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A Child of the Light

A Child of the Light

Dear Advent Pilgrims, Our journey to Bethlehem is guided by the songs of Advent, hymns written to prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus Christ. It is a series based on one of my earliest books, titled Songs for the Waiting: Devotions Inspired by the Hymns of...

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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...

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Family Christmas Service

Family Christmas Service

Dec. 18 – 5:30 p.m. (Activities start at 5 p.m.) Sanctuary and Courtyard.   Experience the Nativity in an immersive retelling of the Christmas story.   The stage will be set with carolers, and ready for you, the audience, to complete the cast of characters....

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A Gift for a King

A Gift for a King

What do you give to a king who has everything? A few years ago, during a trip to London, my daughters and I visited the Tower of London and made the compulsory tourist stop to see the Crown Jewels. This impressive collection features royal crowns, mantles, scepters,...

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Dear Friends of Open Arms: Kara Rutherford

Dear Friends of Open Arms: Kara Rutherford

Dear Friends of Open Arms,   Where has the year gone?  Here we are again with the holidays rapidly approaching.  I know for me it has been a year full of challenges, ups and downs, and wonderful surprises, all for which my heart has been filled with gratitude.  ...

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A Note From Heather Elwell, Generosity Team Chair

A Note From Heather Elwell, Generosity Team Chair

What an exciting year it has been for our congregation!  We have so much to be grateful for at our church.  After months of praying for a "perfect" fit for our children and youth, those ministry areas are now fully staffed! God, in his perfect timing, brought us these...

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Parent Connection

Parent Connection

Do you want to meet other HPUMC parents? Are you interested in a small group with other parents? Do you want to enjoy a coffee or conversation with other parents? If yes, this event is for you! Join us on Sunday, November 6th from 10:30 am to 11:00 am in Room 301...

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2022 Impact Report

2022 Impact Report

View the 2022 Impact Report to see how your generosity of time, talents and financial giving allowed us to Make God’s Love Real in the past year.

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SERVE Day Nov. 20

SERVE Day Nov. 20

Be part of SERVE Day 2022! Individuals from Hyde Park will sort food, park cars, handout turkeys and more at the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent on Nov. 20. The address of the tent is 2609 N Rome Ave, Tampa, FL 33607. Shifts are available throughout the day....

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The Fragrance of Gratitude

The Fragrance of Gratitude

Dear Hyde Park Family, Are there certain fragrances that evoke strong memories for you?  I was surprised to learn recently that the same part of our brain that processes our sense of smell is the same as where we store our memories. Your olfactory bulb is connected to...

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Living with Gratitude

Living with Gratitude

Dear Hyde Park Family, This Sunday we begin a new worship series titled “Living with Gratitude.” It is a continuation of the leadership theme with which we started the year, based on Diana Butler Bass’ book Grateful: The Subversive Practice of Giving Thanks. Each...

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Therefore… “Go?”

Therefore… “Go?”

Thirty years ago, I was in a small group Bible study in college, in which the leader was talking about Matthew 28:18-20, our scripture reading for this Sunday’s Missions Celebration. Jesus utters these iconic words to his disciples: “Go therefore and make disciples of...

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Missions Prayer List

Download a pdf printable version here.           Abe Brown Ministries  • Please pray for increased funding for Abe Brown Ministries’ traditional programs and Ready4Work-Hillsborough.  • Pray employers to hire the well-vetted drug-free clients of...

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A Gift for Yourself

A Gift for Yourself

Dear Hyde Park Family, It is a condition that affects about one in 1 in 5 adults in the United States each year. One in 6 American youth experience this challenge, and it is the most common cause of hospitalizations of people under the age of 45. It is the leading...

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Hurricane Ian Relief Update

Hurricane Ian Relief Update

Dear Hyde Park Family, Thank you for the amazing response to the urgent plea for water last weekend for residents of Florida impacted by Hurricane Ian. In less than 24 hours, you donated about 4.5 tons of water, the equivalent of over 1,200 gallons. That water has...

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Hurricane Information and Resources

Hurricane Information and Resources

Relief Efforts HURRICANE IAN RELIEF Click here for the Newest Update from the Florida Conference        $68,873.90 In Hurricane Ian Relief So Far    Thank you for the amazing response to the urgent plea for water last weekend for residents of...

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Special Midweek Message: A Pastoral Word Before the Storm

Special Midweek Message: A Pastoral Word Before the Storm

Dear Hyde Park Family, Today’s special Midweek Message is in the form of this video, in which I offer you and your loved ones a pastoral word of comfort and courage in the face of Hurricane Ian. Blessings to you and your family as we navigate these days ahead. Magrey

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Remembering Rich Mullins

Remembering Rich Mullins

Dear Hyde Park Family, Last Monday was the 25th anniversary of the tragic death of Rich Mullins, one of the greatest contemporary Christian music artists, and songwriter of the soundtrack of my youth. His song “Awesome God” debuted during my senior year in high school...

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For Everything a Season

For Everything a Season

Dear Hyde Park Family, At the outset of a meeting last Tuesday of the Committee on Lay Leadership, I read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, which contains the iconic “For everything there is a season” passage. Then I read a lovely poem by Laura Grace Weldon titled, “Compost...

