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Blessing of the Backpacks

Blessing of the Backpacks

You’re invited to the Blessing of the Backpacks at 9:30 or 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 8 in the Sanctuary. You’ve packed the notebooks and pencils, but what about the prayers of love and peace? Let us help! Bring your backpack, so that we can pray for joy to surround you in...

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News From Love INC

News From Love INC

Love INC, our mission partner, exists only to serve its member churches. Mobilizing churches, their members and resources produces volunteers that are Love INC trained to provide a variety of direct services to guests entrusted to our ministry. Read the July edition...

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Hyde Park’s Justice Ministry

This video series was recorded in 2020, an unprecendented year in so many ways. It provided an opportunity for us to examine racism, injustice and discrimination as we never had before. To gain a better understanding, we listened to the stories of people of color as...

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News from Shining The Light Ministries

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: As we...

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“All In” Worship Series

“All In” Worship Series

Sept. 12: “Love God with All Your Heart”Psalm 103:1-2 When the Bible refers to a person’s heart, it is not just talking about the muscular organ in our bodies that pumps blood. Kardia is the Greek word for heart and refers to a person’s whole being. In a biblical...

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Celebrating VBS

Celebrating VBS

This year’s Vacation Bible School was simply amazing! With planning completed before our campus opened up from the pandemic, our VBS team found creative, innovative ways to produce a great program in a new way. The thing that remained the same was our great group of...

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Forum Class Psalms

Members of Hyde Park’s Forum Class were asked to write personal psalms in the time of the COVID pandemic.

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VBS Kick-Off Celebration

VBS Kick-Off Celebration

We had a track-tabulous VBS Kickoff event on Sunday! Here's a look at some of the fun that was had.   [gallery columns="5" size="medium"...

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Helpful Hints for Parenting Your Child in Worship

Helpful Hints for Parenting Your Child in Worship

Preparation before Sunday:• Speak positively about the experience and let your child(ren) know you are pleased they will be joining you.• Read Sunday’s Scripture together. During the week, begin discussing your family's expectations for worship behavior and...

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Saying Goodbye to Emily Felgenhauer

Saying Goodbye to Emily Felgenhauer

Dear Hyde Park Family, It is with a lot of love and gratitude that I share that God has called me to a new congregation in the Florida Conference. I will be starting at First United Methodist Church of Lakeland as their new Director of Youth Ministries on July 4,...

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Dunbar Elementary Fall Kick-Off

Dunbar Elementary Fall Kick-Off

Dear Hyde Park Community, We are so excited to share our plans for the upcoming school year. We expect to be back on Dunbar Elementary's campus with very few restrictions. The administration team is welcoming us back with open arms and many wonderful ideas of how we...

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Holy Land Trip in 2022

Holy Land Trip in 2022

Join the Rev. Justin LaRosa and other pilgrims for a life-changing journey to the Holy Land, commonly referred to as the Fifth Gospel. The 10-day journey is from April 26 - May 5, 2020 and includes all the major sites, such as the Sea of Galilee, Mount of Beatitudes,...

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The Beauty of Being a United Methodist

The Beauty of Being a United Methodist

Tomorrow, laity and clergy from across Florida United Methodism will gather virtually for Annual Conference, to engage in the tradition of holy conferencing that is as old as Methodism itself. It will be a time of renewed connection, prayer, and inspiration, as we...

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Merge Beach Day June 9

Merge Beach Day June 9

Our Merge Youth Ministries is headed to Ft. DeSoto Park Wednesday, June 9. They will meet at 10 a.m. on our Hyde Park campus then head out to St. Pete Beach. They will return to church for pick up at 4 p.m. Students need to sign-up on our online form for a ride on the...

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To Madelyn, on Your Graduation

To Madelyn, on Your Graduation

Dear Hyde Park Family, By the time you read this message, my younger daughter Madelyn will have graduated at noon today from the International Baccalaureate program at Robinson High School. This fall, she will be attending American University in Washington, D.C.,...

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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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Cruella Movie

Cruella Movie

Join us for our first Wednesday Summer Fun event Wednesday, June 2! We are headed to AMC WestShore 14 at WestShore Plaza mall. We're headed to the theater to watch Disney's new release, "Cruella" (PG13). We are meeting in the Food Court at 5:45 p.m., and then heading...

