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Whitens Ministering in the Tampa Bay Area
George and Baht Rivka Whitten will be ministering in a congregational marathon this weekend in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. You will have five chances to hear from them, and they are as follows:


Friday night, April 28th at 7PM at Shoresh David St. Petersburg- George only

Friday night, April 28th at 7PM at Shoresh David Tampa- Baht Rivka only

Saturday, April 29th at 11AM at Etz Chayim Messianic Synagogue in Lakeland

Sunday, April 30th at 11AM at The Church in Tampa in Lutz

Sunday afternoon, April 30th from 3-7PM for Celebrate Israel- Israeli Independence Day at Shoresh David Tampa


George Whitten is Founder and Director of www.worthynews.com, a thriving online news ministry since 1999, focusing on Israel, Christian persecution, prophecy, outreach and discipleship, reaching over 120 countries around the globe. He is an anointed visionary, writer and speaker. He brings a fresh and intrinsic perspective on current events in the Middle East, giving insights about both the political and spiritual atmosphere in the Land, all the while balancing it with a personal, down-to-earth message that touches the hearts of every audience.

George’s wife, Israeli-born Baht Rivka, is an accomplished musician and worship leader. Her compelling music has blessed the nations as she has ministered at international conferences, convocations and outreaches around the globe and has been featured on local and international television and radio programs. She has also performed in secular Israeli venues such as schools, survivors ceremonies and others around the Land. Her three uniquely composed, Hebrew scripture-song CD’s are a blessing in the Land as she has given away thousands freely to Israelis.

Married almost fifteen years, the couple currently serves in an all-encompassing ministry in the Israeli Negev Desert, near the Dead Sea. They homeschool their two kids, lead a Friday Shabbat Dinner outreach, oversee Worthy Network online, lead worship services and outreaches across the Land, aid Israelis in need with finances, food, clothing, dental work and other practical needs and keep an open home for friends from abroad and Israelis in need.

For more information about the Whittens please visit George’s website at www.worthynews.com and Baht Rivka’s website at www.lazmanhazeh.com.
This Week on Bagels and Blessings

This Week on Bagels and Blessings

This Saturday, April 29th, on the popular Messianic Jewish radio program Bagels and Blessings with Ethel Chadwick, the guest will be Carlos Perdomo. The show airs at 2:00 pm (EST) in the Rochester, New York area and can be heard online. The interview will be pre-recorded.


Having been raised in a Christian home; Carlos had his own personal encounter with the Lord when he was 19 years of age. Carlos’ experience happened in Mt. Vernon, NY, at a small bilingual nondenominational church. They gave Carlos the nickname El Cantante de Jehovah (The Singer of Jûehovah). It was then that God called Carlos to serve Him through song.

Carlos has been singing since he can remember. At five-years-old, he started singing at Friday night tea parties at the request of his mom and her friends.  There, Carlos learned the emotions of singing secular love songs. However, after his encounter with the Lord, he combined his love for singing with his love of worshiping God. Carlos is also an accomplished drummer, having played with a number of Christian bands.

There were trials and tribulations that attacked his faith – even deciding which music to perform:  secular or Christian music. When Carlos surrendered his life completely to his Lord and Savior, he began the slow but firm resolve to die to himself, presenting his body as a living sacrifice to the Lord. As we read in Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Messiah; and it is no longer I who live, but Messiah lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”


Bagels and Blessings is weekly Messianic Jewish radio program hosted by Ethel Chadwick and aired in the Rochester, New York. The show is aired on 990 AM WDCX in the local Rochester area and can also be heard online at www.wdcxam.com.
CMU ‘Day Of Remembrance’ Nears Program on Holocaust Tuesday, April 25
www.fayettenewspapers.com  April 21, 2017

While the Holocaust occurred more than 70 years ago, its effects are still felt today, and will continue for generations and beyond. Central Methodist University will recognize the World War II atrocities during a “Day of Remembrance” on Tuesday, April 25 in Fayette.
Activities begin at 10 a.m. during weekly chapel services in Linn Memorial Church on the CMU campus, with the message delivered by Rabbi Shmuel Wolkenfeld of Or HaOlam Messianic Congregation in Overland Park, Kan.
At 11 a.m. guests and the CMU campus community are invited to view many Holocaust-themed displays, photos, audio and video clips and living history presentations in the Linn sanctuary.

