Florida Focus
Oct 3, 2012

A one-time announcement of special events is a free service provided by the Witness to Florida Baptist churches. Please send materials at least three weeks before the date of the event, to Florida Baptist Witness, 1230 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32207, fax 904-346-0696 or submitted using our online form. Items received after deadline may appear in our exclusive on-line version.



First Baptist Church of Maxville in Jacksonville will mark its 100th anniversary in homecoming services Oct. 7 at 10:30 a.m. Former pastors Richard Fish and Bill Turner will speak, and The Gibbs Family will sing in the 11 a.m. service. Joe Butler, director of missions of the Black Creek Baptist Association, will present a centennial certificate from the Florida Baptist Historical Society. Dinner on the grounds will be served. For more information, call 904-289-7095.


Churches will participate Oct. 7 in Life Chain to stand for sanctity of human life throughout Melbourne. Lifepoint Church in Palm Bay will gather at the west end of the Melbourne Causeway beginning at 2 p.m. For more information, see http://lifepointpb.com/



First Baptist Church in Fort Walton Beach will honor Pastor Howard L. Gates October 14, his 25th anniversary with the church. He moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1987 after serving as pastor of four churches in his native Texas. He has served on several Southern Baptist and Florida Baptist committees, and on the Board of Trustees of Baptist College of Florida. Gates also has served on the Florida Baptist Witness Board of Directors, and has written Sunday School lesson com­mentaries for the Witness. He and his wife, Janelle, have two adult children. First Baptist Church in Mary Esther will celebrate its 53rd homecoming Oct. 21 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Lunch will follow the service. For more information, call 850-243-8300.


Leon Ebenezer Baptist Church in Tallahassee will celebrate its 123rd anniversary Oct. 14. Ken Hosford and Fortress will sing at 10 a.m., and Hosford will preach at 11 a.m. A covered dish lunch will follow the service. For more information, call 850-574-4207.



First Baptist Church in Kissimmee has called Jeff Lehman as pastor of education/discipleship. He most recently served with Trinity Baptist Church in Keystone Heights. Lehman grew up at First Baptist Kissimmee and served as a youth intern there while a student at Florida State University in Tallahassee. He is also a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He and his wife, Tessa, have three children. First Baptist Church of Pine Castle in Orlando will celebrate its 125th anniversary October 7 at 10:15 a.m. Dinner on the grounds will follow the service. For more information, call 407-855-4741.


First Baptist Church in Parrish will celebrate its 109th anniversary Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. A pot luck dinner on the grounds will follow the service. For more information, call 941-776-1533.


Elizabeth Baptist Church in Monticello will celebrate homecoming Oct. 14. Pastor Dean Spivey’s son, Mike, pastor of First Baptist Church in Soperton, Ga., will speak in the 11 a.m. service. Dinner on the grounds will be served. For more information, call 850-997-8444.


Northcliffe Baptist Church in Spring Hill will host a One Nation Under God Rally Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. Attorney David Gibbs, Founder of the Christian Law Association, will speak. For more information, call 352-683-5882, or go to www.northcliffeonline.org.


New River Baptist Church in Brooker is hosting a free concert Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. with Chapter III Trio. A free meal will be served at noon. For more information, call 352-485-1246.


Yulee Baptist Church has called Mark Barnes as executive pastor/minister of music and worship. He previously served in a similar position with Government Street Baptist Church in Mobile, Ala., and with Ridgewood Baptist Church in Orange Park. Barnes is a graduate of University of Mobile, and served 10 years with the U.S. Air Force. He and his wife, Melissa, have three adult children. Oak Grove Baptist Church in Jacksonville will hold a celebration and open house for its remodeled sanctuary Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The event will include free food, music and children’s bounce house. For more information, call 904-757-8133. Abundant Harvest Baptist Church in St. Mary’s, Ga., is hosting a free out­door movie night featuring “October Baby” Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. For more information, see www.ahbaptistchurch.org.  


Crossroads Baptist Church in Lithia will celebrate its 90th anniversary Oct. 14. Former pastor James Smith will preach and The Varnum Family will sing in the 10:45 a.m. service. Dinner on the grounds will be served. For more information, call 813-737-1121.


Hillcrest Baptist Church in Palatka will celebrate its 100th anni­versary Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Winston Miller Family and Eternal Vision will sing, and lunch will be served. As part of the celebration, church records, including membership rolls, will be available for viewing until Oct. 8. For more information, call 386-328-6514, or go to www.hillcrestLIFE.org. Thrive Student Ministry of College Park Baptist Church in Palatka will host an event for youth and parents, “We’ve Got Issues!” Oct. 13, 6-8 p.m. Ricky Lindsey, minister to middle school students at Hibernia Baptist Church in Fleming Island, will speak and Psalm 150 Praise will lead worship. For more information, call 386-325-7991.

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