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Our One Word for 2016

December 3, 2015

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Every year our Special Friends ministry chooses One Word. One word that we can focus on every week, all year long.  One word that sums up what’s important to us and how we want to invest in others. It will take intentionality and commitment, but if we let it, our one word will shape not only our year, […]

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Table Talk Nov. 29th!

November 9, 2015

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Our Newest Partnership: Quest South

June 16, 2015

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I’m excited to introduce our newest special needs partnership with Quest. For over 50 years, Quest has supported Central Floridians with developmental and intellectual disabilities by offering choices and opportunities to live, learn, work and play. Quest’s mission, through quality and innovation, is to build communities where people with disabilities achieve their goals. In April […]

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FBO Welcomes OCA’s Adult Vocational Training Program

April 13, 2015

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Perhaps you might have missed the Dateline special last night titled “Lives On The Brink.”  Over a three-year period, Dateline chronicled the raw and emotional journeys of two young adults with autism and their families, as they transition from graduation to adulthood and make a leap towards an uncertain future. The parents of these young […]

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Our Newest Home Life Group

March 3, 2015

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I’m excited to introduce our newest Home Life Group:  The Russell Home Life Group!  The Russell Home for Atypical Children in Orlando has been in continuous operation for over 60 years without any government support. The Home is the only private, non-profit facility of its kind for children, teens, and adults with moderate-severe disabilities in Central […]

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Serve Like Jesus

February 12, 2015

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If Jesus connected with people with disabilities as a servant, shouldn’t that become the way we connect with them too?

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Changing Lives Thru Friendships

August 11, 2014

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Friendship has implications for the nature of Christian relationships and the way we “do” special needs ministry.  This is part 2 in a series of blog posts on the topic of being a friend.  I am writing these posts specifically for our team of passionate volunteers who are “All In” when it comes to special needs ministry…but I believe […]

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What You Should Know About Our Name

August 6, 2014

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What’s in a name? In the Bible, names meant something. To the Hebrews a name was not simply a label, or a tool to distinguish one person from another; a person’s name was viewed as equivalent to the person himself. A person’s name signified their person, worth, character, reputation, and identity. In Scripture, when God […]

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Saying No

June 23, 2014

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The most important word my dog knows is, “No”. “No”, has kept her out of trouble many times (when she listens)!  Whether it’s been used to stop her from chasing after another dog who might not be as friendly as she is, to keep her from pooping in our neighbor’s yard, or jaunting out into […]

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Chilling and Grilling

June 16, 2014

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Love Orlando, a movement started by First Baptist Orlando, wants to serve our local community and show God’s love to others.  Two of our First Orlando Life Groups, the Double Nickels Disciples and the Adventures, did just that last Saturday by hosting their first Chilling & Grilling cook-out at the Russell Home. We had a great […]

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