Manna Bags Ministry

Manna Bags are a “grab and go” item that can be given to people experiencing homelessness on our streets. Each zippered storage bag contains Scriptures, local resource information, snacks, sunscreen and socks to give to those in need. A $5 donation per bag requested.

Email Emily Felgenhauer, Director of Youth Ministries, for more information or to help assemble the bags.

Family Game Night – 2020 Edition

Family Game Night – 2020 Edition

It’s time for Family Trivia!


Moms, Dads, Grandparents and Kids of all ages are invited!


Merge and Children’s Ministries can’t wait to see your whole family for a night of virtual trivia


6:30 p.m. on Sept. 16


We’ll get to connect and have fun together as a church family on Zoom. Each family will be joining other families to make teams of 2-5 families. Each team will create a team name, choose a team captain and will work together to answer general knowledge, pop culture and Bible trivia questions.

*If your family joins on separate devices, you may be on separate teams*

All ages are welcome!


RSVP here for the Zoom link and password. Questions? Ask Melissa!

Back-to-School Pick-up Party

Back-to-School Pick-up Party

Back-to-School Pick-up Party

Join us for a Back-to-School Pick-up Party in the Magnolia Parking Lot!

1-2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16


6:30- 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19

Drive through and pick up some frozen treats and fun back to school giveaways!


The Children’s Ministries and Merge Staff will have stations set up for you to drive through and pick up fun back to school giveaways (like masks and backpack tags) as well as a frozen treat for those in the car!

Enter the parking lot from Magnolia St. and follow the signs. 

  • Please stay in your car and wear a mask.
  • Drive slowly through the marked route
  • Pull up to each station
  • Make sure to put your car in park at each station  


We can’t wait to see you! Questions? Email Kristin

Back 2 School Blessing Event

Back 2 School Blessing Event

Students! Parents! Educators! School employees! 


A new school year is an exciting time! And no matter what it’s going to look like for you and your family, we want you to go into the 2020-21 school year with the confidence of God’s love, presence and promises!


Elementary, Middle, High School, and College students as well as school teachers and staff are invited to send us a picture to be a part of this year’s blessing event:

Attending school in person? Take a photo of you with your backpack!

Virtual or E-learning? Take a photo of you in your “school space.”

Whatever ‘back to school’ looks like for you this year, we want to celebrate it!

And if you picked up a face mask or backpack tag from our pick-up party, we’d love to see that in your photo too!


Then, join us for 9:30 or 11 a.m. online worship on Aug. 23 for the Back 2 School Blessing as we pray for peace to surround each person. May we make God’s love real as we begin a new school year.


Submit a ‘Back to School’ photo by Wednesday, Aug. 19 to be featured during 9:30 and 11 a.m. online worship on Aug. 23!


Questions? Email Kristin

Quillin’ it During Quarantine

Quillin’ it During Quarantine

“Top 3 Ways to make the BEST of COVID19”
by: Amy Morantes, Middle school small group leader


Find ways to help others

In March, my job moved my job home so I have been loving waking up and being at work. Helping others is a really important part of who I am. Luckily, I was able to begin teletherapy in the evenings and helping people who are struggling through this time has brought me a lot of satisfaction. During this time I have also helped at Open Arms, most recently helping our guests to register to vote. I have also continued working with the HIllsborough Organization for Progress and Equality, via Zoom meetings, to work towards various social justice initiatives and I continue to mentor a woman through Love INC.  My volunteer work is very important to me and I feel blessed to be able to continue while social distancing.

Get Outside and Enjoy God’s Beauty

I love to walk so I have been walking as often as I can fit it into my schedule.  We just moved closer to the bay, so I am able to walk up there easily.  Seeing the water and the Tampa skyline always makes me feel good.

Quality Time with Your Family

I have also been spending either real time or virtual time with my family. With Jack heading into his senior year and spending more time at home due to isolation, I have been enjoying every bonus minute with him. I relish  this time we get to spend together. I have also been Facetiming and having Zoom calls with my Mom and brother’s family who all live out of state. I have also enjoyed playing euchre with my Aunt and Uncle and cousins via We are able to see each other via video, chat and play cards. It’s almost like we are all together.

Merge Scavenger Hunt

Merge Scavenger Hunt

Do you like going on adventures, driving around Tampa, and finding things that are hidden? Then join us on our Merge Scavenger Hunt!  
We’ve hidden 10 cards all around the city in places that you’re probably familiar with, from Westshore mall, all the way to The Portico, and many more places along the way! Your goal is to find all 10 cards, take a picture with each of them, and send them to us on Facebook or Instagram! Everyone who gets all 10 will get a special shoutout in our July 5 Merge Live!
You’ll have from June 21-30 to find all the cards and send them to us, but I recommend getting them all done at once to get the whole experience! So get the family together, buckle your seatbelts, pay attention to speed limits, and take an adventure all around our amazing city! 


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