Celebrate Easter With Us

Celebrate Easter with us! Join our uplifting Easter service filled with joy, hope, and inspiring messages. Bring your family and friends to share in the resurrection joy. Easter at Hyde Park United Methodist is a time of reflection, renewal, and community. We look forward to welcoming you for a meaningful and memorable Easter celebration!

Thursday, Mar. 28.

12 p.m. Online (On Demand)

12:15 p.m. The Portico

7 p.m. Harnish Center with Communion.

7 p.m. Online live hosted with Communion.

Friday, Mar. 29.

12 p.m. Online Service (On Demand)

12:15 p.m. The Portico

7 p.m. Hyde Park Sanctuary, Tenebrae Service

7 p.m. Online Service (Live Hosted)

Sunday, Mar. 31.

6:30 a.m. Water Works Park

9:30 a.m. Contemporary & Traditional

11 a.m. Contemporary & Traditional

Hospitality Heroes

Spread joy, warmth, and welcome this Easter. Volunteer to make a difference in our community. Sign up now and be a part of creating a memorable Easter experience for all! 

Easter Lilies

Lilies will be on sale in the courtyard on March, 10, 17, & 24. Lilies are $10 each and can be purchased virtually here.

Habitat for Humanity Build Days

7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Every third Saturday Feb-April. Seeking around 10-12 volunteers each Saturday. Age Minimum is 16 years old. No experience required, just helping hands and positive attitudes! Sign up here.

Point in Time Homeless Count

Thursday, February 22. Hundreds of volunteers canvass the streets, alleys, and wooded areas to locate, count, and survey individuals and families experiencing literally homelessness. Learn more here.

Justice and HOPE Network Teams Dinner

6-8 p.m. March 5. All Justice Team members or interested are invited. Please RSVP. We will eat, prepare to have 80 people attend the HOPE Nehemiah Action in April, and move ahead some of the justice work in affordable housing, fines and fees, care for creation, and criminal justice. RSVP here.

Produce Packout

Saturday, March 9. The Society of St. Andrew and the South East Produce Council salvage over 45,000 pounds of fresh produce for distribution to food pantries and agencies in Central Florida. Volunteers are needed to pack and load produce for people in need in our community. Learn more and sign up here.

Lenten Bible Study

Starting Tuesday, Feb. 20 or Wednesday, Feb. 21. Be challenged and inspired in this 5 week study. Enter into the experience of Jesus in his final days. Connect many of your own emotions, from despair to surprise and joy, with what the disciples felt. Includes weekly discussion, video and the book “The Third Day”, by the Rev. Tom Berlin. Learn more and register here.

Digital Empowerment Workshop

10:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays. Starting Feb. 26. – Knox Hall Room 150. Empower yourself online! Join our FREE 4-week workshop to discover the positive impact social media could have on your life. Learn more and sign up here.

Lenten Organ Recitals

12:15 P.M., Every Wednesday of Lent starting Feb. 21 – Sanctuary. Join us for a short recital featuring organ music by our staff and area organists. The programs will be varied and will include both contemplative Lenten music and joyous Easter music. 

HOPE Nehemiah Action 2024

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16. Across faith traditions, scripture emphasizes abundance, love, hope, promise, and community. We view advocating for justice as integral to our faith identity. Together, individuals from diverse faith backgrounds take direct action to hold decision-makers accountable on issues affecting their communities, supporting each other in this shared pursuit of justice. Learn more here.

Vacation Bible School

June 24–28. Dive Below the Surface to Build a Strong Faith! Registration for church families begins March 4 and for general community begins March 11. Learn more here.

Merge Summer Mission Trip

July 14-19. Join us for an impactful opportunity to serve a small-town community nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains! Rising 9th grader through graduating 12th grader are invited to participate in what promises to be a transformative experience. Learn more here.

Savior: What the Bible Says About the Cross

by: Magrey deVega

In Savior: What the Bible Says About the Cross, Magrey deVega faithfully describes the need for reconciliation between humankind and a holy God through Jesus’ death on the cross.

The Third Day: Living the Resurrection

by: Tom Berlin

In The Third Day: Living the Resurrection, Tom Berlin uses his gifts of storytelling and understanding the Scriptures to connect the reader to the experiences of several individuals around Jesus in his final days, focusing on new life and redemption rather than loss.

Easter is one of our busiest days of the year, we are so excited to welcome many new faces to our church. In anticipation for the additional guests, we have partnered with a few of the local businesses to acquire more parking. As usual, we ask that you leave the spots closest to the building for people with mobility issues and guests. Click here to download a map detailing all the options for parking on Easter.

Digital Empowerment Workshop

10:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays. Starting Feb. 26. – Knox Hall Room 150. Empower yourself online! Join our FREE 4-week workshop to discover the positive impact social media could have on your life. In this beginner course, we will discuss topics such as: connecting and engaging online, digital discipleship, and preventative measures against scammers. All you need is a smartphone and a desire to learn!

