UPDATED: Florida Focus
Jul 16, 2012

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50 YEARS First Baptist Church in Fountain celebrated its 50th anniversary May 27. John Sullivan, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, preached and Louis and Ann Kathman led the music. With 120 in attendance, the church history was presented in a slide show, and former pastors greeted the congregation by video. The church was founded in 1962 as a mission of Immanuel Baptist Church in Panama City. Twelve pastors have served the congregation including David Halstead, 1980-1992, and current Pastor Doug Sanders who has served since 2007. Courtesy photo



Hopeful Baptist Church in Lake City will celebrate its 125th anniversary Aug. 5. Services will be held at 8:30 and 11 a.m. at the main campus with Dr. John Sullivan, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, as the guest speaker. A covered dish lunch is planned at 12:30 p.m. followed by a celebration program at 2 p.m. Gary Crawford, pastor of Westside Baptist Church in Gainesville will speak. For more information, call 386-752-4135.


Hardeetown Baptist Church in Chiefland has called Noah Raulerson as associate pastor/minister of youth. He is a recent graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., and a 2007 graduate of Baptist College of Florida in Graceville. His wife, Jennifer, was a high school English teacher in North Carolina.


Four college students were recently named recipients of the 2012 Jacksonville Baptist Association music scholarships: Catie Hudson, Liberty University, Hibernia Baptist Church; Deborah Michelle Johnson, Baptist College of Florida, First Baptist Church, Glen St. Mary; Andrew McCallum, Liberty University, Chets Creek Church; Kaleigh Thompson, Jacksonville University, The Church at Argyle. Each received a $1,000 scholarship.

STAND TALL A 70-voice men’s choir from First Baptist Church in Niceville performed “Stand Tall” July 1. The musical, written by Randy Vader and Jay Rouse, was directed by Associate Pastor Dennis J. Brown. The choir, in partnership with the Everyman Men’s Ministry, included eight father-son teams and men from 15-87 in age who rehearsed together eight weeks for the performance. Courtesy photo


The Youth Summer Theater of Northcliffe Baptist Church in Spring Hill will present “Ramona Quimby” based on the Beverly Cleary books July 20-22 in the Northcliffe Student Center. Performance times are July 20, 7 p.m.; July 21, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and July 22, 2 p.m. For more information, go to www.Northcliffe.org/YST.





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