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News from the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home

Consider the Children's Home for VBS Mission As summer approaches, churches are preparing for a very exciting time of the year: Vacation Bible School (VBS) time! This tradition often includes opportunities to learn about God through Bible stories, songs, games, and...

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News from the Society of St. Andrew, Gleaning Network

Volunteers often ask this same question and may be surprised to hear the answer. “Can we take some food we glean to a pantry that we love and support?” Or they may say, “Would it be okay if we gleaned a little extra so we could send some to a pantry in our community?”...

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Midweek Message: Neither Half Empty nor Half Full

Dear Hyde Park Family, I have a new answer to an age-old question. I’m sure you’ve heard it before: “Is the glass half empty, or half full?” Answer it as half full, and you are an optimist. You see that things could be a whole lot worse, and you choose to focus on the...

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News from Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary

PRAYERCHAIN April 2019 Dear friends, Ho, everyone, come! Seminary is entering a season of celebration of 25 years of Theological education in Estonian, Russian and English. Methodist churches in Estonia will be praying for our seminary on May 19th, on Seminary Sunday....

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Senior Brain Health Expo

Learn how to keep your brain healthy and get free screenings! Join Dr. Susan Steen, one of Tampa's leading neurologists and Alzheimer’s experts, and her staff for a free presentation on "ACTI-V8 YOUR BRAIN" for tips on how to keep your brain healthy as you age! Free...

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News from Hillsborough House of Hope

Hillsborough House of Hope wishes all Moms a Happy Mother's Day. For some of our graduate moms, this is a difficult day because they are struggling to reunite with their children. Some lost custody and are fighting to get their kids back now that their lives are back...

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Midweek Message: The Long Shadow of Mental Illness

Dear Hyde Park Family, In 1949, the National Association for Mental Health (now Mental Health America) began designating the month of May as Mental Health Awareness Month. It is a good time to acknowledge the prevalence of mental health challenges in our society, and...

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Mother’s Day

Families come in all different shapes, sizes, colors and ways! Mother’s day is not just for your mom or for you if you are a mom, but for all the women in your life who have loved you and have been there for you! In this picture I’m standing next to my mom and next to...

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Dunbar Elementary School Teachers Visit Hyde Park

On May 5, teachers from Dunbar Elementary School visited Hyde Park for worship. Hyde Park has partnered with Dunbar as part of the school-church parnership initiative of the Florida Conference. To get involved with Dunbar Elementary, contact Kathy Avant at...

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Midweek Message: The Value of Scars

Dear Hyde Park Family, “Jesus showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.” (John 20:20) Apparently, Jesus’ resurrected body had some unique abilities, like walking through closed doors and ascending into the clouds. But...

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Summer Sunday Morning Live

Summer Sunday Morning Live is almost here! Parent help needed! 9:30 and 11 a.m., Sundays, June 2 - Aug. 11 During this time, our school year shepherds take a much-deserved break and the only way programming can continue is if parents step in! This is a wonderful...

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Merge Orientation and Messy Night

We invite our incoming sixth grade parents and students to attend Orientation Night Sunday, May 19. We will meet in the Magnolia Building, first floor, to share information about summer activities and give you an opportunity to meet our Youth Ministries staff. The...

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5th Grade Events 2019

I know the plans I have for you,” announces the Lord. “I want you to enjoy success. I do not plan to harm you. I will give you hope for the years to come." Jeremiah 29:11 (NIRV) Sunday, May 12 will be your child’s last Sunday as part of Children’s Ministries. We will...

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News from the Society of St. Andrew, Gleaning Network

Let's take a glance at the numbers so far this year. 4.8 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed 14.5 Million Servings of Fresh Produce Provided 4,255 Passionate Volunteers Engaged 696 Events to End Hunger Held 620 Recipient Agencies Received Food Now let's check out...

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A Smooth Peanut Butter Drive Finish

Our thanks to all who contributed to our peanut butter drive. Your generous contributions gave 1,255 pounds of peanut butter to our Open Arms Ministry, allowing us to spread the love to our guests as they head out on the streets of Tampa. Here are some fun facts about...

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Vacation Bible School 2019

Life is wild and God is good! June 24-28 at our Hyde Park campus. Registration continues for some age groups. Volunteer with VBS!

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Midweek Message: God Loves a Good Plot Twist

Dear Easter People, American Movie Classics has ranked the top ten greatest plot twists in film history. You may not find the top three surprising: The Empire Strikes Back. Luke Skywalker discovers the truth about Darth Vader. (“I am your father!”) Planet of the Apes....

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Embracing What’s To Come

by Sarah Anderson I remember being told from day one of parenting, that the years would go by fast. That I should be “numbering my days.” And like all mothers, I accepted the nostalgic platitude, and then went about worrying how I would make it through the next 24...

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Special Offering for Kids Camp and Mission Fund

Special Offering for Kids Camp and Mission Fund Make a difference in the life of a child by sending them to camp, Vacation Bible School or on a mission trip! A special offering will be taken at all services on Sunday, May 5 for the Kids Camp and Mission Fund. This...

