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TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—With a looming budget deficit anticipated to dictate much of the action of the annual state legislative session, Florida Baptist Convention legislative consultant Bill Bunkley is urging Florida Baptists to evaluate budget priorities “through the lens of God’s principles and His priorities”—and to urge the Legislature to do the same.
SAN MATEO (FBW)—Just after he dropped his own kids off at school Feb. 10, Terry Wright got a riveting call from the Putnam Co. Sheriff’s Office where he serves as a chaplain.
CLINTON, Ky. (FBC)—”No one is here except for the Southern Baptists. The National Guard came one day but left the next. Then we saw 20, 40, 60 men and women coming down the road with all their disaster relief vehicles ready to help.
LEESBURG (FBC)—Taking proactive steps to continue God’s work in recessionary times, the State Board of Missions trimmed $2 million from the 2009 Cooperative Program budget, closed Blue Springs Conference Center for three months each year and consolidated Florida Baptist Convention staff positions during its Jan. 13 meeting at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center.
TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—Florida Baptist Convention legislative consultant Bill Bunkley on Feb. 12 urged a committee studying the governor’s invalidated gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe to resist gambling expansion to ease the state’s financial pain at the expense of “increasingly deseperate” citizens.
GRACEVILLE (BCF)—The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville welcomed over 80 new students to campus Jan. 15 with the Baptist Collegiate Ministries team providing a “Fun on the Move” activity exposing the new arrivals to the Graceville area.
LEESBURG (FBC)—Twenty years ago during its January Board meeting, the State Board of Missions unanimously elected John Sullivan as the ninth executive director of the Florida Baptist Convention. During its Feb. 12-13, 2009, meeting at Lake Yale Conference Center, the Board paid tribute to the man who has surpassed all but one in service to Florida Baptists in this role.
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JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention’s Church Planting Department, Florida Baptists started 11 new churches in January, 2009. The following is a listing of new churches by association:
LAKELAND (FBCH)—The board of trustees of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes met for its quarterly business meeting in Lakeland Jan. 29.