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With carnival favorites like the Drop Zone, Moonraker, and Ferris wheel, Nativity Catholic Church’s Novemberfest promises to once again be a huge crowd pleaser. “Novemberfest has been a part of the Brandon community for 47 years, and we are so thankful for the support the community has shown Nativity,” said Cindy Ehringer, Committee Chair. Novemberfest will take place from Wednesday, November 16 to Sunday, November 20. Enjoy five Principal Robert Yevich stands with students sporting this year’s Novemberfest T-shirt. days of family fun full of carnival rides, including tainment includes Soul several for the younger crowd, food Circus Cowboys who will booths, and music. Admission and perform on Friday at 8 parking are free. p.m. Band member Billy The food tent has something for McKnight is a Nativity alumnus. everyone. Enjoy your choice of BBQ, Southern Train will also perform this Polish Sausage, Indian Cuisine, year on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Mexican, Latin flavors, potato ribbons, Riverview High School Choir will perwings, desserts, special coffee, gourform on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. Several met pizza, freshly squeezed lemonother local dance studios and local talade, funnel cakes, cotton candy, hament will also perform. burgers, hotdogs and fries, a spectacRob Martin, Director of Finance ular steak sandwich and Coca-Cola said, “It’s a great opportunity for the products. entire family to come out and enjoy This year’s special musical enterthe weekend before the start of the

busy holiday season.” Nativity students and parents will be selling discounted armband vouchers and food tickets. Ride vouchers good for unlimited all day rides are available now through Friday, November 11 at a cost of $17 at the church office, 705 E. Brandon Blvd. Advanced food vouchers are also available for $9. When you purchase a ride voucher at Novemberfest, the cost is $23 and $10 for a food voucher. Tickets can also be purchased online at novemberfest16.eventbrite.com (includes a service fee). This year’s raffle contains many exciting prizes. The Grand Prize is $5000 and the winner will be announced on Sunday after-

noon. Novemberfest is Nativity’s largest parish fundraiser and proceeds benefit the school. The event is run solely by volunteers, who will be on hand to make this year’s festival a success. Nativity Catholic Church is located at 705 E. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon. www.nativitycatholicchurch.org/novemberfest.

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You can help support Joshuacord’s efforts to help refugees in the Middle East by stepping up to participate in its Fourth Annual Joshua 1:9 Freedom Run 5K. The event kicks off at 8 a.m. on Saturday, November 19 at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N. Himes Ave. in Tampa. Families, children, serious runners, supporters and cheerleaders are encouraged to attend. There will be a separate start at 8:10 a.m. for walkers and Christians will band together to support those in the Middle strollers. Spirit FM (90.5 East being persecuted for their faith at the Freedom Run. FM) will be onsite to proJoshuacord Founder Patrick mote the festivities. Carberry, through his military experience Joshuacord’s mission is to help and work with the government, witthose persecuted for their Christian nessed first-hand the lack of religious faith, especially in the Middle East and freedom due to Islamic extremism and Africa. Proceeds for the 5K will go to put together Joshuacord to raise awarefamilies and children who are living in ness. refugee camps in the Middle East. “As most of you have seen, there is Because of sponsor support, $5,700 more media attention on the urgent was raised from last year’s run and issue of Christians being persecuted in 100% of it was donated to help these Iraq, Syria, Iran and Africa,” noted families. Monies raised from this year’s Carberry. 5K will be donated to the same group He added that the goal is to get the as they still have many unmet needs. At community engaged, raise awareness the run, organizers will also be collectand provide hope, prayers, financial and ing baby blankets, gloves, and hats to material aid to the Christians in those ship to moms and families in refugee countries. The 5K Freedom Run is camps.

made possible through sponsors, the support of local churches and pastors and all those who participate on race day. “We are so appreciative for your prayers, time and support,”

commented Carberry. Registration fee is $25 if completed by November 17 and $30 on race day. Active duty members pay $20. The one mile Fun Run/Walk is $15 preregistration. To register, visit http://www.active.com or download the registration form to mail from www.joshuacord.org/5k. This is a great opportunity for the Tampa community to come together and impact a crisis occurring to Christians in the Middle East. Joshuacord is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) located at 3433 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. Visit www.joshuacord.org or call 202-643-8588 or on Facebook.


