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Christian Music Artist Francesca Battistelli Will Perform At Bell Shoals Church Contemporary Christian music artist Francesca Battistelli will perform with the Bell Shoals’ Worship Choir. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. to the church’s state-of-the-art lighting and sound venue. Attendees can expect Battistelli to sing her chart-topping Christian songs as well as a few of her favorite Broadway tunes. Tickets range from $14.50 per person for main floor seating to $68 per person for the Artist Circle seating, which includes a meet and greet. Due to the popularity of the mainstream artist, tickets are expected to sell out quickly. Battistelli partnered with True North Presents, an agency assembling accomplished musicians with capable church music ministries across the nation. The musicianship exhibited at these events dazzle audiences with a matchless and rewarding listening experience. Battistelli was born into a musical family in New York City, Who: but was raised in Florida. At age What: 15, she was a member of the pop music group Bella, based When: out of Orlando. After the pop Where: group dissolved, Battistelli moved on as a singer-songwriter and into the realm of Christian music. Tickets:

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The singer has released four Christian albums spanning a 10-year period with each album echoing different stages of her life. Since her first album release in 2004, the musician has transitioned from a teen to a mother of three. Battistelli is a recipient of six GMA Dove Awards and four Grammy nominations. In 2016, she won a Grammy and said, “I am so honored and humbled to have been recognized with a Grammy award for Holy Spirit, a song that has meant so much to me.” For additional information on the artist, please visit her Website at For questions regarding the concert, please contact True North Presents at or call 615-775-1088. You may also visit its Website at The concert venue is located at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon.

Francesca Battistelli Christian Music Concert Friday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. Bell Shoals Baptist Church 2102 Bell Shoals Rd., Brandon

Family Promise Fundraiser Generates Homelessness Awareness In The Community By Amanda Boston Valrico Resident Shows Kindness

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Rain or for Grace shine, Community Family United Methodist Promise of Church in Lithia. Greater As a host coordiBrandon will nator, she works conduct its as the liaison fourth annubetween her al Box Car church and City event to Family Promise raise funds in regard to to help accommodations homeless and meals. Participants spend a night in boxes, tents, or cars in To foster awareness and raise support, the Box families and order to better understand the challenges homeless Car City fundraiser simulates a one-night home- Grace lessness experience. generate Community is families encounter. including entire fam- one of 17 supporting churches lending awareness in the community. The ilies. The cardboard city comes alive as fundraising event will take place from space for interim lodging. Simmons will arriving participants create makeshift Friday, April 28 at 4 p.m. until Saturday, camp out again this year to share in the April 29 at 7 a.m. on the grounds of First sleeping arrangements out of tents and daily challenges homeless families face. cardboard boxes. Presbyterian Church of Brandon. She said, “Taking part in this experience At dinnertime, participants are proFor one night, participants are temputs you temporarily in the shoes of the vided a simple meal and lights are out porarily transported into another realihomeless. This one night reminded me at 10 p.m. At sunrise, breakfast is ty—a life of a homeless person. The that I am blessed and I can support this served and the city dismantled. With a registration fee is $25 per person to program. Box Car City opened my eyes lack of modern amenities, the night sleep on the property in a tent, car or to the huge opportunity we have to help offers plenty of time to reflect on the difbox. The fees benefit the Family families with children right here in our ficulties and uncertainties afflicting the Promise organization whose mission is Brandon area.” “to empower homeless families to obtain homeless. To find out more Box Car City or how “The night was truly humbling. You sustainable housing and lasting indeto support Family Promise, visit could get a glimpse into the struggle of pendence by partnering with area, email finding shelter and provisions for those Christian congregations and local or call who battle homelessness,” said Carrie resources.” 681-6170. Registration forms are availSimmons, a participant from last year. The event is open to the public and able online and available on the day of Simmons is a volunteer host coordinator the event. attracts a wide-variety of participants

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Local Resident’s Act Of Kindness Featured In Chicken Soup For The Soul

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and local news. Burton never intended for his simple act of love and appreciation to become public, but was thankful for how God has used it to inspire others. Perhaps, Hebrews 10:24-25 is the first text to cite how an act of kindness spurs others to do the same. “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging After his initial act of generosity, Audra and Rodney Burton conone another, tinue to bless high school and all the more teacher Sharon Leto each year as you see the with supplies. Day drawing In February, the well-known series near.” Chicken Soup For The Soul released Good works its latest book titled Random Acts of glorify God. Kindness. The new compilation conBurton veys 101 individual stories about comexplained, “It passion, random acts of kindness and has nothing to paying it forward. with me—it’s all When the global him (God). I am publisher solicited just an average ordinary for stories on person—just average. The benevolence, it only difference is that I welcomed a choose to open my heart record number of and listen.” submissions. One In Burton’s case, saying of the submissions yes to God incited a comfeatured in the munity to pay it forward to book was from its teachers. He also sugValrico resident gested that his short-lived Sharon Leto, a Hillsborough High Rodney Burton. spotlight has opened up School teacher, was the grateful Burton’s story took recipient of Rodney Burton’s random other opportunities to share act of kindness. place in August his faith and bless others. 2013 at the Staples store in Brandon. He Burton and his wife Audra live in said, “I felt prompted by God to purValrico where he runs his Results Health chase school supplies for a teacher.” In & Nutrition studio. Burton works with the checkout line, Burton studied the clients to reduce stress by eating better basket belonging to the lady in front of and exercising. He said, “I am blessed to him. Based on the contents, he prebe able to help others on a daily basis.” sumed she was a teacher. After confirmTo read more of Burton’s story, you ing his speculation, he discreetly bought can purchase Chicken Soup for the Soul: her entire basket of school supplies. Random Acts of Kindness from Amazon, Although Burton did his good deed in Barnes & Nobles and Indie Bound. For private, the account of his random act of information on the Chicken Soup for the kindness unfolded over social media Soul series, visit

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CCI Equips Leaders For God’s Glory

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12 Disciples; Barnabas and Saul; Paul, Timothy and Titus. They were all equipped in a growing relationship. So we took this model and started using it in our first church plant in the Philippines,” explained Nelson. In nine months, the first class of three Filipino students sprouted into more than 20 different evangelical Bible studies throughout the town—from that point on, the multiplication factor continued. Nelson said, “I thought I was living through the Book of Acts.” From 2000 Dr. David Nelson, founder and president of to 2015, 500 new churches were plantCrossing Cultures International, located in Brandon is pictured with his wife, Mindy. ed in the Philippines, India and Vietnam. In the Gospel of Matthew 9:37-38, CCI uses Dennis Mock’s Bible Jesus said to his disciples, “...the harvest Training Centre for Pastors (BTCP) curis plentiful, but the laborers are few; riculum, which consists of 10 courses, therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the 520 hours of lecture time and 200 hours harvest to send out laborers into his harof reading through the Bible and homevest.” In metaphorical speech, Jesus work. The heart of the ministry focuses instructs his disciples to pray to the on teacher-apprentice relationships while Father for additional workers to assist handling God’s Word with integrity and with the spreading of the gospel of God. effectiveness. The ministry of Crossing Cultures In 2006, CCI was officially incorInternational (CCI) was spawned out of porated in Brandon. The ministry has this desire to glorify God through equipexpanded into 31 countries, trained 3,000 ping and multiplying workers for the harpastors and church leaders, and currently vest. has more than 6,200 individuals in trainDr. David Nelson, the founder ing. While CCI sustains notable global and president of CCI devoted more than presence, it is not exclusively for church a decade of his life as a church planter in plants in underdeveloped countries. the Philippines. He employed Jesus’ Throughout the United States, local apprenticeship teaching method as the churches partner with CCI to provide model as he trained pastors and church affordable and comprehensive training for leaders. “I looked at how Jesus invited his its church leaders and prospective misdisciples to follow him and how he was a sionaries. godly example for them....We learn by For additional information on being with other people and we see this Crossing Cultures International, please throughout the entire Bible: Moses and visit or call Joshua; Elijah and Elisha; Jesus and his the office at 217-5077.

