East Tampa Christian Church

Welcome to East Tampa Christian Church

Welcome to our website! We are a restoration plea fellowship of independent New Testament churches that have been serving our community for over 50 years. Our church is open to all who seek to deepen their faith and grow in the love of Jesus. We invite you to explore our page to discover the daily devotional, the latest on the calendar, our From The Word Weekly Bible Verse, and learn about the various ministries and missions we offer.

Our worship services are based on the Bible and we believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to guide us in our faith journey. We observe the Lord's Supper every Sunday as a way to honor and reflect on Jesus' sacrifice for us.

We believe in the importance of repentance and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit. We invite all who share these beliefs to join us in proclaiming salvation and unity to those in need of hearing the message of Jesus Christ.

The Persistent Widow: A Lesson in Faith and Prayer

In Luke 18:1-8, Jesus tells his disciples a parable about a persistent widow who kept coming to an unjust judge with her plea for justice against her adversary. Although the judge didn't fear God or care what people thought, he granted the widow's request simply because of her persistence.


This parable is a reminder of the power of prayer and persistence in our faith journey. We may face difficult situations or adversaries in life, but we should always remember to pray and not give up. God hears our prayers and is always with us, ready to grant justice to his chosen ones who cry out to him day and night.


As we go through our daily lives, let us remember to pray without ceasing and trust in God's timing and plan for our lives. We may not always receive immediate answers to our prayers, but we can have faith that God will see that we get justice and help us in our times of need. Let us persist in prayer and continue to trust in God's unfailing love and faithfulness.

From The Word

1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” 3 But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.


4 Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. 5 All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship. But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep.

6 The captain went to him and said, “How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we will not perish.” 7 Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.” They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. 8 So they asked him, “Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What kind of work do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?”


9 He answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” 10 This terrified them and they asked, “What have you done?” (They knew he was running away from the Lord, because he had already told them so.) 11 The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?” 12 “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”


13 Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before. 14 Then they cried out to the Lord, “Please, Lord, do not let us die for taking this man’s life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, Lord, have done as you pleased.” 15 Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. 16 At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him. 17 Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

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Calendar

Sunday - Sunday School: Adults, 9 a.m., Children, 9 and 10 a.m., Worship, 10 a.m.

Tuesday - Hunger-Free Mission food and clothes sharing, 10 a.m.

Wednesday - Bible study and prayer meeting, 6 p.m.

Thursday - Mission fellowship dinner, 5:30 p.m.

Ministries

We are excited to share with you all of the amazing ministries and opportunities for growth and service that are available here at our church. Although many of these programs are currently in the planning stages, our goal is to make them a reality through the support and involvement of members like you.

Fellowship

The Fellowship Ministry is responsible for creating opportunities for members of the congregation to come together for social and recreational activities. This includes tasks such as organizing potluck dinners, game nights, and other social events. The goal of this ministry is to create a sense of community within the congregation and to foster relationships among members.

Administration

The Administration Ministry is responsible for the overall management and coordination of the church's operations. This includes financial management, budgeting, and overall organizational structure. The goal of this ministry is to ensure that the church is running smoothly and efficiently, allowing the other ministries to focus on their specific areas of service.

Building and Grounds

The Building and Grounds Ministry is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the church's physical property. This includes tasks such as cleaning, landscaping, and repairs. The goal of this ministry is to ensure that the church's property is well-maintained and presents a positive image to the community.

Communication

The Communication Ministry is responsible for ensuring that the church's message is effectively communicated to the congregation and the community. This includes tasks such as creating and distributing the weekly bulletin, updating the church website, and maintaining the church sign. The goal of this ministry is to ensure that the church's message is effectively communicated and that the congregation is informed of all upcoming events and activities.

Encouragement

The Encouragement Ministry is responsible for reaching out to members of the congregation who may be going through difficult times. This includes tasks such as making phone calls, sending cards, and visiting people in their homes. The goal of this ministry is to provide emotional and spiritual support to those in need.

Missions

The Missions Ministry is responsible for coordinating the church's outreach efforts. This includes tasks such as organizing mission trips, collecting donations for humanitarian aid, and supporting global missions organizations. The goal of this ministry is to share the love of God with people in need and to make a positive impact on the world.

Praise Team

The Praise Team Ministry is responsible for leading the congregation in worship through music. This includes tasks such as selecting songs, rehearsing, and leading the congregation in singing. The goal of this ministry is to lead the congregation in worship and to create a joyful and uplifting atmosphere.

Teaching

The Teaching Ministry is responsible for providing Bible studies, sermons, and other educational opportunities for the congregation. This includes tasks such as selecting curriculum, preparing lesson plans, and delivering sermons. The goal of this ministry is to provide biblical instruction and guidance to the congregation.

Transportation

The Transportation Ministry is responsible for providing transportation for members of the congregation who are unable to drive themselves to church. This includes tasks such as scheduling rides, driving the church van, and providing transportation to events and activities. The goal of this ministry is to ensure that all members of the congregation are able to participate in church activities.

Welcome Team

The Welcome Team Ministry is responsible for creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for visitors and newcomers to the church. This includes tasks such as greeting people at the door, providing information about the church, and answering questions. The goal of this ministry is to make visitors and newcomers feel comfortable and welcome.

Greetings Ministries

The Greetings Ministry is responsible for reaching out to members of the congregation who may be going through difficult times. This includes tasks such as making phone calls, sending cards, and visiting people in their homes. The goal of this ministry is to provide emotional and spiritual support to those in need and to let them know that they are not alone.

Communion Meditations

Our Communion Meditations Ministry is focused on helping our members reflect on the significance of the sacrament of Communion, and to deepen their spiritual connection to God. Through guided meditations and group discussions, we aim to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of this sacred ritual.

Baptism Ministry

Our Baptism Ministry is dedicated to helping individuals prepare for and celebrate the sacrament of baptism. We provide support, guidance, and resources for those who are seeking to be baptized, and we also help to plan and organize baptismal services for our church community.

Children's Ministry

Our Children's Ministry is dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment for children of all ages to learn about God's love and teachings. Our programs include Sunday school classes, vacation Bible school, and special events throughout the year. Our goal is to help children develop a personal relationship with Jesus and grow in their faith.

Youth Ministry

Our Youth Ministry is designed to provide a fun and engaging environment for teens to grow in their faith. Our programs include youth group meetings, Bible studies, retreats, and mission trips. We strive to create a community where teens can build relationships with one another and with God.

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We invite you to take an active role in bringing these ministries to life and helping us create a thriving community where everyone can grow and flourish in their faith. So don't be discouraged by what may seem like a work in progress - we are confident that with your help, we can make these programs and services a reality for everyone

Missions

Hunger-Free Mission

Our Hunger-Free Mission is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has access to nutritious food and resources, regardless of their circumstances. We believe that it is our responsibility as members of our community and as children of God to help those who are struggling to make ends meet. Whether it's through food donations, food drives, or community outreach programs, we strive to make a difference in the lives of those in need.

Johnson University Florida

A Christian university that educates and trains students to serve in various fields.

Lake Aurora

Lake Aurora Christian Camp and Retreat Center: A Christian camp that offers retreats, programs and activities for people of all ages.

New Life Christian Church

A church that shares the same beliefs and mission as us.

Rock Solid Ministries

A ministry that provides spiritual guidance, mentoring and other resources to young people.

SALT Ministries

Sharing the Amazing Light in Thailand Ministries: A mission that spreads the gospel in Thailand.