This workshop will be led by our Communications Specialist, Savanna Beasley. She will be offering a brief presentation and a hands-on Q&A. This workshop is designed to provide a judgment-free space for you to seek guidance in your social media journey.

Amplify Media for Hyde Park

We want to help you grow in faith wherever you are! 

With Amplify Media, you you will have instant access to thousands of great videos for adults, youth and kids, including many of the Rev. Magrey deVega’s video studies. It’s essentially the “Netflix of Video Bible Studies” and is powered by our United Methodist Publishing House.

You are invited to create a free account, that can be accessed from your phone, tablet or computer. You can view them in a group setting through a TV or projector also.

Setup an Account or Login

Visit our Amplify Media Page and use Congregation Access Code KDLCSF to set up your own account.

 

Below are some video tutorials to help you use Amplify:

Get Involved This February

Get Involved This February

Monday, Feb. 5, The Portico. In 2023 alone, 109 people died on the streets of Hillsborough County without a place to live. Join us on February 5th as we remember each of the precious lives lost together through our annual homeless memorial service. Learn more here.

7:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. Seeking around 10-12 volunteers each Saturday. Age Minimum is 16 years old. No experience required, just helping hands and positive attitudes! Sign up here.

Thursday, February 22. Hundreds of volunteers canvass the streets, alleys, and wooded areas to locate, count, and survey individuals and families experiencing literally homelessness. Learn more and sign up here.

Sundays 10:45 a.m. -1:15 p.m. This ministry serves breakfast to our guests each Sunday. Multiple opportunities are available throughout the week to gather food, prepare meals or interact with guests. Sign -up here to serve with Open Arms.

The Time Draws Near

Dear Hyde Park Family,

“The Birth of Christ”
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

The time draws near the birth of Christ;
The moon is hid–the night is still;
The Christmas bells from hill to hill
Answer each other in the mist.

Four voices of four hamlets round,
From far and near, on mead and moor,
Swell out and fail, as if a door
Were shut between me and the sound.

Each voice four changes on the wind,
That now dilate and now decrease,
Peace and good-will, good-will and peace,
Peace and good-will to all mankind.

Rise, happy morn! rise, holy morn!
Draw forth the cheerful day from night;
O Father! touch the east, and light
The light that shone when hope was born!

On behalf of the clergy, staff, and lay leadership of Hyde Park United Methodist, I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love,

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

Echo Cereal Drive

Cereal is luxury for struggling families. It is nutritious, fast and easy. This holiday season we have partnered with Echo, a non-profit organization that is working to bridge the gap between crisis and stability for families in the Tampa Bay area by offering resources like affordable housing and food banks. We hope to collect 1,000 boxes of cereal to aid families in our community. We will be accepting donations at the entrances of the worship centers every Sunday in December.

2023 Impact Report

2023 Impact Report

Stories of Impact

John’s Story

Elizabeth’s Story

Lorenzo’s Story

Joel’s Story

Justice Story

Blake’s Story

Student’s Story

Your investment enables the widespread sharing of God’s love and the life-giving message of Jesus in Tampa and worldwide.
Your investment ensures well-maintained, secure facilities for worship, study, support and life events.

Your investment nurtures disciples of all ages, supports older adults and those facing various challenges.

Your investment supports the financial needs of our Missions ministries and The Portico Campus Justice Ministries.

Your investment is used to pay debt on property purchases and renovations.

2023 Generosity Investment: $3,506,000

Mission Smiles Dental Clinic, Oct. 8

Mission Smiles partners with local churches and ministries to provide free dental clinics in various neighborhoods throughout Tampa Bay, bringing the hands of Jesus to those in need.

They provided this report of their visit on Oct. 8, 2023:

“The hands and feet of Jesus were demonstrated throughout the day. The spirit of God descended on this day and all were truly blessed.”
Mission Smiles served 21 guests and performed 10 extractions and 12 cleanings. The dollar value of dental services and volunteer hours provided to the community was $11,827 See the full report.

To learn more about Mission Smiles or to get involved, contact Missions.

Good and Faithful

September 14, 2023

Dear Hyde Park Family,

In case you missed worship last Sunday, we introduced our current fall series “Good and Faithful: Life Well Done.” It is a series that explores Christian character, based on a book by Dr. David Gushee titled: Introducing Christian Ethics: Core Convictions for Christians Today. Visit our website for resources that supplement the series each week, including a link to purchase this book.

I had not read a book on Christian Ethics since my seminary days, but I picked it up from a recommendation of a friend, and from the book’s reputation for addressing many controversial, polarizing topics of our day from a Christian perspective.