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July 7, 2013 is an expect when quitting. The important day for Lenny facilitator of the class Moore — that’s the day guides participants as they nearly four years ago identify triggers and withthat he quit smoking. He drawal symptoms, and reached his goal with the brainstorms ways to cope help of the Tobacco Free with these changes. Florida Quit Your Way “Tobacco Free Program. The organizaFlorida’s mission is to cretion provides free nicoate a healthy, sustainable, tine replacement patchtobacco-free environment es, gum and lozenges, for all Floridians,” said as well as counseling to Brittany McNaughton, the help people over the age Tobacco Cessation of 18 overcome their Specialist/Systems Brittany McNaughton is the tobacco dependence. “I Change Coordinator at the Tobacco Cessation would absolutely recomUSF AHEC Tobacco Specialist/Systems Change Coordinator at the USF AHEC Program Office. According mend Tobacco Free Tobacco Program Office. Florida to anyone,” said to McNaughton, tobacco Moore. “I do not think I would have been use is the leading cause of preventable successful without them.” death and disease in the United States. Several tools are available to ensure Smokers are more likely than nonsmokthat clients are successful in quitting all ers to develop heart disease, stroke and lung cancer. It also harms nearly every forms of tobacco. Participants can talk to organ of the body. a quit coach over the phone, or they can The Tobacco Free Florida Area register for group sessions with others trying to achieve the same goal. Web Quit is Health Education Center Cessation another option where virtual tips are avail- Program is a statewide network consisting of five program offices at the able 24/7. The text messaging program University of Florida, University of Miami, provides tips and practical advice in conUniversity of South Florida (USF), Nova junction with email tips and a quit guide. Southeastern University and Florida State All these options allow people to make University, and 10 affiliated regional use of the tools that best fit their lifestyle. AHEC Centers. Five topics are touched on during a The program provides services to all Group Quit session, including the danFloridians. Potential members are gers of tobacco use, the benefits of quitencouraged to pre-register for classes ting, the challenges of quitting, aids for and come willing to quit. “The vision of quitting, as well as support for quitting. the program is to create a Tobacco Free Members are educated on the health Florida,” said McNaughton. effects related to tobacco use, but more Visit importantly, participants are taught how beneficial quitting tobacco is and what to

Gwen Rollings baskets," said Gwen. "Our loves to write. Her goal is to establish an daughter Brittany ongoing fund that would Rollings loves to illusallow us to put Molly trate. The duo recently Tailwagger in the hands of published a series of children who cannot afford children's books that to buy picture books. not only showcases Brittany and I feel blessed their talents, but also that God has allowed us to brings joy to young do what we love and crereaders that may not ate stories we hope with usually have access to encourage, comfort, books. inspire and put smiles on With their rescue little faces going through Chihuahua dog Molly difficult times." for inspiration, the Both Gwen and Apollo Beach resiBrittany started working on dents published a their skills at a young age. Local author and illustrator duo In sixth grade, Gwen series of books about Gwen and Brittany Rollings Molly Tailwagger for wrote her first play which recently held a book signing at children approximateher class performed for Barnes and Noble for their children's series Molly Tailwagger. ly four to eight years the school. However, her old with an uplifting story line and colorful writing took a back seat to marriage and illustrations. family for 30 years until her children were "Our dream is for parents to read the grown and her husband retired from the books with their little ones, turning the Marine Corps. She wrote multiple other pages and lingering as they talk about books for adults, including a book of poetthe pictures of Molly Tailwagger and her ry, before teaming up with her youngest adventures," said Gwen. "But perhaps daughter for the Molly Tailwagger series. even more important to us is to give the "Writing children's books turns out to books to children who need them most." be the best career I've ever had," said Gwen and Brittany are working to Gwen. "I write the story; then we discuss donate their books to young readers who my vision of what illustrations would work do not traditionally have access to a lot of well. Brittany draws a series of characters reading materials. In addition to giving and we make decisions based on our copies of their books to local hospitals, mutual agreement." they would like to be able to help charities The duo's fifth book is currently in like Metropolitan Ministries fill at least 250 publication. Easter baskets with their stories this year. Visit for more "Unfortunately, we don't personally information or to help with the fund to have enough books for that number of donate books to children in need.

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LOCAL CHRISTIAN NEWS Compiled by Michelle Colesanti Lenten Mission Speaker Comes To St. Stephen Catholic Church

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Dr. Ann Garrido, a Connection Luncheon Catholic writer, educator, The Brandon Christian administrator and communiWomen’s Connection luncheon cations consultant who has My best friend is in her 70’s and a passion for bringing the can’t remember diddly will feabest research and practice ture Jill Andrew from Superior of healthy communication Residences in Brandon. The and conflict management luncheon on Monday, April 10 is from the business world into nondenominational and no the church world, will be the membership is required. It will Lenten Mission Speaker at take place from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Prince of Peace Catholic Church would like to thank everyone St. Stephen Catholic who supported the parish Lenten mission on March 8. Father Joel The cost is $15 and first time Church, Monday to M. Kovanis and Father Brian Mc Coll, delivered a powerful mes- guests pay $10. The luncheon sage on prayer followed by discussion and prayer, including the Wednesday, April 3-5 at 7 sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross. will take place at Bell Shoals p.m. each night. She will Baptist Church in the Special speak about “Redeeming Event Center, 2102 Bell Shoals Conflict. Rd. in Brandon. Please call “Sometimes we think Lillie at 740-0098 for a reservathat if we were good tion or information. Christians, our lives would be void of conflict. Nothing Saint Anne Catholic Church could be further than the Hosted Lourdes Virtual truth. The witness of Jesus Pilgrimage and the history of the church Saint Anne Parish hosted a tells us that conflict is a Virtual Pilgrimage with the North perennial factor of life lived American Lourdes Volunteers in in community with others. February. The event included a But, the tensions we guided Lourdes experience, encounter don’t need to tear Five thousand pounds of food and $800 were collected to assist around 400 families in the South Shore area. during which participants us apart. Handled well, they tact Scott Mulhollen, camp director at immersed in the Gospel meshave potential to help us build much 641-4141 or email at sage of Lourdes given by Our stronger relationships with each other Lady to St. Bernadette, had the and become holier persons. Come opportunity to touch Grotto Rock reflect on what the Christian tradition Food Pantry Volunteers Hold Food and experience the healing has to teach us about conflict done Drive grace of Lourdes Water, and well,” Garrido said. St. Stephen is received a Plenary Indulgence Saint Anne Catholic Church Food located at 5049 Bell Shoals Rd. in granted by Papal Decree. Pantry partners with Feeding Tampa Valrico. Visit Saint Anne Catholic Church Bay, USDA, Publix and Winn-Dixie is located at U.S. Hwy. 41 and supermarkets and Saint Anne Golf Scramble Fundraiser Benefits 11th Avenue N.E. in Ruskin. Parishioners to assist an average of Royal Family Kids For more information about the 400 families each week as well as the On Tuesday, April 25 from 5:30-9 Members of Saint Anne Catholic Church participatParish, visit homeless in the South Shore Area. ed in a virtual pilgrimage with North American p.m., Royal Family Kids Tampa will The food pantry is open every Lourdes volunteers in February. hold its first annual fundraiser golf Wednesday from 9 a.m.-12 Noon. This scramble at Top Golf in institution is an equal opportunity Brandon. Enjoy over two hours of golf, provider. All in need are welcome. a hot breakfast and listen to a keynote Food Pantry volunteers held a speaker. Prizes will be given away for food drive at Publix Supermarket in the good (and not so good) performApollo Beach in February where 5,000 ances. A silent auction will be held. All pounds of food and $800 in charitable proceeds support a week of camp for donations were collected to help stock kids that have experienced abuse, WEDDINGS • TOURS • FAMILY REUNIONS the food pantry shelves. neglect or abandonment. Corporate Saint Anne Catholic Church is CHURCH • SCOUTS • AND MORE! sponsorship is available as well as located at U.S. Hwy. 41 and 11th individual registration. Avenue N.E. in Ruskin. For informaVisit or con19007 Dorman Rd. Lithia, FL 33547 tion about the Parish, visit


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The Saint Stephen Knights of Columbus Council 14084 has participated in sponsoring its Parish competition to allow students from the parish and school an opportunity to compete in this Knights event. Statewide shooters test their skills and mental fortitude to advance through several rounds to Students from Saint Stephen participated in the Knights of Columbus free throw competition. a state championship held by our Florida learned was that our country is rooted Council each year. in a deep faith in God. For many of Four shooters advanced from the the children, this was the first time District competition at Nativity and that they had seen a flag folding cereparticipated in the Regional competimony. tion held at St. Timothy Catholic It was a very peaceful and wellChurch in Lutz. Tabitha Vega, Noelle spoken ceremony. You could see that Herrera, Brianna Spencer, and Austin many of the children were very Wiles represented the Council with intrigued and impressed by this. great skill and character. It is not an easy competition as each contestant must shoot 25 free throws in hopes to make more than their fellow competitors. It takes not only skill but also one’s ability to focus and overcome nerves. Austin Wiles was fortunate enough to move on to the state competition held in March in Clermont, by winning his regional 10 year old age group. Austin was able to come out on top and bring St. Stephen Flag Folder Ceremony. home his second consecutive First Place State Free Throw Fifth Annual Golf Tournament championship for the council and Hosted By Holy Innocents’ school.

