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.
News Channel 8’s “8 On Your Side” broadcast a report on how churches are responding to requests to return to onsite worship services. The Rev. Magrey deVega, our senior pastor, was interviewed and shared the perspective that we are called to “Do no harm and love your neighbor.” Pastors and lay leadership are monitoring data on the pandemic and following guidance from the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Watch The Report
The dePont Registry is a lifestyle guide to the Tampa Bay area. They recently reported about our Little Dresses Ministry stepping up to produce protective masks to protect health care workers, first responders, family members and friends.
People Helping People: From “Little Dresses” to Protective Masks
Trish Krider, a Hyde Park member, is a flight attendant for a major airline. The close proximity shared between flight crews and passengers make Trish very aware of the challenges posed by social distancing. During her rotation into 14 days of self-quarantine, she dusted off her sewing machine and began making masks for her fellow flight attendants. She didn’t know at the time that members of Hyde Park’s Little Dresses Ministry had the same idea. Our Pastor Vicki Walker put Trish in touch members of our Little Dresses team so they could share resources. Their effort caught the attention of local online media. Read the whole story.