Hyde Park Helps with Tampa General Hospital’s COVID Memorial

Hyde Park Helps with Tampa General Hospital’s COVID Memorial

The Rev. Sally Campbell-Evans, our Congregational Care pastor, received a phone call recently from Jenny Carswell, a pastor at Tampa General Hospital, asking whether Hyde Park had a handbell she could borrow. Tampa General was planning a COVID Anniversary Memorial Service and the handbell would be used to toll the names of their patients who passed away. In addition, the Hospital was making 1000s of paper butterflies representing these patients and those who cared for them. Inside each butterfly was a note of encouragement or the name of someone impacted by the disease. Volunteers and staff members from Hyde Park gathered under the Ministry Offices Tent  to craft the butterflies pictured here.

When the hospital staff gathered for the memorial service on March 17, this is the litany that was shared with those in attendance:

We remember the lives lost.

Countless lives have been lost over the last year, some due to COVID and others for unrelated matters, but our grief is complicated by the many layers of loss and isolation over the last year. The blue butterflies in our installation include the names you submitted who have died in the last year. We also know many names rest on your hearts even if they were not written down. To remember them, I invite you to first join me in a call and response litany of remembrance. After the litany, you will hear Amy ring the bell five times. Each ring represents 100,000 who have died in our nation from COVID-19.

Please join me in this call and response poem entitled “We Remember Them.” After each line, I will raise my hands and invite you to say with me: “We remember them.”

In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
we remember them.
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
we remember them.
In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring,
we remember them.
In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer,
we remember them.
In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
we remember them.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
we remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength,
we remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart,
we remember them.
When we have joys we yearn to share,
we remember them.
So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us, as
we remember them.

Please join us in a moment of silence as you hear the bell ring.

A physician share this reflection about hope and tenderness:

Hope demands optimism, but tenderness has room for both sadness and joy. 
You can hope alone, but tenderness needs at least two. It’s a recognition, moments of “mutual seeing.”

Finally, an ICU nurse read a poem, “Blessing in the Chaos,” by the Rev. Jan Richardson, a member of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.

To all that is chaotic
in you,
let there come silence.
Let there be a calming
We remember as we move ahead.

of the clamoring,
a stilling
of the voices that have laid their claim on you,
that have made their home in you,
that go with you even to the
holy places
but will not
let you rest,
will not let you hear your life
with wholeness
or feel the grace that fashioned you.
Let what distracts you cease.
Let what divides you cease.
Let there come an end to what diminishes and demeans,
and let depart
all that keeps you in its cage.

Let there be
an opening
into the quiet that lies beneath the chaos, where you find the peace
you did not think possible
and see what shimmers within the storm.

 

God’s New Creation

God’s New Creation

Dear Hyde Park Family,

So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived!
(2 Corinthians 5:17)

Last Sunday we kicked off our new worship series “A New Creation,” and I concluded my sermon with a story about a man named Rodney. I’ve changed his name here, but he’s given me permission to share his story with you.

Rodney is one of the many people around the country who have discovered Hyde Park United Methodist since we began our new online worship platform at the start of the pandemic. When he sent the following email a few weeks ago, it simply blew me away.

I came across Hyde Park UMC’s ‘Making God’s Love Real’ recordings in a very intense search for meaning in the early months of 2020. I’ve been a very tough atheist for most of my life, but I’ve also dealt with very strong feelings of depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember, which have made me somewhat of a nihilist. 2019 was really damaging for me, but last year was full of healing and progress, in which you and HPUMC played a very big role.

I now consider myself a Christian and know I will make it through my hardest patches in the future thanks to the faith you sparked in me, as I’ve done this year. But I also still think rationality and science are the way to solve most problems in this world, therapy and medication are very powerful tools, and inequality across racial, cultural and gender lines is real. And the reason I can now break this apparent dichotomy is the listening of your teachings.

You do a great service to this world by helping articulate the complementary nature of science and religion with such a humane approach.

I remain forever thankful to you and Hyde Park’s United Methodist Church, and hope someday I can give back at least a fraction of the love I’ve received thanks to your worship services.

Since sending me that email, Rodney has told me that he hasn’t missed a service with us online, and that he is now getting involved in a local faith community near where he lives.

