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News & Events

Trunk or Treat 2017

Dr Robert White will be coming to the pulpit on Sunday, October 15 at 10:45 AM. He will speaking on "Storms, Earthquakes, and Shots Fired: Where is God?"

Lena Vista Baptist will be holding its annual Trunk or Treat celebration on Tuesday, October 31, 6 pm till 8 pm. Everyone welcome!

Gospel Group 2017

May 2017


Upcoming Events
  • 1) The movie "Risen" March 26, 6:00pm. It is Free.

  • 2) The Antique Car Show on April 15 10:00 to 2:00. Refreshments Free.

  • 3) Easter Sunrise Service April 16 7:30 AM @ 2204 W Pilaklakaha Avenue (West side of Lake Lena) Auburndale.
    Breakfast following at church 213 Florida Drive 8:30 AM.

  • 4) Easter Musical April 16 @ 10:45 AM.

  • 5) Flatland Bluegrass Band will be in concert April 30 @ 6:30 pm. Love offering.

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

Christmas Events

The Church will be having a Cantata next Sunday, 12-18-16, during the normal morning service. Everyone is invited to attend.

Upcoming Events

(12-14-16) Children and Youth Christmas party.
(12-16-16) Choir Christmas Party.
(12-18-16) Christmas Cantata
(12-24-16) Christmas Eve Service
(12-25-16) Christmas Day Service



On Saturday November 5th the church women's ministry will be going to see Shannon Perry at First Baptist Church of Lake Alfred. If you want to go you should sign-up on the sheet in the church vestibule and see Gina by OCTOBER 9th.

On OCTOBER 9th Ann and Russ Gardiner will be celebrating their 70th, that's right 70th wedding anniversary. It will be at the Hamptons clubhouse from 1 to 5pm. For more info contact the church office.

Also on the 9th we will be having a musical guest for the evening service, so be sure to attend.


Fish Fry and Gallery

The church had a great turnout for the fish fry on 8-27-16. Many pounds of fish were cooked and over 200 plates were served. Ronnie took a bunch of pictures and you can view them here.

An Old Church Bulletin

Found while cleaning, just a piece of church history from 1988.



Monday is Independence Day. Have a happy and safe holiday, and as always you can read The Declaration of Independence here.


(07-03-16) Freedom Service 10:45am
(07-10-16) Baby Dedication 10:45am
(07-17-16) Business Meeting After Morning Service
(07-17-16) Town Hall Style Meet 6:00pm
(07-24-16) Dessert Social 6:00pm
(07-31-16) Lord's Supper 10:45am
(07-31-16) Flatlanders 6:00pm


The theme for this year's VBS is submerged. VBS will start on June 19, 2016 and go through the 23rd. It will be from 6:00pm to 8:30 each night. All are welcome. For more information contact the church office.

Music Ministry & VBS

On, April 17, following the morning service we will be voting on extending a call for our new Minister of Music. Charles McCarter is the proposed candidate. All church members are invited to attend.

On, April 23, VBS training will be held at Northridge Baptist Church, 2250 SR 17S, Haines City, FL.  Registration begins at 8:00am. Any church members taking part in VBS should try and come.


(04-17-16) Music Ministry Call

(04-23-16) VBS Training

(06-04-16) VBS Block Party

(06-19-16 to 06-23-16) Vacation Bible School

Good Friday and Easter Sunrise Service

On Good Friday, March 25, the church will be having a special service at 7:00pm. And on Easter Sunday, March 27, we will be having a sunrise service at 7:00am at Charlene's, this will be followed by some food, and the regular Sunday School and morning service.


(03-25-16) Good Friday Service 7:00pm

(03-27-16) Easter Sunrise Service 7:00am

(06-04-16) VBS Block Party

(06-19-16 to 06-23-16) Vacation Bible School

Movie Night: The War Room (Update: Valentine's Banquet, Souper Sunday)

On February 28th, 2016, the church will be screening the the recent movie The War Room. From a synopsis of the film:
With great jobs, a beautiful daughter (Alena Pitts) and a dream house, the Jordans seem to have it all. Appearances can be deceiving, however, as husband Tony (T.C. Stallings) flirts with temptation and wife Elizabeth (Priscilla Shirer) becomes increasingly bitter, crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. Their lives take an unexpected turn for the better when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara (Karen Abercrombie), who encourages the couple to find happiness through prayer.
Showtime is at 5:00pm. Anyone who wants to come is more than welcome. The Movie's trailer can be found here.


The Following are some images from our recent Valentine's Banquet:


Souper Sunday was a great success. A large variety of soups were enjoyed by many people. In the process, a great deal of school supplies were collected. Lena Vista Elementry School has expressed its gratitude. Good Job Everyone.


(02-28-16) Movie Night - The War Room 5:00pm

(03-25-16) Good Friday Service 7:00pm

(03-27-16) Easter Sunrise Service 7:00am

(06-04-16) VBS Block Party

(06-19-16 to 06-23-16) Vacation Bible School

Lord's Supper And Singsperation

 On, Sunday January 31st, 2016, we will be having the Lord's Supper with the morning service and have singsperation in the evening. For those of you who don't know Singsperation is an opportunity for anyone with the courage to stand up and sing, to do so. If you would like to have a go at it please let Dawn know.


