Week of April 19, 2021
- Join us for worship this Sunday, April 25th at 10:30 a.m. either in-person or via livestream on Facebook or our church website.
- We hope to resume Sunday morning childcare beginning June 6th, but we need volunteers in order to do so. If you’d be willing to volunteer, please email Melissa Scarle at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Liturgist Ministry: Each week, someone from the Bayshore family leads “Prayers of the People” during our Sunday morning worship service. We’re also resuming asking individuals or families to light our Christ candle at the beginning of the service. If you’d be willing to help lead in these special ways, please contact Nick Dawson at email@example.com
- If you would like to purchase and dedicate altar flowers for a Sunday morning worship service, please email Deb Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org Cost is $60.
- Make plans now to join us for a Family Fun Night on Wednesday, May 12th from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Bayshore parking lot! We’ll have inflatables, a dodgeball cage, free hot dogs and snow cones, and fellowship that no one in our Bayshore family will want to miss! Proper COVID protocol will be followed.
- Sunday morning classes are available via Zoom for both preschool and elementary children. Contact Melissa at email@example.com for access information. Also, don’t forget that Melissa emails out links to Bible message videos for children of all ages each week.
- We hope all our youth and their families will plan to join us for our Family Fun Night on May 12th (details above)! This will be an awesome chance to reconnect with our LOFT friends and the wider Bayshore family!
- The youth continue to connect digitally on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings! Contact Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org for access information.
- Check out these great studies:
Faith, Film, & Formation with Alex Gallimore
Our next class will be on May 3rd at 7:30 p.m. on Zoom. We’ll discuss the classic Christian novel In His Steps by Charles Sheldon. Copies are available at the church or on Amazon.
Zoom Link: https://bostonu.zoom.us/j/2063751820
Bible Study with Bill Scarle
Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84449784025?pwd=ZlJzam9DZFo0OE90QWN0cUNZbVUrdz09
Wednesdays at 6 p.m.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81828800368?pwd=Q0F6M3liL252NTVJSFRCNUgyTUJkUT09
Women’s Study of Isaiah with Tammy Snyder
Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88219114753
- Blessed By Bayshore: Come help us continue to spruce up the church grounds this Saturday (April 24th) from 9 a.m. to noon! If you can, please bring labeled tools for weeding, trimming, edging, digging up old shrubs, etc. Snacks and water will be available throughout the morning to keep us hydrated and filled. Note: this is a great opportunity for youth to gain service hours! Just bring your form for us to sign. Contact Tammy Kennedy with any questions (813-416-0993). Also, if you’d prefer to work at a different time, a binder of projects is available in the church office.
- Missions Offering for CBF Florida: Throughout April, special envelopes will be available during Sunday morning worship. You can also give online through our website or app. Be sure to indicate CBF FL Missions with your offering. Thank you for supporting and being an encourager to Touching Miami With Love, Cultivate Abundance, Micah Center, CBF Bahamas, and Karen Alford and Missy Ward Angalla, our partners in Africa.
- Food & School Supplies for our Backpack Ministry: It’s time to restock our food for kids in need and also provide them with much needed school supplies so they can finish the year strong! Donations can be dropped off as you enter worship or anytime during church office hours throughout April & May. Food items needed include individually packaged portions of: peanut butter crackers, ramen/cup noodles, ravioli, spaghetti o’s, soup, mac’n’cheese, Vienna sausages, tuna crackers, cereal, granola/breakfast bars, Pop tarts, raisins, fruit snacks, pudding cups, bags of chips and cookies. School supplies needed include: 3×5 index cards, (3-pronged) plastic pocket folders (plain), boxes of Expo marker (wide and narrow), 1 inch white binders with pockets, 3 inch binders, #2 pencils (sharpened), composition notebooks with holes, 1-subject spiral notebooks, 3-subject spiral notebooks, cloth pencil pouches with holes, & plastic folders with holes (no prongs).
- The Judeo-Christian Health Clinic continues to operate and meet the health concerns of our neighbors in need. They have volunteer opportunities in many areas including paperwork, filing, faxing, and other support roles. To volunteer contact Kelly Bell @ 813-870-0395.
- Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. 1 John 3:2
State & Regional Organizations
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship relates to 19 autonomous state and regional organizations. Each organization has its own governing structure and unique approach to mission and ministry. However, states and regions are naturally interdependent with CBF and strive to work in close partnership with each other and CBF Global. State and regional coordinators gather with CBF colleagues several times per year to foster effective ministry, share information, learn from one another and deepen collegiality.
September 10, 2020
On Thursday, September 3rd, The Deacons of Bayshore Baptist Church approved a plan presented by the Advisory Council for returning to in-person worship. While in-person worship will not begin immediately, we now have a process for moving forward, and we praise God for that.
