Compiled by Michelle Colesanti,

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.

Mary Howard-Schmidt Haitian Student Fundraiser Concert And Dinner

Immanuel Lutheran Church and The Bridges will present a Concert and Dinner fundraiser on Saturday, May 20 for the Mary Howard-Schmidt Haitian Student Fund, which provides quality Christian Education for children who attend one of the five Lutheran Elementary schools in Cap Haitian, Haiti.

The concert with wine and cheese will be held at 3:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. A gourmet dinner with live music will begin at 5 p.m. The cost is $75 per person.

With your help we will be able to: Provide each child a daily meal (for many, the only meal they will eat that day), school uniforms and teacher’s salaries. 

The concert and dinner will be held at The Bridges Clubhouse, 11202 Dewhurst Dr. in Riverview. For more information, visit our website at or call the church office at 689-1787.”

Introduction To The Hebraic Roots Of Our Faith

Every Wednesday starting from  May 3 to Jun 21, Yeshua Ner Tamid Messianic Congregation will be having a class on Hebrew Roots 101 for a total of eight classes starting at 6:30 p.m. This course will cover concepts such as: the Hebrew calendar, History of Israel, Law vs Grace, Covenants plus more. The class is free, but will be accepting a love offering. Please join in and invite someone. Bring a notebook and your bible.

The class will be held at 1314 E. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. For more information call Pastor Nereida Romero, MD at 438-8380.

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Michelle Colesanti
Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.