End-of-Year Giving for 2020

As a reminder, all gifts must be postmarked to the church, dropped off at the Ministry Offices (please wear a mask), or given online here by Thursday, Dec. 31 in order to count for this year.

Starting tomorrow, Monday, Dec. 28, our Comptroller Lynn Osborne and Church Business Administrator Meagan Kempton will be on hand through Thursday, Dec. 31 to assist you in any way, including gifts such as stock transfers.

New Light into the Dark Chambers

New Light into the Dark Chambers

Christmas Eve, 2020

Dear Hyde Park Family,

(Outdoor candle lighting has been canceled Christmas Eve, due to forecast stormy weather; full Christmas Eve schedule of services is here. Please see more at the end of today’s message.)

From a Sermon on Christmas Eve
by Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Preached on Dec. 24, 1967, at Ebenezer Baptist Church)

This Christmas season finds us a rather bewildered human race. We have neither peace within nor peace without. Everywhere paralyzing fears harrow people by day and haunt them by night. Our world is sick with war; everywhere we turn we see its ominous possibilities. And yet, my friends, the Christmas hope for peace and good will toward all men can no longer be dismissed as a kind of pious dream of some utopian. If we don’t have good will toward men in this world, we will destroy ourselves by the misuse of our own instruments and our own power…

I have a dream that one day men will rise up and come to see that they are made to live together as brothers.

I still have a dream this morning that one day every Negro in this country, every colored person in the world, will be judged on the basis of the content of his character rather than the color of his skin, and every man will respect the dignity and worth of human personality.

I still have a dream that one day the idle industries of Appalachia will be revitalized, and the empty stomachs of Mississippi will be filled, and brotherhood will be more than a few words at the end of a prayer, but rather the first order of business on every legislative agenda.

I still have a dream today that one day justice will roll down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I still have a dream today that in all of our state houses and city halls men will be elected to go there who will do justly and love mercy and walk humbly with their God.

I still have a dream today that one day war will come to an end, that men will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks, that nations will no longer rise up against nations, neither will they study war anymore.

I still have a dream today that one day the lamb and the lion will lie down together, and every man will sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid.

I still have a dream today that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill will be made low, the rough places will be made smooth and the crooked places straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

I still have a dream that with this faith we will be able to adjourn the councils of despair and bring new light into the dark chambers of pessimism. With this faith we will be able to speed up the day when there will be peace on earth and good will toward men. It will be a glorious day, the morning stars will sing together, and the sons of God will shout for joy.

On behalf of the staff and lay leadership of Hyde Park United Methodist, I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Let us move into 2021 with a renewed commitment to “bring new light into the dark chambers of pessimism,” and work together to fulfill God’s vision for the world.

Hope, Peace, Joy and Love,


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

For the full schedule of our online Christmas Eve services, visit our website. Unfortunately, due to anticipated inclement weather on Thursday evening, we will not be conducting our Candle Lighting Ceremonies on either campus.

THIS SUNDAY: Amen! Hallelujah!
Join us this Sunday as we conclude our amazing year-long journey through the Bible with Revelation, a book that gives us encouragement and hope for the present day. On Jan. 3, we will welcome the new year and share in a grand celebration of all we have experienced as part of The Bible Project 2020. A schedule of online and outdoor tent services is on our website.

The Midweek Message will take a brief break and will resume in early January.

Drive-Through Nativity Gallery

Drive-Through Nativity Gallery

In case you weren’t one of the hundreds of people who visited our Hyde Park location on Dec. 18 and 19, here are some images of our first-ever Drive-Through Nativity. Reports are that cars were backed up to Platt Street on the north and Bayshore Boulevard to the south. Our sincere thanks to the many volunteers, including our Children’s and Youth Ministries, who contributed many hours to make this vision a reality.
Dunbar Book Drive — 2021

Dunbar Book Drive — 2021

This year, our annual Book Drive has gone virtual. Dunbar Elementary Magnet School has arranged with Follett Book Company to hold an online Book Fair, providing a way for you and your family to donate books to the students, teachers and the media center of Dunbar.

Books can be selected and purchased on Follett’s website, and they will be shipped directly to the school. Profits from the Book Fair will provide additional books for Dunbar’s Media Center. Teachers and students will have wish lists available or you can choose books of your liking. Some choices were made prior to students and teachers leaving for Winter Break. More will be made when they return to their classrooms.

To get started, click the image below or this link. You will be directed to Follett’s Book eFair. A screen shot of their website appears below.


Once your browser opens the Follett Book eFair page, point at the icon with the four stars and four lines in the top left corner. (The red arrow identifies the location.) When the menu expands, click “View Wish Lists.” Hyde Park’s Wish List will show below the banner. Images of books will appear on the Wish List. Click on the one you want to purchase and the image will turn over, revealing a brief description of the story. Click the “Add to Cart” button to select the book. With your first selection, a dialogue box will pop up to ask your name so Dunbar knows who donated the books. Once you are done shopping, click the cart icon in the top right corner to check out and pay. Books will be delivered directly to Dunbar.

Questions? Contact Kathy Avant, ministry liaison, by email.

