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

Overanalyzing By Jodie Montgomery If you google “overanalyzing” you will see that many consider overanalyzing as an obsessive way of inducing anxiety. There are a lot of techniques and suggested steps to stop overanalyzing. Psychologists are concerned that overanalyzing leaves people in a state of duress, suffering high-functioning anxiety. The words perfectionism,...

Azaleas Bloom By Jodie Montgomery There are woods behind my house. I would like to line the woods, where yard and woods meet, with azaleas. I know the plants may look scraggly for most of the year, but when their time comes, they bloom, they bloom profusely. I think they bring us...

Greetings By Linda Miller Hello!  Jodie asked me to introduce myself and share something about my journey with Jesus and my background since I am volunteering in Women’s Ministry and meeting so many of you here in person.  I am always happy to share my story, so here’s the really short version. My...

Hi! I'm Teresa Ankrom By Teresa Ankrom I have recently been given the position of Women’s Ministry Discipleship Coordinator here at Idlewild. When the position was offered to me, it is hard to describe all that I was feeling. You see, I was discipled by an amazing, godly woman in college (just...

Lunch & Learn with Pastor Edgar By Jodie Montgomery I enjoy talking Scripture with Pastor Edgar. I know this is one of the perks of being in the office. I also love discussing the Scriptures with women of our church and so I asked Pastor Edgar if we could combine these joys...

I Met Hilda Today By Jodie Montgomery Romans 13:8  “Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for the one who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the Law.” I started back in Bible Study today. It is a joy to reconnect with women that I haven’t seen over the break and to get to meet new...

My Superheroes By Jodie Montgomery   I looked out my kitchen window to see my husband wearing the Flash mask with my grandson wearing a Captain America mask. They were greeting an older gentleman that was returning our repaired lawn mower. Weirdly, the arriving gentleman didn’t seem disturbed by being waved in by...

Terri Reads (not Theresa) By Jodie Montgomery   This month I’m writing to tell about others. That’s fun. Terri would probably be embarrassed if I used her last name so I won’t. If you know which Terri I am talking about, please do not out me to Terri. I don’t want her to...

Sandy Rinchuse Likes This By Jodie Montgomery   The church is going through 21 Days of Prayer to Overcome Strongholds by Jim Maxim. Sandy Rinchuse is faithfully joining in this time of prayer daily. I like Sandy Rinchuse. Our offices are close to one another and Sandy encourages me on a regular basis....

Abuse Care Realities By Jodie Montgomery   This is a hard blog to write. Sadly, I have come to know that shelters in our area often peak in contacts in January. People stay in tough situations just to do the holidays together and then, after holiday turmoil, seek shelter in January. Love shouldn’t...

Holiday Shalom – the real gift By Jodie Montgomery   John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. Shalom. Peace. Are the upcoming holidays really holy days in your home? I...

Once a mom, always a Mom By Jodie Montgomery   1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient, love is kind, it is not jealous; love does not brag, it is not arrogant. It does not act disgracefully, it does not seek its own benefit; it is not provoked, does not keep an account of...

Why I do yard work By Jodie Montgomery   The other day, as I bent over for the umpteenth millionth time, I questioned why I do yard work. My motivation has to go beyond the fact that I love the outdoors. It also has to do with more than that I love flowers....

A Moment with Bev Coney about Connections  By Jodie Montgomery   I love Bev Coney. She is encouraging, informative, calming, and clear. She provides wise counsel. She is fun, I appreciate the humor and laughter. I thank God for her leadership.  Bev has connected me to many wonderful people through the years. She recognizes...

Stillborn/Infant Death Awareness By Jodie Montgomery   I had no idea that October is pregnancy and infant loss awareness month. There are so many calendared awareness dates for so many important, and oftentimes, very personal concerns that I do not keep up with them all. If I did, I would have a blog...

A Moment with Pastor Edgar about Women and the Church  By Jodie Montgomery   Luke 8:1-3 “Soon afterwards, He began going around from one city and village to another, proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God. The twelve were with Him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and...

A Moment with Pastor Brendon about Disciple Making By Jodie Montgomery   Luke 9:57 “As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, “I will follow You wherever You go.”” “We need to be very clear that there is hardly a more valuable endeavor than raising up the next generation to love...

The Wall Oven by Jodie Montgomery   I was feeling antsy to do something for the house while we were slowly building, waiting months for trusses and windows. So, in March of 2021, thinking we would be moving into our new home that year, I went to the appliance store and ordered the...

