Florida Focus
Apr 10, 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.


HALIFAX Association

The Baptist Men’s Department of the Halifax Baptist Association in cooperation with area churches is sponsoring a special FREE showing of the film “Courageous” April 27 at 6 p.m. in the performing arts center at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach. T.C. Stallings, an actor who plays T.J. in the movie, is sharing his testimony and will offer a Q&A following the film. Churches and ministries interested in having information tables in the atrium can call Donnie Conner at 386-366-0899.



St. Augustine Road Baptist Church will honor Pastor Harper Bumpers April 20-21 on his 40th anniversary with the south Jacksonville church. A celebration service and reception is planned Saturday at 6 p.m., and on Sunday a special service will begin at 10 a.m. with dinner on the ground. Eddie Bumpers, pastor of Crossway Baptist Church in Springfield, Mo., will speak, and Johnny Parrack will sing. For more information, call 904-268-6246. North Jacksonville Baptist Church will host two Desire Mercy Ministry events April 26 and 27. “Singles and Sexuality” is the subject of the April 26 conference, which begins at 7 p.m. “Beyond Behavior” will be held April 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Joe Dallas, a speaker on sexual brokenness and homosexuality, will speak at both events. For more information, call 904-757-3000, ext. 334, or go to www.njbc.org. Springfield Baptist Church has called Ken Roe as pastor. He is a graduate of Jacksonville Baptist Theological Seminary, and previously served East 44th Street Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Roe also works as an independent contractor for a bakery. He and his wife, Deborah, have three adult children and ten grandchildren.



Mt. Paran Baptist Church in Branford will honor Pastor A.E. (Ed) Wimberly April 14 on his retirement after serving the church 33 years. A celebration will be held in the fellowship hall 3-5 p.m. For more information, call 386-935-1676.


First Baptist Church in Ellentown has called Cliff Mattox as pastor. He also serves as interim director of missions of the Manatee Southern Baptist Association, a position he has held since January 2012. Mattox is a graduate of University of Florida and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., and previously served as pastor of Woodland Baptist Church in Bradenton and First Baptist Church in Terra Ceia. He and his wife, Becky, have one adult son.


First Baptist Church in Raiford invites guests for its Homecoming, April 28 with a fellowship at 10 a.m. followed by a concert by “Palmetto Ramblers” from Nashville at 11 a.m. Dinner on the grounds follows at 12:30 in the fellowship hall. For more information, call 386-431-1488.

GROUNDBREAKING Northcliffe Baptist Church in Spring Hill broke ground March 24 for a family life conference center. The two-story building will house the student ministry on the second floor and fellowship and conference facilities on the first floor. Manning the shovels were (from left) Jeff Dye, minister to students; Pastor Jerry Waugh; and Nancy Patterson, business administrator. Construction began April 1 and completion is expected in January 2014. Courtesy photo


Crossroads Baptist Church in Fort Myers will a fun day April 14 beginning at 12:30 p.m. that will include donkey and roping relays, a cow whip contest, hot dog and pie eating contests, a stick horse race, a sack race, cow roping and branding, and a cake walk. Proceeds from the day will benefit the Honduras mission of the church’s construction team in October. For more information, call 239-693-2777, or go to www.crossroadsbaptist.net.  


First Baptist Church in Milton will host a family conference, “Living Faith @ Home” April 12-13. Tom Blackaby will speak and Jeff Slaughter will lead music. The associational-sponsored event will begin at 6:30 p.m. April 12 with a pizza dinner, and conclude at noon April 13. For more information, call 850-623-8873.


Carrollwood Baptist Church will host Doxology, a vocal ensemble from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., in concert April 23 at 7 p.m. For more information, call 813-962-3214, or go to www.carrollwoodbaptist.org.

GROUNDBREAKING Scott Lake Baptist Church in Lakeland broke ground for a new family life center March 17. The 28,000-square-foot building will include a gym, stage, commercial kitchen, 17 classrooms and choir suite. Participating in the ceremony were (from left) Joan and Keith Richardson, charter members; Matt Turner, building chairman; Pastor Darin Kress; and Iris Fleming, charter member. The church, constituted in 1972, raised funds for the building using the “Building for the Future” campaign from the Florida Baptist Convention. The congregation anticipates occupying the family life center Easter 2014. Courtesy photo


Calvary Baptist Church in Defuniak Springs will celebrate Homecoming April 28. Walton County Baptist Association Director of Missions David Ellis will speak in the 10 a.m. service. Dinner on the grounds will be served. For more information, call 850-892-2190. 






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