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By Kelly Wise Valdes

Notre Dame Basilica – Quebec City

The Notre Dame Basilica located in Quebec City began as a small church in 1647, making it one of the oldest cathedrals in North America. In spite of frequent fires and battle damage over the years, including wars between the British and French armies in 1759, the church survived. It was repeatedly repaired and rebuilt, ultimately becoming the much larger cathedral that stands today, which was completed in 1925. The interior is magnificent, which is slightly in contrast with the ordinary exterior. Osprey Observer staff members, Terry Vassalotti and Michelle Colesanti visited the Basilica this fall and were able to take place in a rare, special event called the Holy Door Experience. “We did not know this, but this is the only Catholic Church in the Americas to offer this (Holy Door) during the year of the Jubilee of Mercy,” said Colesanti. Jubilees are considered as a time of reconciliation, conversion and repentance. Holy Doors is open to all faiths during Holy Years (Jubilees) as a symbolic path that leads to conversion and blessings. Jubilees normally take place every 25 years but a Pope can announce one when deemed appropriate. Pope Francis announced that the Jubilee of Mercy would take place from December 2015 to

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November 2016. "I experienced a wonderful sense of peace and calmness walking through the door,’ said Vassalotti. Symbolically, doors often represent a passage from one place to another. Many people will pilgrimage to one of the Holy Doors for a special blessing and to experience a meaningful connection with God. The Holy Door is open to all faiths. "Entering through the Holy Door did not have the religious significance for me that it might for a practicing Catholic, but I could feel the spiritual connection that emanated from this special place," said Colesanti. Notre Dame Basilica in Quebec City is open every day, although hours may vary depending on the season and the religious services schedule. The Holy Door experience ends on Sunday, November 13. General admission to the Basilica is free. For more information, visit www.holydoorquebec.ca/en/cathedral.

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New Disciple Follows Jesus, Walks Away From Successful Career

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After serving more than 20 years as a successful tax collector in Jerusalem, Matthew, who was also known as Levi, has chosen to follow Jesus. This strange turn of events happened suddenly, however a great farewell feast will be hosted in Matthew’s hometown of Capernaum. Many of Matthew's friends and family remain in disbelief that he has turned from his interest in collecting money to now collecting souls. "We did not see this coming," said Matthew's neighbor. "This is really astounding." Matthew’s father, Alpheus, is happy that Matthew has joined Jesus and is now one of the twelve disciples. “When Jesus approached him at a tax collection booth, he simply asked Matthew to follow him,” said Alpheus. “It was just that simple.” Matthew continues to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and hopes to

write about his conversion to faith in a book someday. Being well educated and fluent in several languages, including Greek, his accounts of life with Jesus should be credible. It’s suspected that he is documenting some of the sayings of the Savior in a journal. Mark, Luke and John are three other believers that may also write about their time with Christ. However, Matthew plans to write his encounters in Aramaic in the hopes that his book will be well received. Because of his new faith, Matthew is no longer pursuing a career in tax collection, and he is now considered to be the patron saint of bankers and continues to inspire the community of believers. ******************** Jesus inspired 12 ordinary men to leave their old lives behind and become followers of Him. Among these new followers were fishermen, a tax collector and a revolutionary. The Gospels record the failings, struggles and doubts of these twelve men who followed Jesus. This series will document one of the disciples each month in a fun way in order to learn more about how God turned each man from ordinary to extraordinary.

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Family Christian Continues Partnership With Operation Christmas Child

By Jessica Beswick

Family Christian, the world’s largest Christian-focused retailer, recently announced that it is again partnering with Operation Christmas Child (OCC) to provide Christmas gift boxes to spread the Gospel in international communities. All 249 Family Christian locations in 36 states will serve as pickup points for consumers. During the 2016 Christmas season, Family Christian expects to well exceed the lifetime distribution of one million boxes. OCC is a program through Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization that provides spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. For over 40 years Samaritan’s Purse has given aid to the world’s poor, sick, and suffering. Operation Christmas Child was founded in 1990 and since 1993 has delivered more than 100 million shoe box gifts to children in 130 countries. Family Christian first paired with Operation Christmas Child in 2010 and approximately 979,000 boxes have been picked up to date by customers for children in need. Family Christian serves as a pick-up point for empty boxes for customers to stock with gifts, hygiene items and school supplies. Customers can also add a personal prayer and photo for the child who will receive their box. The boxes are delivered to children internationally after an extensive review performed by OCC to ensure safe and quality products are included. While the

Help make Christmas special for children around the world. Family Christian stores have paired up with Operation Christmas Child to provide gift boxes around the world.

