It is our deepest pleasure to walk with you through the Step Into This Story journey. We hope you have been blessed by the inspirational messages shared in our worship services, including personal giving stories from Jeanette Hordge-Smith and Karen Crawford.
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.
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
CHRISTMAS EVE AT HYDE PARK
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.
MIDWEEK MESSAGE TO RESUME IN JANUARY
The Midweek Message will take a brief break and will resume in early January.
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.
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|
|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|