and...

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