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Sydney Baptist Church Celebrates 107 Years Of Making A Difference In The Community

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Psalms 91:16 says, “With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.” This Psalm was in the minds of the many men who served as pastors over the Sydney Baptist Church in Dover. The church has been a part of the community for more than 107 years. “The church has had the honor of having wonderful men of God lead them over the years,” said current church pastor, Jimmy Evans. “Men with passion, with vision and purpose and a congregation that loves and backs their pastors for doing the work of God.” Although official documentation did not begin until 1909, the dream of the church began in 1908 with the Union Church, a few miles from its current location, where it housed both a church and a public school. In 1917, Sydney Baptist Church joined the South Florida Baptist Association in the year the United States became actively involved in World War I, when our country felt the effects of the war. Over the years, the church has seen many renovations in addition to a growing congregation. “Throughout the years, the Lord has blessed us with the financial support necessary to remain debt-free while renovating and refurbishing all the he has provided,” Pastor Evans said. “Although we are proud of all the work, we do so honor the

matter where you come from or how you dress. The only thing that matters is that every time you come to church, you see Jesus in all that we do. We don’t put Jesus in a box, we lift him up for the world to see.” Pastor Evans and his congregation do this so they can reach the unreached. Pastor Evans and his congregation hopes that their church will be a shining light in the darkness of the world and to fill the hearts of the people with the love of Christ. “We want to be know as the place where you come as a friend and you leave as our family,” Pastor Evans said. “In a day in which our churches are getting older, our prayer is that we can reach the younger one who congregation for made it Jesus by meeting their possible, needs with our chilJesus dren’s programs, Christ, our youth events and Sydney Baptist Church in Dover has been a part of Lord and the community for more than 107 years. The church young couples classSavior.” is located at 1510 Cre Rd. in Dover. es that teach the word If in relevant terms.” you ask Pastor Evans why his church has If you would like to learn more had such longevity in the community, he about Sydney Baptist Church, you can will tell you it’s because of the congregavisit their website at www.sydneybaption’s love for the lost. “What makes this or call Pastor Evans at 659church different is everyone has a love for 1502. The church is located at 1510 Cre the lost,” Pastor Evans said. “It doesn’t Rd. in Dover.

County Fair Shows Blue Ribbon Country Pride

By Kate Quesada

There is a lot more to this year’s Hillsborough County Fair, which opens its gates just east of Brandon on October 20, than the traditional midway rides and fried food. “The County Fair offers an opportunity for residents of all ages to enter and display their talents,” said Janet Aversa, Hillsborough County Fair Board Member. “From cooking to rug hooking, and baking to picture taking, from sewing to growing and animals large and small.” The fair, which is held at the county fair grounds on Sydney Washer Rd. in Dover, will be open October 20-23 and October 27-30 and boasts many events including talents shows, Battle of the Bands, a Harvest Queen Scholarship Contest, many livestock shows, baby pageants and contests in plants, photography, arts and more. “There will be lots of blue ribbons and eye catching entries to reflect the talents of the folks in Hillsborough County,” said Aversa, who adds that new this year is an expanded 7,000 sq.

with entertainment,” said Aversa. Highlights of the paid Arena Events include Ranch Rodeos, truck, tractor and lawnmower pulls and a demolition derby in addition to the traditional midway rides, fair foods and livestock shows. Free entertainment in the midway includes Robinson’s Racing Pigs and Paddling’ Porkers, a fire fighter show and circus acts. New to the fair this year in the Hillsborough County Fair’s theme is Country Pride. Entertainment Tent is a Opens October 20. Gospel Jam on Sunday ft. air conditioned area to disafternoons which, according to Aversa, play family living, arts and offers a mix of old-time hymns and crafts, fine arts and photogracontemporary music. The phy. “Early entries are encouraged and Entertainment Tent is also home to the forms are available on the Website.” Children’s Pageant, the Western Wear In addition to the livestock area, Contest and the County Fair Talent which features daily shows of youth Showcase. and their animals, is an Agricultural Tickets to the fair, which cost $7 for Education Center that offers fair goers adults, $5 for students and $4 for sena chance to learn more about life on iors go on sale October 1 and can also the farm and in the country. be purchased at the gate. Arena events “From baby chicks to the ‘milkable’ are an additional $10 per person.Visit cow or the new scavenger hunt in the or call livestock area, it is education mixed 737-FAIR. 215 Sydney Washer Rd.

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New Horizons Breaking New Ground

By Michelle Colesanti

Basilica at Montserrat and The Black Madonna

Nestled in a rugged mountain almost an hour outside of Barcelona, Spain sits the Basilica at Montserrat. The Basilica is home to one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations in Spain: the La Moreneta, or Black Madonna. Since the 12th century, pilgrims have been drawn to Montserrat to honor the miraculous statue of the Black Madonna. The small statue made of wood and depicts a seated Madonna with the child Jesus on her lap. Her dark color is due to changes in the varnish due to age. The statue sits behind a sheet of glass, however, one of her hands that is holding a sphere (which symbolizes the universe) is not behind the glass. It is tradition for visitors to kiss or touch the Virgin's hand while opening out the other hand to Jesus. Montserrat is considered one of the special “power spots” of the world. Electromagnetic fields are said to be strong and healing powers are attributed to the small Madonna statue. Legend surrounding the site tells of a story that shepherds were herding sheep on the nearby hills when they saw a bright light shining from a cave accompanied by singing. Then a figure said to be Mary appeared and told them to go into the cave where they discovered the statue of the Black Madonna. It was believed that the statue had been hidden in the cave in 718 to avoid Moorish invaders. Upon finding this statue, Church authorities ordered that the statue be

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taken to Barcelona. While trying to relocate the Madonna, the statue became so heavy, that it was deemed unmovable. The church realized the image should remain where it was found, on the mountain. As word spread throughout Spain, the pilgrims to the sacred spot began and eventually the Basilica was built around the statue. The Monastery at the Basilica is located near the top of the 4,000-foot mountain, is home to about 80 monks. The monks welcome visitors and invite them to participate in their daily celebrations of Mass and recitations. The basilica also holds one of the monastery's most noted attractions, the 50-member Escolanía, one of the oldest and most renowned boys' choirs in Europe, dating from the 13th century. They sing at 1p.m. daily. The Basilica is visited by nearly three million people each year. Admission to the grounds, churches and services is free. For more information, visit

