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Volume 21, Issue 6

Remembering And Honoring All Fathers


Bridging The Generations

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Christian Business Connections Celebrates First Shining Light Teacher Award By Amanda Boston

“In this day and age, everyone is so quick to point out when something goes wrong or a negative. We don’t take enough time to give thanks when things are good,” said Ryan Hughes in the context of teachers. Hughes is the vice president and a founding member of the Brandon Christian Business Connections (CBC), a professional networking group promoting Christian values and fellowship. Recently, Hughes and the CBC inaugurated the Lisa Aune (center left) is the first Shining Light Teacher recipient of the Shining Light Award, an award that proTeacher Award. She is pictured vides praise and accolades with members from the Christian Business Connections. to the often-overlooked Christian teachers. The process starts award recognizes a Christian teacher in with peer nominations. The school adminthe Brandon area for excellence in istration then forwards the nominees to Christian education once a semester. interview with a board of CBC members. The award’s theme is based on Titus Lastly, the CBC members review and 2:7-8, “In everything set them an example select a teacher. by doing what is good. In your teaching Walt Shaffner, the headmaster of Bell show integrity, seriousness and soundness Shoals Baptist Academy, explained that a of speech that cannot be condemned, so peer nomination is one of the highest that those who oppose you may be forms of praise, and the Shining Light ashamed because they have nothing bad award is the icing on the cake. He also to say about us.” expounded on the unseen selfless acts The Shining Light teacher selection teachers perform every day. “‘For even the

Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve,’” said Shaffner quoting Mark 10:45. “And I can’t think of a better verse that personifies the concept and the attitude of a teacher.” The inaugural recipient was Lisa Aune, a kindergarten teacher at Bell Shoals Baptist Academy. The award presentation took place on Monday, May 15, at Bell Shoals Baptist Church. Along with the distinction of the award, Aune received a $100 gift certificate. The other nominees were Kimberly Oates, a VPK teacher, and Debbie Moore, a 4th-grade teacher, both also from Bell Shoals Baptist Academy. Aune is a native of Brandon who has devoted the last 22 years to teaching kindergarten at Bell Shoals Baptist Academy. She said, “I feel so humbled and honored. I love my students. Teaching is so rewarding, and I am blessed.” For information on the CBC’s Shining Light Teacher Award and how your school can participate, email ShiningLight@christianbusinessconnections.com or visit www.christianbusinessconnections.com.

Meals On Wheels Seeks Partners To Expand Services

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“It bothers me to get a call and have to tell a person we don’t serve that area,” said Jim McNeil, the president of the Greater Brandon Meals on Wheels. On April 20, McNeil’s opening remarks Jim McNeil, president of at the annual the local Meals on Meals on Wheels Wheels awarded volunteer appre- husband and wife team, Tony and Jean Ippolito, ciation luncheon the Volunteer of the were a call to Award. action as he publicized the need to expand into the Riverview area. For 41 years, the local Meals on Wheels program has delivered hot meals to homebound persons in the Brandon, Seffner and Valrico areas. However, the Riverview area from Boyette Road and further south receives no assistance. McNeil prays that the Riverview area churches will begin participating in the program to meet the escalating needs. The local chapter operates through the combined efforts of 19 local churches. Volunteers from the participating churches prepare and deliver about 250 hot meals per day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. The volunteers are at the

...The variety is amazing as some of you are bakers, some of you are cooks, some of you are screeners, some of you drive, and some of you organize the lists.” The volunteers were awarded for years of service, which included seven volunteers receiving 40-year service awards. Ray Fischer, a volunteer who performs multiple Ray Fischer, a volunteer with Meals roles at several on Wheels, received special churches, was awardrecognition for going beyond the ed special recognition typical scope of duty. for his dedication and core of the diligence. Tony and Jean Ippolito, a husprogram, and band and wife team, were awarded the President Volunteer of the Year Award for their McNeil expressed sincere appreciation for longevity and outstanding commitment to the many hearts and hands that make a the organization. Tony, a sprightly gentledifference in the community. man in his mid-90s, said, " We are thrilled Dawn Trattner from First Presbyterian to do what we do, and we’ll continue to do Church of Brandon acted as the master of it while we are able to do it.” ceremonies and applauded the volunteers If your church is interested in volunfor their dedication and efforts to the teering with Meals on Wheels, please conorganization. Referencing 1 Corinthians tact Jim McNeil at Jsmcelmc@aol.com. 12, a passage concerning spiritual gifts Donations of food, supplies and monetary from God, Trattner said, “God, Himself is funds are always welcomed. For informabehind it all. Each person has been given tion, please visit www.brandonmealsonsomething to do that shows who God is. wheels.com.

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Journalism Students From Grace Christian Tour Osprey Observer Offices In April,the Grace Christian School’s Journalism class visited the offices of Osprey Observer Community Newspapers in Brandon. We learned about what the paper does, how it does it, and what makes it different from other papers. For the tour, our class split into two smaller groups. My group was Managing Editor Marie Gilmore shows Grace Christian taken into a smaller room to read a newspaper cover to by Marie Gilmore, the edi- Journalism students howcover. tor and publisher, where we watched a short historical video first. After that we read some of the current edition of the newspaper, and were asked a couple questions. We were challenged with naming different logos on a piece of paper, and almost everyone got every single question right. This challenge was used for the purpose of explaining how marketing and advertising are so effective. Layout Editor Kathi Hayes shows journalism students from After this, our groups Grace Christian School how to layout a switched and we got to newspaper. meet the people who are and how they did their jobs. A couple behind the scenes at the Osprey questions were asked and they were Observer. We met the Director of answered in detail and explained fully. Marketing, Assignment Editor, Billing Patricia Tracy, Director of Manager, Layout Editor, and the Marketing, manages all the marketing Multimedia News Editor. They activities, campaigns, and advertiseexplained to us what each person did

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kids didn’t. The instructions were: 1. Read all the instructions first, 2. Find the Director of Marketing and name one fun place that advertises in our newspaper, and receive a business card, 3. Find our Assignment Editor and name one column of our newspaper and get a pen from her, 4. Find our Billing Manager and name one way our clients can pay for ads, and then receive a baggie from her, 5. Find our Layout Editor, tell her how many papers we publish, and then get a notebook from her, 6. Find our Multimedia News Editor, tell her one way our readers can get the news, and then receive a treat from her, 7. Before leaving, find Grace Christian School Journalism students toured the offices of Osprey Observer newspa- our Managing Editor and tell her pers to learn more about journalism. your favorite part of the tour, and ments. Michelle Colesanti, 8. At the bottom it read "Have fun. Assignment Editor, assigns the editori- Thank you for visiting us at the al to freelancers. Terry Vassalotti, Osprey Observer !" Billing Manager, bills people or comI asked some students what they panies for advertising in the paper. thought about it and I got responses She can do this many ways, including like, "Very fun and educational," "Nice mail and online. Kathi Hayes, Layout people," "Fun and interesting."One kid Editor, uses a program to put the said he liked that just because the newspaper together by putting articles facility was smaller that it didn't mean and advertisements into a layout. they couldn't make a lot of newspaper Cyndi Cisneros, Multimedia News issues. Our teacher, Mrs. Rebecca Editor, sends out the paper in email McKeen said, "The staff was extremeform to people who have followed the ly friendly and informative." Osprey Observer and use a smartOverall, the trip was educational, phone or tablet. fun, and displayed every virtue a At last we went on a scavenger newspaper staff should have. I hunt that tricked some kids. Before we enjoyed the tour and believe everyone got them, Cisneros warned us to read else did. The staff was outstanding all the instructions, but a couple of and made it fun to learn.