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Three Words to Pray

Three Words to Pray

Dear Hyde Park Family, “Prayer means that, in some unique way, we believe we’re invited into a relationship with someone who hears us when we speak in silence.” I recently re-read the book “Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers” by Anne Lamott, whose writing...

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Merge Summer Fun

Merge Summer Fun

Merge Wednesday Summer Fun Join Merge Youth Ministries as we have fun events on Wednesdays all summer long. Please take a look at our full Summer Calendar  to see what we are doing during the months of June, July and August. Feel free to print this out and put it on...

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COVID Updates

COVID Updates

With the updated recommendations for COVID protocols, Hyde Park’s Ministry Leadership Council Executive Group revised our protocols for indoor worship.

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In Relationship with Others

In Relationship with Others

I’m not sure who decides such things, but on the National Day Calendar website, this past week contained several unusual observances: Monday was National Clean Your Room Day, followed by National Eat What You Want Day. Who knew that yesterday was National Odometer...

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Service of Confirmation 2021

Service of Confirmation 2021

Our 2021 Confirmation Class participated in a series of volunteered-led classes to give them the information they needed to make the decision to confirm the discipleship claimed for them by their parents at their baptism. In this service, our students declared their...

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Thank You from Missionaries Pat and Melenda Edmiston

Thank You from Missionaries Pat and Melenda Edmiston

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. The story of the 5 loaves and 2 fish...

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The More the Merrier!

The More the Merrier!

Our Ministry Leadership Council Executive Group has approved an increase in the number of people who can attend Sunday indoor worship services. The total number of available seats has been increased by the number of people attending who are fully vaccinated (two weeks...

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News from Shining The Light Ministries

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: 2021...

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Are You Successful or Fruitful?

Are You Successful or Fruitful?

Dear Hyde Park Family, This Sunday we focus on Jesus’ famous image of the vine and the branches in John 15, in which he calls us to abide in him and bear fruit. It is important to remember that the standard by which we measure our faithfulness to God is faithfulness,...

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Pop-Up Vax Clinic May 23!

Pop-Up Vax Clinic May 23!

The Hillsborough County Health Department will hold a Pop-Up COVID Vaccination event this Sunday, May 23 in the Magnolia Parking Lot. Vaccinations will be administered to those age 12 and older beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until supplies are exhausted. We need...

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A Few Lessons from Sheep

A Few Lessons from Sheep

This Sunday our services focus on Jesus as our Good Shepherd from John 10. And in an odd bit of comedic timing, this video popped up in my social media feed. You’ll want to watch it. I bet you can relate to that sheep as much as I can. And here are a few other timely...

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Mission Smiles Dental Clinic–April 11

Mission Smiles Dental Clinic–April 11

Mission Smiles partners with local churches and ministries to provide 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 April 11, 2021: They served six guests and...

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Kids Camp and Missions Fund

Kids Camp and Missions Fund

As the school year winds down, families are looking forward to fun, impactful activities for their children. You can help by donating to send a kid to summer camp, Vacation Bible School or on a mission trip! A special offering is being collected to help make a...

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Prayer Walk

Prayer Walk

Hyde Park Prayer Walk As we return to our Hyde Park location for indoor worship and other activities, we are mindful of the void our absence has left in all of our lives. To bridge that chasm, we created a prayer walk around the perimeter of our campus. The walk stops...

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God’s New Creation

God’s New Creation

Dear Hyde Park Family, So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived! (2 Corinthians 5:17) Last Sunday we kicked off our new worship series “A New Creation,” and I concluded...

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Vacation Bible School 2021

Vacation Bible School 2021

This year’s Vacation Bible School, or VBS, includes the whole family. Our Rocky Railway virtual trip boards soon for mountains of fun as we learn that Jesus’ power pulls us through!

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You’ve Gotta See This!

You’ve Gotta See This!

Dear Easter People, Back in 1993, while walking through Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg, I saw my first Magic Eye 3D image. Or at least I tried to see it. In case you’d never heard of them, Magic Eye 3D images are computer-generated pictures that on the surface,...

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PrimeTimers Garden Fest April 21

PrimeTimers Garden Fest April 21

Whether you have had a lifelong love of gardening or have never grown much of anything, a container garden could be in your future! That’s right … If “April showers bring May flowers,” then it’s time to don your gardening gloves! Our next PrimeTimers event will have...

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Mary’s Boy

Mary’s Boy

The Midweek Message is the weekly newsletter of our Senior Pastor, the Rev. Magrey deVega.

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News from Shining The Light Ministries

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...

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