Perinatal Memorial Service

1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, Chapel. Tampa General Hospital and Hyde Park United Methodist invite you, your family and friends to a special candle lighting service in remembrance of your child .

If you plan to attend the service or if you are unable to attend but would like to have your baby’s name read during the candle lighting service, please call Sayomara Rogers, 813.844.3143 or email by Thursday, Oct. 12. The ceremony will also be held virtually via Zoom. To attend the online service, please register here.

If you are unable to attend the service and would like a candle and keepsake gift, please call Sayomara Rogers to make arrangements for pickup.


ABC Action News Reports on Robert Johnson Soil Collection Ceremony

ABC Action News covered the Robert Johnson Soil Collection Ceremony at The Portico. Sometimes our faith calls us to confront painful parts of our past and work to make right the wrongs of previous generations. One way we are engaging with this work is through our Justice Ministry. Recently, we partnered with Tampa City Councilman Luis Viera and the Equal Justice Initiative  to gather soil at the site where Robert Johnson, a Black man, was lynched on January 28, 1934.

Watch the ceremony below.

Volunteer at The Portico Received Presidential Pardon

One of The Portico’s volunteers, Thad Bereday, was recently surprised with presidential pardon, wiping out his conviction for a federal crime from several years ago. Thad has been volunteering at The Portico for some time, serving with The Portico Work Force Housing Solution. His unexpected pardon removes any trace of the federal conviction he received during his time at WellCare, a Tampa company, and has given him a fresh start on life. In addition to working with clients in Work Force Housing, he is involved in Criminal Justice reform. Watch Thad’s story in the video below.

Paddle with Purpose Showcased by 10TampaBay

@10tampabay covered our faith-based group who have decided to not only build community through kayaking together, but to also clean up the water while we paddle! We all value connection and community, but also want to help our neighborhood stay clean. You’re invited to join us on the third Sunday of every month!

Paddle with Purpose takes to the waters of the Hillsborough River at 8 a.m. on the third Sunday of every month. See launch instructions and other information here.

WMNF Reports on Homeless Memorial With Special Focus

Local community radio station, WMNF, reported on this year’s Homeless Memorial held at The Portico on Jan. 25. After setting the scene, reporter Daniel Figeroa IV described the reading of the names of 112 men and women who died on the streets of Tampa in 2020. He interviewed Officer Daniel McDonald, Tampa Police Department, who recognized some of the names as they were read. McDonald interacted with many on the streets, providing resources and assistance. The story then focused on Esau “EJ” Coney, known to many for his involvement at The Portico. For more, visit WMNF’s website and play their story.

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