Apply for 2021 Scholarships

Apply for 2021 Scholarships

We believe it is important to invest in higher education for eligible high school, college and seminary students. Below is a list of scholarship opportunities provided by Hyde Park United Methodist and by other United Methodist agencies.

Hyde Park United Methodist Scholarship Applications

There are currently three Hyde Park United Methodist scholarship opportunities available: one is for high school seniors, one for college students (associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree or vocational certificate) and one for divinity students.

Hyde Park’s Scholarship Committee is currently finalizing the 2021 application, which should be available in mid-January. The deadline for applying for any of the Hyde Park scholarships is March 31, 2021.

Dunbar Book Drive — 2021

Dunbar Book Drive — 2021

This year, our annual Book Drive has gone virtual. Dunbar Elementary Magnet School has arranged with Follett Book Company to hold an online Book Fair, providing a way for you and your family to donate books to the students, teachers and the media center of Dunbar.

Books can be selected and purchased on Follett’s website, and they will be shipped directly to the school. Profits from the Book Fair will provide additional books for Dunbar’s Media Center. Teachers and students will have wish lists available or you can choose books of your liking. Some choices were made prior to students and teachers leaving for Winter Break. More will be made when they return to their classrooms.

To get started, click the image below or this link. You will be directed to Follett’s Book eFair. A screen shot of their website appears below.


Once your browser opens the Follett Book eFair page, point at the icon with the four stars and four lines in the top left corner. (The red arrow identifies the location.) When the menu expands, click “View Wish Lists.” Hyde Park’s Wish List will show below the banner. Images of books will appear on the Wish List. Click on the one you want to purchase and the image will turn over, revealing a brief description of the story. Click the “Add to Cart” button to select the book. With your first selection, a dialogue box will pop up to ask your name so Dunbar knows who donated the books. Once you are done shopping, click the cart icon in the top right corner to check out and pay. Books will be delivered directly to Dunbar.

Questions? Contact Kathy Avant, ministry liaison, by email.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Pat Edmiston is a missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators currently serving in Papua, New Guinea. He provided this version of a familiar Christmas story from the perspective of an Alamblak village.

‘Twas the night before Christmas in every village and hut

The fires were burning, the doors were shut.

The net bags were hung from the rafters with care,

With spirits about one had to beware.

The children were nestled on mats on the floor,

Dreaming of legends, myths and folk lore.

While mother and father both crouched by the fire,

I sat back and thought of what had transpired.

For years we had spoken what to others was chatter,

But now we knew our words really mattered.

There were those who cared, who came to stay

To take the time to speak our way.

It was a wonder to us all when they appeared.

Where were they from? Why were they here?

With skin so fair and clothes so bright,

I knew the ancestors had seen our plight.

What could this mean we all wanted to know,

So we watched and waited for them to show.

And I was timid and shy and afraid,

But I ventured close by in hopes to be paid.

They lived in our village for months upon end.

I taught them our language and became their friend.

And soon we considered them one of our own,

Like a sister or brother they had grown.

In the evening I would go and sit by their side,

We would talk of God’s love which I yearned for inside.

In the months that passed, I came to know

The love of Christ they came to show.

Now in our own words we’ve begun to see

The written truths of eternity.

How Christ was born and lived and died,

Yet rose again to be by our side.

Tomorrow is not just another day

For us to hunt and work and play.

It’s Christmas now, the day Christ came to earth.

Now we know and can celebrate His birth.

– Patrick Edmiston

A Dunbar Elementary Christmas

A Dunbar Elementary Christmas

Hyde Park’s volunteers at Dunbar Elementary School continue to make a difference in the lives of Dunbar’s students. In the above photo, 13 volunteers wrap up 200 books for the students. The presentation will be topped off with a video of Santa telling the children about the books they will receive. Contact Kathy Avant to get involved.

News from Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary

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 and the latest edition was published in October, 2020. It begins with a message from Külli Tõniste, Rector. Here’s an excerpt:


The third year students are deciding on their diploma paper or diploma project subjects and choosing advisors. The defence is many months away. In order to do anything important in life, we need to envision the goal, then plan out the steps ahead and seek out help and wise council along the way to get there. That means we must communicate the vision so that others would see what we also see. And be willing to learn what we do not see but others do. This is a lesson and practice for life.

The same is true for the seminary leadership. We must envision the future for the school and be diligent about taking the necessary steps to get there, research and seek council to do our best work and involve others to arrive to the desired goal.

As a school we are working on a big paper called Strategic Development Plan which envisions the life of the seminary 3 years from now. If you have any suggestions, this is a good time to let us know. Please pray for BMTS leaders for God to give us the vision, provide us with wise council, and diligence to carry it out. Solomon wrote: “Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory.”(Proverbs 11:14, NASB)

Read their newsletter

Hyde Park Member Completes Service with Hurricane Irma Recovery Project

Hyde Park Member Completes Service with Hurricane Irma Recovery Project

#FloridaRestores is a ministry focused on Disaster Recovery of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. The October, 2020 newsletter shared updates on their Hurricane Irma Recovery Project. Hyde Park’s own Amy Greene served as the Recovery Chaplain for this team.

We are in the final phase of our demobilization of Florida Restores and the Hurricane Irma Recovery Project. September was particularly poignant as we closed the Collier-SW Region and wished farewell to members of our core leadership team:

  • Maggie Armstrong, Conference Volunteer Coordinator
  • Angelica Cepeda-Martinez, Collier-SW Regional Team Leader
  • Tim Dubois, Tampa Bay Regional Team Leader
  • Amy Greene, Recovery Chaplain
  • Jill Hockin, Conference Volunteer Coordinator
  • Kendra Rich, Marketing Specialist & Digital Storyteller

We also said goodbye to Jeremy Bridges, Volunteer Coordinator in Monroe County Region; Steve Potter, Volunteer and Construction Coordinator in Collier-SW Region; and Desda White, Lead Disaster Case Manager in the Tampa Bay Region.

We are finishing the few remaining client cases in the keys with anticipated closure in early November.

Please join us in celebrating the work and ministry of this amazing team.

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