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.

News from Shining The Light Ministries

News from Shining The Light Ministries

Shining the Light Ministries, our mission partner in Nicaragua, provides agriculture training and support to low income families in the area around Leon. Their focus is in three areas: Gardens, Poultry and Sewing.

Here is an excerpt from their latest newsletter:


During the Christmas season we gather together to celebrate a time of friends and family and good will. But even more we celebrate the birth of Christ. Jesus being born in the sleepy little town of Bethlehem was another part of the Father’s beautiful plan to redeem us back to Him. “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).As we continue on through the last part of December my prayer is that you will remember just how much God loves you and that you will be able to experience the true meaning of Christmas in a way that you never have before.

Read the complete newsletter.

Gifts for Good

Gifts for Good

Consider carving out a portion of your gift budget for Gifts For Good – gifts that impact those in need in honor of those you love.

Make a Donation: A Gift For Good

These unique gifts serve a dual purpose:

  •  When you choose to donate to missions that our church supports, you are sending love, compassion, hope and practical assistance to those hurting in our community and around the world.
  • At the same time, you are choosing a special gift for friends, family members, or colleagues. We will provide you with Gifts For Good cards for you to give as presents in honor of people on your list. Each card will describe how lives are changed through the work of the mission you supported.

Learn more about these missions in the Serve section of our website or click here for a pdf of the missions directory.

Download our printable Gifts For Good order form or place your order online.










Praise for Abe Brown Ministries

Praise for Abe Brown Ministries

Abe Brown Ministries’, one of Hyde Park’s mission partners, works to break cycles of incarceration by helping renew the minds of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated citizens, motivating them to change their behaviors and achieve purposeful lives as a compassionate demonstration of the Love of Jesus Christ.

Larry’s Success Story

At the age of eight, Larry moved with his family from Rochester, New York to Apopka, Florida. It was there in Apopka that his troubles started. He and his six siblings were raised by their single mother, and he found himself spending a lot of time with older guys in his neighborhood. Initially, he hung out with them to play pool, but it later progressed to selling marijuana with them. By 7th grade, he started skipping school so that he could sell drugs on the corner to make quick money. Larry then dropped out of school and found himself involved with a crew of guys who would burglarize homes and steal cars. After 9th grade, he returned to high school so that he could play basketball and run track. Even then, he continued burglarizing homes and was arrested twice, but let go with no consequences. By the age of 18, his actions finally caught up with him when he was arrested after his fingerprints were connected to two burglaries. Larry was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years, and was released on March 9, 2021 after serving 38 years in prison.

Read More about Larry’s story


News from Shining The Light Ministries

News from Shining The Light Ministries

Shining the Light Ministries, our mission partner in Nicaragua, provides agriculture training and support to low income families in the area around Leon. Their focus is in three areas: Gardens, Poultry and Sewing.

Here is an excerpt from their latest newsletter:


At this time, we want to thank God for the opportunity that He has given us to serve and help our people in Nicaragua. During the past 3months we have been able to see God’s work through everything.

Right now the world is still facing a very difficult time, especially here in Nicaragua because of Covid-19. In León we have hit the highest number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, hospitals are full, and pharmacies are running out of medicine. Since my last report, we have faced some challenges with COVID in our communities and in our personal lives. Pastor Angel and Gerald had COVID back in September. Praise God that they have made a full recovery, but we have also lost some loved ones due to COVID. Even though this is a hard time, we are still believing and trusting in the Lord.

Read the complete newsletter.

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.

Dear Hyde Park Family,

God’s Word is powerful and it changes lives dramatically. We read Earl’s testimony in our devotional this week.

Earl had so much money that he never needed to work and yet he was empty. He took all kinds of drugs, even hard core heroin and ended up in the hospital. Someone thought to give him a New Testament while visiting him there.

He was thrilled because the thin paper was perfect for rolling marijuana joints. Earl rolled his way through Matthew, Mark and Luke, but when he came to the Gospel of John, he began to read. The Holy Spirit opened his mind and heart and he encountered Jesus. His emptiness gave way to Joy.

The young  psychologist in charge of his case, was very beautiful and had been a model. One day she said to Earl, ‘Look, I have it all – success, beauty and endless qualifications – yet I am not fulfilled. Your life is a mess, yet you seem to have something – a peace and a joy. What is it?’ With his new found faith he took her to the Savior. Later they were married.

Earl and his wife are believers today; their lives, radically changed by the Word of God in the book of John.

A few days ago, Pat finished translation-checking the Gospel of John with a language team in a very dangerous area of Southeast AsiaI Every night they go to bed knowing that their home might be stormed and they could be dragged away.

They finished John 16:33 where Jesus said, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”  At that point, they shared that in spite of the insecurity that they are facing, it has not robbed them of the peace that they have in knowing Jesus.

How precious is that?!  We are thankful to be in Bible translation ministry.

Thank you for continuing to partner with us financially and through your prayers. Together we are making an impact.

In His Love,

Pat & Mel

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