Saying Goodbye to Emily Felgenhauer

Saying Goodbye to Emily Felgenhauer

Dear Hyde Park Family,

It is with a lot of love and gratitude that I share that God has called me to a new congregation in the Florida Conference. I will be starting at First United Methodist Church of Lakeland as their new Director of Youth Ministries on July 4, 2021. My last day at Hyde Park will be on Thursday, July 1, 2021.

It was at the end of May that God placed on my heart that he wanted to send me specifically to this congregation. I have been so blessed by Hyde Park and so many of you have not only become my friends but truly my family. God called me to Hyde Park in 2010, and I knew that I would be here for a long time walking, with so many of you through this journey of faith. Summarizing eleven years of ministry is so hard, but here is a snippet of our time together:

  • What was once known as UMYF (United Methodist Youth Fellowship) transformed into Merge Youth Ministries
  • I’ve worked with:
    • three senior pastors
    • four assistant youth directors
    • 16 summer interns
    • 50 (+) faithful volunteers
  • We’ve been on 14 different mission trip locations
  • 100s of youth have come through our program
  • Handful of pranks (given and received) LoL!
  • Several tears
  • A million laughs
  • Countless prayers
  • Gobs of genuine friendships made
  • An abundance of cherished memories together

You’ve made this woman feel very blessed to walk alongside your families during some difficult and critical stages of your teen’s lives. You’ve walked with me during celebrations and sadness along my journey too. This is what has sealed our bond together, and you will always have a friend and sister in Christ in me. I will be cheering your new Director of Youth Ministries when they are selected, and will be continuing to pray for your families, the youth program and Hyde Park United Methodist Church. I would really cherish your prayers for me as I transition to this new congregation and ministry at First Lakeland too.

There were so many photos during our eleven years together and it was hard for me to choose just a few. I selected 10 photos, not one for every year, however these represent my time here at Hyde Park. Enjoy going down memory lane with me and thank you again for loving and supporting me along the way.



Walk With Jesus Celebration!

Walk With Jesus Celebration!

Walk With Jesus was an event that took place on Palm Sunday.


At this Holy Week Experience, the whole family was able to journey through the events of Holy Week, starting with Palm Sunday and ending with Easter morning, through hands on, family friendly, sensory stations.


Here’s a look at what families experienced.

















Lent Kit Pickup

Lent Kit Pickup


Journey through Lent with a Family Lent Kit from Children’s Ministries.


After the Ash Wednesday service online, come to the Magnolia lot or The Portico Breezeway to pick up a  Family Lent Kit, an in-home resource to prioritize your faith and family this Lenten season.

Wednesday, Feb. 17

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  OR  7 – 8 p.m.


This is a walk-up pick up event. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.


We can’t wait to see you! Questions? Email Kristin

Merge Family Movie Night

Merge Family Movie Night

Join us for Merge Family Movie Night 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28 in the Magnolia Parking Lot. We’ll be watching the PG movie “BreakThrough” on our blow-up screen with speakers and a projector. This is a great opportunity to invite your friends and their families!

Families are encouraged to bring:

  • Your own lawn chairs
  • Your own dinner to have together as a family
  • Masks are required when not eating or drinking
  • Blankets if it gets cold

Questions? Please email Emily Felgenhauer, Director of Youth Ministries

Church at Home

Church at Home options are available for your family!


  • Worship together at home as a family with age appropriate Bible lessons and videos on our YouTube channel and with these Family Lessons. (Password is the old Wesley Center door code).



  • Stay informed with our weekly Family Enews (emailed on Wednesdays).



  • Use these resources to help navigate parenting in our current environment.


  • Receive text reminders from Children’s Ministries on REMIND app. Text @2021cmf to 81010 to opt in.




With these resources, you can participate in Children’s Ministries from wherever you are!



Questions? Contact Melissa!

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