I think that deserves an Amen!

PARTICIPATING IN GOD’S NEW CREATION

Stories like Rodney’s remind us of why we do what we do as a church. God is at work in and through us, bringing healing to the hurting and hope to the heartbroken. And when you support this church, through your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness, you are part of the new creation that God is making for people like Rodney all around the world.

Thank you for your support, encouragement, and generosity as we continue to live through this season of change, and into the amazing future God has for this church.

Grace and Peace,

Magrey

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

Vacation Bible School 2021

Vacation Bible School 2021

The VBS that’s just the ticket!

 

 

Climb aboard for mountains of fun at Rocky Railway! On this faith-filled adventure, families will discover that trusting Jesus pulls them through life’s ups and downs.

 

 

Family Fun Kick Off Event:

 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.* // June 27, 2021

 

 

Family VBS:

6 p.m. – 8 p.m. // June 28-30, 2021 

*Time subject to change – will begin after the scheduled church services at that time.

 

Note: This year, VBS is an experience for the whole family, not a drop off event.

 

More details and online registration coming soon!

Prayer Walk

Prayer Walk

Hyde Park Prayer Walk

As we begin to return to our Hyde Park location for indoor worship and other activities, we are mindful of the void our absence from the campus has left in all of our lives. In an attempt to bridge that void, and so many others caused by the pandemic, we are intentionally walking around the perimeter of our campus, either in person, as a group or virtually. The walk stops at specific locations along the way so participants can pray for the sacred space at that place, and for our members and ministries that use that location.

Join our Inaugural Prayer Walk

Our inaugural prayer walk will take place at 6:30 p.m Tuesday, April 20. All four of our pastors will participate in the walk and you are invited to attend as well. Whether you join us onsite or online, we welcome you and are grateful for your care and support as evidenced by your prayers. Please park in the Magnolia Lot, bring your phone to follow along and wear a mask.

Prayer Stations

Opening Words // Marilou Reed

  1. Welcome Prayer // Martha Chamberlain
  2. Wesley Center // Paula Meckley
  3. Sanctuary // Jim Lake
  4. Memorial Garden // Karen Crawford
  5. Knox Hall and Coffee Shop // Amy Maguire
  6. Traditional Choir and Contemporary Music Rehearsal Rooms // Lucretia Murphy
  7. Chapel // Susan Northcutt
  8. Ministry Offices // Joanie Mellen and John Dormois
  9. Harnish Activities Center // Jennifer Houdeshell
  10. Open Arms Ministry // Maria Colfer “The Bike Lady”
  11. Magnolia Building – Youth Ministries // Lisa Metheny
  12. DeLeon Block – Prayers for the Future // Nicholas Glover

Opening Words about Prayer

Do our prayers really make a difference? Do they matter? Absolutely! God wants to connect with us and has provided a way. When we pray, God listens. And, God responds. Prayer is powerful because God is powerful!

As we begin to return to gathering together face to face, join your Hyde Park brothers and sisters in taking a prayer walk—physically or virtually. On the walk you will be guided in prayer for every part of our campus, its ministries, and the people involved.

We have been richly blessed in the past and are now poised for new beginnings. God’s continued blessings and direction are vital! Prayer is our compass. Only with the guidance and empowerment of the Spirit can we continue to make God’s love real in and through every aspect of our ministry. Prayer is truly powerful, and so are we with God’s Spirit.

Marilou Reed

Prayer Stations List

Welcome Prayer

Lord, hear our prayer, just as you heard the voices of the faithful who first met on this site one Sunday morning in 1899. They sang, “I love to tell the story of Jesus and his love…” And for more than a century of growth and change, this Methodist congregation has shared and lived the story of your love. We lift our praise to you for all the saints who came before us, and for the thousands of faith journeys shaped here.

We praise and thank you Lord for bringing us through the most difficult year of many of our lives, through challenges and sorrow, uncertainty and change. The pandemic emptied the campus of nearly all activities and gatherings, and an unnatural stillness enveloped this place. And yet, you were here. You are faithful. We are back.

As we survey the church campus before us, we give thanks for those who have maintained these buildings and grounds, for those who sustained our ministries virtually, and for those who prepared for our return to on-site gatherings.

