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Finding A Healthy Lifestyle You Can Live With When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, weight loss is the #1 goal listed for American women. Sadly, statistics show plans to stay with a program usually fail after a few weeks. Ladies, if you have ever struggled to reach your ideal weight or gain improved health, Pure Health & Fitness Studios has a proven, affordable program available right now! Local fitness expert Samantha Taylor, owner of Pure Health &

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Hope Children’s Home Rescuing the Next Generation to consider which would greatly benefit the children of Hope Children’s Home: • Sponsor a student ($125 per month or $1500 per year) • Support our Athletic program (various levels—see website for details) • Systematically give monthly using our recurring donation program (see website) • Commit to providing gift cards to Walmart, Target, Payless, etc. periodically (we The hustle and bustle of Christmas and use these when the children have needs) New Year’s is now behind us. The children • Commit to give fast food gift cards on a had a great time celebrating and experienc- monthly basis (these are used to feed the chiling the generosity of people who gave to dren when they are away from the Home) them during the Christmas season. The ministry in general has also reaped the benefits of peoples’ giving hearts at Christmas. Thank you to all who gave to our ministry in any way over the past month and helped make Christmas a joyful time for the children. Now we turn our attention toward setting goals and objectives for the coming year. Maybe your family or company does the same thing at this time of year. If you • Commit to volunteer on a consistent do, I’d like to suggest a few things for you basis (see website for opportunities) 2013 was a great year for the ministry. But we are excited about what 2014 has in store for us and the children. Please consider being a part of what goes on here by getting involved. We are right here in the heart of your neighborhoods. Why not give to a worthy cause close to home? If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact me at driffe@hopechildrenshome.org.

“However, as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’ the things God has prepared for those who love him. These are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.” — 1 Corinthians 2:9-10

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Florida Orchestra Calendar for January

Tampa Bay Times Masterworks—Bravo Beethoven! Marcelo Lehninger, conductor; John O’Conor, piano Fri, Jan 10, 8pm at Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Carol Morsani Hall Sat, Jan 11, 8pm at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Mahaffey Theater Sun, Jan 12, 7:30pm at Ruth Eckerd Hall Coffee Concerts—Musicians in the Spotlight Stuart Malina, conductor Rossini: La Scala di Seta - Overture, Copland: Quiet City, Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 – Scherzo, Tchaikovsky: Serenade in C Major – Finale, Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra Thu, Jan 16, 11am at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Mahaffey Theater. Sponsored by: Sound Advice Raymond James Pops—Bond & Beyond Michael Krajewski, conductor; Debbie Gravitte, vocalist Fri, Jan 17, 8pm at Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Ferguson Hall Sat, Jan 18, 8pm at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Mahaffey Theater Sun, Jan 19, 7:30pm at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Media Sponsor: WDUV Tampa Bay Times Masterworks—Bartók & Brahms Joana Carneiro, conductor; Jeffrey Multer, violin Fri, Jan 24, 8pm at Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Carol Morsani Hall Sat, Jan 25, 8pm at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Mahaffey Theater Sun, Jan 26, 7:30pm at Ruth Eckerd Hall For all tickets, go to www.floridaorchestra.org.

“AIN’T FOOD WONDERFUL!” The new musical spoof, AIN’T FOOD WONDERFUL! is written by Gil Perlroth, published author of the smash hit AIN’T RETIREMENT GRAND that is now being produced nationwide. Directed by Daniel Harris and starring Mike Arnold, Ben Taylor, Susan Taylor, and Nancy Wright, AIN’T FOOD WONDERFUL! includes everything related to our food experiences: restaurant dining, holiday feasts, dieting, the organic food rage, pregnancy cravings, and fast food emporiums. AIN’T FOOD WONDERFUL! features all-new songs about everyone’s daily encounters like Who Doesn’t Like Chinese?, A Bag Boy at Publix, Nothing Like a Jewish

Deli, Cellulite Blues, and Hooter Guys. World Premiere at Venue Theatre, Feb 7 – 23, 2014. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8pm and Sunday at 2:30pm. Meals on Wheels are the designated benefit organization for this production. Tickets are $20 and reservations may be made by calling the theatre at 727-822-6194 or by visiting the Venue Theatre website at http:// venuewebsite.wix.com/venuetheatre. Venue Theatre and Actors Studio is located in the Hudson Furniture Plaza at 9125 US 19 N (intersection of Mainlands Blvd and US 19), Pinellas Park, FL. Venue Theatre Collective, Inc, is a Not-For-Profit 501(C)(3) Corporation.


