Bible And Bagels, Musical Guest Singer Celebrates Anniversary & More…

Celebrate Anniversary With Musical Guest Singer At Grace Baptist Temple of Brandon

On Sunday, June 4, Grace Baptist Temple of Brandon invites you to its 11 a.m. service to celebrate Pastor Tommy Thompson’s and wife Vicki’s seven-year anniversary with the church. Special musical guest Joseph Habedank, a multi award-winning and nominated Dove Award Christian singer and songwriter will perform during the service as well as hold an exclusive concert at 1:30 p.m. Also, immediately following the service, everyone is invited to a complimentary catered lunch.

To attend the lunch, please reserve your seats online at growingatgrace.churchcenteronline.com/registrations. The event is free and family friendly. The church is located at 2909 John Moore Rd. in Brandon. For further details, please contact the office at 689-7190 or info@growingatgrace.com.

Mom Speaks To Staff And Students About Autism Awareness At BSBA

In a wonderful effort to shine a light on Autism Awareness with staff and student body, Bell Shoals Baptist Academy (BSBA) partnered with special needs mom, Laura Fletcher, during a recent chapel service. Mother of Nicholas Fletcher, a 7-year-old Autistic BSBA student, Fletcher was given the opportunity to speak about what Autism is and how it may affect some children within their school community. A highlight of the morning came from a heartfelt moment when Nicholas addressed his friends and school directly, telling them “I am Autistic” and it simply means “I do things differently.” Overall, the event brought education and emotion to a topic that touches and affects 1 in 68 children nationwide.

Bible and Bagels At Congregation Beth Shalom

Welcome the Sabbath on Friday evenings at 7:45 p.m. Oneg (nosh and mingle) follows services.
Bible and Bagels – Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m.-12 Noon – Join in for a light breakfast and a discussion of “Shlach-L’cha,” history’s first spy ring.

Congregation Beth Shalom, is located at 706 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. Call 681-6547 for more information.

Brandon ’86 Rotary Club Hosts Easter Egg Hunt At Everyday Blessings

The Brandon ’86 Rotary Club hosted an Easter Egg Hunt on April 8 for the children of Everyday Blessings, a foster care facility in Thonotasassa that focuses on keeping siblings together. The children were treated to an egg hunt and lunch. The Interact Club of Durant High School also participated in the event.

“We are so grateful to be able to work with Everyday Blessings to create memories for the children they serve,” says Marlene Adkinson, Vice President of the Brandon ’86 Rotary Club. “It’s a blessing to watch the joy on the children’s faces, and we look forward to hosting this event every year.”

The Brandon ’86 Rotary Club raises money to support Everyday Blessings and other local charities during their annual Brandon Seafood Festival and Partee Golf Tournament. The club meets every Friday at 7 a.m., at the Grace Place, 732 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon.

Donate To Student Run Book Drive

Joey Woodward, a 7th grade student At Immanuel Lutheran School is holding a book drive. He and sister Jilly have begun the drive with 140 of their own books and now want to share with other kids.

They have chosen to help both Lopez and Ruskin Elementary schools and plan to donate collected books throughout May.
They are hoping to send books home with 450 students Lopez Elementary and 900 students at Ruskin Elementary.

Drop off locations are at: Olin Mott at 528 W. in Brandon Blvd Brandon, PDQ at 134 S. Gornto Lake Rd. in Brandon, Osprey Observer – 918 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon, and Immanuel Lutheran School at 2913 John Moore Rd. in Brandon. For more information, call 833-9923.