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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

Thanksgiving arrives next week, followed by the pinnacle of consumer excess, “Black Friday.” 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...

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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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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?  Click on the pictures below to learn more about our church budget. If you have questions, feel free to contact us. Ready to make God’s love...

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Reserve Your Christmas Tree by Nov. 17

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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Homeward Bound

So our work here is done and we have headed to Managua to begin our journey home to our loved ones.  We will spend one more evening enjoying, breaking bread, having devotions and recapping this week which has flown by way too fast. We have learned so much here, about...

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Compassion and Dedication

Today started with the water filtration team accompanying Dr. Medina and our medical personnel on a house call – or perhaps a “community call” would be a better description.  We ventured out to an area quite farther away where health problems are of great concern. ...

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Lessons From The Saints

Nov. 2, 2017 Dear Hyde Park Family, There, so far as is allowed us, when we are gathered together in exultation and joy, the Lord will enable us to celebrate the birthday of the martyrs, both for the memory of those who have contended, and for the exercise and...

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Building a Home and Relationships

It was such an honor to once again be able to walk with women through the streets of Rubén Darío today and be invited into their homes so we could share with them this gift of clean water.  But I cannot help but feel a deep sense of humility that in every home into...

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Words of Wisdom

Posted by Autumn Ward | Blog, Imagine The End, Just A Phase There I sat, probably with slumped shoulders at this point. Mind totally saturated with gallons of new information, dates, deadlines, fees, dos and don’ts. I had already made a dozen mental to-do lists for...

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Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary

Greetings from the President October 2017 Last weekend I had the opportunity to follow Apostel Paul’s footsteps in Corinth. Interestingly enough, I had preached from Paul’s First letter to Thessalonians just a week ago – the letter he wrote while being in Corinth....

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From Clinics to Chickens

Today’s forecast was for 100% chance of rain, but we awoke to sunny skies.  But even with the forecast amended to indicate rain later in the day, we splintered again into various work groups – we had work to do – work that would be accomplished with or without a...

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Emily’s Youth Message – Navigating Faith

THINK ABOUT THIS By Carey Nieuwhof So your kid comes up to you and asks, “Dad, how do we know there’s a God?” And you…freeze. You say something like, “Because I believe there’s a God,” or “We just know,” or “Because there is,” or “Because the Bible says God...

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Clean Water – a Life Saving Gift

We splintered in many directions today, construction, medical, water filtration, kids’ education and pregnancy education and each has a story to tell.  It would be impossible to share in words everything one experiences while serving here.  To do so would take far too...

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Youth Ministries Summer Mission Trips

Domestic Mission trip — Weaverville, NC Recreation Experiences is committed to providing groups of youth, adults, and families with opportunities to “Share Christ Through Our Service to Others”. They are committed to offering opportunities that are safe,...

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The Spirit is Alive and Well Here

As we leave our rooms this morning and the sound of the whirring fans which lulled  us to sleep last night, we step outside and are assaulted by the sounds of God’s creation, as a myriad of crowing roosters, cooing doves, chirping birds and barking dogs greet the new...

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El Ayudante, Nicaragua – We Have Arrived

While every mission trip is different from the ones before, some things are routine.  So it was, per usual, that we gathered early at the airport to begin our week of serving.  As in years past, there were alumni who would not be joining us there at the airport to...

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Top Ten Lessons Learned From Northern Ireland

October 26, 2017 Dear Hyde Park Family, Last week, I spent time with clergy from the Florida Annual Conference and the faculty of Candler School of Theology studying the history of “The Troubles” and its ongoing difficulties in Northern Ireland. Much of...

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Pray for Our Nicaragua Mission Team

Hyde Park’s adult mission team left for Leon, Nicaragua on Oct. 28. While there, they will be working with our mission partner, El Ayudante, whose mission is to transform the nation — one child, one family, and one community at a time. Please be in prayer for...

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News from Missionaries Pat and Melenda Edmiston

The Barok translation team worked hard over the past 10 years to bring the New Testament to their people. Finally, on September 8, we celebrated together! Their coworkers joyfully marched in, holding high the Word of God. With dancing and singing, the Barok welcomed...

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News from Missionary Connie DiLeo

I have been out of communication for some time now. I went on a short itineration in April thinking I would be gone only 2 months. During that time I also had my 3 year ‘annual’ checkup. During that checkup it was discovered that I had some medical concerns that...

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“Light Eternal,” A Concert for Disaster Relief

Join us for a concert featuring Morten Lauridsen’s monumental 20th Century American Choral piece “Lux Aeterna.” Our Chancel Choir will perform the music, which begins at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Sanctuary. It has been described as containing “warmth,...

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Happier, Healthier Holidays Workshop

The holidays are meant to bring us feelings of joy, yet the increased activity can leave us feeling stressed out, exhausted and depressed. Maybe you or someone you know is dealing with feelings like these. All are invited to join us for a special workshop:...

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News from Society of St Andrew, Gleaning Network

Accomplished January 1 to September 30, 2017 13,689,093 Million Pounds Gleaned from the Fields 8,317,114 Million Pounds Shipped in the Potato & Produce Project A total of 22,006,207 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed 66,018,621 Million Servings of Fresh...

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News from Good Samaritan Mission

Good Samaritan Mission accepting donations of Christmas gifts for the annual Christmas Blessings Outreach Event on Dec. 9. Please deliver gifts to the Mission by Monday, December 4.  For more information or a detailed gift list, please call Jennifer at (813) 634-7136...

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Family Christmas Service

Angels, Shepherds, Wisemen and more! Does your child want to be part of our Family Christmas Service? If your child does not already participate in one of our children’s choirs, and would like to be part of this beloved Family Christmas service, sign up here. No...

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Family Camping Trip – Nov. 10-12, 2017

The Ft. DeSoto Campground offers swimming, a nature trail, fishing, the Quartermaster Storehouse Museum, canoes, and many other water activities. An evening worship service with Communion will be held Saturday night. The cost is $20 per family. All youth must be...

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Midweek Message: Claiming Our Vision

Dear Hyde Park Family, In case you missed it in worship last Sunday, the big announcement in my sermon was that we are starting a year-long visioning process in the church that will clarify the long-term strategic vision for this congregation. I invite you to watch...

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Merge Small Group Fun Night

Instead of regular Merge, our Small Groups will be meeting off property at different times for some fun! This is a great night to invite your friends! Here’s what everyone is up to: 6th Grade Girls and 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Boys: Join us at the West Shore AMC to see...

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Thank You from Missionaries Pat and Melenda Edmiston

Dear Friends At Hyde Park, This little girl is holding the Barok New Testament which we dedicated in September. Thank you for all of your financial support which enables us to continue this vital ministry. We couldn’t do it without you! Love, Pat and...

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