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St. Stephen Catholic Church Holds Special Dedication Ceremony For Much-Anticipated New Building

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With more than a building, the entire St. Stephen Parish decade in the making, now resides at 10118 St. Stephen Cir. in St. Stephen Catholic Riverview. Church dedicated its In addition to the brand-new new building in a formal church building, the St. Stephen and symbolic ceremony Parish welcomes a new priest. On performed by Bishop Saturday, July 1, Fr. Dermot Dunne of Emeritus Robert N. St. Cecelia Roman Catholic Church in Lynch of the Diocese of Clearwater assumes the priesthood at St. Petersburg. The St. Stephen Catholic Church. In fact, solemn rite of dedication the two pastors are swapping parishtook place on Thursday, es with Fr. Schneider assuming the June 29 at 7 p.m., setpriesthood at St. Cecelia. ting apart the church as Furthermore, the parish ushers in a place of worship. a new Mass schedule that begins on The ancient cereSaturday, July 1. Weekend Mass mony observed dramattimes are ic rituals that included Saturday at 4:30 the congregation enter- St. Stephen Catholic Church has a 14-foot p.m. and Sunday cross affixed to the roof and an interior ing into the darkened at 8:30 a.m., space of 30,726 square feet. church, the sprinkling of 10:30 a.m. and ful church or a very Holy Water and the anointing of the altar 5:30 p.m. functional Family Life with oil. In May, the St. Stephen Parish Weekday Mass Center—the purpose unofficially opened the church’s doors to is held in the is to build up a the community when it hosted the famous Chapel daily at stronger parish and Broadway-style musical, The Cross and 8:30 a.m. and on have a stronger the Light. Guests in attendance experiTuesday at 6:30 sense of community enced the building’s exceptional architecp.m. and discipleship,” he Pictured is St. Stephen Catholic Church’s tural design that houses plenty of space For more sanctuary, which was formally dedicated on explained. with a seating capacity of 1,500 people. information on Thursday, June 29 through a formal ceremony. Ever since the “These are not just buildings but St. Stephen St. Stephen Catholic School opened in places for the people of God,” said Fr. Catholic Church, call 689-4900 or visit 2001, the church and school have existed Robert Schneider of St. Stephen who The church on two different campuses. However, was instrumental in the church building is located just off of Boyette Rd. in after years of planning, budgeting and project. “We are not just building a beautiRiverview.

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On Thursday, June 1, a funeral service was held celebrating the life and legacy of Pastor Henry Wesley Furr Sr., the senior pastor of the Lighthouse Revival Center in Riverview over 20 years. ‘Pastor Hank’ is survived by his wife, Alison; his son, Henry Wesley Furr Jr. and wife Alexandra and six grandchildren. In 1991, Pastor Furr took headship of the Lighthouse Gospel Mission, a ministry devoted to helping men overcome addictions to alcohol and drugs. The organization dates back to 1952 when it started as a street ministry for the homeless. Today, thanks in part to Pastor Furr, it is a multifaceted ministry comprising of a rehabilitation facility for men and women with substance abuse addictions, a nursing home ministry, a community food bank and a prison outreach program.

ally changed forever by his life and ministry. If it were not for his influence, I would not be the person I am now. He has been a father and a mentor to me.” With many individuals graduating from the Faith Home program, Pastor Furr recognized a need for a continued support system. The graduates would need a safe place to find acceptance, be encouraged, be held accountable and attend worship services. To address this need, Pastor Furr began holding church services for the graduates and their families in a small chapel on the property. Then in 2003, a larger facility was constructed to accommodate the congregation of the Faith Home graduates and new community members, thus, birthing the Lighthouse Revival Center. Since its foundation, the Lighthouse Revival Center has pasPastor Hank Furr’s favorite quote was “Say ‘No’ to drugs and ‘Yes’ to Jesus.” sionately sought to reach the lost through Spirit-led worship and minShortly after Pastor Furr’s arrival istries. Pastor Samuels added, “He saw to the Lighthouse Ministries, he formed the Faith Home, an 18-month my potential when I could not see it in myself. His legacy will continue through residential drug and alcohol rehabilithe people's lives he touched.” tation facility. The program helps Lighthouse Revival Center is located addicts say ‘No’ to substance abuse at 7211 S. 78th St. in Riverview with a and ‘Yes’ to Jesus. Pastor Tony Samuels is a 1997 graduate from the Faith Sunday service at 10 a.m. and services on Wednesday and Friday at 7 p.m. For Home Ministries and the current Senior more information, call 677-5220 or visit Associate Pastor for Lighthouse Revival Center. He said, “My life has been person-

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The Mission Continues Non Profit Helps Veterans Help The Community Local resident and Army veteran Nadja Cockrell is on a mission to help others. After eight years in the military, Cockrell left the service due to combat related injuries. Although no longer on active duty, her serving spirit continues to influence and serve others through Tampa Bay’s The Mission Continues service platoon. The Mission Continues is a nonprofit organization that helps military veterans reintegrate into civilian life through service projects in their local community. Cockrell described her difficult transition after separating from military service. “In the military, we go from such a high sense of purpose—from literally saving lives on a daily basis. Then we get out, hold everyday jobs, and sometimes, we have trouble finding purpose." The national organization was founded in 2007 and is divided up The Mission Continues platoons offer the camaraderie that veterans often miss after separating from military service. into ‘service platoons’ Pictured is Tampa 1st Service Platoon throughout the country, each one teaming up with a local non- Brandon. The partnership holds a unique distinction among all the other profit organization in its respective community. As a platoon, the veterans service platoons as it is the only plasupport their community through serv- toon hosted by a faith-based, nonprofit organization. ice projects, and in doing so, they The two non-profits work side by often discover a new purpose and side to combat homelessness through recreate the military camaraderie. a variety of outreaches and service Tampa 1st Service Platoon was projects. The Tampa platoon was established in 2015 and joined forces instrumental in restoring the Women’s with the Women’s Resource Center in