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Special Easter Services Offered By Local Churches Bay Life Church will host four services on Easter weekend. Pastor Mark Saunders will be speaking on Jesus’ journey to the cross and his resurrection in a sermon titled, Best Week Ever. Easter service times are as followed on Saturday, April 15 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 16 at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Bay Life is located at 1017 Kingsway Rd. in Brandon. Boyette Springs Church of God will celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m. with a special message from Pastor Michael Parnell. The church is located at 12114 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. For more information, contact the church at 671-0086 or visit The Chapel At Fishhawk will hold Easter services on Sunday, April 16 at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to celebrate the radical one-way love of Jesus. We are a diverse non-denominational church family located in the heart of Fishhawk at 6026 Churchside Dr. in Lithia. All are welcome. Cornerstone Baptist Church will celebrate Easter Sunday with an outside early morning worship service on Sunday, April 16 at 7 a.m. Then at 10 a.m., another worship service will be held in the sanctuary. The church is

located at 818 N. Parsons Ave. in Brandon. The Crossing Church will observe Good Friday with a service on Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m. at the Tampa campus. This particular service combines both campuses for a time to reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus and take communion together. The Crossing will hold weekend services at both campuses with its Hope Is Alive Easter production. The Crossing invites you to bring family and friends to hear the story of Jesus' Resurrection through dramatic storytelling, media, lights and a special message from Lead Pastor Greg Dumas. The Tampa campus will hold Easter services on Saturday, April 15 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 16 at 8:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. The Tampa campus is located at 10130 Tuscany Ridge Dr. in Tampa. The

SouthShore Campus will hold Easter services on Sunday, April 16 at 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and is located at 3058 E. College Ave. in Ruskin. First Presbyterian Church of Brandon will hold a Maundy Thursday Service on April 13 at 7 p.m. and a Good Friday Service on April 14 at 7 p.m. On Sunday, April 16, the church will hold an Easter sunrise service at 6:45 a.m. and other services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. The church is located 121 Carver Ave. in Brandon. First United Methodist Church of Seffner will celebrate Easter on April 16 at 7 a.m. with a sunrise service, followed by a continental breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. The traditional Easter service will be at 10:30 a.m. The church is located at 1310 S. Kingsway Rd. in Seffner. For more information, please call 6893513. Fishhawk Fellowship will celebrate Easter with a resurrection message on Saturday, April 15 at 5 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. and

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Sunday, April 16 at 8 a.m. 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. The church is located at 15326 Fishhawk Blvd. in Lithia. For more information, visit

Grace Baptist Temple will celebrate the Risen Christ on Sunday, April 16 with two services 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. The church will serve complimentary coffee and donuts and provide a free family portrait. Children may participate in Eggstravaganza (an egg hunt), which will follow both services. The church is located at 2909 John Moore Rd. in Brandon. For more information, call 6897190 or visit Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church will observe Good Friday, on April 14 at 7 p.m. with the reading of the Passion of Christ narratives and a time of prayer for the church and the world. On Saturday, April 15 at 7 p.m., the church will hold an Easter Vigil service. The four-part service will include the service of light, the service of readings, the service of baptism and the service of Holy Communion. On Sunday, April 16 at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., the church will celebrate Christ with Scripture read-

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Special Easter Services Offered By Local Churches ing and music. The 10:30 a.m. service will include music by the parish choir. At 9:15 a.m., between the Easter morning services, there will be a free egg hunt for children and free breakfast for everyone. The church is located at 604 N. Valrico Rd. in Valrico. For more information, please contact Kelly Black at 480-0800. Immanuel Lutheran Church will hold multiple services during Holy Week and Easter. On Palm Sunday, April 9, services will be held at 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. On Thursday, April 13, the church will do a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. On Friday, April 14, the church will observe Good Friday at 7 p.m. On Saturday, April 15, the church will observe Holy Saturday at 9 p.m. On Easter Sunday, April 16, the church will hold an outside sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. and two additional services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. A complimentary Easter breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday. The church is located at 2913 John Moore Rd. in Brandon. For more information, call 689-1787 or visit Journey Church of Brandon will observe Good Friday on April 14 at 6:30 p.m. with great worship throughout the service. The message will be centered around Jesus’ words on the cross. On Easter Sunday, April 16 at 9 a.m., the worship service will celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The church is located at 1310 John Moore Rd. in Brandon. For more information, visit or call 699-8262. Living Savior Lutheran Church will observe Good Friday on April 14 at 7 p.m. with its Tenebrae Service (Service of Darkness). On Sunday, April 16, the church will celebrate Easter with an outdoor traditional sunrise service at 7 a.m., followed by an egg hunt and breakfast buffet, featuring an assort-

ment of hot and cold items. Then at 10 a.m., the church will hold an Easter Festival Service with a message of hope in today's world focused on the saving work of Christ. The church is located at 2650 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. For more information call 6812375 or visit Nativity Catholic Church will observe Good Friday services on April 14 at 8 a.m. for Morning Prayer in the chapel, at 3 p.m. for Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion (ASL), 6:30 p.m. for Liturgia de la Pasión, followed by a dramatization of the Passion in the gymnasium, and at 7 p.m. for Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion. On Holy Saturday, April 15, services will be held at 8 a.m. for Morning Prayer in the chapel, 12 Noon for the Blessing of the Easter Food Baskets in the chapel and 8 p.m. for an Easter Vigil (bilingual). On Sunday, April 16, the Easter Masses in English are as followed: 6:30 a.m. in the church, 8:30 a.m. in the church (ASL) and gymnasium, and 10:30 a.m. in the church, chapel, and gymnasium. Easter Masses in Spanish will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the church and chapel. The church is located at 705 E. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon. For more information, call 681-4608 or visit New Hope United Methodist Church will celebrate Palm Sunday with a special musical program, featuring its full choir and orchestra at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. On Maundy Thursday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m., the church will do a worship service with communion. On Good Friday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m., the church will do a combined English and Hispanic service lead by the Hispanic congregation and Pastor Roberto Chaple in the sanctuary. On Easter Sunday, April 16, the Emmaus

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Community at Camp Rotary Florida will conduct a Hispanic sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. at Little Harbor Beach, 602 Bahia Del Sol Dr. in Ruskin. Dress warmly; bring your lawn chair and a flashlight for reading. On Sunday, April 16, Easter services will take place at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. on the church property. The Hispanic service will take place in Logan Hall at 11 a.m. On Easter morning, the church’s annual flower cross will be located in the courtyard. Bring a cut flower to place on the flower cross. The church is located at 121 N. Knights Ave. in Brandon. For more information, email or call 6894161.

in Riverview. For more information, contact Alicia at South Shore United Methodist Church will hold three Easter services on Sunday, April 16, beginning with a traditional service at 8:30 a.m. and two contemporary services 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. The church is located at 11525 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview. For more information, call 6779482.