We pray for those individuals returning after such an extended absence, that any strangeness they feel will melt away in the warmth of your love and the faces of fellow Christ followers here.

We pray also for those visiting this campus for the first time. Open our eyes and hearts to the newcomer and the stranger. Nudge us to reach out with warm welcomes and guiding words at every opportunity. Let us remove any barriers, physical or emotional, that would block their path to you.

Order our steps, Lord. Guide us in this new beginning, to share in new ways the old, old story, of Jesus and his love.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Martha Chamberlain

Prayer Stations List

 

A Prayer for the Wesley Center

The gateway to our church and a place where students, volunteers, parents, and staff can grow in their faith as they continue their spiritual journey.

God, we pray that you would lay your hand over the Wesley Center. This building rejoices with the gleeful sounds of past, present, and future children learning your word. Almighty Creator, with your guidance students will continue to grow steadfast in their knowledge of your life and teaching. May the Holy Spirit fill the classrooms and halls with your love and truth.

Loving Father, please surround the children with peace and comfort as they return to our campus. May our students be blessed with the excitement of seeing familiar faces and reconnecting with their church friends. We pray that students feel afresh the wonder of God.

Oh Lord, we pray for the volunteers and staff who lead our children. Watch over them, guide them and deepen their knowledge and understanding of your word. Be their shield and sword so that they can do your good work.

Father, we also pray for the parents. Give them the strength they need to support their children and to model your love and grace. We pray that God would refresh and rejuvenate their energy so that they can encourage their children to grow into strong courageous Christians.

May Children’s Ministries be a place of hope, comfort, and love for all.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

Paula Meckley

Prayer Stations List

Sanctuary

Eternal God, the call to resume worship in this sanctuary brings to mind the first words of Psalm 122, which are displayed near the sanctuary entrance: “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.’ ” We are glad once again to go into this house of the Lord!

We are grateful for the opportunity to continue Sunday morning worship in this sanctuary.

We thank you for your real presence as we once again receive bread and cup in this space and kneel before your altar.

We ask your blessing upon the weddings, funerals, baptisms and vacation Bible school gatherings that will happen here again.

Keep us healthy, oh Lord, and make us responsible stewards of this sanctuary.

Guide us and lead us, your unworthy servants, as we continue the worship offered here for decades. Unite the prayers we offer with those of the saints who entrusted this space to us.

May the sermons that are preached, the songs that are sung, and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, oh Lord, our rock and our redeemer.

For this holy house, the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, forever and ever.

Amen.

Jim Lake

Prayer Stations List

Memorial Garden

Dear Lord, we are blessed by this Memorial Garden where all can find a place of solitude and peace.  Let us fondly remember all the Saints that have gone before us – parents, children, other family members, friends, mentors, and leaders of this congregation.  During this past year  the Memorial Garden has hosted celebrations of life, while at the same time celebrated new beginnings with baptisms around the fountain.  May this Garden continue to be a place of honor and remembrance for those who have gone before us and those who will come after us.  We are grateful for the persons who made the Memorial Garden a reality, the numerous individuals and the Altar Guild who lovingly maintain and care for this sacred place.

May we look to the future with excitement and anticipation of great things to come as we gather together once again.  Let us take time to be still in God’s presence, savor each moment, and find calm in a world of constant change — always knowing we can face uncertainty with perfect peace.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

Amen.

Karen Crawford

Prayer Stations List

Knox Hall and Coffee Shop

Loving God, we remember the days when we last gathered together in person with our beloved small groups to deepen our faith and expand our fellowship.

We remember when we walked together through the disciple’s path and made the decision to join the church community.

We remember the sweet aroma of coffee freshly brewing and the sounds of baristas at work as we enjoyed great conversation and connection together.

We are grateful we could still gather in small groups over virtual cups of coffee this past year, but now we pray to you for the future of these spaces; that we may be together, safely again soon in our small group communities and growing closer to each other and you, God, over a cup of coffee and welcoming smiles.

We pray for the small group leaders and new members who have yet to enjoy our spaces in person.

We pray for the volunteers at the Coffee Shop who long to connect with each other again, and to serve others each Sunday morning.