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Fortunately, the Tampa platoon has filled this gap by continually meeting the labor needs of these local philanthropic organizations. Cockrell has served with The Mission Continues since its creation. However, in early 2017, she accepted full responsibility for Tampa 1st Service Platoon as its platoon leader. Even though The Mission Continues is not a Christian organization, John 13:35 says, "By this, all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." Cockrell explained how actions speak louder than words and how she shows the love of Jesus through her leadership role. "You don't always have to quote Scripture or say the names, Jesus and God. You just have to display Tampa 1st Service Platoon often provides the labor-intensive Jesus’ values,” said Cockrell. needs for non-profit organizations like ECHO, Women’s Resource Center and Trinity Cafe. Tampa 1st Service Resource Center’s Little White House Platoon holds monthly meetings on which provides temporary shelter for the third Tuesday of the month at 1:30 families in crisis. Additionally, the plap.m. at the Women’s Resource toon has sorted, packed and loaded Center, located at 1017 Kingsway Rd. trucks for ECHO (Emergency Care in Brandon. Although the majority of Help Organization), a charitable its members are veterans, the organiorganization that provides emergency zation has recently opened up its relief through food and clothing. membership to everyone. Cockrell relayed that many nonFor information, visit www.misprofit organizations have the ability to or email Nadja procure material resources but will Cockrell at ncockrell@missioncontinoften lack the necessary manpower.

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Bell Shoals Baptist Church Baptizes 53 On Acts 2:41 Sunday

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Ruskin. During the worship service at Congregación Hispana, which also meets at the Brandon Campus, Pastor Othoniel Valdes baptized three women. Pastor Kyle Norton and the recently launched Riverview Campus rejoiced Photo Courtesy Of Bell Shoals Baptist Church On Sunday, May 7, Senior Pastor Stephen Rummage baptized with its first two baptisms. Also, at 34 people during the church’s Baptism and Barbeque event. the nearby Palm The baptismal waters were stirred River Campus, Pastor Bobby at all five campuses of Bell Shoals Wacaser baptized one student and Baptist Church on Sunday, May 7, one adult during a special youth-led with 53 believers publicly professing service. their faith in Jesus Christ. Bell Shoals Pastor Rummage said, “I have along with 111 other Florida Baptist found the most effective way to churches throughout the state partici-

pated in Acts 2:41 Sunday—Baptizing Coast-to-Coast, which resulted in a reported 1,285 baptisms. At the Brandon Campus, Senior Pastor Stephen Rummage baptized 34 people— men, women, boys and girls ranging in age from 6 to 71—in the fountain outside the worship center after the 11 a.m. service during its Baptism and Barbecue event. Photo Courtesy Of Bell Shoals Baptist Church Pastor Matt Hill from the Apollo Beach Campus baptized 10 For four years, people at the E.G. Simmons Regional Park. Tampa resident increase the number of people we Danielle Walls has attended the reach for Christ is to set a goal for Brandon Campus. Although Walls how many we want to baptize, put was baptized as a baby, for a long that goal in front of the church, and time, she felt that the Lord was leadthen pray and work toward the goal. ing her to be baptized as an adult. Since October, our whole church has Walls attended the Baptism and been praying for God to bless us with Barbecue event on behalf of her 400 baptisms this year, which would niece’s baptism. However, when the baptisms began, she knew that ‘today be the highest number of people Bell Shoals has ever baptized in our histowas the day,’ so she came forward to ry.” be baptized. After coming out of the As of this May, the Bell Shoals water, Walls said she felt relieved and Baptist Church has collectively perlike a weight had been lifted off of formed 300 baptisms during the her. 2016-2017 church year, which runs From the Apollo Beach Campus, from October 2016 to September Pastor Matt Hill baptized 10 adults 2017. For more information about and Pastor Steven Warren, the pastor Bell Shoals Baptist Church, visit bellof students, baptized two students at or call 689-4229. the E.G. Simmons Regional Park in