Watching your atmosphere: “We serve children develop a unique population. into individuals and They are able to experileave the nest is ence a feeling of indeexciting, but can be pendence while enjoya bit frightening for ing 24/7 supervision. any parent. The This is their forever challenge multiplies home.” Shelton exponentially when explains how the resiyour child dents are challenged to has special develop and organize The Smiling needs, yet their own activities and Residents of New has blosHorizons Group are expected to care for somed into their personal needs Homes, Inc. an adult with along with housekeephis/her own ing. Construction on New Horizons' Third Home dreams. But ultimately, the need for group Underway Therefore, homes for adults with developmental disthe idea for New Horizons Group Homes, abilities is great. Shelton explains that it Inc. developed in 1992 when a group of can be confusing when persons with disparents, teachers, and friends of the abilities age out of the K-12 education Special Education Department of First system. There really is not a structured Baptist Church of Brandon recognized a path for parents and those individuals need for long-term living facilities to serve with disabilities to follow. Another goal of adults with developmental disabilities. New Horizons is to educate families on Since opening their doors in 1999, the their options, but the bottom line is that residence has grown from one to two places like New Horizons needs to homes and has assisted many deserving expand to aid this important segment of adults and their families. New Horizons our community. currently houses fourteen residents, Although a portion of the homes are many of whom are competitively sustained through monthly payments employed in the community or attend from the residents’ SSI, Social Security, structured day activities. Yet there is a Med Waiver benefits, and/or wages, need for more space, and this year New donations and fundraising are needed to Horizons is overjoyed to report they have provide the highest quality of care and broken new ground on a third residence expand the kinds of services they offer. to accommodate six new occupants. If you missed the New Horizons Yvonne Shelton, the director, underAnnual Barbeque and Silent Auction held stands the challenges facing adults with on September 24, you can still support developmental disabilities and champions their mission. Visit www.newhorizonthe need for a Christian group home that or call 571-2690. It is located can provide a nurturing and uplifting at 109 E. Clay Ave., Brandon, 33510.

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Immanuel Lutheran School To Host Family-Friendly Oktoberfest

By Michelle Colesanti

apples. Immanuel ILS opened its Lutheran School doors for the first (ILS) has been holdtime in September ing its Oktoberfest 1980 with 72 stufor 31 years providdents. Over the ing families with a years, classroom fun way to celebrate space has been the fall season. expanded and a Once again ILS preschool program invites the commustarted in nity to enjoy the fun 2008. Today ILS on Saturday, provides a quality October 15 from 10 Christian education a.m.-2 p.m. Entry is for students from free, but games and preschool to 8th rides will require grade. tickets, which cost As one of ILS’s 50 cents each. largest annual Two sections The community is invited on Saturday, fundraisers, the will separate the October 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to money raised helps younger children Immanuel Lutheran School’s Oktoberfest. to fund school activifrom the older ones. ties. Kids will get to enjoy car bash, bounce Chair Person Devon Woodward houses, trampoline bungee, pony rides said, “I have three children. One is in and a petting zoo. There will be a hair college and he attended ILS from 6-8 booth for wrapping and a hair spray grades. I currently have one in middle color åbooth. Entertainment will be held school and one child in second grade. inside along with many vendor booths. ILS is a wonderful environment and New this year will be a foam pit and a many of my older son’s friends today are live actual Pacman game. A costume contest will be held at 12 ones he made at ILS in middle school. I agreed to chair Oktoberfest because of Noon with prizes for first, second and my love for this school. I think ILS is the third place winners. best kept secret in Brandon. I love our If you get hungry while enjoying the Oktoberfest because when we came to fun, you can try authentic German food. the school it was a tiny school event. A local family has run the kitchen and Today we have grown the event and cooking for this event for the last six truly work every year to make it bigger years. Hamburgers and hot dogs will and better.” also be available. Indulge your sweet ILS is located at 2913 John Moore tooth at the bake sale or by purchasing Rd. Visit snow cones, cotton candy and candy

Valrico Resident Helps Ugandans On Mission Trip

By Nick Nahas

can be introduced Valrico native into God’s Kingdom.” Taylor Green is conKelly Green tinuing his family’s Global worked in unicommitment to servson with Green’s ice by helping people mom’s ministry, God in need. He recently is Grace. returned home from This organization a mission trip to teaches the women Africa helping proof Uganda a trade or vide information and how to start their resources to the own business impoverished people because the majority of Uganda. He spent of them have very lit11 days in Africa tle education, and doing work with both traditionally, it falls on his mom and dad’s the shoulders of the ministry groups, Kelly women to work in Green Global and Taylor Green (left in white) and Brock order to provide for God is Grace. Bell (in purple) speaking at a local school in Uganda. their families, Green Green, 31, head said. They are taught how to sell their trainer/manager for RobZ Fitness and trades, such as clothing or necklaces. former baseball player for Bloomingdale Sponsors from the U.S. give a fixed High School, spent some time teaching children aged 7-16 how to play baseball. amount of money each month for 10 months to help these women get their He also went to high schools to teach businesses started after they graduate the importance of abstinence, and also from the course. to raise awareness for HIV and AIDS. Taylor said he and his mom, Beth, “They just wanted to know what you had spent a couple of days with these to say, they were super respectful, they women to hear their stories about how were very eager to know more about this organization has changed their lives. you and your family and where you are They collected clothes to bring for the from,” he said. “Everybody wanted to women and their families, with the help have some sort of interaction with you.” of the Osprey Observer, as well as Kelly Green Global was founded by Green’s dad, Kelly, in 1979. According to resources such as fabric to help them their website, over the last 40 plus years, get started. “Going to Africa and realizing that I Kelly has visited over 1,500 churches don’t have to necessarily give money, I and has made several international miscan just give myself, my time, my sion trips to help spread the word of the resources — just to be able to do that gospel. The Kelly Green Global mission for people in need is very fulfilling,” statement says they model Jesus’ ministry, “caring for the sick, training leaders, Taylor said. “It was good for me to experience that.” and sharing the Gospel so that people

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You Can Fly Again Have you ever questioned just how in the world those huge airplanes defy gravity and get off the ground to fly? The law of gravity never ceases to operate as it pulls down on every object on the earth. Gravity is so unforgiving that if an object or person, if possible, feel into Kola, the world’s deepest bore hole, they’d travel over seven miles down before they reached the bottom. Then, gravity would keep them from floating back to the top! The largest commercial cargo airplane in the world is almost 300’ wide and can weigh as much as 640 tons at takeoff. As the gigantic Antonov-225 travels down the two mile runway, a law greater than the law of gravity can take over-the “law of lift.” As enough air travels over the wings and flaps the “law of lift” supersedes the “law of gravity” and seemingly a miracle takes place as the monster plane flies. An even greater wonder is how a person is lifted from the weights and shackles of a regretful past that consistently attempts to hold them down and keep them from rising up to the heights God has planned for them. Similarly,

the “law of sin and death” is like the “law of gravity,” while the “law of the Spirit of Life” is like the “law of lift’ in the life of a Christ Follower. Paul wrote in Romans 8:2, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” It does not matter how deep of a hole you’ve allowed yourself to fall into, how heavy a load you feel you are carrying right now, or how strong the pull of the “law of sin and death” is in you. The grace, forgiveness, and cleansing that comes through faith in Jesus Christ sets into a motion “the law of the Spirit” in your life. If you’ve been out of fellowship with Jesus Christ or need encouragement, reconnect with a Christ-centered church this week. If you don’t have one, try The Palms Church. Dr. Daniel R. Stahl has ministered in the eastern Hillsborough County area for over 30 years. He previously served on staff at Bell Shoals Baptist Church, Calvary Church (now The Crossing Church), Bay Life Church, and currently his third church plant, The Palms Church, which meets at 207 New Hope Rd. in Brandon on Sundays at 9 & 10:30 a.m. He graduated from Western KY University (BA), Southwestern Baptist Seminary (MDIV), and Fuller Theological Seminary (DMin). Visit