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Learning How To Become Equipped With A Spiritual Tool

By Tatiana Ortiz

Throughout time, family became some individuals actively involved may encounter variwith the non-profit ous obstacles in organization called their lives and seem IMPACT, which unsure of how to serves the overcome them. Hillsborough County Reading the Truth area. God opened Seekers: Quiet Time this opportunity for devotional series by them. Kagey spends Bill Kagey, takes time motivating stuindividuals on a spirdents and adults to itual journey that understand that no teaches on the matter where one books of the New might be in life, they Testament as they can make it. strengthen their rela“As a motivationtionship with God. al speaker, I considThe design of er this my heart and Profile photo of Bill Kagey. this book aims to passion,” Kagey assist students and adults to get the said. word of God in people’s hands He recently launched his first because it changes their lives. “This devotional book series called Truth will help them read it and study it,” Seekers: Quiet Time, which breaks Kagey said. down the New Testament into three Kagey attended Liberty University volumes. Individuals can purchase located in Lynchburg, Virginia. He one book that consists of all of the played on its football team called the New Testament volumes for $35. A Liberty Flames and broke the record hard copy of volumes one, two and for the longest field goal of 53-yards. three cost $20 each. Digital copies After 30 years, the record did get bro- can be downloaded for $15 a piece. ken again in 2015. He graduated in He will be coming out with a new 1986 from Liberty University with a book in June called Grounded for double major in Youth and Life: Parenting from a Dad’s Counseling. Kagey met his wife Angie Perspective and the price will also be Kagey and went into full-time min$20. He will conduct parenting semiistry. In July, they will have lived in nars too. To purchase a book or learn the Tampa area for 20 years. more about his speaking schedule, Several years ago, the Kagey visit http://www.billkageyspeaks.com.

Good Oral Health Starts Early At Pediatric Dentistry Of Brandon

By Michelle Caceres

tive longterm dental relationship. The A.A.P.D. encourages establishing a “dental home” by the age of one. By following The caring staff at Pediatric Dentistry of Brandon. up with biYoung children celebrate many mileannual check-up visits, children’s oral stones before their first birthday, but growth is monitored and parents become according to Dr. Jorge Torres at Pediatric educated on proper oral care and habits Dentistry of Brandon, one of the most for their child. important is establishing a good oral Ruskin resident Jaime D’Errico starthealth routine. ed on her son’s path to oral health when According to the American Academy he was 10 months old. When she was a of Pediatric Dentistry, a child should first child she didn’t visit the dentist as often visit the dentist by age one or within six as she should and wanted a different months after the first tooth erupts. experience for her child. “Parents are surprised to learn that “Even though he only had two teeth I infants can develop tooth decay and cavifelt like it was important for him to go,” ties soon after their teeth first appear,” she said. “If you have teeth you should Torres said. “This is caused by extensive maintain them.” exposure to liquids containing sugars like D’Errico, whose son is now 10, said milk, formula and fruit juice.” the dentists at Pediatric Dentistry of It’s not uncommon for Torres and the Brandon are caring, gentle kind and highother dentists at the practice to see young ly recommends the office to anyone in children with teeth so ripe with decay that search of a pediatric dentist. extensive treatments (cavities, crowns, Pediatric Dentistry of Brandon, locatnerve treatments, extractions) are ed at 517 Corner Dr., is open Monday – required. Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and “Catching decay early helps prevent Friday 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. the need for more extensive treatments,” “I’m proud of our insurance departhe said. ment who take the time to make parents Visiting a pediatric dentist for the first aware what their cost will be before they time is an educational experience for parcome in,” said practice manager Kerry ents and a chance for both dentist and Torres. “ Visit www.pedodentbrandon.com child to establish the beginnings of a posior call 413-4567.

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Latin Inspired Recipes Take Center Stage At New LC’s Café & Supper Club Are you moist. There looking for a are other new place muffin to enjoy a choices as breakfast or well and all lunch? LC’s are homeCafé, which made by recently Clary Abreu, opened in a graduate from Le Brandon, Cordón Bleu will not disCollege of appoint you. Culinary Arts in The menu is Orlando. If you Latin need protein to inspired, start the day, and offers there are multimany ple egg choices options of to choose from. simple The lunch home fare includes cooked the tasty food; all Tampa Bowl delicious. with Spanish Loraine Recently opened LC Café offers delicious Latin inspired home-cooked comfort food. L-R: Ivette Ortiz, Rice and Black Aguayo owner Loraine Aguayo and baker Clary Abreu. Beans topped opened the with Classic Mojo Marinated Chicken restaurant in January. "I originally was looking for a place to cater from. or Pork. There are quite a few sandwich choices, one of the most popuWhen I saw our current location was lar being the Chicken Breast, available, I fell in love with it. I actuCranberry and Pecan Salad on ally could see the cafe up and runCroissant. Find the OMG Roast ning. My husband and I had already Pork or Chicken on the menu, so been operating a private monthly named because the first person to try invite-only Supper Club for the last the sandwich said, ‘OMG this is the two years so we decided to move best’. The home-made Blackberry that into our new café," she said. You can enjoy either breakfast or Sangria, which was created by Aquayo’s husband, Ellery, is delilunch choices during the restaurant’s cious, fruity, but not too sweet. He regular hours, which are Tuesday to also created the “Mad Flat White”, a Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The blueberry muffins are stuffed rich creamy coffee made with a special blend of milk and cream that is full of the fruit and are so light and

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served hot and poured from a beaker. Soups and salads are also available as well as plenty of sweet favorites baked by Abreu. Saturday mornings are special and feature a Mimosa Brunch. “You can enjoy free regular or decaf house coffee, specialty menu items such as our savory bruschetta served with our stuffed French toast bake or Belgium waffles with strawberry or blueberry compote and a cranberry, orange or mix of the two mimosas,” commented Aguayo. The Supper Club event takes place once a month featuring authentic Tampa family recipes. There is a set menu where everything is all

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Local High School Student Earns Way To Equestrian Nationals




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Alexa Fritsch, a my bucket list for high school junior at a while and Foundation Christian knowing I finally Academy in Valrico, accomplished has earned her way this goal is excitto Nationals in the ing. I kept an Interscholastic open mind about Equestrian the horses I was Association (IEA) riding and no competition. IEA is matter what hapa national organizapened I always tion with over 12,500 came out with a members that prosmile," said vides an opportunity Alexa. for high school and Alexa commiddle school petes in the High School student Alexa Fritsch recently participated in Nationals in the Interscholastic Hunter division equestrian athletes Equestrian Association competition. to join a riding team which judges a and compete in a format that is similar to rider’s equitation, which includes how well the collegiate equestrian competition you are able to work with the horse and structure. the rider’s position and skill level. The Not many high schools have equescompetition in this division includes jumptrian programs, so the IEA provides an ing and flat classes. Alexa earned her opportunity for riders to compete as part way to Regionals in Florida and placed of a team at local, regional, zone and 2nd earning her way to Zone finals for the national levels. Alexa has been riding for second year in a row. The top two comover eight years and trains at Sleepy petitors in each division at Regionals earn Oaks Farm in Plant City with trainer Julie their way to Zone 4 finals which includes Castonguay Iglesias. IEA follows the colseven southern states. legiate riding format where the horses are Alexa traveled to Tryon, NC in March supplied by the sponsoring venue and to compete in Zone 4 finals. She finished each student draws a horse. The rider is in the top 3 in her division at Zone finals not familiar with the horse and has to which qualified her for Nationals which quickly adjust to the horse and compete were held at the Lexington Equestrian immediately upon mounting the horse. Center in Lexington, Virginia from April This format can be challenging but pro21–23. vides an incredible opportunity for the ridIEA competition is a terrific way for ers to test their skills and ride many differ- high school equestrian athletes to coment horses. pete on a team and have an opportunity "Going to IEA Nationals has been on to see what riding in college could be like.