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The Host Of The Gospel Voice Presents A Soulful Supper ShowBy Amanda Boston The Gospel Dulcet Voice and Derlie Restaurant in Records has joined downtown New the Dulcet Port Richey. The Restaurant in New restaurant offers Port Richey to crean exceptional ate an upscale dindining experiner show filled with ence with a glass waterfall wall and worship and praise upper-level seattitled Sunday’s Sunday’s Soulful Supper is a dinner and show ing that overSoulful Supper. experience featuring the music of Derek looks the stage. Local resident and Williams and The Gospel Voice Band. musician Derrick The dinner shows Williams will perform will be held on the 4th live Christian music Sunday of each month infused with Gospel, with its grand opening Jazz, Blues, Rock and on Sunday, July 23. Soul music. “We wantSeating times are 3 to ed to create a gospel 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. experience featuring a Executive Chef ‘dinner show’ with the Layton Smith of the Local Gospel and Jazz Artist Derek Dulcet Restaurant Holy Spirit as the feaWilliams will host Sunday’s Soulful tured act,” said Supper at the Dulcet Restaurant in designed a signature Williams. dinner menu for the New Port Richey. For the past nine years, Williams has suppers featuring chicken, beef, fish and hosted The Gospel Voice music show, vegetarian entrees along with assorted which airs on Sundays 12:30 a.m. (EST) desserts. on Christian Television Network (CTN). Ticket prices start at $35 per person Williams is also nationally known for his and children 12 and older are welcome to stage performance as The Rabbi in the attend. The price of the ticket includes a musical The Rock and The Rabbi. Julie dinner entrée and show. Upper Room Silva-Williams, the Executive Producer of seating is available at $40 per ticket. VIP The Gospel Voice, explained, “The next seating is also available. Tickets will be logical step was to bring Derrick and The available for purchase online at Gospel Voice TV Ministry to life where audiences can experience live what they The Dulcet Restaurant is located at watch on TV.” 6220 Grand Blvd. in New Port Richey. The charismatic show is modeled Contact Julie Silva-Williams, at Derlie after the world famous House of Blues Records, Inc. at Gospel Brunch in Disney Springs. The or 1-866-337Sunday suppers will take place at the 5439 or visit

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Local Athlete Jessica Miller Wins Special Olympic Silver, Participates In TD Bank Day

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Jessica Miller competed in her first Special Olympics event nearly 15 years ago. Her father, Jon Miller, convinced her to participate in the 100-yard dash at Durant High School. Miller won the contest with flying colors, and she kept running, even though her shoe came off in the process. Jon was waiting at the finish line, signaling to Jessica to stop at the finish, but she didn’t hear him and kept running with one shoe on around the track. Miller is a big competitor. “I love to win,” she said. Every year since then, Jessica, who has Down Syndrome, has competed in the Special Olympics. She has participated in local events and district and state competitions as well. In May, she won a silver medal at the state level in a tennis skills event. Jessica loves to take part in tennis, bowling and swimming contests, which all occur throughout the year. “She gives it 110 percent,” Jon Miller said. “She likes to win, but at the same time, she cheers for all of her friends and all of the other athletes to win, too.” Miller, a Valrico native, has lived in the area most of her life. She graduated from Bloomingdale High School in 2007. Jessica likes to swim, go to church and to the movies. She also enjoys singing and is a part of her church’s choir and

Sunday School program. She works on Tuesdays at Stein Mart as well. She also likes hanging out with her longtime friends Rima and David from school. Rima participates in Special Olympics with Jessica. Jessica has an infectious attitude that rubs off on almost everybody that she meets. She always has a smile on her face, despite her challenges. She lives life as a happy person, and in the process, she leaves a positive impact on all that meet her and get to know her. “She obviously means the world to me,” said Jon. “She has helped give me a perspective on life that’s much different because of how kind she is and how loving she is. She doesn’t get caught up in the day-to-day drama of the world, but keeps life simple and just focuses on loving others and giving the best hugs around.” On June 9, TD Bank hosted its annual Special Olympics Trading Card Day in Hillsborough County to raise money. The fundraiser enables employees, customers, friends and family to support the goal of raising more than $1 million for Special Olympics in the states where TD operates. To date, $8.7 million has been raised for Special Olympics programs. If you would like to donate to the cause, contact your local TD Bank.

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So here we are in the middle of summer. The world continues down this troubling path, leaders repeat the same interventions that consistently failed in the past, and those of us who follow Jesus fall into the trap of thinking politically instead of trusting God. Trust. That’s the key idea I’d like to keep front and center. Do we trust God? Oh, we like to say that we do, but then we press on with business as usual as if being a disciple is irrelevant to the day-to-day living that gets us so distracted. We routinely leave our relationship with God on the sidelines, because we tend to practice the kind of faith that says, “Well being a Christian really hasn’t got anything to do with this…” or, “Jesus didn’t intend to say anything about security, and war, and terrorism…” and, “It’s just not practical to think like a disciple when we have to deal with the real world…” We find that another week has gone by, or a month, and we’re not any closer to living in the way that we know – on a deeper level – Jesus is calling us to. So do we trust God? Or is it all conditional, or part-time, or piecemeal,

or compartmentalized, or convenient, or just a facade? Then Jesus said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost” (Luke 9:2325)? Instead of trusting, do we believe we are the ones with the answers? Really? Are we seriously confident that we have things figured out that well? Are we that close to world peace, political detente, and domestic nirvana – so confident that we don’t need to trust God? If so, how exactly is that approach working for us? Peace, and more peace – 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


