Florida Focus: News and event announcements from churches around the state
Aug 14, 2014


First Baptist Church in Middleburg has called Bobby Lewis Jr. as pastor. He, his wife, Cindy, and four children moved to Middleburg from Dobson, N.C., where he served 11 years as senior pastor of Salem Baptist Church. Lewis received a Bachelor of Music in 1998 from University of North Carolina in Greensboro; an M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., in 2002; and a Ph.D. in Applied Theology from SEBTS in 2009.
Park Avenue Baptist Church and School in Titusville will host “Thriving in a Step Family” Sept. 19-20. The conference, designed to help stepparents, grandparents and pastors, will be led by Jeff and Edna Wilson. Author Laura Petherbridge, a stepmother for 27 years, will speak. To register for the event, go to www.ThrivingStepFamily.org.
Delaney Street Baptist Church in Orlando will host a Bounce Back to School Carnival Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. in the church gym. For more information, go to www.delaneychurch.org.
Southside Baptist Church in Orlando has announced Clayton Jerry Glaze will be retiring after 60 years of faithful service as a Southern Baptist preacher and teacher. Glaze has pastored Southern Baptist churches in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and his home state of Alabama.
He is retiring from Southside Baptist after a total of 18 years as its pastor. He has been named “Pastor Emeritus,” effective with his retirement at the close of the church year Sept. 30. Randy L. Brown, who is currently serving as co-pastor, will become Southside’s pastor upon Glaze’s retirement. To send a word of encouragement to Pastor Glaze, email him at heartbeatofsouthside@yahoo.com.
Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in DeFuniak Springs has called Mahlon LeCroix as pastor. He most recently served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Cordova, Ala., and he previously served as pastor of Beulah Anna Baptist Church in Westville. LeCroix is a 2012 graduate of The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville and also holds a degree in surgical-operating room technology. He and his wife, Ashley, have two children.
Crosswater Community Church in Ponte Vedra will host a Living Proof Simulcast with author Beth Moore on Sept. 13 at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 904-824-9800.
Golf for Life, a tournament to benefit the North River Care Pregnancy Center, will be held Aug. 23 at Greenfield Plantation. A shotgun start is planned at 8:30 a.m. For more information call 941-729-9400, or go to www.manateeba.com
Senior adults in the Miami Baptist Association are invited to monthly luncheons at the following locations: Sept. 4, Glendale Baptist Church, 305-233-6435; Oct. 2, West Flagler Baptist Church, 305-264-2612; Nov. 13, Florida Baptist Children’s Home, Wayside Baptist Church campus; Dec. 4, First Baptist Church, North Miami Beach, 305-944-3233. 
The Baptist Campus Ministry of the University of Miami is seeking volunteers to serve in campus events. The first event of the fall semester is a Welcome Cookout on Aug. 28, 7-9 p.m. For more information, call 305-284-6083.
Eliam Baptist Church in Melrose will host a Missions Conference Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. that is sponsored by the Santa Fe River Baptist Association. Speakers will include representatives from four association churches who will describe evangelistic ministries in their churches. For more information, call 352-373-5030. 
North Central Baptist Church in Gainesville will host Denver and the Mile High Orchestra in concert Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. For more information, call 352-373-3341 or go to www.gatorchurch.com
Shiloh Baptist Church in Chipley will hold its third annual Celebration of Praise on Aug. 17 at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Eight local churches will unite as one choir and orchestra for an evening of worship. 
A one-time announcement of special events is a free service provided by the Witness to Florida Baptist churches. Please e-mail materials at least three weeks before the date of the event to floridafocus@goFBW.com. Information may also be mailed to Florida Baptist Witness, 1230 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32207; faxed to 904-346-0696; or submitted via our website.

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