HVAC Pipe Replacement to Begin in Refectory

Hyde Park Community is a beautiful, awe inspiring, and historic facility through which ministry extends into the community, our city, nation and world.  Caring for our facilities, The Property Team, of the Servant Leadership Board, has contracted with Peck Hannaford + Briggs to replace the HVAC pipes in the refectory (Phase 1 of 3); and Central Insulation Systems, Inc. (CIS, www.centralinsulation.com) to abate the asbestos that lies in the pathway of the pipe work.

CIS will begin the asbestos abatement on October 1, with an anticipated completion date of October 25.  During this time the Refectory will be closed to the public.  For a building the age of HPC, asbestos abatement is common and safe.

CIS will work on the abatement Monday – Friday, Noon – 8: 30pm, in compliance with all EPA regulations. All ministries and programs will continue, with alternatives/adjustments for those who use the refectory.  In addition, as a second layer of safety, the Property Team is in the process of securing a bid from Sierra Environment Group to have oversight of, and test weekly, the air quality surrounding the refectory.

Upon the completion of the asbestos abatement Peck Hannaford + Briggs will begin the HVAC pipe replacement.  The pipe replacement is expected to take three weeks with an anticipated completion date of November 15.  During this phase of the work the Refectory will be closed to the public.  In addition Peck, Hannaford + Briggs will create 4 zones, installing controls that will allow us to adjust temperature in one zone without effecting another.   

As we begin this work we appreciate your patience and understanding as it relates to the inaccessibility of the refectory.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  May God’s blessings abound as HPCUMC continues to be a transforming presence in our community, nation, and world.

Through Christ,

Pastor Doug

Property Team Projects Update

Hyde Park Community is a beautiful, awe inspiring, and historic facility through which ministry extends into the community, our city, nation and world.  As is the case with all “old homes”, there are maintenance items that can no longer be deferred, and must be addressed.

The Property Team, of the Servant Leadership Board, has been hard at work seeking to address two major projects this year, and we are on the verge of commencing work on both:

1.   Cleaning, repair, and sealing of the exterior stone.  We are in the final stages of reviewing bids from Hart Restoration and Hummel Restoration.

2.  Replacement of the HVAC pipes.  Over the last couple of years, we have been having issues with pipes breaking every time we switched from air conditioning to heat and from heat to air conditioning.  The time has come to replace the HVAC pipes throughout our facilities.  Phase one of this project will be the 1927 portion of the building.  However, prior to the start of the project we will need to remediate asbestos.  We are in the final stages of reviewing the preferred bid from CSI (asbestos abatement), and Peck Hannaford + Briggs for phase one of the pipe replacement.   

Additional projects that will need to be completed in the next 2-3 years include:

1.  Sanctuary Stain Glass Windows.  We have recently been made aware of  two issues with the stain glass in the sanctuary:  the original mortar glaze/caulking is beginning to crack and fall out.  In addition, some of the windows are exhibiting buckling/warping.  We are in the process of firming up quotes from Stain Glass Restoration companies.

2.   HVAC Pipe Replacement, Phase 2 and 3.  The remaining pipes outside of the scope of Phase 1 will be replaced.

This past July we communicated to the congregation the above needs, asking for your financial assistance.  As of September 4th, we have raised $120,069 for the Property Team projects.  Thank You!  Your support of these projects guarantees the viability of Hyde Park Community’s mission and ministry.  If you have been planning to help support this need, we look forward to hearing from you.  If you have yet to make the decision to help, I welcome the opportunity to have conversation with you and answer your questions.  All checks/envelopes need to be clearly marked: Property Team Projects.  It is a privilege to be in ministry with you!

Through Christ,

Pastor Doug

  

Thank You for Caring!

We all are aware of the devastation left behind in our local communities from the tornadoes of late May, early June.  Many of the families impacted were low-income families struggling to make ends meet and now find themselves struggling with the despair of a natural disaster.  The West Ohio Conference and our District Superintendent has asked HPCUMC to commit $10,000 to the relief effort (which will be on going for years to come).  In consultation with the chair of our Mission and Outreach Team, it has been agreed to use the Flick Endowment (designated to help people with basic needs) to match dollar for dollar, up to $5,000, to meet the $10,000 challenge.

Your passion for walking alongside the broken hearted, those living under the weight of discouragement, and offering hope in the face of hopelessness has become a real presence to thousands.  Through your generosity, we have answered the call to help with this multi-year recovery.  The true heart and character of Hyde Park Community shines like a beacon of light for those who literally and figuratively found/find themselves walking in darkness.

As of this writing we successfully raised $5,000, and the Flick Endowment Fund matched the $5,000 for a total of $10,000.  Because you gave:

  Water and food were provided to those suddenly left without.