Enjoy The Wonderland Of Lights Drive Thru This Holiday Season

By Christine Michaels

activities and entertainment sure to please all. Take time to stop at the Christmas village featuring horsedrawn wagon rides, North Pole train ride, amusement rides, food and crafts. The The Wonderland of Lights Drive Thru will show is produced take place at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds this year. by MassachusettsThis coming holiday season, based North Pole Productions, known for Brandon will be the home of The its shows in Branson, Missouri and other Wonderland of Lights Drive Thru at the locations across the country. Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, conve"We are excited about the return of a niently located just east of Brandon. This Christmas light drive-thru. Ideally this premier holiday light show and winter fes- attraction appeals to all ages and one of tival will be a spectacular celebration and the most popular fairgrounds events," brings back a family holiday tradition that said Tom Umiker, fair manager. so many have grown to love. The Drive Tickets for the drive-through can be Thru will open Thanksgiving Night, purchased at November 24 and run through Saturday, under the events tab. Prices are: Vehicles December 31. It will be open from 6-9 (up to eight passengers) $20; Season's p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6-10 Pass $35 (vehicles only); Coaches, p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Limos, Mini Vans (nine to 24 seating) The Greater Brandon Chamber is $35; Motor Coaches (25 to 50 seating) excited to be a partner in bringing a holi$75. day light show back to eastern Hold your company or organizations Hillsborough County. The chamber and holiday party in the fairgrounds’ air-condiits Military Affairs Committee, along with tioned exhibit hall. The fairgrounds is takthe Greater Hillsborough County Fair ing reservations now to secure the most Association will receive a portion of the economical rates. The location is perfect proceeds to fund needed programs and for a daytime holiday party, or a nighttime services for eastern Hillsborough. party combined with the Wonderland of This 38–day event incorporates Lights show. For reservations, contact the beautiful animated and still light displays Hillsborough County Fairgrounds at 737that will dazzle the young and “the young 3247 or at heart.” It will offer a blend of fun, family

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Brandon Resident Iva Lee Haygood Bell Still Smiling After 105 Years

Iva Lee Haygood Bell recently celebrated a birthday that most of us can only hope to reach. She turned 105 on September 10. A party was held for her at the Bloomingdale West Recreation Center. Born in 1911 in Alpharetta, Georgia, Bell relocated with her family to Tampa in 1926 at age 14, settling in Gary, a small section of town Iva Lee Haygood east of Ybor City. One Bell Celebrates 105. evening in late 1926, she met her future husband Rowland at a drug-store soda counter across from the Columbia restaurant. They married in 1927 in Ybor City and had twin daughters born in 1942 and another daughter in 1955. She and Roland were married for 56 years until his death in 1984. Her husband worked for the shipyards in Tampa and as a mechanic at the Hav-A-Tampa cigar factory before the family ran a feed and grocery store on Florida Avenue near Sulphur Springs. In addition to helping run the family stores, Iva Lee Bell rolled cigars for Hav-A-Tampa in the 1930s and later worked for Maas Brothers department store in Tampa. The family relocated to the growing Brandon community in 1953 and settled near Lithia Pinecrest Rd. and State Road 60. They opened Bell’s Grocery, and the business thrived off the two lane State Road 60, but when the road was




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John Henry Miller: 100 Years Strong, From Ice Trucks In Jamaica To Dominoes In Brandon

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Celebrates 20 Years With The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve

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Southern Company Chorus Seeks Women Singers

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St. Stephen Men’s Club Golf Scramble

It is time for the 24th Annual St Stephen Men’s Club Golf Scramble to be held at the Summerfield Crossing Golf Club on Saturday, October 29. Sign-ins at 1130 a.m. with tee time at 1 p.m. The fee is $75 pre-paid per golfer teams of four players for $300, and includes a round of

Kaliedoscope Concert By Plant City Community Chorale

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United Methodist Women 46th Annual Pecan Sale

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Get To Know Your Saints

By Kelly Wise Valdes

Pope Francis canonized the remarkable Mother Teresa, more than 19 years after her death, on Sunday, September 4, 2016 before huge crowds of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. Mother Teresa was born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910 in Albania. Agnes was one of four children. She received her First Communion at the age of five. Her father died while she was only eight years old, leaving her family in financial trouble. When Agnes turned 18, she felt that God was calling her to a higher service to Him. She followed her calling and joined the Sisters of Loreto, based in Dublin, Ireland. After two months in Ireland learning how to speak English, Agnes boarded a boat and traveled for 37 days to arrive in India. It was there that she took her final vows and received the name Teresa. She spent 15 years teaching in a girl's school in Calcutta. Although she loved teaching, she felt God was calling her into the streets of Calcutta and care for the poor. Jesus revealed to her His pain at the neglect of the poor. Teresa established a religious community, Missionaries of Charity, dedicated to the service of the poorest of the poor. She went for the first time to the slums. She visited families, washed the sores of children, cared for the elderly lying sick on the road and nursed the hungry and dying. She started each day with communion then went out, rosary in

her hand, to find and serve Him amongst "the unwanted, the unloved, the uncared for." Soon she was joined, one by one, by her former students. Teresa's efforts started out small. She got permission to live with the poor and to dress like them. She changed traditional nun’s habit to a sari worn by Indian women. She quickly received training in basic medical care and went into the homes of the poor to help them. She was established as the head of a new religious order: the Missionaries of Charity and was known from that point on as Mother Teresa. Soon, the world began recognize Mother Teresa’s work. She received numerous awards including Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. The media began to follow her activities and she received the recognition “for the glory of God and in the name of the poor." In spite of severe health problems towards the end of her life, Mother Teresa continued to help the poor. By 1997, Mother Teresa's Sisters numbered nearly 4,000 members and were established in 610 foundations in 123 countries of the world. On September 5, 1997, Mother Teresa passed away at the age of 87. Pope John Paul II permitted the opening of her Cause of Canonization. In 2002, he approved the decrees of her heroic virtues and miracles. Mother Teresa was beatified by the Pope in 2003. On December 17, 2015 Pope Francis announced a second miracle had been attributed to the intercession of Mother Teresa. The miracle involved a Brazilian man who suffered from brain tumors who was miraculously cured. This second miracle mobilized the way for Mother Teresa's canonization as a Saint on Sunday, September 4, 2016 by Pope Francis.

