Author Archives: Rev Uch

About Rev Uch

I'm a United Methodist pastor serving Hyde Park United Methodist in Tampa, Florida. My husband and I have been here since July 2016. We are thrilled to be back in this area closer to most of our immediate family. In Tampa on a Sunday? Stop by one of our six weekly services. Find out more at

Martin Copenhaver – Remember Me? 

My precious Daddy died in 2008, after several years of living with dementia, the last 18 months or so unable to identify me as his daughter. This piece by Martin Copenhaver is a poignant reminder of my time with my … Continue reading

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Editorial: Stay United!

Originally posted on Oboedire:
As the Annual Conferences of the United Methodist Church meet during these weeks, the challenges we face as a denomination become more apparent.  And the fact that we are not agreed as to how we should…

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Usher Me In

Many, if not most, churches have Ushers. We may have different views about what they do, how they do it and why. And, we sometimes ponder, do Ushers usher or do they ush?* Whatever the answer, in this episode of … Continue reading

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Everyday God Connections

Often in my day to day work as a pastor or even in my personal life, there come moments when God speaks through the everyday-ness of life. For several weeks, I have been part of the team leading classes for … Continue reading

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Lake Reflections

The parsonage (house) provided by First Mount Dora sits on a hill at the end of a short street with a cul de sac. At the bottom of the hill is Lake Gertrude, a lovely spring fed lake. My route … Continue reading

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Just a Little Reminder

Just a little reminder to donate today to The Advance of the United Methodist Church. Matched dollar for dollar up to one million dollars, your donation can go further today than any other day of the year. Not sure what … Continue reading

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Be the Change

For years, I have heard that phrase “Be the change you want to be,” encouraging us to change and others will follow. When we apply that to our Christian faith, we have to step up to a new intentionality from … Continue reading

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