  Temporary housing is provided.

  Restoration and renovation of homes has begun.

  Families are reunited.

  Communities rebuilt.

  Hope fanned from a flicker to a flame.

  People know they are loved.

Thank you for your support for this initiative of restoration.  The body of Christ is alive and well in places we have never been and uplifting people we do not know their names, but have encountered the living Christ!  May God’s blessings abound as we continue to live into God’s call to partner with God in God’s acts of new creation.

Through Christ,

Pastor Doug

  

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

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

Our Life Together

Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20). Known as the “Great Commission”, these words become for all who follow Jesus our pathway of “discipleship”.

Notice the key components of the discipleship pathway: 1. “Go”- Leave that which is comfortable.  2. “Baptize” – Enter the flow of the Trinity, the incarnation of God’s love, where we are reminded we are a child of God, beloved by God.  3. “Teach” – What we’ve been commanded; what are we commanded? “Love one another as I have loved you.” (Jn. 13:34-35)

As Hyde Park Community/Over the Rhine Community United Methodist Church, one church, two locations, we strive to be a faith community on this “discipleship pathway”.  Therefore, I take this opportunity to update you on three important happenings in our life together.

Samara United Methodist Church Visit. 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.  From July 24 – August 1st, six of our brothers and sisters from Samara will be with us.  Details are in process, look for more information in the near future. Mark your calendar: Sunday, July 28, Pastor Natalia will preach followed by a meal in the refectory.  Plan to join us for this wonderful time of fellowship and learning after church on July 28th.

HPCUMC Way Forward Listening Sessions. In this issue of News and Happenings you will find an article about the Listening Sessions our Way Forward Task Force will be holding. We need to hear from you as our beloved faith community charts a path forward, fulfilling the Great Commission.

Over The Rhine Community Church. The Servant Leadership Board has been in conversation with the Lead Team of OTRCC to determine the best path forward for fulfilling the Great Commission.  As of July 1, Zak McIntyre, will no longer be with us as the pastor of OTRCC.  The Servant Leadership Board will develop a time-line for the months ahead, and currently is in conversation with a clergy couple regarding the possibilities of bringing leadership to our second campus faith community.

HPCUMC fully embraces our partnership with God in God’s acts of new creation. There will be more information shared about the above in the days to come, until then if you would like to discuss any of the above please drop by my office.

Through Christ,

Pastor Doug

Leave A Legacy

On May 19 we celebrated “Legacy Sunday”, an annual observance, with thanksgiving, for those who have gone before us and continue to support the mission and ministry of the church they love, through the Endowment of HPCUMC.  Endowment programs have a positive impact on the life of a congregation.  Endowment programs offer families and individuals the opportunity to leave a legacy to their beloved church, a legacy that bears abundant fruit!  HPCUMC has been a transformative presence through the life-stages of many: birth, baptism, confirmation, graduation, marriage and death.  As a result, a deep and abiding love for our faith community has become the motivation for making a gift to the HPCUMC endowment, ensuring and enhancing the ministries of HPCUMC for future generations.

Hyde Park Community has been blessed by the foresight of those who have gone before us to leave such a legacy gift.  From the first gift, under the leadership of Bishop Emerson Colaw, to the 28 million dollar endowment it is today, the endowment has enhanced the vision and mission of HPCUMC.  From support of the facilities, to the support of our outreach/mission programs, and missionaries, the HPCUMC endowment has been a part of partnering with God to bring God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. From scholarships awarded to our young adults in college to scholarships awarded to those interested in short term mission opportunities, the income from the HPCUMC endowment has been actively involved in making disciples and facilitating intellectual, and spiritual growth.

The beauty of the Endowment program is that no gift is too small, whether $5 or a million dollars the endowment program provides the opportunity for individuals and families to leave a legacy to the church they love.  We invite you to make a gift to the endowment, and/or including HPCUMC in your estate plans.  I would love to talk to you about your legacy gift.

Through Christ,

Pastor Doug

Update: Hyde Park Community’s Future/The United Methodist Church

In the wake of the Special Session of General Conference in February, many conversations have started to take place regarding the future of the United Methodist Church.  In February, delegates from around the world voted to embrace “The Traditional Plan” which tightens the ban on gay clergy and same-sex unions.  These changes to the United Methodist Book of Discipline go into effect on January 1, 2020.

Judicial Council, which is a diverse nine-member group of clergy and laity, met to review all of the legislation that was addressed at the Special Session in St. Louis in February.  They upheld the majority of the decisions made including an exit path for churches that choose to leave the denomination.