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Nuclear Cowboyz®

Local League Makes Changes

Nuclear Cowboyz , the world’s most explosive, choreographed, arena-based freestyle motocross (FMX) touring production, returns for the fifth straight year to the Tampa Bay Times Forum Feb. 21-23, 2014. The new show explodes with the greatest cast of freestyle motocross, trials, and quad riders ever assembled, with new stunts, new music, a new set, and an all-new storyline. ®

Florida Strawberry Festival 2014 Theme The Florida Strawberry Festival announced today its theme for the upcoming 2014 festival – “Florida’s Best Family Recipe!” Each year, the Florida Strawberry Festival is given a new theme to offer patrons a glimpse of the experience they will have at the upcoming 11-day event. Its annual themes also work to reflect the entertainment, excitement, and family-friendly atmosphere provided at each year’s festival. “We chose this theme because we feel it fits the essence of what we’re all about: food, fun, and family,” said Florida Strawberry Festival General Manager Paul Davis. “We also feel that we are a ‘slice of Americana’ and are the best all-around value in central Florida.” The festival’s iconic strawberry character, who is featured on various print materials, will now don a chef’s hat and a handkerchief and can be seen mixing a bowl of whipped cream – the topping of the festival’s world-famous strawberry shortcake. Not only are the theme and strawberry character featured on print materials, they are also used to unify vendors, FFA chapters, and other exhibitors who all create displays throughout the festival grounds. “We hope that upon leaving the 2014 Florida Strawberry Festival, our visitors will see that we are, in fact, the best family

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The baseball and softball youth program formerly known as New Tampa Little League has forged the way forward in becoming a Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken league. With its new identity as the North Tampa Athletic Association (NTAA), they will have more flexibility in the way kids play ball. NTAA now operates under the Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken charter at its locations in New Tampa. Its doors are open to a much wider catchment area, including Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills, Land O’ Lakes, Temple Terrace, and Carrollwood. “Under the Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken program, we now have the freedom to modify our league structure in the best interests

of our kids. The quality of our fields and coaching will remain top notch, but we will be able to offer much more to players of all skill levels,” explains Charles Clark, NTAA President. Some of the changes include the modification of base distances to cater to players of different abilities and unlimited All-Stars teams. NTAA’s decision to embrace the Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken program has made waves in the local community with no less than five former Little League organizations following suit and officially converting to the new affiliation in the past three months. For more information visit NT-AA.com.

“Hooked for the Holidays” By Staff Sgt. Brandon Shapiro 6th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

recipe Florida has to offer,” said Davis. About the Florida Strawberry Festival The Florida Strawberry Festival is an 11-day community event celebrating the strawberry harvest of eastern Hillsborough County. Each year, nearly 500,000 visitors enjoy the festival’s headline entertainment, youth livestock shows, exhibits of commerce and, of course, its strawberry shortcake. The 2014 Florida Strawberry Festival celebrating “Florida’s Best Family Recipe!” will be held February 27-March 9, 2014, in Plant City, FL.

Fifty service-members from MacDill Air Force Base partook in the first ever ‘Hooked

for the Holidays’ fishing event, Dec. 20, 2013, due to generous donations from five Tampa Bay community organizations. Leaving the docks from Madeira Beach, Fla. on the Hubbard Marina’s Friendly Fisherman, the group set off to their destination, a sunken reef, eight miles out in the Gulf of Mexico. Upon arrival, and for the next three hours, the group fished, joked, and networked. “This event was a wonderful chance for us to relax and get to know some really great people,” said Senior Airman Hector Mendez-Chavez, 6th Medical Group bioenvironmental engineering technician, and heir to the biggest catch of the day. “I loved every minute of it.” At the end of the day, the group brought back over 100 fish, mainly snapper and grouper, which were cleaned, packaged and ready for the service-members to take home and enjoy.


