Proposed Purchase of Women’s Center

Proposed Purchase of Women’s Center

Throughout its history, and particularly during the last 25 years, Hyde Park United Methodist has acquired surrounding property as an investment in the church’s future growth and expansion. We are grateful for the sacrifice and faith demonstrated by previous generations, which have contributed to the dynamic ministries we have today. Recently, the Women’s Clinic of Hyde Park has become available for purchase, and the Trustees have been conducting due diligence on the property. As the congregation discerns a possible purchase of the property, the following is offered to provide essential information regarding the potential acquisition.

Dates to Remember:

  • Information Session – Sunday, June 28 12:15 p.m.
  • Church Conference – Thursday, July 9 6:30 p.m. – Register

Where is the property located?
The address is 502 S. Magnolia Ave, on the southeast corner of Magnolia and Horatio. It is in the northwest corner of the rest of the DeLeon block, which is owned by the church. See the yellow box highlighted on the attached property map.

How much is the purchase price?
The original asking price was $1.8 million. The actual purchase price is set at $1.04 million, based on an independent appraisal authorized by the Trustees.

What is the process moving forward?
The Trustees completed the required 21-day period of due diligence which expired June 11, which included requisite inspections, consent from the Gulf Central District, and discussions among various committees of the Church.

The Trustees did vote to move forward past the due diligence period, and now the church has until July 20 to secure approval by a Church Conference and to close on the purchase of the property. An information session is scheduled for June 28, 2020 at 12:15 p.m. The Church Conference during which all members may vote on the potential purchase is scheduled for July 9, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

Why would the church be interested in this property?
The property would finally complete the entire DeLeon block, which has been a long-time goal since the church began acquiring property for growth and expansion over 25 years ago. The church did not want to become land locked, as many urban churches are. Owning the entire block could raise the overall property value by giving us a bigger footprint with which to work. It opens up more opportunities for either utilizing the property ourselves or for using it in conjunction with a mission partner. Owning the entire block could also increase the pool of potential buyers if future generations should elect to sell the property.

The existing building could be either repurposed or torn down to create additional contiguous parking. Ensuring that another buyer does not purchase the property would also prevent complications with other potential occupants.

Ultimately, this purchase would ensure the capacity for future expansion of the church, just as prior generations purchased the properties that enable us to have the facilities and ministries we have today. This purchase will open up possibilities to future generations of Hyde Park, giving them the ability to achieve their dreams for ongoing ministries and missions.

How would purchasing this property affect our debt and impact our annual budget?
The Church has a current unpaid balance on its existing loans of $805,659, with a monthly payment of $30,950. This will be paid in full by the end of September 2022. The Finance Committee is exploring numerous avenues for funding the purchase, one of which includes securing an additional loan, with the intent of not increasing the current monthly payments, while extending debt repayment over a longer term. Proceeds from the June 30 sale of the small parking lot on Cedar and Azeele (407 W. Azeele Street, box 8 on the attached property map) can also be put toward the purchase. Sales of additional out parcels owned by the church (refer to the attached property map) could also be considered.

How can I offer my comments and questions?
Church leadership intends to provide an information session to offer more details about the purchase and hear comments and feedback. Until then, questions related to the property can be directed to



“Sounds of the City” Music Series

“Sounds of the City” Music Series

Our church musicians inspire us… learn what inspires them and deepen your connection to our church community. Join us on our Facebook page at 10 a.m. each Saturday for “Sounds Of the City.” Over the summer we’ll be sharing videos created by our team of incredibly talented musicians, whose purpose is to Make God’s Love Real.
If you missed one (or more) of our videos, please watch them here.
Tim Diehl first started playing at Hyde Park when our contemporary worship service was led by Belinda Womack. Over the past 17 years, Tim has continued to play the drums with our contemporary band. In this video, he shares a piece of his own creation called “Song for Cary.” #HydeParkUMC #SoundsoftheCity


This video showcases the talents of our contemporary band. In her intro, Colleen Schmitt, our Director of Contemporary Music, discusses the hope we share through our community of faith and that we share with the community around us. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter as allies in this historic struggle for justice. #HydeParkUMC #Soundsof theCity

This video features Katie Huettel who discovered her singing talent in middle school chorus. The positive feedback she received in that class boosted her confidence and made her realize she can indeed sing. Her current pursuits include musical theater and, of course, singing in our Contemporary band. Here’s Katie performing “Gratitude.” #HydeParkUMC #SoundsoftheCity


This video showcases the talents of Will Shine. He has been involved in music from an early age and has a broad range of musical and professional experiences that he shares with use. In “Let Justice Roll Like a River,” Will created, produced, and edited the video as well as editing the audio in his home studio. #HydeParkUMC #Soundsof theCity

This video features Jennifer Medina who began playing wind instruments and particularly the oboe. In high school, she picked up the bass and has been playing it ever since. Here’s Jennifer Medina performing “In the River.” #HydeParkUMC #SoundsoftheCity


Welcome to our Connection Point

Welcome to our Connection Point

To help you keep track of the numerous opportunities to plug-in to our online community, here’s a listing of weekly gatherings and live worship streaming. Just click on the linked text and your browser will take you to that page or application.