boxes contain fun and exciting gifts for the children who would otherwise not have received any, the message behind the boxes plays a much stronger role. Along with the gifts, each box contains a message of encouragement and faith. “The box contains so much more than just a Christmas gift,” said Mike Bowles of Family Christian. “They are used as a vehicle for the local church to deliver the message of Jesus Christ to the community.” Each box delivery equips local pastors with the tools necessary to engage these children and their families in faith discussions, and in many cases introduces them to Jesus Christ for the first time. After receiving the box, children are invited to enroll in The Greatest Journey, a 12-lesson discipleship program. Boxes are available in Family Christian stores while supplies last. Family Christian is located at Regency Square, 2454 W Brandon Blvd. in Brandon. For more info, call 651-5700 www.samaritanspurse.org/what-wedo/operation-christmas-child.


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Celebrate Thanksgiving By Participating In The 2nd Annual Goody Goody Turkey Gobble 5K

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On Thanksgiving morning, the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA invites members of the community to participate in a fun 5k run or one mile walk/run in downtown Tampa. The 2nd Annual Goody Goody™ Turkey Gobble is sponsored by Goody Goody restaurant which is owned and operated by fourth generation co-owner Come out and have fun while supporting the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA’s LIVEand president of the STRONG ® Program by participating in the Columbia Restaurant Group, Richard 2nd Annual Goody Goody™ Turkey Gobble Gonzmart. The race begins at 7 a.m. 5K this Thanksgiving. This fun 5K or one mile walk/run is a STRONG ® at the YMCA for free if it was chip-timed race, on a USATF-certified not for the generosity of donors. course beginning and ending at Amalie Proceeds from the 5k ensure that our Ys Arena. The route is an out and back can continue to provide safe, supportive course, taking participants across the environments for cancer survivors to build Platt Street Bridge and along the beautiful mass and strength, increase fleximuscle and scenic Bayshore Boulevard. Strollers bility and endurance and improve confiand dogs are welcome to join the race, dence and self-esteem.” The LIVEmusic and family fun. STRONG ® Program is available locally Registration is available at www.runthe Campo Family Y and the North at signup.com. Cost is just $30 per person Brandon Y. “Goody Goody is the title for the individual and team 5k and $15 because I believe in the Y and in sponsor per person for the one mile run/walk. 100 fitness,” said Gonzmart. Goody Goody is percent of the proceeds raised will go to also graciously providing free breakfast to support the LIVESTRONG ® at the all participants after the chip-timed race. YMCA program for cancer survivors and will be awarded to the first Prizes their families. place overall male and female adult and Lalita Llerena, Communications first place overall male and female in Director for the Tampa Metropolitan Area youth (ages 9 and under). First place YMCA said, “When someone signs up for the Goody Goody Turkey Gooble 5k, they prizes will also be awarded by age group (10-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60are not just bettering their own health, 69; and 70 plus).For more information on they are bettering the community. We the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, would not be able to provide LIVEplease visit www.tampaymca.org.

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Local Happenings In Our Community

Holy Innocent’s Fall Whistle Stop Craft Show

Holy Innocent’s Episcopal Church is accepting vendor sign-ups for its ninth annual Fall Whistle Stop Craft Show on Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m.-p.m. The event will be held on the church grounds at 604 N. Valrico Rd. in Valrico. Both inside and outside locations are available. Interested vendors can register for a spot at www.hiepiscopal.org. Any questions please contact the church during normal business hours at 689-3130.

Health Fair And Yard Sale At Rivers Of Life Church Ministries

A Health Fair and Yard Sale will be held at Rivers of Life Church Ministries, 301 N. Lakewood Dr. in Brandon on Saturday, November 19. The yard sale will begin at 8 a.m. and the free Health Fair at 9 a.m. Representatives from TGH will be available to test blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol. A pharmacist will be available to answer your questions. The Florida Blood Mobile will be attending and giving out t-shirts for blood donations. There will be free hot dogs and snacks. The ROL Silver Steppers (Seniors Line Dancing Team) will give demonstrations at 10 and 11 a.m. Reserve a space in the yard sale

by calling the church office 643-3848.

Holiday Fashion Show And Luncheon

The annual Fashion Show and Luncheon "Holiday Sparkle" presented by The Dress Barn with Brandon Christian Women's Connection will take place on Monday, November 14 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Bell Shoals Baptist Church in the Special Events Center, 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon. The cost is $15. First time guests pay $10. Please secure your reservation by Monday, November 7 with Lillie at 740-0098. This a nondenominational luncheon with no membership required.

