Bobby Bowden at FBC in Destin

First Baptist Church, 201 Beach Drive, will welcome legendary Florida State University coach Bobby Bowden at 9 and 11 a.m. services March 3. Pastor Roper said, “We are excited to host this man of great Christian faith and values and believe all who come will be motivated, moved and challenged.” Call 837-6515. 


The second Shine On Women’s & Teen’s Conference will be held March 15-16 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Speakers will be Dee Chernicky, Ruth Graham, Cathy Duplantis, Mona Ponder, Scarlett Harrington, Valerie Peterson, and Faith Ellisor. Online registration is at and includes two speaker luncheons. Group rates are available. To volunteer, call 366-3550 or see website.

Raisin’ of the Green fundraiser

Corned beef and cabbage will be on the menu from 12-4 p.m. March 17 at the Magnolia Grill, 157 Brooks Street in Fort Walton Beach, when the restaurant hosts a special St. Patrick’s Day event benefitting Catholic Charities and the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. Cost is $8/advance and $10/door. To purchase tickets, call 737-0864 or 244-2825.

The “Raisin’ of the Green” fundraiser will feature the traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal of corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. Attendees will enjoy lively Irish music, and those who are feeling lucky can take part in a 50/50 donation drawing.

The Gathering

The Gathering at Sandestin, a non-denominational Christian worship service, meets weekly at 10 a.m. in the Terrace Room of the Linkside Conference Center in the Sandestin Resort. David Seering, worship leader, and Billy Gray, pastor, lead the service.

Seering is a local entertainer who has performed for the military, three presidents, and a multitude of recording stars, not to mention many local events and charities. Gray is head of Billy Gray Ministries, a global missionary group that brings the Word of Christ. More information can be found at

Upper Room Morning Worship

Gather in the “upper room” upstairs at Marlin Grill in The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort at 9 a.m. each Sunday for an interdenominational morning service of teaching, praise and worship. Dress casual. Call 543-4382.


Is your church planning a special service, a musical event or having a guest speaker? Have a special photograph to share or an article to submit? Contact Pam Griffin at 850-654-8444 or