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Student Plans Father/Daughter Dance To Raise Funds For Children’s Home

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Seven-year-old the world have the chance Gabryelle Lane has to smile at least once with been working for my Gabby Care years to help those Packages.” less fortunate than The care packages her. This month she include hygiene items such is inviting others to a toothbrushes, mouthjoin her while having wash and toothpaste, fun with their family. soaps, shower gel, The second grade deodorant, lotions, hair student is hosting items and socks. Gabby’s first annual “She is very passionFather Daughter ate about helping anyone Dance on Father’s in need,” said Kenya. “She Day, Sunday, June really wants to reach as 18, at the Regent in little girls as possible many Gabryelle Lane, a seven-year-old Brandon resident, is organizing a in Tampa and the surRiverview to benefit the Hope Children’s father daughter dance at the Regent rounding areas.” in Riverview on Father’s Day. Center in Tampa. The dance, which will “We are calling all fathers, grandfainclude catered food from M&R Catering thers, uncles and father figures to purCompany, will be hosted by Ebone Cruz, chase a ticket and bring their little president and founder of Hat-Attitude and princesses out for a good cause,” said formerly of WTMP radio, and will feature Kenya Lane, Gabryelle’s mother. speakers including Jessie McNeil, who Gabryelle started her own non-profit, according to Kenya is a “dynamic man, Gabby Cares, recently to raise funds for great father, motivational speaker, pastor, the care packages she creates and deliv- author, entrepreneur and community ers to young girls in state homes, shelters leader.” He will be speaking on the topic and those who are homeless throughout of A Father’s Love. the area. She decided to organize a Attendees will enter the dance on a dance to help the girls at Hope Children’s red carpet and will have their pictures Center after visiting the residents over the taken in a princess chair. Each girl holidays to bring donations from an angel attending the event will also receive a ttree at Kenya’s work. The center does not shirt as a take home gift to remember the receive state funding, so it relies only on night. donations from the public. For information, call Kenya at 516“These people live without a lot of 9405 or email gabbycares@hotmail.com daily essentials that we often take for or search for Gabby Cares on Facebook granted,” said Gabryelle. “My mission is Tickets must be purchased in advance of to make sure less fortunate kids all over the event.


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Live Like You Mean It Peering Into The Fog To See More Clearly By Derek Maul Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, “Why are you arguing about having no bread? Don’t you know or understand even yet? Are your hearts too hard to take it in? ‘You have eyes— can’t you see? You have ears—can’t you hear?’ Don’t you remember anything at all?” – Mark 8:17-18 I enjoy walking my neighborhood in the early morning when the mist hangs onto the trees, mutes the view, blankets the sounds of the day, and keeps the temperature down. Later, when it lifts, the sunlight floods in and everything is different in an instant. When the mist is still there, there’s a dimension of vision it’s easy to miss later, when the sun blazes and the shadows become so deep. In certain ways, I see more when the colors are muted and the light is more evenly diffused. This morning’s walk made me think about clarity. Jesus said the following things repeatedly and in various ways during his ministry: 1. “Would you people open your eyes just a little bit for crying out loud!” 2. “Hello? Is anybody home? Have the 12 of you forgotten to put your listening ears on this morning?” 3. “Duh!” Well I’m not absolutely sure about

that last one, but I am one hundred percent certain Jesus would have said “duh” had the word – or it’s Aramaic equivalent – been invented two thousand years ago. Peering through the mist is a lot like regular life. It’s fun to be in church in the flood of light, to fellowship with companions on the journey, to listen to inspirational messages and enjoy beautiful music. But it’s in my day-by-day walk that I tend to stop for more intimate conversations with Jesus, and it’s in the challenge of peering closely into the fog to see more clearly that I often do. The key to clarity is not just open eyes, but sometimes new eyes. I guess that makes one more for the list – #4 from Jesus: “Come on, people! Don’t you remember anything at all?” It’s a valid question – DEREK Derek Maul has written for many news outlets, including the Tampa Tribune, The United Methodist News Service, All Pro Dad, FOCUS Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, Presbyterians Today, Guideposts, Chicken Soup for the Soul and many other publications. Read Derek Maul’s daily blog posts at www.derekmaul.wordpress.com

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Your Monthly Catch Local Happenings In Our Community year anniversary with the church. Special musical guest Joseph Habedank, a multi award-winning and nominated Dove Award Christian singer and songwriter will perform during the service as well as hold an exclusive concert at 1:30 p.m. Also, immediately following the service, everyone is invited to a complimentary catered lunch. To attend the lunch, please reserve your seats online at growingatgrace.churchcenteronline.com/registrations. The event is free and family friendly. The church is located at 2909 John Moore Rd. in Brandon. For further details, please contact the office at 6897190 or info@growingatgrace.com.

Hillsborough County Fair Seeking Applicants For Harvest Awards

The Hillsborough County Fair is seeking nominations for this year’s Harvest, which will kick off the 2017 County Fair on Thursday, October 19 in the new air-conditioned fairgrounds pavilion east of Brandon on Hwy. 60 and Sydney Learning About The Founding Washer Rd. This Principles Of The U.S. At Tampa is the 17th year Liberty School the awards have Tampa Liberty School is been presented to designed to impart the principles of the outstanding liberty as discovered and impleFarm Family and mented by the founders of our the Lifetime Elias Peña, Student Ministries Pastor at Destiny Church delivered a breakfast of assorted bagels and pastry rings from for children ages 6-12. All county Achievement Panera Bread in recognition of 2017 Teacher Appreciation Week at Lennard High School in Ruskin. activities are designed to teach recipients for outStrawberry Growers while having fun. Some of the main standing accomplishments Assoc. Office, and points of emphasis in the Tampa and contributions in the field at www.hillsborLiberty School include: With freedom of agriculture in Hillsborough oughcountyfair.com. comes responsibility. Blending freeCounty. Other categories Forms can be subdom and responsibility requires virtuinclude Outstanding mitted by email: ous, moral, and educated citizens; our Agribusiness, Outstanding hillsboroughcountyunalienable human rights do not come Public & Community Service, fair@verizon.net, or from a king, a president, a congress, Urban Agriculture/Agriculturist, mailed to: Harvest or any other form of government. They Young Awards, c/o only come from God. We must know Farmer/Rancher/Nurseryman Hillsborough County what they are and protect them; peowho are 40 and under, and Fair, P.O. Box 100, ple and political parties can become Outstanding Woman in Sydney, FL 33587. corrupted. We promote fundamental Agriculture. A posthumous catCall 737-3247. principles that are timeless and incoregory is also available to ruptible; seek the truth by going to honor an individual no longer Celebrate original sources. The founders' faith in living. A total of five awards Anniversary With God was fundamental to the founding will be given during the lunchMusical Guest of our country and the system they eon in October. Receiving last Singer At Grace provided; and that the ultimate responyear’s awards were the Roy Baptist Temple of sibility for maintaining liberty lies with Davis family, Tony Ippolito, Brandon the people. We must recognize that it Susan Dumke, Wish Farms, is up to us (the citizens) to be the On Sunday, Lee and Mini Holcomb, and guardians of our liberty. June 4, Grace the Hillsborough County 4-H Tampa Liberty School will be held Baptist Temple of Foundation. Saturday, July 1 Brandon invites you Monday to Friday, June 19-23 at Bell is the submission deadline for Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell to its 11 a.m. servnominations. Nomination Shoals Rd. in Brandon from 9 a.m.-12 ice to celebrate forms are available at the Noon daily. There is limited availability. Multi award-winning Christian singer and songwriter, Joseph Habedank, will Pastor Tommy County Extension Office, the perform at a service celebrating Pastor Tommy Thompson’s and wife Vicki’s Thompson’s and Please visit tampalibertyschool.org to Farm Bureau Office, Soil seventh anniversary with Grace Baptist Temple. register. wife Vicki’s sevenConservation Office,

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Love Traveled From The Bronx To Brandon As Friendship Crossed Borders

