Sharing the News:

A weekly publication of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Florida

April 30, 2014

In This Issue:
Spring Celebration begins this Friday!

CBF Florida 2014 Clergy Conference

Becoming the "Other:" The Church as Stranger

in a Brand New World 

Facilitator: Dr. Robert Nash, Professor of Missions and

World Religions at McAfee School of Theology

College Park Baptist Church, Orlando

Thursday, May 1 - Friday, May 2



CBF Florida 2014 Spring Celebration 

Intersectionality: Church and Culture at the Crossroads

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Soong Chan Rah, Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary

College Park Baptist Church, Orlando

Friday, May 2 - Saturday, May 3

Micah Center of Pinellas County begins summer camp program

Seeking short-term volunteer teams for the summer of 2014.

Janel and Phil Miller-Evans will be commissioned by Global Missions at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly as field personnel to St. Petersburg at the new mission, Micah Center. The CBF General Assembly is being held June 23-27.  The first big program of Micah Center will be a five-day, work week summer camp for children of families who are underemployed. If you or your church would like to volunteer for a week this summer, please contact them at
Prayers of the People
In June 2013, Jeanne Cross was commissioned by CBF as a self-funded field personnel to serve in anti-trafficking efforts in Penang, Malaysia. She will assist in developing a shelter for survivors of human trafficking and work to prevent trafficking among the most vulnerable. Pray that God will open doors for the men, women, and children who have been trafficked to escape or be rescued. Pray the needed shelter will soon become a reality. Pray for Jeanne's transition to life in Malaysia as she continues to form prayer and support partners and discern the next steps for the ministry in store. Read more in the latest fellowship! magazine at

"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?' And I said, 'Here am I; send me!'" (Isaiah 6:8)
*From Prayers of the People, a free, year-long guide to CBF missions and ministries. Order Prayers of the People prayer calendar as a way of remembering CBF missions and ministries throughout the year.
This Week's Birthdays
Join us in giving thanks and praying for the following field personnel, chaplains, counselors, and church planters on their birthdays.

We are celebrating the birthdays listed below because were away last week!

Wednesday, April 30
  • Joseph Caldwell, Alameda, CA (Chaplain)
  • Charles Wallace, Fort Worth, TX (Chaplain)

Thursday, May 1

  • Michael Coggins, Navarree, FL (Chaplain) 
  • Katherine Higgins, Mint Hill, NC (Chaplain)
  • Bob Whitten, Springfield, VA (Pastoral Counselor)

Friday, May 2

  • Cathy Cole, Aiken, SC (Chaplain)
  • Stephen Murphy, Honolulu, HI (Chaplain)
  • Deborah Reeves, Austin, TX (Chaplain)
  • Matthew Sherin, Mitchell, SD (Child of Field Personnel)
  • Lynn Walker, Chickasha, OK (Church planter)
  •  Terry Wilson, Mt. Pleasant, SC (Chaplain) 

 Saturday, May 3

  • Leah Harding, Orlando, FL (Child of Field Personnel)
  • Raeburn Horne, Louisville, KY (Chaplain)
Sunday, May 4
  • Johann Choi, Durham, NC (Chaplain)
  • Gery Metcalf, Kingsport, TN (Chaplain)
  • George Sipek, Lillington, NC (Chaplain)
  • Skip Wisenbaker, Atlanta, GA (Chaplain)

Monday, May 5

  • Austin, Thailand (Child of Field Personnel)
  • Emily Holladay, (Staff - Atlanta)
  • Karen Long, Birmingham, AL (Chaplain)

Tuesday, May 6

  • Carol Dalton, Swannanoa, NC (Chaplain)
  • Terry Maples (Staff - Tennessee)
  • Steve Smith, Liberty, MO (Chaplain)
Invitations to Pray
As you take time to pray this week, you are invited to remember the following concerns in the CBF family:
  • We give thanks for Steven Porter, who has been named as the new Global Missions Coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Steven is the former executive director of Touching Miami with Love. Congratulations, Steven!
  • Pray for the people of Bayshore Baptist Church in Tampa, Bluewater Community Church in Niceville, First Baptist Church of Vero Beach, and First Baptist Church of Cocoa as they live in the interim while searching for a new pastor.
  • Pray for Joe Boronat and his wife, Kathy, and daughter, Isabella. Joe, who served as a youth pastor for Ray Johnson, has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and is recovering from his second surgery.
  • Pray for Ann Mitchell, wife of Allan Mitchell (pastor of South Venice Baptist Church). Ann is recovering from an injury she sustained in a fall.
  • Pray for Edwin and Alma Pinder's daughter, Tametra, who has leukemia and is recovering from surgery to remove one of her kidneys. Edwin is the pastor of the New Emmanuel Baptist church in McLean's Town on the island of Grand Bahama.
  • Pray for Preston Cooper and his family. Preston is the pastor of St. Cleveland's Baptist Church in Gambier Point on the island of Grand Bahama.
Last Week's Birthdays
Join us in giving thanks and praying for the following field personnel, chaplains, counselors, and church planters on their birthdays.

We were away last week. So we honor the birthdays for last week this week!

Wednesday, April 23
  • David Kolb, Lexington, NC (Chaplain)

Thursday, April 24

  • Brenda Atkinson, Greenville, SC (Chaplain)
  • Rhonda Gilligan-Gillespie, Wichita, KS (Chaplain)
  • Laura Mannes, San Antonio, TX (Chaplain)
  • Travis Smith, Forest City, (Chaplain)
  • Leslie Stith, Liberty, MO (Chaplain) 

Friday, April 25

  • Connie Graham, Fitzgerald, GA (Chaplain)
  • Victoria Whatley, (Staff - Atlanta)

Sunday, April 27

  • Pat Davis, Baton Rouge, LA (Chaplain)
  • Carter Harrell, Kenya (Child of Field Personnel)
  • Pete Parks, Williamsburg, VA (Chaplain)

Monday, April 28

  • Gary McFarland, Charlotte, NC (Pastoral Counselor)

Tuesday, April 29

  • Ted Dougherty, Winston-Salem, NC (Pastoral Counselor)
Employment Opportunities
 Full-time Youth Minister
First Baptist Church, Gainesville, FL
FBC of Gainesville, FL, is excited to accept resumes for a full-time youth minister. This person should exhibit spiritual maturity, have a level of academic preparation in Christian Education, and demonstrate experience in working with youth and their families. Candidates should possess a sense of call to the ministry and to this position. FBC is also looking for someone with a lively, fun-loving personality who understands the importance of being part of a Family Ministry Team. For more information about FBC Gainesville, visit Resumes can be sent to

First Baptist Augusta, GA, seeks full-time Minister of Music

First Baptist Church, Augusta, GA, is seeking a qualified, spiritual, and creative candidate for the full-time position of Minister of Music.  First Baptist is a large faith community with a diverse and extensive music program.  The Minister of Music is responsible for leading and directing all aspects of music within the church.  This includes planning and leading worship services (traditional and contemporary), leadership for adult and children's choirs, instrumental music, selecting music content, organizing special music services, supervising music program staff, overseeing worship technology, and pastoral care.  A seminary (or equivalent) degree is required.   Experience in growing and maintaining an expansive music program is also preferred.  Resumes will be accepted until April 1, 2014 and should be sent to or:

Attention:  Search Committee

First Baptist Church

P. O. Box 14489

Augusta, GA  30919.


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