Oct. 15 2019
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Lake City, Celebrates 160 Years of Ministry

Bethlehem Lutheran Church will celebrate its 160th anniversary on Oct. 20, 2019. Bethlehem is the oldest congregation in the Florida-Bahamas Synod.  This history was included in the congregation's bulletin as part of their anniversary celebration. Bishop Suarez will be present to participate in the anniversary celebration.
Also in 1859, when Bethlehem Lutheran Church was organized (source: www.onthisday.com ):

  • the first steamboat sailed the Red River (Jan. 5)
  • Brahms' 1st piano concerto (in D minor) premieres in Hanover (Jan. 22)
  • Oregon admitted as 33rd state of the Union (Feb. 14)
  • Arkansas legislature requires free blacks to choose exile or slavery (Feb. 28)
  • Philadelphia A's organize to play "town ball" became baseball 20 years later (May 31)
  • 1st air mail (in a balloon) took off from Lafayette, Indiana (Aug. 17)
  • Last weekly installment of Charles Dickens' "A Tale Of Two Cities" is published in literary periodical "All the Year Round" (Nov. 26)
Successful Florida-Bahamas Synod visit to our Lutheran
church companions in Guyana and Suriname
submitted by PJ May

Pictured above are the representatives from the ELCA Global Mission desk – Pr. Jaime Dubon and Paulina Dasse, along with FB Synod delegation – Pr. Khader El-Yateem, Marcee Strickland, and PJ May at the end of a 4- day visit to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Guyana (ELCG). Also participating in the consultation visit were Pr. Riitta Hepomaki, Asst. to the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada- Eastern Synod, and Laurie Knott, Vice-Chair of the ELCIC-ES – which is also a companion synod of Guyana. The group met with ELCG Board members for visioning and planning for the future and deepening the relationships.

The FB Synod and ELCA representatives then traveled on to Suriname and met with members of the ELKS – Evangelical Lutheran Church in Suriname. The 3- day meeting culminated with worship at the historic Marten Luther Kerk in Paramaribo with Pr. Urwin Holband. ELKS Board members requested an invitation to come and spend time in Florida meeting with clergy and Synod staff for education on worship & music and church management. Plans are underway for a ELKS companion visit next fall!!
Comedy Show Open to the Public

This year's Conference on Ministry will include a free comedy show with comedian Al Ernst that is open to the public. The comedy show will be on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7:00 pm, at the Life Enrichment Center Auditorium in Leesburg.

Al Ernst was formed by the Lutheran church, worked as a youth staffer in the South Carolina Synod, explored the idea of going to seminary, and then changed directions and has been doing comedy for 30 years. He has been featured on a variety of comedy channels, and most recently has been a comedian on cruise ships. He combines his love for the church and for God with his love for making people laugh in this show "Jesus Take the Wheel...'Cause I'm Trying to Text." The show is "cringe free funny"--family friendly and open to all ages.
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For Your Information
Important curriculum from the ELCA.
One Body Many Members

"One Body, Many Members" is a faith-based journey of discovery to learn, share and proclaim God's intention of oneness among people of every racial, ethnic and class background. How do we find that unity in a world as diverse as ours? How can we...

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Stewardship for All Seasons Testimony
This is the third in a series of 3 brief videos about Stewardship for All Seasons. Pr. Mike Ward gives more explanation, background, and invitation to Stewardship for All Seasons. If you want to learn more about this program or other stewardship resources, contact Tom O'Reilly.
Employment Opportunities
find out more about these positions from the Employment page on the synod web site.

Apostles Lutheran Church, Brandon:
Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministry
Apostles Lutheran Church has a clear mission “To be and make disciples for Christ”. An integral part of that mission is our ministry with children, youth and families.
We are seeking a person to join Apostles’ staff as Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries. This ministry’s mission prospers when staff/volunteers provide children (birth through high school) and their parents opportunities which introduce and grow faith in God. The Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries will be the lead staff person to encourage growth in discipleship in children, youth and families through engagement in Sunday school, Confirmation, and a variety of other events throughout the school year and summer. All aspects of ministry with children youth, and families seek to offer a myriad of education, social, and serving activities that serve the central mission of this congregation.  

Director of Contemporary Music Ministry
Apostles Lutheran Church seeks to engage all people in meaningful and grace-oriented worship. The Contemporary Director of Worship and Music Ministry will be the lead staff person in ensuring quality worship and music.
Bishop's Calendar
  • Synod Office
  • Conference on Ministry, Leesburg
  • Bethlehem, Lake City (160th anniversary)
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