Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2
 

Author: Idlewild Women

Happy Fall Y’all & Lorraine’s Pumpkin Bread Recipe  By Jodie Montgomery  I lived in Bloomfield, Iowa as a child. I remember snowy streets, a quaint downtown square with a courthouse, a dress shop, the Fina gas station candy area, and the neighbors. My dad was in Viet Nam, and we were part...

I Planted Pumpkin Seeds By Jodie Montgomery I have a new appreciation for the establishment of life. I planted pumpkin seeds. I bought the seeds for all sizes of pumpkins. My husband rented a tiller and beat up the ground of a large area next to our weedy azalea bed. I ate...

Healing After Domestic Violence By Kathi Snyder “A time to heal…” Ecclesiastes 3:3. In a world where it is estimated that 1 out of 4 women will experience a form of domestic violence, it is possible that someone sitting beside you in church, in your small group, or in the choir is recovering...

Jesus is Our Atonement By Susan Smith Did you know included in the Bible is a story not found in early manuscripts? It was debated whether or not this story should be included in the Bible. It is the story of Jesus and the adulterous woman. The 7 days before this story...

Jesus Includes Women In His Story By Susan Smith From “Jesus & Women” by Kristi McClelland Rabbis & Pharisees often taught by parables. Parables are stories told to help a person come to a decision. They are often told in parallel stories depicting various life scenes. The main character of the story would...

God Holds Your Tears By Susan Smith From "Jesus & Women" by Kristi McClelland. The Middle East is a culture of honor/shame, hospitality, and communal living. It would actually be shameful to refuse someone hospitality. In Jesus’ time, norms of hospitality included: A welcome kiss Washing of feet Olive oil for hands Special...

Jesus & the Samaritan Woman By Susan Smith   In Jerusalem (a generation before Jesus), there were two main religious schools of thought. One followed Rabbi Hillel and the other followed Rabbi Shammai. Hillel held to the spirit of the law and Shammai taught the letter of the law. “When a man takes a...

Register Now For Your Table in the Wilderness This event is designed as an opportunity for ladies to host a group that they want to welcome in and celebrate. You get to choose your table theme and show thoughtful hospitality to your guests by decorating for your group. Have fun! Be...

God Provides‬‬ By Susan Smith   Manna & Justice and Righteousness We continue in reviewing the lessons from Kristi McClelland in “Jesus & Women”. In Exodus 16, God first provides manna, which is bread from Heaven, to the Israelites wandering in the desert. Did you know manna translates to “What is it?” Can you...

Jesus & Women By Susan Smith Idlewild Women’s Ministry Summer Bible Study was "Jesus & Women" by Kristi McLelland. She approaches Bible Study through a Middle Eastern lens because the Bible was written by Middle Eastern authors and highlights much of Middle Eastern culture. McClelland encourages the Bible student to take what...

Learning to Live as Rivers By Lyn Casseday With Jodie Montgomery This year, I had a first! After the summer study, women sent blogs on what they learned with the hope of passing on the encouragement they received from time in His Word. I'm honoring their gumption!   This summer I completed the “Jesus &...

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God’s Sweat “Sesh” By Allison McCoy On most Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, you’ll find me clicking on to Zoom to meet up with my workout buddies. This group of 4-5 women formed during COVID, having met through our Orangetheory membership. To work out together, we usually follow along on a YouTube...

The Leadership By Jodie Montgomery 1 Peter 5:1-11 “Therefore, I urge elders among you, as your fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and one who is also a fellow partaker of the glory that is to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight, not...

Merry Ploughboy Pub, Dublin, Ireland Finishing Strong By Jodie Montgomery Our last night in Dublin, we went just outside the city for a big meal, incredible musicians, humor, and farewell. In an upstairs room of an Irish Music Pub established in 1789, our group of 70 was tightly squeezed in at long tables...

The University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland The Book of Kells By Jodie Montgomery Matthew 24:14 “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” The Book of Kells is referred to as Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure. It...

Dublin, Ireland In the Cathedrals By Jodie Montgomery It sounds so excitingly romantic to be on tour in Europe and providing music for whomever the audience, in Cathedrals throughout Great Britain and Ireland. What you don’t consider is canceled opportunities and dependence on instrument rentals. You may leave feeling you wish you could...

Belfast, Ireland (birthplace of RMS Titanic and home of The Troubles) The Dark Waters By Jodie Montgomery Did you know that the time from striking the iceberg to disappearing beneath the calm cold sea on a clear night took only 160 minutes (two hours and 40 minutes)? People blame the loss of ship...

Internally Conflicted Characters By Jodie Montgomery Psalm 84:11 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord gives grace and glory; He withholds no good thing from those who walk with integrity.” As I travel, I think about the historic figures in the lands I am exploring. I think about the...

Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh By Jodie Montgomery The choir and orchestra group for the Scotland and Ireland tour included about 70 people. Idlewild was teamed with churches from Tennessee and Texas. In Edinburgh, there is a high point boldly in view, the tip of an ancient extinct volcano known as Arthur’s Seat (yes,...