Support Community Charities At Newland Communities Annual Concerts For A Cause

By Michelle Colesanti

in the area, attracting not just residents, but neighbors from surrounding communities as well. Each year, we’re overwhelmed with the generosity of our concertgoers who realize Newland Communities will once again hold its Concerts for a Cause at the need for FishHawk Ranch and Waterset. meals in our Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the lovely fall evenings listen- community and always step up to the challenge while enjoying to free live music while ing an evening of helping to make a differgreat music," said ence in the community. Lynda McMorrow, Once again, Newland marketing manager at Communities will hold its Waterset by annual Concerts for a Cause at both FishHawk Ranch in Lithia and in Waterset, located Newland Communities. Some of the best bands in the Bay in Apollo Beach. These popular conarea will perform. Attendees are certs will support Seeds of Hope, a encouraged to bring lawn chairs and non-profit organization founded by blankets. FishHawk Ranch resident Leda Eaton, FishHawk Ranch concerts will be and Feeding America Tampa Bay, the held in Central Park at 14215 area’s leading food bank, which proBarrington Stowers Dr. in Lithia on vides food to over 700,000 people in Saturday nights from 6-9 p.m.: October West Florida, including Hillsborough 16 – Frequency, October 29 – Fall County. Also this year, donations will Festival featuring Lovestruck Robot, help to support Newsome High School and November 5 – C’Nergy. Band’s March to Macy’s. Waterset concerts will be held When you come to enjoy the Friday nights from 6-9 p.m. at The bands, please bring a non-perishable Lakeside, 7250 Parkshore Dr. in Apollo food item to help area families who are Beach: October 7 – C’Nergy, October in need. During the fall concerts last 14 – Eye Candy. On Saturday, October year, over 17,000 meals were collected 22 Waterset will hold its Fall Festival thanks to the generosity from the comfeaturing Stormbringer from 6-9 p.m. munity. Visit or "Our Concerts for a Cause have become one of the most popular events

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Bell Shoals’ Outreach Ministry Helps Those In Need In The Community Hebrews 13:16 says, “Do not neglect to do good and share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Bell Shoals Baptist Church of Brandon’s outreach ministry, Real Hope Ministry has made it their mission to do good and share with those in need in the community. “The purpose of the Real Hope Ministry is to reach out to those in our community walking through a season of need with real hope and new life that is found in Christ,” said Debbie Weisemann, Minister of Community Outreach for Bell Shoals Baptist Church. “The ministry physically helps support them by providing food and toiletries through the food pantry.” The Real Hope Ministry food pantry is open every Wednesday from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. The ministry has helped more than 680 families since opening its doors this past February. “Lighthouse Ministries provides 100 boxes of food each month and our church families help provide additional boxes of food and needed toiletries to serve the families,” Weisemann said. Weisemann said she and the ministry’s volunteers have seen God do many miracles through the Real Hope

KnowledgePoints Celebrates 15 Years Of Success With Personal Approach To Tutoring

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Ministry. “He has answered many specific prayers to include people finding jobs, marriages restored, comfort for those that are grieving, and most of all, a place where people can come and find a listening ear, an

open heart and a friend.” Weisemann hopes those who come to the outreach ministry will find a place filled with hope through the love of Christ. “In addition to supplying food and a place where people can come to find encouragement, we also want to connect them to ongoing programs and resources that will help meet their needs and ultimately help them to become self-sufficient,” Weisemann said. If you would like to learn more about the Real Hope Ministry or if you would like to volunteer, you can visit the church’s website at or contact Weisemann at 689-4229, Ext. 228. The food pantry is open every Wednesday from 12:00-2:00 pm. No appointment necessary but a valid form of identification is required. The Real Hope

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Reality TV Takes Center Stage For New Releases

By Kelly Wise Valdes

In the world of entertainment, Reality TV has taken center-stage in many American homes. With most Reality TV, we see that many of these unscripted shows have a similar cast which could include “the party girl,” the “bad boy,” the “funny person,” and the “Christian.” Whether the reality show follows their daily lives, or it involves a Christian competing in a reality competition, Christianity is making its way into mainstream TV, which can leave a lasting impression with viewers. Some of the books below give some insight on being TV Reality star and a Believer.

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By: David Benham, Jason Benham After retiring from professional baseball, the Benham twins built a multi-million dollar real-estate business and secured a TV reality series on HGTV, until the network fired them for speaking about their faith. Read their inspiring story and discover how Biblical principles can help you die to your dreams, face your fears and stand up for what's right.

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Melissa Polo Seeks To Serve As Circuit Court Judge In Group 24

By Kathy L. Collins

For Melissa Polo, the their time on the bench. law and becoming an Polo is a third generattorney has been a callation Floridian. “My ing. This, along with a ancestors who emigrated strong commitment to from Cuba and Sicily public service, is why she passed along a tradition is running for of hard work, integrity, Hillsborough County respect, compassion and Circuit Court Judge, community service,” said Group 24, on or before Polo. In addition to runTuesday, November 8. ning a successful law Polo has practiced practice, Polo provides law in Hillsborough an average of 40 hours County for more than 20 per year in pro bono years. She worked as a legal service to the comprosecutor for the munity. She is involved Hillsborough County with many outstanding Melissa Polo is running for Circuit organizations including State Attorney’s Office Court Judge in Group 24. for four years. After prosHillsborough County ecuting and trying hundreds of cases, Sheriff’s Office Hispanic Advisory Council, including felony drug cases, she became the Spring and Teen Court Program. In an advocate for people in need and has addition, she has mentored law students successfully run a private practice since through the Hillsborough Association for 2009. Polo now handles all types of civil Women Lawyers. and criminal cases. “I care about this community. It is my “Of those running in Group 24, I have home. For me, the most effective way to the most diverse background with respect give back to the community is by serving to the types and level of cases litigated. I as a judge,” explained Polo. have litigated cases in both state and fed“My practical litigation experience eral court. This diversity in cases handled handling hundreds of cases in all areas of has given me a lot of experience, and will Circuit Court, coupled with my courthouse allow me to function effectively as a relationships and community involvement judge,” said Polo. She has extensive will enable me to run an organized, effiexperience on both sides of civil and cient, respectful, meaningful and fair criminal law and has worked in many courtroom,” added Polo. areas where Circuit Court Judges are For more information, visit called upon to preside over throughout

Former Fox 13 Consumer Lawyer Eric Seidel Wants To Continue To Serve As County Clerk