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Providing highServices available quality dental care in a include general, cosmetstress-free environment ic, preventative and is the motto at Oakfield restorative dentistry as Dental, which Dr. Amir well as extractions and Boules opened in implants. “We believe in 2016. not only getting patients “We offer a patientto healthier teeth, but also focused approach and to a more confident passion to make densmile,” he said adding tistry something comthat the office fortable and even also offers enjoyable, rather than Zoom something to be Whitening, feared,” said Dr. which is an inDr. Amir Boules, Owner of Oakfield Boules. “We believe office whitening treatment Dental in Brandon, with his wife Melanie. The couple married just that gives instant results; that a child's early over a month ago. experiences at the Minor Tooth Movement dental office is formative in setting the (MTM); and Invisalign, which uses clear person up for dental health in the future trays to straighten teeth. and one of our greatest joys is seeing a The office is completely digital, dental-phobic patient little by little become including x-rays, which minimizes radialess fearful of seeing the dentist.” tion exposure to the patient. From the moment guests enter the While Dr. Boules has been busy with office, from the coffee and tea bar to his new practice over the past year, he essential oil diffusers to full-wall windows also recently married his wife Melanie, with views of plants and birds in each who he met in dental school. She is joinroom; it is obvious that the goal is to creing the practice on Fridays and brings ate a comfortable environment. with her, her experience working with chil“Our biggest asset is our team, dren as well as with Invisalign. whom I hand-picked for their attention to Oakfield Dental is located at 1457 detail, compassion and genuine desire to Oakfield Dr. Hours are Mondayhelp others,” he added. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.Adding to all of that, Oakfield Dental 4 p.m. Fridays are nicknamed ‘Kid also offers Saturday appointments from 9 Friendly Friday.Although the office sees a.m.-4 p.m. “We chose to open on children every day of the week, on Saturdays because we work ourselves Fridays, the staff decorates the office to and know how inconvenient it is to take be more comfortable to its young friends. off a day of work for a doctor's appointVisit or call ment,” Dr. Boules explained. 906-8808 for further information.

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Christian Teen Singer Releases New Single With Social Media Reality Series

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“Make a joyful to help Jordan noise to the Lord, make photograph all the earth! Serve decisions for the the Lord with gladalbum cover and ness! Come into choose outfits for his presence with her photo shoots. singing!” (Psalm "As an independent label, we 100:1-2) Ever since are always looking Jordan Denise for innovative ways Williams could to promote our speak, the local 13artists," said Julie year-old Christian Silva–Williams, Pop singer has Jordan’s mother, made a joyful noise and Derlie Records to the Lord. On Label Executive. "A Sunday, July 30, Jordan has studied piano for nine years and social media reality the young singer, currently studies under Grammy Award songwriter and winning Latin Jazz Pianist, Lannie Battistini. series just made sense as an musician will offiavenue to promote Jordan's music on a cially release her second single, Outfit of the Day, which she described as a “funky platform that allows independent labels the visibility to compete in a competitive rhythm track.” music market." Leading up to the song’s debut, Jordan will host a live local performJordan will begin promoting her new single through a six-week social media reali- ance party for the release of Outfit of the Day in early August. The single will be ty series, titled The Song. The series presubmitted by Derlie Records to the 60th mieres on Saturday, July 1 and will air Grammys for consideration for a nominaweekly on social media @Jordan Denise tion and will be available on Itunes and all Williams, YouTube, and her major online stores worldwide. website Jordan is the daughter of Derrick The series is an exclusive, behind Williams, a well-known Gospel and Jazz the scenes look into Jordan’s journey as she prepares to release her newest song. Recording Artist, and the host of The The reality series consists of two parts—a Gospel Voice show, airing nationally every Sunday 12:30 a.m. (EST) on The pre-recorded 30-minute segment that Christian Television Network. Jordan also spotlights video clips from rehearsals, photo shoots and recording sessions; and sings as a vocalist in The Gospel Voice Band. For more information, visit jordana live streaming interactive forum where, or viewers can personally engage with 1-866DERLIE (337-5439). Jordan. Viewers will have the opportunity

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Rosecastle Residents Get VIP Treatment At Tampa Bay Rays Senior Prom Day Game Staff Report

On Thursday, dents with wheelApril 20, more than chairs and walkers. 40 residents, manThe Rosecastle agement and staff staff became frusmembers from the trated, and the resiRosencastle dents were getting Assisted Living and restless. Memory Care The problem Communities in was brought to the Citrus, Zephyrhills attention of a nearand Delaney Creek by ticket usher who at Brandon boarded could read the distheir community pleasure written on all the faces. He shuttle buses for a trip to watch the Rosencastle Senior Residents enjoyed plush immediately took SkyBox seating during the Tampa Bay Rays action to remedy Tampa Bay Rays Senior Prom Day event at Tropicana Field. the situation. He take on the Detroit was determined to ensure that the group Tigers at the Tropicana Baseball Field. of seniors received the VIP treatment and Through a senior citizen ticket sales promotion, Activities Director Michelle guided them down to another seating Denson from Delaney Creek purchased area. To everyone's surprise, the usher the game tickets for the Tampa Bay Rays found unoccupied SkyBox seating. The Senior Prom for Senior Citizens event. premium SkyBox seating afforded the The event incorporated special activities necessary space and easy access for the for seniors including boutonnieres and residents with walkers and wheelchairs. corsages for couples, music from an The Rosecastle residents and staff older era, a crowned Senior King and were greatly appreciative of the ticket Queen and a postgame Senior Center usher who went out of his way to accomField Shuffle. modate their needs with a seating All three of the community shuttle arrangement where everyone was able to buses arrived at the stadium with everysit together. The residents and staff still one dressed in their eye-catching talk about how much fun they had on that Rosecastle red t-shirts and Rays’ baseday. ball caps. After locating their seats on the If you visit the Rosencastle Facebook press level in the far corner of the ball Page, you can appreciate the posted selffield, the ticketed seats were a bit of a dis- ie pictures of the residents watching the appointment. Some seats were in differgame, eating popcorn and sharing a beer. ent aisles and rows making it hard to To top off the day, the Rays scored severmove around. Additionally, the section al home runs and won the Senior Prom had no designated areas for senior resiDay game, 8 to 1.

