Compiled by Michelle Colesanti

Bay Life Church Scrapbooking For Missions

Bay Life Church announces its annual Fall Crop benefiting youth activities and mission trips. Bring your own supplies to work on your paper crafting projects in a well-lit and fun atmosphere. Your registration fee is tax deductible and includes dinner and dessert on Friday, continental breakfast, home cooked lunch, drinks and snacks all day, plus scrapbook/crop space, swap table, goody bags and door prizes on Saturday.

This year’s crop will be Friday, October 6 from 6:30–11 p.m. and/or Saturday, October 7 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Receive a discount by registering early by October 1. The cost is $25 for Friday night, $30 for Saturday, or $45 for both. Late registrations, late payments and walk-ins are welcome with registration fee of $30 for Friday night, $35 for Saturday or $55 for both, if space is available.

Registration is open. Sign up at Space is limited and not reserved until paid in full. Please email Patty Fuller at for more information.

Saint Anne Catholic Church Faith Formation Program

Saint Anne Catholic Church is currently enrolling students for the 2017/2018 Faith Formation year. Registration forms are available in the Parish Office during normal business hours. Additionally, members of the Faith Formation staff will be in the church Narthex on Sundays through September 3 after the 10 a.m. and 12 Noon Masses. Classes begin Sunday, September 17.

The church offers Faith Formation classes to aid and support parents in the education of their children in the Catholic Faith. Children in grades pre-K through 12 are provided a loving and spiritual environment that will help them grow closer to Christ. Please contact the Parish Office at 645-1714 for more information.

Saint Anne Catholic Church is located at U.S. Hwy. 41 and 11th Avenue N.E. in Ruskin. For more information about the Parish, visit

MOPS (Mothers Of Preschoolers) 2017-2018 Season 

Ever feel exhausted in the midst of the joys and challenges that come with your little ones?  MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) is a community of women like you that can help.
MOPS meets at FishHawk Fellowship Church, 15326 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia on the first and third Tuesdays monthly from September through May. The first meeting for 2017-2018 is Tuesday, September 5, from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  A typical meeting includes food and fellowship, a guest speaker with topics relevant to a mom of a preschooler, creative activities and/ or games, and small-group discussions to connect with other moms.
At FishHawk Fellowship Church, MOPS seeks to encourage, equip and develop every mother of preschoolers to realize her potential as a woman, mother and leader in the name of Jesus Christ.

When you come to MOPS, your children are lovingly cared for in our free on-site childcare. 

In addition to the MOPS meetings, we also schedule regular play dates and “Moms Night Out” events for MOPS members.

For more information and to sign up, go to and search “MOPS”, or email

Golf Tournament Benefits Campo YMCA

You are invited to participate in this year’s Campo Family YMCA Annual Golf Tournament, which will be held on Saturday, September 30 at Riverhills Country Club in Valrico.

All the proceeds from this golf tournament stay local and have a lasting impact on our neighbors in the community. The Tampa Metropolitan YMCA is a Four-Star Charity and is a 501(c)(3) organization. A portion of the sponsorship is tax-deductible and donors will receive a tax receipt for contributions.

For information, contact Kavita Marballi at 684-1371 Ext. 1606 or

Blue Mass To Be Held At Saint Stephen Catholic Church

A “Blue Mass” is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. This mass is celebrated for the spiritual intentions of police, firefighters, EMS, state troopers and all other first responders.

The Blue Mass dates back to 1934 in Washington, DC. It is a common tradition in the northeast United States and has recently been extended throughout the rest of the country.

St. Stephen is located at 10118 Saint Stephen Circle in Riverview.

Second Annual Purple Passion Silent Auction/Wine/Cheese Tasting

Reach Out Speak Out (ROSO) will be holding its second annual Purple Passion silent auction event on Sunday, October 1 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at New Identities Hair Studio at 15307 Amberly Dr. in Tampa. This event is to help domestic violence victims and their families that are in a faith-based community.