Try Something New or Enjoy Your Italian Favorites at Allegria Italiana Ristorante

Allegria Italiana Ristorante is owned and operated by the Dragonetti family bringing decades of experience and passion to the creation of authentic Italian cuisine. Their roots take them back to Italy, but moved to the Brandon area from Islip, NY bringing their traditional recipes from their homeland to share with the Brandon area. Allegria offers a contemporary concept with traditional pasta dishes at affordable prices. Enjoy menu items

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Couples Welcome To Enjoy A Night Out At H2O Clean Comedy Show

Covered by Christ Apparel & Family Time Entertainment will be hosting The Humor 2 Outreach Comedy Tour on Friday, November 18 from 6-9:30 p.m. at The Regent in Riverview to raise funds for The Good Samaritan Mission. Show starts at 7:30. Join us for an evening of laughs with great, clean humor by three funny and unique stand-up comedians. The night will be safe and fun for the entire family! Good Samaritan Mission believes in a hand up, not a hand out. It is helping families break the cycle of poverty and dependence through education and spreading God’s love.Last year, the Mission hosted more than 100 classes, from health to English as a Second Language, benefiting more than 5,000 people. “Humor to Outreach is unlike any other comedy show,” describes organizer Mike Self. It is a full stage production with sound, lighting and some of the funniest nationally touring stand-up

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Anthony and Nicolle Jones wanted to do something to enhance the community one family at a time. They founded Made Wonderfully (MW) and host annual events every year tailored to specific family relationships. This faith-based 501c3, mission inspires youth and families to unlock their God-given value and potential through fun, character enriching programs and events. It is achieved with Life Lessons Learned in the Kitchen classes that teach youth their worth and life skills through the process of baking and with community events tailored to a specific family relationship, such as the Father Daughter Ball and Mother and Son Hangout events (M*A*S*H). MW will host its third annual Father Daughter Ball on Saturday, November 5

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Bell Shoals Baptist Church Opening Its Fifth Campus In Riverview

Bell Shoals has been a part of the Brandon community for over 50 years and their Senior Pastor Dr. Stephen Rummage brings a vision of “one church multiplied to transform West Central Florida with the Gospel.” And with that committment, Pastor Kyle Norton, wife Amy the church is and son Luke will pleased to lead the newest announce its newest Bell Shoals Baptist Campus at campus which will Sessums. open its doors on Sunday, October 30 at 11 a.m. The campus will meet at Sessums Elementary [11525 Ramble Creek Drive, Riverview, FL 33569] each week. Campus Pastor Kyle Norton has worked with the campus expansion team and church volunteers for almost a year laying the groundwork. Norton is a native of Pensacola, Florida and met his wife, Amy while both were students at the University of West Florida. They have one son, Luke (2) who is not only, as they say, full of life but a gift that brings them a tremendous amount of joy. Norton says he loves living out his calling to communicate the Bible in such a way that people see that they not only have immense value as human beings but are created for a purpose. Norton further shared, “We want to be the best neighbor and we will engage

with the community in assisting to meet the physical, mental and spiritual needs of Riverview.” Riverview resident and Bell Shoals member Matthew Del Monte, is among many people who are excited about the expansion of the new Riverview Campus. “I believe God will use this campus to offer real hope and new life to the residents of Riverview and beyond. I am excited to come along side our Pastor Kyle and my church to branch out to my hometown.” As a way of introduction, Bell Shoals will host two block parties. The first will be on Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at South Pointe Park. The second will take place on Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Sessums. Both will feature bounce houses, cotton candy, face painting, door prizes, hotdogs, music and more. Bell Shoals Baptist Church has campuses in Apollo Beach, Brandon, Palm River, as well as a Hispanic campus located in the Chapel at the Brandon location. Visit www.bellshoals.com or call 813-689-4229 for information about campus locations, service times and activities. You can also follow Bell Shoals on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @BellShoals.