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Church Conference October 6

Church Conference October 6

We are having our annual Church Conference at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 6, in the Magnolia Building downstairs. It will include a vote on 2023 leadership nominations and adjustments to membership rolls. Every church member is a voting member and welcome to attend. A...

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The Art of Hearing God’s Voice

The Art of Hearing God’s Voice

Dear Hyde Park Family, “Can you hear me now?” You may remember that famous line from the advertising campaign for Verizon Wireless. It began on January 14, 2002, when nearly half of all Americans owned a cell phone. The ad assured Verizon subscribers that their cell...

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Why I Love Being United Methodist

Why I Love Being United Methodist

Dear Hyde Park Family, As we conclude our worship series “The Meaning of Methodist” this Sunday, here are ten reasons I love being United Methodist. I pray they resonate with you, too. 1. I love how United Methodists view God. We believe that first and foremost, God...

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Seven Habits to Change Your Life with Dr. Erica Clark

Seven Habits to Change Your Life with Dr. Erica Clark

Habits have the power to influence our circumstances, for better or for worse. Licensed psychologist, Dr. Erica J. Clark, will highlight seven life-changing habits that are proven to enhance well-being, improve relationships and increase overall life satisfaction....

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Shaping the Future

Shaping the Future

Dear Hyde Park Family, Today I am remembering some very special people in my life. I remember the woman who worked in the church nursery when I was just a small child. I don’t remember her name, but I can still recollect her face and her smile. She welcomed me when my...

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PrimeTimers at the Festival of Wisdom and Grace

PrimeTimers at the Festival of Wisdom and Grace

“Delight” was the topic of Bishop Ken Carder’s closing sermon at the Festival of Wisdom and Grace.  The Festival was held at Lake Junaluska, the Methodist conference and retreat center, in western North Carolina. It’s promoted as “A Conference for Finding Purpose and...

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Living into Our Calling

Living into Our Calling

Dear Hyde Park Family, The world lost a major spiritual voice last Monday when we learned of the death of Frederick Buechner. He was a Presbyterian minister, spiritual teacher and prolific author of 39 books. He is one of the most often quoted writers by preachers...

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News From Mission Partner El Ayudante

Here is a preview of the newsletter from Hyde Park's mission partner in Nicaragua, El Ayudante: A WORD FROM VANESSA MARCH 2022 "We miss and pray for our teams to return to El Ayudante. Our staff in Nicaragua recently partnered with Dublin UMC in Dublin, VA to host our...

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A Prayer For A New School Year

A Prayer For A New School Year

Dear Hyde Park Family, This week, schools are beginning a new year all across our area. It is a time mixed with anticipation, apprehension and the welcome return of routine. It is also an opportunity for us to pray God’s blessings on our students, teachers, families,...

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It’s Good to Be Back!

It’s Good to Be Back!

Dear Hyde Park Family, I returned to the office this week, having relished the gift of a study and renewal leave. My daughters and I shared some wonderful experiences, the insights from which I am eager to share with you over the weeks and months ahead. For now, I am...

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Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid Training

The Mental Health and First Aid Training is returning on August 19 in person on the Hyde Park Campus and September 17 on Zoom. This training is designed to raise awareness of the prevalence of mental health issues in the community, reduce the stigma and provide viable...

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Facilities and Property Task Force: Congregational Update

Facilities and Property Task Force: Congregational Update

July 2022 Update MLC Update: Facilities Task Force Concludes with Recommendations The Facilities Task Force presented recommendations on Thursday, July 7 to the MLC members. All recommendations passed unanimously! We are excited to share the next steps with you. MLC...

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Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary News

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...

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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...

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An Exciting Summer Ahead

An Exciting Summer Ahead

Dear Hyde Park Family, Starting Monday, June 13, I will begin a six-week period of study leave and renewal. It will be a time away from daily ministry at Hyde Park United Methodist, enabling me to return on August 1 with renewed clarity and energy for the long haul of...

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Living The Three

Living The Three

(Note: Read to the end of today’s Midweek Message for a pastoral statement on the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.) Dear Hyde Park Family, People attending our in-person worship services may have noticed that for the past several weeks I have preceded my...

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Sparrow Fund Provides a Lifeline

Sparrow Fund Provides a Lifeline If you have ever joined us for Christmas Eve services, you will recall that our collection on that most holy night goes toward the Sparrow Fund. The Sparrow Fund is a discretionary fund established by Hyde Park United Methodist to meet...

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Graduating Students

Turner Mooney Plant High School Scotty Mooney University of Florida Luke Davis Jesuit High School Samantha Stites Graduating from Plant High School Ryan Lundahl Sickles High School Chip Roth Plant High School Jake Rickert Plant High School Colin Clark Plant High...

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A Word for Graduates

A Word for Graduates

Dear Hyde Park Family, We are now in graduation season here in the Tampa Bay area, as we celebrate high school seniors embarking on an exciting and unfolding future. We will be honoring our seniors this Sunday in worship, as well as praying for graduating students at...

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