Some notes from your Missions Team…
Thank you! Your response to our request to help three of our local mission partners was better than we could have imagined!
If you are reading this and in need of assistance or know of an organization or someone who does, please contact your Bayshore missions team. For phone numbers and emails, call the church office at 813-253-3411. The team includes: Tammy Kennedy, Stacia Pawelkop, Kathy Hancock-Wells, Maddie Robinson, and Laura Jones. Tammy Snyder is staff liaison.
Blessed by Bayshore REVAMPED. In the past, we have pulled together teams to help people throughout our community with projects around their homes. We mowed lawns, cleared brush, laid mulch, did minor household repairs, helped people move, AND MUCH MORE. If you need assistance, please contact a member of the mission team OR if you and your family want to help, contact a team member. We will match the need with the assistance. Considering COVID-19, we will assign projects to teams of immediate family members only.
Good things are happening in Africa! As many of you know, Karen Alford has relocated to the country of Togo from Uganda. Since, these countries are well over 2,000 miles apart, Karen was not able to take her car with her. She left her car in Kampala, Uganda, where Missy Ward-Angalla serves, to get repaired in preparation to sell it. Enter Gloria Scarle… Gloria suggested we simply gift the car to Missy and her ministry Amani Sasa! What a God-orchestrated idea! Here are Missy’s words when Karen shared the news about the car. “Thank you so, so, so much!! This is a huge answered prayer! We have really needed a car for our ministry, but we did not have the funds to purchase it. I don’t know what to say. I was so touched! Thank you so much!!
In addition, Karen is settling into her new surroundings. Karen shared she has started her own little farm… she has acquired 5 Guinea Fowl, 4 Ducks, 3 …? 2 Kittens and 1 Dog. When asked about #3, she replied she needs 3 of something… she’ll probably get rabbits. All the extra eggs, chicks, ducklings, and rabbits will be given to the church to sell to supplement their community work. In short, Karen has started her own little “farm with a purpose.”
A few words from Johnna and Fabio, our mission partners in France. Johnna writes: “We are keeping our ministries online for now but talking about meeting in smaller groups with social distancing. PRAISE: my English group has a WhatsApp group since coronavirus started and we have been going DEEP. I dared to share more about Jesus and then people started sharing some of their own experiences with Christians. Fabio started teaching French with a Muslim friend of ours who is a French teacher. Both groups would never have started if it weren’t for the virus.”
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.