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guests at every type of wedding from black tie to extremely casual,” said Ress. Wedding guests can shop the wide range of choices in the boutique and through the store’s website which offers an extensive on-line inventory. In addition to wedding clothing, the store, with its marble floors and crystal chandeliers, sells casual and resort wear for honeymoons and even unique gifts. “Our store is a beautiful onestop-shop for weddings,” said Less, who added to make sure to check out the dressing rooms. “Our goal is to make shoppers T Marie’s Fashion and Gift Boutique in Valrico offers tuxedo rental and wedding feel like a princess.” clothing from black tie to casual. T Marie’s is located at 3407 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico wide variety of styles, fits and colors. members of all ages and multiples and can be reached at 530-0922. “We can even coordinate with For more information or to of the dresses can be ordered in bridesmaids dresses,” said Ress. shop online, visit www.tmariesdifferent sizes and colors. Suits and tuxedos can also be “We have something for ordered for children, and if five

Dreams Really Do Come True At The Regent A couple’s wedding day is one of the most important days of their lives and picking the perfect venue is challenging in itself. Just in the Riverview area is an event venue built in 2011 with the locals in mind called The Regent. It’s available for not-for-profit events, high school prom and homecomings, and weddings. This venue’s neutral coloring is designed to mesh with the wants and needs of the clients while still standing out with Victorian style elements such as the beautifully architectured statues seen in one of its ballrooms. Couples’ are given the choice to have just their reception or their ceremony and reception at the Regent. The venue offers its outdoor courtyard, terrace, and ballrooms, designed to hold up to 500 people for a wedding party with abilities to combine the two ballrooms for larger weddings, for ceremonies and receptions. The venue is run by Executive Director Julie

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Photo (right) courtesy Kendra Conner Photography The Regent design and neutral coloring makes it easy for clients to make their dream wedding a reality.

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CRAFT YOUR OWN FLOWERS Cut or fold paper into floral shapes and patterns for affordable but beautiful decor. With a little practice, you can make floral arrangements that are indistinguishable from the real thing. Punch sheet music or pages from old books into heart shapes to make confetti for tables at the reception or for showering the couple as they leave the festivities. These media also make for great bouquets or boutonnières. Add paper flowers to the outside of cheap paper lan-


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Bell Shoals Baptist Church Hosts An Out Of This World VBS

By Amanda Boston

Bell Shoals “The offering will go Baptist Church to Sweet Sleep, an organwill hold its ization that gives beds to annual Vacation children around the world. Bible School We always try to connect (VBS) from the offering to something Monday, July 17 that connects with the through Friday, kids,” explained Anna July Klipa, a Children's 21 from 8:45 Ministry Associate and an average, the VBS welcomes a.m. to 12 Noon On VBS organizer. “We also more than 1,000 children each day at its Brandon and relies on its army of volunteers. try to make it fun by havCampus. ing a contest between the Registration is free boys and girls with who and participation is brings in the most money.” for children age 4 At the end of VBS, the (by September) participants are invited to through completed VBS Sunday on July 23. The 6th grade. children may attend the 9:15 This year’s a.m. or 11 a.m. church servThe church trains and performs ice. The children will sing theme is Galactic background checks on all its Starveyors, a the VBS music, find out who volunteers. brand-new 2017 VBS release from won the offering contest and receive a Lifeway, which is based on Colossians free CD of VBS music. 1:15-16. With a backdrop of galaxies For more than 30 years, Bell and stargazing-related activities, chilShoals has hosted a summer VBS as a dren will learn that the Creator of the means to reach out to its community. entire universe desires to have a per“We have had several families over the sonal relationship with them. The five past several years join our church as a days of scheduled fun will help children result of VBS. They were not previously draw closer to God through Bible stoconnected to a church. So VBS is a ries, Scripture memorization, themed great outreach to connect people from days, crafts, songs and games. the community to a church,” said Klipa. In addition to the galactic fun, the To register, visit children will learn the importance of or for more information, call 689-4229. helping others through a mission projThe Website also provides a list of ect. Each day, children can participate themed days and special snacks for the in a mission effort by bringing in moneweek. tary donations of any amount to support The Bell Shoals Brandon Campus a charitable cause. is located at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd.

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Apostle Changes Name After Identity Issues Arise

By Kelly Wise Valdes


Previous reports identify that Jesus was betrayed by one of his own disciples, Judas Iscariot. Unfortunately, one of Jesus’ disciples with a similar name has been confused with the betrayal. This unfortunate circumstance is what led Judas Thaddaeus to change and shorten his name to Jude. As this identity issue continued to arise, he was inclined to further himself from the betrayal and often referred to himself as Thaddaeus. According to sources close to Jesus, Thaddaeus has been continually upset with being identified as the betrayer of Jesus. “After the betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot, who was one of the apostles in the inner circle, Judas Thaddaeus had to create a nickname or shorten his name to Jude,” said his neighbor, Isaac of Galilee. “But when he was continually confused with Judas Iscariot, he decided just to go by

