AS OF OCTOBER 17, 2020

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE--October 16 Update and Encouragement


(A more detailed version of this update, with prayer requests, birthdays and anniversaries, is available on Vital Concern.)

October 16, 2020 


"Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go." (unknown). Autumn is a special time of year! Living in central Florida, we miss the intense beauty of brightly colored fall leaves dancing everywhere in the air and crunching under foot, but make no mistake, fall is in the air! Cooler mornings and evenings are happening, certain trees are showing their fall colored blooms and pods, it’s our hint of fall! 


Please refer to Vital Concern for a complete list of prayer needs. 

BAY AREA FALL FESTIVAL IS COMING OCTOBER 24TH! THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL IS FOR THE ENTIRE CONGREGATION! ALL AGES!! Virtual sign-ups are posted, SO PLEASE HELP IN PLANNING BY SIGNING UP for #1, Sign up for a head count if you and your family are coming, #2, Family Pumpkin Carving Contest (or anyone over 13 can be separate), and #3 the Pie Eating Contest! We already have several willing participants from young adult, to a Bay Area Elder to eat pie! Word even has it that our Children’s Minister “WILL BE WEARING PIE ON HER FACE”! (Sounds like tons of fun and a good photo op to me!). There will also be a balloon animal artist there, Kona Ice and of course the Drive In Movie! “Monster’s University” – a hilarious bit of fun for all ages! Stay in your cars for the movie or bring lawn chairs and blankets to watch the movie under the stars. Everyone who comes will be in for a wonderful treat for sure! 

FAITH LANE: Faith Lane kids continue to ZOOM with Mrs. Angie Thursday evenings at 7pm. Last week at worship you saw our children reading the book “Maybe God is Like That Too”. This is just one example of the wonderful books and teaching lessons that she’s doing with the kids, not to mention fun activities to participate in every week as well. She’ll look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday! 

YOUTH GROUP: Lot’s of fun things on the horizon for our teens! FIRSTLY – THERE IS A TIME CHANGE FOR SUNDAY BIBLE CLASS – EFFECTIVE THIS SUNDAY CLASS WILL MEET AT 1:00PM. You can also join in on Sunday evenings at 6pm and Wednesday evenings at 7pm. Speaking of Wednesday’s – In November Robby will begin “Wednesday Homeroom”. He’s planning a socially distanced time for the youth to hang out in the teen room after 4pm, do homework, play games etc. Homeroom time will run through class at 7pm. Stay tuned for details! 

Another monthly event coming up is Family Worship Evening. This is for all Youth Group and Faith Lane Families! The first event will be Sunday, November 1, 6pm on the church grounds. There will be singing and devotion time around the firepit. Mark your calendar and watch for details. 

COLLEGE AGE: Darrell Brown is hosting a College Age Breakfast Gathering tomorrow, Saturday, October 17th, 8:15am at the Cracker Barrell by Lazy Days on I-4. If you did not get the message, be sure to come on out and join them! As always, Wednesday class will meet at 7pm. 

SUNDAY WORSHIP AT THE BUILDING: This week we maxed out our seating. If you plan to worship at the building and wish to sit with someone else, please note that on your sign up. If you are comfortable sitting with someone else, it will free up seating space for others. The sign up is posted each week on our website and will close at noon on Thursday or before if filled. If you sign up and will be unable to attend please give Tom Manley a call so he can adjust the seating. Everyone – it’s going great! ONE DAY we will all be able to look back on this time! 

INTO ALL THE WORLD: Please keep all of our missionaries and their works in your prayers. This is a very difficult time for them. We need to pray for them and remember to count our blessings! 

And, that’s it for this week. I began this week’s post with an “autumn thought”. LEARNING TO SEE THE BEAUTY IN LETTING THINGS GO. Often times we think of “letting go” as a very difficult, hard thing to do. Letting go of people and things we love IS HARD. But, what it made me think of was “letting go” of negatives in our lives. These past months of pandemic, politics and personal opinions have churned up SO MUCH negativity in our lives! I wonder what the world COULD or WOULD look like if each one of us made a conscious effort to ……. “LET THINGS GO”. I just wonder ……… Have a great weekend everyone God bless - 



Worship will be held at the building for those who are ready to return.  Sign up for October 25 at


Live streaming of worship will continue, and no one should return to the building if they are at risk or just feel uncomfortable. 

Procedures are outlined in the Reopening Video found on Facebook and YouTube (  Attendance will be limited. To attend, please sign up online by noon on Thursday (prior to the Sunday service).  Here's where to sign up.  Please arrive by 9:45.  

We'll continue to join in worship via the Facebook Live / Bay Area Church of Christ page at

Sunday worship will be at 10:00am. Wednesday Bible Study at 7:00pm. Invite your friends & family to watch!

You can also view Sunday worship without Facebook by going directly to  

All previous live services and classes are also available on YouTube at

Want to connect with a small group?  Learn about Bay Area’s Lifegroups that are meeting online during the crisis.  Details and contacts here:


If you need some food, pick up a box on Sunday from noon to 1 pm at the side door of the Bay Area church building.  Thanks to the Pantry Ministry.

There is a food pantry in Riverview.  Details at

A catalog of Life Resources during the pandemic is available here:

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P.O. Box 1657 (for all mail)

Mango, FL 33550

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