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Local Author Unveils Her Devotional Book I’m A Christ Chix

By Amanda Boston

Nikki Brown balances a myriad of roles in her life as a wife, mother, 6th grade language arts teacher, and author. In her first devotional book titled, I’m A Christ Chix, Nikki Brown, local author of Brown reaches the latest women’s devotional women with I’m A Christ Chix. biblically inspired insight intended to enhance their relationship with Christ. She penned the 58-page book with the busy woman in mind. Each chapter begins with Scripture, her inspired insight, and prayer. The chapter ends with reflective homework for reinforcement and life application. In her interview, she relayed the trials and triumphs accompanying the birth of this labor of love with significant sentiment. From an early age, Brown, a Florida native, appeared to be pursuing the writer’s path. Beginning in middle school, she composed poetry as an outlet to deal with issues relating to adolescence. In high school, she wrote for the yearbook with aspirations of becoming a journalist. She kept trekking along the writer’s path by earning her Bachelor’s Degree in English at the University of South Florida. In the subsequent years, Brown taught language arts, assisted friends with writing grant proposals, and edited papers for fellow writers. Despite being

immersed in a world of writing, she did not produce any personal works of her own. Even so, Brown asserts this deceptively fruitless period cultivated the confidence required to compose her book. Then in January 2014, Brown’s life was turned upsidedown after being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Besieged with emotion from her recent diagnosis, Brown launched a blog called, Healthy Living with Nikki Brown, as a resource for others searching for health and inspiration. Rather than surrender to the sickness, she chose to create positivity out of negativity by reaching out to others. For months Brown poured into the Bible and read her favorite Christian authors with a sense she was supposed to write a Christian book. As time ticked on, Brown started to express herself with words. First, she scripted a sermon. Then her sermon developed into a series of lectures; before she realized it, Nikki Brown authored her book. Nikki Brown currently lives in Valrico. She is a wife and a mother of two children. Presently, she is working on her second book called, A Christ Chix And Her King. Her books are currently available at www.ebay.com, or http://www.amazon.com.

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The Brandon Christian Church Celebrates 50 Years Of Service

By Kathy L. Collins

The Brandon the Sanctuary and two Christian Church years later, the (Disciples of Christ) is Fellowship Hall was celebrating 50 years built. of serving everyone in In 1982, a fire the greater Brandon completely destroyed community. Their the Sanctuary. It was service is lovingly rebuilt from the ground extended to anyone up by the determined regardless of religious congregation. denomination and Broers-Case said, Brandon Christian Church invites every- "Even against adversibeliefs. one to attend its 50th Anniversary on The anniversary ty, this congregation Sunday, November 13. celebration will take has believed that minplace on Sunday, November 13 beginistry in this place was ordained by God.” ning at 11 a.m. A sumptuous The Brandon Church of Christ is Thanksgiving style lunch will be served unique in that literally everyone is welafter the service. Everyone in the commu- come to come and use the church. They nity is welcome to attend, and there is no are a founding partner in the Greater cost. The theme of the celebration is Brandon Family Promise. The church "Celebrating what God has done but also welcomes 16 12 step programs, four looking forward to what God will do." Girl Scout Troops and a Leaders' Group Rev. Day Broers-Case is the Senior and a depression and bipolar alliance. Pastor. Broers-Case explained, "The "There are over 31 meetings, not includDisciples of Christ are a movement for ing church services, held at our church," wholeness in what we consider a fragsaid Broers-Case. "Our church considers mented world. We work ecumenically to the land to be God's for use for the comunite the body of Christ over denominamunity," added Broers-Case. tional lines to work for wholeness in our Broers-Case has been the Senior broken, hurting and fragmented world." Pastor since 2005. “I wanted to come to The Brandon Church of Christ has this church because it is so open to the been serving the community since community. The church has bruises and November 13, 1966 when they would stains and is sometimes messy, but that meet at Yates Elementary School in is how people are and that is okay,” said Brandon. The current property located at Broers-Case. 910 Bryan Rd. in Brandon has been in For more information visit www.branthe church's possession since then, but it donchristianchurch.org. You can also like was not until 1968 when a portable was them on Facebook at brought onto the property for worship BrandonChristianChurchDisciplesofChrist services. In 1978 they broke ground for /Facebook.

