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Interior Demolition Nearly Complete At New Headquarters Location

posted on August 20, 2013, under Conference, Relocation by

Panorama photo of Florida Conference's future home as demolition crews were nearly finished removing facade walls, ceiling fixtures, carpet and tile, and other undesired remnants of the building's former owner.

Panorama photo of Florida Conference’s future home as demolition crews were nearly finished removing facade walls, ceiling fixtures, carpet and tile, and other undesired remnants of the building’s former owner. (Photo: Lee Bennett)

Workers anticipate interior demolition of the new Florida Conference headquarters to be complete before the end of August 2013. Building planners are still targeting a February or possibly March 2013 move-in date with an official Open House in April.

The photo above was taken from near the rear of the building. It depicts approximately a 270° field of view with the main lobby entrance in the center. At top center, the skylight alcove is visible which will be above the central atrium.

In the photo below, the skylight alcove for the rear center meeting room can be seen at the top. Entry to the warehouse is to the right.

Learn more about Florida Conference’s relocation, including a simplified floor plan, at http://www.floridaconference.com/steppingstone/

Rear view. (Photo: Lee Bennett)

This photo was taken from the same spot as above, looking at the entire rear wall of the building. (Photo: Lee Bennett)

This floor plan shows the location where the interior panorama images were photographed.

This floor plan shows the location where the interior panorama images were photographed.

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Florida Men’s Ministries—20 Years of Transforming Lives

posted on August 16, 2013, under Conference by

by Ronaldo da Cunha

More than 600 men filled King Chapel at Camp Kulaqua during the 2013 Men's Ministries Convention. (Photo: Leonard Fernandez)

More than 700 men filled King Chapel and the A-Frame chapel at Camp Kulaqua during the 2013 Men’s Ministries Convention. (Photo: Leonard Fernandez)

Imagine 1,500 men praising God in a surrounding of Christian fellowship! That’s exactly what happened during the past 12 months at Florida Conference Men’s Ministries Conventions.

Gatherings brought Spanish men to Palm Beach, Haitian men to Boynton Beach, and, this past March, English-speaking men to Camp Kulaqua in High Springs. Here, men of Florida and surrounding states welcomed Christian brothers from the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, and African countries to celebrate the 20th anniversary of men’s ministries in Florida Conference.

This year’s theme, “Walking With God,” was the backdrop for men to join the original founders in celebrating God’s guidance and wisdom of successful men’s ministries outreach during the past two decades.

From left: Eric Allen, Glen Altermatt, Richard O'Ffill, and Eric Cantillo, in addition to Sergio Torres (not pictured), returned to Camp Kulaqua to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Men's Ministries program they launched in 1993. (Photo: Leonard Fernandez)

From left: Eric Allen, Glen Altermatt, Richard O’Ffill, and Eric Cantillo, in addition to Sergio Torres (not pictured), returned to Camp Kulaqua to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Men’s Ministries program they launched in 1993. (Photo: Leonard Fernandez)

It was 1993 when Eric Allen, Glen Altermatt, Eric Cantillo, Dick O’Ffill, and Sergio Torres met to launch the journey in which men of Florida are victoriously engaged today. Attending the needs of men far beyond the boundaries of Florida, men’s ministries quickly gained the reputation as a resource for inspiration, wisdom, and spiritual nurture.

Year after year, dynamic speakers and Christ-centered seminars have challenged the men. Like a magnet, conventions during the past 20 years have drawn men seeking personal improvement to be better role models in their families, churches, and the workplace.

Relevant topics tackled during conventions have included relationships, finances, spiritual growth, health, conflict resolution, domestic interaction, and communication. Above all else, Jesus is uplifted as the Supreme Role Model for everyone.

As a result, thousands of families have been touched by the transformation seen in their husbands, fathers, brothers, and coworkers. Local churches have benefitted by inspired leaders trained at conventions. Young males impacted by the youth track of men’s ministries are now Christian models facing society’s postmodern mindset in secular universities and beyond.

Looking forward, conventions in the coming year will highlight “Seasons of Life.” Two weekends, March 7-9 and 16-18, are scheduled for the annual English gatherings at Camp Kulaqua. Meanwhile, dates for Haitian Creole and Spanish conventions are being studied, while first-time meetings for Portuguese, Korean, and Filipino men are under consideration.