Poinsettia Memorials

Poinsettia Memorials

In Honor Of…

Randy & Heidi Colbeck ~ Gene Mueller
Lauren Cury ~ Bernie & Cindy Lieving, Jim & Anne Cloar
Shirley and Kai deHart ~ Mary Becraft
The Dinsmore family ~ Ken & Martha Tobiassen
Sara Katherine Henderson & Margo Ennis ~ Fay & Henry Ennis
Grams ~ Andrea Roshaven
Grams ~ Liam Roshaven
Grams ~ Michael Roshaven
Grams ~ Samual Roshaven
Betty & George Hardy IV ~ Charlotte Lehnherr
Betty & George Hardy IV ~ Marilou Reed
Betty & George Hardy IV ~ Our Pastoral Staff
Nina Hendry ~ Faith Builders class
Ron & Laura Ann Hunter ~ Michele, Doug
Ron & Laura Ann Hunter ~ Stacy
Ron & Laura Ann Hunter ~ Suzann
The Bruce Johnson family ~ Margery Warren
The Bruce Johnson family ~ Sandra Jiminez


The Massing family ~ Don Billings
The Massing family ~ Merylyn Hogue
The Massing family ~ Virginia Massing
Jack & Carolyn McMullen ~ All healthcare workers
Jack & Carolyn McMullen ~ First Responders fighting coronavirus
Kay Murphy ~ Grace Brill
Kay Murphy ~ Lilly Brill
Chris Reiner & Kathleen Kilbride ~ Aiden
Chris Reiner & Kathleen Kilbride ~ Ellery
Chris Reiner & Kathleen Kilbride ~ Greyson
Chris Reiner & Kathleen Kilbride ~ Zadie
Brian Scott ~ Judy & George Scott
Brian, Judy & George Scott ~ Charles & Bo Drake
The Sundar family ~ To the glory of God
Debbie Thomas ~ Margaret Davis
John & Judie Thomas ~ Faith Builders small group
John & Judie Thomas ~ Ministers and Staff
Bruce and Cindy Tigert ~ Mae Adair
Mike & Billie Trocke ~ Church Staff


In Memory Of…

The Andrews family ~ Charlie Hill
The Andrews family ~ Martha Andrews
Jeanie & Greg Barnes ~ Marvin & Mary Keislar
Linda Beavers ~ Emmett & Jean Beavers
Linda Beavers ~ Steven R. Rubin
Mark & Courtney Buell ~ Bonnie Corrall
Mark & Courtney Buell ~ Dolly Robson
Mark & Courtney Buell ~ George Gage
Mark & Courtney Buell ~ Harold & Jeane Buell
Mark & Courtney Buell ~ Linda Cammack
Mark & Courtney Buell ~ Warren & Mary Ellen Rendall
Pam & Rusty Carpenter ~ Our Parents
Randy & Heidi Colbeck ~ Lorraine Colbeck
Tina Ann Dampf & Pietro Monfreda ~ Anna Dampf
Tina Ann Dampf & Pietro Monfreda ~ George Dampf
Tina Ann Dampf & Pietro Monfreda ~ Lillian Heinsohn
Tina Ann Dampf & Pietro Monfreda ~ Margaret Dampf
Shirley and Kai deHart ~ E. M. Becraft
The Family ~ Al & Betty Dickman
The Dinsmore family ~ Bob & Helene Dinsmore
Sara Katherine Henderson & Margo Ennis ~ Sara & Bob Adams
Susan Gage ~ George Gage
Jim & Celia Ferman ~ Jim & Martha Ferman
Jim & Celia Ferman ~ Ralph & Lollie Davis
The Harcrow Family ~ Duane Bergstrom
The Harcrow Family ~ Ethna Bergstrom
Beth Hardy, Roger Fischer & Ben Fischer ~ Nancy Gurnett Hardy
Beth Hardy, Roger Fischer & Ben Fischer ~ Virginia Vance
Betty & George Hardy IV ~ Henrietta & George Hardy III
Betty & George Hardy IV ~ Jim & Florence Eaton
Betty & George Hardy IV ~ Miscal & James Hathcock
Nina Hendry ~ Harold Henry
The Holcomb family   Ryan Holcomb, Larry Limmel, Lauren Limmel Goldston & Bob Collinsworth
Ron & Laura Ann Hunter ~ Clinton
Ron & Laura Ann Hunter ~ Dolly
Ron & Laura Ann Hunter ~ Doug
Ron & Laura Ann Hunter ~ Eleanor
Ron & Laura Ann Hunter ~ Joyce
Ron & Laura Ann Hunter ~ Mary
Ron & Laura Ann Hunter ~ Sig
The Bruce Johnson family ~ Johnny & Dotty Johnson
The Bruce Johnson family ~ Robert Warren
Bernie & Cindy Lieving ~ Dorothy Lieving
Bernie & Cindy Lieving ~ Tim Totten
The Massing family ~ Joe Massing
The Massing family ~ Steffie Billings
Kay Murphy ~ Dan Murphy
Diane H. North ~ Frank Randolph North Sr.
Shirley Pridgen ~ George Winn
Shirley Pridgen ~ Jack Pridgen
Brian, Judy & George Scott ~ Lucille & Roger Scott
The Scott-Heuttel family ~ Betty & Murray Scott
The Scott-Heuttel family ~ Nancy & Al Heuttel
The Scott-Heuttel family ~ Steve Heuttel
Don & Cheryl Smith ~ Brian Lee Smith, Donald A. Smith Sr
Don & Cheryl Smith ~ Curtis Larmon, Eleanor Smith
Debbie Thomas ~ Charlie Davis, Jim Thomas
Bruce and Cindy Tigert ~ Connie Adair
Bruce and Cindy Tigert ~ Harold “Red” Adair
Bruce and Cindy Tigert ~ Hattie Mae & Fred Gates
Bruce and Cindy Tigert ~ Ruthann & Bob Tigert
The Trehan family ~ Jewel Fulghum
The Trehan family ~ Robert G. Bruce Jr
The Trehan family ~ Roy Fulghum
Barbara & Larry Tucker ~ Richard & Mabel Warren
Barbara & Larry Tucker   Wilson & Grace Tucker
Nancy Winn   George C. Winn, Bill Rakita
Nancy Winn   William and Martha Rakita


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