St. Anne Catholic Church will begin its Easter celebration with Holy Thursday on April 13 at 8 a.m. with Morning Prayer of the Liturgical Hours and then from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m., the Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper, followed by the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. St. Anne will observe Good Friday on April 14 at 12 Noon with the Stations of the Cross, at 3 p.m. with Solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, and at 6 p.m. with La Pasión del Señor. On Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m., the church will celebrate Holy Saturday with Reconciliation, then at 12 Noon with the Blessing of Easter Food, and at 8 p.m. with an Easter Vigil. On Sunday, April 16, Easter Mass will take place at 6:30 a.m. (sunrise service), 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Spanish), and 5 p.m. St. Anne is located at 106 11th Avenue N.E. in Ruskin. For more information, call 645-1714.

The Palms Church will hold an Easter celebration on Sunday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m. at 207 New Hope Rd. in Brandon. The Easter celebration service will hold a separate children’s service to include Easter egg hunts for different age groups. Presbyterian Church of Bloomingdale will observe Maundy Thursday on April 13 with a meal at 6 p.m. and service at 7 p.m. On Sunday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m. the church will hold a traditional Easter service. The church is located at 710 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon. For more information, call 654-3699. Redeemer Presbyterian Church will observe Good Friday on April 14 at 7 pm. On Sunday, April 16, the church will hold a sunrise service at 7:15 a.m. and regular worship at 9:30 a.m. The church is located at 12404 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. For more information, call 741-1776 or visit Riverview First United Methodist Church will hold its annual Chancel Choir Easter Cantata on Palm Sunday, April 9 at 10:30 a.m. On Easter Sunday, April 16 at 8 a.m., the church will hold a worship service. Immediately following the service, the church will serve brunch in its fellowship hall. The church is located at 8002 US Hwy. 301 South

St. Stephen Catholic Church will observe Good Friday services at its Bell Shoals campus, located at 5049 Bell Shoals Rd. in Valrico, at 12 Noon with the Stations of the Cross, at 2:30 p.m. with Novena of The Divine Mercy and at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. with the Veneration of the Holy Cross. On Saturday, April 15 at 8 p.m., an Easter Vigil Service will take place at the Bell Shoals campus. On Sunday, April 16, an Easter sunrise service will take place at 6 a.m. in the Family Life Center, located at the Boyette Campus, 10136 Saint Stephen Cir. in Riverview. On Sunday, April 16, Easter services will be celebrated at both locations at 8 a.m., 9:30 am, 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

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The First Disciple Has Stepped Forward By Kelly Wise Valdes

There has been much public speculation recently regarding the selection process for the Apostles of Jesus. However, there is now official word that the first Apostle to follow Jesus is the Disciple Andrew from Bethsaida. Further recognition came from Jonah and Joanna, Andrew's parents. They also confirmed that their other son, Simon Peter, has left the family fishing business at the Sea of Galilee to also join Jesus. In fact, two additional partners in the fishing business, James and John are also reported to be joining Jesus. In recent months there was much allegation regarding Andrew’s role on Jesus’ ever-forming team. But, neighbors, co-workers and family members have all corroborated that Andrew was the first of the Apostles to follow Jesus. In fact, Andrew is thought to have encouraged Simon Peter, James and John to join the group. Because of Andrew’s ability to bring people to Jesus combined with his profession, Jesus referred to him as a “fisher of men.” According to eyewitnesses, Andrew was baptized by John the

Baptist. In the Greek Orthodox tradition he is known as Protoklete, which literally means "the firstcalled." “Andrew is truly a man of faith and hope,” said his neighbor, Sarah. “One day he heard John the Baptist proclaiming Jesus as the Lamb of God and his life changed.” It is reported that Jesus is still in the Apostle selection process. Those selected to be close associates of Christ will receive special training and as well as special blessings. *********************************** 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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Egg Hunts And Family Fun Around Town Boyette Springs Church of God will hold its annual Easter egg hunt and Palm Sunday potluck picnic on Sunday, April 9 at 12 Noon. The event will include food, bounce houses and egg hunt. The church is located at 12114 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. For more information, contact the church at 671-0086 or visit The Chapel At Fishhawk will do an Easter egg hunt on Sunday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. between its 9 a.m. and 10:30 Easter services. The church is a diverse nondenominational church family in the heart of Fishhawk at 6026 Churchside Dr. in Lithia. All are welcome. For more information, contact the church at 661-7105. Cornerstone Baptist Church will conduct a children's egg hunt on Saturday, April 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Children (2 years through 5th grade) and their families are invited to join the fun and fellowship. Children need to bring an empty basket to collect eggs. The event also includes a Bible story, fun activities, hot dogs and drinks. The event is free and open to the public. The church is located at 818 N. Parsons Ave. in Brandon. For more information, contact the church office at 689-3325. First United Methodist Church of Seffner will hold an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon with free food, arts and crafts, games and a bounce house. The church is located at 1310 S. Kingsway Rd. in Seffner. For more information, call 6893515.

Fishhawk Fellowship will hold an Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fishhawk Park Square, located at 16132 Churchview Dr. in Lithia. The free event will include bounce houses, rock wall, refreshments, games and family photographs. For more information, visit Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church will hold a free Easter breakfast and egg hunt on Sunday, April 16 at 9:15 a.m. The church is located at 604 N. Valrico Rd. in Valrico. For more information, please contact Kelly Black at 480-0800. Living Savior Lutheran Church will conduct an egg hunt and

Grace Baptist Temple will hold an Easter Eggstravaganza on Sunday, April 16 following its 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. The Eggstravaganza includes an egg hunt and free family photograph with a backdrop. The church is located at 2909 John Moore Rd. in Brandon. For more information, call 689-7190 or visit Hawthorne Village Retirement Community will hold its annual Easter egg hunt on Friday, April 14 at 11 a.m. Hunt for more than 2,000 eggs and get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. This event is for ages 12 and under. There will be prizes and refreshments. Hawthorne Village is located at 859 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. For more information, call 661-8998 or visit

Easter breakfast on Sunday, April 16 at 8:30 a.m., following its sunrise service. The breakfast buffet will feature an assortment of hot and cold items. The church is located at 2650 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. For more information call 681-2375 or visit Presbyterian Church of Bloomingdale will do an Easter egg hunt on Palm Sunday, following its morning service. The hunt will take place approximately at 12 Noon. Children are asked to bring a basket for the hunt. The children will stuff eggs for an assisted living community and then hunt for candy filled eggs provided by the same residents. The church is located at 710 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon. For

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more information, call 654-3699. Redeemer Presbyterian Church will do an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 15 at 9:30 a.m. for children through 5th grade. The church is located at 12404 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. For more information, call 741-1776 or visit Riverview First United Methodist Church will conduct its annual egg hunt and party on Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon with crafts, games, and refreshments. The event is free. The church is located at 8002 US Hwy. 301 South in Riverview. For more information, contact Alicia at Southside Baptist Church will hold an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m. on its church grounds, located at 415 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. The event will include games, candy and an egg hunt from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon. It is a free event and open to the public. For more information, contact the church office at 6896049. St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church of Brandon will put on an Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 9 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Family Life Center. The event will include an egg hunt, games, food, candy, and activities. The event is free, but the church asks that you bring one non-perishable food item for its food pantry. Register at The church is located at 3315 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. For more information, call 689-6849.