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Who knows the the home Moran has area better than known his whole life. someone who grew Moran said his impact has up here? Keller continued through two Williams award-wingenerations of home buyning realtor Steve ers, “People who I sold to Moran is a homewhen I started, now have grown, home-town their kids buying from me.” realtor from right He adds that his wife here in the Brandon Rhonda and their two chilarea and he's proud dren Conner and Courtney, to call the area inspire him daily. Family home. life and community involveMoran graduatment are essential. He has ed from Brandon been a volunteer coach for High School and Bloomingdale High the University of School’s Varsity Basketball Home Grown Keller Williams Realtor Steve Moran with his wife team, has coached his South Florida. He Rhonda, son Conner and has been in the real son’s basketball and basedaughter Courtney. estate industry ball teams and is an active since 1993, when he was awarded member of the Rotary Club of Brandon Rookie of the Year through Re/Max. and of Bell Shoals Baptist Church. Through the years he has collected Moran is also an avid golfer and a countless awards including: Centex member of Buckhorn Golf & Country Salesperson of the Year 1994, Club. Riverhills Salesperson of the Year Moran feels fortunate to have made 1995, Platinum Club 1996-2000, along a career in real estate for his family, with many others. He ranked in the Top “I’ve been lucky to never miss any of 50 in Florida in 2001 and #5 in the my son’s games,” he shared. He would Florida in 2005, and was even elected like to express his thanks to his previinto the Re/Max Hall of Fame in 2001. ous clients, friends and family for the He continues to be a member of both success he has today. He also con‘America’s Best Real Estate Agents’ tributes to Keller Williams Cares, a nonand the ‘Keller Williams Luxury Homes profit organization, with every real International Group.’ In addition, Moran estate transaction. has finished as the #1 single agent with For more information or details Keller Williams Suburban Tampa 14 about local real estate, visit Moran’s years in a row. website at, call his Southeast Hillsborough County isn’t office directly at 661-2476 or email realjust the place he lives and works, it’s

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Miracle In My Living Room

BSAC Celebrates Opening of Ken Hagen Learn To Swim Community Pool

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By Debora Coty

It was all I could Today, more than a do to not reach over decade later, Samuel is their and tweak the cheek little Miracle Mann! And it’s of the adorable imp sitbecome Evelyn’s ministry to ting before me with the offer encouragement to other contagious, playful families facing ‘hopeless’ situsmile. I’d heard about ations; to demonstrate by this him for years, followed family’s joy in each other that his mother’s blog even a negative diagnosis is about his adventures not beyond God’s reach. and zest for life … I’d Just being with Samuel Evelyn Mann with 11-year-old for a few short hours was all even read the amazson Samuel and Coty. ing book about it took for the little fella to caphim, Miracle in my Living Room. And ture my heart. After I offered a steady finally, it was my great honor to meet him. stream of goofy-grandma faces and pubHis name is Samuel. He’s an honest- licly inappropriate ‘tthhbbtt’ noises that to-goodness miracle. Samuel was born amuse my own grands, he began tossing eleven years ago to a couple who were some prize-winning smiles my way. He assured he wouldn’t … couldn’t survive. even showed off his expanding vocabuDoctors only thought that because no lary and entertained me with some one ever had. Olympic-caliber gymnastics in retrieving Diagnosed in utero with a rare and the cherished Cheerios his parents kept fatal form of dwarfism, Samuel wasn’t replacing in a plastic container for him to expected to live more than one day after find and manipulate open. birth. His parents, Evelyn and Ralph So the next time you’re battling those Mann, were encouraged to abort. And ole joy-sucking dully-funks, I encourage why not? There were only two known you to visit and soak in cases of children who’d made it past Samuel’s zeal for life. You might even, infancy – ever. One died at age three, the like me, find a wee tear trickling down other at seven. your cheek for the sheer joy of it. But in facing this horrendous situation where they were offered absolutely no natural hope, Evelyn and Ralph found Debora M. Coty is an inspirational speaker Papa God’s supernatural hope. Peace in and award-winning author of over 100 the midst of chaos blanketed them as articles and 13 books, including Fear, Faith, they clung to His promise: “And the and a Fistful of Chocolate, More Beauty, peace of God, which transcends all Less Beast, and Too Blessed to Be Stressed. understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians Debora also teaches writing workshops. Visit 4:7 NIV).

A large group of local leaders and community representatives during the official ribbon cutting of the center’s brand new Ken Hagan Learn to Swim Pool.

Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center (BSAC) Executive Director Chuck Burgess, was pleased to welcome a large group that gathered last month for the celebration of the opening of a brand new community swimming pool. Guests included members of the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) Greater Brandon and Valrico-Fishhawk Chambers, Honorary Mayor of Brandon Tammy Holmberg, local community leaders, and Ken Hagan, Hillsborough County Commissioner District 5, in whose honor the pool was named–the Ken Hagan Learn to Swim Pool. According to BSAC officials the completion of the pool was made possible through a partnership with the Hillsborough County Commission in a major youth drowning prevention initiative. The new facility was built as part of $1.3 million BSAC program improvement project. To support the effort, the Board of County Commissioners approved the allocation of an $800,000 gift to the BSAC, which funded the building and provided renovations to the center’s current pool.

