Church Picnic

Sunday, October 13 (1:00-5:00 pm)

Everyone is invited to head out to the Tampa Bay Baptist Conference Center (15061 Lake Magdalene) for a church picnic on Sunday, October 13. Dress casually that morning and head to the conference center after morning worship. The picnic begins at 1 pm and goes to 5 pm. Hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, beans, and cookies will be provided for $5/person, $20/family max.

We will celebrate baptism at the lake as part of the picnic. Softball fields and other outdoor games are available as well. Bring a folding chair, sports equipment, picnic games, etc. Please register online by October 9 so we can plan the purchase of the food. You can also pay for the picnic online as well if you like. Register and pay online.

Contact any staff member for more details.

Christmas in the Park 2013

FBC Tampa will partner with Exciting Central Tampa Baptist Church once again for Christmas in the Park this December. The concert event will occur on Friday, December 20, Saturday, December 21, and Sunday, December 22 at Central Tampa Baptist Church, Stewart Middle School, and Curtis Hixon Park. A prayer walk and invitation distribution will take place on Saturday, December 14. Mark your calendars now to keep these dates free. More details will be shared soon.

Fall Discipleship Offerings

The fall discipleship schedule has been finalized and here are the major opportunities available for you:

Introduction to Evangelism

Wednesdays 9/4 – 10/30 @ 6:45-7:45 pm in the LifeTree Cafe

This Missional Life Institute course is designed to help you understand what evangelism is and to teach practical and effective ways to share your faith in Christ.

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Want a Fun Way to Grow as a Disciple? How about a Conference?

I love attending conferences. I always have. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there is something about being part of a conference that energizes me and I rarely have attended a conference without finding great value in it. If you’re looking for a fun way to grow in your relationship with Christ and as a missional disciple, why not consider one of these conferences:

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Vacation Bible School Recap

Just wanted to give you a few statistics from the week at Vacation Bible School:

We enrolled 175 children in VBS and had an average attendance of 137. You might be interested to know that on Monday we had 133 in attendance and ended the week on Friday with 140 in attendance. We had at least 100 children participate in Family Night. We only had enough cookies because Olwen Peters went into her cookies stash for us!

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Upcoming First Steps Course Opportunity

The next First Steps Course will be held on Sunday, July 21 from 5:30-8:30 pm in the LifeTree Cafe. This course is designed for anyone who is exploring becoming a member of FBC Tampa and for those who are completing their membership process. The course walks participants through the purpose and vision of FBC Tampa and some of the church’s basic beliefs. Read more

Church Giving Survey

The Stewardship Committee compiled a brief Church Giving Survey for FBC Tampa members and regular participants to complete. This survey was part of the financial report distributed on Sunday, June 2. The anonymous survey can also be accessed and completed online for your convenience. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey…your input is valued.

6.19.13 Update: THE SURVEY HAS BEEN CLOSED. Thank you for your input!

Why People Aren’t Involved in Small Groups

On a typical Sunday morning, we’ll have about 350 people in adult and children’s worship and about 250 in Bible Study Core Groups. That means on any given Sunday, we have about 100 people attend worship but not a Core Group. Accounting for a handful of first-time guests, that still leaves roughly 75 regular attendees and members who attend worship but not a small group Bible study just before it.

This gap is not uncommon. But is it acceptable? Read more

Summer Schedule

New Summer Schedule

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Wednesday and Sunday nights are going to look a little different during the summer. Here is the Wednesday schedule that will be in effect from June 5 through August 28: Read more

Bible Study Core Group Leader Dessert

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price is in the middle of a rather unusual situation with an umpire. Apparently, some words were exchanged between the two at a game on Sunday and Major League Baseball is presently investigating. Price claims the umpire cursed at him. The umpire claims Price is lying. While it’s not unusual for umpires and players to exchange words – even heated ones at times – what is rather unusual is for this to flare up to the point of being a news story. Read more