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Midweek Message: A Carol for Holy Week

“A Carol” Amy Carmichael There are two Bethlehems in the land, Two little Bethlehems there O Wise Men, do you understand To seek Him everywhere? The heavenly Child lies holily, The heavenly Child lies lowlily, No crown on His soft hair.  There are three crosses on the...

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Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Services

Experience Holy Week. Maundy Thursday services include communion and remembrance, honoring Jesus’ last supper with the disciples.12:15 p.m. at The Portico campus. 7 p.m. at the Hyde Park campus. Good Friday services observe the day that we remember Christ’s suffering,...

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Teaching Holy Week to Kids

Teaching kids the story of Holy Week is not easy, but it helps them more fully appreciate Easter. The story of Holy Week is not exactly family-friendly, but that doesn’t mean we can skip the part about Jesus’ journey to the cross when sharing our faith with our...

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“The Last Green Thread” April 25

The Florida Wildlife Corridor's documentary, "The Last Green Thread," will be shown in a free screening at Tampa Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) The film documents the journey of three friends, Mallory Lykes Dimmit, Joe Guthrie...

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Mission Smiles Clinic April 2019

Our Open Arms Ministry hosted Mission Smiles on our Hyde Park campus Sunday, April 7. A committed and dedicated team of 28 volunteer dental professionals and pre-dental and dental hygiene students from Hillsborough Community College staffed the mobile office and...

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News and Thank You from Missionaries Pat and Melenda Edmiston

Dear Friends at Hyde Park, Thank you for being such faithful partners with us through your generous gifts and many prayers. We remain passionate in our vision to see the last language group receive God’s Word in the language of their heart. Only then will “the earth...

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News from Missionaries Nick and Renee Shaw

Who’s Gonna Tell Them? If you had the opportunity to be at our commissioning and send-off service at First Church in Newark, you heard the sermon by Rev. Dr. Tim Bias, from Romans 10:5-15, "Who's Gonna Tell Them?" – a message that challenged each of us to ponder...

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Parent Connect Night

5:30-8 p.m. April 28Want to understand your relationships and parenting style better?Our Senior Pastor, the Rev. Magrey deVega, will share the Enneagram with all interested parents.Join us on the 2nd floor of the Magnolia Building. This is a great opportunity to...

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Midweek Message: Why Palm Sunday?

Dear Lenten Pilgrims, As Holy Week draws near, we approach some familiar narrative territory: the waving of palm branches, the washing of feet, the breaking of bread, a friend’s betrayal and the agony of death. We are also aware of the tragic turn that the crowds...

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Easter Lily Orders Now Closed

Many thanks to all who purchased Easter lilies to decorate our worship spaces with Easter lilies in celebration of the Resurrection. The deadline to make a purchase has now passed. A list will appear in the Easter Sunday bulletins on April 21. Lilies may be taken home...

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Thanks For Open Arms Support

We are grateful to the businesses and organizations that support our Open Arms Ministry. Whether the contributions are food and supplies or services, such as stylists who provide haircuts, the support they provide makes a difference to our guests. Our thanks go out to...

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Create A Family Drum

Represent your family tribe by creating and decorating a drum to be used at ROAR Vacation Bible School June 24-28, 2019. Drums can easily be made from plastic planters or dollar store bins. Just add fabric, duct tape, yarn or whatever you choose to as decoration and...

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Midweek Message: My Epiphany at Tiffany’s

Dear Hyde Park Family, Last weekend, my daughters and I enjoyed a quick three-day trip to New York City to celebrate Grace’s eighteenth birthday. We saw three amazing Broadway shows: “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I and II," and “Be...

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Cold Weather Shelters Serve 445 Guests

In the winter of 2018-19, Hyde Park resumed our Cold Weather Shelter ministry to provide warm, secure space for those experiencing homelessness. The program is administered by Hillsborough County government, who monitors weather conditions and issues an alert when the...

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Palm Sunday Processional

We are looking forward to a wonderful morning of worship on April 14, Palm Sunday  as we celebrate Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem with our wonderful children's palm processional at the 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sanctuary Services and the 5:30 p.m. Portico service....

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News From Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary

March 2019 Dear Friends, It is my joy to announce that Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary (BMTS) has been institutionally accredited for the next three years and our theology and mission curriculum for the next seven years. The international committee found our...

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Seeking Stillness – Recap

This past weekend more than 100 attendees gathered at The Portico for the Seeking Stillness retreat to learn the practice of Christian meditation. Retreat leader, Carl McColman, helped us discover the history of contemplative practice in the church and how silence...

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Fall 2019 Mission Trip

This year we are planning to offer a fall mission trip to assist fellow Floridians in rebuilding their homes and lives after surviving Hurricane Irma. All skill and experience levels are welcome. The costs will be minimal, as we will be staying on cots in a church,...

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Midweek Message: What to Do in the Wilderness

Dear Hyde Park Family, Lent is a time to acknowledge and embrace the wilderness experiences in our faith. It is possible that even right now, you are undergoing a period of dryness, doubt, or disbelief in your spiritual journey, a kind of wilderness of the soul. If...

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HOPE Nehemiah Action

The Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality (HOPE) has been a vehicle to unite diverse congregations to improve the quality of life in Hillsborough County by achieving justice and fairness. Their brochure shares Long Range Goals and Major Accomplishments...

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