The remaining $500,000 investment came from privately-raised dollars in the local community. “This is not just a new pool, but also a celebration of BSAC’s partnership with the Hillsborough County Commission,” Burgess said. “This partnership will greatly impact lives and allow BSAC to save more lives by spreading swim education awareness while creating new jobs and economically impacting our local business sector through events that broaden our leadership footprint in aquatics.” Assisting with the ribbon cutting festivities, Hagan emphasized the importance of the pool and the role it will play in the community, when he said, “I am honored to be here at this grand opening. This is a much-needed tool for our community, and our families.” Hagan added that with Florida leading the nation in children drowning BSAC is a valuable resource in the community. During the event, Honorary Mayor of Riverview Tammy Holmberg, owner of Chick-fil-A Brandon, delivered a proclamation to BSAC. BSAC is located at 405 Beverly Blvd. in Brandon is a community-based 501c3 non-profit. Visit,

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Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series East Arrives At Amalie Arena August 19

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ly-coveted bid at Monster Jam World Finals. The premier athletes vying to be the Tampa champion are: Grave Digger, El Toro Loco, Pirate’s Curse, Megalodon, Alien Invasion, Zombie, Monster Mutt Rottweiler and Blue Thunder.

Tickets are now on sale for Monster Jam®, set to take place at Amalie Arena on Saturday, August 19.

Feld Entertainment Inc. recently announced that tickets for the first ever arena style Monster Jam®, the most adrenaline charged, actionpacked motorsports experience delivering edge-of-your-seat excitement, are now on sale for AMALIE® Arena. Tickets for Monster Jam Triple Threat Series East are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at $15. Tickets are available at the McDonald’s® Ticket Office at AMALIE Arena and all Ticketmaster locations. Monster Jam Triple Threat Series East will be performing on Saturday, August 19, at 1 and again at 7 p.m. Fans of all ages will enjoy witnessing each competitor drive three customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks to face off in battles of strength, ability and perseverance for the ultimate championship and a high-

Monster Jam competitors are trained at Monster Jam University in mastering the skills needed to compete in the series. Approximately 12 ft. high and about 12 ft. wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 lbs. The Pit Party on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. – 12 Noon gives fans the opportunity to meet the Monster Jam athletes and get up close the Monster Jam trucks. A pit pass and 1 p.m. event ticket are required for entrance into the pit party. Order tickets by phone by calling 800-745-3000 or visiting

Local Realtor Looks To Join Forces With A Local Non-Profit

By Sandy Meyer

Buying or sellning. “The first 30 days ing a home can be is when you get the one of the most maximum traffic to your stressful experihome. If a realtor tells ences in life. Joy you it’s okay to overFrisch and The price, find another one,” Tampa Bay Realty she said. Team are ready to As a way of thankhold your hand ing the community for through the entire her success, Frisch is process to ensure looking to extend a peryou have the centage of her office’s smoothest experimonthly profits to a ence possible. local non-profit charity. Frisch opened To have your non-profit The Tampa Bay considered, please Realty Team as a Joy Frisch with The Tampa Bay Realty send an essay (feel Team to select local non-profit for a free to include any satellite office for monthly grant. Charles Rutenburg other pertinent informaRealty and has more than 12 years of tion) to Joy Frisch, explaining how your real estate experience and holds the non-profit makes a local impact on othABR, SRS, SRES and MCNE certifica- ers. tions. The winner will get $500 initially Frisch and her team represent both and then become the recipient of a buyers and sellers and offer a variety percentage of monthly sales. This is an of programs and guarantees. For buyamazing opportunity for a local charity ers, there is a satisfaction guarantee to get a big boost. Please mail essays that if you are not happy with your new to: Joy Frisch c/o Non-Profit Essay home within the first 18 months, they 10703 Rockledge View Dr. Riverview, will resell it for free. For sellers, Frisch FL 33579. Deadline is Monday, July 10 will buy your home if it fails to sell with- and winner will be announced by the in a time frame agreed upon at the inimiddle of August. tial agreement. For more information on how The Typically, it is set at 180 days. “We Tampa Bay Realty Team can ease the look at our client’s needs and our pressure of buying or selling a home, clients come first, second and third,” please visit Frisch said. or call Frisch’s advice to those currently 677-5897. Also visit looking to sell their homes is to price for a list of Frisch’s your house correctly from the beginpublished books on real estate.

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Hot Off The Christian News Wire By Kelly Wise Valdes The Bible Bee was streamed on Facebook Live and got 12 million views. In addition, the Bible Bee’s Facebook page has over 1.9 billion active users. Contestants on the show not only compete for prizes, but they are also taught techniques for memorizing Scripture and given tools for studying the Bible. For more information, visit

New TV Show, Paradise Lost, Described As A Biblical Game of Thrones

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The final round of the ninth annual National Bible Bee took place last month. Participating contestants in the Bible Bee memorized 840 Bible verses in just 90 days. Christian actor and producer Kirk Cameron hosted the Bible Bee. "Since the National Bible Bee started in 2009, I've been a fan and supporter,” said Cameron. “The National Bible Bee Game Show stirs up fun, excitement and a lot of 'intended consequences' in homes worldwide." Three young contestants competed in the competition's final round, and one of them emerged victorious to take home $100,000.

which tells the story of Adam and Eve will soon be released. Actor Martin Freeman, who is known for his role as Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit films, as well as his role in the original British movie, Office, will be producing the series. Laurence Bowen, who is one of Freeman’s production partners,

describes the show like a biblical version of Game of Thrones, transporting the reader into a world of intrigue. At stake? The future of mankind. Milton wrote Paradise Lost in the 17th century. Originally published, it had over 10,000 lines of verse and recreated the entire biblical story of creation, the fall, and what happened to Adam and Eve following their disobedience to God through eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. The character of Satan also plays a major role in the epic poem. The network, date, and times of the show are to be released soon.