  • 9 a.m. Video Devotion with Pastors on a rotating schedule (Website)
  • 12:15 p.m. Online Meditation with Pastor Justin (Facebook)


  • 9 a.m. Video Devotion with Pastors on a rotating schedule (Website)
  • 12:15 p.m. Online Meditation with Pastor Justin (Facebook)
  • 5:30 p.m. Merge Youth Council Live Devos (Merge Instagram)
  • Children’s Ministries Talk About It Tuesday! (Facebook)


  • 9 a.m. Video Devotion with Pastors on a rotating schedule (Website)
  • 12:15 p.m. Online Meditation with Pastor Justin (Facebook)
  • 6:30 p.m. Merge Games Night (Zoom Meeting ID 432 313 460)
  • 6:30 p.m. Children’s Ministries Game Time (Zoom)



  • 9 a.m. Video Devotion with Pastors on a rotating schedule (Website)
  • 12:15 p.m. Online Meditation with Pastor Justin (Facebook)
  • Children’s Ministries Friday Video! (Facebook)
Witness Against Racism

Witness Against Racism


In Witness against Systemic Racism
May 31, 2020


A Statement Shared by Magrey deVega during worship on May 31, 2020

We acknowledge yet another tragic act of violence committed against a person of color in this country. The victim’s name was George Floyd. We speak aloud his name because his life mattered. We speak his name because the evil of systemic racism continues to poison our society, and we confess our complicity in allowing it to persist. We speak his name, because it’s not enough to not be racist; we must also be anti-racism. We speak his name, because on a day when we hear the words of Psalm 150 and Acts 2, when God says, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord,” and when the Holy Spirit descends like the breath of the wind, we affirm that black and brown lives matter, and that every person has the right to breathe.

On this Pentecost Sunday, when we celebrate the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we remember our baptismal vows require us to resist evil, injustice, and oppression, in whatever forms they present themselves. This is our calling. May it be so.


God of Pentecost,

You send us your Holy Spirit, who “helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” We struggle for words in the wake of more evidence of how broken we are by injustice and inequality. You give voice to our sighs in the form of names – Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd – and countless others.

Forgive us, Lord, for failing to hear their voices unless their stories were video recorded.

Forgive us, Lord, for the prejudice that is in our own hearts, and the failure to stand up to racial bias and white supremacy where we see it.

Forgive us, Lord, for the racism in our economic, political, and social systems which poisons our communities and inhibits human flourishing, and our complicity in allowing it to persist.

Forgive us, Lord, for being more inclined to speak over and through our differences with others, rather than listening and leaning into them.

As we see the anger spilling into our streets and rising into the air, stifle our temptation to silence the voices of the unheard. Grant protection to all your people in public demonstrations across the country and let the messages of lament and the calls for justice linger long after the dust settles.

God, we pray that in the wake of such heartbreak, a new dawn will rise. One in which each of us take action as individuals, as communities, and as your church. Break down the walls in our hearts and in our own ignorance, that we may break down the walls among the oppressed. Show us all the ways, both private and public, to confront racism and eradicate its presence on this earth.

May your compassion and mercy guide and empower us, for the living of these days.

In Jesus’ name,


Note: Photo courtesy of the Rev. Anita Mays.


The Bible Project 2020

The Bible Project 2020

For the first time ever, Hyde Park United Methodist Church is going to read the Bible as a congregation, from cover to cover. And we are going to watch how the Holy Spirit unleashes a fresh wave of insight, transformation and possibility in us and in this church as we take this journey together.

Starting Jan. 1, we will begin with Genesis 1. And we will follow the same daily reading plan for all 365 days until we get to the end of Revelation at the end of the year.

There is no better way for you to learn to live your story as God intends it than for you to find yourself in the stories in this book. Did you know there’s between 600 to 800 stories in this book? And each one is an invitation for you to learn how to live your own story.

You don’t have to wait until Jan. 1 to start reading the Bible, of course. You can start with the daily Scripture readings that are listed in your sermon insert this morning (and on the website.) And I’ve also put together an insert that you might consider tucking in your Bible and keeping handy for reference. I’ve written a quick guide of Scriptures to read when facing certain challenges and situations. It’s available on our website.

For the complete run-down on this great program, visit Bible Project 2020.

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