November 6, 2008 Print Edition

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Sports clinics, car show, homeless ministry at Crossover Lakeland

LAKELAND (FBC)—Baseball, basketball and golf clinics, a car show and homeless ministry will comprise Crossover Lakeland, an effort to blanket Lakeland Nov. 8 with the Gospel through event evangelism prior to the Florida Baptist State Convention.

Powell to be nominated for FBSC president

BRANDON (FBW)—Richard Powell, 49, senior pastor of McGregor Baptist Church in Fort Myers, will be nominated as president of the Florida Baptist State Convention in Lakeland Nov. 10-11.

Servicemen talk about Veteran’s Day

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day in the United States, marking the end of World War I that occurred at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice. In 1954, Congress changed the name to Veterans Day in order to honor American veterans of all wars.

FBSC first VP nominee Briant

SARASOTA (FBW)–R. Wayne Briant, pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Sarasota, will be nominated as first vice-president of the Florida Baptist State Convention during the Convention’s annual meeting Nov. 10-11 in Lakeland. He will be placed in nomination by a fellow Southwest Florida Baptist Association pastor, Gary Roy of Colonial Oaks Baptist Church, also in Sarasota.

Recording of sermons, messages available after FBSC meeting

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Recordings of sermons and thematic messages delivered during the annual Florida Baptist Pastor’s Conference and the Florida Baptist State Convention, at the First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, will be available for purchase in CD format during the meetings.

A church in the ‘middle of nowhere’ dreams big for the hearts of its community

TRENTON (FBC)—By the pastor’s own admission, Pine Grove Baptist Church in Trenton is “slap dab in the middle of nowhere.”

Suicide, abortion mark Lithuania’s despair

ŠILUTE, Lithuania (BP)—”My father killed himself.”

Lithuania became their clear call

SILUTE, Lithuania (BP)—Neither Milton nor Lara Magalhaes had heard of Lithuania when God began calling them to serve there through the International Mission Board.

Florida Focus

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FCC may impede wireless microphones

WASHINGTON (BP)—The use of wireless microphones in churches could be among the technologies dramatically changed if the Federal Communications Commission votes to place new unlicensed devices in unused bandwidth called “white space.”

BLOG: Writing about Cuba

NOTE: Florida Baptist pastors William Rice and Tim Maynard, who traveled to Cuba in September to make partnership plans with the leaders of the Western Cuba Baptist Convention and view damage caused by two hurricanes that hit the nation, were asked by the Florida Baptist Convention to write a blog-style journal of their experiences.

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