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!
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
SUMMER MISSION PROJECTS
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.
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.