By Susanne Katchko

Sitting on a bed in gance, joy, honesty Room 304 at Brandon and Health and Rehabilitation wisdom. Her disCenter, I’m holding hands cussion partner, with Bessie Walker, a 92KLR treasurer, Len year-old African-American Schimberg, promptgreat-grandmother whose ly dubbed her strong grip belies the "Bubbie" health issues that got her ("Grandmother") here. That same grip is and my own status now channeling healing as the person love into me. She puts who’d invited her one hand on my head and rose exponentially. murmurs, “Lord, thank you When a call to for sending Susan to me Ingrid revealed that to be my child.” my Bessele was in Bessie and I met four Bessie Walker and Susanne Katchko sharing special time together. Bessie Walker’s Apollo Beach family. the hospital and years ago as members of then in rehab, I had Bessie was a young mom when many skidded to a pause on February 13, the College and Community Chorus of to see "Mom." Bessie had declared me of her Bronx peers were Yiddish-speaking 2016, when the latter died in his sleep, Lehman College, a branch of the City child during a condolence call after her Holocaust survivors. She calls me next to Bessie. Jimmy was her world. Her College of New York in the Bronx, New Jimmy's death and has since taken care "Mamale, Sheyndale" and I call her only child, Claudia Paige had died of York. She came onto my radar as the tiny, "Bessele," affectionate Yiddish diminutives acute liver failure in January 2014. of my heart and soul just like a good rich-voiced "Donation Lady" who collected Mama should. meaning "little mother," "little beauty" and Bessie's Apollo-Beach-based grandcash from every choir member for our During this most recent visit, "dear Bessie." That's Bessie - she cared son Randy Paige and his wife Ingrid, beloved conductor's thank-you gift at each between magical prayers, Bessie murenough to become familiar with her along with their children, Raven, Josiah, of our semi-annual concerts. mured, "Write about us. Write about us refugee neighbors and to honor them by Jamilla, and Julia, opened their home to I wanted to know her but figured her and show me a copy." absorbing some of their language and cul- "GiGi"/Bessie. Randy is a police officer at dance card was full. One week, my openDeep friendship is a treasure that ture. To me, she is a bridge to my own the VA Hospital at Bay Pines and DJ of ing came when I remarked on her elecomes when the heavens decree it. To people. John Saxx Entertainment, the official phant-shaped brooch and she replied that have found Bessie Walker, a YiddishWe became phone buddies and her music provider for the Miami Dolphins elephants were her favorite. speaking, faith-filled Mama and mentor calls always arrived at the most oddly and the Miami Heat; one would expect no "You mean the ones with their just when I needed her, could be seen serendipitous of times. "So, how you less from an heir to Bessie Walker's DNA. upturned trunks for good luck?" as coincidence, but it comforts me to doing?" in Bessie’s syrupy alto was like As our friendship angels would have "All of 'em; any way their trunks are - I agree with my Bessele that gratefully truth serum to me, eliciting tales of triumph it, I returned last fall for the second year in like 'em! They're wonderful animals and she and I were sent to each other right and trials at work, and anything else lying a row to lead Jewish High Holiday servicthey're in danger - people need to help." on time. on my heart. If it hurt or caused worry, my es as Cantor of the Kehillah of Lakewood A few days later, I came upon a venSince written, but prior to press, Bessele would get it out of me and Ranch (“KLR”) in Sarasota. Randy ferried dor of elephant jewelry in my work neighBessie Walker passed away on April 26 respond with an instructional "fix" that left Bessie to our Friday night service and borhood, picked up a bracelet and gave it (Hebrew date: 30 Nisan). This is also the us laughing. discussion. As we paired off to examine to Bessie at our next rehearsal. She anniversary of the passing of Susanne’s The love affair with her beloved, 15our wishes for the New Year, it didn't take responded immediately with a sewing kit biological mother, Rita Epstein Katchko. years-younger second husband, Jimmy, long for Bessie to charm all with her elefrom her purse and friendship was born.

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A Mission Mindset For New Pastor At The Chapel At FishHawk

By Amanda Boston

sional mindset. The increase in attendance recently precipitated a need for additional classroom space. Without hesitation, Tirona surrendered his office. While others may find this arrangement as inconvenient, it works out rather favorably for this pastor’s unusual approach to sermon writing and praying. “I write my sermons in coffee shops and bars Pastor Ryan Tirona is because those are peopictured with his wife Amy ple I am trying reach,” and three children. explained Tirona. “I like Tattooed with the to pray in cemeteries. As word mercy on one wrist look around at the difI and grace on the other, Located on seven acres in ferent headstones, I’ll heart of FishHawk, The Chapel 36-year-old Ryan Tirona is At FishHawk holds Sunday realize that a person not the typical prototype service at 10 a.m. with children died at 26 years old. It for a preacher—let alone programs from birth through helps me put into perfifth grade. the FishHawk community. spective the brevity of In March 2015, the six-foot-six Los life—it is but a vapor.” Angeles native, along with his wife and Like Pastor Tirona, The Chapel At three children, relocated to Florida to FishHawk does not conform to the norm become the senior pastor at The Chapel as its Sunday gatherings attract a wide At FishHawk, formerly known as Sunset variety of attendees hailing from diverse Bay Chapel. backgrounds. Nevertheless, at least one Tirona believes God placed him in commonality is ever-present—those the heart of FishHawk suburbia to build a bridge uniting the established church with attending the services at the chapel are all about Jesus. the missional community church. Pastor Sunday service is at 10 a.m. at 6026 Tirona explained that the Christian life is Churchside Dr. in Lithia. This summer "all about living for Jesus in everyday life" The Chapel will conduct a daily children’s and is not limited to church gatherings on Vacation Bible School from Monday, June Sundays. “Jesus told us to go and make 12 to Friday, June 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 disciples and that starts by being a misTo learn more about The Chapel At p.m. sionary in your neighborhood,” said FishHawk and other upcoming events, Tirona. please visit www.thechapelfh.org. Also, As evidenced by the surge of new you can follow Pastor Tirona on Twitter families, it is fair to surmise that the con@ryantirona. gregation has embraced the more mis-

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James Of Galilee Earns Title “Sons Of Thunder” By Kelly Wise Valdes In a recent gathering of the Apostles, James of Galilee was honored by Jesus, earning the title of “Son of Thunder.” James is the son of Zebedee and older brother of the Disciple John. He was originally referred to as James The Greater, to distinguish him from the other disciple named Jesus passing bread to James at the Last Supper. James. James The Greater was one of the three disciples closest to Jesus, which was quick to defend Jesus against His enemies. included his brother and Peter. James, the Son of Thunder, was a According to the Apostle colorful character, not willing to back Bartholomew, “James The Greater was from a confrontation and could be away part of Jesus’ inner circle and as a result, insensitive. But Jesus transformed him. he witnessed many magnificent events, to friends and family, James According which the rest of us were not allowed to became a loyal servant of God and consee.” tinues to transform his ministry throughout It was reported by eyewitnesses that the community. James and John accompanied Jesus up a mountain. When on the mountain they ************************************* saw a vision of Christ in Heaven. Jesus inspired 12 ordinary men to According to Matthew, “Jesus was transleave their old lives behind and become figured before them, and his face shone of Him. Among these new folfollowers like the sun, and his clothes became lowers were fishermen, a tax collector white as light.” and a revolutionary. The Gospels record Jesus nicknamed James, “Son of the failings, struggles and doubts of these Thunder,” after Jesus preached at the viltwelve men who followed Jesus. This lage of Samaria. According to a villager in series will document one of the disciples Samaria, “The villagers were not responeach month in a fun way in order to learn sive to the message of Jesus, and then more about how God turned each man James called down fire from Heaven on from ordinary to extraordinary. them.” James had a large personality and

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While driving around town, you probably have noticed the many Vacation Bible School (VBS) signs taking up residency on church lawns. Yes, summer vacation is here, and many churches have prepared all year for its weeklong outreach. In short, VBS focuses on teaching the gospel to children in a fun, themed and interactive environment. The following listing contains VBS dates and times from some of the area churches.

