Park Square Cellar Wine FestBell Shoals Hosts Women’s Gathering

La Bella Vita, a special women’s gathering to be held at Special Events Center of Bell Shoals Baptist Church located at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon, will be held on Friday, September 12, from 6:30-10 p.m. and continues into Saturday, September 13, from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Ladies will enjoy a comedy video by Anita Renfroe, dinner and a  dessert on Friday evening. Saturday morning begins with a cup of coffee and is followed by a variety of workshops developed by women, for women, to meet the unique needs of women and lunch. Sample topics include: Frazzled Females, The Purse Driven Life, A Car Seat in my Convertible and Decorating Cents. If you are ready to “Taste and See that the Lord is Good” the church would love for you to join it for a lighthearted weekend of love and laughter. Early bird registration is through August 17 at $18 per person. After that date tickets will be $25. Childcare is available with paid registration.
Register via email at, keyword “Gathering” or call 689-4229, ext 482.

BCWC Holds Liberty Lunch
 Brandon Christian Women’s Connection will be hosting a Liberty Lunch on Monday, September 8, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Special Events Center of Bell Shoals Baptist Church located at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon. The cost is $12 which includes guest speaker Judge Martha Cook and the special music of Michelle Lazzara. “How to be a good American” will be the feature topic of the luncheon. The deadline for reservations is Thursday, September 4. Please, reservations must be kept, cancelled or used by a friend.  If you are unable to attend, donations are appreciated. Complimentary childcare is available by reservation, birth through age 5. All ladies are warmly welcomed to this non-denominational event, sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries and Brandon CWC.
To make your reservation, call 657-8632, email @ or mail checks to Barbara Harvey, 7608 Loghouse Rd., Plant City, FL 33565.

Pursue Your Destiny
Women of Destiny, a training class for prospective Christian leaders, speakers and writers, will be offered on the third Monday each month at Onething Prayer Center located at 777 W. Lumsden Rd., in the Oak Park Plaza, in Brandon. This practical application class will provide opportunities for women to learn the skills needed to pursue their destiny. Women of Destiny features nine interactive workshops and live call-ins from the National Leadership Team of Proverbs 31 Ministries. Its daily devotionals are read by over 300,000 women a day. Attend each class to benefit from the experience of nationally recognized professional Christian speakers, leaders and published authors. Participants may arrive prior to the 7 p.m. start time for networking in the cafe or time in The Prayer Center, beginning Monday, September 15. Nine monthly classes are offered at $10 per month, plus a $10 registration fee. All materials are included, and participants receive a certificate upon completion of the course.
You can register and view the 2008-2009 workshop curriculums by going to and clicking on “Women of Destiny” or call 500-9411.

Stepping Stone Welcomed by St. Andrew’s
The Stepping Stones Girls sang at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, located at 3315 Bryan Rd. in Brandon, in July at various Sunday services. This annual tradition is a way for the girls to worship God and to also say thank you for all that the congregation at St. Andrew’s has done for them. These 27 girls come from many different backgrounds. Many are just short of a being placed with the legal system. Their parents have made a commitment for a minimum of one year for their girls to live in a Christian group home setting with strict rules. At the on-site school they work and study hard year round. St. Andrew’s has supported this mission throughout the years. In July, the girls came to enjoy a Summer Cookout. St. Andrew’s has sent teams of volunteers to help on projects including re-grouting tile for three of six of their showers, adding coats of paint to the chapel and the school house and putting a new roof on the chapel. The Just Older Youth group of St. Andrew’s also prepares a Thanksgiving meal to enjoy with the girls each year.
To find out more about the Stepping Stones girls singing performance or St. Andrew’s, please visit or call 689-6849.

Ministry to Hold Prayer Day
The Awakening America Alliance of Valrico has called for a Patriot’s Day Prayer Initiative to take place on September 11 at all 3,141 county courthouses in the United States between the hours of 12 Noon and 1 p.m. This prayer initiative is being called Cry Out America! and will be a solemn assembly as residents pause to remember the greatest wake-up call that our nation has ever had, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This will be the seventh anniversary of that attack on America. County Coordinator for Hillsborough County Jesten Peters, an ordained minister, is seeking pastors, churches, ministry leaders and individuals to participate in this prayer initiative. 
Please call 681-1379 or email if interested. For more information, go to  

FishHawk Fellowship Kicks Off Event
FishHawk Fellowship, located at 15326 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia, will be holding the Women’s Ministry Annual Kickoff Event on Saturday, September 6, from 10 a.m.-12 Noon. All ladies are cordially invited to join the group for a time of fun, fellowship and, of course, food. Ladies will enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast as they learn about exciting ministries, events and Bible Study classes that all can be involved in at FishHawk Fellowship.
Please register by emailing or calling the church office at 655-7431.

Beth Moore Bible Study Begins
The Presbyterian Church of Bloomingdale, located at 710 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon, will be starting another Beth Moore Bible Study on Thursday evenings and repeated on Monday mornings, starting Thursday, September 25, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The morning group will start Monday, September 29, from 9-11:30 a.m. “When Godly People Do Ungodly Things: Arming Yourself in the Age of Seduction,” by Beth Moore, examines how devoted followers can fall into the enemy’s traps. This seven-week study is written in three parts. The fee is $15 each and registration deadline is September 15.
For more information or to register, call the church secretary at 654-3699.

Congregations Unite
On Friday, September 12, at 6:15 p.m. in an unparalleled celebration of unity, Jewish congregations, of all major denominations, across Tampa will unite to sponsor an event that bonds all Jews – Shabbat. Participating congregations will open their doors and invite unaffiliated Jews and their families to take part in Shabbat with new and established friends via an interactive guided Friday night program. The Shabbat Tampa program and dinner is free to all unaffiliated guests. For planning purposes, RSVP by Friday, September 5.
For more information or to register for Shabbat Tampa, please call the Tampa Federation at 264-9000, visit or Congregation Beth Shalom, which is participating, at 681-6547.


Mark your calendars!  Shawn & Mary Sarkisian, proprietors of Park Square Cellar in Fishhawk Ranch invite all area residents to their 3rd Annual Fall Wine Fest on Saturday, September 13 from 1 – 5 PM and Sunday, September 14 from 1 – 4 PM to taste over 100 wines for FREE.
Whether you are a wine connoisseur or you just like to taste new wines, you are sure to enjoy this spectacular event.  “In addition to our local residents, we draw crowds from Clearwater all the way to Lakeland”, says Shawn.  “It’s a great way to try new wines at all different price ranges from all over the world.”
Fireside Grille will provide complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and jazz musician Gene Cannon will woo the crowd on sax and vocals.  In addition, there will be a sale of 15% OFF the purchase of 6 or more bottles of wine and other store merchandise.
The sale begins on Friday and will continue throughout the weekend.  No reservations are necessary.  For directions or more information on the event, call Park Square Cellar at 689-4560 or visit  Park Square Cellar is located at 16132 Churchview Drive in Park Square located in the heart of Fishhawk Ranch.  Hours of Operation:  Closed Mondays; Tues – Thurs: 11 AM – 8 PM; Fri & Sat:  11 AM – 11 PM; and Sun from 2 – 6 PM.

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