Religion calendar

Published February 17, 2007


Clay Sink Baptist Church, 508 W State Road 50, will celebrate homecoming at 11 a.m. Sunday Feb. 18. All former pastors, members and friends are invited. The Rev. Marvin Strickland of Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Lacoochee will deliver the morning message; at 2 p.m. the Southerners Quartet from First Baptist Church of Dade City presents a music program. Lunch served between worship and program. Bring a covered dish to share; church provides meat, beverage. Call (352) 429-4268.


First Baptist Church of Holiday, 4807 Mile Stretch Drive, presents the New Dawn Singers at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Call (727) 937-3041.

Community United Methodist Church, 3214 U.S. 19, presents the "40 Day of Purpose" Bible study during Lent, each Wednesday for six weeks at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall, beginning Ash Wednesday. Call (727) 937-3268.

Holiday United Church of Christ, 4826 Bartelt Road, presents "Reflections and Revelations" by the Rev. Drew Willard at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Children's Sunday school offered during the worship service; coffee fellowship at 10 a.m. Call (727) 937-1520.


St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 15801 U.S. 19, will honor World Missions at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday. Prayers offered for the worldwide church; parish youth present mission project for young people in the Dominican Republic and offer readings and prayers for the day. Tickets for the church's annual St. Martin's Fashion Show at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 24 for sale. Call (727) 863-8560.

Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, 12321 Canton Ave., offers a contemporary service at 6 tonight and a worship service at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday. Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. The Ladies Guild will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday; Phyllis Miller will present slides of Israel. Ash Wednesday services, with imposition of ashes and Holy Communion, at 4 and 7 p.m. The Rev. Kent Fuqua will preach on the "Ashes of Paradise Lost." Call (727) 863-6446.

First United Methodist Church, 13123 U.S. 19, hosts the Festival Choirs Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday. Participating are choirs from Faith United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church of New Port Richey, King of Kings Lutheran Church, St. Mark's Presbyterian Church and First United Methodist Church of Hudson. Each choir will sing two anthems; all choirs will join in praise music. An offering will be taken. Ash Wednesday celebrated at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 21. The Rev. Richard C. Schmidt will bring a meditation preceding Communion. Communion served to people of all faiths. Call (727) 868-6178.

St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, has imposition of ashes at 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday; the community is invited. The message, "Why Bother?" will be presented, with Scripture and special music during this service of reflection, penance and acceptance. Paul Saik in concert at 3 p.m. March 4. He will perform various styles of music, from Broadway to opera. Advance tickets available for $6 by calling (727) 863-5646.


Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 20735 Leonard Road, offers Ash Wednesday Communion services at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. The church's fitness 2007 program encourages members to commit to exercising 30 minutes three times a week for 12 weeks. T-shirts provided to all who exercise. The sermon for the 8, 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday is "Rocky Mountain High." Call (813) 949-7173.

New Port Richey

Community Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 6533 Circle Blvd.; worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday with the Rev. James Woods. Coffee hour afterward. Each Wednesday during Lent, the church will offer an Evening Service at 6 p.m. Call (727) 849-1943.

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 5326 Charles St., holds its annual pancake supper beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for children age 12 and younger. Call (727) 849-4330.

Asbury United Methodist Church, 4204 Thys Road, offers its 25th Annual Pre-Lent 12-hour Prayer Vigil on Tuesday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. The community is invited. Call (727) 376-6218.

Joyful Spirit Lutheran Church, 8812 Old County Road 54, will host the West Pasco Unit of Church Women United at 2 p.m. March 2 to celebrate World Day of Prayer. Men and women of all faiths are invited. This year's service: "United Under God's Tent," written by the women of Paraguay who make anduti lace, a fabric like a spider web. This lace symbolizes the community of Paraguay and the world. The Rev. Gerald Nordsick will join the group in prayer and Paul Gibson, an operatically trained baritone, will sing. Call (727) 849-2464.

Calvary Chapel Worship Center, 6825 Trouble Creek Road, offers worship services at 8:10, 9:40 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday. Call (727) 376-7733 or visit www.ccwc.org.

Port Richey

King of Kings Lutheran Church, 10337 U.S. 19, invites shut-ins and homebound people with their caregivers to a Praise Service at 11:30 a.m. Monday. Lunch and entertainment after service. Call (727) 868-5744 to reserve. Lenten services at 5:30 p.m. each Wednesday during Lent. The Rev. Howard Nielsen will use the theme: "Telling the Stories of Our Lenten Hymns." This Wednesday he will speak on the topic "A Road Less Traveled." Call (727) 868-5744.

Congregation Beth Tefillah, which meets at the Jewish Community Center of West Pasco, 9841 Scenic Drive, offers Shabbat services at 8 p.m. each Friday in the Rose Siegal Berkowitz Sanctuary at the center. Services are also at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Call (727) 347-3814.

Spring Hill

Calvary Church of the Nazarene, 235 Cobblestone Drive, presents a concert with the Weatherfords at 6 p.m. Feb. 25. At 6 p.m. Feb. 24 a concert by the 48-member choir of God's Bible School from Cincinnati, among the oldest Bible schools in the United States. An offering will be taken at both concerts. Call (352) 683-0587.

Tarpon Springs

Congregation B'nai Emmunah, a Reform Jewish Synagogue, 3374 Keystone Road, offers Shabbat Evening Services at 8 p.m. every Friday. A member-hosted Oneg follows each service. Shabbat Morning Services and Torah Study are held at 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month. The congregation is led by Rabbi Stephen Moch. Call (727) 938-9000.

Wesley Chapel

Victorious Life Church, 6224 Old Pasco Road, hosts Baby Share 2007 from 9:30 a.m. to noon March 13. Mothers of Pre-Schoolers (MOPS) of Wesley Chapel is sponsoring Baby Share for mothers in the community who are pregnant or in need of assistance. Cribs, strollers, high chairs, baby swings, diapers, car seats and gently used baby clothing from birth to 3T are needed. Financial donations or gift cards also appreciated. Recipients must register at the church by Feb. 28 to receive assistance. Call (813) 973-2230.

Send religion story ideas and religion notes to Michelle Jones at mjones721@tampabay.rr.com fax to (813) 684-2457 or call (813) 685-2200. Correspondence can also be mailed to Michelle Jones at P.O. Box 558, Valrico, FL 33595.