Bay Life Chapel

Bay Life presents its annual KIDAPALOOZA with the theme G.O.S.P.E.L. (Greatest Official Story People Ever Lived). The VBS is free and runs from Monday, June 12 through Friday, June 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The doors open at 6 p.m. Bay Life’s slime filled, super funny, highenergy VBS will feature bouncy houses, obstacle courses, tons of indoor and outdoor games, live music and crazy dancing. KIDAPALOOZA is for children entering kindergarten through those entering 6th grade. Bay Life is located at 1017 Kingsway Rd. in Brandon. To register, visit baylife.org/kpa. For questions, contact 661-3696 or kids@baylife.org.

Bell Shoals Baptist Church

Bell Shoals presents Galactic Starveyors where kids will focus their telescopes on the marvels painted in the sky by the Creator and discover that God wants a personal relationship with them. VBS will be held at its Brandon campus from Monday, July 17 through Friday, July 21 from 8:45 a.m. to 12 Noon, located at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. Registration is free for all children age 4

(by Sept. 1) through completed 6th grade. Also, VBS will be held at its Apollo Beach campus, from Monday, June 12 through Friday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon, located at 408 Apollo Beach Blvd. Registration is free for all children who will be 5 (before Sept. 1) through completed 5th grade. To register for the Brandon or Apollo Beach VBS, visit bellshoals.com/vbs.

Cornerstone Baptist Church

Cornerstone presents Hero Central where children will discover their strength in God on awesome adventures alongside some of their favorite Bible heroes. Children will discover the qualities that make us truly heroic in God. VBS is free and will operate from Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon. For grades kindergarten through completed 5th grade. To register, visit cornerstonebrandon.org. The church is located at 818 N. Parsons Ave. in Brandon. For questions, call 689-3325.

First Baptist Brandon

First Baptist Brandon presents Galactic Starveyors where kids focus their telescopes on the marvels painted in the sky by the Creator to discover that the God who created everything wants a personal relationship with them. The free VBS operates from Monday, June 19 through Friday, June 23, from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The church is located at 216 N. Parsons Ave. in Brandon. The VBS is for children age 4

(by Sept. 1) through completed 5th grade. To register, visit fbcbrandon.org/vbs. For questions, call 689-1204.

First Presbyterian of Brandon

First Presbyterian presents Traveling Day Camp, a VBS that brings classic camp activities and faith-building experiences to the church. The program is from Monday, June 26 through Friday, June 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for children that have completed kindergarten through completed 5th grade. Lunch and snacks are provided. Children ages 3 and 4 may attend the same week from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon. The cost for K-5 is $60.00 per child for members and affiliates and $90.00 per child for non-members. The cost for ages 3 and 4 is $20 per child. The church is located at 121 Carver Ave. in Brandon. For more information, visit fpcbrandon.org or call 689-4597.

FishHawk Fellowship Church

FishHawk Fellowship presents Gadgets and Gizmos where children learn they are uniquely wired and wonderfully made. The VBS will run from Monday, June 12 through Friday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon at 15326 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia. The program is designed for children that have completed kindergarten through completed 5th grade. The fee is $10 per child. To register, visit fishhawkfc.org. For questions, contact Amy Tate at atate@fishhawkfc.org.

Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church

Holy Innocents’ presents Maker Fun Factory where curious kids become hands-on inventors and discover God lovingly created them. The

free VBS will run from Monday, June 5 through Friday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon at 604 N. Valrico Rd. in Valrico. Participation is for age 3 (must be pottytrained) through rising 5th graders. To register, visit hiepiscopal.org. For questions, contact Ashley Routh at 689-3130.

Immanuel Lutheran Church

Immanuel Lutheran presents Conquerors in Christ featuring clever crafts, yummy snacks and lively games. The free VBS will run from Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon at 2913 John Moore Rd. in Brandon. Participation is for ages 3 (toilet trained) to entering 5th grade. For more information, call 689-1787 or visit GodSoLoved.org.

Journey Church of Brandon

Journey Church presents JourneyJam 2017 with its VBS theme to be revealed at the event. The VBS will run from Sunday, July 16 through Thursday, July 20 from 5:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. The free event is for children that have completed kindergarten through completed 5th grade. Every night, the evening kicks off with a free dinner followed by skits, high-energy worship music, fun games, crafts and more. JourneyJam 2017 shirts are available for purchase at $11 per child, though not required. For more information or to register, visit Journey7.com.

Limona Village Chapel United Methodist Church

Limona Village presents Maker Fun Factory where curious kids become handson inventors and discover they are crafted by God. The free VBS will run from Monday, June 5 through Friday, June 9 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with dinner and snack provided. For more information or to

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Redeemer Church

Redeemer presents Deep Sea Discovery: God Is With Me Wherever I Go. Children will dive into God’s presence by delving deep into His Word. The free VBS will run from Monday, June 26 to Friday, June 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon at 12404 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. The program is for age 4 through completed 5th grade. To register, visit redeemerriverview.org. For more information, contact Steven Hansen at 7411776.

Riverview First United Methodist Church

Riverview First UMC presents Hero Central: Discover your strength in God! The free VBS will run from Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 14 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. with a performance during the church service on Sunday, July 16 at 10:30 a.m. The church is located on 8002 US Hwy. 301 S. in Riverview. For more information, contact Rolinda Smoak at 453-0190.

Shiloh Baptist Church

Shiloh Baptist presents Galactic

Starveyors where kids will discover that the God who created everything wants a personal relationship with them. The free VBS will run from Sunday, June 11 through Thursday, June 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 905 W. Terrace Dr. in Plant City. Participation is for age 2 through completed 5th grade. To register, visit shilohkids.org. For questions, call 752-8345.

South Shore United Methodist Church

South Shore presents Maker Fun Factory where kids discover they are created by God and are built for a purpose. The VBS will run from Monday, July 17 through Friday, July 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon at 11525 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview. Participation is for rising kindergarten up to rising 5th grade. The cost is $20 per child for the week and $5 for each additional child in the same family. To register, visit southshoreumuc.com. For more infor-

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Southside Baptist Church

Southside Baptist is doing VBS differently. Instead of bringing the community to their campus, the church is taking VBS to the community through VBS at The Park. The VBS theme is Galactic Starveyors where children discover the God of the universe. There are two different weeks of VBS. The first week will be held from Thursday, June 29 through Saturday, July 1 at Heather Lakes Park, located at 1850 Windingwood Ave. in Brandon. The second week will be held from Thursday, July 27 through Saturday, July 29 at Bertha and Tony Sandino Park, located at 1705 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. The time of VBS is to be determined. For more information, visit southsidebrandon.org or contact Pastor Ricky at 689-6049.

St. Anne Catholic Church

St. Anne presents Maker Fun Factory where children learn they are

created by God and are built for a purpose. The VBS dates are from Monday, June 12 to Friday, June 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fee is $30 per child for the week and includes lunch. The VBS is for ages 5, (or starting kindergarten) to 12 years old. The church is located at 106 11th Ave NE in Ruskin. For more information, contact the Faith Formation office at 6451714.

The Chapel At FishHawk

The Chapel At FishHawk presents Maker Fun Factory from Monday, June 12 through Friday, June 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 6026 Churchside Dr. in Lithia. During this interactive VBS, kids will explore their abilities in exciting ways and discover that God created each of them as a masterpiece. Participation is for rising kindergarten through rising 5th grade. Cost is $30 per child for the week. To register, visit thechapelfh.org. For questions, contact Donna at donna@thechapelfh.org or 644-2787.