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Is Your Golf Swing A Train Wreck? Rick Bradshaw P.G.A. Professional Golfers, to learn the most effortless and repeatable golf swing, call 813-220-8099. Holiday Special $99.00 (4 private lessons including Rick’s DVD)! For more info on Rick Bradshaw, visit tourexperience.com. With the holidays still present in our minds and some of you still playing with your train sets, let’s compare an electric train traveling on a circular track to the golf swing through several experiments. I personally had a train set that could either be pulled by the engine or pushed by the caboose, and the passenger cars were linked together by metal clasps. 1. When the engine pulls the train on a circular track, the links holding the cars together are pulled taut. When your legs power rotation in a golf swing, your body automatically unwinds and your golf swing remains taut and controlled. The feeling is that of effortless power! IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THE POWERING MOVEMENT IS CIRCULAR OR ROTARY. If you slide your hips laterally or sway past the golf ball, a train wreck is imminent the same as if the train fails to curve around the tracks.

2. When the caboose pushes the train, the links holding the cars together get jammed together and pile up as in a train wreck. When your right shoulder pushes your golf club into the ball, your swing becomes jammed up as well, resulting in an uneasy forced swing motion or powerless effort. It is essential that the powering of a golf club is generated from a pivot (rotary power) from your legs and core. 3. When the engine pulls the train around the curve, the cars have a tendency to lean outward with the last car wanting to whip. When your legs, body, and shoulders rotate, the golf club has the freedom to accelerate and to pull outward with the trailing club head aligning itself automatically and smashing through the ball. 4. If the train hits an obstacle in the track regardless if it is being pushed by the caboose or pulled by the engine, the cars will pile up in a train wreck. If you stop your body from rotating to hit at the golf ball, your golf swing will also result in a train wreck. My swing thought through the holidays and forever will be to keep my swing pulled taut, powered by the rotating body engine and a lateral sway or sliding of the hips! Rick Bradshaw Award-Winning PGA Teaching Professional Dent/Bradshaw Golf School Heritage Isles Golf & Country Club www.tourexperience.com 813-220-8099

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” — Ephesians 2:10

White Dove Farm

White Dove Farm invites you to Garden Connect, a seminar free to the public. January’s meeting is on Saturday, January 18th starting at 3:30 PM. Call RSVP, (813)

991-9786 - leave message. The subject will be Native Pollinators by master gardener Debi Donaldson. Share a covered dish, bring a camera and a smile.

Women-N-Charge Raises Funds On September 28, 2013, Women-nCharge—whose mission, in part, is to support and assist professional women in managing their businesses more effectively—held their annual fundraising tea event to raise funds for their grant program. The tea, which was held at the Groves Golf & Country Club with the event and scholarship sponsor being Centennial Bank, was a huge success. Sandra Miniere, Star’s Organic Spa, and Draeh Studios helped sponsor the event, and many women in

business sponsored tea tables and door prizes. Once again, Women-n-Charge will be able to award two deserving women in business with $1,000 grants in the spring of 2014. Applications for the grants will be available on the organization’s website in the coming months. To learn more about Women-n-Charge, attend a meeting or visit www.women-ncharge.com. The organization meets the first Friday of every month at Pebble Creek Country Club in Tampa from 11:30am to 1pm.

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North Tampa Chamber of Commerce 1/7 Chamber Chatter Connections “After Hours Mixer,” 5:30-7:00pm, hosted by Embassy Suites Tampa/USF near Busch Gardens, 3705 Spectrum Blvd., Tampa. Complimentary hors d’ouvres and buy one-get-one-free cocktails. Open to the professional public – no cost to attendees. RSVP to Sara Meadows at sara.meadows@ jqh.com or call 813-903-6629. 1/9 General Meeting, 11:45am at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 2701 E. Fowler Ave. (just west of 30th Street), Tampa. Topic/Speaker: “Opportunities that Visiting Tampa Bay Brings to Our Area,” presented by Santiago Corrada, President & CEO with Visiting Tampa Bay. Doors open at 11:00am with informal networking until 11:30am. Buffet lunch at 11:30am. For early bird registration, RSVP to the Chamber office by 5:00pm, Tues., 1/7 at the discounted rate of $17 (whether you eat or not). Reservations will be accepted after that date on the attendee check-in list for $22 (whether you eat or not) payable online or at the door. Directions? Call 971-4710. 1/16 Chamber Networking Luncheon – Relationship Building With Business Neighbors, 11:30am, Beef O’ Brady’s, 8810 N. Himes (Himes & Busch), Tampa. Order from lunchtime or regular menu and pay restaurant. Cost: starts at $4.99/pp based on selected item (does not include tax &

