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Bike Ministries

Calling all bike enthusiasts and compassionate hearts! Our Bike Ministry is gearing up, and we need your pedal power and passion Sundays 9-11 a.m. on the corner of Azeele and Magnolia. Whether you’re experienced in bike repair or want to donate parts, come be a part of something truly impactful. Contact Mike with questions or to volunteer.

Mission Smiles Dental Clinic, Oct. 8

Mission Smiles partners with local churches and ministries to provide free dental clinics in various neighborhoods throughout Tampa Bay, bringing the hands of Jesus to those in need.

They provided this report of their visit on Oct. 8, 2023:

“The hands and feet of Jesus were demonstrated throughout the day. The spirit of God descended on this day and all were truly blessed.”
Mission Smiles served 21 guests and performed 10 extractions and 12 cleanings. The dollar value of dental services and volunteer hours provided to the community was $11,827 See the full report.

To learn more about Mission Smiles or to get involved, contact Missions.

Pray for Pakistan and Hawaii

Pray for the people of Pakistan who are affected by churches being burned and threats of harm. See the message from Bishop Tom Berlin.

Please pray for those affected by the terrible fires and destruction in Hawaii from Hurricane Dora. See the message from Bishop Tom Berlin from the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church. See California-Pacific Conference Bishop Escobedo-Frank’s pastoral letter on the fires here.

News from Missionaries Dave and Julie Eberhard

Hyde Park’s mission partners, Dave and Julie Eberhard serve as missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Read an excerpt from their latest newsletter:

Dear family and friends,
Our last letter mentioned all the travel that I (Dave) would be doing. This letter is to recap. APRIL: The Philippines and Thailand—4 tasks  1. Opening talk at the Global Voice event – where we gathered data from 13 different indigenous languages of the Mindanao region of the Philippines. 2. Giving the opening keynote address to the LSP – Linguistics Society of the Philippines—in Iligan City. Was honored to be made an honorary member of the Society.

Read the complete newsletter.

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:

FOCUS

Much has happened in the life of the Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary and Methodist church this week.

First of all, on July 15th we celebrated graduation of 6 wonderful God-called Spirit-filled faithful and inspiring students to whom this special edition of Prayerchain is dedicated.Out of all graduating classes this one was the most impacted by Covid and the war. There were no easy times, yet 6 amazing women completed their studies and left us with an example of Christian endurance.

Other items in the newsletter:
* Meet the Seminary Graduates
* Generosity Training
* Board of Trustees
* Estonia Annual Conference Decision About Separation from the United Methodist Church

Read their newsletter.

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

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

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. You will receive an email confirming your donation for each mission you selected. The email(s) will include a card (PDF) for you to give in honor of people on your list. The card(s) describe how lives are changed through 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.

 

2024 Calendars – Available as a wall calendar or desktop calendar – Purchase at The Portico Cafe or through Gifts For Good

Another way to support  Missions and Outreach Ministries at Hyde Park United Methodist is to purchase beautiful 2024 calendars created by church member, Pat Kelly. Calendars can be purchased at The Portico Cafe or purchased through Gifts For Good.

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

 