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Kristen Chenoweth Supports Local NonProfit For First Anniversary Celebration

By Michelle Colesanti

Love Light for celebrate and learn Life (LL4L), a local about the non-profit. 501(c)(3) non-profit, There will be raffles received support and silent auctions at from a superstar the event and within its first year of Chenoweth’s donabeing established. tions, including an autographed copy of For the presiher book, A Little Bit dent of the organizaWicked, and an autotion, Kristen Burris, graphed album, The this was a once-in-aArt of Elegance, will be lifetime opportunity to available. get to know Tony Kristin Chenoweth and Kristen Burris Along with Award and Emmy meet after a recent concert at Ruth Chenoweth’s donaAward winning star, Eckerd Hall. tions, other items will Kristin Chenoweth. She could not resist sharing her non-prof- include a Tampa Bay Buccaneers Autographed NFL Football - #54 Lavonte it’s mission with the celebrity when they David, a Tampa Bay Lightning recently met at Ruth Eckerd Hall after Autographed NHL Hockey Puck - #27 Chenoweth’s concert. Jonathan Drouin and Autographed Hat According to Burris, “Our mission is #23 J.T. Brown, a Tampa Bay Rays to make the world a better place by unitFamily Package, a MisFit fitness tracker, ing positive, like-minded individuals to Too Faced makeup, jewelry and more. spread love, compassion, understanding, Raffle tickets will be available for $5 tolerance and respect to all of each or five tickets for $20. A bracelet humanity/animals worldwide through designed by Isle Coast will be available service projects, charitable events, comwith 20% of proceeds going to LL4L. munity support, random acts of kindness Supporters can use cash or card at the and more.” event for purchases or donations. This is exactly the type of organizaBurris said, “The event will be a fun tion that Chenoweth likes to represent. celebration with friends, family and supBurris works for HSN and was invited for porters to eat, drink, mingle and raise a company cocktail party after her recent money for the organization. Please come performance at Ruth Eckerd Hall. join the celebration to show your support Chenoweth learned about LL4L, loved and to “Light Up Life with Love.” the concept and wanted to help support World of Beer Brandon is located at it. An event celebrating LL4L’s first anniversary will take place at the World of 2878 Providence Lakes Blvd. in Brandon. For information, visit lovelightforlife.com or Beer Brandon on Sunday, June 25 from email info@lovelightforlife.com. 3-6 p.m. All are invited to come out and

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Former Harlem Globetrotter’s Legend Hosts Camp In Brandon

Bell Shoals Baptist Church Holds Youth Summer Camp

Local resisaid. dents will have Douglas an opportunity to suited up for the witness former Harlem Harlem Globetrotters Globetrotter’s from 1986-1993. legend Michael He tried out for “Memphis” the team in Douglas and 1986 with 1,500 company dunk other competiThe Harlem Legends are a part of the Michael on the competitors and was Douglas Youth Foundation that was formed in tion as the selected as the 1991. Harlem Legends first overall pick take on the Mac All-Stars on Saturday, of the Globetrotters that year. Douglas June 17 at First Baptist Church in was the seventh Showman in the histoBrandon. Youngsters can also particiry of the Globetrotters, an honor awardpate in the Harlem Legends Shoot for ed to the leader that helps carry out the the Stars Basketball Camp from antics of the team in the shows. There Monday, June 12 through Friday, June have been only 12 Showmen in the his16. The camp lasts from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. tory of the Globetrotters, which started Campers will learn basic basketball fun- in 1927 in Chicago, Illinois. Each era damentals and will receive a t-shirt, has a different Showman. During his autographs, a certificate, and a camp career, he traveled to over 100 different photo. Registration is $135 per camper. countries. According to Douglas, in the “At the camp, we want to instill princiseven years that he toured with the ples for young students to succeed not club, he played in front of a couple of only in the game of basketball, but different presidents, kings, queens, hopefully in the game of life as well,” Mother Teresa and even the Pope. Douglas said. “The ultimate goal for us is to conThe Harlem Legends was created tinue to be able to help assist different by Michael Douglas and is a part of the schools and organizations and to be an Michael Douglas Youth Foundation that inspiration to the youth,” Douglas said. was formed in 1991. The team is made The Michael Douglas Youth up of several former Globetrotters, Foundation was chosen as an advocate along with past Olympians and retired for the President's Fitness Challenge NFL and NBA players. “I formed the back in 2008 during President Obama’s foundation to give me a platform to be first year. able to assist different organizations, For more information and to register schools and churches in different comfor the events, you can visit its website munities around the country,” Douglas at www.HarlemLegends.com.

For more than 20 adventurous activities, summers, Bell Shoals camper camaraderie and Baptist Church has worthwhile worship. faithfully organized Guffey explained, “I and conducted a love being able to get kids weeklong summer away from their normal camp at Camp routine and let them experiKulaqua. This year’s ence fun-filled days in a summer camp operCamp Kulaqua offers campers a Christian environment ates from Monday, variety of activities in a beautiful where loving adult counand God-centered environment. selors are investing in their June 26 through Friday, June 30 lives.” through its continued The cost for each support from Bell camp is $415 and includes Shoals leaders, menall transportation, lodging, tors and volunteers. food and activities. Janie Guffey, Financial support is availMinister of Preschool able for those who may and Children at Bell need assistance. The As campers participate in outdoor Shoals, said, “I don’t activities, they often build lifelong opportunity to sponsor a relationships and memories. think I will ever get too needy child is also availold for camp. I love being with the kids, able for those who feel called to do so. and I now have the joy of having kids Guffey attested to the positive and who were once campers now serving long-lasting impact of summer camp. She with me as counselors.” said, “My life was changed as a child Summer camp is actually two sepawhen someone paid for me to go to a rate programs: a children’s camp for chilsummer camp. ...A week at a Christian dren who have completed grades three camp can change a kid’s life. The friendthrough six, and a student camp for those ships they develop can last a lifetime, but who have completed grades seven when they put their faith and trust in through twelve. Although the camps Jesus, their eternity in heaven is settled occur simultaneously, each program has forever.” its own theme, agenda and accommodaTo register for either camp, visit tions. www.bellshoals.com/camp/. For more Camp Kulaqua is located in High information or questions about the chilSprings, Florida, which is about 40 miles dren’s camp, contact Debbie Thompson north of Gainesville. Its facilities feature at 689-4229 ext. 223 or Mindy Wellman waterslides, pools, a zoo, horseback ridat 689-4229 ext. 417 for the student ing, zip lining, mini-golf, go-carts, canoecamp. For further detail on camp facilities, ing and more. Each day is packed with visit www.campkulaqua.com.

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Cedarkirk Camp & Conference Center: A Sanctuary From Life’s Chaos

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Cedarkirk is one of the few local camps providing a traditional camping experience with overnight accommodations.

noise going on in their lives. I think going away to camp is wonderful as it gives them a chance to unplug, connect with fellow campers, make new friends, and hopefully learn While enjoying the great outdoors, campers can more about themselves and God.” make new friends and connect on a spiritual Overnight camps are available level. from Sunday to Friday with accomNestled on 170 acres of woodlands modations in either a climate-controlled and along the Alafia River resides the dormitory style lodge or a rustic cabin Cedarkirk Camp & Conference Center. without air-conditioning. Every camper For 46 years, the Lithia-based camp has receives an authentic camping experiserved the entire Gulf Coast as a refuge ence in a safe environment with a wellfrom the busyness of everyday life. The trained and caring staff. Besides the tradiorganization operates year round as “a tional camp activities, such as canoeing place apart to build up the body of Christ and campfire cookouts, campers have in love” and attracts churches, community the opportunity to connect with God organizations, schools and families, alike. through Bible study and worship. Cedarkirk’s main attraction is its sumIn addition to its summer program, mer camp program, which offers different Cedarkirk is a ministry of hospitality opensessions with themes like music, art, ing its doors to about 15,000 people cooking, science and adventure, just to throughout the year with retreats and name a few. Camp programs are for parevents. The facilities can be rented for ticipants that have completed first grade multiple purposes such as conferences, through twelfth grade. leadership training, team building, family Even though the local community reunions and camping. From an advenfeatures a wide variety of summer camp turous high-ropes course to a peaceful programs, Cedarkirk is one of the few canoe ride, Cedarkirk offers activities suitorganizations with overnight accommoda- able for everyone in its serene and scenic tions. Reverend John Reiter is the location. Executive Director of Cedarkirk and said, For information, visit cedarkirk.org. “We like to think our kids have such care- Cedarkirk is located at 1920 Streetman free lives, but in reality, a lot of kids have Dr. in Lithia. For questions, call 685-4224 very busy schedules. There’s a lot of or email info@cedarkirk.org.

