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Brandon's St. Andrew's United Methodist to celebrate 50th anniversary

BRANDON — On May 1, 1966, 22 people gathered for the first meeting of St. Andrew's United Methodist Church in a home on Bryant Road.

Founded by Pastor J.C. Powell, the church eventually moved, first to Brooker Elementary and then to its own church at Bloomingdale and Bryan. It offered families in developing east Hillsborough a place to worship and build friendships. As the area grew, so did the church.

Today, about 600 people make up the congregation.

Members new and old will celebrate St. Andrew's' 50th anniversary with special events beginning Sunday.

Powell will reminisce about the church's history with a special sermon Sunday. Associate pastor Kim Uchimara will offer a message Nov. 6 and former pastor Bon Giggs will speak Nov. 13. Service times for each week are at 8:45, 9:45 and 11:15 a.m.

A banquet celebration honoring past and present clergy will take place at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18, followed by an 8 p.m. worship service featuring United Methodist Mission president Max Wilkins. Wilkins will speak again at the final celebration 10 a.m. Sunday Nov. 20.

Through the years, the church has welcomed the community to society annual events, including fall festivities.

The church will host a craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and a trunk-or-treat from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Be one of the first 500 to register for the free trunk-or-treat and receive a free tote. Donating a box of cake mix or icing tubes to Gift of Hope means you'll also get a free treat.

For more information on St. Andrew's, 3315 S Bryan Road, visit

Contact Sarah Whitman at [email protected]

If haunted houses give you the creeps, but you love candy corn, check out these Halloween events happening at area churches. Festivals and trunk-or-treats offer fun, minus the scare factor. Just remember, if you decide to go, avoid gory or frightening costumes.

Forest Hills United Methodist Church, 904 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa will have hot dogs, games, prizes and a live DJ at trunk-or-treat from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday. For more information, visit

Grace Lutheran Church, 3714 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa, will host a trunk-or-treat from 5-7 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit

South Shore United Methodist Church, 11525 Big Bend Road, Riverview, will host its annual trunk-or-treat from 4-7 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit

Wellspring Church, 10701 Sheldon Road, Tampa, invites all to its fall festival, which features games, costume contest and trunk-or-treat from 2-4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (813) 926-5006.

Village Presbyterian Church, 13115 S Village Drive, Tampa, invites the public to a fall festival from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. The event will include pumpkin painting, bounce house, games, cookie decorating and trunk-or-treat fun. For more information, visit

Messiah Lutheran Church and Preschool, 14920 Hutchinson Road, Tampa, invites all to its free fall festival from 5-7 p.m. Sunday. The event will include live animals, games and a trunk-or-treat. Visit

New Hope United Methodist Church, 120 Knights Ave., Brandon, will host a fall festival and trunk-or-treat from 5-7 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 30). The event is free. Visit

Calvary Chapel, 17538 Livingston Avenue, Lutz, will host a free Harvest Fun Fest Trunk or Treat from 6-8 p.m. Monday. Kids can trick or treat safely at more than 15 locations in a secure grass parking area. The event will also feature a bounce house, fire truck, hayride, games, outdoor and indoor crafts. Free refreshments, though hot dogs and popcorn will be available for $1. For more information, visit

Seminole Heights United Methodist Church, 6111 N Central Ave., Tampa, invites all to trunk-or-treat from 6-8 p.m. Monday. For more information, visit

Brandon's St. Andrew's United Methodist to celebrate 50th anniversary 10/25/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 6:56pm]
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