HOPE Justice Ministry Celebration

Hyde Park United Methodist is a member of Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality (HOPE), a non-profit organization consisting of 25 diverse member congregations that works to promote justice, fairness and the dignity of people in Hillsborough County. Anyone wanting to learn more about HOPE is welcome to attend this event, 7 p.m. Monday, May 23, at the Portico Community Hall, where leaders from HOPE’s member congregations will enjoy fellowship, celebrate this year’s victories, and invest in the Justice Ministry. The Celebration also marks the beginning of HOPE’s investment drive, which runs through July. If you would like to support HOPE financially, click here (instructions on how to contribute via check and PayPal).

Gifts for Good

Gifts for Good

Spring is an exciting time of year, with Easter leading the way to special events in May and June like Mother’s Day (May 8), Father’s Day (June 19) plus graduations, weddings, and anniversaries. The spirit of Easter teaches us that there is more than one way to give, and that we don’t have to make every gift a tangible present. In that spirit, consider donating through Gifts For Good to honor those on your Springtime gift list.


By giving to missions that our church supports, you are helping people who are struggling – frightened, hungry, hopeless, forgotten. At the same time, you are honoring friends and family by donating in their honor. Click here to find an easy-to-use online donation form showing a menu of over 20 participating missions, or click here for a printable form that can be dropped off at the church office. You’ll receive cards via email for those you are honoring, which describe how the donation in their honor is making a tangible difference in the lives of those in need.



News from Missionaries Pat and Melenda Edmiston

News from Missionaries Pat and Melenda Edmiston

Hyde Park’s mission partners, Pat and Melenda Edmiston are missionaries with Wycliffe – Partners in Bible Translation, a nondenominational mission organization dedicated to translating the Scriptures and teaching people to read and write in their own language.

An excerpt from the Edmiston’s latest newsletter: After many years of hard work and faithful dedication, the Fanamaket New Testament was dedicated and distributed to the people. I (Pat) began working with the Fanamaket translators in August of 2012. Since then they have faithfully worked to complete their New Testament. For the past couple of years, translator Lori was able to attend Bible college in Australia and receive his degree. He now plans to use the Fanamaket scriptures in ministry to his own people. Melenda and I want to thank you for enabling us to have a vital part in bringing about the culmination of this spiritual milestone. We know that it will bear fruit for eternity.

Click here to read the newsletter.

Cold Weather Shelter

Cold Weather Shelter

Hyde Park United Methodist is part of a network of shelters that provide warm, secure space for those experiencing homelessness. The program is administered by Hillsborough County government, which monitors weather conditions and issues an alert when the weather forecast shows temperatures will drop below 40°F. Once that notice is issued, our team of volunteers mobilizes to setup and open the shelter. Hyde Park’s Cold Weather Shelter is located at its downtown location, The Portico, 1001 N. Florida Ave., Tampa.

Cold weather is expected Saturday night, March 12.
Sign up to serve the night of March 12 if needed.

Read the Cold Weather Shelter Guest Rules here.
Location of the Cold Weather Shelter: The Portico, 1001 N. Florida Ave., Tampa

Email Don Aiken, church liaison, for more information or to volunteer.

Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary News

Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary News

Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary (BMTS), our mission partner, is the largest United Methodist seminary in Europe, and serves students from eight countries who study in three languages: Estonian, Russian and English. Their newsletter is titled Prayerchain, it begins with a message from Külli Tõniste, Rector. Here’s an excerpt:


Dear friends,

Sometimes it is difficult to find focus, because so much is going on.

Christmas was low key and the New Year’s celebrations were limited as the new variant, Omicron became the news. It seemed like the little o(micron), became the big O(mega) governing our lives. There was a sense of gratitude that we put 2021 behind us, but the joy of the new beginning in 2022 was quickly overtaken by anxiety. Are we facing another year of restrictions? How many more missed moments? This is already the third year of this medical crises. How long, oh Lord?

Read their newsletter

Dunbar Book Drive

Dunbar Book Drive

Dunbar Elementary Virtual Book Drive

At the start of every year, we partner with Dunbar Elementary to provide students with brand-new books to read that are age-appropriate and educational. Through this work we support the teachers and administrators of the school and help the students become life-long learners who value reading.


A Letter from Dunbar Elementary

We are still reaping the benefits of last year’s HPUMC book drive!  Thanks to the generous support of members shopping our online book fair for the book drive, we were able to order twice as many books for the library this year!  This was very meaningful as I was enabled to update our medical book section, our biographies, books by and about Native American and other people of color, as well as order multiple series of high-interest beginning chapter books.  

This year the book fair company that we are using for our fundraising is Junior Library Guild, which is known for having high-quality books that kids love.  The goal of this book drive is for each student at Dunbar to be able to choose their very own book to keep.  Studies show that having books in the home is linked to a child’s success in school. This book drive gets the kids excited about books and also helps them grow up in that literature-rich environment.

The church makes such an impact by supporting literacy in our school!  Not only do the books from the book drive go straight into the kids’ hands, but the profits from the JLG fair will enable me to order even more new, high-interest books for the library.  Having lots of choices available in the library helps add excitement to choosing, as well as ensuring that I have ‘something for everyone’.  

In this online book fair, when you land on the website you will see a red area on the left side of the screen with “teacher lists” at the top.  If you use those lists to add books to your cart, they will be automatically shipped straight to Dunbar.  Don’t let the checkout process confuse you; it will ask for your address!  If you chose from the teacher wish list section (red), then the books will ship to Dunbar.


Sarah Cote Goralewicz

Dunbar Elementary Librarian


Here’s How You Can Participate 

You can participate in this year’s book drive by purchasing books HERE in this virtual book fair or by giving HERE. (Please note: when prompted for an address please type in 1730 W Union St, Tampa, FL 33607.)

If you would like to volunteer at Dunbar Elementary, please email Kathy Avant, church liaison.

Watch this video to learn more about the impact this work has on the students and the school.

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