We pray for those who yearn for connection that we can open our arms to each other again soon.

We have each sacrificed so much the last year, and in that loss, we realized again the importance of connection, community, and small groups which are represented within the walls of Knox Hall and the Coffee Shop. We know you will continue to be with us Lord as we move closer to the opening of these spaces, and we pray for your loving guidance along the way. We will rejoice when the day comes to once again meet in person for coffee and conversation!

Amy Kerr Maguire

Prayer Stations List

Traditional Choir and Contemporary Music Rehearsal Rooms

Music has a way of connecting us to God and inspiring us to have a deeper relationship with our Creator and one another. We are grateful for these volunteers who learn, practice and make beautiful music together and then, offer it to the glory of God.

We are grateful that they help us in the congregation to make a joyful noise to God. In this last year, their ministry has not been easy on them. The very act of singing in church was considered “high risk” forcing these faithful volunteers to sing in isolation rather than in community. To see cameras instead of faces. To be recorded rather than “in real life.” But their faithfulness prevailed. This crisis just showed their creativity. Their music still ministered to us and showed us that even in isolation, we are not alone. As these volunteers return to these rehearsal rooms, please sanctify these spaces where they rehearse. Bless them as much as they have blessed us. Bless them to hear their voices soar—together—again.

Amen.

Lucretia Murphy

Prayer Stations List

Laurie Ray Memorial Chapel

Gracious God, thank you for the dawn of this new day and for the stone and mortar that we stand in front of.

This is the Chapel, the Laurie Ray Memorial Chapel.

This is sacred space. A small, intimate space that fills the heart with joy and peace.

This is sacred space. Rising over the altar is a great stained glass window that depicts a beckoning and welcoming Jesus.

This is sacred space. Worship services, held for several years, featured traditional hymns (“Blessed Assurance,” “In the Garden,”) with the tracker organ providing melody and harmony.

This is sacred space. The Apostle’s Creed was recited every Sunday morning. Communion—the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper—was offered at each worship service. (“Take and eat this in remembrance….” “Drink this in remembrance….”)

This is sacred space. The altar rail stands ready to support prayer and supplication.

This will be sacred space. For weddings, funerals, church conferences, covenant groups, Bible studies. For prayer and meditation.

The future calls, Almighty God, and the Chapel answers. Fill it with truth, hope, and grace. All glory is yours, now and forever.

Amen.

Susan Northcutt

Prayer Stations List

Ministry Offices

Spirit of the Living God, standing next to the Ministry Offices is a reminder of how many people are required to “make God’s love real” in a large congregation. We pray especially for the senior pastor and administrative staff that labor to provide the many activities that surround worship including Sunday School and small group encounters. We pray for blessings on those of the staff that perform such essential services as the Sunday tech team and other IT activities that occur out of sight. We give thanks for how technology has allowed the message of Hyde Park United Methodist to spread far beyond this congregation and Tampa to cities and states far away.

We pray especially for those of the clerical staff who labor largely unseen but whose important work with communication, calendar organization, and accounting assures the smooth operation of this complex enterprise. For those graphic designers and writers, we give praise for the weekly communications presented in colorful electronic format as well as Sunday service bulletins.

Throughout this most disruptive year, we give thanks for the many ways the electronic medium has facilitated regular worship services as well as many small groups engaged in a variety of caring ministries from Bible study and The Portico discussion groups to online caregiving to families struggling with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

Oh God, we long to return to supporting the multiple Caring and Missional Ministries such as healing prayer, Mission Smiles dental service, Dunbar Elementary, mission trips and so many more. Empower us your servants to reengage these many activities with enthusiasm and love. May we be mindful of the body of Christ that this church represents and how so many are bound together in a single mission. Be our guiding light.

Amen.

John Dormois and Joanie Mellen

Prayer Stations List

Harnish Activities Center

Lord God of irrepressible life and love,

We honor and thank you for the legacy of worship, service and love that the Harnish Activities Center represents in our hearts and on our campus. So much has knit us together as your people here in this place. We remember the warmth of fellowship meals, small group studies, the Open Arms Ministry, Bible school activities, mission programs, youth events, and church services during the Sanctuary renovation. We remember the laughter of children and youth, the hugs of friends, old and new, and all of the volunteers, ministers and staff who have served so tirelessly through the years in this special place, helping to help make your love real to all who entered.