Click here to read the full article at www.fayettenewspapers.com.
Prescott’s third annual March of Remembrance Sunday
m.dcourier.com  April 21, 2017

A March of Remembrance will be taking place in downtown Prescott on Sunday, April 23, from 1 to 3 p.m.

March of Remembrance is a Christian prayer walk held annually all over the world in remembrance of the Shoah (Holocaust) and has become a connecting point for people everywhere who wish to observe Yom HaShoah (Day of Holocaust Remembrance) in their local communities through public prayer and memorial events, according to marchofremembrance.org.

Prescott’s march is sponsored by Ahava B’Shem Yeshua Messianic Congregation. The local congregation is designed so that Jews and gentiles can worship together. They will be supported during the march by various Christian churches both in Prescott and Phoenix. The march, however, is not so much a religious action as it is a human rights observance, said Al Rodriguez, one of the congregation’s leaders.

Click here to read the full article at m.dcourier.com.
About 50 march through downtown St. Petersburg in remembrance of Holocaust
www.tampabay.com  April 23, 2017

ST. PETERSBURG — The rabbi pointed to his sign to explain why he and about 50 other people marched Sunday through downtown St. Petersburg.

"Never forget," it read.

"This is all about never forgetting," said Rabbi Steven Weiler of Shoresh David Messianic Synagogues, "because if we remember, we won't repeat it."

The group walked from the Florida Holocaust Museum to North Straub Park holding signs and Israeli flags as part of a worldwide remembrance of the 6 million Jewish people killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during the Holocaust. The march had three goals to keep in mind, Weiler said: never again, never forget and do not be silent.

He emphasized those points during a service at the park under a banyan tree where the crowd joined together to pray, read Scripture and recite quotes from Holocaust survivors.

Click here to read the full article at www.tampabay.com.
Messianics to gather with Arab Baptists
www.bpnews.net  April 21, 2017

PHOENIX (BP) -- Jewish and Arab believers will celebrate their common faith in Christ at the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship meeting in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Phoenix.

SBMF members and guests will convene Sunday, June 11 at First Arabic Baptist Church in Phoenix. A worship service at 11 a.m. will be followed by a potluck "oneg" (Hebrew for "delight") meal and then a business meeting. The fellowship -- which is comprised largely of Messianic Jews (Jews who follow Jesus as Messiah) -- will gather around the theme "disciples making disciples who make disciples."

Though media portrayals often depict conflict between Jews and Arabs, the meeting's location at a church that offers worship in Arabic will highlight reasons for Christ-followers from both groups to partner in evangelism, said SBMF President Ric Worshill.

As Semitic peoples, Jews and Arabs both tend to be "left out of the evangelism process," Worshill said, because typical Gospel presentations are not tailored to their unique worldviews.

Jews and Arabs both "are trained from birth that Jesus is not the Savior," and both groups "don't see the Triune-ness of God," Worshill said. Jewish and Arab believers, he noted, can work together at learning to refute those misconceptions from Scripture.

Click here to read the full article at www.bpnews.net.
Historic Twin Cities Synagogue Purchase
For many congregations in the Messianic Jewish community, owning property remains elusive. Many congregations, although well established, continue to meet in community centers or homes, rented office buildings and churches. Let’s face it; affordable property is hard to come by.

While property owning demonstrates permanency and stability, this has not deterred the Messianic Jewish movement at large from growth and community building. For one congregation, however, fulfilling that long awaited goal has far exceeded expectations.

Kehilat Sar Shalom (Congregation Prince of Peace) was founded 25 years ago in Saint Paul, Minnesota and is affiliated with the IAMCS (International Alliance of Messianic Congregations & Synagogues).
George and Baht Rivka Whitten in Brevard County
This Saturday, April 22 Kol Mashiach Messianic Synagogue in Melbourne, Florida will welcome George and Baht Rivka Whitten as special guests in their Shabbat service. Baht Rivka will share her powerful Israeli Messianic worship music and George will bring a special message.


