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This Week at Bayshore

Week of October 19, 2020


  • Bayshore continues in-person worship this Sunday, October 25th at 10:30 a.m. Virtual worship is available via livestream on Facebook and our church website.  Alex will continue his sermon series this week on the life of Moses. Due to audio issues on this past Sunday’s livestream, Alex has posted a “sermon redo” on our Facebook page. You can access it here:
  • If you would like to volunteer to help in Bayshore’s return to in-person worship please contact Tammy Kennedy at   Areas of service include the Parking Lot Greeting Team, the Tracing/Contact Team, the Safety Team, the Vestibule Greeting Team, the Fellowship Hall Team, and the Setup Team.
  • If you would like to purchase and dedicate altar flowers for a Sunday morning worship service, please email Deb Alexander at Cost is $60.


  • Bayshore’s 2020 Trunk-or-Treat will be a “drive-thru” experience on Halloween night 6:30-8 p.m. None of our Bayshore families will want to miss out on all the games, candy, and Halloween fun we’re preparing in the church parking lot! If you’d like to help with this event, please email Nick Dawson at We are also accepting candy donations which can be dropped off at the church Mon.-Thurs. between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Also, consider bringing a donation for our Met Ministries Food Drive.


  • Sunday morning classes are available via Zoom for both preschool and elementary children. Contact Melisssa at for access information.
  • Our next Shore Kids Zoom is a “Bubbly Fall Suprise” tomorrow night (10/21)! Preschool will be 6:30-7 p.m. and Elementary will be 7-7:30 p.m.


  • The youth continue to connect digitally on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings! Contact Nick at for access information.
  • LOFT Fall Fest is coming this Saturday, October 24th from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Bayshore parking lot! Our youth will enjoy a pumpkin carving contest, an outdoor movie, lots of fall treats, and great fellowship with all their LOFT friends! Contact Nick for more info and to RSVP.


  • This week, Bayshore encourages you to pray for one of our mission partners, Missy Ward-Angalla. The children have learned about Missy and her refugee transforming work. They also voted for Missy to receive money they made from the annual Mission Market. When Missy preached here at Bayshore in 2019, they presented a $1000 check to her.

Missy Ward-Angalla serves in Kampala, Uganda, where she and her husband, Francis, serve as the co-directors of Amani Sasa Ministries. Missy and the team at Amani Sasa minister among vulnerable and at-risk urban refugees from more than six different countries. Their team seeks to love their refugee neighbors by offering them safety, wholeness and empowerment so that they can live into their God-given purpose. Their services include emergency food, medical and housing services, counseling and in-depth trauma rehabilitation and empowerment programs. This ministry serves more than 400 people annually. Amani Sasa’s trauma rehabilitation programs include a shelter recovery program for women who have faced abuse and exploitation; a men’s rehabilitation and empowerment program; and a program for young moms coming from abuse and exploitation where they can heal from trauma and learn vocational, parenting and education skills. This program includes a nursery for children one to three years. Amani Sasa also has a healing and empowerment program for single moms and widows and a scholarship program for refugee children.
We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3

  • We have 2 weeks remaining for our food drive for Met Ministries.  Place your donations in the big blue barrels located inside our church entrances.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed.
  • On Saturday, November 14 from 2–5 PM, Bayshore will be providing much needed assistance on the Met Ministries Campus.  Sign up information will be in our November newsletter.
  • Faith Café continues to need a volunteer on Tuesdays to assist with food pick up from Met Ministries and drop off at Faith Café.  Please consider filling this need.  Contact Greg Jones at


  • Beginning November 4, 2020, we will host a monthly puzzle swap on the first Wednesday of every month from 1-5 p.m.  For now, we will be practicing social distancing and the swap will be held under the covered Porte-cochere just outside the fellowship hall entrance.  Lots of puzzles are being donated… thank you!


  • Check out these great opportunities for discipleship and connection!

“The History of Christianity” with Alex  Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.

“Epic of Eden” Study of the Old Testament with Tammy  Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m.  Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m.

 “Study of Ephesians” with Bill Scarle  Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m

Building Reopening Plan

September 10, 2020

Church Family,

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

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

Advisory Council

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


Check our latest newsletter here: Bayshore Connection October 2020

Inside you’ll find a letter from Pastor Alex, information on all Bayshore’s online Bible studies and spiritual formation groups, and more!

COVID-19 Update

Dear friends,

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Again, stay safe and stay home!


Sincerely in Christ,


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A Touch of Grace

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.

Bayshore Baptist Book Club

Book Club

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.

For more information, join the Bayshore Baptist Book Club group on Facebook, or contact Lisa McCarter at 813-743-5113 or via email at

The Barnabas Ministry

Barnabas Ministry

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.

First Nesters Ministry Needs You!

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.

Worship at Hyde Park ALF

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.