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IMPACT’s Third Annual Talent Show And Summer Staff Opportunities By Amanda Boston Got talent? IMPACT’s Got Talent, and on Friday, May 5, the nonprofit organization will hold its Third annual talent show, a spin-off of NBC’s television show, America’s Got Talent. The family fun kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at Bloomingdale High School, located at 1700 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. The fundraising event will also hold IMPACT’s Summer Staff travels a 50/50 raffle and a throughout the Hillsborough County silent auction with fabuencouraging abstinence and the avoidance of risky behavior. lous gift baskets. Young stars will pregnancy center." light up the stage in a variety of acts— Since 1998, the mulsinging, dancing, acting, and instrument tidimensional organiplaying, to name a few. School-aged zation has served contestants will compete against one the Hillsborough another for prestige and prizes. First community with the and second place trophies will be goal “to educate, equip, empower and awarded in each category with an over- support students, parents and teachers all grand prize of $250. in the area of sexual risk avoidance and General admission tickets are $15 healthy relationships.” per adult and $5 per student. Preferred Teen IMPACT is a group of high seating is available for $20 per adult school teens devoted to a lifestyle that and $10 per student. Doors open at 6 is free of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and p.m. for preferred seating and 6:10 p.m. premarital sex. During the academic for general admission. All ticket sales year, teens garner peer support in benefit the IMPACT program. IMPACT’s student-led school clubs. Angie Kagey, the Executive Moreover, IMPACT has teamed up with Director of IMPACT, explained, "We are the local high school’s HOPE (Healthy the prevention arm of the local pregOpportunities through Physical nancy center encouraging teens to Education) program and Family and make healthy choices, so they are not Consumer Science classes. The classin the situation where they need the room education not only imparts the

Summer Staff was a great experience and personally loved the message.” Applications for Summer Staff will be accepted until Friday, April 14 and are available on IMPACT’s Website. With a staff three, the nonprofit organization heavily relies on its volunteer force. "We are the eighth IMPACT’s Got Talent will take place on Friday, May 5, at Bloomingdale largest school district in the nation and could High School. not do this without our importance of volunteers,” said Kagey. Formerly, making positive IMPACT was under the auspices of the choices, but also LifeCare Network, a local pregnancy provides practicenter but became its own 501(c) 3 cal guidance on non-profit organization in 2010. circumventing “LifeCare is still a financial and relationrisky behavior. al partner, but the program grew in In the summer, high school stusuch a way that it needed to have its dents can participate in the Summer own funding strength," stated Kagey. Staff program. For eight weeks, a IMPACT receives its funding from the group of selected students perform Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, skits that encourage abstinence and local pregnancy centers, individuals, healthy lifestyle choices for their peers churches, businesses and fundraising in community organizations such as events. IMPACT’s primary fundraiser is the Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA's, its annual Celebration Dinner at The recreation centers and churches. The Regent in Riverview, which will be held skits use comedic drama as the pathon Thursday, September 21. way into serious subjects like sex and For information on IMPACT, drugs. visit For furLast summer, Cassi Graf, a ther questions, contact Angie Kagey at Newsome High School freshman or 264ticipated and said, “I felt that IMPACT’s 9368. Dr. Amir Boules

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New Documentary On Christian Filmmaking

Film production company Christian Walk Alive, is set to produce a documentary on Christian films. The title of the project, Breaking Good: The Counter Culture of Christian Film, is a play off of the title of the popular TV show, Breaking Bad. The film is set to explore not only the impact and history Christianity has had on films but will examine the status and future of Christian filmmaking. The fundraising campaign for the film can be found at Christian Walk Alive is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to spreading the message of the gospel. For more information, visit it’s Facebook page or at www.

Family Christian Stores Closing After 85 Years

Family Christian Stores, which filed for bankruptcy protection two

years ago, has announced it is closing after 85 years. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based company employed more than 3,000 people in 240 retail sites across 36 states. It was considered the world’s largest retailer of Christian-themed merchandise. The company was no longer

able to compete in the market successfully. Reports state that the closings are due to declining sales, the 2008-09 recession and the digital revolution that changed the dynamics of how people buy books, movies and music. The company was also known for providing humanitarian aid. In a statement, the company said it had served more than 14 million widows, orphans and other oppressed people across the world. Family Christian Stores was founded in the 1930s. In 2012, it was purchased by three businessmen and

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Local Y Volunteers Honored For Service At 2017 Community Impact Dinner

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Area residents who volunteer their time, talent and treasure to the neighborhood Y were recognized at the Annual Community Impact Dinner. Local Y Volunteers of the Year included Mike Hurlburt from North Brandon Y, Michelle Smith from the Campo Family Y, Robert Lindsey from the Big Bend Y and Larry Eaton from Camp Cristina.

The Tampa YMCA 2017 Community Impact Dinner, is an opportunity for attendees to learn about the Tampa YMCA's real impact on the community. In addition, awards are given to dignitaries and Volunteers of the Year from each of the Tampa YMCA's 15 branches are recognized. From the North Brandon Y, Mike Hurlburt, was selected as Volunteer of the Year. Hurlburt is a past board chair and just stepped down from nine years of service. Hurlburt was one of the driving forces behind the Y's Lopez Exceptional Student Center Christmas Project. Children from the center receive Christmas presents thanks to the efforts of volunteers such as Hurlburt. The Volunteer of the Year from the Campo Family Y is Michelle Smith. As Chair of the Youth Development Committee, Smith was instrumental in getting a large courtyard completely renovated. According to Dwight Kerr, Development Director, "The committee had a dream to convert a dirty unused space into an area which can be used for

exercise, sports and picnics." Kerr added, "The committee had a dream and Smith helped lead the efforts." From the new Big Bend Y, the Volunteer of the Year is Robert Lindsey. He was chair of the Volunteer Board and helped to get it off the ground and make it fully functioning. Kerr said, "Lindsey was a true leader. The board raised and awarded $13,000 in scholarships." The Big Bend Y opened in 2015 and offers youth soccer, basketball and summer camp. The Volunteer of the Year from Tampa YMCA's Camp Cristina is Larry Eaton. According to Mark Battig, the Executive Director for Camp Cristina, “Larry puts the camp and its needs at the forefront of all that he does for us.” In addition to honoring volunteers who go above and beyond for their neighborhood Y, the Tampa YMCA awarded the Community Impact Award to former Hillsborough County School Board member, Doretha Edgecomb. She was recognized for her dedication and positive impact on Tampa Bay residents. Visit

2017 SUN ‘n FUN International Fly- In & Expo Mark your calendars for aviation’s season opener during the 43rd Annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly- In & Expo presented by Visit Florida from Tuesday to Sunday, April 4-9 in Lakeland. The FlyIn is SUN ‘n FUN’s largest fundraiser for the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE), a 25-acre, 11 building campus dedicated to aerospace and STEM education. Approximately 200,000 guests, exhibitors, volunteers, sponsors and performers are expected to attend. Proceeds from the event support numerous community activities in addition to ACE. This year, you are Cleared to Land on the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus. FlyIn or drive- in, you are not going to want to miss the once in a lifetime chances SUN ‘n FUN is going to bring to you this year. “This is the largest air show in the south,” said SUN ‘n FUN Executive Director John “Lites” Leenhouts. “This is also our largest fundraising event with proceeds going back into our Central Florida Aerospace Academy where we’re teaching the next generation of young people to be pilots and/or have careers in aviation.” SUN ‘n FUN welcomes our French Allies on Tuesday April 4, as the French National Team, Patrouille de France, performs during the airshow. The world-renowned Blue Angels will

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be welcomed back to the SUN ‘n FUN stage. The team will perform Friday to Sunday. Art Nalls will bring the only civilian Harrier on the airshow circuit in for the weekend on April 7-9. On Wednesday, April 5, Stallion 51 will arrive in impressive formation for what is promising to be the largest assembly of P-51 Mustangs in over a decade. Event attractions include improved and increased flightline viewing areas, daily autograph session with performers, Thunder Alley Vintage Jet Display, Warbirds in Review showcase series, B1 Bomber static display, and much more. A twilight midweek airshow is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5. The evening program on Saturday, April 8 will include fireworks with a night air show. Attendees are encouraged to use hashtags #SnF17 and #LoveFL on social media while posting about the Fly-In. Air show and workshop schedules, camping reservations, registration for activities, and ticketing information can be found on the SUN ‘n FUN website at Keep up with all the fun on and