Would You Pray? By Jodie Montgomery   Mark 9:29 And He said to them, “This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer.” I’ve hosted a few women’s conferences. The obstacles to gathering a group for Bible Study, prayer and worship are endless. One year, I was diagnosed with breast cancer right before the...

Thinking about Thanksgiving! By Jodie Montgomery   1 Chronicles 16:8 Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the people. God-willing, I will have family in town for Thanksgiving! Plans are being made and I am excited about being together. I hope many will be with a...

Women’s Spring 2023 Bible Study Groups Disciples of Christ are life-long learners who actively dig into God’s Word in order to know Him better and to better represent Him. Our Bible study groups aim to welcome you into a community where we are growing together and challenging one another to live...

 I gave my dog COVID By Jodie Montgomery   Mr. Knightley, named for the love interest in Jane Austen’s Emma, was coughing continually. Mr. Knightley is our dog. He is very dear. Loves people. Adores me. Between Mr. Knightley, my mother, and Scott Montgomery, I am continually reminded that I am loved. I...

Dumb Sheep consider “Who am I?” By Jodie Montgomery   Thank you sheep for another gathering, for valuing time in His Word together. A.W. Tozer said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” God reveals that He created man and woman in His own image,...

The Pacifier By Jodie Montgomery   I spent twenty minutes looking for a pacifier a few days ago. Twenty minutes of not understanding how I could have lost something that I knew was important to have handy. Twenty minutes of caring the baby around as I hastily searched. Twenty moments of wanting to...

The Roach By Jodie Montgomery   I love eating out. This may be because I enjoy eating. It really is a comfort to me. I have to be careful with this enjoyment. Too readily I live to eat rather than eat to live. Ugh. When you travel, it is anticipated that part of the...

The View By Jodie Montgomery   I was sitting on a balcony overlooking the intracoastal and enjoying the view when the real view came into place, a couple enjoying the view. The location of the view included a curvy swimming pool, loungers in a deep red, lush greenery, palms swaying, the bay near...

We have a packed fall and want to make sure you know exactly what dates to save in your calendar!   First up, the Learn & Live Workshop: Homiletics! This will be a workshop led by Allison McCoy on a Tuesday morning (August 16th) and a Thursday evening (August 18th). For more information...

Women’s Fall 2022 Bible Study Classes   Disciples of Christ are life-long learners who actively dig into God’s Word in order to know Him better and to better represent Him. Our Bible study classes aim to welcome you into a community where we are growing together and challenging one another to live...

Evangelism Room, VBS 2022 – Abigail, my new sister By Jodie Montgomery   Luke 11:13  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him? One volunteer was sitting with three fifth grade girls in...

Evangelism Room, VBS 2022 – The Irony of telling Heaven about Heaven By Jodie Montgomery   Heaven came into the Idlewild VBS 2022 evangelism room with a group of five children. I could see her name on her big name tag from quite a distance. I wanted to get to talk to Heaven...

Evangelism Room, VBS 2022 – Tiffany and my Teeth By Jodie Montgomery   I was juggling too much; just moved, recovering from a respiratory virus, summer group setup and family in town. But I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to visit with Idlewild VBS 2022 attendees in the evangelism room. This is...

Anonymous Prayer Person By Jodie Montgomery   I have an Anonymous Prayer Person. I think this person is a woman so, in this blog, I will refer to her as “she” and “her”.  I hope this doesn’t offend the anonymous one if I got this wrong.  I just need to tell others about...

Summer 2022 Bible Studies   The Study of Ephesians, led by Jodie Montgomery and Allison McCoy Dive chapter-by-chapter into this theologically rich letter written by the Apostle Paul while he was in prison. In a divided world, learn how Christ unites His family in love by transforming us from the inside out. Meeting times: ...

SPRING 2022 BIBLE STUDY DESCRIPTIONS   Monday Evening Options: Amazing Collection, 2/7-5/9, 6:30-8:30 p.m., led by Lyn Casseday, Room E107 Grow in your understanding of how each book of the Bible is part of a bigger story that God is revealing in His word. The Amazing Collection curriculum is designed to take...

To be a disciple of Christ is to intentionally follow Him. To intentionally follow Him, we must develop the spiritual practices and disciplines that Jesus demonstrated to us during His time on earth. The Idlewild Women’s Ministry Live & Learn Series will offer three workshops in January, each...