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)
The Portico Receives Hillsborough County Design Award

The Portico Receives Hillsborough County Design Award

The Portico Received Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community: Hillsborough County’s Planning Commission presented representatives of The Portico with a design award Oct. 29. The award honors projects that contribute to a better quality of life in our community and serve as a model for others to emulate.
We are grateful to all who help us make the concept of The Portico a reality to the benefit of Tampa, including Rob and Kim Foss, Clayton McNeel, John Mathew, Cheryl Parrish, Mary Britain and the Rev. Justin LaRosa.
The Portico Campus

The Portico Campus

The Portico Campus

Extending Hyde Park United Methodist’s mission and vision into the urban core of Tampa, The Portico campus offers Downtown Tampa Conversation, Connection and Community Change. The Portico campus, located at 1001 N. Florida Ave holds worship 5:30 p.m. each Sunday.

HOPE Nehemiah Action

The Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality (HOPE) has been a vehicle to unite diverse congregations to improve the quality of life in Hillsborough County by achieving justice and fairness. Their brochure shares Long Range Goals and Major Accomplishments covering Youth, Education Reform, Employment, Healthcare, Crime Prevention, Public Transportation, Housing/Homelessness, and Neighborhood Improvement.

Did you know?

  • 104,540 families in Hillsborough Couty pay more than 1/2 of their income on housing, while 74,530 families struggle with very low incomes
  • 6,500 Hillsborough County residents are in state prison and 3,100 are in the county jail.
  • 30-40% of the people in jail have serious mental illness and 60-80% have co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Affordable housing, mental health and criminal justice reform are large issues right here in Hillsborough County. With your help, we can make a large impact on people’s lives and create systemic change. Join with 75 others from Hyde Park United Methodist and our goal of 1,400 attendees from the area, including government representatives. Attend 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, April 1 at Bible-Based Fellowship Church in north Tampa for Hope Nehemiah Action.

Let us know you are coming. Also, please print the attached ticket and add your contact information.


Homeless Memorial Service 2019

Homeless Memorial Service 2019

Members of The Portico community gathered Monday, Jan. 28 to remember and name the men and women who died on the streets of Tampa in 2018. In song, prayer and silent reflection, those present acknowledged the people in our midst that are sometimes invisible to us.
Here are the names of those who are known to have passed away on Tampa’s streets:
  • Johnny Arrington
  • Philip Bennett
  • Cynthia Blair Porley
  • Gregory Brantley
  • Heutra Carnegie
  • Charles Catterton
  • Levin Coda
  • Jose Colon Martinez
  • Rickie Crace
  • Eduardo Fernandez
  • John Fields
  • Michael Fontana
  • Michael Gentry
  • Gordon Hall
  • Robert “Rebel” Henderson
  • Anthony Hofbauer
  • Ronald Hurst
  • Ronald Jasenec
  • Derrick Johnson
  • Hassan Lewis
  • Darnel Livingston
  • Jonathan Emmanuel Lugo Maldonado
  • Katherine McDaniel
  • Richard Meccariello
  • Forrest Mendelsohn
  • Jeanette Metz
  • Sergio Mier-Sanchez
  • Dean Mone
  • Lionel Moore
  • William Oates
  • Carolina Pugh
  • Leonard Reichelderfer
  • Tracy Rowan
  • Julio Sanchez-Gutierrez
  • Crystal Santiago
  • Scott Sigler
  • Kevin Thompson
  • Daniel Tirko
  • Vanessa Verdavoir
  • Judy Vibbert
  • Michael West
  • Theresa Williams
  • Elizabeth Wilson

Back to School Porch Party July 22

Back to School Porch Party July 22 

Join us this Sunday for our “Back to School” themed potluck dinner. A starter selection of beverages and a main dish of various simmered meats will be provided to get things going. Just like it takes a village to raise a child, it will take a community to build these tacos!

Please bring a dish, side or dessert that will complement our taco building extravaganza! The party starts at 5:30 p.m. Sunday July 22.

If you’d like to volunteer or help prepare the main dish, contact Chalette at The Portico by email, Chalette@theportico.org.

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