Summer Sing 2015 showcases worship through art

Hundreds of children and adults spent a recent week at Exciting Idlewild Baptist Church in a summer camp that combines a love for the arts, with the expression of Christian values. The camp began as a singing camp several years ago and has morphed into a full-scale arts camp. There were sessions on everything from etiquette, to playing percussion tubes, to scrapbooking and … [Read more...]

St. Joseph’s Hospital-North turns five

When St. Joseph’s Hospital-North opened its doors five years ago, it was the first new hospital built in Hillsborough County in 30 years. “Our goal was to provide a health care alternative in this community because there really weren’t many alternatives,” said Paula McGuiness, president of the hospital, at 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz.. “It was an underdeveloped medical infrastructure, if you … [Read more...]

Holy Week ushers in celebrations

Churches across Pasco and Hillsborough counties are gearing up for a wide array of Holy Week events and Easter celebrations. Some churches will do re-enactments of the Last Supper and Good Friday, while others will include egg hunts, pancake breakfasts, barbecue meals and other festivities. Whatever they’re doing, churches are ready to greet regulars and visitors alike, as they … [Read more...]

Miscarriage: Often a hidden grief for families

Reina Flores-Robinson said she and her husband had not been trying to start a family when she learned she was pregnant. But as soon as they found out, they began making future plans for their baby. The infant’s due date was Dec. 24, but Flores-Robinson had a miscarriage last June. There had been complications early in her pregnancy, Flores-Robinson said, but she’d been to the emergency … [Read more...]

Church provides personal touch with concierge ministry

It’s a mammoth church — with a 143-acre campus, a 444,000-square-foot building and 12,000 members. It’s so big that it uses five entrances on Sundays to allow members to stream into its 5,000-seat auditorium. Despite the scale, Exciting Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz wants to extend a personal touch to its members, said Rich Walker. He’s a church staff member who also leads Idlewild … [Read more...]