April 25, 2024 – Newsletter

Congregational Meeting & Fellowship Lunch
Sunday, April 28, 2024
Please plan to stay after Worship on April 28th for the Congregational Annual Meeting. A Fun, Fabulous, Fellowship Feast will follow.

What’s for lunch? There will be Cubanitos (that’s little Cuban sandwiches), several salads, lemonade, tea, water and a couple of desserts. IF you would like to bring something, consider snacky stuff like pickles or chips, or simple dessert (no flaming Bananas Foster or Baked Alaska).

Please RSVP if you can to Ann in the Church Office: office@HydeParkPres.com.

Congregational Annual Meeting
Sunday, April 28, 2024 following Worship
This will be an update to the congregation on the church committees and their work, update on our building project, and a review of the 2024 Budget. And please, stay for lunch!

Wines Around the World
Thurs. June 6 @ 6:00 pm (06.06.0600)On the 6th month, on the 6th day at the 6th hour — Kim Brannan will be hosting a wine-tasting event at her home.  Her friend, Lori Rabinowitz, a certified sommelier, will lead us through “Wines Around the World” where we will learn about and taste 6 wines from 6 regions around the globe.

Feel free to invite a friend or two … we can always spill out (pun intended) onto the pool deck!

To RSVP and for Kim’s address, contact Ann Orand at office@hydeparkpres.com or 813.253.0069.

April 28th Worship in the Sanctuary at 10:00 am
Annual Meeting & Fellowship Luncheon follow at 11:00.“More Than a Feeling” 1 John 4:17-21
Rev. John Hougen, Interim Pastor

Children are “shepherded out” of Worship after the Children’s Time.
Nursery opens at 9:45 am.

The Worship Service will be live-streamed on our Hyde Park Presbyterian Church YouTube channel under LIVE!  CLICK HERE to go to the page.


Catch a Glimpse!
Rev. John Hougen has a message for you!
CLICK HERE for a 90-second peek at the message this coming Sunday. You can find it on the Hyde Park Presbyterian Facebook page … along with some other great stuff.

Ensuring a Safe Worship Experience

On Sunday, April 21, we had an incident with an unidentified visitor during our worship service. This man arrived after the service started, sat down in the sanctuary, and was not a problem through the sermon. During the offering he came forward and handed the pastor a piece of paper. The paper had the 10 Commandments written on one side and some gibberish on the other side. After handing the pastor the paper he quietly left the building. Nothing happened. But it did raise some concerns.

At the meeting of the Administrative and Building Committee on Tuesday, April 23, the incident and how to respond was discussed. For the short run we will ensure that the east and west hallway doors (Willow & Orleans doors) are locked promptly at 10:00 am on Sunday. Further, we will ask the ushers to remain in the Narthex area to keep an eye on the door. If there is reason to be concerned about someone we have a “panic” button located in the Narthex that will activate the Tampa Police Department. We have also been in contact with the Tampa Police Department about having an off-duty officer present during worship to help provide a more secure environment. There is a process for getting this person and we are pursuing it.

For the long term, we are forming a Security Task Force that will consist of a member of the Administrative and Building Committee (Josh Crum), the Worship Committee (Dek Wright), and a congregational member at large (Tony Brannan Sr). This group will work with the pastor to investigate best practices, formulate procedures, explore training opportunities, and discuss all possibilities for making our Sunday morning worship as secure as it can be.

We are taking all of this very seriously and ask for your patience and understanding as we move through this process.

Mother’s Day (May 12) Diaper Drive
Our Spring hands-on mission project benefits Beth-El Farmworkers. Please bring diapers of all sizes to support this program for Beth-El Ministry, feeding the mind, body and spirit of the farmworking community in nearby Wimauma. Honor all of our mothers and motherly figures with something that makes life a bit easier. for these hard-working moms. Larger sizes for toddlers are especially needed. CLICK HERE to go directly to Amazon with items conveniently listed.A donation box is in the foyer.
For monetary donations, please note “Diaper Drive” for checks, and soon on EasyTithe and Church Center.
Contact Nancy Corwin, Ann Shipherd or the church office if you’d like to help: a driver (or two) may be needed to deliver diapers or coordinate pickup.

Seeking a Facilities Superintendent
20 -25 hrs/week, flexible schedule
The Facilities Superintendent maintains and oversees all grounds, building, and equipment belonging to Hyde Park Pres relating to its preparation and service to the community. Duties include grounds and building maintenance, oversight of service providers, inspecting facilities to meet safety regulations for proper usage and coordinating renovations and updates.

Required: resume with references; 3 years of relatable experience; high school diploma or equivalent; good communicator; successful background check.
Earning potential: $32,000 – $38,000.
Resumes should be sent to office@hydeparkpres.com.

Volunteer Opportunity: Do you enjoy children?
We are looking for caring adults to serve as a substitute to lead our Children’s Sunday School a couple of times a year. The new curriculum has a Leader’s Guide which makes it easy for you. If interested, please respond to Miss Faith via children@hydeparkpres.com or email the office.

FOMO: Mark your Calendar; don’t miss out!

Thu. Apr. 25 Discount for STEAM Camps ends
Sun. Apr. 28 @ 11:00 Congregational Meeting
followed by Fellowship Lunch
Tue. Apr. 30 @ 7:00 Your Session Meets
Sun. May 5 Manna Bags available
Sun. May 12 Mother’s Day Diaper Drive ends
Sun. May 19 Pentecost & Communion
Tue. May 21 @ 6:30 Young Adult Dinner & Study
Thu. June 6 @ 6 Wine Tasting at Kim Brannan’s

Discount Deadline Thursday April 25th for STEAM Camps!

ESTEAM Learning Labs is partnering with Apollo Academy to bring you a full summer of exciting camps right here at Hyde Park Pres!

Discovery STEAM Camps ages 4 – 8
All other STEAM Camps ages 8 – 15
Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4 pm, $435.00 Full Day
Half day (Discovery Camps only) $245.00
USE the Code HPPC15 for 15% Off all registrations (offer expires April 25th). Registration Link: https://esteamlearninglabs.com/location/tampa/

Hyde Park Presbyterian Church, 1309 W Swann Ave., Tampa FL 33606
813-253-0069     office@hydeparkpres.com        HydeParkPres.com
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