Compiled by Michelle Colesanti,

Gospel Jam 2017 Seeks Entertainers

If you would like to solo or have a group that would be interested in bringing worship through song, drama, etc. at the Gospel Jam 2017 Entertainment Tent at the Hillsborough County State Fair, please pre-register before October 15 by mail to Hillsborough County Fair, P.O. Box 100, Sydney, FL 33587 or via email to Click here for an application.

The entertainment will take place on Sunday, October 22 and 29 starting at 2 p.m. Once registered, you will be notified of your performance time. All ages are welcome.

Enjoy Some Fall Fun At The Brandon Christian Women’s Connection October Luncheon 

Brandon Christian Women’s Connection‘s October Luncheon “Fall Fun” is Monday October 9 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Bell Shoals Baptist Church’s Special Events Center, 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon.

The speaker will be Paula Abbott and music with Brenda Copher. This is a non-denominational luncheon and all ladies are invited. The cost is $15 for luncheon and entertainment. First time guests pay $10. Reservations are requested by calling Lillie at 740-0098.

Congregation Beth Shalom Services And Events

You are welcome to attend the upcoming events at Congregation Beth Shalom.

Sukkah Under the Stars – Wednesday, October 4 from 6:15-7:45 p.m. Enjoy S’mores, make a sukkah from mystery materials, and play Sukkot games. Star Gaze using a telescope and learn more about the stars. Everyone young and old is welcome to celebrate this special holiday with our community.

Sangria and Soda in the Sukkah – Saturday, October 7 at 7 p.m. Join in for a drum circle by Giving Tree Music. Bring a snack to share and enjoy beating a drum.

One Family – Different Customs: An exploration of Sephardic Jewry – Rabbi Betsy Torop will enlighten us about Sephardic customs, goods, music, life cycle and holiday observances celebrated in Spain and Middle Eastern countries. This series will run on three consecutive Tuesday evenings in October, starting on October 10 at 7 p.m., continuing on October 17 and 24.

Simchot Torah – Wednesday, October 11 at 7 p.m. – Celebrate with songs of joy, listen to the final and first words of the Torah and dance with the scrolls.

Shabbat services are held on Friday evenings at 7:45 p.m. Oneg, nosh and mingle follows. A special ‘Shabbat at the Ranch’ will be held on October 6, bring a snack to share and a chair. It will start with snack and sunset viewing at 6 p.m. and follow with a casual Shabbot service at 7 pm. All welcome. Call the office for ranch address.

Congregation Beth Shalom is located at 706 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. Call 681-6547 for information.

United Methodist Women 47th Annual Pecan Sale

Pecans are available to order from Sunday, October 1 through Wednesday, November 1. A five pound box of mammoth halves or pieces costs $45. A one pound bag of mammoth halves is $10. Specialty items are also available as follows: chocolate amaretto pecans for $18; praline pecans for $16, and an assortment including pralines, chocolate amaretto and roasted salted peanuts for $20.

To order call Mary Baker at 643-4493, email or visit to order and pay by credit card. Checks payable to UMW can be mailed to P.O. Box 546, Lithia, FL 33547. Only pre-paid pecans are reserved. Others will be sold on a first come-first served basis.

Pick-up is at New Hope United Methodist Church, 121 N. Knights Ave. in Brandon. Pickup times are Saturday, November 11 and Monday, November 13 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

This annual fundraiser benefits local missions such as Family Promise, Cornerstone Ministries and the Women’s Resource Center.

For more information, contact Barbara Brooks at 689-7016 or

Annual Fall Festival At New Hope UMC

On Sunday, October 29 from 5-7 p.m., New Hope United Methodist Church will hold its annual Fall Festival. This is a great event for all ages with trunks filled with candy plus free hot dogs, inflatables and free family fun.

Follow along the maze of decorated trunks for a safe, fun-filled alternative to Trick-or-Treating.

Kids should wear their non-scary costume and invite their friends.

The Church is located at 121 N. Knights Ave. in Brandon. For more information, contact Shelly Wilson at or visit

Previous articleParkinson’s Support Group, Ceramic Sale, Gardening Presentation & More…
Next articleHurricane Irma Relief Information
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.