(01-24-16 to 01-30-16) Prayer Walk Week
(01-31-16) Singsperation
(02-14-16) Valentine's Banquet
(02-28-16) Movie Night - The War Room
(06-19-16 to 06-23-16) Vacation Bible School

Souper Sunday

This coming Sunday, 01-17-16, in the afternoon the church will be having a Souper Sunday event. Here you will get a chance to try more than ten different kinds of soup. The price of admission is a bag of school supplies. They are only just about halfway through the school year, but some local schools are already running a little low on supplies. So help them out and drop on by and enjoy some homemade soup.


(01-17-16) Souper Sunday
(01-24-16 to 01-30-16) Prayer Walk Week
(01-31-16) Singsperation
(02-14-16) Valentine's Banquet
(02-28-16) Movie Night - The War Room
(06-19-16 to 06-23-16) Vacation Bible School



(01-10-16) Leadership Team meeting in the fellowship hall.
(01-11-16) Stewardship Meeting in the office conference room.
(01-17-16) Business Meeting



(12-20-15) The annual Christmas musical will be held during the morning service on  December 20th, 2015.


(12-16-15) We will be having a Christmas party for the children and youth December 16th, 2015, at the regular service times. Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend.


(12-24-15) The candlelight service will be held on Christmas Eve at 7:00pm, and should last about 45 minutes.


1. The 2015 Week of Prayer for International Missions is November 29 thru December 6, 2015.

 2. We will not have Prayer Meeting on Wednesday evening, November 25.

 3. The church will be kicking off  the Lottie Moon campaign November 29 and it will go through December 27.

Operation Christmas Child

Once again, the church is making up boxes for the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child. Boxes can be found in the vestibule, or upon request. The boxes need to be returned by 11-15-15. If you have any questions please contact the church office

Return of Food Ministries

Loaves and Fishes and Dinner in the Hall are back! Loaves and Fishes returns on 11-03-15 at 9:30am. Dinner in the Hall is back 11-04-15 at 5:00pm. This week Dinner in the Hall is serving Spaghetti, Veggies, Bread and Dessert.


(11-08-15) The Leadership team meets in the fellowship hall at 4:30pm
(11-09-15) The Stewardship team meets in the church office at 6:00pm
(11-15-15) Women's Ministry Think Tank 3:00pm

Current and Upcoming Events

Pastor Appreciation

October, is pastor appreciation month, and we are certainly grateful to Brother Leon, for coming to serve our church as pastor.
Trunk or Treat

October 31, and Trunk or Treat is fast approaching, it will be from 6-8pm. Everyone involved is to meet with Charlie and Jeff after church on 10-25-15. Also, I have been told that the vans will not be running on 10-31-15, so if you usually get to church that way, you may want to make other arrangements.

Meeting With Children's Church Workers

(10-25-15) On Sunday October the 25th, Brother Leon, wants to meet with everyone invovled children's services up to grade 5. The Meeting will be at 5pm in the fellowship hall.

Hurricane Patricia

(10-23-15) As of this writing, an extremly dangerous hurricane, Patricia, has formed practically over night, off the west coast of Mexico. This storm has already broken records both for intensity and speed of intensification. It is expected to make its most impact with land today and tomorrow. We need to pray for those who are in the path of this storm.



Trunk or Treat is coming OCTOBER 31, at I think 6:00pm. If you would like to contribute talk to Charlie or Jeff, there is also a box in the vestibule where you can drop off bags of candy, if you want to contribute that way. For those who are involved there will be a short meeting after the morning service on Sunday, OCTOBER 25.


Starting in November, outreach visitation will be on the first Monday of each month, from 6-8pm. Anyone who wants to be involved in this ministry is encouraged to come.


(11-01-15) Both will be returning on their usual days and times at the start of November.

Pastor Leon Hurley

A super-majority (greater than 80%) of Lena Vista Baptist Church members have voted to call Brother Leon Hurley to be our pastor. Barring any unforeseen problems, he hopes to begin serving the church within 2 to 3 weeks. You can listen to his 9-13-15 sermon here.

Dinner in the Hall

(09-16-15)The menu for this week is:

Grilled Cheese
Homemade Soup

Quick Items

Dates to Remember

(08-07-15) The Florida School tax holiday begins on 08-07-15.

(08-24-15) School starts back on August 24. You can find the full current 2015-2016 school schedule here. It is a pdf file so you may have to dowload it to view it.

Dinner in the Hall

(08-05-15) The menu for this week has been changed to Sloppy Joes, French fries, Dessert, and a Drink.

Pot Luck

(07-19-15) Sunday July 19th we will be having a special pot luck dinner after church, in honor of Bro Bob Scott, his wife Carol, and Linda McKellar. They will be leaving us soon. Eeryone is invited. It should be a good time.

Dinner in the Hall

(07-15-15) This week the menu is spaghetti, salad, dessert , and drinks.


(07-16-15) The faithful and willing workers will be having their monthly class meeting in the fellowship hall at 5:00pm


(07-21-15) A trip is being planned to go to Curley Tales on July 21, to support the Flatlanders. The van will leave at 5:00pm. If you would like to go there is a sign up sheet in the vestibule.

Moving Foward

Vacation Bible School was a great success and the Gideons were pleased with the reception they got from the church. We need to continue to pray for our church so that we will continue to have success in prusuing God's will.

Dinner in the Hall

Dinner in the Hall is back this week (07-08-15). As of this writing, we don't know what will be served, only that it should be good.


(07-12-15) The Leadership Team will be meeting in the fellowship hall at 4:30pm
(07-13-15) The Stewardship team will be meeting in the office conference room at 6:00pm


Some pictures from our recent block party have been added to the gallery.