By Kathy L .Collins

“As Clerk, I will has experience protruly be able to serve cessing legal and finanthe consumers and all cial documents. He is citizens of also admitted to pracHillsborough County,” tice before the United said Tampa attorney States District Court for Eric Seidel, who is the Middle District of running for Florida. Hillsborough County In addition to his Clerk of the Court on role as an Honorary November 8. Hillsborough County Seidel has been Sheriff’s Deputy, he is a a familiar face in the member of the Tampa area as Brandon, Riverview and Consumer Lawyer Plant City Chambers of Tampa Attorney Eric Seidel, former host Commerce and serves and former host of of Fox13’s Ask-A-Lawyer program, is Fox13’s Ask-Arunning for Hillsborough County Clerk as a volunteer on the Lawyer program for Hillsborough Clerk of of the Court on November 8. nearly 20 years. He Court’s Value calls himself a consumer advocate and Adjustment Board. He states that his role over the years has offered residents legal on the board has provided citizens a advice as well as guidance in avoiding forum to address the complaints of those scams, frauds and consumer rip-offs. who feel the Property Appraiser has over“As the Consumer Lawyer, I heard assessed their homes or property. He from many of you over the years who has also served on charity boards includhad questions and problems assisting ing Hands Across the Bay and works with themselves through the legal system,” many organizations serving children with said Seidel, who is a 1991 Doctor of Law special needs. He has also won numer(J.D.) graduate of the Nova Southeastern ous awards including the Hillsborough University. “From collecting on a legal County Bar Association’s H.A.V.E. a judgement or filing a small claim in a disHeart Award for outstanding volunteer pute, to attempting to file for divorce withservice, The American Bar Association’s out being able to afford an attorney, I’ve Local Government Award, The Society of heard all the horror stories. I want to be Professional Journalists Award of able to do more than put the problems on Excellence and the Florida Bar Media TV or help folks as a private attorney.” Award. Seidel lives in Tampa with his wife Seidel is a member of the Dayle and son Chase. Hillsborough Bar Association and Florida For more information, visit Bar and is the only candidate for the posi- or call 712tion who is licensed as an attorney and ERIC (3742).

Candidate In Group 24 Gary Dolgin Prepared To Serve As Circuit Court Judge

By Kathy L .Collins

through the process. With 26 years of People want someexperience and the one who is an expert expertise that comes in what is going to with being a Board happen with their chilCertified Attorney in dren, their money and Marital and Family their property.” Law, Gary Dolgin is Moreover, Dolgin uniquely qualified to has experience in serve as a criminal law as he Hillsborough County served as an Circuit Court Judge. Assistant State Dolgin is running for Attorney in Manatee judge in Group 24 and County and an encourages everyone Assistant Public to vote on or before Gary Dolgin wants to be the first Defender in Tuesday, November Circuit Court Judge elected in Hillsborough County who is Board Hillsborough County. 8. Certified in Marital and Family Law. He has handled juveIn Florida, Board Certification recognizes an attorney’s spe- nile delinquency and dependency cases as well- all areas of law that a Circuit cial knowledge, skill and proficiency in a Court Judge must rule upon. particular area of law. It also recognizes Dolgin said, “I want to be this comprofessionalism and ethics in practice. munity’s Family Law Judge because the The minimum standards to become Board Certified are quite rigorous which is area impacts a tremendous number of people, and citizens deserve a judge who why there are only about 26 attorneys in has both the expertise and passion for Hillsborough County and only 273 in the state of Florida who are Board Certified in the law.” Dolgin has lived almost all of his life Marital and Family Law. Dolgin is the only candidate in Group in Hillsborough County. He has been married to Wendi Towbin-Dolgin, a regis24 to have achieved this distinction. In tered nurse, for 25 years. They have twin addition, he would be the first Circuit 18 year olds, a son Corey and a daughter Court Judge elected in Hillsborough Mallory, and a 12 year old son, Ari. County who is Board Certified in Marital Dolgin has been recommended by and Family Law. the Tampa Bay Times, endorsed by the According to Dolgin, this makes him Hillsborough County Firefighters and the qualified because, “Family law is the diviAssociated Builders and Contractors. sion that most new judges are assigned. For more information on Dolgin’s This area of law affects the greatest numcandidacy for Circuit Court Judge in ber of citizens in our state. Everyone has Group 24, visit a friend or family member who has gone

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Todd Jones Will Put Years Of Experience To Work As County Property Appraiser

Staff Report

Todd Jones has Chartered spent the last 30 years Surveyors, an interdiligently working to pronational organizatect taxpayers from inaction that promotes curate property assessand enforces the ments and government highest professionoverreach. Now, at a al qualifications and time when most people standards in develwould happily retire, he opment and manhas decided to give back Todd Jones, shown here with daughter, agement of land, Alexis (L) and wife, Joryn (R ) along to the community and is with the family dog, Hachi, wants your real estate, conrunning to be the struction and infrasupport as he runs for the office of Hillsborough County Property Appraiser structure. Hillsborough County in the General Election on Tuesday, Property Appraiser in the Additionally, he is a November 8. General Election on member of Tuesday, November 8. Counselors of Real Estate. Taken togethJones said, “I want to make the office er, these represent the highest designaof Hillsborough County Property tions someone in his field can achieve. Appraiser more taxpayer friendly. I want Jones is a fourth generation to make the entire process more transFloridian. He received his undergraduate parent.” Jones explained that one way to degree from the University of Florida and do this is by redesigning the Property his MBA from the University of South Appraiser’s website so that all of the infor- Florida. He has lived in Tampa for over mation needed to make an intelligent 20 years with his wife, Joryn Jenkins and decision on whether to buy or sell real his daughter, Alexis. Jones’ family has estate in Hillsborough County is easily been involved in real estate for four genaccessible. erations. “We as taxpayers own the data. Jones is an expert in the field and will Today, you cannot see or get the informa- put his expertise to use for the residents tion that would be useful in determining of Hillsborough County. “I know how to whether to buy or sell a home,” explained grow the economy by helping facilitate Jones. real estate transactions. By eliminating Jones is a licensed appraiser. He is uncertainty for lenders, more real estate an internationally recognized expert in transactions will close thus creating more property tax policy and valuation. Jones high paying jobs,” Jones explained. holds several designations including: Jones plans to make the process MAI, a designation from the Appraisal more transparent and therefore take Institute which required additional educaaway the unknowns in assessing propertion and experience far beyond that of ty for tax purposes. state certification requirements; and For more information on Todd Jones, FRICS from the Royal Institute of please visit

Family Man, Ross Spano Wants To Continue Work As State Representative District 59

Staff Report

ed depraved individuRoss als who were exploitSpano is the ing a loophole in state current State law to possess “legal” Representative child pornography. for Florida Ross has protected House, District Veterans and their 59, representfamilies statewide by ing all or parts enforcing stricter punof Brandon, ishments for specifiValrico, cally target them to be Seffner, victims of fraud. Mango, Dover, As a small busiRiverview, ness owner, Ross has Palm River and also become an advoClair-Mel. He Ross Spano is the current State cate for relieving the is also a small Representative for Florida House District 59 day-to-day struggle of business and is running for another term. other small businessowner, member es. He understands that 95% of all of the Bell Shoals Baptist Church and, jobs are created by small businesses most importantly, a Husband to his and by providing just a little bit of help, wife of 25 years, Amie, and Dad to their growth will explode. He has their four kids, Kali, Vincent, Caleb worked to cut taxes and regulations on and Isaiah. Over the last four years in the leg- these businesses over and over again. He has worked with them one-on-one islature, Ross has attempted to solve to resolve issues with state governsome of the horrific problems facing ment and he holds events where local our community. He holds the view small business owners come together that our community and our state are to share ideas and voice their cononly as strong as the least among us. cerns. He understands because he is He understands that there are memone of them. bers of our community that are particAlthough Ross has worked on a ularly vulnerable. Those that become comprehensive list of issues while reptargets for criminals, people who wish resenting District 59 in Tallahassee, he to do them financial, physical and is most proud of those listed above. emotional harm. The power to make the lives of people Ross has spearheaded the effort better is in our hands and he believes to eradicate human trafficking, stiffenthat it is his responsibility to do so. ing penalties on traffickers and giving For more information about Ross, visit relief to victims as they try to rebuild their shattered lives. Ross has target-