Now, as the doors of the Harnish Activities Center swing open to welcome our return, we ask your blessing on all the new life, ministry and worship that will take place here. Soon, our contemporary worship service with its energizing, joyful music of praise will  make its home here also, no longer tethered to a traditional space, set free to soar and reach new generations with your love and hope as our  congregation already devoted to this service welcomes them.  As we add this service to ongoing activities, we re-consecrate this space, we rededicate it to you, Lord.

We ask for your continued guidance and grace. We seek to include and welcome into our church family a greater diversity of brothers and sisters in Christ and, also, an emerging, young, “come as you are” population of those who may never have attended church before. Please gift our congregation, Lord, with the courage to change and grow enthusiastically in your name. Your imagination and love are vast and vivid. We know you have plans for us even beyond our dreams. May they be so!

We love and praise you, asking for your blessings as we press forward, strengthened by the common bonds of the past and excited for the future.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

 Jennifer Houdeshell

Prayer Stations List

Open Arms Ministry

Dear Holy God,

We look to You for truth and guidance, to bestow humility in direction and confidence in our actions as a church in facing change. We pray to you for each and every area of ministry, the use of resources, the dedication and commitment of servants and those we serve in your name. May your will be done. May the grounds of the church be sanctified. We ask that you protect your church from spiritual attack as a whole and as individuals, so that we may have hope in light of renewal and unity in service to You. We ask you to help us deal with each other in a spirit of understanding and compassion in facing the inevitable challenges that change brings.

We pray specifically for the Open Arms Ministry and the simple vision and passion that Dorothy Lieving had that grew into so much more in terms of service to the poor in the immediate community over the years. May the answers always be made clear and simple though the inspiration of your Spirit.

We love and adore you, Lord, for the faith that lies in our hearts. While never perfected, it has been affirmed by your grace. May we not be fearful, greedy, selfish, or exclusive in our service to you and others as a church. May we live and work amongst and with each other in the community, as different as we all may be, without breaking apart, without mistreatment, rather with respect and acceptance of each other as human beings, unique and individual, flawed and imperfect, but every one of us created in God’s image and worthy of Your love.

It is in the precious name of Jesus these things we pray. Amen

Maria Colfer “The Bike Lady”

Prayer Stations List

Magnolia Building and Youth Ministries

In this building, instill a calling in each youth to want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. A place where they can come, be who they are and never be judged. A place where they respect themselves and one another. A place where kindness and love are spread. A place where all are welcome and know they are valued. Let each child shine and illuminate each other with their light.

When they are feeling stressed, teach them to let your calm wash over them and they will be comforted. When they are feeling anxious, quiet their minds long enough for them to hear your voice and feel your presence.

Praise the Merge Youth Ministries volunteers for their strength, courage, and willingness to share your teachings so that our youth will learn the ways of you. Open their hearts and eyes so they see they are doing the work which you have called them to do.

For the staff members who have dedicated their lives to teaching children and connecting them to you, we are forever grateful. It is through you that they are able to support our youth and strengthen their faith.

Children are the magic that is woven throughout our congregation. It is such a gift to have a relationship with them through you. Let us recognize it, cherish it, and never take it for granted.

Lord, walk with them from the moment they enter the Magnolia Building as sixth graders and every time after until they are graduating seniors. Let this be a constant in their life; a sanctuary where they create a bond to you that lasts the rest of their lives.

Lisa Metheny

Prayer Stations List

Prayers for our Future: DeLeon Block

“Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; Whoever is discerning, let him know them For the ways of the LORD are right, And the righteous will walk in them, But transgressors will stumble in them.” Hosea 14:9

In this and every season, we pray for your perfect will to enter our hearts, to govern our judgment, and to move our feet. If, in discernment, your words somehow become unclear to us, steady our path; rekindle in us a childlike, obedient spirit; set aflame our spirit. While our congregation responds to the abundant needs of today, help us, oh God, to prepare this place for the fierce urgencies of tomorrow. Help us to bolster the weight of a changing, rapidly expanding urban core desperate for your light. We know not what the future will hold, but we thank you for being the same yesterday, today and forever.

