Florida Focus
Oct 17, 2012

A one-time announcement of special events is a free service provided by the Witness to Florida Baptist churches. Please send materials at least three weeks before the date of the event, to Florida Baptist Witness, 1230 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32207, fax 904-346-0696 or submitted using our online form. Items received after deadline may appear in our exclusive on-line version.



First Baptist Church in Blounts­town has called Timothy F. Rhoads as pastor. He most recently served 12 years as student pastor of Eastern Shore Baptist Church in Daphne, Ala., while also teaching student ministry as adjunct professor at University of Mobile. Rhoads previously served as minister to students with Twelfth Street Baptist Church in Gadsden, Ala., and Thomas Memorial Baptist Church in Quincy. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University in Starkville, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Robbie Ann, have three children.


Lovedale Baptist Church in Bascom will celebrate its 113th homecoming Nov. 4. Former pastor Mitch Nelson will speak and Lovedale musicians will sing in the 10:30 a.m. service. The congregation will honor the Bevis Family and members who died during the year. Lunch will be served. For more information, call 850-592-5415.


First Baptist Church, Wakulla Station has called Kyle Marks as pastor. He is a junior at Baptist College of Florida in Graceville, and worked as a youth volunteer at Lake Ellen Baptist Church where he was ordained. He and his wife, Mindy, have two children.


First Baptist Church in Orange Park will host an “Orphan Day” event Nov. 4 for families interested in adoption or foster care. Jerry Haag, president of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, will speak in the 8, 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. worship services. Randy Harrison, North Florida administrator of the FBCH in Jacksonville, will lead a panel discussion at 6 p.m. Rick Cleveland, FBCH director of community ministries, and Jerree Sanders, FBCH foster care family counselor, will join Cleveland to discuss opportunities for involvement with at-risk children and the need for adoptive parents. For more information, call 904-264-2351, or go to www.opfirst.org.



First Baptist Church of Sparr in Citra has called Brian Caples as pastor. He previously served since 2010 as interim minister of music with First Baptist Church in Ocala. Caples is a graduate of Florida State University in Tallahassee and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He also served churches in Melbourne and Miami. He and his wife, Dianne, have two children.


Duval Station Baptist Church in Jacksonville will host its annual Judgment House drama, “Unexpected,” Oct. 25-28, 6:30-9:30 p.m. For more information, call 904-751-4967.


Crewsville Bethel Baptist Church in Zolfo Springs will celebrate its 108th Homecoming Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. Guest speaker is Gaylon Buckland, director of missions of Orange Blossom Baptist Association. The Gulf State Quartet will sing. Dinner on the ground will follow the service. For more information, call 863-735-0871.


South Biscayne Church in North Port will host “Veggie Tales Live!” Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. The performance is part of the nationwide Veggie Tales’ God Made You Special Tour of more than 45 cities. For more information, call 941-426-3817, or go to www.southbiscaynesite.com.


Myrtle Grove Baptist Church will host Mike Hagen and the Strength Team in performances Oct. 24-27 at 7 p.m., and Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. The team also will perform at 10 schools around Escambia County. For more information, call 850-455-7389, or go to www.myrtlegrovebaptist.org.



First Baptist Church in High Springs has called Derek Lambert as pastor. He and his wife, Nichole, and two daughters moved to High Springs from Newhebron, Mississippi, where he was pastor of Newhebron Baptist Church since 2008. He is a graduate of Leavell College in New Orleans and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and he is pursuing a D.Min. at NOBTS.


First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks in Largo will host “Constitution Alive,” a live presentation with Rick Green of Wallbuilders radio show, Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information, call 727-595-3421, or go to www.indianrocks.org.


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