When I got to chapter 8 in the book, the part that explains five qualities that constitute the moral core for Christian people, I knew I had to explore these five ideas with you in this worship series:

1. Truthfulness. What does it mean to be a truthful person? And how do you hold on to truth in a time when there are such competing and contradictory notions of what is true? We will talk about that this week.

2. Sacredness. What does it mean to live as a sacred child of God, and see others as just as sacred? And how do we preserve the sacred dignity and worth of others, in a time we are just as prone to dehumanize each other? We will explore that theme on September 24.

3. Justice. What does it mean to be a just person? What do we mean by justice, in a world that has vastly different definitions of it, from retribution to redemption to reconciliation? We will explore that idea on World Communion Sunday, October 1.

4. Love. What does it mean to be a loving person? Given the wide spectrum of understandings of love, how can we agree on what it means to act in loving ways toward each other? That will be on October 8.

5. Forgiveness. We will round out our series on October 15 with maybe the hardest question of all: How can we be a forgiving people? Despite the harm that we have done to each other, how can we make forgiveness a central part of our character, and be agents of reconciliation in the world?

Truthfulness, Sacredness, Justice, Love, and Forgiveness. All five of these qualities are found throughout the teachings of Jesus, and together they form a composite sketch of how Jesus would define the virtues and the ethics of the Christian moral life.

And as I mentioned last week, each of the services will include stories, songs, and illustrations from famous musicals. (Last week’s in-person rendition of “Light of the World” from Godspell was a hoot!)

We look forward to what Broadway will bring us this Sunday! See you then!

Grace and Peace,

 
The Rev. Magrey deVega

Senior Pastor, Hyde Park United Methodist

 

CELEBRATE VICKI WALKER SEPTEMBER 24

The Rev. Vicki Walker has announced her departure from serving on staff at Hyde Park United Methodist. Read more here. Help us celebrate Vicki’s ministry at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24. Learn more here, including an invitation to contribute to a love gift for Vicki.

Living Theater

September 7, 2023

Dear Hyde Park Family,

“All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players;

They have their exits and their entrances;

And one man in his time plays many parts.”

(Shakespeare’s As You Like It)

One of the most joyful parts of living in a small town in Iowa from 2007 to 2015 was it gave me and my two daughters a chance to be involved in community theater. I’ll never forget how, within the first several months of our arrival, one of the directors stopped by my office and said:

“Magrey, we’ve always wanted to do a production of The King and I. Would you be interested in the role of King Mongkut? You wouldn’t even have to audition. And your daughters can play your children.”

Over time, we had roles in many other productions. I was the Ghost of Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol: The Musical (they even flew me on and off stage, much to the grunting chagrin of the stagehands), part of the ensemble in Les Miserables, a pirate in Peter Pan, and Gary Lejeune in the riotous Noises Off! (which involved a nightly pratfall down a flight of stairs. I still have the elbow and knee pads.)

People talk about “getting bitten by the theater bug,” and that certainly happened to me, Grace, and Maddy. Over time, we’ve seen countless productions here in Tampa, up on Broadway, and over in London’s West End. There is something powerful, even magical, about seeing performers on stage, rendering beautiful music and telling powerful stories.

A SPIRITUAL SPECTACLE

Early in my ministry, I heard former Florida Bishop Timothy Whitaker give an ordination sermon at Annual Conference, in which he unpacked 1 Corinthians 4:9. In it, Paul uses a word he uses nowhere else in the epistles:

“I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all … because we have become a spectacle to the world.”

Bishop Whitaker said that word “spectacle” is the Greek word “theatron,” which comes from the world of live theater. To be a “theatron” is to be used by God to showcase for the world the subversive, counter-cultural characteristics of the Christian life. To be humble instead of

haughty, and self-sacrificial instead of self-aggrandizing. Basically, it is to follow the example of Jesus, who established the role that we are to play.

He quoted the first century Greek philosopher Epictetus: “Regard yourself as an actor in a play … Your task is only to play well the part you have been given; the choosing of it belongs to someone else.” Epictetus taught that God chooses the role we are to play, and it is our task to perform it well.

GOOD AND FAITHFUL: LIFE WELL DONE

These ideas will come together for our new fall worship series that starts this Sunday, called, “Good and Faithful: Life Well Done,” which explores aspects of Christian character, ethics, and moral formation that God expects us to showcase as a “theatron” for the world.

Each week, we will connect these themes with stories and illustrations from well-known theatrical productions, including musical numbers as part of the sermon. It will be a way for me to share some of my reflections on my renewal leave last summer; I am very excited to explore it with you.

To keep up with book recommendations and theatrical references throughout the series, you can visit our website.

“Break a leg,” and see you Sunday!

Grace and Peace,

 
The Rev. Magrey deVega

Senior Pastor, Hyde Park United Methodist