God, we are humbled to be the trustees of your promise. And when the day comes to activate this new space and to make good on your word, we will dedicate it back to you so that all others will see the outward demonstration of our love.

We give thanks for the blessing of this property and for its future use that it might be a blessing to all.

Amen.

Nicholas Collins Glover

Prayer Stations List

You’ve Gotta See This!

You’ve Gotta See This!

Dear Easter People,

Back in 1993, while walking through Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg, I saw my first Magic Eye 3D image. Or at least I tried to see it.

In case you’d never heard of them, Magic Eye 3D images are computer-generated pictures that on the surface, appear to be little more than colorful repeating patterns of lines and shapes. But if you stare at them long enough in a certain way, you begin to see an amazing, three-dimensional image pop out of the picture.

There was a display of them in the center of the mall that day, surrounded by a crowd of mallgoers who were captivated by them. After figuring out how to see them, I steadily moved from picture to picture, in awe of each one.

I was with a friend of mine who couldn’t figure out how to see it.

So, I did my best to explain it to them. “Okay. First you stand about three feet away from the image. Then stare into the middle of the picture, letting your eyes cross. Just a bit. Not too much. Then, let the picture get a bit fuzzy, see, so that you don’t focus on the shapes. Don’t focus on the shapes! Eventually, you’ll see patterns hidden in the shapes. And try not to blink, or you’ll lose concentration, and don’t focus on the glare in the glass, or your reflection. And whatever you do, just relax!”

Despite my yammering (or, perhaps, because of it), my friend still didn’t get it.

“Oh, just keep trying!” I exclaimed, “You’ve gotta see this!”

To which my friend, now more disgruntled with me than with their inability to see the image, responded sternly: “I don’t … gotta … do anything.”

I deserved that.

DOUBTING THOMAS

I imagine that a similar scene unfolded soon after the resurrected Jesus had appeared to all the remaining disciples except for Thomas. They must have peppered him for a full week. “C’mon, Thomas! We saw it with our own eyes! You’ll have to believe us! And you can believe it, too.”

“You’ve gotta see this!”

If we’re honest, there is a bit of Thomas in each of us. There is much about the Christian faith that we don’t understand, can’t figure out, and find hard to believe. But as we will discover this Sunday, when we begin a new worship series titled “A New Creation,” Jesus meets us right where we are. Jesus meets us at the point of our doubts and skepticism, and offers a personal, intimate experience of the resurrection for ourselves.

See you Sunday, online or indoors!

(Oh, and did you figure out the 3D image in the headline graphic? Let me know!)

Grace and peace,

Magrey

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

POP-UP VACCINATION SITE
We received this message from Mayor Jane Castor, who attends our church, and she has asked us to share it with our congregation. It is regarding a pop-up vaccination site in the city this Sunday: “There will be a pop-up vaccination site at 702 S Albany this Sunday. It will distribute 400 Johnson & Johnson vaccines to persons 18 and older. It will begin at 10am until all the vaccine has been distributed.” For more information, visit our website.

COMMUNION THIS SUNDAY
We will be observing Communion as part of our return to indoor worship at 9:30 a.m. this Sunday. We will also be sharing Communion during our online services, so you can choose to have bread or crackers and grape juice or wine in front of you. If you wish, you can also drive to the campus after the 11 a.m. service for drive-through Communion.

PrimeTimers Garden Fest April 21

PrimeTimers Garden Fest April 21

Whether you have had a lifelong love of gardening or have never grown much of anything, a container garden could be in your future! That’s right … If “April showers bring May flowers,” then it’s time to don your gardening gloves!

Our next PrimeTimers event will have us ‘playing in the dirt’ (okay a little topsoil,) as we create a simple container garden to take home. The cost is $15 for the supplies.

We will gather on at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 21 under the Ministry Tent at Hyde Park. Everyone should bring their own lunch, but we will provide a dessert.

Please RSVP by Thursday, April 15

Gardening is great exercise. It has been proven to relieve stress and improve healing, and … our container gardens will reward us with some beautiful flowers.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We really hope you will join us on the April 21 … and bring a friend.

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