At each event, men will learn in a relaxed setting to recognize that successful living is radically impacted by the seasons of life. They’ll receive tools to identify and adapt to these changes. By recalibrating their energies and refocusing their goals, men will be trained to reach their maximum potential.

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Frostproof Company Dedicates Second Church

posted on August 16, 2013, under Church by

Members and visitors await entrance to the new Frostproof Company facility on July 6. (Photo: Kathy Deering)

Members and visitors await entrance to the new Frostproof Company facility on July 6. (Photo: Kathy Deering)

by Gladys Neigel

Members of the Frostproof, Fla., Company dedicated their second new sanctuary within a three-year time frame. Hard work, perseverance, and ingenuity describe the talents of the congregation utilized under the direction of Rupert Preddie, lay pastor.

Officiating at the July 6 service were Paul Boling, former Avon Park pastor, and George Brown, retired Inter-American Division president, who likewise participated at the 2010 dedication of the first church home for the fledgling company. Approximately six years ago, 14 members of the parent Avon Park Church planted this church 10 miles north of their community. They purchased a four-acre property containing a house that was renovated to serve as the first church.

Program participants walk behind musicians on their way into the new church facility. (Photo: Kathy Deering)

Program participants walk behind musicians on their way into the new church facility. (Photo: Kathy Deering)

With a place to worship, the congregation’s attention turned to an existing 50′ x 80′ building on the property. With foresight, they envisioned using this building as the framework for a new church. Work proceeded on the renovations as monies came into the treasury.

When the first structure was dedicated to the Lord, Monica Preddie, communication director, wrote, “Frostproof Company members solicit consistent and fervent prayers to make their new church a lighthouse for the Lord.” They have accomplished that in not only building a new sanctuary, but in the many outreach programs conducted for the community, from Bible study groups to meeting the community’s physical needs with food distribution programs.

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Florida Advent Missionary Team Visits Nicaragua

posted on August 16, 2013, under Church by

by Derick Morgan

Maranatha Church medical team members participated in a mission trip to Nicaragua and supported physicians Joseph Charles, M.D., seated left, and Dwight Dawkins, M.D., seated right. (Photo: Derick Morgan)

South Palm Company medical team members participated in a mission trip to Nicaragua and supported physicians Joseph Charles, M.D., seated left, and Dwight Dawkins, M.D., seated right. (Photo: Derick Morgan)

Twenty-five members of the Florida Advent Missionary Team organized by South Palm Company in Delray Beach, Fla., recently visited Nicaragua. Their mission was to win souls for Christ and bring medical care to the suffering.

After being warmly welcomed by Nicaraguan Conference, they met with district pastors, and each missionary was assigned a church in which to preach the gospel for the next eight days as part of a Revival and Reaping Campaign. At the conclusion of the campaign, there were 241 baptisms, eight weddings, and numerous miracles as a result of prayer and anointing. The churches continue follow-up work with more than 100 additional individuals.

Two doctors, Joseph Charles, M.D., and Dwight Dawkins, M.D., seven nurses, and support staff provided care for more than 300 patients. Medical conditions were diagnosed and treated, and medication was supplied. Services were also offered by a holistic medical practitioner and a counselor.

The Florida Advent Missionary Team is planning their next mission trip to Peru in October.

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Spring Hill Church Celebrates 25th Anniversary

posted on August 16, 2013, under Church by

Ron Smith, Southern Union Conference President, was the featured speaker at Spring Hill Church's anniversary celebration.

Ron Smith, Southern Union Conference President, was the featured speaker at the anniversary celebration.

by Shirley Palmer

On a picture-perfect Sabbath, members of Spring Hill Church gathered May 11 with friends, visitors, former pastors and their wives, and community officials to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the church.

In 1988, a small group of Seventh-day Adventists moved to Spring Hill. They decided with God’s intervention, their faith, and fervent prayers, they would build a church. They were true visionaries and confident that what seemed impossible, God could make a reality.

There were many challenges, however, and they initially held Sabbath services in each other’s homes, at the Turner Funeral Home, and in a rented hall at the United Church of Christ. Finally, in 1992, the church, now growing in number, purchased 12 acres of land on Osowaw Boulevard, and construction of the sanctuary began.

Members celebrated a significant milestone at the grand opening of their church facility on June 19-20, 1998. God greatly blessed the new congregation through baptisms and membership transfers. On February 24, 2007, another milestone was achieved when the church celebrated its mortgage burning ceremony.

