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FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF TAMPA

LOCATION: 1001 N Florida Ave., Tampa. 229-6511.

LEADERSHIP: Larry Krewson has been pastor for nearly a year. He earned his bachelor's degree from Florida Southern in Lakeland and his master's of divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. He and wife, Shirley, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in June. They have one 12-year-old son, Michael. Mrs. Krewson is a homemaker.

SERVICES: Sunday: 9:15 a.m. Sunday School, 10:30 a.m. morning worship. Wednesday: 5:45 p.m. dinner and 6:30 Bible study.

HISTORY: First United Methodist Church of Tampa was Tampa's first church. It was formed by a group of people who met in homes in 1846. For a while, the membership met in a primitive structure built of driftwood at Fort Brooke and was called the Church by the Sea. The congregation moved into its present building in 1968.

RECENT SERMON TOPIC OR THEME: "Worry it's a sin. The faith side says we need to rest and let God walk with us through the midst of our concerns. We need to use the Bible to speak to where we are living."

MEMBERSHIP: 600.

PROGRAMS: Bible study, small groups, choir and bell choir, youth group and interpretive dance ministry. On Easter, the church will have their first drama ministry in place, and there is a deaf ministry being planned.

OUTREACH TO THE COMMUNITY: The church supports Metropolitan Ministries, Tampa United Methodist Centers and Traveler's Aid.

NOTABLE: The church's first building was built in 1853 and was Tampa's second public building after the county courthouse. The "Little White Church" housed meetings for other denominations.

In 1922, the church was the first in the world to broadcast a religious service over the radio, WDAE. Over the years, 64 pastors have served the church.

_ MICHELLE JONES

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