Hunger Fight Student Meal Packing Event
1 in 6 people and 1 in 4 children in Florida are affected by food insecurity. You can make a difference for those struggling with hunger!
CBF Florida Student Meal Packing Event Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9 AM- 11 PM Island View Baptist Church Cost - each participant will raise $85.00 to purchase the raw ingredients for the event. Every $1 given to hunger fight provides 4 meals to children and families. Students are invited to attend (and provide leadership in!) the CBF Florida Spring Celebration worship service at 11:15 AM and then go out to lunch with students from other CBF Florida churches after worship.
Participants can pay for the event via one of the following options:
- Click on donate (see green button on right) and utilize our PayPal account for payment purposes. Be sure to notate Hunger Fight in the appropriate place.
- Mail a check to CBF FL at P.O. Box 2556, Lakeland, FL 33860. Remember to indicate on the check that it is for "Hunger Fight."
- Call Melissa Rodriguez at the CBF FL office at 863-682-6802 to submit a credit card payment over the phone.
Florida Church Leaders Gathering
For anyone interested in developing friendships and partnerships with other faith leaders across Florida who are doing the Kingdom work peacemaking and doing justice, I want to invite you to join me in Lakeland, Thursday, Nov. 30 and Friday, Dec. 1, at the New Bethel AME Church in Lakeland for a Unity service and fellowship time, sponsored by the Florida Council of Churches. Register at http://floridachurches.org/2017now/
The CBF Florida Pastor's Retreat is for all pastors interested in gathering together for an informal discussion-based time of fellowship, self-care, and peer learning. Group conversations will be peer-led on topics related to the blessings and rigors of vocational ministry. The retreat will provide a safe place that inspires friendship, peer-based discussion, and sharing of best practices in ministry with much-needed time for self-care and reflection. CBF Florida will provide the food; Bayshore Baptist Church will provide the space, and the pastors who attend will provide the expertise.
Lodging & Registration:
CBF Florida has reserved a block of 20 rooms at the Best Western at 734 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33609. The cost per night is $99. The deadline to secure a room at the group rate is January 10. Please contact Melissa Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your hotel room.
CBF Florida is excited to announce that we are partnering with Passport Camps to bring PASSPORTkids! to Florida. PASSPORTkids! will be held at Stetson University in DeLand, June 10 - 13, 2018. It is 4-day, 3-night children's camp for children who have completed 3rd - 6th grade, filled with fun, faith-building programming and hands-on missions education.
At camp, your children will discover God's love and practice being followers of Jesus through an active schedule of Bible study, missions education, recreation, and worship. Group leaders will be able to focus on engaging with children as they explore their faith without the burden of planning and logistics. To see the PASSPORTkids! camp promotional video, click here.
What to expect:
- Safe, Structured Environment
- Hands-On Mission Education
- Developmentally Appropriate Programming Rooted In Scripture
- Intimate, Low-Pressure Experience Aimed At Equipping Children For A Lifetime Of Faith
- Mentorship and Pastoring By Young Christian Women & Men
- Ability To Tailor Experience To Your Group's Needs
We hope you will consider being a part of the PASSPORTkids! Florida site this summer. Passport Camps has been a partner organization of CBF Florida's for many years, during which they have provided a meaningful camp experience to many CBF Florida-affiliated churches. Save the date on your calendar now and help us promote the camp by inviting other children's ministry leaders from your community.
For more information on Passport Camps, click here
CBF Church Starts Discernment Cohorts
The CBF Church Start Discernment Cohorts takes place four times a year. This free 8-week online experience is for those discerning and living out a call to start new churches. It is a creative space for people who are already in the process of starting a church to explore and work through the vision and mission. This is a safe space for all participants who engage in the secure and private site.
Participants will work through the basics of contextual church starting, introspective writing, and group conversation. Over the 8-weeks, the candidate will be accumulating his or her writings in a church start profile, which serves as a tool for the starter and evaluation tool for CBF.
The next cohort will begin July 9th and run through September 1st. This cohort has a July 3rd registration deadline.
The final cohort for 2017 will be October 8th and run through December 1st.
To join the cohort, candidates must complete this form
In January 2015, Touching Miami with Love and Open House Ministries merged and became one ministry with two sites. In September of 2015, as a result of discussions with stakeholders, staff and board members following the merger, they have decided to become known as: Touching Miami with Love: Overtown and West Homestead!
To read the blog entry entitled "What's in a name?" by Wanda Ashworth Valencia, TML's West Homestead Site Manager, click here. To read the letter about the name change written by TML's Executive Director, Jason Pittman, click here.