Florida Focus: Sept. 19
Sep 23, 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.



Leon Ebenezer Baptist Church in Tallahassee will celebrate its 124th anniversary in Homecoming Oct. 6. Singing will begin at 10 a.m., and the worship service at 11 a.m. Music will be by Ken Hosford and Fortress, and Hosford will also preach. Dinner on the grounds will follow the service. For more information, call 850-574-4207.


First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach will host the marriage event “Love Worth Fighting For” Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. Kirk Cameron will speak and Warren Barfield will sing. For ticket information, call 386-253-5691 or go to www.feedyourfaith.org.


Bethel Baptist Church in Trenton has scheduled the following for “Great Thursdays” in September: Dramatist Trevor Thomas and his wife, Sawyer on the 19th; and Tommy Green, pastor of First Baptist Church in Brandon, and vocalist Becky Dye on the 26th. Services begin at 7p.m. For more information, call 352-463-2028.


The Heart2Heart Ministry of First Baptist Church in Orange Park will host its sixth annual Preteen Girls’ Conference, “Sparkle ... Shine ... Glow,” Sept. 27-28. Keynote speaker is Tammy Whitehurst, author and former teacher from Dallas, and musical guest is Kristi Brown, a worship leader and songwriter from Lakeland. The free event for girls in grades 3-6 and their mothers will begin Friday at 7 p.m. The Saturday session is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 904-264-2351 or go to www.heart2heartministry.org. Lake Shore Baptist Church will celebrate its 70th anniversary Sept. 28-29. The celebration will begin Sat. at 11 a.m. with a cookout followed by a worship service and a birthday party for the church. Pastor Steve Mouzon will speak in the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, which will be followed by a covered dish lunch. The 6 p.m. worship service will be followed by “pizza and Pepsi.” For more information, call 904-388-6578. Terry Parker Baptist Church will celebrate its 55th anniversary Oct. 6 in a bi-lingual service at 10:30 a.m. Lorenzo Rosas, pastor of Eglesia Bautista Terry Parker, part of “one church in two languages,” will preach along with Pastor Howard Goodwin. For more information, call 904-744-6577, or go to www.tpbc.org.


Emmanuel Baptist Church in Leesburg has called Jon Woods as minister of music. He holds a BS degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, an MBA from University of Tampa and an MA from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Ordained in 2008, Woods has served as minister of music in churches in Illinois and Florida 13 years. He and his wife Dianne have three teenage sons. Village of Grace Baptist Church in The Villages will host the Village View Quartet and Men of Action Men’s Chorus in a Gospel Music Extravaganza Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. A fellowship breakfast will be served at 10 a.m. For more information, e-mail pastor@villageofgrace.org.


First Baptist Church in Apalachicola will meet in revival Sept. 29-Oct. 2. The speaker will be Troy Varnum, director of missions of the Northwest Baptist Association. Service times are Sunday, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., then 7 p.m. nightly. For more information, call 850-653-9540.


Murdock Baptist Church in Fort Charlotte will host a Samaritan’s Purse Full Circle Event Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. The speaker is Keren Banegas who received a Samaritan’s Purse shoebox in 1999 after a hurricane in her home country of Honduras. She is now a student at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo. For more information, call 941-350-4941, or go to www.murdockbaptistchurch.com.


First Baptist Church in Winter Haven recently called Steven Harness as senior pastor. He, his wife, Jennifer and their two preschoolers, moved to Winter Haven from New Port Richey where he was founding pastor of The Crossroads Church. He is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark., and he holds a Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.


First Baptist Church in Cape Coral will celebrate its 50th anniversary Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. The church’s new pastor, James H. Wigton, will open a time capsule buried on the church property 25 years ago. A cook-out will follow the service. For more information, call 239-542-3703, or go to www.firstbaptistcapecoral.com.


Forest Grove Baptist Church in Alachua will mark its 125th anniversary Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. Jerry Windsor, secretary-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Historical Society, will preach and The Georgia Boys will sing. To make reservations for the catered dinner, call 386-462-3921.


First Baptist Church in Bagdad will host The Protest Band in concert Sept. 27 as part of the Never Say Die Tour. The concert starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 850-623-8897. 


Bostwick Baptist Church in Palatka will host will host a youth conference, “Why Wait?” Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. The event is designed for 7th graders through college. Music will be provided by Fifth & Oak. For more information, call 386-328-3869.


Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in DeFuniak Springs will host a Baptist Men’s Breakfast Sept. 29 at 7:30 a.m. The Walton County Baptist Association Disaster Relief Team will speak about their work in an ash-out in Black Forest, Colo. For more information, call 850-892-2849.



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