gratuity). Minimum payment required whether you eat or not. RSVP by Tues., 1/14 to Sandra Holser at sholser@clariontampa.com or call the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center at 813-952-2505. Directions? Call 936-2058. 1/21 Chamber Chatter Connections “After Hours Mixer,” 5:30-7:00pm, hosted by University Area Community Development Corporation, 14013 N. 22nd Street, Ste. A, Tampa. Refreshments will be available. Open to the professional public – no cost to attendees. RSVP to Ronnie Oliver at 813558-5212 ext. 210 or roliver@uacdc.org. 1/23 Chamber Networking Luncheon – Relationship Building with Business Neighbors, 11:30am, at Embassy Suites Tampa/USF near Busch Gardens, 3705 Spectrum Blvd., Tampa. Order buffet or from select menu. Cost: $11.00 - $12.50/pp based on selected item (includes tax/gratuity). Minimum payment required whether you eat or not. RSVP by Tues., 1/21 to Jenn Beaumont at j.beaumont@msn.com or call her at AGLA-American General Life at 334-8998. Directions? Call 977-7066. Please RSVP if you plan to attend these chamber events. For more information about the North Tampa Chamber, visit www.northtampachamber.com, call 813961-2420, or send an email to info@NorthTampaChamber.com.


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Captain Ric’s Fish Tales Reel Simple Fishing Adventures

Capt. Ric and George Kommick Jr. with a nice overslot snook caught on a recent fishing trip in the Tampa Bay area.

It’s hard to believe that we are closing out another year already. The saying “The older you get, the faster time flies,” is true. Time is starting to hit a pretty rapid pace for me now as I am approaching the big 50. With another year behind us, I want to thank Mark and Kay Dunn and their staff at Dunndeal Publications for allowing me to share what’s happening on the water. One of the email questions I received this month came from one of our winter visitors. The question was, “How much effect do the cold fronts have this time of year on the fishing?” This is the time of the year in the Tampa Bay area that you really don’t know what you are going to get when it comes to weather. You can always depend on heat and afternoon showers in the summer. In the spring and fall, we will have a little more wind than normal with the fronts moving through. But this time of year, the range of weather is at its widest. It can be 80 degrees with no wind or it can be 40 degrees with winds cranking at 30 knots. The weather always plays a significant role in the success of our fishing, but when the weather is changing every few days, we

always need to adjust as the fish will not fall into any predictable pattern as conditions change. The fronts bring high pressure, which makes anglers work harder. A high barometer will push fish down. I try to fish my baits closer to the bottom when the barometer is high. What adjustments we make from trip to trip will be dependent on the species of fish we are targeting. It’s a big puzzle and as anglers we have to try to piece it together. For me, that is the attraction to the sport. If you were to catch a fish on every cast on every fishing trip, you would most likely tire from the lack of a challenge. The best advice I have for fishing in the winter is to pay closer attention to the water temps and the barometer. Fish want to be comfortable like any other creature. In-shore anglers do a lot of fishing in the rivers, canals, and creeks during the cooler months with water temp, other than tide, being the main driver in our success. If you are new to fishing in tidal-affected areas, you will want to know that our winter tides are our lowest tides of the year. That is good for fishing but not so good if you do not know where the sand bars and shallow flats are in the area you are fishing. It’s always good to do a scouting trip on a low water tide to make a mental picture of the trouble areas. They are very seldom marked with caution. Hopefully this is useful information. Until next time, good luck and be safe on the water. Remember, don’t let your kid be the one that got away, take them fishing. I do have gift certificates available for Christmas. For charter information, you can call (813) 601-2900, email CaptainRic@msn.com, or visit www.ReelSimpleFishing.com.