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Grace Notes

Electric Synergy

By Debora Coty

While in type of synergistic Scotland, we were relationship with his privileged to visit a followers. working sheep farm That we would know His voice and and witness trained recognize when He’s Border Collies at speaking to us; that work herding sheep we would respond at the shepherd’s immediately, with our bidding. We learned whole selves. some enlightening Sheep dogs listen and obey the That we would facts about modernshepherd internalize Him as part day shepherding: of ourselves so that the synergy would be Sheep dogs each have a different seamless as we seek to know and to do whistle (from the shepherd); they know His will. their whistle and immediately respond to That our work in His name is our very it. lives. That we never grow weary of bringThe shepherd has worked so closely ing souls into His kingdom or touching with the sheep dogs since they were hearts in His name. Christians never pups, that they’re able to work together retire. seamlessly as a unit, like fingers of the So my BFF (Blessed Friend same hand, herding the sheep left or right Forever), how about engaging in a little toward a common goal, or bringing them in for shearing. It’s absolutely incredible to self-reflection? Have you ever reached a faith plateau of staleness where you watch the electric synergy. thought retirement sounded awfully A true sheep dog never retires; they tempting? Do you currently feel that eleclove to work. We witnessed a blind dog tric synergy with your Savior, or does your and a lame dog jumping to their feet to sizzle need a little sparking? help bring in the sheep. You could see the pride and purpose reflected in their Debora M. Coty is an inspirational speaker posture and excited countenance. and award-winning author of over 100 According to the shepherd, if you retire a articles and 13 books, including Fear, Faith, dog, he will soon wither away and die. and a Fistful of Chocolate, More Beauty, His work is literally his life. Less Beast, and Too Blessed to Be Stressed. As I watched these faithful dogs in Debora also teaches writing workshops. Visit action, I recalled John 10:27, where Jesus, the Good Shepherd, said, in effect, that He wants to have the same

Live Like You Mean It Playing (Life) Where It Lies By Derek Maul “Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you.” – 1 Peter 3:16 My friend George took me out to play golf. The coupon included driving range balls, so I took four clubs and hit six balls with each for a total of 24. Then I stepped away, shaking my head. “Can’t hit ’em today?” George said. “No,” I replied; “quite the opposite. I hit every ball perfectly; 24 swings, 24 perfect shots.” So we went to the first tee, where I grabbed my driver, picked my line, and hit the ball with beautiful precision, exactly where I wanted. My next shot, just a pitching wedge, barely made it halfway there. Just like that, reality t-boned my game and it was downhill from there! I could just as easily be writing about the way we handle the transition between our spiritual lives at church, and the day to day reality of living at home, in relationships, at work, and every stumbling block – from tee to green – between. Playing golf I engaged the driving range and the course as two distinct experiences. We make the same

error as spiritual beings, living as if we have A) a spiritual life, and B) a regular life. But that kind of compartmentalization is not true. We have a life, and it’s either a life where faith is ascendant, or it is not. I’m wrong to think, “Oh, I need to make this experience outside of church feel like it does when I’m in church…” What I need to say is, “This is where I am, right here and right now. Jesus, I invite you to live in and through me today.” It’s the same in church, at work, or in traffic - across the board. I need to invite Jesus in; I need to surrender myself to God; I need to be inhabited by the Holy Spirit. There is no spiritual life that stands distinct from life itself. There is only life, and we engage it at capacity when we live it for Jesus – 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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By Kelly Wise Valdes

Capital Church, an interdenominational congregation in the Washington D.C. suburb of Vienna, Virginia, is hosting its 39th annual sunrise Easter service on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday, April 16 at 6:30 a.m. With more than 8,000 attendees expected, this event is considered one of the nation’s largest Easter sunrise services, attracting visitors from all 50 states and many foreign countries. Capitol Church has been holding Easter sunrise services on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial since 1979. Retired lead pastor, Amos Dodge, was inspired to start the Easter service after walking on the National Mall during a nice spring day. "I was walking on the mall on a spring day in 1979 and I went past the Lincoln reflecting pool and I thought, what a great place for a sunrise service," Dodge said. "I thought it was a thought, now I know it was a whisper of the Holy Spirit. I made some arrangements with the park service and got the

permits and that first Easter Sunday we had about 150 perhaps." Dodge never dreamed that it would grow to this magnitude. The idea to have an Easter Sunrise Service at the Lincoln Memorial was a dream that has now grown in size to be recognized by Christians and media outlets worldwide. "Washington, D.C. is arguably one of the most influential cities in the world. And I do believe it is important in the heart of one of the most influential city of the world to declare on Easter morning our faith in the risen Lord," said Dodge. "I think it is important to reclaim some of our own spiritual heritage and we do that from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and declare our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, who died and rose again." The service is interdenominational and all are invited, but plan to arrive early. The service can also be seen on television and the Internet. For more information, visit

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The Women of Easter By: Liz Curtis Higgs Explore stories of three women who played a vital role in the life and ministry of Jesus: Mary of Bethany, who prepared the way before the cross; Mary, mother of Jesus, who was addressed from the cross; and Mary Magdalene, who proclaimed Christ's resurrection after the cross.

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2017 Camps Offer Many Options To Keep Kids Engaged This Summer It’s only the start of spring, but before you know, the dog days of summer will be upon us. What can you do to keep the kids entertained? Where can they go to try new things, learn how to swim, meet new friends and have great adventures and even learn about places and cultures far away? There are many options to choose from locally that will fit the bill. The staff at the Osprey Observer has collected the top recommendations for local summer camps and created this special pull out section. Maybe your kids would like to spend the summer “horsing around.” R&R Ranch offers just that opportunity, and not just to learn to horseback ride, but also about the care of the horses. At Music Showcase, music and theatre take the stage and so can your child. Musicals such as The Lion King Jr. and Legally Blonde Jr. will be offered, and your child can hold starring roles in these and other popular musicals offered from the Florida Academy of Performing Arts for children ages 5 and up. The local YMCAs will offer many types of camps which mix fun along with great learning experiences. With choices of half or full day camps, there is something for everyone. LEGOs and robotics take center stage at the camps offered by TechplayZone. Introduce your kids to hands-on fun

that will both enrich and entertainment them. Camp Superkids at A Child’s Haven offers field trips twice a week. Do you want your kids to retain the math skills they learned during the school year? Mathnasium is the place to help give them a strong start in the fall. For dates, prices and registration information on these and more, turn the page and enjoy this special section and have a great summer. Your kids will use a lot of STEAM by enjoying the science and tech camps offered this summer by MOSI. Your kids can experiment with many different things that will be offered. For the artist in your family, sign them up for workshops to learn about painting, drawing, pottery, modeling and more at Center Place Fine Arts. With weekly themes utilizing agespecific activities and field trips that make BSAC unique, your kids will enjoy every moment of summer camp. Did we miss one? Let us know by e-mailing subject line “Summer Camp” to and we will be sure to add our full listing online.

Get Ready For Kids ‘R’ Kids Most Interactive Summer Adventure Ever

Discover and explore a unique camp each week. During Kids R Kids 10 week summer camp series, campers will explore their hidden talents, potential passions and intriguing interests. Each boy and girl will experience art and cooking, engineering and community service and everything in-between. This summer camp is all about the journey to discover what suits each camper’s personality – the quest to discover what they like best. Kids R Kids Valrico is located at 4321 Lynx Paw Trail in Valrico. Call 657-6200. Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Circa / FishHawk is located at 5815 Kids Crossing Dr. in Lithia. Call 654-7000. For info on both locations, visit

Art Mural, Build a Beach Party, Charm, Etiquette & Modeling, Collage, Creative 3-D Masks, Cruise around the World, Fantasy Sculptures, Paper Schulpures, Pet Sculptures, Print Makimg, Project Role-Model, Recycled Art, Space Art and Wet & Wild Canvases. Classes are offered from Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register today by calling 685-8888 or visit

Find Fun Activities For Your Budding Artists At Center Place Fine Arts

Who knew that art could be so much fun? This summer, you can sign up your budding artists, ages 7 to 16, for workshops at Center Place Fine Arts. Learn about painting, drawing, pottery, modeling and more. Workshops include Art Journaling,

MOSI Offers Lots Of Choice Science And Tech Camps

When school is out, MOSI is in. Get in-depth and hands-on with your favorite Science, Technology,

Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) subjects or try something totally new. Enjoy hands-on experience and building projects. From extracting DNA to launching rockets and building robots, we are about creating the experiences that expand interests and make dreams a reality. Doing real science with the tools and technologies used by industry professionals is just one way MOSI Summer Science Camps inspire our campers with a can-do attitude that can last a lifetime. Real science coupled with exciting experiments, simulations, explorations, and inventions will help you discover the innovator within. Instruction in the camps are by certified teachers and experienced science and technology educators in a positive environment. There will be opportunities to conduct experiments and use cutting-edge equipment and technology. Your kids will have access to current science and technology in one of the best science

centers in the world. Summer Camp at MOSI will take place from Tuesday, May 29 through Wednesday, August 9. Upgrades available for extended care from 7–9 a.m. and 4–6 p.m. and daily hot lunches are available. Register online at or call 987-6000 for more information. MOSI is located at 4801 E Fowler Ave. in Tampa.

