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Winter Park Spanish Church Food Bank

posted on July 31, 2012, under Church, Video Report by

Florida Conference In Mission is a monthly video series about people reaching people.

This month’s report highlights a successful food bank operated by Winter Park Spanish Church.

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Florida Conference Sets Sights On New Headquarters Location

posted on July 26, 2012, under Conference, Relocation by

Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has reached the Next Stepping Stone in the journey toward a new headquarters location.

Plans are underway for Florida Conference to purchase the former Robb and Stucky Interiors building at 351 S. State Road 434 in Altamonte Springs as a new headquarters location.

Today, July 26, 2012, the Florida Conference Executive Committee voted to proceed with plans to purchase the former Robb & Stucky Interiors building at 351 S. State Rd. 434 in Altamonte Springs as the new location for Florida Conference’s headquarters. The contract will be subject to an Inspection Period before final purchase for the purpose of determining the quality of the building, costs for renovation, zoning matters, and similar due diligence.

The 80,202-square-foot, single-story building sits on more than 11 acres located at the southeast corner of Forest City Road (State Road 434) and West Town Parkway, about 1/2 mile south of State Road 436 and less than two miles from Forest Lake Academy.

An aerial view showing the location of the possible new headquarters location, existing headquarters, and Forest Lake Academy. (Click the image to enlarge.)

The interior offers near unlimited configuration choices for office layout and features exceptional warehouse space with truck loading bays which are also advantageous for the Adventist Book Center. The property includes nearly 200 parking spaces and features a covered driveway at the front entrance.

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Margate Members Hold First Health Fair

posted on July 13, 2012, under Church by

by Julia Tedim

Even though Margate Church has no permanent facility, members decided to organize a health fair. Held at the Margate Community Center, the goal of the fair was to educate and inform the general public of health issues and to have a presence in the community.

Several local health professionals and a local hospital helped with screening for blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol. In addition, CPR instruction, eye examinations, mammography, and chiropractic care were provided. The local credit union was present, a bloodmobile awaited donors, and an insurance representative presented lectures on retirement plans.

A strategy to promote the fair to the community was facilitated by members months in advance as they went door to door to distribute flyers. The combined effort of the Health Ministries Department, led by Dave Walker, and the church members made for a successful event with 95 registered guests.

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Hispanic Churches Baptize 489 New Members

posted on July 13, 2012, under Conference by

by Natalia López-Thismón

Hialeah Spanish Church hosted the final meeting of the Caravan of Victory evangelistic series where Rolando de los Ríos, Florida Conference Evangelist, presented the closing message. (Photo: Natalia López-Thismón)

The Caravan of Victory evangelistic series, held at nearly 100 Hispanic churches across the state of Florida, culminated with 489 baptisms. Over the course of four weekends in May, each church held 11 meetings based on the book, Steps To Christ, presented by 270 speakers—most of whom were lay members.

“I consider the campaign a true victory, because many lay members who had never preached before brought so many souls to the feet of Christ,” said Florida Conference Evangelist Rolando de los Ríos who organized the meetings with the Spanish-language Ministries Department.

The Caravan of Victory series was part of a 2012 evangelistic plan for Florida Conference Hispanic Churches. This sequential campaign to prepare people for Christ’s second coming continued in the churches during June and July with the study of prophetic final events. Small group Bible studies follow on the campaign’s schedule from August through October. A Florida Net 2012 reaping series in Miami, to be held November 3-10, will culminate the year’s evangelistic plan with Rolando de los Ríos speaking for the Esperanza TV broadcasts on the Hope Channel Network.

Allan Machado, Florida Conference Lay Pastor Coordinator, welcomed baptismal candidates who appeared live on screen via Skype. (Photo: Natalia López-Thismón)

Selected churches broadcast the Caravan of Victory programs on the internet, making the meetings available for national and international audiences. During the closing program alone, organizers reported approximately 200 baptisms. Three of the baptisms were shared live via Skype to participating churches and internet viewers worldwide.

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