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In his thick and unmistakable Boston accent, Charlie McGowan declared, “This ministry is not for everyone, and that’s okay.” The Apollo Beach resident Volunteers of all ages and denominations along with is a Massachusetts transgenerous donors keep the ministry going. plant that took up the my life and the reason why I do this is cause to serve and love the homeless, to help someone else,” he said. and in doing so, has bloomed where McGowan pulls no punches, and God has planted him. his candidness is precisely the dispoIn 2009, McGowan established sition required for street ministry. His Kay’s Ministry, a homeless outreach practical approach to the gospel on the streets feeding bread into hunreaches those on the streets as well gry mouths as well as the bread of life as those serving on the streets. Using into their starving souls. In John 6:35, a football analogy, he conveyed that “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of serving Jesus is like ‘running the play’ life; whoever comes to me shall not on a football field. hunger, and whoever believes in me "In football, the coach relays to the shall never thirst.’” The ministry shares quarterback the play, and then the more than a meal—it shares the love quarterback gives the play to the hudand hope of Jesus Christ. dle. Nothing happens until they leave Named after his mother Kay, the the huddle and run the play. The ministry assembles every Sunday in a church is like our huddle where the parking lot in downtown Tampa. pastor gives the play from Jesus McGowan ministers to the needs of Christ, but for many years, I left the the homeless while providing a meal church and never ran the play," he and a biblical message. From the said. humble beginnings as a one-man minToday, McGowan is no longer istry serving bologna sandwiches out waiting in the huddle. Instead, every of his car, the outreach has multiplied Sunday, he ‘runs the play’ for Jesus into a legion of volunteers handing out Christ. His obedience to follow God’s many necessities. playbook makes an everlasting impact Those who regularly serve alongon the lives and souls of the less fortuside McGowan consider him a special nate. God has a specific plan for all of servant of God. Conversely, McGowan His children—so are you on the sideviews himself in a much different light. line, in the huddle or running the play? “I am no one to put on a pedestal. For more information on how you That’s not what I want. I tell people I can donate or volunteer with Kay’s am a dirt bag from Boston that Christ Ministry, please visit www.kaysminhit the reset button on during my mid istry.org for a list of needs and a calto late twenties. He straightened out endar of volunteer opportunities.

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Grace Notes

Better Than Good

By Debora Coty

Bedecked in my flowered at me with twinkling blue Bible Story Lady hat, I pulled eyes and said, “Tank you yet another stuffed animal out Miss Debbie; that was of my cavernous bag, bewwy, bewwy good!” attempting to teach a room full Suddenly, magically, my of three and four-year-olds the perspective changed and I rudimentary building blocks of saw the “failed, disastrous, the Bible. chaotic” lesson from a Animal photos by my preschooler’s perspective. It Today’s lesson was “God friend, Marian Crawford. was fun. It grabbed my attenMade Animals.” How can you botch that, right? tion. It gave full credit to So I was surrounded by Papa God for a job well done piles of plush bunnies, dog(creating all those awesome gies, kitty-cats, anteaters, animals). And it was squirrels, lions-and-tigers-andbewwy, bewwy, good. bears-oh-my … you name the Hey, aren’t those the furry beast and it was probasame words – sort of – that bly there. The kids had grown the Almighty used at the end wilder and crazier with the of each chaotic day of creintroduction of each critter until ation? By dingies, they chaos reigned and I could no longer be are: “God looked at what he had done, heard above the den of little voices or and it was good” (Genesis 1:18, CEV). seen among the flailing limbs rushing me Bewwy, bewwy good, you might even to be the next volunteer to extract one of say. God’s four-legged creations out of my So dear BFF (Blessed Friend bag. Forever), the next time you think you’ve I felt like a quarterback being sacked made a miserable mess of things, over and over again. remember this little story and take heart. Papa God should be pleased that What you view as failure may actually be, His handiwork is so popular with the wee by someone else’s yardstick, bewwy, set. But at the moment, I was not. bewwy good. When I’d finally extracted myself from the bedlam, and the boonfoggled teachDebora M. Coty is an inspirational speaker ers had restored some manner of order and award-winning author of over 100 to the room, I thought to myself, as I articles and 13 books, including Fear, Faith, made for the door, well, that was an and a Fistful of Chocolate, More Beauty, absolute disaster. Less Beast, and Too Blessed to Be Stressed. But my escape route was blocked by Debora also teaches writing workshops. Visit a teensy floppy-haired maverick in cowwww.DeboraCoty.com boy boots. The adorable tyke looked up

World War II Army Veteran, & Duplicate Bridge Expert, Turns 101

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Walter 30 players in the Pearson has lived recreational buildan extraordinary ing at Strawberry life. The World War Ridge. According II veteran turned to one of the play101 this past ers in the group, February. At 29, he partners Walter and Don “win all volunteered to the time.” “Walter serve his country, is an energizer fighting in the secbunny and ond World War. He extremely sharp risked his life in the for his age,” said front lines of the Joan Rhyne. battlefields for eight Walter has months. After servbeen playing the ing, his commitgame for about 92 ment to country, Walter and his son, Don, at Walter’s 101st years, and with all community and the birthday celebration. that experience under his belt, he has American people continued. achieved the highest level of mastery of For the last 12 years, Walter and his son, Don, have sponsored a Toys for Tots the game. The retirement community and other players in the surrounding area celcollection party in the Southshore area. ebrate Walter’s birthday biannually, once Held at the Alley at Southshore each on February 5th (his birthday,) and once December, their collection party has on August 5th. The party consists of havbecome the biggest in the state. Just last year, they collected 378 bikes, 100 boxes ing dinner, drinking and playing duplicate bridge. of toys and a little over $11,000 in cash. Walter is also the chairman of the Walter and Don have also contributed to military organizations and churches in the board of his company, Pearson Capital, Inc, which he started back in 1956 in area. “My father being an Army veteran, Massachusetts. Walter continues to work wanted to help other people, and I, part-time for his company, researching myself, have a compassion for those in stocks. The successful private money need,” said Don. “We both have been management firm has over 500 cusblessed with more than enough to be tomers, reaching a total of 26 states able to give back to the community.” today. Don jokes that his father was back Walter is a celebrated part of the at work the next morning after the Super Strawberry Ridge retirement community, Bowl, even though they are both Patriots’ where he currently resides. Every fans and stayed up to watch the whole Monday morning, Walter plays duplicate game. bridge, a card game, with approximately

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advance. In addition, AMC Kids pack popcorn and a drink are available for a special price of $4.48 including tax, only during the Summer Fun Flicks. Chick-fil-A Lake Brandon Village and Brandon South owners Paul and Tammy Holmberg are happy to partner with AMC Brandon General AMC and Chick-fil-A have partnered again this summer to offer Manager Hal the Summer Fun Flicks program with eight weeks of great Garrett for another movies including the Harry Potter series for summer camps. Summer Fun Flicks campaign. This summer once again, children “This is a great way that we can enrolled in summer camps will enjoy partner with the local movie theatre to cool mornings in the air conditioning and a choice of two or three great fea- do a great campaign and do something good for the community at the ture length movies on the big screen. same time,” said Tammy Holmberg. The annual School’s Out For The Last year, Derrick Brooks Charities Summer Chick-fil-A Summer Fun and Metropolitan Ministries received Flicks is back to benefit area literacy checks for more than $6,000 from the initiatives. campaign. For eight Tuesdays over the sumKavita Marballi, Y Literacy mer, camps, organizations and groups Coordinator was thrilled to be selected can buy tickets for kids to see the movies for $1-which is then donated to for this year's charity and said, “This donation will allow our children access non-profits in the community. to reading and tools for literacy.” Each week, the movie will start Camps and programs should plan at 10 a.m. with doors opening at 9 to purchase tickets in advance and a.m. tickets will be available at the AMC The Summer Fun Flicks is hosted Regency box office. Groups purchasat AMC Regency 20 Theaters, 2496 ing 25 tickets or more will receive West Brandon Blvd. in Brandon. Call 685-3396. Tickets can be purchased in reserved seating.