Edinburgh, Old and New By Jodie Montgomery In Edinburgh, old and new cities parallel. We walked the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Scott and I went “underground” in Mary Kent’s Close to see the streets where industry ultimately built a city above even though the Black and...

Background to the Journey By Jodie Montgomery Idlewild’s Choir and Orchestra, every couple of years, goes on tour with the hope of sharing the good news through music. My husband is in orchestra. He has traveled on mission trips to Cuba where he has been thrilled to play cello for worship services,...

Fall Wreath Get ready for another evening of fellowship, fun, creativity and conversation. Join us September 7 here at the Church for fun in Room E111.  We will gather from 7:00-9:00 PM.  Even if you don't think of yourself as a creative, this is an event for you! Creative Connections provides all...

Journey with Me, Please By Jodie Montgomery People love sharing their travel experiences. My Great Uncle Don journeyed all over the world. I think he set foot in every country on the planet. He got the traveling bug when he served in the military during World War II in Greenland monitoring aircraft. I...

Friendship with other Christian women is significant, beautiful, and necessary.  Heartfelt is a group for all women, made up of Moms and Sisters who meet monthly in home throughout the year....

Heartfelt Continues By Jodie Montgomery I sat in the circle, looking at the ladies around me, enjoying the mix of ages and life-stages. The moments of shared concerns, life application based on His Word, and laughter are precious. I think we need one another. I’m thankful for our team of four “Moms."  Through...

Women Of The Word   Are there wrong ways and right ways to study the Bible?  There sure are! Jen Wilkin's - Women of the Word - helps both those new to the Bible and those veteran Bible students gain greater confidence on how to correctly approach the scriptures.  This book also equips...

Early It’s 4:41 am. I’m in the shower. I’m wondering how I got here. I feel yuck. My husband is upbeat. He’s already directed Siri to play Zach Williams. Siri landed on Rise Up (Lazarus). How ironic. Everything is too loud for me. This week my husband is still struggling with a...

Confession By Jodie Montgomery I sit here regretting something I said and realizing that the grief I am experiencing is really due to me getting a glimpse into my heart. I spoke something wrong because I deceived myself, I was hurt, and I was prideful. I repent. Psalm 32:5 “I acknowledged my sin...

Flowers Fall but the Word Endures By Allison McCoy Last week I mentioned the Super Bloom of California and likened it to how the Word of God blooms in us, taking root and changing us from the inside out. Well, I checked, the California Super Bloom is gone. It only lasted about...

The "Super Bloom" of Gods Word By Allison McCoy As the Women’s Bible Study Coordinator, I’m passionate about seeing God’s Word planted in women’s hearts. Have you heard of the Super Bloom in California? The Super Bloom is an explosion of wildflowers that paints the landscape in swaths of amazing color. This doesn’t...

Matthew 9:22 Take Heart, Daughter. This encouragement from the lips of Jesus surely comforted a hurting woman's soul thousands of years ago.  And it offers a similar gospel hope to you today too.  Join biblical culturalist Kristi McClelland as she takes us back to Jesus' first-century world, explaining the historical and cultural...

Mom Thoughts By Susan Grace Smith My name is Susan and I have two kiddos at home. My first is a toddler boy. He is extremely active, super smiley and very headstrong. I am constantly trying to teach him to “listen and obey,” “listen and obey,” “stop…, listen and obey.” A lot...

Sharing Our Thoughts By Krystal Campbell As I was reflecting earlier today about the fact that the end of this semester will be my halfway point through the six semester Amazing Collection Bible Study, I remembered what Pastor Kelly Knouse shared a while back during one of his Sunday sermons at Idlewild....

A Study of An Apostle By Sarah Coffey Hello again! I am so excited because this week we are taking a closer at one individual in Acts; my guy, the Apostle Paul! Now, I don’t know if you’re supposed to have a favorite apostle, but I definitely do, and it is definitely...

A Study of Acts By Sarah Coffey Hello ladies! I am one of the facilitators for our Women’s Bible studies. For the last two semesters, we have been diving deep into the book of Acts, and as we wrap up this week, some thoughts have resonated with me, two in particular. This...

FAQ’s for Kids Kare Manager by Sarah Urf Hi Ladies! Over the years we have received questions about Kids Kare and who this ministry serves. We hope to share with you how we approach teaching and discipling your little ones. In answering these frequently asked questions, I hope to provide information that...

 New Women's Ministry Creative Event Feeling crafty? Even if you've never thought of yourself as someone crafty, come out and join other beautiful women creating beautiful things. It's easy and fun and a great way to build fellowship with other women.  Invite a friend or a whole group of friends to join...

He is Risen! By Jodie Montgomery Years ago, I took my three children to the beach with a friend and her two children. All five children were under the age of 7 and we were struggling caring for all. We had gone to a beach that you had to take a ferry...