A Thanksgiving letter from our new pastor

thanksgiving circle

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving!

We all have so much to be thankful for here at Bayshore Presbyterian!
And I, for sure, have much much to be thankful for! A family of six children, sixteen grandchildren, seven great grandchildren with another on the way! (There may be one or two more on the way I don’t yet even know about!) Beyond this, Ted and I are blessed with a caring and loving extended family and fun and thoughtful friends, both here in Tampa and in Lakeland.

The biggest blessing to come into our lives these past few months is being asked to serve as your part-time Stated Supply Pastor for this coming year! You are a very special congregation and I am blessed and privileged to serve you and to serve our Lord in this place!

I am technologically challenged (to say the least!) and totally uncreative. Therefore, I am doubly blessed to have Linda Peach working as our Assistant here in the church office on Tuesday-Thursday, from 9:30-3:30. Come by and say hello to Linda when you get a chance! You will thoroughly enjoy meeting her! All committee folks should feel free to call on her when you have a need! Also, please share your news with her frequently so that she can get the word out for you when you need it!

We will share our thanks in a circle of thanksgiving at service this Sunday, November 20. Ted and I then leave for his younger son’s home on the marsh about 45 miles south of Savannah to be with all our family for the Thanksgiving holiday. You’re on your own Sunday, November 27! (I’m sure you’ll do just fine!) I look forward to rejoining you for worship the following Sunday!

Pastor Celie

Adult Sunday School

Join the Adult Sunday School Class in the community room at 10:30 Sunday mornings. We are reading and discussing Disarming Scripture by Derek Flood.

“A god of love and genocide? For many the violence of Scripture can result in a crisis of faith – especially when we see how such passages have been used throughout history to justify bloodshed in God’s name. Moving beyond typical conservative and liberal approaches, which seek to either defend or whitewash over violence in the Bible, Disarming Scripture takes a surprising yet compelling approach: Learning to read the Bible like Jesus did. The result is an approach to Scripture that not only sees questioning as an acceptable part of a healthy faith, but as an absolutely essential part of it.”

“If change and growth are not programmed into your spirituality, if there are not serious warnings about the blinding nature of fear and fanaticism, your religion will always end up worshiping the status quo and protecting your present ego position and personal advantage as if it were God.”
― Richard Rohr, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

You are invited to join us this summer as we change and grow together in God’s light.

Worship begins at 10:30 AM



This summer we focus on our ministry for and with the farmworkers and their families who are a part of the Beth-El community.

June 14 CENA – we will prepare and serve dinner for the community. We will carpool from the church – leaving at 4:00 PM Sign-up sheet in the narthex – Please call the church office for more information.

Scholarships for Beth-El children to Cedarkirk Camp. We are continuing our tradition of offering the children of Beth-El an opportunity to go to summer church camp at Cedarkirk. Checks may be made out to the church with a memo that it is for camp scholarships. It’s a great way to reach out to a child who might never know the fellowship and fun of camping.

This fall we will continue to gather school supplies for the children at Beth-El. Watch for the list of needed items which will be posted in August.

Adult Sunday School


The Adult Sunday School Class meets at 9:30 each Sunday morning in the Community Room.
We are currently studying: “Fierce, Flawed, and Favored: God’s Unlikely Helpers in the Book of Judges.”
Everyone is invited to join us for great uplifting spiritual companionship and lively conversation.


Come join us at 10:30 AM this Sunday We will light the 3rd CANDLE of Advent (pink). THE SHEPHERD CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF JOY

The shepherds received a message of joy!

“…and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.’ When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” ~ Luke 2:7-15 ... See MoreSee Less

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2nd Sunday of Advent we re-light the candle of hope and now also light the Second Purple candle of love. We know that God is love. We remember with thankful hearts the gift of Jesus, who came as a babe in a manger, lived and loved among us, was killed on a cross, and arose! He died to save us and give us eternal life. His precious love endures forever. He gives us hope! ... See MoreSee Less

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