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
 

Week of 2/2/2020

Week of 2/2/2020

OFFICE OF THE PASTOR

Dr. Ken Whitten
Senior Pastor

Personal:

Please continue to pray for my spiritual and physical health. Pray that my heart will continue to hunger and thirst for Jesus.

Please pray for Mrs. Ginny and all the projects that she is involved with. Pray that she will have wisdom as she leads Bible studies for women, serves in various ministries, helps with 14 grand-kids’ schedules, and takes care of this pastor.

Pray for Pastor Brian McDougall and my ministry assistant, Yerusha Bunag, as they help me prioritize my time and guide me through several decisions I need to make on a daily basis. Pray that their hearts will be filled with the Spirit as they help me lead/guide you.

Ministry:

Our staffing needs have increased. Pray that God would send us candidates that are godly, ministry-minded, and have an outstanding work ethic to fill all the open positions.

Pray for me as I have two speaking engagements this month: a Men’s conference at Watkinsville Baptist Church in Georgia, and a Bible Conference in South Fulton, Tennessee.

Pray for me as I prepare a new series to wrap up the book of Acts. Those are action-packed chapters! Pray that I will have wisdom to communicate God’s Word. Pray that our people’s hearts will be open to receive God’s Word and be prompted to join the movement.

There’s a ministry here at Idlewild that is close to my heart and that is I-Work. This month they will have a Job Fair here at Idlewild. This is not just a wonderful opportunity to help men and women find jobs, but also a way for us to give them the Gospel. Pray that many will come. Pray that many would have a life changing experience here – a new job and a new heart.

 

Brian McDougall
Executive Pastor

Personal:
Diana: Please pray for Diana and I as we prepare to minister to our first grand baby due in April, Praise God.

Dad: He recently has had some health setbacks. Please continue to pray for Dad’s healing to speak more clearly and to swallow better, both issues are issues from a recent stroke. Thanks for your continued prayers for my very godly 96 year old Dad.

Leta: For my sister, that she will have health, courage and strength as she is the full time caregiver for my Dad. Since Dad’s recent health setback the level of care Leta provides has to be stepped up quite a bit. Thanks for continuing to pray for Leta.

Logan and Aimee: Please rejoice with us on the news that Logan and Aimee are now expecting a baby boy. Please pray for the continued health of Aimee and the baby.

Lauren and Gabe: Praising God for their new married life together.

Ministry:

Church Vision and Mission: That our members would engage in the Vision and Mission of the Church.

LEAD: That LEAD(Leadership Engagement and Discipleship) would be effective in thousands of Idlewild members discovering their spiritual gifts, being equipped therein and serving in the area that God has planned for them (Eph. 2:10, 4:11-12). Please pray that 2,020 members by the end of 2020 will “Join the Movement” moving from no ministry and or mission involvement to actively serving where God wants them to serve. Praising God for the Idlewild members signing up to serve in 522 serving roles since Join the Movement went live on 9.22.19.

Accelerate: Praising the Lord for the great progress that is being made by the generous givers of Idlewild to pay off the debt of the Church.

Giving: Praising the Lord for 2019 being the strongest giving year in the history of the Church.

Please pray that all Idlewild members would joyfully have 1,000s of gospel conversations with those that are far from God.

Please pray for God to bless a new prayer ministry called “Prayer Givers” that will be praying for and reaching out to inactive members.

Please pray for God’s goals for 2020 to be deployed from our staff throughout our Church.

Please pray for Revival in our Church.

 

MEMBER CARE MINISTRIES

Reno Zunz
Minister, Caring Ministry

Personal:

Please continue to cover Sherri and me with your prayers for our spiritual walks, marriage, and families.

Please pray for my extended family who are aging: My mother and stepfather in Georgia and my stepmother Samantha here in Tampa. Samantha counts on Sherri to help her with many things, adding to the stresses of life.

Please pray for our youngest son Andy and his wife Jenna, that they would find a permanent church home in Orlando.

For daughters-in-law Megan and Janell as they wear many hats as wives and mothers of young children, and for our youngest daughter-in-law Jenna as she teaches school.

Our granddaughter Abbie and grandson Micah have been sick a lot with allergies, etc. Please pray for wisdom for Jonathan and Megan as they seek some answers.

Ministry:
That God would direct our Member Care Ministry daily to give our all to assist members through their difficult times.

Please pray for our amazing Ministry Assistants: Linda Sienkiewicz and Lainey Bock.

Pray for many to follow through on their professions of faith and go into the waters of believer’s baptism! We will have a special baptism service after Easter in April. Please begin to pray for that huge opportunity.

That God would bless Deana Troyer as she leads our Special Needs Ministries, granting her wisdom and energy and strength, and would provide workers that love the students. We are so grateful for our SN Team!

That the Lord would watch over our Idlewild widows and provide for all of their needs, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Please pray for our new Deacon Leadership. Chairman Mike Weilant, 1st Vice Chairman Jeremy Enns, 2nd Vice Chairman Campbell Middlebrooks, Secretary Steve Hicks, Treasurer Keith Brickell, Yokefellow Coordinators Don Enoch and Bill Alford.

We had an amazing Foster Care Training in January. Please pray for our foster families and for their Care Communities. Pray for God to raise up many others to answer the call to care for the children in our community who need a loving home.