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A Christ Chix is a female who loves God, but is still attractive and doesn’t mind accenting her assets. This movement is a combination of a woman’s conference and a revival that will refresh, revive, and restore women through revival and empowerment. There will be Foundation Christian Academy varsity team, with Coach Ballard. The team recently played Immanuel Lutheran. food (All in the Family Catering), sessions Times, and The Tampabay Newswire. (Lifestyle Coach, Purpose Strategist, For more information about Christ Financial Consultant, Gifts Developer), Chix, please contact Brown at 344praise and worship (Psalmist), and 5709 or revival (Breaking Bread and Rhema email nikkibrownintown@gmail.com. Word). The movement is scheduled You can also follow her on Instagram for Thursday, June 8 and Friday, June at christchixnikkibrown or on Facebook 9. The doors will open at 5:30 at Healthy Living with Nikki Brown or p.m. nightly. You can register Christ Chix, or subscribe to her at https://squareup.com/store/healthyYouTube Channel Christ Chix Nikki living-with-nikki-brown-christ-chix. Brown. The conference host is Nikki Brown, author of I’m A Christ Chix and Bullseye Learning's STEAM Summer A Christ Chix and Her King. Nikki Day Camp Brown has been featured in the Bullseye Learning offers tutoring to Christian Voice, The Tampa Bay students of all ages in all subjects

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By Kelly Wise Valdes The Cathedral of San Fernando, located in San Antonio is one of the top tourist destinations in Texas as well as the oldest standing church building in the Lone Star State. From the wedding of an Alamo defender to a visit from the Pope, this cathedral is one of the oldest churches in the United States and has become the center of a popular city revitalization project. The beautiful cathedral is located in downtown San Antonio and originates back to 1731 when 55 settlers arrived in San Antonio to expand the community as a barricade against French invasion. The cornerstone of the existing structure was laid in 1738, and it has played a key role in the history of San Antonio. The dome of the original church was the point from which all mileage in Texas was originally measured. While the current structure has been expanded and renovated over the years, the walls of the original still form the sanctuary of the cathedral. The church played a leading role during the 1836 battle for which San Antonio is best known, the siege of the Alamo. It was from the tower of San Fernando Cathedral that General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna ordered the blood red flag of no quarter raised at the beginning of the battle. The banner was a signal to the men inside the Alamo that they would not be spared. Inside the church today can be found a small coffin that holds the remains of

the men who died at the Alamo. Santa Anna had the bodies burned in giant pyres after the battle, and the ashes were collected and buried at San Fernando. A box with the remains was found beneath the sanctuary railing during a renovation project in 1936 and is now enshrined in the cathedral. The church was expanded between 1868 and 1873 and became a cathedral in 1874 when Pope Pius IX named San Antonio a diocese. It then became an archdiocese in 1926. Over the years, the cathedral has welcomed presidents, governors, senators and an array of other dignitaries. Pope John Paul II visited San Fernando on September 13, 1987, praying and speaking to students. In 2014, the cathedral became the forefront of revitalization in San Antonio. An explosion of color, light, music and historical images known as, “San Antonio The Saga” lights up the San Fernando Cathedral every evening. Created by French artist Xavier De Richemont, the 24-minute, $1 million, 7,000-square-foot projection, with custom choreographed imagery and music in surround-sound narrates the historical discovery, settlement and development of San Antonio. Show times are 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, visit www.mainplaza.org.

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Every Child Deserves A Birthday Party: Students And Seniors Come Together For Box Of Balloons Delivers Staff Report A Wonderful Art Show At The Bridges

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Every child loves to feel special on their birthday. Box of Balloons is a non-profit organization on a mission to make each birthday happy and every child celebrated. According to Samantha Benoit, leader for the Tampa Chapter, “We impact the people we serve by bringing joy into their lives by providing birthday parties to children who might not otherwise get one.“ In America, 22% of children live below the poverty level, and Benoit believes that a birthday celebration can give families the hope and joy they may be missing on their child’s special day. The focus of the organization is to ensure each child feels special and celebrated on their birthday and bring joy into the lives of them and their support system. Benoit said that it also aims to


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empower parents and caregivers by delivering a birthday box to them with all the necessities for a fantastic party. Box of Balloons is a registered 501(c)(3) organization that reaches out to local school social workers, community leaders and organizations to identify children in need. Social workers and organizational leaders send in requests on behalf of these children. “We then reach out to local community volunteers to donate all the items/money needed to complete the birthday request in order for a child to have an awesome birthday party like many of his or her friends,” noted Benoit. Each Birthday Box is filled with a standard checklist of items, relating to the theme of the child’s choice including tableware: paper plates, napkins, cups, decorations: streamers, balloons, curling ribbon, tape, DIY decorations: themed decor, banner, etc., party favors for six children, game or activity and all supplies needed, cupcakes and a birthday gift. Each box costs roughly $100 to fill. There are several ways to get involved. You can pledge your Birthday, Build-A-Box, volunteer for a chapter, start a chapter, or simply donate. Visit www.boxofballoons.org. To donate items locally, call 802-8331.

most of all, pure enjoyment." One of the residents who participated in the portrait exhibit, Carol Field said, "I loved the challenge of doing the portrait of the girl I chose. It was such an enjoyable experience to sketch a portrait of a student and then have a portrait of me sketched by a different student. In addition, everyone was given the choice of which medium they wished to use for the portraits." "It was a wonderfully creative event and a great opportunity for the students. They got to express their creativity through the portraits and share their film with the community," said Bryant Martinez, Winthrop Town Artist. All those who attended enjoyed not only the art created by generations young and old, but also the wonderful culinary delights prepared by The Bridges' chef. The room itself was an artistic masterpiece as it was whimsically decorated with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory scenes. For information, visit bridgesretirement.com or call 413-8900. For information on the Art Factory at Winthrop Arts, visit www.winthroparts.org or call 758-5161.

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Multiple generations of artists and art lovers came together for Bridging The Generations, a multi-generational art exhibit held at Joanne Kingston, a resident of The Bridges and The Bridges Alex Malberg, a student in Riverview at the Art Factory at Winthrop Arts. on Tuesday, May 2. Students from the Art Factory at Winthrop Arts and residents of The Bridges collaborated on the art show. Specifically, portraits of the students created by the residents and portraits of the residents created by the students, along with other art, were on display in a lovely setting. In addition, the short film, Willy Wonka and the Art Factory, created and produced by students from the Art Factory at Winthrop Arts, was shown to the delight of young and old alike. Residents from The Bridges have been coming to the Art Factory at Winthrop Arts each month since October to create art pieces such as painted vases, portraits and mosaic pieces. Janet Noah, Community Relations Liason for The Bridges said, "The Bridges has always valued residents' artistic expression. Our recent collaboration with the Art Factory is providing our residents with a wide array of art projects designed to encourage imagination, creativity and

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