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Impact Program, Inc. Announces Partnership With Community Foundation Of Tampa Bay

Impact Program, Inc. is pleased to announce a partnership with Community Foundation of Tampa Bay (CFTB), an organization focused on connecting donors, nonprofit organizations and community leaders in an effort to make Tampa Bay a better place to live. The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay grant award helps to provide the financial resources to continue to promote healthy living and relationships to teens through TEEN IMPACT, to parents through the PARENT PROGRAM, and to teachers and other youth leaders through CLASSROOM EDUCATION. “As of result of the grant award, a Director of Programs & Outreach staff person, was added to further expand the

program,” said Angie Kagey, Executive Director of Impact Program, Inc. “We are very excited about our partnership with the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and the opportunities it provides.” Impact Program, Inc. originated from local pregnancy centers as the prevention services department until 2010 when it became its own 501 (C)(3) organization. Through community partnerships, grants, and donors, Impact Program, Inc. is enabled to reach over 9,500 students each year. Students are educated, equipped, empowered, and supported with the tools necessary to avoid high risk behaviors. Each summer, TEEN IMPACT Summer Staff students

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volunteer and obtain over 100 community service hours by presenting peer to peer, skit-based presentations to approx. 40 site locations and to 1,000 students on the importance of avoiding these high risk behaviors. Impact has served our community for over 15 years providing prevention services and healthy choices/healthy relationship education to public and private Hillsborough County schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA’s, Parks & Recreation centers, and community organizations. For more information, please visit “We are very excited to partner with Impact Program, Inc.,” said Marlene Spalten, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. “Impact Program, Inc. has

made an incredibly positive impact in the community and we are honored to continue to support their efforts.” The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay connects donors with nonprofit organizations and community leaders to create a meaningful impact in the Tampa Bay region and beyond. In 2015, donors with the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay provided over $12 million in grants to causes and organizations within the community. For more information, please visit

Annual Golf Tournament Helps Provide Funding For A Kid’s Place, Seeks Donors

By Kathy L. Collins

start at $500. All funds raised will benefit A Kid’s Place and their Siblings Connected Program. By supporting A Kid’s Place at the golf tournament, you will help provide a safe and loving home for siblings as well as on site medical, dental and therapeutic services to children in need. Mary Berg, resource specialist for A Kid’s Place said, “Foster children are truly our community’s most vulnerable children, and this golf tournament is a way to raise funds and support the programs at A Kid’s Place. We help foster chilJoin others in helping raise funds for A Kid’s Place dren from all over the greater by participating in their 5th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, October 17 at Avila Golf and Country Tampa Bay area.” Club in Tampa. A Kid’s Place is a unique, state of the art 60 bed facility. Join others in helping raise funds Children who live there range in age for A Kid’s Place, a local non-profit that from newborn until the age out of the provides foster care and a loving home foster care system at 18 years old. for abused, neglected or abandoned Since it opened in 2009, A Kid’s Place children, by participating in their 5th has provided a home to 1,100 children Annual Golf Tournament. The tournaand has assisted over 479 families. ment will be held on Monday, October 17 at Avila Golf and Country Club locat- The unique aspect of A Kid’s Place is ed at 943 Guisando De Avila in Tampa. that siblings can stay together in a home like environment. A Kid’s Place The fun begins with registration has become a beloved institution in the and lunch at 11 a.m. and shotgun start greater Brandon area, and this is your at 12:30 p.m. The tournament will folopportunity to help raise much needed low a Shamble format. During play, funds. there will be several contests including For more information on sponsorclosest to the pin, longest drive and ships and participation, contact putting contests. You could win prizes Samantha Mellen at 381-3839 or including gift certificates to local For more rants, a Vizio Flatscreen television, information on A Kid’s Place and other $500 gift cards to Malio’s Prime ways you can help, visit www.adkidSteakhouse, Titlest drivers and more. Sponsorships and participation

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Coach Bag Bingo To Raise Funds For Sylvia Thomas Center

By Kathy L. Collins

designer purse from Coach, there will also be a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. Guests will have the chance to win items from local businesses such as A Caring Touch Skin Care, jewelry donated by Deborah Williams with Parklane, a gift certificate from Salons by JC and a healthy food basket donated by Bodyworks Health & Support the Sylvia Thomas Center by attending Coach Wellness Center. All of the Bag Bingo on Tuesday, October 18 at The Regent. designer bags have been The Sylvia Thomas Center, a local donated. Companies can also put infornon-profit which provides comprehenmation on their business in the bags for sive post adoption support to keep the a donation of $100. “forever” in forever families, is holding its The Sylvia Thomas Center provides Annual Coach Bag Bingo on Tuesday, comprehensive case management, supOctober 18. The event will be held at port groups, counseling and education The Regent located at 6437 Watson Rd. for foster and adoptive families in in Riverview. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Hillsborough County. Chiarenza said, and the games will begin promptly at 7 “While foster and adoptive families are p.m. ready to open their hearts and homes to Tickets to this event are $35 per children, it often takes more thank love person per ticket with only 200 tickets to help a child overcome trauma.” That available. All proceeds from the event is what the Sylvia Thomas Center benefit the Sylvia Thomas Center. strives to do, and they do it with a small The night will include food, drink staff and team of volunteer interns from and Bingo with a twist. Pearl Chiarenza, the University of South Florida. Since its community liaison for the Sylvia Thomas inception in 2000, the Sylvia Thomas Center said, “There is a lot more satisCenter has assisted 6,000 families. faction in yelling ‘bingo’ when the prize For more information and to puris a brand new Coach designer bag. chase tickets to the Coach Bag Bingo, This game comes with a disclaimer to contact Chiarenza at 449-3308 or stop the moms: If you win, you will probably by Salons by JC located at 3448 Lithia have to share your purse with your Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico Tuesday daughter.” through Saturday or call the Sylvia In addition to the chance to win a Thomas Center at 651-3150.

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Local Church And Community Fall Festivals, Walks & 5K Runs Churches and the Community. The Church is located at 12001 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview. Admission is free. There will be food, fun, music, raffles, health checks and fellowship. Craft fair and vendors welcome. Please call 784-5973 for info.

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Come to Hawthorne Village Retirement Community and enjoy fall family fun. There will be face painting, a pumpkin carving contest, scavenger hunt, games, bounce house and pumpkin patch photos. Hawthorne Village of Brandon is located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. For more information, call 6618998 or visit

Firm Foundation Christian Fellowship’s 1st Annual Community Fall Festival

The community is invited to Firm Foundation Christian Fellowship’s first annual Community Fall Festival on Saturday, October 29 from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The theme for the Festival is Theme: We are better together! Uniting

10 a.m.-2 p.m. This family friendly Fall Festival includes fun for everyone with games, obstacle course, pony rides, and a food truck rally. Fishhawk Fellowship Church is located at 15326 Fishhawk Blvd. in Lithia.

