Florida Focus
Feb 20, 2013

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.




Faith Baptist Church in Lakeland will host dramatist Trevor Thomas in a performance March 3 at 10 a.m. For more information, call 863-984-3610.


Shindler Drive Baptist Church will host “Fruitful,” a discipleship conference, March 15, 6-9 p.m. Robert Coleman, author of The Master Plan of Evangelism, will speak. For more information, call 904-779-7086, or go to www.shindler.org. Hillcrest Baptist Church will host a Regional Creative Arts Training Festival March 15-16. The event, sponsored by Creative Ministry Solutions, will offer training in the art of puppetry and other performance arts through workshops, performances and competitions. For more information or to register, call 303-567-8800, or e-mail events@creativemin.com.


North River Church, a mission of West Bradenton Baptist Church that meets at Williams Elementary School in Parrish, has called Justin Arbuckle as pastor. He, his wife Nicole and two children moved to Parrish from Jonesboro, Ark., where he served as student pastor of Central Baptist Church. He also served as student pastor of Hocutt Baptist Church in Clayton, N.C., while he was a student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest. He also is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo., his home state.


First Baptist Church in Belleview will meet in revival March 3-6, at 6:30 p.m. nightly. Evangelist Danny Sinquefield will preach. For more information, call 352-245-9106.


Gateway Baptist Church will celebrate its 50th anniversary March 3. Alfred R. Daniels, pastor of Strandfontein Baptist Church in Cape Town, South Africa, will speak at 10 a.m. For more information, call 305-271-1141.


First Baptist Church in Sebring will host guitarist Mark Kroos in concert March 3 at 6 p.m. For more information, call 863-385-5134, or go to www.fbcsebring.com.



First Baptist Church in Lake Worth has called Rachael Wilson as minister to students. A native of Palm Beach County, she was baptized at First Baptist. She is a graduate of University of Florida in Gainesville, and is currently pursuing an MDiv. at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach. She previously served with Great Commission Ministries to start student churches on college campuses in Florida and South Carolina.


Greater Little Rock Baptist Church will host Fred Luter Jr., senior pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans and president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. For more information, call 850-438-7527. Lakeview Baptist Church will host Chance Hill, “The Horse Whisperer,” Feb. 23. For more information, call 850-434-2755.


First Baptist Church in Estero will host a Dessert Comedy Theatre March 2 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Comedian Scott Davis will perform. For more information, call 239-992-0881.


Hague Baptist Church in Gainesville will host The Sonshine Quartet in concert Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. For more information, call 386-462-4152. Northwest Baptist Church in Gainesville will meet for Spring Renewal March 1-3 at 6 p.m. nightly. Eric Bryant, pastor of the South Campus of Gateway Church in Austin, Texas, will speak. For more information, call 352-377-5076.


Pine Terrace Baptist Church in Milton will host A Night with Troy Ruiz March 2. The event for sportsmen will begin at 4:30 p.m. when exhibits open; dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., and the program, at 7 p.m. Troy Ruiz is a veteran producer of outdoor television shows and videos, and he currently helps produce and co-hosts the Outdoor Channel’s “Headhunters’ TV.” For more information, call 850-623-3954, or go to www.ptbc.org.


Woodlawn Baptist Church in Hawthorne will host a recognition service for Charles and Dottie Litzell, its pastor emeritus and wife, March 3 at 6 p.m. Litzell served 14 years as pastor of Woodlawn Baptist before retiring, and then served as pastor of the New Cross Creek Baptist Church two years. He also is a heavy equipment operator with Florida Baptist Disaster Relief. For more information, call 352-481-3652.


First Baptist Church in Brandon will host a Sportsmen’s Feast Feb. 25 that will feature Outdoorsman and bow hunter Robert Bradow. Displays will open at 5 p.m., and wild game appetizers and a steak dinner will be served at 6 p.m. For more information, call 813-689-1204, or go to www.fbcbrandon.org.


East Baptist Church in DeFuniak Springs has called George Chestnut as pastor after he had served 11 months as interim pastor. Chestnut also works with the Northwest Florida Regional Housing Authority. A 1999 graduate of Baptist College of Florida in Graceville, Chestnut previously served as pastor of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Slocomb, Ala. He and his wife, Linda, have two adult children.


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