2024 Calendar Monthly Images

UMCOR Responds to Earthquakes

Dear Hyde Park Family,
We are a week away from Thanksgiving, and I pray your days ahead will be filled with moments of joy, reflection, and connecting with loved ones.
As the season suggests, may there also be occasions for you to give deep thanks to God and to each other for the blessings that you enjoy. And may your expression of thanksgiving be more than just a special occurrence before an annual meal; may it become a way of life.
So, here are three practical tips you might consider for cultivating a pattern of gratitude in your life.
1. Be as Specific as You Can.
There have been seasons of my life when I have maintained a gratitude journal, in which I intentionally write down two or three things I am grateful for every day.
The best advice I have ever received about keeping a gratitude journal is “the more specific, the better.” It is easy (albeit important) to be grateful for broad, general things, like your family, your health, your job, and other basic necessities. But research has shown that the more details you can give about specific experiences of gratitude, the more aware you will be of such blessings in the future.
For example, in my own gratitude journals, I have noted the following:
·      The feeling of my bare feet on a newly cleaned floor, or the feeling of waking up in freshly cleaned bedsheets.
·      Walking in the front door and seeing both my dogs wagging their tails in perfect sync.
·      The rays of sunshine that poked through the trees as I was walking around my neighborhood, just as I was listening to a beautiful rendition of a favorite praise song.
2. Try the Daily Examen Prayer.
Many Christian communities observe the Daily Offices, a rhythm of daily prayer that aligns with different moments of the day. One of the evening prayers is called the Daily Examen, which is a structured way to review the past day with prayer and gratitude. The following uses the pattern prescribed by St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Begin with a pause and a slow, deep breath or two; become aware that you are in the presence of the Holy.
Thanksgiving:
What am I especially grateful for in the past day:
·      The gift of another day…
·      The love and support I have received…
·      The courage I have mustered…
·      An event that took place today…
Petition and Review:
I am about to review my day; I ask for the light to know God and to know myself as God sees me.
·      Where have I felt true joy today?
·      What has troubled me today?
·      What has challenged me today?
·      Where and when did I pause today?
·      Have I noticed God’s presence in any of this?
Response and Look Ahead:
·      In light of my review, what is my response to the God of my life?
·      As I look ahead, what comes to mind?
·      With what spirit do I want to enter tomorrow?
3. Answer These Two Simple Questions.
Finally, you might find value in regularly answering the very same two questions that my therapist asks me at the conclusion of each of our sessions:
·      Since we last met, what is one thing that you are proud of?
·      What is one thing you are looking forward to?
I have learned to love those two questions, and it is often my favorite part of my therapy sessions. It has come to the point that I ask myself those questions even when I am not meeting my therapist.
No matter how hard life might become, God has empowered you to accomplish at least one thing that you can be proud of (and again, the more specific, the better.) And no matter how fearful or challenging the days ahead might feel to you, there is always something, even something small, that you can look forward to in the future.
So, friends, as you move into the week ahead, may it be filled with delightful, even surprising, reminders of all that God has done for you, in you, and through you.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Magrey
ESTIMATE OF GIVING CARDS
Thank you to the many, many of you who have enabled us to get off to a strong start in receiving our estimates of giving for 2022. If you have not yet done so, please fill out your estimate by going to our website. Your estimates of giving are the only way our Finance Committee has to accurately plan for all the ministries and programs God is calling us to do next year. Thank you!

Thank You for Providing Shelter: Julie Watkinson

Good day,

I wanted to reach out and thank all our community partners and ask you to please extend my gratitude to your staff and many, many volunteers. You opened your hearts and shelters to provide our most vulnerable population, a hot meal, and a warm place to sleep. This is such a gift, especially over the Christmas holidays. You took time away from your family and loved ones, to help those in need. It sure was cold!

I also want to extend my appreciation to our CWS spokesperson, Vicki Walker, from Hyde Park United Methodist Church, for talking with so many news outlets over the multi-day activation. Her team was also interviewed and even our newest partners joining last week, Church of God of Prophecy, did an amazing job on Bay News 9.

Every volunteer and guest I talked to was so kind and grateful to give, grateful to receive.

Together you provided 1,204 nights assistance to more than 300 individuals. With wind chill dipping in the 20’s and 30’s, that would have been detrimental sleeping outdoors or places unfit for human habitation.

I look forward to working with you and your organizations as needed throughout the winter. Also, wishing each of you and your friends and family, a happy and healthy new year.

Please feel free to provide feedback so, we can continue to support our community partners, and provide the best experience to those both providing and needing a warm place on a cold night.

Kind regards,

Julie Watkinson

Community Relations Coordinator

Department of Homeless and Community Services

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:

I (Pat) ask prayer for my final 5 week checking session with the New Ireland Translation Institute project in PNG. We will be finishing up the last check for two of the language groups working on their NT. That will leave only one more out of the original 11. PTL. Pray for health, especially protection from malaria and Covid. Pray for travel. I have to overnight 4 times before I finally arrive! The leg from LAX to PNG is 33 hours with a 15 hour transit in Brisbane. I am opting for a hotel rather than the airport. Pray that I can work out getting a valid Covid test for my return to the US, if it is still required by then.

Read the newsletter.

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:

THE LONG AWAITED VISIT

In the past 2 years our staff has experienced much of the same trials and sorrows from COVID as we have had here in the States. From the loss of our spiritual Leader in 2020 to almost losing Pastor Angel and most of the staff having COVID. I am very impressed by the perseverance and dedication from all at Asociación Brillando La LuzDe Cristo En Nicaragua. Everywhere I went where there were groups of people and almost everyone was wearing masks. We have been able to keep a supply of masks and sanitizer in the office.

Read the complete newsletter.