Food and drink stations, exhibitors that will be selling products and the profits will go to ROSO. Both non-alcoholic and traditional wines and beverages will be served. Silent Auction will end at 3 p.m. Join in for Silent Auction that will include: authentic sports items, restaurant gift cards, activities, entertainment, themed-based baskets, services, get-aways, 50/50 raffle and so much more. For more information contact Jan Porter, chair at 695-9495 or

Reach Out Speak Out is a not for profit organization that has been helping families within faith-based communities in the Tampa Bay area for several years. Our goal is to help with everyday needs, emotional and mental counseling needs with trained and licensed professionals.

Disney’s Night Of Joy Returns Showcasing Popular Christian Bands

Disney’s Night of Joy featuring contemporary Christian music artists returns to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The two-night event will host multiple Grammy Award and Dove Award winners. On Friday, September 8, the performers include MercyMe, TobyMac, Zach Williams, Natalie Grant, Danny Gokey, Matt Maher, Colton Dixon and Rend Collective. Then the fun continues on Saturday, September 9 with Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Kirk Franklin, Jordan Feliz, Crowder, Jeremy Camp and Tye Tribbett. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the first band starts at 6:30 p.m. Please note entertainment is subject to change.

Event guests can buy a concert only or a concert plus theme park combination ticket for either evening—or even a two-night concert ticket. Single-night concert only tickets are $45 plus tax per person and two-night concert only tickets are $69 plus tax per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 407-W-DISNEY. For discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more, call 877-NITE-JOY. The ESPN Sports Complex is located at 700 S. Victory Way in Kissimmee.

Annual Barbeque Benefits New Horizons Group Homes

New Horizons Group Homes will hold its annual barbeque and silent auction on Saturday, September 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Central Baptist Christian School gymnasium, 402 E. Windhorst Rd. in Brandon. This is the major fundraiser for New Horizons, a non-profit organization that operates two homes for developmentally challenged adults, most of whom work in the community or in programs. The faith-based organization was started in 1992, with the first home opening in 1999.

The meal includes a pulled porkbarbecue sandwich with mac and cheese, baked beans, beverage and dessert, and catered by BubbaQue’s. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For information on purchasing tickets in advance, call the New Horizons office at 571-2690 or Brenda Watkins at 653-2466.

Top Christian Music Artists And Bands Coming To Universal Studios Florida™

Come out to Rock the Universe™ at Universal Studios Florida™ theme park on Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9, where you can enjoy some of Christian Rock’s top music artists and bands. The fun kicks off on Friday night at 6 p.m. with a line-up including Chris Tomlin, Lecrae, Lauren Daigle, Kari Jobe, Social Club Misfits and 7eventh Time Down. Then on Saturday night at 6 p.m., the musical talent continues with Casting Crowns, for King & Country, Brandon Heath, Andy Mineo, Family Force 5 and Ryan Stevenson.

Rock the Universe™ is a separately ticketed special event with entrance into the theme park beginning at 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at Information on different ticket packages that also include all day theme park admission and other options as well as youth group rates are also available. For questions, visit the website or call 1-800-224-4489. Theme park is located at 6000 Universal Blvd. in Orlando.

Impact Program, Inc. Announces Annual Impact Celebration

Impact Program, Inc. is pleased to announce its upcoming, semi-formal, annual Impact Celebration fundraising dinner on Thursday, September 21 at The Regent, 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. Doors open at 6 p.m., program at 6:30 p.m.

Learn how this nonprofit organization is impacting today’s teens by educating and empowering them to make positive life choices and to avoid high risk behaviors. The Impact Program serves Hillsborough County public and private schools, YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs, Parks & Recreation Centers, and community organizations by promoting healthy living and relationships to teens through Teen Impact, to parents through the Parent Program, and to teachers and other youth leaders through classroom education. Dinner is complimentary. There will be an appeal for financial support at the end of the evening. For more information on hosting a table or sponsorship opportunities, please visit or contact Bill Kagey at 600-9446.

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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.