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Turn Back Time What if you could turn back time? What if there were noninvasive methods to eradicate years off your face? Well, there are! Some spas offer various alternatives without high costs, Sandi Brooks Soule, pain, or down time. Licensed Esthetician One option is glyLe Camelot colic peels, which Wellness Spa help promote cell renewal with little or no down time, reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, even out complexion, reduce hyper-pigmentation, reduce pore size, and improve the skin’s texture. Another option is the bovine Cryo-stem Cell Facial, excellent especially after a glycolic peel because the stem cells can penetrate the skin by 90%, have a 71% rejuvenation rate and continue to work for 144 hours (6 days). Face Sculpting uses a special microcurrent device that works the muscles of the face and neck. Similar to the effects of

exercise, as these muscles strengthen—becoming more taut and firm—the result is a more youthful appearance. The number of treatments depends on various factors: age, sun exposure, diet, water intake, genetics, etc. In addition, Face Sculpting is a very effective way to prolong the effects of facelifts and injectable fillers. The newest trend utilizes red light emitting diode (LED) technology. The red LEDs stimulate the body’s production of collagen, which is what keeps us looking young! With a new year upon us, remember to ask your loved ones to obtain a Le Camelot gift certificate and start “turning back time!” Sandi Brooks Soule, Licensed Esthetician www.LeCamelot.com 813-239-4090

Magnolia Manor Assisted Living, Inc. Barbara Keithly, Owner “I had a long, successful history of advertising with Dunndeal Publications for a prior business, so when I began plans for opening Magnolia Manor Assisted Living, I immediately called Dunndeal to put an advertising campaign in place. As soon as the papers are circulated each month, my phones ring non-stop. It is not unusual to receive forty calls a day. The calls are from prospective clients, prospective employees, and other businesses seeking to network and share resources. Dunndeal covers all my advertising needs and makes a tangible difference in my business success!”


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2014 Clean Slate

Article and photography by Jeffrey Neil Fox

Welcome to another new year. Last year is well behind us now, and a rear-view mirror is smaller on purpose. Sure, we can look back, but the now and future is what we can change. Last year is in the history books. Our Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the University of South Florida Bulls did not have good years as far as the wins and losses goes. It’s easy looking back to pinpoint what went right and what went wrong. I’m the proverbial optimist, and I’m looking for our teams to bounce back and have exciting seasons in the upcoming year. I’m sure there will be many changes during the offseason. On the professional level, players come and go and you need a roster to tell who the new players are. It is rare that a player starts his career and ends his tenure as a professional with the same team. Many factors go into the decisionmaking process as to what players to keep and what players to trade away. I know the Buccaneers will be active in free agent acquisition and they will be positioned for good draft picks. Injuries play a role and the general manager’s and coaching staff’s goal is to assemble a team that will be most likely to succeed. On the college level it is different since the players are not paid and are recruited

out of high school. USF is competing with other powerhouse teams across the state and country for the elite high school players. It would be grand if the USF Bulls could play competitive and get nationally ranked again and fill up Raymond James Stadium. I love the pageantry of the USF college games at the stadium. Rocky D. Bull is one of the best mascots in all of college. I enjoy the marching band, the cheerleaders, the Sun Dolls, and all the activities and promotions before and during the game. Winning is everything! I’m looking for both our Bucs and Bulls to play competitive football in 2014. I do know that winning football games will fill every seat in Raymond James Stadium. I like looking at a full stadium. Am I asking too much for our Bucs to fight their way to the playoffs and our Bulls to win their conference and get invited again to postseason bowl games? It has been awhile since both teams have had a postseason. See you again in February. Jeffrey Neil Fox has been covering the Tampa Bay sports scene for over four decades. He owns a promotional company, Fox MarketPlace. Contact him online at www.FoxMarketPlace.com, call 813-3912495, or email www.jeffreyneilfox.com.