Enjoy Music And More This Summer At The Florida Academy f Performing Arts

Full and half day camps are available for kids ages 5 and up at The Florida Academy of Performing Arts (FAOPA) at Music Showcase. Kids will enjoy drums, acting, guitar, field trips, singing and games and more. Musical Theatre productions of

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The Lion King Experience, Jr., Legally Blonde the Musical, Jr., Winnie the Pooh Kids and Doctor Dolittle Jr. will all take place this summer. For more information, call 4902787 or visit

Kids Will Enjoy Horsing Around At R&R Ranch

R&R Ranch is a family-owned and operated horse ranch specializing in horse experiences for the young child and beginner riders.

Ostingers Baseball Camp Will Hold Three Sessions This Summer

Ostingers Baseball Camp will give your child ages 7-14 years old a better understanding of the game of baseball, through instruction, drills, and games. Having a good time while learning the fundamentals will be the main focus of the camp. The instructors have 30 years combined professional playing and coaching experience. Kids will receive daily fundamental drills and activities for: Throwing, Pitching, Hitting, Fielding, Base Running, and Mental Game. There will be games at the end of the week to evaluate progress. Session 1 will take place MondayFriday June 5 to 9, Session 2 – Monday-Friday, July 10-14 and Session 3 from Monday-Friday, July 24-28. Camp will take place at FishHawk Sports Complex from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 pm. The cost is $175 per camper. Second child costs $125. Space is limited so register early to hold your spot. Call 737-3000 or visit

Your Kids Will Enjoy The Best Summer Ever At Y Camps

Campers range in age from 6-12. They will enjoy daily trail rides and hay rides along with receiving an education on grooming and the care of the horses and farm animals Kids will also enjoy a bounce castle, movies and popcorn in the air conditioned camp house, a petting zoo with baby bunnies, chicks, ducks and baby pigs, arts, crafts, and more. The cost for camp, which takes place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. is $195 per week or $50 per day. Early and late


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pickup can be arranged. Spaces are limited. Camp runs from Monday, May 29 through Friday, August 4. R&R Ranch is located at 9805 Bryant Rd. in Lithia. For more information, visit or call 655-3819.

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The local YMCA’s are offering a Passport to the Best Summer Ever from Tuesday, May 30 through Friday, August 4. Get ready for the total camp experience. Day Camp is separated by grade level and features a rotation of diverse activities including indoor games, outdoor recreation, team challenges, structured and free swim. The themes change weekly and range from Super Heroes to Around the World and everything in between. Specialty camps are for kids looking for something different. Choose

from any number of skills and specialties. Sports camps are for the kid who is an athlete at heart. It is for those looking to try a new sport, or those simply curious about sports in general. The camps are full of fun with an emphasis on team work, sportsmanship and fundamentals. Aquatic camps include swim lessons and lots of fun water adventures guaranteed to keep kids active and engaged. Teen camps are for those looking to develop leadership skills. Gymnastic camps are for all skill levels from beginner to advance. Adaptive camps are available for campers with special needs ensuring fun and inclusion for all. For info on the North Brandon location, call 685-5402, Campo Family location, call 684-1371, Camp Cristina, call 677-8400 or please register online at

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TechPlayzone Offers Hands-On Technology Enrichment In Fun & Safe Environment

TechPlayzone has led the charge for engaging young people in science, technology, engineering, and math since 2005. With an increased demand for hands-on technology enrichment, TechPlayzone has continued to provide families with excellent curriculum, and fun in a safe environment for all kids. Give your child a hightech advantage at TechPlayzone this summer. TechPlayzone Engineering Camp - TechPlayzone is pleased to partner with the Doolittle Institute to offer an engineering camp for young people in 2nd-12th grades. This will allow campers to build and program drone quad-copter robots, self-driving cars with sensors, and 3D print objects for use with Tetrix Robotics Systems. This camp has been developed for kids who enjoy problem-solving, designing, and building and will take place at 1528 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Camps are weekly from Monday, June 5-Friday, August 4. The cost is $150 per week from 9 a.m.-12 Noon or 1-4 p.m. TechPlayzone STEM Camp TechPlayzone is pleased to partner with Families Instructing Students at Home (FISH) to offer an amazing STEM camp for all young people in 2nd-7th grade. TechPlayzone Camp

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Your Kids Will Enjoy Camp Superkids At A Child’s Haven

at Bell Shoals Baptist Church includes hands-on science experiments, LEGO Mindstorms Robotics, and Minecraft for Engineers. Campers rotate through hands-on activities. Each week is a different theme and campers enjoy different challenges every week. It will take place at Bell Shoals Baptist Church - The Annex, located at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon from 9 a.m.-12 Noon. This camp is for ages 7-11 and costs $125 per week. It will run Monday to Friday, July 1014, July 24-28, and July 31-August 4. More details and camp descriptions will be available at For more info,

Different themed camps will keep your kids busy at A Child’s Haven. Camp is for ages K5 through 5th grade. Each week there will be two weekly field trips. Your kids will enjoy a healthy lunch and snacks along with fun academic summer studies, character building, awesome friendships, an arcade recreation room and lots of other fun activities. The cost is $125 per week and includes all field trips and activity fees. A Child’s Haven is located at 1520 Brentwood Hills Blvd. in Valrico. For more information, call 684-1622 or visit

FishHawk Ranch Tennis Club Offers Tennis For All Levels Of Skill

FishHawk Ranch Tennis Club is offering its 5th Annual Tennis Camp for your child ages 6 and up. Full day camps include plenty

of tennis games and fun. Kids cool down in an air conditioned event room, and during lunch times engage in other fun outdoor and indoor games. On Fridays, campers walk down to the Starling pool and game room for a nice finish to the week. All levels from Beginning to Advanced. Register online at or call the Pro Shop at 681-4000.

BSAC Offers A Lot Of Fun Activities For Kids This Summer

What can you do to keep your kids active and happy this summer? Splash into summer with the best summer camp around. At Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center (BSAC) your child gets the old-fashioned camp experience you had as a child, with some modern technology, like Wii Challenge Competitions, thrown in. BSAC has the most comprehensive summer camp in the greater Brandon area for ages 3 to 14. With weekly themes come corresponding age-specific activities and field trips that make our summer camp unique.

In addition, each child has the opportunity to experience all of the sports that you have come to expect at BSAC; swimming, tennis, diving and more. Lunches and snacks can be brought from home or purchased from the full concession bar. Camp runs from Tuesday, May 30 through Wednesday, August 9. Full day camps run from 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and half day camps from 7 a.m.12:30 p.m. or from 1-6:30 p.m. BSAC is located at 405 Beverly

Blvd. in Brandon. For more information, call 6890908 or visit

Kids Club! Weekly Summer Camp Includes Field Trips

ice cream social pizza parties, bouncy house and giant slide and outdoor water play. Sign up today for $115 per week. The price includes two weekly field trips and all activities. Morning Glory is located at 6001 Christy Lane (off Bloomingdale near

Your kids, ages K5-5th grade, will enjoy the Kids Club! at Morning Glory Summer Camp. They will enjoy arts & crafts, friendship play, academic summer fun, music, sports & games, character & manners,

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Callaghan Sports Camps Offer Basketball and Volleyball

Callaghan Sports Camps has been running basketball and volleyball camps at Nativity Catholic School for the past 11 years. Callaghan Basketball Camp and Cougar Volleyball Camp will be held at Nativity Catholic School in the gym. Basketball Camp will run from

