Annual Prolife Spaghetti Dinner

A Prolife Spaghetti Dinner will be held on Saturday, May 19 at Resurrection Catholic Church, 6819 Krycul Ave. in Riverview. The dinner is sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 15675.

Dinner starts at 5:45 p.m. and is ‘all you can eat.’ Tickets cost $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Children under 7 are free. For tickets, contact Alex at 956-3709 or Fran at 641-9109 or stop by the Parish office.

Cedarkirk Offers A Free Afternoon To Learn About Its Summer Camps

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 12 for a free afternoon of fun at Cedarkirk Camp and Conference Center. This event will be held from 1-5 p.m. and offers fun for all ages and a taste of what a day of summer camp is like. You are welcome to zip-line through the treetops, explore our disc golf course, tackle the climbing wall, hike the property, take a walking or hayride tour, toast a s’more over a campfire, or simply relax in a rocking chair on the porch of Cedar Lodge. Hot dogs will be available for purchase. No reservation is needed—just show up and have fun.

Whether you would like to try Cedarkirk for the first time this summer to learn more about the camp experience or have been coming to the camp for years, we hope to see you.

For more information about the open house, please contact the camp office at or 685-4224 ext. 2. Cedarkirk Camp is located at 1920 Streetman Dr. in Lithia.

Enjoy Fashion Show And Luncheon With Brandon Christian Women’s Connection

The Brandon Christian Women’s Connection luncheon for May will hold its annual Fashion Show presented by The Dress Barn. It will take place Monday, May 14 from 11 a.m.-1.p.m. at the Special Event Center at Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon. 
This is a nondenominational luncheon and all ladies are invited. The cost is $15. First time guests pay $10.  Please make a reservation before Monday, May 7 with Lillie at 740-0098.

The Greater Brandon Meals On Wheels Program Honors Its Volunteers

The 2018 Greater Brandon Meals on Wheels (MOW) Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Elena LaRussa from First Presbyterian Church of Brandon.

Guy Futral, the President of Greater Brandon MOW presented the award to LaRussa at the 42nd Annual Luncheon held on Thursday, April 5 at the First Baptist Church of Dover. More than two hundred MOW volunteers attended the luncheon and were also recognized for their service to the community. 

The Brandon Area MOW program started 42 years ago through a cooperative effort of Limona Village Chapel and St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church. The program has grown to include 19 area churches and currently prepares, serves and delivers approximately 250 hot meals per day from Monday through Friday in the Brandon community.

For more information on MOW, please visit To find out how you can volunteer, call Guy Futral at 502-432-7477.

Lithia Man Who Leads Christian Men’s Ministry Honored For Volunteerism

As part of AT&T’s recognition of National Volunteer Week, the company recognizes Carl Shack Jr. of Lithia with the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA).

The PVSA recognizes individuals who demonstrate a commitment to volunteerism throughout the year. Stack, an AT&T professional systems administrator, is among 4,386 AT&T employees nationwide to receive this honor. To receive this honor, an employee must log a minimum of 100 service hours.

In 2017, Shack volunteered more than 500 hours leading Christian Men United, a Christian men’s organization which aims to help pastors of local churches build and preserve unity by encouraging men to be men of God. 

Shack said he believes God has placed this calling within him. He said, “I just have a heart for unity, first among God’s collective church, and second the world as a whole.”

Nationwide, AT&T employees volunteered more than 1.78 million hours of time in community outreach activities during 2017.

Exalted Word Ministries Presents First Seffner Community Health Fair

A Community Health Fair will be sponsored by Exalted Word Ministries on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. This is a family event so bring your children.

Free services will be available: Healthy Food Pre/Taste Seminar, Mini Olympics for Kids, Pre Diabetic Screening as well as music entertainment. Vendors will be present too.

The Health Fair takes place at 2808 S. Kingsway Rd. in Seffner.

For more information, contact Yolanda Mitchum, RN, BSN at 352-615-4552 or

Dr. Al Mohler To Speak At Bell Shoals’ Brandon Campus

Dr. Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is one of the most sought-after speakers and thinkers in the evangelical world.

He has been recognized by such influential publications as Time and Christianity Today as a leader among American evangelicals. In fact, called him the “reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.”

He has appeared on such national news programs as CNN’s Larry King Live and AC360, NBC’s Today Show and Dateline NBC, ABC’s Good Morning America, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS, MSNBC’s Scarborough Country and Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor.

“Every time I hear Dr. Mohler, God uses him to stretch my faith and to deepen my commitment to live for Christ in today’s culture,” said Dr. Stephen Rummage, the senior pastor at Bell Shoals. “He is a compelling speaker with a heart for truth. I can’t wait for him to be with us in May!”

He will speak on Wednesday, May 2 at 7 p.m. in the Worship Center on the Brandon Campus.

His message is free and open to the community. Bell Shoals Baptist Church is located at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon. Call 689-4299.

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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.