Vacation Bible School At First Baptist Church
     First Baptist Church of Midway, located at 2902 Midway Rd. in Plant City, will hold Vacation Bible School: Hometown Nazareth: Where Jesus Was a Kid, on Sunday July 10 through Friday, July 15 from 6-8:30 p.m.
     Kids will step back in time at Hometown Nazareth, exploring what it was like to live in the town where Jesus grew up.  Kids will participate in a memorable Bible-Times marketplace, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into Bible-times snacks, visit Jesus’ mom, Mary, and collect Memory Markers to remind them of God’s Word.

Farewell To St. Stephen’s Rev. Michael Juran
      St. Stephen Church has been notified of diocesan clergy changes, and will see some new faces.  Rev. Michael Juran has been assigned as of July 1, and will be greatly missed.  His great teaching, humor, colorful experience and friendly style have won the hearts of the entire community.
     Fr. Mike has been “on loan” here from his home diocese of Buffalo, New York.  Associates usually serve a term of two to three years, and St. Stephen has been fortunate to enjoy his service for five years.
    St Stephen is now welcoming Rev. Emery Longanga and Rev. Jose George to the ministerial team, with hopes of great support for the expanding church and over 100 ministries.

Calvary Lutheran Church is Not Closing its Doors
     Calvary Lutheran Church, located on U S Highway 41 North, between Apollo Beach and Ruskin is not closing.  The recent appearance of a “for sale” sign on the property has unleashed a flood of rumors.  Calvary placed the location up for sale in preparation of moving to the 25 acres it owns at 1424 E College Ave. in Ruskin. 
     Plans for the Ruskin property are to build a campus-style mission center, a process that will be done in phases, to better serve the needs of the congregation. Plans include a multi-purpose building for a temporary worship center/fellowship hall/education/youth facility and an administration building. Long range planning includes youth, senior living and worship, and quilting/craft centers, preschool, prayer labyrinth, columbarium and buildings that could possibly accommodate community needs such as a wellness center. 
    The Ruskin property was purchased in 2004. The church was working with a design-build firm when the economy took a downward turn and plans were put on hold  The church is now working with a new building contractor that is helping them strategically plan a path toward being able to relocate.  Placing the current property for sale is part of that plan. 

VBS At Balm Baptist Church First Week In August
Balm Baptist Church is pleased to sponsor Lifeway’s Big Apple Adventure Vacation Bible School, where faith and life connect from Monday-Saturday, August 1 through August 6, at 6 p.m.  Kids will learn to experience faith through exploration of the Big City and most importantly, they will learn about Christ and spreading His word all the while enjoying crafts and activities. The week culminates with a closing ceremony at the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, August 7.

Sun City Center Hosts Letters To God Movie Night
 Sun City Center United Methodist Church is holding a movie night on Friday night, July 8 at 6 p.m. The movie of the evening is Letters To God, about a young boy battling cancer who writes to God. The mailman must decide what to do with the letters. This is a story of faith, hope and love when God gives the ultimate answer. Sun City Center United Methodist Church is located at 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W. in Sun City Center. For more information, call 634-2539

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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.