Join Us in Welcoming our Brothers and Sisters from Samara, Russia

Over the past five years I have been to Samara, Russia twice.  Both trips were transformative, exceeding my expectations of deepening our relationships with one another, and solidifying our partnership, as together we bring alive the words of Jesus, “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid.  No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

The Samara United Methodist Church Pastors and Laity will be with us July 24 – August 1!  For over 25 years Hyde Park Community UMC has had a relationship with Samara UMC.  Over the years teams from Samara and HPCUMC have visited the US and Russia.  Six of our brothers and sisters from Samara will be with us July 24 – August 1.

Today, Pastor Natalia will preach followed by a meal in the refectory.  The congregation is invited to stay after worship to break bread and fellowship.  In addition, you are invited to join us for any and all of the following events:

Monday, July 29, 7:00, Worship at HPCUMC

Tuesday, July 30, 9:00-3:00, Wesley Community Services

Thursday, August 1, 8:30 -2:00, Air Force Museum, Dayton

If you would like more information about joining us for any of the above contact Pastor Kate, Pastor Doug, or Kevin Betts.

May God’s blessings abound, see you in Church!

Through Christ,

Pastor Doug

Love that Descends

He loved her, without a doubt.

Soren Kierkegaard, a Danish philosopher of the 19th Century, wrote of a dilemma faced by a king who loved a humble maiden.  He was a great king and could have whatever he wanted.  Foreign states trembled at his power.  Every statesman feared his wrath.  All would send ambassadors to his wedding.

He realized that if he asked the members of his court about following through on marrying this humble woman that they would respond, “Your majesty is about to confer an honor upon the maiden for which she can never be sufficiently grateful her whole life long!”

The dilemma was simple:  Even if she did want to come with him and join him in marriage, he could never be sure that she loved him for himself.  He wrestled and agonized in his mind.

Finally he decided. If she could not come up to his high station in life and be sure to love him freely, he must descend to hers.  He must descend stripped of all royalty and power, for only then would he know that his beloved loved him freely, as equals.

The king made his choice:  he laid aside all his power and privileges and came to her as her equal, for the sole purpose of winning her love.

Thirty-five years ago this Sunday, July 21, I married my best friend, Doug Johns. Every day I thank God for his love, his laughter, and the joy that he brings to my heart and soul.  Words cannot express my gratitude for his presence in my life and in the life of our family.

May God richly bless you and those whom you love.

Your Servant in Christ,

Pastor Cathy

Summer Is Finally Here!

Summer is Finally Here!

School is not in session. Preschoolers through seniors in high school have graduated. What an exciting time of celebration in their accomplishments. And “thank you teachers” too.

It also means summer vacations and family reunions. Travel safely. Take time to enjoy swimming pools, amusement parks, community festivals, and backyard cookouts. Summer is a great time to relax and be renewed.

Our Sunday morning and mid-week classes take a little break in the summer. However, every summer for many years here at Hyde Park Community UMC, Vacation Bible School (VBS) happens. It is a big part of reaching out into our community and opening wide the doors of the church. Dana Calhoun and Pam Pilger and a working team of parents, children and youth have been hard at work for months preparing for this amazing outreach church event.

The next two weeks the Refectory, Sanctuary, Little Theater, Welcome Center and Hallways will be decorated with an African theme. This includes a host of massive animal-like figures, a waterfall, a desert area, wall paintings, jungle music and scenes. The theme is titled “Roar: Life Is Wild, God Is Good!” We will have 150-175 children and volunteers in Vacation Bible School. So, “summer school” will be in session here at Hyde Park Community UMC.

We continue our sermon series theme this week on “Waking to God’s Wonders.” This Sunday we will focus primarily on the “Wonder of Prayer.” During the summer and all seasons of the year we might think of Hyde Park Community UMC being a school or a “House of Prayer.”

If you get a chance after worship this Sunday, I encourage everyone to walk the church and pray. Pray for all the children, parents and volunteers who will be here the next two weeks. Pray VBS will be filled with God’s Spirit and all will experience God’s goodness and grace.

Blessings,

Pastor Dave Weaver

Join Us In Welcoming our Russian Brothers and Sisters

The Samara United Methodist Church Pastors and Laity will be with us July 24 – August 1st!  For over 25 years, Hyde Park Community UMC has had a relationship with Samara UMC.  Over the years, teams from Samara and HPCUMC have visited the U.S. and Russia. Six of our brothers and sisters from Samara will be with us July 24 – August 1.

Mark your calendars! Sunday, July 28th, Pastor Natalia will preach followed by a meal in the refectory.  The congregation is invited to stay after worship to break bread and fellowship with our brothers and sisters from Samara. Meat and drinks will be provided. If you can help, we’re asking folks to bring an appetizer, salad or dessert to share.  A free will offering will be taken in support of UMW (United Methodist Women) missions.

You can RSVP one of three ways:

The HPCUMC website– Go to our website and find the registration link in the scrolling banner.

Friendship Pad in Worship– As you fill out the friendship sheet in worship, write in the comment section: I will attend the July 28 dinner.

Call the church office– Plan now to join us for this wonderful time of fellowship and learning after church on July 28.

In addition you are invited to join us for any and all of the following events:

Thursday, July 25, 6:30 pm, Worship at OTRCC/Summer Impact

Friday, July 26, 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Wesley Chapel Mission Center

Monday, July 29, 7:00 pm, Worship at HPCUMC

Tuesday, July 30, 9:00 am -3:00 pm, Wesley Community Services

Thursday, August 1, 8:30 am -2:00 pm Air Force Museum, Dayton

If you would like more information about joining us for any of the above contact Pastor Kate, Pastor Doug, or Kevin Betts.

Thank you in advance for being a part of showing our guests hospitality.  May God’s blessings abound, see you in Church!

Through Christ,

Pastor Doug