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.
WEDU will air an a honest conversation about race in our region. From the Black Lives Matter movement to public health, white ally ship to social reform, community members will open up, debate, and share perspective on the topics that often divide us. Hosted by Dalia Colon, one of the facilitator’s of our White Fragility study group at The Portico, the program includes and interview with the Rev. Justin LaRosa, minister of The Portico location.
9 p.m. Friday, July 24 on WEDU
Fox 13 News reported on the combined efforts of Metropolitan Ministries and Hyde Park United Methodist to make sure our Open Arms guests weren’t forgotten on Easter Sunday. Food was prepared in Met Min’s kitchen’s then bagged up to make “grab it and go” meals instead of our regular buffet lines in the Harnish Activities Center. Several of our volunteers and the Rev. Vicki Walker make cameo appearances in the news report.
Hyde Park’s efforts to provide Easter worship in an online setting were recognized in a news item on News Channel 8 this morning. The Rev. Magrey deVega, senior pastor, and Mat Hotho, Director of Worship Technologies, explained that Easter hasn’t been canceled, and discussed the steps being taken to give our Easter Sunday worship services a familiar feel.
The Rev. Magrey deVega, Senior Pastor, appeared on News Radio/WFLA to discuss Hyde Park’s approach to online worship using live streaming during the coronavirus.