Week of January 18, 2021
- Join us for worship this Sunday, January 24th at 10:30 a.m. either in-person or via livestream on Facebook or our church website.
- Individual addressed offering envelopes are now available at the church for those who ordered them. You can pick them up in the church narthex as you enter worship or contact Deb Alexander to set up a time to pick them up in the church office.
- If you would like to purchase and dedicate altar flowers for a Sunday morning worship service, please email Deb Alexander at email@example.com Cost is $60.
- Shore Kids Zoom Wednesday, “Planting Trust” is tomorrow, January 20 at 6:30.
- Sunday morning classes are available via Zoom for both preschool and elementary children. Contact Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org for access information.
- The youth will have a Super Bowl party at the home of Jason and Rachel beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, February 7th! We’ll have snacks and drinks and enjoy fellowship and the big game! Contact Nick for address.
- The youth continue to connect digitally on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings! Contact Nick at email@example.com for access information.
- Covenant Sunday School Postponed – The Covenant Sunday School class scheduled to begin this Sunday will be postponed until further notice. With COVID-19 infections and deaths rising we feel it is irresponsible to expand our in-person ministries at this time. We are hopeful that as vaccines become more available we will be able to resume such activities in the coming months. The intergenerational Covenant study will be essential to the future of our life together as a congregation and is a program we will certainly offer once we feel the time is right. Thank you for understanding! -Alex
- Pilgrims on a Journey: Soul Freedom in Covenant Community through Contemplative Practices – Monday January 25th at 7:30 p.m.
Considering the divisive landscape of our day in which everything is politicized, how can people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives come together to engage important social issues from a shared spiritual center? In his doctoral research, Alex argues that when churches reclaim the practices of the Christian contemplative tradition, individuals who may differ politically or theologically can build shared covenant communities that transcend differences and create an environment where spiritual transformation leads to social change. To do this, Alex compares the spiritual practices of the earliest Baptist communities to those of medieval monastics as a model for churches today. Alex will present his research and the spiritual formation program he envisions for Bayshore Monday January 25th at 7:30pm. Join the Zoom meeting here: https://bostonu.zoom.us/j/2063751820
- Adult Weekday Studies begin tomorrow, January 20th.
1 and 2 Timothy Study with Bill Scarle
Wednesdays beginning at 6 PM
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81828800368?pwd=Q0F6M3liL252NTVJSFRCNUgyTUJkUT09
Women’s Study of Ruth with Tammy Snyder
Wednesdays beginning at 10 AM
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88219114753
- O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. Psalm 139:1-2
Matt and Michelle Norman (Barcelona, Spain)
Matt and Michelle Norman are Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel serving in Barcelona, Spain. The southern European city of Barcelona has seen diverse growth in population, including large numbers of refugees and immigrants from around the world. The Normans are engaged in ministry to assist local churches in connecting with their secular community as well as welcoming immigrants and refugees. They lead training sessions for local churches, conduct Bible studies with individuals interested in learning more about the Christian faith and assist local ministry efforts. They are also engaged in social ministry, seeking to address the felt needs of the community through various endeavors. In addition to this location ministry, the Normans are associate coordinators for the two CBF Global Mission teams in Europe. They are responsible administratively for the work of CBF field personnel on both teams and resource their work as it connects to the larger CBF context. Relationship development and connecting with European partners such as the European Baptist Federation are also among their responsibilities.
- You are invited to a surprise drive-by 90th birthday parade for Dot Murphy (don’t worry, she didn’t get this email)! The parade will be this Sunday (1/24) from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Susan’s home (3306 W. San Nicolas St.).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.