Brandon Christian Church To Host 9th Annual Craft Bazaar

By Kathy L. Collins

There will be people in Just in time for the the parking lot to holidays, the Brandon assist shoppers. Christian Church, locatVendors receive free ed at 910 Bryan Rd. in coffee during set up Brandon, is hosting its time. There will be 9th Annual Craft Bazaar vendors located both on Saturday, December inside the church and 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside on the lovely The 9th Annual grounds of Brandon Craft Bazaar features Christian Church. only hand crafted items. This is a fundraisThere are no commerer for the church. The cially produced prodbuilding is used by ucts. According to Betty many community Dawson, Coordinator of groups such as the the Annual Craft Girl Scouts and supBazaar,"There will not port groups. In addibe any Mary Kay 9th Annual Craft Bazaar enable the tion, members of the items, Tupperware church to do good things in the com- church help provide sales or jewelry venmunity such as providing meals for meals to clients of dors at the 9th Annual Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels. Craft Bazaar. The church hosts families from the Everything is handmade.” Greater Brandon Family Promise proThis is a great opportunity to get unique holiday gifts for that friend or loved gram every quarter. Dawson said, "We see this event as one who seems to have everything. You an opportunity to present ourselves to the can find great gifts such as fused glass community. Funds raised at the 9th art, wood and acrylic pens and pencils, Annual Craft Bazaar enables us to prohand painted cards and posters, refurvide space for many community groups bished furniture, handmade doll clothes, Christmas ornaments, yard art and more. and support groups who need a place to meet but find it difficult to find one.” In In addition to hand crafted, one of a addition to Church services, the Brandon kind items, shoppers can look for tasty Christian Church hosts over two dozen treats at the bake sale featuring cookies, cakes and breads. Items in the bake sale groups including two other churches that hold service there. will cost anywhere from fifty cents to five For more information, visit www.brandollars. There will also be hot dogs and donchristianchurch.org or call Dawson at beverages available. 404-9393 or email bazaar@dawsonThe 9th Annual Craft Bazaar is free crew.com. to attend and there is no cost to park.

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Grace Notes Asking The Hard Question

By Debora Coty

Something caught my eye the other day while I was enjoying a little He & Me time with Papa God. I was reading the story of the rich, young ruler in Mark 10:21 and noticed something not included in the other two gospels that contain this account of the well-to-do young man who did all the right things - kept the ten commandments, loved his neighbors, probably even flossed daily. When this "good" fella (by the world's standards) asked Jesus what else he should do to earn eternal life, Jesus shocked the Armani sandals right off his feet by asking him to do something completely unexpected. "Sell all you possess, and give it to the poor ..." Say WHAT? Nuh-uh. You can just picture the rich guy's face falling. He was expecting to hear something like, "Go to church six times a day to show your incredible devotion to me." Or even the ultimate in self-sacrifice, "Take over permanent 2-year-old nursery duty at the temple." But here’s the real shocker: "And looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him ..." (verse 21a) Wow. Marinate on that a minute. Jesus LOVED this guy, but still asked him to do something hard. Really hard. Something that, in the guy's way of thinking, was downright impossible. He was probably majorly attached to that red convertible.

The litmus test for loyalty often starts with our wallets. Sadly, he failed the test. When it was all or nothing, he chose all. But back to my point: Could it be that Jesus does the same for us - loves us to pieces but still asks us to do something really,

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By Kelly Wise Valdes Feed the Children Helps Residents Affected by Hurricane Matthew Feed the Children has been actively assessing the impact of Hurricane Matthew, the Caribbean’s worst storm in nearly a decade. Its field staff in Haiti is preparing relief services for children and families as they begin mass feeding these families. Collectively, nearly one-third of this population of approximately 20,000 people was directly impacted by the hurricane. As the storm made landfall on the U.S. coast, Feed the Children made preparations to support affected communities. Feed the Children’s initial response efforts include sending 15 semitrucks filled with personalcare and food items to the states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. For many years, Feed the Children has been a forerunner in responding quickly and efficiently to disasters. Feed the Children is contin-

ually prepared to respond to any disaster that leaves children and their families in a wake of devastation. For more information or to make a financial contribution, visit www.feedthechildren.org.

rary, Christmas, gospel, and Spanish music, as well as 24/7 breaking news and kids-dedicated programs and music, are also available on CBN Radio. For more information, visit CBNnews.com.

Christian Broadcasting Network Launches New Radio Station

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The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) launched a Southern gospel music station on Tuesday, October 11. The station, airing on CBN.com and the CBN Radio app, is available for download on the Apple and Google Play stores, and features a blend of classic gospel, bluegrass, and Southern gospel favorites. Some of the top artists that will be featured in the Southern gospel station include the Gaither Vocal Band, Jason Crabb, The Blackwood Brothers, The Isaacs, The Talleys, Mountain Faith, Greater Vision, and the Booth Brothers. The Southern Gospel station is the eleventh station on CBN Radio. Stations featuring country, contempo-

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Gifts Of Hope Heifer International Living Gift Market