Spring Hill Church as it appeared in 1998 at its grand opening. (Photo: Lee Bennett)

Spring Hill Church as it appeared in 1998 at its grand opening. (Photo: Lee Bennett)

During the worship hour of the 25th anniversary, Pastor Reynold Maxwell expressed his gratitude to God, the charter members, and each participant who contributed to the growth and success of the church during its 25-year history. He acknowledged and read letters of congratulations from Governor Rick Scott and Congressman Richard Nugent. Board Commissioner Diane Rowden read a Resolution from the Board of County Commissioners.

This unforgettable day ended with vespers featuring a musical anniversary celebration.

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“This Is Our New Church”

posted on August 16, 2013, under Church, Conference by

Altamonte Springs Church conducted a successful community festival as part of Florida Conference Youth Department's Live With Hope Festival. (Photo: Devon McCarthy)

Altamonte Springs Church conducted a successful community festival as part of Florida Conference Youth Department’s Live With Hope Festival. (Photo: Devon McCarthy)

by Dan Schiffbauer

What does a church hope to accomplish when they set out to plan a community festival? Do the leaders have the discipling of their members in mind? Are they hoping for community awareness? Are they thinking of ways to showcase ministries of the church, provide activities and entertainment for the entire family, or present solutions for health issues?

All of these goals entered into the planning and fulfillment of the community festival held at Altamonte Springs, Fla, Church in June. However, one of the most exciting outcomes was realized when several women exclaimed, “This is going to be our new church,” and they have since attended Sabbath worship services numerous times.

Prior to the event, the church conducted a community Vacation Bible School, and many of the attending families then came to the Festival. A youth evangelism series called Living With Hope followed the Festival with an average nightly attendance of more than 100, including several community visitors.

Festival attendees visit the balloon ministry table and learn Bible stories while receiving creative balloon characters. (Photo: Devon McCarthy)

Festival attendees visit the balloon ministry table and learn Bible stories while receiving creative balloon characters. (Photo: Devon McCarthy)

As a pastor, I believe what happened at the Festival is significant. More than half of the 300 people attending were not members of the church, and more than 80 of these nonmembers registered for some type of information at the 35+ exhibits set up on the church grounds.

It was a time of awareness for the attendees when they realized our church members were definitely interested and involved in the community. This message was evident in exhibits such as: CREATION Health, Pathfinders, Discover Bible School, youth evangelistic meetings, Spanish-language ministries, and prayer ministries. More than 100 copies of The Great Hope were given away as well as New Testament copies of the Bible and other literature.

Participating organizations from the community included the Seminole County Fire Department, Red Cross’s Little Red Bus which received blood donations, and the Altamonte Springs Police Department offering free safety tips and giveaways for children. “This is one of the best-attended community services events I have been invited to,” said the attending officer.

Florida Conference President Mike Cauley and Dottie, his wife, middle, visit the Pathfinder and Adventurer table where guests learn about the Adventist Church's scouting program. Also pictured: Devon McCarthy, left, church treasurer and elder for youth and pathfinders; and Edwin Alvarez, Adventurer director.

Florida Conference President Mike Cauley and Dottie, his wife, middle, visit the Pathfinder and Adventurer table where guests learn about the Adventist Church’s scouting program. Also pictured: Devon McCarthy, left, church treasurer and elder for youth and pathfinders; and Edwin Alvarez, Adventurer director.

Vegetarian cooking demonstrations with samples and more than 20 health-related exhibits in the gymnasium featured a variety of health screenings including: blood pressure, blood glucose, peripheral vascular circulation, breast examinations, lung capacity, and vision. Free massages and chiropractor consultations were also available.

Additional health-related exhibits featured information from Florida Hospital on home health services, nutrition, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. The American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association were represented as well.

Young people provided live Christian music, and the Eliathah Church Pathfinder Drum Corps performed. SALT youth evangelism helped with puppet ministry, and several participants from Impact Orlando training helped with face painting and food preparation.

Editor’s Note: Altamonte Springs Church’s community festival was held as part of the Florida Conference Youth Department’s Live With Hope Festival which was conducted at Lake Eola Park and Festival Park in downtown Orlando. Learn more about Impact Orlando and Live With Hope Festival.

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