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.


PrimeTimers Look for a Wee Bit of Leprechaun Magic

PrimeTimers Look for a Wee Bit of Leprechaun Magic

Our PrimeTimers will be hunting for four-leaf clovers or some other lucky charms under the Ministry Tent on St. Patrick’s Day,  at noon, Wednesday, March 17.

Our own Patrick Hannon will be regaling us with pictures and stories of Ireland, as we learn some of the legends behind St. Patrick’s Day.

Join us for a Traditional Irish MealCorned Beef and Cabbage from Molly Malone’s, with an Apple Surprise for dessert for $8.00 per person.

Note: If you don’t like corned beef and cabbage – please bring your own lunch and we’ll have plenty of dessert to share with you!

Hurry! RSVP by Friday, March 12

PrimeTimers’ Questionaire Game Show

Join our PrimeTimers at 2:30 p.m. Thursday Jan. 28 on ZOOM for an enjoyable bit of entertainment. Dennis Blackburn will be our host for “The PrimeTimers’ Questionnaire” (a Stephen Colbert-type set of “15 Questions”). Dennis’ crew for this event includes Deanne Blackburn, Bette and Dave Whitley.

We will have a few seconds to answer each question … and it will surely be a fun way to get to know each other better (as we laugh together).

Please mark your calendars now for 2:30 p.m. Jan 28. Email Sally Campbell Evans with questions or to RSVP. The ZOOM link will be sent to you as the event nears.

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. RSVP for Your Passport (Zoom Credentials)

Want to learn more about the PrimeTimers group? Learn more here.

PrimeTimers Host “Trivia – Hyde Park Style”

What is the most popular drink in the world that does not have alcohol? How many players are there on a baseball team? Which of the planets is closest to the sun? Learn the answers to these questions and more during an exciting afternoon of trivia at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26 That’s right, the PrimeTimers are doing “Trivia – Hyde Park Style” and we really hope you’ll join us.

It’s true … games are essential for keeping our minds engaged and brain exercises jog the memory, but I miss seeing you all and think it will be fun to try to stump each other with our prowess. We will be broken up into teams which will work together to answer general knowledge, pop culture and maybe a few Bible trivia questions. This activity is open to everyone, so it’s a great time to invite a friend to join the PrimeTimers.

This gathering is especially for those folks who have a knack for remembering those ‘seemingly unimportant facts’ of life! So, come show us what you know.


Hidden Treasures & Stories Shared

Hidden Treasures & Stories Shared

Do you remember show-and-tell? It was fun, right? The truth is it was an opportunity for you to share something meaningful with your classmates. And the good news NOW … is that it is a great opportunity for us to connect and share some of the stories of our lives.
I don’t know about you, but I have some fond memories that were created during my kindergarten show-and-tell time. I would spend hours thinking about what I would bring and how I would describe it to my 5-year-old classmates.
It was a very serious decision for this kindergartner … and now, I look around my home and see objects that remind me of special times in my life. So, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, our PrimeTimers are going to do just that – have a Virtual Show-and-Tell. Here is some information to get you inspired:

  • You have ten days to look around your home for one special object.  (*If you no longer have the object, show us a picture of it, if you can.)
  •  When you know what you want to share, consider WHY this item is significant for you.
  • Think about how you would tell us the story in five minutes or less.

Does the item make you think about other people? If so, who? 
Does it make you think about a time long ago or a sometime more recent?  What would you want us to know about this item?
I can’t wait to hear some of your stories and see some of your treasures! Plan to join us on ZOOM on Wednesday, July 29.
Please RSVP and let us know what your object is as soon as you choose one, but definitely by next Sunday, July 26, as we are creating a program.
Remember, the stuff we keep says something about ourselves, and Show and Tell for Grown-ups is a fun and safe place for us to share these stories.  

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