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Heifer On International Wednesday, provides November impoverished 16, First communities Presbyterian with a means Church of to improve its Brandon will local food transform its sources by fellowship ultimately hall into the becoming a Heifer Living self-sustainGift Market presenting an The Heifer Living Gift Market is a free family-oriented ing communievent providing an alternative to commercial ty. alternative to holiday gift giving. Dawn the re-gifted Trattner, a First Presbyterian Church stale fruitcake. This unconventional market offers patrons the opportunity to member and key organizer of the event, traveled to Honduras with Heifer purchase livestock like heifers, chickInternational where she witnessed firstens, goats, fish, and pigs as well as clean water and tree seedlings for hun- hand the global impact of the program through its ceremony Passing on the gry families around the world. There is Gift. At the ceremony, the original no livestock on the grounds to purrecipient of a Heifer animal is required chase; however, honor cards will be to share the animal’s offspring, knowlavailable to designate a Heifer animal edge, and other resources to a neighin a loved one’s name. Every other year, First Presbyterian bor. Trattner said, “The difference with Heifer International is the training and pairs up with Heifer International to education the local farmers receive.” support its mission to help end hunger Trattner continued to clarify with the and poverty through livestock, education, and training. The Heifer Living Gift following baking analogy, “Ingredients Market is a free event open to the pub- like flour and eggs are essential, but without the recipe, you can’t bake the lic from 6-8 p.m. welcoming visitors of bread.” all ages. Upon arrival, you can expect First Presbyterian Church is locatfamily-oriented entertainment while experiencing thought provoking educa- ed at 121 Carver Ave., Brandon. For tional animal exhibits. The market is an more information on the Heifer Living Gift Market, you may contact the intergenerational event as the entire church office at 689-4597 or church unites to create a carnival-like www.fpcbrandon.org. If you would like atmosphere filled with food, fun, and to learn more about Heifer games. Refreshments will be available International, please refer to its for a small donation with compliments Website www.heifer.org. of Chick-fil-A of Lake Brandon Village.

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The Palms Church Builds Strong Relationships In Its Christian Community By Tatiana Ortiz

What began as a dream through the words spoken from God, led to a spiritual journey that flourished into something more. The Lead Pastor Dr. Daniel Stahl from The Palms Church in Brandon, shared how God wanted him to pastor a church. This all came into fruition six years ago, which continues today as a strong foundation in the area. “As a transdenominational church, we emphasize on being a Christian community,” Stahl said. In 2010, The Palms Church opened its doors. At The Palms Church, their mission aims to extend the love, hope and healing that Jesus Christ offers to individuals through a personal relationship with Himself and the church. This church does fellowship with the Florida Baptist Convention and supports various recovery ministries. “We help people turn setbacks into comebacks,” Stahl said. Stahl was born in Leitchfield, Kentucky. He graduated from Western Kentucky University and earned his Master’s Degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Then he continued his education through Fuller Theology Seminary in Pasadena, California and earned his Doctorate of Ministry Degree there. In 1980, he

moved to Brandon to work with students at Bell Shoals Baptist Church. In 2010, he moved back to Brandon from Indiana to start The Palms Church. Stahl wants the community to know that The Palms Church offers a place that welcomes non-perfect individuals and their families to experience the love and power of Jesus. The Palms Church does provide a variety of ministries such as Life Groups, Revive Ladies Ministry, Epic Love for 6th through 12th grade and much more. Pastor Mary Stahl from The Palms Church works alongside her husband Daniel as the head of the women’s ministry. She uses her passion, gifting and humor to communicate her commitment to this calling in small groups, conferences and weekly services. Mary also participates in the teaching preaching team at The Palms Church. Her true identity can be found in encouraging others to live for Christ. “Our women’s ministry here is very strong,” Daniel said. For more information about service times, visit http://www.thepalmschurch.com. It is located at 207 New Hope Rd. in Brandon.