Rowdies Player News

Rowdies Re-sign 2013 NASL MVP Georgi Hristov The Rowdies announced the club has signed 2013 NASL Golden Ball winner Georgi Hristov to a four-year contract, with the third and fourth year being a club option. Hristov (6-0, 165) capped off a prolific first season with the Rowdies, earning the 2013 NASL Golden Ball (league’s Most Valuable Player) and a spot on the NASL Best XI. In 1,834 minutes played, the forward scored 12 goals, which kept him in the race for the Golden Boot until the last match of the season. Hristov netted three goals in three 2013 Lamar Hunt U. S. Open Cup matches, while having eight assists—tied for the most in the NASL. Hristov’s most memorable goal came on May 29 when the Rowdies hosted Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup. The Bulgarian forward scored the lone goal of the match in the 75th minute, when he picked up a rebound inside the 6-yard box and placed his strike in the back of the net. His

goal against the three-time champions sent the Rowdies into the fourth round of the cup, where they would later face the Portland Timbers. Rowdies Sign Defender Blake Wagner The Rowdies announced on Friday the signing of defender Blake Wagner to a two-year contract, plus a club option for a third year. Wagner (5-10, 170), originally from Atlanta, GA., joins the Rowdies after playing two seasons with NASL’s San Antonio Scorpions. During his time in San Antonio, Wagner played a pivotal role in the back line, where he not only provided defensive stability, but he was also an attacking threat down the left flank. In two seasons with the Scorpions, Wagner played 47 matches and scored three goals. Wagner began his soccer career when he was identified by U.S. Soccer through their national Olympic Development Program. While he was with the U-14 team, Wagner was recruited to U.S. Soccer‘s U-15 residency program at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Wagner was a starter with the U.S. National Team that competed at the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru. For more information or to order 2014 season tickets, including the new Midfielder’s Premium Club Memberships, fans can email tickets@rowdiessoccer.com or call (813) 287-1539. For season ticket prices and a seating chart for Al Lang Stadium, visit rowdiessoccer.com.

Thanks again for the contest movie tickets. We just saw “Last Vegas”. The location is perfect for a before or after dinner at any of the nearby restaurants. It was a quality experience for both of us as usual. —Dennis Zulewski Thank you so much for allowing me to see the world in 3 hours at the International Folk Festival. —E.J.

The Wild Rover Pub

A new English-style country pub and microbrewery is now open and operating in the Keystone/Odessa area. The father and son team of Derek and Ricky Wells have opened an authentic English-style country pub and microbrewery in the hopes of cre-

ating a comfortable neighborhood locale for friends and family to gather and enjoy quality, hand-crafted beer, games, stories, and great conversation. Located at 8740 N. Mobley Rd. in the Keystone/Odessa area at Fox’s Corner, the pub is now open for business.

Ierna’s Heating & Cooling Charlene Ierna “Ierna’s Heating & Cooling has had great results advertising in the Dunndeal Publications. These papers target our core areas and create a strong presence within our key communities. Month after month we are consistently positioned for great business opportunities. We receive many calls monthly generated from our Dunndeal advertisement.”


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In His Presence

Pastor Bruce Blagg LifeQuest

He interacts with our lives. And we can interact with Him. It is the most amazing, loving, assuring, comforting, strengthening, confidence-building, esteeming truth I know. We don’t walk this life alone, even when we are separated from loved ones. We don’t struggle alone with our problems. We don’t strive alone to make something out of our lives. We don’t suffer alone. The Lord is with us. He walks with us, looks out for us, guides us, and works with us because He loves us. One more thought. I don’t have to go to Heaven to experience God’s presence. I can experience it “as I live here on earth.” All I have to do is talk (pray) to Him. I don’t know what 2014 will look like for you, but I do know that you can experience God’s presence as you live through this year. Spend some time talking with Him. Learn about His love for you, His pleasure in you, and His favor over you. It can change the way you look at Him, at yourself, at your life, and at this year. May you have a Happy and Blessed New Year. But more importantly, may you experience God’s presence as you walk through 2014.

