Finding creative ways to express faith at Easter

Instead of having thousands of members arriving for Easter services at Idlewild Baptist Church, in Lutz, Senior Pastor Ken Whitten expects they’ll be tuning in instead. The church’s 15,000 members will be able to watch on Vimeo, Facebook or the services, which will be presented in English and American Sign Language, and translated into Spanish. Those presenting the service … [Read more...]

Easter events offer religious observances and family fun

Whether they want to celebrate their faith, take the kids for an egg hunt, or just enjoy some fellowship with church friends — there are plenty of seasonal options throughout The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Check out the listings below. LUTZ What: While We Wait Where: Keystone Community Church, 21010 State Road 54, Lutz When: April 19 at 7 p.m. Cost: Free Details: The musical and … [Read more...]

Lutz celebrates July Fourth in grand fashion

People who like to run, enjoy mingling with friends or are attracted to an old-fashioned, small-town parade found all that and more at the Independence Day celebration on the Fourth of July in Lutz. The community, just north of Tampa, is known for its traditional Independence Day celebrations, and once again, it delivered. Carmen Rairigh, of Lutz, was there with a group of about 40 … [Read more...]

Lutz Guv’na Race Kickoff set for May 14

Get your checkbooks ready, the annual Lutz Guv’na Race is underway. Two candidates: Greg Gilbert of Beef O’ Bradys in Lutz and Andre Pamplona of Royal Bowling Lanes, will face off in the 2016 Guv’na Debate on May 14 at the Old Lutz School, 18819 U.S. 41. The debate will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. as both candidates field questions from the audience and partake in quirky activities to raise money … [Read more...]

Human trafficking often unseen problem

Edie Rhea said she was just 10, when her mother’s boyfriend began sexually abusing her and selling her to strangers for sex. Others may have never suspected what was going on, because Rhea said she lived in a four-bedroom, two-bath house in a nice neighborhood. She also went to school, like other kids, she said. Even though there were opportunities to tell someone else, Rhea said she was too … [Read more...]

Lutz church hits three-quarter century mark

There was just a smattering of businesses along U.S. 41, when the Rev. Heard T. Burnette began the First Baptist Church of Lutz, in the community north of Tampa. The first meeting was in the home of J. B. and Maude Laurence, which was on the ground where Lutz Elementary School now sits. Joan Fletcher recalls the church’s first meeting, held in the living room of her grandparents’ … [Read more...]