Billy Graham's Rapid Response Team Chaplains Comfort Survivors of the London Apartment Fire

Crisistrained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team were deployed to London, England, following the devastating fire at the 24-story Grenfell Tower apartment building in June. It is the third time in as many weeks that the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team has deployed chaplains in the United Kingdom. The group provided emotional and spiri-

tual care to survivors and mourners following the Manchester Arena bombing in May and the June attack on the London Bridge and the Borough Market. Chaplains with the ministry also responded to London following the terror attack in March. Following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association developed the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. It has since grown into a nationwide network of chaplains in 48 states who are specifically trained to deal with crises. They have deployed to approximately 250 disaster sites, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes. For more information on the ministry, including videos, photos, news articles and an interactive map of past and current deployments, visit Updates can also be found at

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BAPTIST Bay Life Church 1017 Kingsway Ave, Brandon (813) 661-3696 Bell Shoals Baptist Church 2102 Bell Shoals Rd, Brandon (813) 689-4229 Bell Shoals - Apollo Beach Campus 6414 Golf and Sea Blvd, Apollo Beach (813) 641-2222 First Baptist Church of Brandon 216 N Parsons Ave, Brandon (813) 689-1204 First Baptist Church of Bloomingdale 3303 Bloomingdale Ave.,Valrico 813-689-3847 First Baptist Church of Gibsonton 9912 Indiana St. Gibsonton 813-677-1301 First Baptist Church of Ruskin 820 W. College, Ruskin (813) 645-6439 FishHawk Fellowship 15326 Fishhawk Blvd, Lithia, (813) 655-7431 Grace Baptist Temple 2909 John Moore Rd. Brandon (813) 689-7190 Journey Church 1310 John Moore Road, Brandon (813) 699-8262 Shiloh Baptist Church 1104 Cason St. Plant City (813) 752-8345 South Bay Baptist Church 13498 US 301 So. Riverview 813-677-0721 CATHOLIC Nativity Catholic Church 705 E Brandon Blvd, Brandon (813) 681-4608


St. Anne Catholic Church 106 11th Ave. N.E Ruskin (813) 645-1714 St. Stephen Catholic Church 10118 Saint Stephen Circle, Riverview (813) 689-4900 CHURCH OF GOD Boyette Springs Church of God 12114 Boyette Rd, Riverview (813) 671-0086 EPISCOPAL Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church 604 N. Valrico Rd, Valrico (813) 689-3130 LUTHERAN Immanuel Lutheran Church 2913 John Moore Rd, Brandon (813) 689-1787 Living Savior Lutheran Church 2650 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Valrico (813) 681-2375 METHODIST First United Methodist Church of Seffner 1310 South Kingsway Rd., Seffner (813) 689-3513 Grace Community United Methodist Church 5708 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., Lithia (813) 661-8858 New Hope United Methodist Church 120 N. Knights Ave., Brandon (813) 689-4161 Riverview First United Methodist Church 8002 US Hwy 301 South, Riverview Ruskin United Methodist Church 105 4th Ave. NW Ruskin (813) 645-1241 South Shore United Methodist Church 11525 Big Bend Road, Riverview (813) 649-9462



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Army veteran Dogs Gold Star Annette Kirk has Family dog. weathered tragic “Bruno’s already losses. made a difference,” Between Annette said. “I feel active duty and a lot better about the reserves, myself. I feel happiAnnette served er. I think because seven years in he’s so happy, he the Army in the makes me happy. He 80's and 90's. has such a personalHer ex-husband ity. I’m not a touchyPaul was in the feely person, but with Army, too, and Bruno I am. I hug their son Paul him a lot and he’s followed in both always next to me. I parents' footalmost see him as a Gold Star Mother and Army Veteran steps. But just Annette Kirk with Southeaster Guide Dog person, not a pet. before young Almost like a child." Bruno. Paul left for basic training, Paul senior In September 2016, Southeastern died in a car accident. “My son was a Guide Dogs began offering grieving strong kid,” Annette said, “he pushed survivors like Annette Gold Star through the pain, determined to serve Family dogs. “We care deeply about his country.” the men and women who serve in the When 23-year-old Army combat U.S. Armed Forces,” says CEO Titus medic PFC Paul O. Cuzzupe II was Herman. “In a spirit of compassion killed by an improvised explosive and caring, we have introduced this device in Afghanistan, Annette joined new type of companion, where calm, the ranks of Gold Star mothers. people loving dogs match a military Her grief was augmented by the family’s unique needs.” loss of her brother and both parents. "My son Paul was the one who Volunteering with American Gold Star really wanted children; it’s really sad," Mothers Inc. and the Afghanistan Annette notes. "Maybe that’s why I’m Memorial project helped. But nothing really bonding with Bruno—this is my compares to the special powers of a way of having a grandchild. I’m spoilfour-legged companion with a mission ing him like a grandbaby.” to heal. For more information about the Annette recently welcomed home Gold Star Family program and a loving, bubbly black Labrador Southeastern Guide Dogs, visit named Bruno—a Southeastern Guide


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