Truck or Treat At Centerpoint Church

Centerpoint Church, located at 1801 S Miller Rd. in Valrico will hold a Truck or Treat event on Saturday, October 29 from 4-6 p.m. For more information, call 689-1906 x104 or visit

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Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon from 6- 7:30 p.m. This event will include games for children of all ages, face-painting, classic cars, motorcycles, and of course, lots and lots of candy. Admission is free but families are encouraged to bring a box of stuffing or a box of Jell-O pudding that will be donated to the Brandon Gift of Hope. The Brandon Gift of Hope Tent will help provide meals and toys for those in need in our community during this Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season. For more information about Trunk or Treat log on to

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Pumpkinpalooza Fall Festival At Fishhawk Fellowship Church

A 5K Walk & Run at Fishhawk Fellowship Church on Saturday, October 29. Proceeds will benefit Welcome Home Haiti. The cost for the 5K is $30 for adults and $20 for students ages 1-19. A $10 Fun Run will also be held. There is a virtual race option (receive a t-shirt) for $20. The 5K begins promptly at 8 a.m. Visit for more info and to register. For more information on Welcome Home Haiti, visit Fishhawk Fellowship Church will then hold its Pumpkinpalooza Fall Festival on Saturday, October 29 from

Community Invited To Fun FamilyFriendly Event At Bell Shoals Baptist Church

Looking for a safe, fun, familyfriendly event to attend on Monday, October 31? You are invited to Trunk or Treat being held at Bell Shoals

The ladies of St. Francis Circle at Nativity Catholic Church are taking orders for your holiday baking & gifting. Pecan halves, pecan pieces, chocolate amaretto pecans, dark chocolate pecans, white chocolate pecans are $9.50, pistachios are $9, cashews $9.50, and walnuts $8. All prices are per pound and will be in before Thanksgiving. Call Flo 654-8941, Janet 655-5506, or Evelyn 657-4309 to place your order by Wednesday, November 2.

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Grace Notes A Little Mountain Hike

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On our little mountain hike, we just needed to get from Point A to Point B. No-brainer, right? The best route is a straight line, right? Not when you're with a 4-year-old. Having magnanimously bestowed upon my grandbuddy Blaine the title of Fearless Leader, I was obliged to follow in his footsteps wherever they may lead. So instead of taking the nice respectable road as I suggested (begged is probably more accurate), Fearless Leader lit off through the Christmas tree farm the size of two football fields. I'd no choice but to follow. And of course we had to fight off attacking bad guys left and right with our laser sword sticks along the way, which meant zig-zagging back and forth across the gargantuan field to make sure we hadn't missed any concealed enemies. This was a bit difficult for me, since the bad guys were invisible, but Fearless Leader seemed to have no problem at all locating their hiding places. We were aided in our quest by Batman, Superman, Spiderman, and Larry Boy (in case you're not tuned in to the preschool set, he's the Veggie Tales superhero). Silly Mimi couldn't see them either but Fearless Leader humored me by

channeling their voices as we soundly defeated foe after foe. An hour later, we emerged on the other side, victorious, exhausted, and plastered with dandelion parachutes. We must've run through millions of those things in our relentless pursuit of truth, justice, and the Mountain Way. It seemed whimsically appropriate to be snow-covered with one of the imaginative staples of childhood. Fearless Leader said we sure must be gonna have a LOT of our wishes come true. Cool. So from now on when I pass that Christmas tree farm, I shall never look at it the same way again. Life's full of battlefields where you least expect them. “When you go out to battle against your enemies … do not be afraid of them; for the Lord your God is with you.” (Deuteronomy 20:1, NKJV)

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Many young people today are broken-hearted and face painful challenges in life. In response to this need, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has placed a focus

The training includes four lessons with videos, readings, exercises and quizzes that cover content such as knowing what to say – or not to say – to someone who is going through a crisis. The group training is a beneficial way for students to learn alongside each other in their already formed youth groups or Sunday school classes. “High School students would benefit greatly from the information available in Sharing Hope in Crisis, but we also understand that there are challenges when it comes to time and money. We’ve done our best to overcome those obstacles by making this as flexible as possible to fit around

on equipping youth to share hope with their friends and peers who are suffering through a personal crisis. To reach as many students as possible, the BGEA has released special discounted group rates for the online Sharing Hope in Crisis Student Training course.

their home and school life,” said B.J. Rogers, assistant dean of Online Evangelism Training for the BGEA. Pricing for the Sharing Hope in Crisis Student Training begins at $40 for an individual student, but can be reduced to as little as $20 per student using the discounted group rate. For more information visit

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BELONG is a Friday and Saturday event that is designed to bring women together in arenas across the country to be inspired and re-energized in their faith. Thousands of women will gather to hear remarkable communicators Jen Hatmaker, Shauna Niequist, Nichole Nordeman, Sharon Irving, Angela Davis, Patsy Clairmont inspire women on how to live a fun, faith-filled, purposeful life. There will be plenty of personal stories, music, laughter and maybe even some tears in this open space where women can connect to one another, to see and know each other, and carry each other’s burdens. BELONG creates an open space where you can meet, share, be open, honest, vulnerable and ultimately connect with others who are on the journey just like you. Tickets are on sale now at The event will be held on Friday, October 14 from 7-10 p.m. and Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the USF Sun Dome located at 4202 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa.

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Three Valrico Eagle Scouts Recently Recognized At Court of Honor

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Three local boys from Troop 109 recently earned the right to call themselves Eagle Scout. At a triple ceremony in August at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Valrico, Justin Mayne, Cameron Eppich and Casey Dixon were recognized as earning the highest rank in Boy Scouting. In order to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, a boy must complete an individual service project which benefits the community. Mayne, Eppich and Dixon (From left) Cameron Eppich, Casey Dixon and collectively spent 200 hours Justin Mayne recently earned Eagle Scout status (along with the volunteer help and were recognized in August at a triple ceremony from younger scouts) to complete at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Valrico. three projects: jamboree events, the camaraderie of At Masonic Youth Camp, Mayne working together as a unit to volunteer at organized a project to build a floating events, share their knowledge community dock to be used by all visitors. This dock with younger scouts and persevering included a ladder and a bench and will be difficult challenges. through used by Camp Pioneer and the Boy and According to Dixon, his most memoGirl Scouts coming to Masonic to work on rable scouting moment was a tire various water skills like swimming, canoeblowout. "While for most a blowout woulding and kayaking. be exciting the time our van blew out n't At the same camp, Dixon designed, two tires on the way back from summer fundraised and led the building and instalcamp is one of my favorite memories. It lation of 11 firewood shelters to supplebrought the troop a lot closer through the ment the Masonic Park and youth camp's combined struggle and I got to test my designated camping areas. The creation skills at roadside tire changing.” of these shelters will be used by various Mayne plans to pursue a career in camping groups to preserve and keep the United States Air Force, while Eppich firewood dry. to head to the University of Central plans Eppich led and organized a project to Florida and Dixon plans to head to benefit his church community. He dismanPolytechnic. All the Eagle scouts Florida tled an old fence around a well at the plan to “pay it forward” to scouting by church, and built a new fence around it coming back to the Troop and becoming that will withstand the elements and time. leaders to the next generation of scouts. These young men have enjoyed Email week-long out-of-state campouts, national

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Indoor Flea Market At Brandon Christian Church                Brandon Christian Church, at corner of Bryan and Lumsden Rds., is hosting its much anticipated Annual Indoor Flea Market on Saturday October 1, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact Ros at 689-4021.

