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Hurricane Information and Resources

Hurricane Information and Resources

Relief Efforts HURRICANE IAN RELIEF   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...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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There Once was a Journey

There Once was a Journey

  Dear Hyde Park Family, Happy National Limerick Day! I know; today’s observance was likely not on your calendar. It wasn’t on mine, either, until I randomly checked this website yesterday. In case you’re wondering, today is also International Nurses Day,...

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A Mother’s Day Prayer

A Mother’s Day Prayer

Dear Hyde Park Family, In preparation for this Sunday, when we celebrate and honor the mothers and mother figures in our lives, here is a reprise of a prayer for Mother’s Day that I first offered years ago. May it guide us into a deeper appreciation for these special...

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The Original Six-Word Story

The Original Six-Word Story

Dear Easter People, There is a legend that someone once asked Ernest Hemingway to write a story using only six words. His response? “For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.” Since then, the idea of a “Six-Word Story” has grown in popularity. One article defines it as “a...

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Top Serving Opportunities

Top Serving Opportunities

Are you looking to get connected or even looking for service hours? Here we have a list of our top serving opportunities that  you can get involved in! Adult Bible Study Facilitator Serve any day; lead a small group or class for adults; curriculum and training...

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See You at the Starting Line!

See You at the Starting Line!

Dear Hyde Park Pilgrims, Don’t finish what you can’t start. That’s a twist on the classic cliché, but it is sage advice for our tendency to jump quickly to Easter without moving through the Passion. Our stores are stocked with plastic grass and chocolate bunnies, yet...

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A Safe Place for Questions

A Safe Place for Questions

Dear Hyde Park Family, Last Sunday morning, I spent the 9:30 hour with about thirty of our seventh-grade confirmation students, to walk them through a rehearsal for our Confirmation Service on April 24. I also spent time with the entire youth group, for a special...

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Praying as the Prodigal

Praying as the Prodigal

Dear Lenten Pilgrims, In March 2010, during a family trip to Paris, we visited the Rodin Museum, featuring the work of the great sculptor Auguste Rodin. We saw his most famous sculpture, The Thinker, along with many other amazing works. In contrast to the smooth...

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Grace in Every Moment

Grace in Every Moment

Dear Hyde Park Family,          Last week, I returned from spending a few days in San Diego, where my older daughter Grace is a junior at San Diego State. My younger daughter Madelyn flew over from Washington, D.C., giving the three of us a fun time to reconnect....

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Gratitude from Endowment

Gratitude from Endowment

We are so THANKFUL for the "Leading with Gratitude" event last week which was sponsored by the Richard C. Langford Endowment.  This endowment was created in loving memory of him by his family in 2015.  The event featured Diana Butler Bass who is an award-winning...

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Prayer for Ukraine

Prayer for Ukraine

Dear Hyde Park Family, As we begin this Lenten journey, we join our hearts and spirits in prayer for the devastation occurring in the country of Ukraine and the trauma experienced by its people around the world. We pray for an end to violence, comfort for the mourning...

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Lent

Lent

Ash Wednesday is the first day of the Christian season called Lent. Lent originated in the fourth century, and was initially a time of preparation for those being baptized at Easter. The ashes symbolize our humility before God, and our recognition that we are mortal....

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A Big Hyde Park Welcome

A Big Hyde Park Welcome

Dear Hyde Park Family, Those who have been around the church for a while know that two of the great blessings in this congregation are its faithful laity and amazing staff. Because so many of you offer your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness, we make God’s...

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The Two Questions

The Two Questions

Dear Hyde Park Family, I love sessions with my therapist. They have been an important key to maintaining emotional wellness during this long, difficult season of life and ministry. Those of you with such a relationship with a therapist know these benefits; I’m...

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Cold Weather Shelter

Cold Weather Shelter

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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10 Reasons to Celebrate

10 Reasons to Celebrate

Dear Hyde Park Family,  As we start a new year together, I want to share some words of celebration with you about the church, including some opportunities for you to make God’s love real.  1. Amazing Year-End Giving Because of your financial generosity, and the...

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Manna Bags

Manna Bags

Support our friends in need with a little gift of Manna. Merge Youth are excited to start selling Manna bags again on the last Sunday of the month. Each bag is just a $5 donation. Get yours Jan. 30 at the Manna table between 10:30 and 11 a.m. Manna bags are always...

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Amazing Peace

Amazing Peace

Dear Hyde Park Family,   Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem By Maya Angelou   Thunder rumbles in the mountain passes And lightning rattles the eaves of our houses. Flood waters await us in our avenues. Snow falls upon snow, falls upon snow to avalanche Over...

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Remembering 9/11

Remembering 9/11

Church member Keather Snyder was near the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. She has shared her powerful story a few times with our congregation, most recently last year for one of our Facebook devotionals. This past week, she shared with us her special interest in...

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2021 Third Grade Bibles

2021 Third Grade Bibles

While the year of 2021 continues to be unpredictable and different in so many ways, some things do remain the same. And that includes our traditional 3rd Grade Bible events. We know that this year is an important year of discovery and growth for your child! By third...

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