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Area Church Directory

BAPTIST St. Anne Catholic Church South Shore United Methodist Church Bay Life Church 106 11th Ave. N.E Ruskin Big Bend Road, Riverview St. Anne Catholic11525 Church BAPTIST (813) 1017 Kingsway Ave, Brandon 645-1714 (813) 649-9462 Life Church 106 11th Ave. N.E RuskinNON-DENOMINATIONAL (813)Bay 661-3696 St. Stephen Catholic Church Bell Shoals Baptist Church 1017 Kingsway Ave, Brandon 5049 Bell Shoals Rd, Valrico(813) 645-1714 Destiny Church 2102 Bell Shoals Rd, Brandon (813) 689-4900 2322 11th Ave Se, Ruskin 661-3696 Stephen Catholic Church St.GOD (813)(813) 689-4229 CHURCH OF (813) 645-3337 Bell Shoals Apollo Beach Campus Boyette Springs Church of God Life Church at FishHawk Bell Shoals Baptist Church 5049 Bell Shoals Rd, Valrico 12114 Boyette Rd, Riverview 6414 Golf and Sea Blvd, Apollo Beach 6420 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Lithia 2102 Bell Shoals Rd, Brandon (813) 689-4900 (813) 671-0086 (813) 641-2222 (813) 681-6503 First(813) Baptist 689-4229 Church of Brandon EPISCOPAL Love First Christian Center CHURCH OF GOD Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church 216 N Parsons Ave, Brandon 12847 Balm Riverview Rd, Riverview Church of God Bell Shoals - Apollo Beach Campus604 N. Valrico Rd, Valrico Boyette Springs 813-671-2009 (813) 689-1204 First6414 BaptistGolf Church Gibsonton (813) 689-3130 Crossing Church - Main Campus andofSea Blvd, Apollo Beach 12114 Boyette Rd,TheRiverview 9912 Indiana St. Gibsonton LUTHERAN Tuscany Ridge Drive, Tampa, (813) 641-2222 (813) 671-0086 10130 813-677-1301 Immanuel Lutheran Church (813) 626-0783 Baptist EPISCOPAL FirstFirst Baptist Church Church of Ruskin of Brandon 2913 John Moore Rd, Brandon The Crossing Church - SouthShore 820 W. Ruskin Ave, Brandon (813) 689-1787 3058 East College Ave, Ruskin 216College, N Parsons Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church (813) 645-6439 (813) 626-0580 Living Savior Lutheran Church 689-1204 N. Valrico Rd, Valrico (813) 604 2650 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Valrico FishHawk Fellowship The Palms Church (813) 681-2375 15326First Fishhawk Blvd, Lithia, Baptist Church of Gibsonton (813) 689-3130 207 New Hope Road, Brandon (813) 655-7431 METHODIST (813) 841-9598 LUTHERAN Grace9912 BaptistIndiana Temple St. Gibsonton First United Methodist Church of Seffner True Sanctuary 2909813-677-1301 1310 South Kingsway Rd., Seffner 6528Church John Moore Rd. Brandon US Hwy 301 S, Suite 114, Riverview Immanuel Lutheran 813-689-7190 (813) 689-3513 (813) 319-5862 2913 John Moore Rd, BrandonPENTECOSTAL First Baptist Church of Ruskin Grace Community United Methodist Journey Church Church (813) 689-1787 HighPoint Church of Brandon W. College, Ruskin 1310820 John Moore Road, Brandon 5708 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., Lithia (813)(813) 699-8262 (813) 661-8858 2207 Lithia-Pinecrest 645-6439 Living Savior Lutheran ChurchRd, Valrico/Brandon Shiloh Baptist Church New Hope United Methodist Church (813) 685-4827 Fellowship 2650 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Valrico 1104FishHawk Carson St. Plant City 120 N. Knights Ave., Brandon PRESBYTERIAN 813-752-8345 (813) 689-4161 15326 Fishhawk Blvd, Lithia, (813) 681-2375 First Presbyterian Church of Brandon -PCUSA Riverview First United Methodist Church South Bay Baptist Church 121 Carver Avenue, Brandon METHODIST 13498(813) US 301655-7431 So. Riverview 8002 US Hwy 301 South, Riverview (813) 689-4597 813-677-0721 First United Methodist RedeemerChurch Church-PCA Grace Baptist Temple of Seffner 12404 Boyette Rd., Riverview CATHOLIC Ruskin United Methodist Church 2909 John Moore Rd. Brandon 105 4th Ave. NW Ruskin 1310 South Kingsway Rd., Seffner (813) 741-1776 Nativity Catholic Church (813) 689-3513 Westminster Presbyterian Church PCA (813) 645-1241 705 E813-689-7190 Brandon Blvd, Brandon (813) 681-4608 E. Lumsden Road, Brandon Journey Church Grace Community402United Methodist Church (813) 689-6541

South Shore United Methodist Church 11525 Big Bend Road, Riverview (813) 649-9462 NON-DENOMINATIONAL Destiny Church 2322 11th Ave Se, Ruskin (813) 645-3337 Life Church at FishHawk 6420 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Lithia (813) 681-6503 Love First Christian Center 12847 Balm Riverview Rd, Riverview 813-671-2009 TheOur Crossing Church - Main Campusunder the grandfather oaks is a weekly event seasonal market 10130 Tuscany Ridge Drive, that offers fun inTampa, the sun, fresh shopping and serves as a gathering (813) 626-0783 place for families and friends to bond, mingle and buy local. The Crossing Church - SouthShore 50EastArtisansJewelry, Wood Works, Glass, Candles, Flowers, 3058 College Ave, Ruskin (813)Foods, 626-0580 Pet Products, Clothing, Soaps, Fruits & Vegetables, Baked The Palms Church Goods, Kids Gifts, Knife Sharpening and more. 207 New Hope Road, Brandon Food Court with Live Music (813) 841-9598 and even Free face painting and balloons for the kids. True Sanctuary 6528 US Hwy 301 S, SuiteEvery 114, Riverview Sunday 9:30am to 3:00pm (813) 319-5862 3407 Lithia Pinecrest (just south of Bloomingdale) PENTECOSTAL 813-530-0922 1310 John Moore Road, Brandon 5708 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., Lithia HighPoint Church of Brandon Community United Methodist Church PRESSURE WASH PAINTER MUSIC LESSONS WINDOW CLEANING (813) 699-8262 TUTORING (813) 661-8858 2207 Lithia-Pinecrest Rd, Valrico/Brandon SCREEN REPAIRS Shiloh Baptist Church New Hope United Methodist Church (813) 685-4827 10% OFF all work over $100 1104 Carson St. Plant City PRESBYTERIAN 120 N. Knights Ave., Brandon • Houses • Reading • Writing • Math Screens Welcome toBrandon Our-PCUSA Family Owned & Operated 813-752-8345 First Presbyterian Church of (813) 689-4161 • SAT/ACT • Homework Edge E •• Pool Driveways L • Sidewalks preK -12th Grade Bay Baptist Church 121 Carver Avenue, Brandon Riverview First United Methodist Church YSouth•• Decks $ 00 Ask about our Monthly Budget Plan Cleaning O • &Gutter “Creating Success by Changing Lives” US (813) 689-4597 8002 US Hwy 301 South, Riverview More301 So. Riverview B 13498 Full Service Car Wash Brandon/Valrico Riverview FREE ESTIMATES 813-936-4025 813-677-0721 Redeemer Church-PCA with Oil Change. 689-7212 671-1919 Hole 877-283-6363 T F 813-892-6734 CATHOLIC Includes Filter & 5 qts Oil Plant City Ruskin United Methodist Church L , B , & I 12404 Boyette Rd., Riverview In One Licensed & Insured 754-7788 Everyday Low Price: $34.95 Expires 4/15/2017 Expires 4/15/2017 Nativity Catholic Church 105 4th Ave. NW Ruskin (813) 741-1776 Brushless Car Wash, Lube & Detail Center PAINTING ACCOUNTANT PRESSURE WASH ADVERTISING (813) 645-1241 705 E Brandon Blvd, Brandon Westminster Presbyterian Church PCA 657-6500 • 3618 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. ADVERTISE with OSPREY OBSERVER for DRIVEWAYS Hours: 8am - 5pm Monday - Saturday (813) 681-4608 GARY D. MEYER 402 E. Lumsden Road, Brandon POOL DECKS AS Visa • MasterCard • American Express • Discover CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT JUST LOW SIDING (813) 689-6541 AS • Accounting & Bookkeeping FENCING

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