Friends And Flea Event At Patterson Farm

The Fall Friends and Flea is is holding a two day event on Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 under the trees at the Patterson farm, located at 2706 Ranch Rd., in Dover (off Durant Rd.). Over 30 venders from Lakewood, Bradenton, and locally will be selling antiques, jewelry, country, shabby chic, furniture, vintage treasures and more. There will be authentic kettle popcorn, coffee, and barbecue. The gates will open promptly at 8:30 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. rain or shine. There is plenty of parking at this free community event.

5th Annual Gifts & Crafts Fair at The Bridges Seeking Local Vendors

With the holidays approaching, shopping for unique gifts could not be easier when you visit the 5th annual Gifts & Crafts Fair, held on Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m.3 p.m. at The Bridges Retirement Community, 11350 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview. This one-stop holiday shopping event features over 30 vendors. Whether it is handcrafted decorations or personalized gifts, such as jewelry and handbags, art, candles, soaps,

sweet treats and more, you will find just what you are looking for. “Customers of all ages are invited to stop by this free event to get a head start on their shopping,” says Janet Noah, Community Relations Liaison and event coordinator. “With the wide variety of gifts and crafts, shoppers can look forward to giving unique and wonderful gifts!” Interested vendors please contact Janet at 4138900 or

Vendors Sought For Fall Craft Fair

The United Methodist Women at St. Andrew's are looking for vendors with crafts or gift items to apply for its Fall Craft Fair to be held on Saturday, October 29 from 9a.m.3 p.m. at the church located at 3315 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. Applications are available by calling 777-8371 or contacting mtrimble1@tampabay.rr.c om.

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LOCAL CHRISTIAN NEWS Compiled by Michelle Colesanti Blessing of The Pets

Saint Anne Catholic Church will be celebrating its annual blessing of pets in honor of the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. Fr. John McEvoy, Pastor,

November 13. In preparation, former members are being sought to join in to observe this special event. Worship service will be at 11 a.m. followed by a luncheon. For more information, call Ros at 689-4021.

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Seeking Former Members at Brandon Christian Church

Brandon Christian Church, 910 Bryan Rd. in Brandon, will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on Sunday,

Prince of Peace Catholic Church has introduced its first mobile app, POP App; an app for parish life, every day. Connect with Prince of Peace like never before. Stay up-to-date with what is going on throughout the week. The features and capabilities of this new app will foster a stronger sense of community and faith in the daily lives of all parishioners and users. It is packed with prayer resources including Liturgy of the Hours, Daily Mass Readings, the Order of the Mass, the Bible, Parish Events, Sign up Forms, Schedules, Contact tools and more. Best of all, Prince of Peace can Prince of Peace App Promo alert all users of extra special happenings via the app’s push notifications system. To download POP mobile app on your device, visit iTunes app store or

Google Play and search for Prince of Peace Catholic Church. For more information, visit or call 634-2328. Prince of Peace Catholic Church is located at 702 Valley Forge Blvd. in Sun City Center.

New Bible Study For Women Testing The Reality Of Faith

A new Bible Study will be held for Women testing the Reality of Faith at Destiny Church in Ruskin. It is based on 1st Peter. This Study is free and takes place every Monday at 9:30 a.m. beginning October 3. Destiny Church is located at 2322 11th Ave. SE in Ruskin. For more information, call 6453337 or visit

Kick Up Your Heels At Brandon Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon

The Brandon Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon on Monday, October 10 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. will be a fun fall event, “Kick up your Heels”. This is a nondenominational luncheon for all ladies. No membership is required. It will take place at Bell Shoals Baptist Church in the Special Events Center, 2102 Bells Shoals Rd. in Brandon. The cost is $15 for lunch and entertainment. First time guests pay $10. A reservation is requested by Monday, October 3. Please call

Lillie at 740-0098 for information.

Scrapbooking for Missions

Bay Life Church to hold annual Fall Crop benefiting 2017 youth activities and mission trips. Bring your own supplies to work on your paper crafting projects in a well-lit and fun atmosphere. Your registration fee is tax deductible, and includes continental breakfast, home cooked food, drinks and snacks all day, plus scrapbook/crop space, swap table, goody bags and door prizes. This year's crop will be Friday, October 7 from 6:30-11 p.m., and/or Saturday, October 8 from 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. "Make and Take" stations (for a nominal fee), a silent auction (including retired Stampin' Up!® products), and raffle baskets valued between $150 and $300. Sylvia Cuillo, from Photos Organized, will be available to scan photos (100 photos front and back) for a $5 donation to missions). Bring your photos and thumb drive. When you register and pay by October 3, the cost is $25 for Friday night, $30 for Saturday, or $45 for both. Late registrations, late payments and walk-ins are welcome (space permitting) with registration fee of $30 for Friday night, $35 for Saturday or $55 for both. Register at Space is not reserved until paid in full.

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“Teaching Kids is the Parents’ Responsibility”

By Derek Maul

Train children in the right way; and when they are grown, they will not leave the path. – Proverbs 22:6 We all know how much I love my grandchildren. They’re growing by leaps and bounds in every way. This September David, four, started attending preschool for the first time. His parents have been providing structured learning at home, but it’s time for him to strap on his “Minions” backpack and learn something about school. I’m excited for him. Learning new stuff is at the core of what it means to embrace this amazing gift of life. In my two decades as a classroom teacher, and my lifetime as an observer, I’ve concluded that curiosity is one of the clearest signs of intelligence. David and Beks may have a ways to go when it comes to learning that pouting gets them exactly the opposite of what they want, but their moment-by-moment orientation to life is all about discovery, new ideas, and open spirits. “Mommy, how do you know so many words?” David asked recently. He’s learning a bunch of new ones every day, and he’s impressed with

what his mom knows! “I read a lot, David,” she said; “and I ask questions, and I listen. And when I don’t understand I always ask….” Preschool couldn’t be coming at a better time. Still – and this is something everyone in North America needs to understand – the primary responsibility for my grandson’s learning resides, and will always reside, with his parents. It’s society’s responsibility to help the best we can, but if the fires are not lit, nurtured, and stoked at home, then we have lost our best chance at the future. I believe in the future for good reason. God’s love, Jesus’ promises, and my amazing grandchildren! I do so love to watch them learn. 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

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Osprey Observer 2016-10 Christian Voice