Psalm 116:19 reads, “And so I walk in the Lord’s presence as I live here on earth.” How does this make you feel? No matter where you go, what you do, or what circumstances surround you, God is there. He is always present. He is always aware. I first heard this truth when I was a little boy. My parents would say, “God is always looking and He sees everything you do, even when we don’t.” It wasn’t a very comforting feeling. It felt like God was always watching me, waiting to see me do something wrong. Then He would get mad at me and tell my parents. God’s presence was not a comfort or a source of strength. It was something to fear and dread. I didn’t like the fact God was always with me. But that has changed for me. What changed it? I learned that God does not just watch us, He watches over us. It Bruce Blagg seems like a small change, but it makes a Pastor, LifeQuest big difference. bruceb@thelifequest.com God watching “over us” means He is Phone: 813-398-9742 looking at us with favor, with pleasure, and with an infinite amount of love. He is [LifeQuest holds its services on every watching to help, to protect, and to guide. Saturday at 7:00pm at 4207 North BouleHe doesn’t just watch, vard, Tampa.]

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Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery, Today is a Gift, that is why it’s called the Present!!!!

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” — Ephesians 2:10

FOCUS—University Team of Missionaries My First Semester, submitted by Cassie Llano

Four months have passed since I began my journey as a campus missionary with FOCUS – the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. Beginning move-in weekend at the University of Florida, the team of missionaries and myself embarked on our fall outreach strategic evangelization plan. Our goal was to meet and befriend five hundred incoming freshmen and returning students in one week during the “Weeks of Welcome.” We spent many days doing more than sixteen hours a day of hosting events at the parish, walking around the campus, meeting with new students, and inviting them to experience the richness of a Christian faith in college. At the end of our outreach, we surpassed our goal and invited over five hundred students to deepen their faith through over fifty different small group Bible studies. I led four small groups this semester with over twenty girls that I reached out to one on a one-on-one basis. One particular instance was a freshmen varsity women’s soccer player named Steph. With her first semester at UF, she was looking for a way to find a caring and loving community. I invited Steph to join my Bible study and she seemed very enthusiastic. The next week, she showed up early and immediately began to open up about her life and her struggles as an injured athlete. I could tell that she was looking for a place to belong and a deeper meaning to her time as a student. While attending weekly Bible studies without fail, she

steadily grew in her faith. As her relationship with Christ deepened, she realized fully her self worth beyond her physical abilities. At the end of the semester, I could tell how much she had changed and how ready she was to share this newfound love for Christ with others, so I invited her to join the student leadership program with FOCUS. Next semester, she will be trained to lead her own Bible study. This is just one of the many individual women that I was blessed to work with this fall. Being a campus missionary, our sole tool is the building of strong relationships with our students, modeling discipleship with Christ on the hardest place to live out authentic faith, a college campus. Next semester, I will be continuing to reach out to students in North Carolina. From the publisher. In July 2013, Cassie was completing a course for an engineering degree. But somewhere along the way, she came upon a calling. You could say, a fork in the road. Many of us sometimes have had similar callings. Hum… which path do I take? FOCUS—the University team of missionaries, or continuing her engineering degree. When Cassie came to Dunndeal Publications with outreach for sponsorship, Kay and I were happy to be a part of FOCUS – the Fellowship of Catholic University Students as a monthly operating partner to support her outreach strategic evangelization plan. To pledge a donation or support for a Brandon Florida girl contact Cassie Llano cassie.llano@focus.org www.focus.org/goto/cassiellano 813.716.6942

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What You Didn’t Know About New Year Celebrations For many all-around the world, January 1st offers opportunity to make a fresh start with a new year. But you probably didn’t know over the last 4000 years wasn’t always celebrated January 1st. The original New Year’s celebration in the massive Babylonian religion festival of AKITU was held every year around the spring equinox. In 46 BC, Julius Caesar introduced a new calendar that was in sync to the sun instead of the moon, officially moving New Year’s celebration from March 1 to January 1st. In the Middle Ages, the Christian church did away with many of the ancient Roman festivals because of the pagan roots. As a result, New Year’s was celebrated on various dates throughout Europe. Finally in 1582,

Pope Gregory XIII overhauled the calendar system again. In the Gagarin Calendar, which we still use today, we store January 1st as the New Year’s day. Even today some countries and cultures follow the lunar, not solar, calendar and hold their New Year’s celebrations at different times of the year. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and the first day of Muharram, the start of the Islamic Calendar year, are both celebrated in the fall and the Chinese New Year Day, which lasts for a whole month, begins in late January or early February. New Year’s traditions also vary from country to country. In Spain, people eat 12 grapes leading up to the seconds to midnight. Other cultures also eat

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