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A Key Encounter

posted on January 24, 2013, under Church, Video Report by

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

This month’s video highlights A Key Encounter, a tourist outreach ministry that uses video shows and animal interactions to teach people about the Creator.

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Renovation Is Underway For Future Headquarters Location

posted on January 22, 2013, under Conference, Relocation by

With a prayerful desire to be in our new office location before the close of 2013, crews have wasted no time beginning renovations. Work started last week to perform rudimentary repair of water lines and electrical systems, immediately followed by removal of ceiling tile which is old and worn.

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Florida Conference Purchases Building For New Headquarters Location

posted on January 11, 2013, under Conference, Relocation by

Scott Fish, left, of UP Fieldgate US Investments-Altamonte Springs LLC meets with Kathy Deering, Conference Vice President for Property Development, to discuss the purchase of the former Robb and Stucky Interiors building. (Photo: Aric Turlington)

On December 7, 2012, Florida Conference signed closing papers to finalize the purchase of the former Robb & Stucky Interiors building at 351 S. State Rd. 434 in Altamonte Springs. With acquisition of this building completed, Florida Conference has reached God’s Next Stepping Stone toward relocation, tentatively scheduled for late 2013.

The top priority now is focusing on renovation and repair of damage to the building resulting from years of vacancy and lack of upkeep. In addition, relocation team members are already working diligently with Little Diversified Architectural Consulting to assess space needs for Florida Conference’s ministry and service areas, as well as the Adventist Book Center, and begin designing a suitable floorplan.

Learn more about the building’s location and specifications in the July 2012 press release.

The photo gallery below is from a July 26, 2012, building tour taken by Florida Conference Executive Committee members prior to their vote to proceed with purchase plans. Note that much of the existing visible floorplan is facade left over from the furniture store business. Lobby walls are likely to be the only recognizable architecture remaining after Florida Conference moves in. (Photos: Lee Bennett)

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Adventist-sponsored 5K Fun Run/Walk Impacts Ocala

posted on January 10, 2013, under Church by

by Marya Latson

Race participants pound the pavement on the 5K course through the streets of Ocala. (Photo: John Latson)

Before sunrise on December 16, 2012, more than 100 individuals gathered at Citizens’ Circle in Ocala, Fla., to participate in the 1st Annual Stop Drug Abuse: SDA Project Ocala 5K Fun Run/Walk. This race rallied young and old in the cause to obliterate substance abuse.

An avid marathon runner, Pastor Matthew Christo enlisted help from members of his two churches, Silver Springs Shores and Marion Oaks, to sponsor the run/walk through the city’s historic district. “Seventh-day Adventists,” exclaimed Pastor Christo, “have a faith that is not only concerned about relevant, societal issues, but one that promotes health, fitness, and fun as alternatives to drugs and alcohol.”

These runners were the first five to cross the 5K Fun Run/Walk finish line. (Photo: Joe Newman)

The theme of stopping drug abuse attracted nonAdventists like Valerie Wells, a counselor at Marion Charter School and students from the school’s Fit Club. While those youngsters, like six-year old Brandon O’Hara, had signed a pledge to remain drug free, Brandon said he also entered the race to run and have fun.

The oldest race participant was 86 years old and, with arthritic knees, walked the entire route arm in arm with two companions. The youngest runner was five years old. In addition, members from four different counties, representing eight Adventist Churches, were among those who participated.

Others rolled like 21-month-old Syania Grant whose parents, Delorme and Melesia Grant, pushed her in a stroller. As they neared the finish line, Melesia proclaimed, “As Adventists, we’re not just about the Sabbath, we’re about every day of the week, and our doors are open to everyone!”

More than 100 participants, ranging in age from 5 to 86, completed the 5K Fun Run/Walk. (Photo: John Latson)

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Health Fair Ties Venice Church to Community

posted on January 10, 2013, under Church by

by Lauren Powell

The Venice, Fla., Church parking lot was lined with 23 exhibits promoting the Health Fair's theme, Stay Strong, Live Long. (Photo: Robert Williams)

“What could a small congregation of 100 members do to reach out to the community,” questioned Patricia Powell, Health Ministries leader at Venice, Fla., Church. For some time, she had entertained the idea of holding a health fair. After all, other churches with God’s help were conducting health fairs. Why couldn’t her church?

She really became motivated after reading a statement by Dr. Ben Carson, “We should not be satisfied with ordinary attainments. If we can do something of ourselves (in ‘our own’ power), then it’s not big enough, and we cheat God of an opportunity to show us and the world what only He can do.”

Believing through God that anything and everything is possible, the Church members moved forward in faith to hold one of the largest community events they had ever hosted. The goal for the fair was to gain community presence while spreading the powerful health message with a theme of Stay Strong, Live Long. Among the 23 exhibitors were:

  • Venice Regional Hospital
  • Florida Blood Center Bus
  • Literature Evangelists
  • Smoking Cessation Programs
  • Full Plate Diet
  • Community Health Professionals

Sponsors for the health fair included: Home Depot, Whole Foods, Office Depot, and Publix.

The Stay Strong, Live Long Health Fair helped Venice Church bond with individuals in the community, and many have signed up for various health-enrichment programs. The new church ties created with the community are invaluable, and church members offer thanks to God for the benefits both they and the community received through the Health Fair.

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Apopka Members Portray Adventist Pioneers

posted on January 10, 2013, under Church by

Courtney Wisdom, center, portrays Adventist Pioneer John Loughborough at Apopka Church. (Photo: Daniel Quevedo)

Apopka member Charlotte Huenergardt, left, interviewed Ellen White's great, great, granddaughter, Martha Natiuk. (Photo: Chananan Sutsadang)

Chris Carey portrayed John Nevins Andrews. (Photo: Daniel Quevedo)

by Charlotte Huenergardt

A Heritage Sabbath program at Apopka, Fla., Church commemorated organization of the Adventist Church and the 168th anniversary of the Great Disappointment on October 22, 1844. Nine church members portrayed pioneers: Hugo Kennedy (Joseph Bates), Elias Lopez (William Miller), Chris Carey (John Nevins Andrews), Debbie Pinto, (Rachael Oakes), Roshani Sirigampola (Sarah McEnterfer), Gladymill Fuentes (Annie Smith), Courtney Wisdom (John Loughborough), Randy Allen (James White), and Jane Allen (Ellen White). Special guest Martha Natiuk, from Portland Ore., related human interest stories passed down through the family about her great, great, grandmother, Ellen White.


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Devin Shaw Recognized for Achievements

posted on January 10, 2013, under Education, Member by

Devin Shaw

by Stephanie Johnson

Forest Lake Academy (FLA) Principal David Denton announced that Devin Shaw, a senior, was named a Commended Student in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. As such, Devin placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Devin is not only an excellent student, but he is also a strong, Christ-like leader on the FLA campus. He is a member of the servant leadership class and has quite seriously taken the challenge of “being Jesus” to his fellow students. Devin spends time with freshmen each week as a leader in the mentoring program to help ninth graders learn to treat each other as Jesus would treat them. He also works with a weekend campus ministries team helping to run vespers and youth church programs.

In addition to working with ministries, Devin has held the position of class treasurer for the past three years, played on FLA’s varsity basketball and soccer teams, and has played violin all four years in the FLA string ensemble.

Learning to lead as Jesus led is definitely a priority for Devin. It is a foundation that will lead him to excel in all areas of his life.

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