The Diaconate began discussions about returning to in-person worship on June 4th, just before the State of Florida entered phase 2 of reopening. This made it possible to imagine what worship would be like under the recommendations set forth by the CDC and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. The Diaconate then appointed our Advisory Council with the task of creating a plan for returning to in-person worship. This was no simple endeavor. One of the things that makes Bayshore such a special place is our diversity and commitment to being a “big tent” kind of church. We are a church of many different theological perspectives and political opinions. While we believe this makes us stronger as a people, it can also make decision-making and consensus-building a challenge. As the Advisory Council began their work, our calling was first and foremost to seek the safety of our church family and then to create a plan which provides rational, data-driven justification for returning to in-person worship. The approved plan is not only focused on creating the safest worship environment we can considering the realities of COVID-19 but is also based on the data for Hillsborough County. This plan takes into consideration the averages of data over the course of three to five weeks to determine when we can execute the worship plan. This metric is explained in greater detail in the supporting document.
We will not begin to analyze the data until September 28th as this will allow enough time to see the effects of school reopening and Labor Day while also providing sufficient time to prepare for in-person worship according to the plan. Once the required thresholds are met, the staff, along with the help of the Diaconate and the Advisory Council, will be prepared to resume in-person services as quickly as possible.
As you will see in the supporting documents, the first services back will look quite different than what we are accustomed to experiencing in a Bayshore worship service. We know this is not ideal, but it will be a start. It will be worship in community at Bayshore. As conditions in our area continue to improve, so too will our in-person worship experience. The quality of our services for those worshipping virtually from home will not change.
We will continue to share additional information as we get closer to returning to in-person worship. In the meantime, should you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the plan, please do not hesitate to share these with the Advisory Council at email@example.com.
As we move forward together, let us be committed to praying for our church, community, and world during these difficult times. Pray for an end to this pandemic, for wisdom, and for a sense of responsibility among us all towards one another. We are better together, and we cannot return to being together for worship until we do all we can to mitigate the risks of COVID-19. Worship is an act of a community of faith, but that community is made up of individuals. It begins with us. It begins with you. May we work together as we continue to pray and hope for the day we are together in-person again.
Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Alex C. Gallimore, Senior Pastor
Scott McClelland, Deacon and Advisory Chair
Scott McClelland, Deacon Chair
Sam Ciccarello, President
Ron Rooks, Treasurer
Judy Richman, Clerk
Gloria Scarle, Finance Chair
Bill Oliver, Personnel Chair
Tammy Kennedy, Missions Chair
Karen Rooks, Nominating Chair
Kim Hoffman, at-large
Jeff Lekarczyk, at-large
Steve McNichols, at-large
Click this link to view the complete building reopening plan: BBC Building Reopening Plan
I hope you are all staying safe and staying at home as much as possible! As things continue changing quickly in our area, please know that you are in my prayers. If there is anything we can do to serve you, be that delivering groceries or praying together, we are here for you. Please do not hesitate to let us know.
Please take note of a few updates:
- We are no longer holding scheduled office hours in preparation of a local or statewide stay-at-home order. Based on available data, staying at home seems to be the best practice for us all, and we want to be proactive in modeling this. You can contact us with any need you may have by phone or email. We are still checking these messages as we work from homes. Should you have a pastoral emergency, please contact Alex directly at (678) 758-5167.
- You can continue giving your offering online here: GIVE ONLINE or by mailing your gift to us at 3111 W. Morrison Ave, Tampa, FL 33629. We are still receiving mail!
- Join us for worship this Sunday at 10:30am on Facebook live or our website. Other updates are available in these places as well. If you know of someone unable to access our content online, please let us know.
- The deacons and staff are in the process of contacting every member of our church family. Let us know how we can better serve our community during these days or of an urgent need, please let us know.
- Again, stay safe and stay home!
Sincerely in Christ,
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A Touch Of Grace is a salon serving both women and men at Hyde Park ALF which will be open the first & third Friday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM of each month. We are so excited to offer free salon services to our Hyde Park friends. Want to get involved? We need salon supplies, hosts, people to wash or cut hair and paint nails, and more… See Aurora Smith.
Do you think that half the fun of reading a book is discussing it with friends afterwards? Then the Bayshore Baptist Book Club is for you! We meet the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Bayshore, in the front lobby by the elevators.
Do you ever go to your mailbox only to be disappointed by what was in it? Bills, junk mail, and unwanted political propaganda make for a sad mailbox. The Barnabas Ministry is an opportunity to fill our college students’ mailboxes with notes of encouragement. Bayshore is looking for “Barnabases” to be paired with our college students.
If you are interested in this ministry of encouragement, please contact Dina Marshall.
If you like to or want to learn how to refurbish “stuff” to be used to give young adults in need their first homes, join us. Every Wednesday a team of people will meet from 6:30 – 7:30pm in the First Nesters Studio on the 2nd floor. Childcare is provided.
While we have many friends from Hyde Park ALF who worship and mingle with us on Wednesdays and Sundays, there are some people who simply aren’t mobile enough to leave the property. Join a group of Bayshore family who are leading worship onsite at the ALF on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm.
Meet in the dining room at 3011 W. DeLeon Street, only ½ mile from Bayshore. Questions, contact Jim Neill.