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Christmas Town™, Returns To Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay

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The annual holiday tradition, Christmas Town™, returns to Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay with more than two million twinkling lights, festive treats, holiday entertainment and unique attractions, including the all-new addition of the beloved Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The popular event takes place on 23 select dates from Friday, November 25 to Saturday, December 31, with fan-favorite entertainment and new twists: New this year is Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland, located in the Celestial Crossing. Meet and take photos with Rudolph, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and Bumble. Play holiday games and indulge in Yuletide treats while scenes of the beloved story

any annual pass, Fun Card or daily admission to the park. Guests who purchase a 2017 Annual Pass now, get three months free. From worldclass roller coasters and Broadwaystyle entertainment to one-of-a-kind, up-close animal encounters, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay continues to deliver some of the biggest thrills anywhere. Christmas Town will also offer some magnificent opportunities for groups looking to book a unique holiday party. For details, call the Busch Gardens Events Team at 987-5523. For a complete list of seasonal sights and unforgettable Yuletide experiences, visit ChristmasTown.com. Plus, be the first to know about

Christmas Town™ returns to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for select nights beginning Friday, November 25.

of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer come to life. Santa’s House presented by Coca-Cola®: The Claus family invites you into their North Pole home. While

the elves are busy preparing for Christmas, Santa is taking a break from his busy holiday schedule to meet and take photos with families in his private study. Nestled between beautifully lit trees and roaring with excitement, some of the best views of Christmas Town can be found atop Florida’s top thrill rides, including the all-new family spin coaster, Cobra’s

Curse™. Guests can also expect the return of fan-favorite shows that ring in the season, including Christmas on Ice, Carol of the Bells light show and the Holiday Hills Brass Band. Christmas Town is open until 10 p.m. on select dates and will close at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For New Year’s Eve, the event will remain open until 1 a.m. Christmas Town is included with

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By Kelly Wise Valdes

Books To Be Thankful For

There is an old European proverb that says, "Who does not thank for little, will not thank for much." In other words, if a person is thankful for God’s gifts and blessings, they will experience more of life’s goodness. These beautiful and unique books will help you and your family celebrate the season of Thanksgiving as it lead into advent. As Christians, we should try to live a life of “Thanksgiving” every day and live in a way that honors god with our gratitude.

Walking with God While Cooking for My Family By: Freeman-Smith

This faith-based book directs you to God's Word as you cook and prepare meals for your family. This fun book of thanksgiving includes a collection of 30 devotionals with recipes, Scriptures, quotes from Christian writers, teachers and speakers. This is a must-have book for every Christian home.

Thank God: Stories of Gratitude, Harvest, and Home By: Paraclete Press This small book is big on Thanksgiving and God-influenced gatherings. It includes reflections from Henry van Dyke, Sarah Josepha Hale (the "Mother of the American Thanksgiving"), Abraham Lincoln, and Louisa May Alcott, as well as songs, psalms and prayers.

The First Thanksgiving By: Robert Tracy McKenzie

The Pilgrims' celebration of the first Thanksgiving is a keystone of America's national and spiritual identity. This book tells the captivating story of the birth of this quintessentially American holiday, and helps us to better understand the tale of America's origins and for Christians, to reflect on the significance of this special day.

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By Derek Maul Time is a collection of moments, and it is in the moments that we actually live. Thursday afternoon I found myself at an intersection, waiting six to eight minutes for the light to change (maybe a slight exaggeration). I looked up and noticed the pack of cars opposite, waiting to move. I wondered about the people driving, and where they were so anxious to be. It seems to me we spend a lot of time going, and very little time actually being. Both traveling and arriving are worthwhile, but for now it’s the journey that keeps me interested. I wonder if we get so caught up in arriving that we forget to enjoy the process; that the journey necessarily involves being rather than going. Like the light at Durant and Capital for nine to eleven minutes (I could be exaggerating). I read a great thought by author Paul Knitter, and the essence goes like this: “The western mindset says, ‘don’t just sit there, do something!’ But the Buddhist would say, ‘don’t just do something, sit there!'” We can be so consumed by frenetic doing that we miss the beauty of the journey. And sometimes the

best parts of the journey involve just sitting there – even if it’s at the intersection of Durant and Capital for the best part of twelve to fifteen minutes (I may well be exaggerating). Later I did “just sit there,” for a good hour and a half over lunch with my friend Grady. And that’s unusual because even relationships can become leveraged into our irrational compulsion to be at the next thing right now. It may be true that in aging time seems to visibly accelerate, but if we are wise we also learn that time is a collection of moments, and it is in the moments that we actually live. Even if it’s stuck at the light at the intersection of Durant and Capital for a good fifteen to twenty minutes (I may be exaggerating just a little).

Peace. And deep breaths. And more moments – DEREK

Derek Maul has written for many news outlets, including the Tampa Tribune, The United Methodist News Service, All Pro Dad, FOCUS Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, Presbyterians Today, Guideposts, Chicken Soup for the Soul and many other publications. Read Derek Maul’s daily blog posts at www.derekmaul.wordpress.com

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