 

Greg Murphy
Minister, Family Care

Personal:

Please pray for Lynn and Isabella and me to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. (Rom. 12:2) Pray that we will each be renewed in knowledge in the image of the Creator of our new persons in Christ Jesus. (Col. 3:10)

Please pray for our daughter Rebecca and growing family – Robert, Joshua and Caroline Rose. Please pray for salvation and safety and health for little ones and for guidance for and blessings on the family.

Please continue to pray for my mother, Sarah, who is in a Care Facility in NC. Pray for the Lord to fill her days with His Word and the encouragement and blessing of His presence. Pray for her to encounter the Holy Spirit’s presence each day and to maintain a sharp mind and to be able to be fellowship with the body of Christ. Please pray for her to be physically comfortable.

Ministry:

Please prepare your hearts for a season of 21 Days of prayer and seeking God’s face March 22-April 11. Please pray for guests Daniel Henderson and Jim Maxim who will be leading us in prayer Sunday morning and evening on March 22.

Please pray for the younger generations especially to know the Word of God in such a way as to be strong against the cultural attacks on the crucial doctrines and principles of Christianity.

Pray that God will bring awakening and raise up laborers and that the culture will be freshly permeated with the Word of God.

Please pray that the Holy Spirit will move the church toward repentance and revival and fresh power and obedience in relationship with Jesus.

God has blessed us with a beautiful pair of prayer rooms by the Fireside room. I hope you will go by and pray over the rooms and spend some time there, but especially pray that God will raise up a powerful ministry of prayer around those rooms and also throughout the body of Christ at Idlewild.

Please Pray for Linda Sienkiewicz, who is the Ministry Assistant in Family Care and for Lainey Bock who is the Ministry Assistant to Pastor Reno in Member Care. Please pray for them as they currently assists in the many areas of the Family Care/Caring Ministry.

Please pray for Pastor Reno and our invitation counseling team including team leaders Bill and Carol Sutton, Brian Pate and Lee Richards. This team loves to minister and to assist people in knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

 

Phillip Hanes
Minister, Biblical Guidance & Senior Adults

Personal:

For Mary and I as we seek to continue to be in the center of God’s will for our lives.

For our three children (Christopher, Jennifer, and Michael), our one daughter-in-law (Megan), and our two granddaughters (Caroline and Harper Mae) – whom we love with all our hearts!

Ministry:

For the loving and competent staff I get to serve with each day – Suzanne Peterson and Jinnie Stephenson– my ministry assistants; and Rachel Krutsinger, our JOY Ministry Ambassador. These ladies love the Lord and His people and they are a blessing to so many folks!

For our Bible Fellowship Groups that meet each Sunday morning – for the teachers and for the attendees who make it a priority to come and study God’s Word together.

Thank you for your prayers for our ongoing support groups: Celebrate Recovery, iWork, GriefShare, DivorceCare, Parents of Addicted Children, Depression Support Group, and Sister’s L.I.F.E. Groups.

For the countless number of folks I counsel with from week to week. The Lord has allowed me the great privilege to meet with people who are looking for God’s answers to life’s difficult situations. Pray that they would discover His provision for their lives!

 

 

Deana Troyer
Manager, Special Needs Ministry

Personal:

That I will focus on kingdom matters rather than personal agenda

That I will demonstrate love to my husband, family, friends and strangers

That each family member would seek God and see Him at work in our various struggles

That I will run to the Father rather than to anyone or anything else when I am stressed, uncomfortable or in need of rest

Ministry:

Classroom help for Wednesday evenings, particularly with our elementary age kids. We do music and/or art on Wednesdays, along with a devotion. Helpers in this class engage with individual children, based on their needs. On the job training and ongoing guidance is provided.

Communication is a huge obstacle for some of our kids and adults. We are learning more about a method that has unlocked the door for some of them and are looking at ways to make that available to other families. It is truly life-changing. Pray that we handle this opportunity in a way that is truly beneficial to those who need it most. Imagine never hearing your child tell you about his day at school, or not being able to tell you her tummy hurts or that someone hurt them on the bus. This is the reality for many of our families. Now imagine you and your child are learning together a method that allows them to tell you these things and more. Imagine learning from your child that she wants to advocate for others who cannot speak for themselves. Imagine your son telling you he likes learning about quantum physics. Imagine watching as your teenager spells out, one letter at a time, that they have asked Jesus to save them. Imagine, as a teacher, watching a young adult who is visiting the church for the first time use this same method to spell out to his mother, “I feel the love here.” These are just some of the amazing things that have happened recently and we want to open up this possibility to other students who can benefit. Pray for God’s guidance in this opportunity.

Continued growth and unity in Deaf Ministry, including a new teacher needed for the 9:15 class and additional interpreters qualified both with strong skills and with holy hands to meet the various needs at both Lutz and The Springs. We are praising God for one new interpreter joining us last month. Please continue to pray for this vital ministry!

Barnabas Team Members – Individuals who have the heart to be strategic helpers in Preschool or Children’s Ministry for kids that need extra guidance on Sunday mornings, in Awana and in Worship Quest. This is a fabulous opportunity to invest time in one specific student, helping them participate at their level and grow in an inclusive setting with a variety of age-peers.

Service and employment opportunities for our students who desire to live productive and fruitful lives. Many are already blessing our church body with their service.