Category Archives: Our Mission and Ministry

Activities and promotional information about ministries we support, congregational care, and fellowship activities.

Follow Christ’s Lead This Advent Season

Magi with MangerEvery year, society expects us to celebrate the holiday season even bigger and better than years before. This year, coming together to reclaim Advent and Christmas can be both humbling and fulfilling. As we excitedly await the birth of Christ, it’s important to remember the reason for the season: the newborn Servant of All.

With Christ at the center of this holiday season, we can follow in his example of servant leadership by serving our brothers and sisters in faith. Through the Christmas Joy Offering, we are able to support those in our community and give them the gift of hope.

Funds from the Christmas Joy Offering help the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions provide critical financial assistance to eligible workers in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and their families, and to qualifying retired church workers and their families.

The Christmas Joy Offering also supports the education and development of our future leaders at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges. These schools are dedicated to creating opportunities and environments for racial ethnic students built on a foundation of Christian values. The Offering benefits Menaul School and Presbyterian Pan American School, two secondary schools that ready students for a path of higher learning, as well as Stillman College, where graduates are prepared for lives of leadership and service.

By giving to the Christmas Joy Offering, we can share in the hope of Christ and celebrate his leadership by providing support to our church workers, racial ethnic young people, and their families.

Please give generously by:

  • Using a Christmas Joy Offering envelope
  • Texting JOY to 20222 to give $10
  • Making a gift online through the Presbyterian Mission Agency

Toy Drive

Metropolitan Ministries - Hope is HereMetropolitan Ministries provides toys during the holiday season to over 17,000 children.  Your donations will ensure every child has a gift waiting for them under the tree.

We will deliver your donations to Metropolitan Ministries if dropped off at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church by 11:00 AM on Sunday, December 17th.

Needed Items


  • Crib & Stroller Toys
  • Early Learning Toys
  • Strollers & Car Seats
  • Bouncers & Walkers

Ages 0-2:

  • Preschool Play Sets
  • Character Toys Building
  • Blocks Baby Dolls
  • Learning Toys/Puzzles

Ages 3-12:

  • Remote Control Cars
  • Electronic Games Arts & Crafts
  • Fashion & Baby Dolls
  • Legos & Lego Sets
  • Current DVDs

Ages 13-17:

  • Jewelry Purses Makeup
  • Hair Accessories Cologne or Perfume
  • Footballs, Basketballs or Soccer Balls Sports
  • Clothing & Hats
  • Sketch Books & Pencils
  • Journals
  • DVD & MP3 Players
  • Current DVDs

Gift Cards:

  • Best Buy,
  • Walmart
  • Target
  • Apple iTunes
  • Claire’s
  • GameStop
  • Foot Locker
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Payless ShoeSource
  • Amazon

Other Gift Ideas:

  • Bicycles/Tricycles Scooters
  • Skateboards
  • Pre-Paid Cell Phones

Parenting Workshop: Who’s in Charge?

Promoting Personal Power and Preventing Power Struggles

Personal power is all about inner strength and the ability to get our needs met in appropriate ways. But we are not born with this ability, and parents must create an environment where children learn to use their personal power in a positive way. Come meet other parents in your area while you learn about techniques for reducing power struggles and positive parenting strategies to help your child learn healthy personal power.

This workshop will be taught by Noelina Alvarez, MA, RMHCI, a family counselor withThornwell: Building Tomorrow's Families Today.

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 28,
at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church

Please register so we know how many chairs to set up.

I would like childcare for my children during this workshop.

Child's Name Age/DOB Allergies? Potty Trained?

Love Your Neighbor

Serendipitously our Mission and Evangelism Committee independently chose to present options for volunteering with local mission agencies on the exact same Sunday when our reading of Romans 12:1-8 would ask us how we might present our bodies as a living sacrifice, using our various gifts so that together we might be the body of Christ by loving our neighbors.

Please bring your friends and family with you on Sunday, August 27th.

  • Our day begins at 8:30 AM with a pancake breakfast.
  • At 10 AM speakers from six local ministries will inspire us to love our neighbors.
  • At 11 AM conversations will continue over ice cream sundaes.
  • Our annual talent show will conclude the morning’s festivities.

  Beth-El Ministries    Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County  Metropolitan Ministries - Hope is Here  

If these six speaker have not inspired you to use your gifts as you might the discern the will of God, then also consider service here at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church on our committees: Christian Education, Congregational Care, Facilities, Fellowship, Finance, Personnel, or Worship.

So be transformed by the renewing of your minds and discern how you might exhibit how the Spirit is good and acceptable and perfect.

