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Beth-El Shalom Teen Follows Her Dream

posted on September 10, 2015, under Church by

by Jeff Zaremsky

Brittany Preble is baptized by Jeff Zaremsky. (Photo: Carolina Haase)

Brittany Preble is baptized by Jeff Zaremsky. (Photo: Carolina Haase)

Brittany Preble desires to be a physician specializing in natural remedies. Rabbi Jeff Zaremsky, who pastors the Beth-El Shalom congregations in New Port Richey and St. Petersburg, told Brittany about health ministries in the Adventist Church. She was surprised to learn that a group of people were doing what she dreamed of doing.

Brittany, 17, is on course with dual enrollment for an AA college degree and a high school diploma when she graduates in the spring of 2016. Her story is an amazing transformational miracle.

A small part of the most recent chapter in her life happened when Brittany’s family started attending services with the Beth-El Shalom congregation of New Port Richey. They wanted to get away from worldly, man-made holidays as they looked for something authentically biblical. Enjoying the services, they began participating regularly.

One Beth-El Shalom member gave the family a DVD set of the 31-sermon series Surviving and Thriving in These Last Days filmed at the sister St. Petersburg Beth-El Shalom congregation. Brittany and her family enjoy what they are learning and are happy for the changes made in their lives.

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Apopka Church Honors Public Leaders

posted on September 08, 2015, under Church by

by Thomas and Robert Broome

Apopka, Fla., Church celebrated Friendship Day by honoring public leaders. Pictured from left: Associate Pastor Andrew Moreno, Police Chief Robert M. Manley, Police Captain David Cook, Fire Chief Lee Bronson, Mayor Joe Kilsheimer, and Senior Pastor Steve Jencks. (Photo: Robert Broome)

Apopka, Fla., Church celebrated Friendship Day by honoring public leaders. Pictured from left: Associate Pastor Andrew Moreno, Police Chief Robert M. Manley, Police Captain David Cook, Fire Chief Lee Bronson, Mayor Joe Kilsheimer, and Senior Pastor Steve Jencks. (Photo: Robert Broome)

Early this year, Apopka Church celebrated Friendship Day to honor Mayor Joe Kilsheimer, Police Chief Robert M. Manley, Police Captain David Cook, and Fire Chief Lee Bronson. These public servants represent more than 50 years of combined community service.

Senior Pastor Steve Jencks and Associate Pastor Andrew Moreno presented the leaders with plaques to commemorate their dedication and service to the people of Apopka. Jencks offered special thanks to men and women in public service throughout the Apopka Community, who are not always recognized but always appreciated.

Senior Pastor Steve Jencks (right) presents a plaque of appreciation to Apopka Fire Chief Lee Bronson for his years of service to the community. (Photo: Robert Broome)

Senior Pastor Steve Jencks (right) presents a plaque of appreciation to Apopka Fire Chief Lee Bronson for his years of service to the community. (Photo: Robert Broome)

Jencks presented the morning message, Fallen and Forgiven, to a full-capacity church. His sermon conveyed love for one another in spite of diversity and imperfections. This message affirmed the church motto, Living for Others, That Others May Live.

After the church service, everyone was invited to a fellowship dinner and a special evening program featuring gospel singer Charles Haugabrooks.

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Fort Lauderdale Members Bring Season of Service to Bus Terminal

posted on September 05, 2015, under Church by

by Jeffrey Thompson

Seven-year-old Josiah Morris gives a bottle of water to a man at the Broward County’s Central Bus Terminal during Season of Service (SOS) in Action. (Photo: Jeffrey Thompson)

Seven-year-old Josiah Morris gives a bottle of water to a man at the Broward County’s Central Bus Terminal during Season of Service (SOS) in Action. (Photo: Jeffrey Thompson)

On Saturday, March 14, approximately 100 members of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Church gathered at Broward County’s Central Bus Terminal to distribute free bottles of water, coupled with religious tracts, to bus passengers. Parishioners, ranging from ages 7 to 75, were visible in red Season of Service (SOS) T-shirts as they mingled among the waiting crowd.

“Do I have to pay for this water?” asked one thirsty passenger. Another said, “I think this is a fantastic idea. I need to get my church to do something like this.”

The SOS initiative released members through prayer and service to be the hands and feet of Jesus in their communities.

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Florida Living Church Recognized for 20+ Years of Helping Prison Ministries

posted on September 03, 2015, under Church by

by Betty Kossick

Jim King, center, pastor of Florida Living Church, Apopka, receives a plaque of appreciation on behalf of the congregation from Frank Barton, Florida Conference Prison Ministries Director, and his wife, Maxine, for 20+ years of correcting Prison Ministry Bible Lessons. (Photo: Betty Kossick)

Jim King, center, pastor of Florida Living Church, Apopka, receives a plaque of appreciation on behalf of the congregation from Frank Barton, Florida Conference Prison Ministries Director, and his wife, Maxine, for 20+ years of correcting Prison Ministry Bible Lessons. (Photo: Betty Kossick)

Correcting Bible studies for prison inmates throughout the state is a more-than-20-year-old ministry of Florida Living Church, Apopka. In gratitude for these years of quiet, behind-the-scenes service, Frank Barton, Director of Prison Ministries for Florida Conference, presented a plaque of appreciation to the church during Sabbath worship on August 1.

Barton, whose wife, Maxine, works alongside him, explains the reason volunteers are needed to correct Bible studies: “We receive so many studies to correct that we can’t keep up and do everything else the work requires.”

For instance, the Bartons were on the road for Florida Prison Ministry two weeks out of every month since January 2014. “No one in this organized ministry is paid,” says Barton whose prison ministries work spans 26 years. “Our pay is the blessing from the Lord.”

“Bible studies can be corrected by a group or individual,” says Barton. “Encouraging notes to the inmates written by the volunteers on the returned lesson sheets can make a big difference. We never tell the student that something is wrong with their answers; instead, we write, ‘Have you considered this…?'”

The lesson-corrector doesn’t need to be a theologian, just a willing servant. The churches involved with the Prison Ministry Bible studies are responsible for returning the lessons to the inmates. Provided answer sheets aid in the correction of the lessons. Thus, it’s an easy ministry with which to connect.

The Bartons also conducted the August 1 vesper service to enlighten attendees about the multi-faceted work of Florida Prison Ministries.

If you have questions or want to get involved with prison ministries, contact Frank Barton at fbartonsr@yahoo.com or (352) 408-1844.

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