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The Season of Advent

Dear Friends in Christ, There’s a song in the air! As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Christ, whose love transforms our lives, we hear beautiful songs of Christmas everywhere we go. This Advent, join us as we go back to the “Original Christmas Album” to remember the songs of the people […]

Symbols of Advent

Advent comes from the Latin word “adventus” which means coming. During Advent we celebrate the two comings of Christ: Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem and His promised return in final victory. In our sanctuary you will see several symbols: Advent Wreath: evergreen branches in a circle, a sign of life of eternal life. Four royal blue […]

Joy Abounds in Service

The heart for service and meeting needs runs deep in this congregation. Two seasonally appropriate areas where this has been most evident for me over the last two years in my position as the Community Ministry and Global Outreach Ministry Assistant have been in the Thanksgiving Baskets project and in providing Christmas gifts for the […]

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Information Sharing

“I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’ Our feet are standing in your gates, Jerusalem.” (Psalm 122:1-2) It is a spiritually deep experience to stand in the gates of Jerusalem, sail on the Sea of Galilee, or remember your baptism in the river Jordan. These […]

Children’s Letters to God

Stuart Hample and Eric Marshall share some interesting questions asked by children in their delightful compilation, “Children’s Letters to God”: “In Sunday School they told us what you do. Who does it when you are on vacation?” – Jane “Dear God, my Grandpa says you were around when he was a little boy. How far […]

Update on Worship @ 11

The vision: To reach more people for Christ, Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church is expanding our worship options on Sunday morning. The Servant Leadership Board, after receiving a proposal from the Worship Task Force in July 2015, voted to offer two traditional services(8:00 and 9:30 am) and a new option on Sunday morning: “Worship […]

Henderson Settlement and Red Bird Mission

The Community Ministry/Global Outreach team of Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church develops strategies for supporting local, national, and international partners who make up the core of our outreach ministry. Two of our Global Partners are Henderson Settlement and Red Bird Mission in rural Appalachia, Kentucky. Both partners seek to meet the needs of those […]


Change! Change! Change! I’ve experienced it! You’ve experienced it! Life is filled with change. Some change just happens and it knocks us down. Other change is necessary, and we initiate it through our choices. Change is essential for our growth and development as a person, as a people. Without change, as the old Texas adage […]

Imagine No Malaria- A Concerted Effort

Imagine No Malaria is a concerted worldwide effort by the people of the United Methodist Church to end deaths from malaria in Africa. It has already shown positive results. However, there is still work to do. Every 60 seconds, someone dies from malaria even though it is a preventable and curable disease. The majority of […]

Join Us…

Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church will be sending a mission team to Samara United Methodist Church in Samara, Russia, June 22 – June 30, 2016. The mission team will be lead by Kevin Betts and myself. Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, and Samara United Methodist Church have been ministry partners since 1996. This […]