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The Blessing of the Animals

The Blessing of the Animals

Dear Hyde Park Family, My first pet was a turtle. I was young when I received one as a gift from a friend. It was a small box turtle that I kept it in a green plastic bowl shaped around a fake island and topped with a plastic palm tree. I thought about naming it after...

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Parents’ Night Out

Parents’ Night Out

Parents: Enjoy a night out on the town 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10! Children will party the night away celebrating Jesus's love with pizza, crafts, games and more! $10 per child, max of $30 per family RSVP now for this fun night!   Questions? Email...

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Our Cosmic Voyage

Our Cosmic Voyage

Dear Hyde Park Family, This Sunday I’ll be preaching on the fourth day of creation, when God created the planets, stars, sun, and moon. Prior to Sunday, I would love for you to take 30-minutes to watch a short documentary film titled Cosmic Voyage. I originally saw it...

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Vacation Bible School 2023

Vacation Bible School 2023

The VBS that’s just the ticket! Climb aboard for mountains of fun at Rocky Railway! On this faith-filled adventure, kids discover that trusting Jesus pulls them through life’s ups and downs. 9 a.m. – Noon* /// June 22-26, 2020  *Note: rising 5th and 6th graders have...

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Apply for 2023 Scholarships

Apply for 2023 Scholarships

Hyde Park United Methodist continues to provide financial support to students through three types of scholarships. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2023. scholarship

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Blessing of the Pets Service

Blessing of the Pets Service

3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 - Parking lot in front of the Magnolia Building (corner of Magnolia and Azeele St.) As we celebrate God's acts of creation in worship, we also celebrate God's creation of animals. All people are welcome to attend and your pet to this short...

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Cold Weather January 2023

Cold Weather January 2023

Hyde Park United Methodist is part of a network of shelters that provide warm, secure space for those experiencing homelessness. The program is administered by Hillsborough County government, which monitors weather conditions and issues an alert when the weather...

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What is Your Thin Place?

What is Your Thin Place?

Dear Hyde Park Family, In Celtic spirituality there is a term called “thin places,” where a person experiences the God’s presence more readily than in any other place. Travel writer Eric Weiner describes them as “those rare locales where the distance between heaven...

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Gasparilla Parking

Gasparilla Parking

Buy your Gasparilla Children's Parade (Jan. 21) parking tickets here. All proceeds support our youth missions.Buy your Gasparilla Pirate's Fest Parade (Jan. 28) parking tickets here. All proceeds support our PrimeTimers ministry.

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Thank You for Providing Shelter: Julie Watkinson

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...

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Spread Christmas Cheer With Poinsettias

Spread Christmas Cheer With Poinsettias

We continue the tradition of decorating our worship spaces with red poinsettias in honor or memory of friends and loved ones. Poinsettias may be taken home after the 11 p.m. Christmas Eve service or they will be delivered to a shut-in member of our community needing...

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Cold Weather Jan 2023

Cold Weather Jan 2023

Hyde Park United Methodist is part of a network of shelters that provide warm, secure space for those experiencing homelessness. The program is administered by Hillsborough County government, which monitors weather conditions and issues an alert when the weather...

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A PRAYER FOR CHRISTMAS

A PRAYER FOR CHRISTMAS

Dear Christmas Pilgrims, A PRAYER FOR CHRISTMAS By Frederick Buechner (1926-2022) From The Hungering Dark   Lord Jesus Christ,   Thou Son of the Most High, Prince of Peace, be born again into our world.   Wherever there is war in this world, Wherever...

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Come, Thou Almighty King

Come, Thou Almighty King

Dear Advent Pilgrims,  We are about to round the corner and come down the home stretch of our journey through Advent. Be sure to check out our website for descriptions of all the exciting events happening next week, starting with this Sunday: Family Christmas Service:...

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LOOK EAST! (THIS WEEKEND)

LOOK EAST! (THIS WEEKEND)

Dear Advent Pilgrims, As we approach the half-way mark of our journey to Christmas, we have some special events this Saturday and Sunday that will comprise a joyous, festive weekend. We hope you will make one or more of these events a part of your holiday...

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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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