Israeli-born Rivka Whitten is a talented worship leader who released an all-Hebrew CD, “Lazman Hazeh.” Rivka maintains a daily blog, “Thoughts from the Negev.” Her song “Eretz Zavat Chalav (Land of Milk and Honey)” was featured on the second installment of Messianic Dance Camps International’s instructional DVD, “Aliyah-Rise up!”


Worthy Ministries founder and husband to Rivkah, George, will bring a unique perspective concerning Middle East news. Living in Southern Israel near the Dead Sea, the Whitten’s run Worthy News and minister full-time to the many spiritually hungry people in the region. Worthy Ministries is an organization based in Israel with a global outreach to more than 120 countries on a daily basis. Though mainly an Internet ministry, they are also significantly involved in the land of Israel. It is designed to keep believers informed on news and events worldwide, much of which is not covered by national news. The ministry has over a dozen online sites, which reach over 50 countries. Each week, Worthy Network delivers thousands of daily devotionals and news briefs across the globe. This past year alone, they have sent out more than 8.4 million news briefs and inspirational devotionals. They have received thousands of encouraging responses from appreciative subscribers.


Their present goal is to employ a full-time staff of writers so that they no longer need to use secular news services to provide their readers with pertinent information to equip their prayers. Once this staff of writers is on board, they will be operating as a completely independent news organization.


Together, they lead Kehilat Matan Todah (Congregation Give Thanks) and regularly minister to Israelis in need.


For more information about George and Rivka Whitten, visit www.rivkawhitten.com or www.worthynetwork.com.


Kol Mashiach is located at 1621 Lake Washington Road in Melbourne, Florida and is led by Rabbi Alan Levine.
Gesher Shalom Celebrates New Synagogue Location
Rabbi, Dr. Charles Kluge led his synagogue, Congregation Gesher Shalom, in a Torah march for the first services at their new location on April 14, 2017. Gesher Shalom had long outgrown their previous facility in Orlando, Florida. The congregation has made a dramatic impact in the Central Florida area and has spent quite a bit of time and energy searching for their next congregational home. To press necessity a little more, the lease on their facility was running out and resigning was unfortunately not an option.


Finally, after great prayer and searching God opened up a divine opportunity for Gesher Shalom. First Baptist Orlando opened up their Student Center Building to house the synagogue and a fresh miracle was provided during this season of miracles.


They had three beautiful services on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night (Seventh Day of Pesach), April 14, 15 and 16, 2017, as they rejoiced in their new location which God miraculously provided for them. They joyfully marched the Torah seven times around the building with the blowing of shofars, waving flags, dancing and the giving away of about 200 "I Stand with Israel" tee shirts.


Gesher Shalom is so excited for all HaShem is doing and the new direction He is leading the congregation. If you are in the Central Florida area, join them for Shabbat services, Fridays at 8PM and Saturdays at 11AM located at 3000 S. John Young Parkway in Orlando, Florida 32805 in the Student Center Building.
Commitment, Country, Calling

Commitment, Country, Calling

For her first job, Rachel Katz Barnett would wake up and head off to a blueberry field. She wanted to get there early in the morning because the blueberries were plump from the condensation, and therefore, heavier. From the time she was 12 until she was 15 years old, she would bicycle through a cemetery to work.

Bucket in hand, and a diligent worker, she was not paid by the hour or by how many buckets filled. Each bucket of blueberries had to weigh a gallon.  Each gallon earned her two dollars and fifty cents. This was in Missouri and over two decades ago.

Now 34, Rachel Katz Barnett politely and graciously refuses to eat blueberries. Barnett now works on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Just last March Barnett was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander working as a Navy Intelligence Officer.

Growing up in Missouri, and then Houston, Texas, she now travels the world. Through the Navy and alongside her husband, John Barnett, who is also in the Navy, Barnett has been able to feed a sense of wanderlust and discovery. Uniquely, Barnett is carving out a Naval career that compliments her character, intentionality, adventure and ambition.
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