Cold Weather Shelters

Hyde Park United Methodist is part of a network of shelters that provide warm, secure space for those experiencing homelessness. The program is administered by Hillsborough County government, which monitors weather conditions and issues an alert when the weather forecast shows temperatures will drop below 40°F. Once that notice is issued, our team of volunteers mobilize to setup and open the shelter.

Email Don Aiken, church liaison, for more information or to volunteer.

News from Missionaries Pat and Melenda Edmiston

News from Missionaries Pat and Melenda Edmiston

Pat and Melenda Edmiston are missionaries with Wycliffe – Partners in Bible Translation, a nondenominational mission organization dedicated to translating the Scriptures and teaching people to read and write in their own language. Pat and Melenda serve in the country of Papua New Guinea (PNG). Here’s an excerpt from their latest newsletter:

In Challenging Times Like These

Southeast Asia

As you can imagine, I cannot travel and yet I am giving my input as a Bible Consultant to meet the needs of translators waiting for their completed scriptures to be approved for publishing. Thankfully, because of the worldwide internet, I am involved in a translation project in Southeast Asia. They have published their New Testament and are beginning to work on the Old Testament now. We are working through their translation of Genesis at 8:00 AM their time (9:30 PM, my time). We connect up through Zoom and discuss any questions I have or problems I may have detected in their translation. They are a very capable group and we have completed the first 14 chapters. Pray that we continue to make good progress and have good communication.

To keep reading, click here.

Doretha Edgecomb and Margaret Palmer Honored

Two long-time members of Hyde Park United Methodist were recently honored for their contributions to our local community.

Doretha Edgecomb

On Monday August 31st the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County hosted the Virtual Grand Opening of the Doretha Wynn Edgecomb Children’s Board Family Resource Center in Temple Terrace. Doretha Wynn Edgecomb is a legendary Educator of Hillsborough County’s children, former Board Chair with Hillsborough County Public Schools and former Board Chair with the Children’s Board. Over 100 of Ms. Edgecomb’s family members, friends, colleagues and classmates from all over the Country logged on to the Zoom Webinar to thank her for the countless years of service she provided to children and families in Hillsborough County.

In case you missed the Virtual Grand Opening of our newest Family Resource Center. Please watch the video highlighting the services offered at the center and the contributions that Doretha Edgecomb has made in our community.

– Children’s Board of Hillsborough County eNewsletter, September 2020

Margaret Palmer

On July 21, Margaret Palmer was awarded the Tampa Breakfast Sertoma Club’s 2020 / 2021 Service to Mankind Award for her work with Hillsborough House of Hope. Margaret was instrumental in creating this shelter to support “women transitioning out of correctional institutions and seeking positive reinforcement that aids in their personal, social and professional rehabilitation.” Learn more of Margaret’s story

We give thanks to God for the inspiration these two women have been in Making God’s Love Real in our community. Their efforts made a difference in the lives of many people.

PrimeTimers’ Next Stop – Geneva!

PrimeTimers’ Next Stop – Geneva!

After our successful virtual trip to Vienna, Austria, our PrimeTimers adult group is ready for a new adventure! Join them for our next destination – Geneva and Busswil, Switzerland!

Our guide, Ueli Burkhalter, has been a pastor in Busswil, Switzerland for over 30 years and he is his denomination’s representative to the World Council of Churches, which is housed in Geneva. He’s also a friend and colleague of the Rev. Sally Campbell-Evans. The World Council of Churches is a worldwide fellowship of churches seeking unity, a common witness and Christian service.

Ueli is going to show us around his parish, as well as introduce us to the work of the World Council of Churches, spending some time reflecting on the issue of ‘water’ as a basic human right… and the source of life.

Grab your passport, and join us as we learn how other faithful Christians share the Good News across the globe. Join us at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 for a quick trip with no jet lag! Feel free to invite your friends.

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End Hunger Virtual Event With St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

End Hunger Virtual Event With St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

9 a.m. – Noon, Oct. 1
This nationwide virtual event on Ending Hunger is designed to 1) reframe lack of access to adequate and affordable food in ways which lead to understanding the actual root causes, and 2) equip participants with tools to design community-based food systems through an asset-based approach to utilize land, organize communities and advancing food and economic sovereignty.

The Oct. 1 virtual event is followed by four subsequent workshops Oct. 8-29 on the nuts and bolts of starting community-based micro-farms and building a network of communities. This event is sponsored by Bread for the World, Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

Please register by Sept. 28.

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