Let these six local mission agencies inspire how you will present your bodies as living sacrifices on Sunday, August 27th at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.
Robert Shaw, Pastor

Who Are Our Neighbors


Discussions and responses on the demographic survey “Who are Our Neighbors” uncovered three major themes. See below for the demographic data presented in this survey.

Survey responses focused on continuing and expanding programs:

  • Outreach and engagement with our geographic community by shared meals, pantry assistance, fellowship, and collaboration on these with congregations near us, and with groups already connected to us (scouts, self-help groups, Weekday School families.)
  • Christian Education for all ages to include older adults, singles, widows/ers, teens and tweens. Learning opportunities for life skills such as budgeting, employment, parenting.
  • These descriptive terms came up in responses: listen, inviting, encourage, thoughtful, kindness, which seem to indicate a desire to engage with our neighbors rather than simply message them with outreach.

In light of this the Transitional Ministry Team seeks to find within our congregation the increased levels of skills and support for these endeavors.

Demographic Data


Over the next five years the population within the study area is expected to grow from 37,292 to 37,946 at an average change rate of 0.4% per year. The racial-ethnic mixture of the study area is not anticipated to change.

Age Trends

The average age of all people living in the study area is 36.7 years old, five years younger than the state average, 41.7 years. This difference is expected to continue due to projected increases among those 35 – 54 years old and their children paralleling increases among those over 65 years of age, ~0.4%/year.


The average household in the study area has an annual income of $56,900 while the 78 TTPC households within the study area average $84,800.

Study Area Household Annual Income (outer) versus TTPC households (inner)

Marital Status

Adults in our community are less likely to marry than the state average.


Educational attainment had been rising among our neighbors, but is likely to decline over the next few years. These levels are higher than for all of Florida.

Education attainment by neighbors (outer) versus TTPC members and participants (inner)


People in the Study Area are much more likely to be employed as Office Administration or a Professional Specialty than the state average. Other occupations are about the state average or well below the state average.

For Tweens

Summer Nights Words and Deeds

Movies, service, sharing,challenges, and FUN

Fridays July 7, 14, 21, 28 6:30-9 PM

Register with Susan or call the church office 813-988-3514

We will explore how God’s Word influences our daily actions.  Each Summer Night will focus on different words from the Bible that ask us to contribute to God’s kingdom here on earth.  This theme will run throughout the evening’s activities in discussion, games, videos, and service activities. Children will be sent home with a challenge to continue good deeds throughout the week.

Vacation Bible School – June 2017

All Roads Lead to Rome:
Paul and the Underground Church

Join Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church for Vacation Bible School, each morning 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. from June 5 through June 9. Children completing grades K-5 will enjoy songs movement, sports activities, crafts, and Bible stories about Paul and the underground church.  Please complete this registration form for each child attending.

Adult volunteers can also have fun and learn by helping with our activities, our market booths, or decorating our facility to resemble ancient Rome.

For more information, please contact Susan Sampson at  or call the church office 813-988-3514.

Summer Nights: Starting with the sky


At our first Summer Night for middle school  youth, we explored creation Starting with the sky.  We remembered the Bible story of creation and how God proclaimed, at each step, that creation was Good!  We took time to become still and sense creation around us.  We learned the science of our atmosphere.saw how birds, the sky’s inhabitants, created unique nests.   We designed and made our own.   Then food, games, videos and kite flying.


Our next Summer Night is Friday July 8 from 6-9.  We will explore Water, water everywhere.  Come prepared to get a little wet!!!  Please contact Susan Sampson to register.

Wear-It and Share-It and Community BBQ

Somewhere near you a child needs the clothing that your child has out grown.

Somewhere near you a family needs a meal when the month lasts longer than their income.

short pantsPolo ShirtHelp us help our neighboring families provide clothing for their children. Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church is collecting new and gently used clothing for infant to children 12 years old. We anticipate parents looking for clothing appropriate for summer weather. We will fold and sort all of the clothing we receive so parents can “shop” for free.

You may clear out your closet, drawers and give your children’s gently used clothing a second life. Should you feel generous, we also appreciate gifts of new children’s underwear and socks. Please drop them off as soon as practical, ideally by Wednesday, May 25th, so our volunteers will have time to sort and fold.

HamburgerhotdogOn Friday, May 27th we invite everyone who enters our facility to “shop” for their children and eat with us for free from 5 pm to 7 pm. We will gladly dine with everyone who joins us for our free community buffet dinner of BBQ chicken, hotdogs, hamburgers, baked beans and salads plus an assortment of homemade desserts, until the food runs out.

Sponsors providing clothing, food, or drinks may opt to be acknowledged on our “thank you” sign, our newsletter, and our website. Please contact Susan Sampson, Leader for Youth and Family Ministries, for more information.