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Janet Little Cooper

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Church’s ‘Widow’s Garden’ gives seniors nourishment, fellowship

PENSACOLA, Fla. (BP)--The sounds of Davis Highway and the hectic pace of the city fade away when one enters two acres of cultivated farmland called the "Widow's Garden."

Historical Society changes name; hints at welcoming other groups

PENSACOLA, Fla. (BP)--The Southern Baptist Historical Society (SBHS) voted to change its name to the Baptist History and Heritage Society amid questions of whether the society was bowing to political pressure from individuals who oppose the Southern Baptist Convention's leadership.

7-year-old’s leukemia battle rallies church & community

JAY, Fla. (BP)--Many people in the remote north Florida community of Jay can remember coming together to view a two-month-old, wrapped snugly baby boy in a handmade manger full of hay at First Baptist Church's first and only live nativity scene.

Downtown church’s weekly luncheon gives businesswomen spiritual boost

PENSACOLA, Fla. (BP)--A banquet hall in downtown Pensacola, rather than a riverbank near Philippi, is the meeting place, but the purpose of "Lydia's Lunch" is much the same as its biblical counterpart -- offering women fellowship and spiritual nourishment.

Women headed to interviews, new jobs aided by church’s clothing ministry

PENSACOLA, Fla. (BP)–For Debbe Jefcoat, coordinating the Suit Your Self ministry at Olive Baptist Church, Pensacola, Fla., is not just about providing women with clothing. It is an opportunity to help them find a life of hope and a future. Suit Your Self began in 1996 at First United Methodist Church of Pensacola. Jane Holston, […]

Church’s ministry to transients accepts coast-to-coast reputation

PENSACOLA, Fla. (BP)–Situated on the corner of one of Pensacola’s busiest highways, a mile from Interstate 10, is Olive Baptist Church. With its close proximity to the interstate, the Florida church has been frequented by transients for years. When Jean Rae began serving as Olive’s director of social ministries, she realized the need of a […]

Drug addicts, alcoholics offered ‘Most Excellent Way’ to Jesus

PENSACOLA, Fla. (BP)–Each face in the room told a different story of addiction. But as hands that once grasped drinking glasses or drug paraphernalia flipped through the pages of God’s Word, faces broke into smiles and tears streamed — a typical Thursday night scene at Pine Summit Baptist Church in Pensacola, Fla. “My children didn’t […]

Childhood love of music leads to 76 years as church’s organist

BRATT, Fla. (BP)–Believing at a young age that God could do anything, Lonie Dockens prayed, asking God to help her learn to play the piano. “I loved music more than anything,” she recalled. “I asked God to help me learn music and that I would always use it for his glory. I’ve never forgotten that.” […]