Heifer International Gift Ark Presentation

In acknowledgement of the generous contribution of Four Gift Arks ($5,000 each), an award was presented by Heifer International to First Presbyterian Church of Brandon. These Gift Arks go around the world— Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Wherever Heifer finds hunger, poverty and hopelessness, they answer with Heifer animals and training. This gift  entails oxen, donkeys, water buffalo, cows, sheep and goats as well as bees, worms, chicks, llamas, pigs, rabbits and more. These healthy animals will go forth and multiply, improving lives for countless families and passing on the spirit of faith to places where generosity, kindness and vision are needed most.

For more information about Heifer International, visit www.heifer.org, for information regarding First Presbyterian Church of Brandon www.fpcbrandon.org.

Community Outreach For Homeless Seeks Donations and Volunteers

Thonotosassa Church of God, located at 11702 Taylor Rd., in Thonotosassa, will hold a Community Outreach on Saturday, June 8 at 10:30 a.m. to feed the homeless. The church prepares the meal the night before or in the early morning. The goal is 50 bags containing foods (non-perishable), snacks, fruits, variety of iced drinks, personal care items and anything they can use such as, clothing, shoes, hats, socks. They invite anyone who would like to donate or attend the outreach. For more information, to donate or volunteer, call Melonie Edwards at 381-2406.


Community Clothing Giveaway

Firm Foundation Christian Fellowship, located at 11962 Balm Riverview Rd., in Riverview, will sponsor a Community Clothing Giveaway, “Garments of Love” on Saturday, June 22. Men, Women and Children’s Clothing will be available. For more information contact Pastor Quinn at 784-5973.


Power Of Prayer Meeting

Firm Foundation Christian Fellowship will hold The Power of Prayer Meeting: Refocus, Renewal and Restoration on Thursday and Friday, June 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, June 9 at 10:30 a.m. Guest speakers will be Pastor Joyce Wilkerson and Pastor Ronald Thomas.

Ministry topics include Prayer and Intercession, Prayer and Leadership, Prayer that moves mountains, and Persistent powerful prayer. The Power of Prayer Meeting will take place at 11962 Balm Riverview Rd., in Riverview. For additional information, contact Pastor Quinn at 784-5973.


Giving Back To The Community Program

One of the cornerstones of Fernhill Farms is their Giving Back to the Community Program, which allows them to share what God has so abundantly given to them. They have put into place the opportunity for local churches, charities, and non-profit organizations to participate in their giving back program.

Once registered, your organization will be assigned an account number which you would give out to your members. When a member of your organization visits Fern Hill Family Farms and purchases produce or product, 10% of the profit from all sales generated will be given back to your organization in the form of a quarterly check.

As they get ready to launch this program, they need your help.  If you think your organization may qualify, please email the name and contact information of the organization or group.

For more information, please visit www.fernhillfamilyfarms.com or tiffany@fernhillfamilyfarms.com.


FishHawk Christian Business Networking Group

All businesses interested in joining a Christian networking group are invited to visit the FishHawk chapter of Christian Business Connection each Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. at Beef O’Brady’s located at 4330 Bell Shoals Rd. For information, contact Sandy Lee at sandy@genesislifecoach.net.


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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.