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
 

Women

Music Moment  By Jodie Montgomery    I was waiting for a planned three-hour meeting to start…and there was Pastor Reno Zunz waiting for the same meeting. One of my favorite traits of Pastor Reno is his love of good music. He loves His Bible, people and meeting needs, but he also has a...

The Little Things that Help Us Endure in a Fallen World  By Jodie Montgomery    Following the Flourish Women’s Conference, this note from a very dear young lady and 7 pennies were placed in the offering plate. I share this with you, the reader, in thankfulness for all who build up the Body with...

Hungry? By Cheryl Hawk, Sewing Little Seeds Coordinator   Yep, we all know the story. In fact, this drama is so important, that along with the resurrection, it lands itself in all 4 gospels. Guessed it yet? It is of course, the feeding of the multitudes. Specifically, in the gospel of John, we...

Comfort in Response to Abuse By Ralph Felten   God has allowed Terri and I to walk through life changing journeys, some of which would have been disastrous to navigate except for His love and grace toward us as the couple He brought together. Shortly after we were married, the Lord orchestrated a...

The Tree By Jodie Montgomery   I was talking to a plant nursery owner and ended up buying a 15- foot tree. I was enamored by the pink flowers. I knew I might be over my plant loving mind when I realized I also needed to purchase delivery. I drew the expenditure line...

Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused By Jodie Montgomery   Brad Hambrick is one of the pastors teaching the Biblical Certificate groups and ministry grid training on caring well for the abused at our church (if you want to do this caring well training, contact me). He is a leader...

Revelation Anticipated By Jodie Montgomery   I am excited about a summer study in Revelation! Our summer groups come with an increased joy in setting aside time to gather around His Word during the hot months in Florida. There is an enthusiasm for a short study as sometimes when you jump right in...

Prayer and Fasting as we remember His Resurrection It is good to set aside time to meditate on the goodness of God as we remember He lives. The Women's Ministry Discipleship Coordinator, Teresa Ankrom, compiled a list of helpful reflections for this week. I share this as a gift to you:   Pray...

Reading & Traveling By Jodie Montgomery   I’ve been traveling and that equates to getting more reading done. I have a stack of things to read. Anyone else? The travel was for my son’s wedding and yes that was a high for our family. Really happy days together and I am thankful that we...

Ears to Hear By Jodie Montgomery My grandson Hunter goes to Sunday morning church, Awanas, and Tiny Tots. I asked Hunter, age 4, what he has learned at church. This is what he told me: They waved palm tree leaves at Jesus while he was riding on a donkey. Jesus is way up there,...

Bittersweetness and Parenting By Jodie Montgomery   I should be writing my speech for our son’s wedding right now, but I am late on blogs for the women’s ministry and I am feeling reminiscent. So much on my mind. My son Samuel is our firstborn. He is getting married this weekend. He, more than...

Growing Up…as a Disciple and Disciple Maker By Diana Larrosa Smith   Getting involved over the last 14 years with the Idlewild Women's Ministry was essential to my spiritual growth. I knew it was important to surround myself with other Godly women for support and encouragement. Since coming to know Jesus shortly after attending...

Love is in the Air by KC Newbill   Love comes in many shapes and sizes.  One of the first things we teach kids is that God is love. 1 Corinthians 13 is all about love, and the last verse of the chapter says, "So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three;...

Valentine’s Day, Be Honest By Jodie Montgomery   My Mom and I tend to share with one another expensive cards that say over the top things about the recipient. We choose the cards with lots of writing in them and embossing. We also like pop out cards with flowers and hearts. When we...

Ready for Valentine’s Day? By Jodie Montgomery   One of the ladies in my Sunday group asked if Valentine’s Day was biblical. Our group answered no but many wanted to add that a day to remind us to love every day is not a bad idea. 1 Corinthians 13 was quoted and shared...

Happy Birthday to Me! By Jodie Montgomery   I’m tired of being wishy washy about my birthday. I’m celebrating the years, the many years, this year. Becky Popoola set an example for me. She is in my Sunday group. She is gorgeous and right, a prayer warrior. This year on her birthday, her grandson...

Celebrating 41 Years of Marriage Bliss, No Kiss, No Hiss, No Remiss… No Just This By Jodie Montgomery   When Scott Montgomery took me skiing for the first time. I was so angry, I did not want to hit another tree. When Scott Montgomery asked me to marry him by driving us into...

Dana Newberry and Devotion By Jodie Montgomery   1 Corinthians 16:15-16 “Now I urge you, brothers and sisters: you know the household of Stephanas, that they are the first fruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to ministry to the saints; I urge that you also be subject to such as these and to everyone who helps in the work and labors.” I...

Classics (Mom and Plaid) and the Point of No Return By Jodie Montgomery   Once upon a time, plaid became a thing, a Scottish Gaelic thing around 1505-1510. Plaid may refer to the design on the fabric or the fabric itself. The term tartan started out more as the material whereas now, often...

Welcome to 2024!! By Jodie Montgomery What a start to the year! I fell taking down Christmas decorations; reminder to be more careful. I spent the last few weeks with lots of family time; reminder to listen well and be known. I ate way too many sweets; reminder that what looks good...

Starting the New Year Unapologetically By Guest Blogger: Kelli Johnson 1 Peter 3:15 “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” What is...

Dumb Sheep and Straying By Jodie Montgomery The Christmas season can be unsettling if we enter the season without a heart of celebration for the Savior. This time should be about Him. This unsettling can happen if we are experiencing suffering in which we feel distant from God or forgotten, if we...

Dumb Sheep and Advent By Jodie Montgomery I've been gathering again with a group affectionately known as the Dumb Sheep. They aren't baaaaaaaaad, rather "shear" joy. The sheep felt it important to gather weekly leading into Christmas to encourage one another and to reflect on God with us. There are new sheep...

Sweet Potato Soufflé' By Kim Griffin This week's blog is by Kim Griffin, IBC leader with young marrieds and wife of Pastor Wade. Joy to hear about her family and food connections! This old, very used recipe is, most likely, familiar and not unique to many of you.  What IS unique is the...

Idlewild Women’s Ministry Groups  IBC Women’s Ministry offers A LOT of groups. This page hopefully won't confuse but will serve to provide you the information you are seeking and to let you know you are welcome to join at your convenience. Please don't hesitate to contact our team with your questions...

Sweet Potato Soufflé' By Kim Griffin This week's blog is by Kim Griffin, IBC leader with young marrieds and wife of Pastor Wade. Joy to hear about her family and food connections! This old, very used recipe is, most likely, familiar and not unique to many of you.  What IS unique is the...

My Favorite Fall Recipe By Evelyn McKnight Jodie here, this week our guest blogger is Evelyn McKnight. She is the beloved wife of our beloved Bill McKnight, a wonderful counselor at IBC. Turnip Casserole is my favorite fall recipe.  Early in our marriage, I asked my husband what his favorite Thanksgiving dish was. ...

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...

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 &...

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...