FEED THE BAY
Grocery stores will experience a flood of shoppers Sunday when more than 35 churches participate in Feed the Bay, an effort to restock Tampa Bay food pantries.
The event, which originated at Bay Life Church in 2006, is a chance for people to give back to their communities. Participating churches include Bell Shoals Baptist, Journey Church of Brandon, First Baptist Church of Plant City and South Shore United Methodist Church. Following Sunday services, churches will provide members with approved Feed the Bay shopping lists to use at participating Publix and Sweetbay supermarkets.
Participants will then work to collect a needed 150,000 pounds of food to distribute amongst 17 participating agencies, including Lord's Lighthouse Ministry, ECHO, Plant City Community Ministry and Nativity Outreach Food Bank.
When Feed the Bay started in 2006, Bay Life parishioners collected 30,000 pounds of food. In 2012, 38 churches participated and together brought in 180,908 pounds of goods.
This year, businesses are helping bring in even more by hosting food drives. Area Walgreens, Advanced Auto Parts and Progressive Insurance offices are accepting donations through Sunday. Individuals not affiliated with participating organizations are also invited to contribute to Feed the Bay.
Participants can pick up a shopping list from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at participating stores. For more information, visit feedthebay.org. For a supermarket list, click on "Resources" at the top of the page, look for promotional items, then click on 2013 Store List.
Grace Family Church, 5101 Van Dyke Road, will host water baptisms in the courtyard April 27 and 28. A New Believers Class meets at 5 p.m. Saturdays. Call (813) 265-4151.
Faith Theological Seminary/Christian College, 7607 Sheldon Road, Tampa, is offering Hebrew classes from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays from April 16 to June 4. The cost is $95. For more information or to receive an enrollment form, call (813) 886-8492.
The Tampa Jewish Community Center & Federation, 13009 Community Campus Drive, offers a senior adult current events discussion group on alternate Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more information on the schedule, call (813) 264-9000. A registration form is available online at jewishtampa.com under "Upcoming Events."
Incarnation Catholic Church, 5124 Gateway Drive, Tampa, holds a traditional Latin Mass every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call (813) 885-7861.
Idlewild Baptist Church will host a support group for men and women out of work, iWork: In Between Careers, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The group will meet in room E11A. For information, contact Joann Custer at (813) 264-8771.
The Palma Ceia United Methodist Women will hold its annual scholarship luncheon in Fellowship Hall, 3723 W Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa, on April 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will feature a fashion show sponsored by LaFrance Dejavu Garmenture, a historical presentation by the Tampa History Museum, and items by local artists for purchase. Tickets cost $15. Proceeds benefit scholarships for seminary students in the United Methodist Florida Conference. Tickets may be purchased in the church office until April 23. For more information, call (813) 837-1541.