Conversations are taking place all over the country and the world regarding the future of United Methodism.  Here are a few gatherings that will help shape our future:

May 20-23: “UMC Next” will gather in Kansas City to pray and discern a way forward for congregations who seek a more inclusive path than the decision made by the Special Session of General Conference.  Invited representatives from annual conferences will gather at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection to worship, pray, and discern options.  Rev. Dr. Cathy Johns, one of our senior pastors, will be attending as one of West Ohio Conference’s representatives.

June 2 – 6:  West Ohio Annual Conference will be held at Lakeside.  Delegates will be elected to attend the General Conference in May 2020 in Minneapolis.

June 11: The HPC Way Forward Task Force, composed of nine laity and our senior pastors, will begin to meet.  They will explore options and seek direction as we move forward.   Dr. Al Painter, the chair of the Servant Leadership Board, will chair.

Summer/Fall: Listening Sessions will be held at Hyde Park Community to help discern our way forward as a faith community.  Multiple options will be discussed to continue as a strong, vibrant church that changes lives for Christ locally and globally.

A Church Conference will be held to vote on the recommendation of the HPC Way Forward Task Force.  All members will have voice and vote.        

Your prayers for bishops, church leaders, laity, clergy, and your church staff are deeply appreciated during this season of listening and waiting for God to direct our path.  As always, we are here to listen to your questions and concerns.

Through Christ,

Pastor Cathy & Pastor Doug

Ministry Is A Team Sport

Paul in First Corinthians talks about the body of Christ, “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. . . . Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”     (1 Corinthians 12:12, 27) Using a sports metaphor, ministry is a team sport, individuals coming together to use their gifts in coordination with the giftedness of others for the greater good.

As is the case with any team sport it is important to have the right people in the right place to accomplish great things for the kingdom of God.  With this in mind I take this opportunity to share exciting news with regard to our new Youth Director.

Over the past five months the Personnel Team of the Servant Leadership Board has been working with our Youth Leaders and Youth to fill the Youth Director position (effective January 1, 2019, Rev. Kate Smith transitioned from Youth Ministry to Mission and Outreach, succeeding Sarah Putman).  After reviewing over 30 resumes and a number of interviews, the right candidate never materialized.  Our priority was not to rush the process, settling for an “ok” youth director.  Strength in our youth ministry is what we sought and we were willing to stand on God’s promise in Isaiah, “Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” (Isaiah 40:31)

I am pleased to announce that Dana Calhoun has agreed to re-align her responsibilities on staff to include youth ministry.  Dana has a passion for youth ministry and possesses the right gifts to serve and walk alongside our youth and their families with excellence.  Dana is the right person for the position on the team!  As the Director of Family Ministry at HPCUMC Dana’s focus will be Youth Ministry.

Over the coming weeks the Personnel Team will review the needs of our Children’s Ministry and seek the right candidate to join Pam Pilger on the Children’s Ministry Team.  In the meantime, an interim plan will be in place to make sure Children’s ministry is offered with excellence.  Your prayers are welcomed as Dana makes this transition, and for God’s leading, as the right person steps in to lead our children and their families.

It is a privilege to serve in ministry with you at HPCUMC.  Together we are the body of Christ to the world, offering God’s love to all God calls God’s beloved!  See you in Church!

Through Christ,

Pastor Doug

Together We Make A Difference!

Together We Make a Difference!

As the flowers bloom and the trees bud, all of creation is singing resurrection praises!

Thank you for your support and generosity of the ministries of Hyde Park Community/Over The Rhine Community United Methodist Church!   Because you gave:

•  On Friday, April 12, HPCUMC opened the doors of the Church, offering our community God’s love and grace through song, as our Praise Band performed a concert of love and acceptance.

•  On Saturday, April 13, HPCUMC, children and their families enjoyed our annual Easter Egg Hunt, led by our Children and Family Ministry.

•  In partnership with the University of Cincinnati’s Audiology Department, we have provided hearing aides for the community of Red Bird Mission. There is a waiting list of 3+ years for hearing aides. 

•  The Lenten Retreat offered participants a time of reflection and renewal.

•  The Pre-School Chapel engages over 190 children and adults with the love and grace of Jesus twice a month.

•  The weekly Young Adult gatherings average 11 young adults in study and fellowship. 

•  The Mission and Outreach Team provide opportunities to mentor/tutor children at Rothenberg and Wesley Chapel Mission Center.

•  Eight members of HPCUMC represented the church as part of the mission team to Cluj, Romania.

•  The Young Adult Enneagram Retreat inspired 22 young adults.

In these ways, and many more, your generous giving is a way in which you have partnered with God to bring God’s kingdom on earth, as it is in heaven.  Thank you!

May God’s blessings abound as you continue to support the ministry and mission of Hyde Park Community through your extravagant generosity!  

Through Christ,

Pastor Doug