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Religion briefs

Published April 14, 2007



St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, 4843 Mile Stretch Road, is offering free lessons on scrapbooking and how to create greeting cards from 2 to 5 p.m. April 22. The event is presented by the Pasco County Arts Council. The entire family is invited, and refreshments will be served. Call 727 938-1974 for reservations. Christopher West will present a "Created and Redeemed Seminar" from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 28. West will introduce Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body and address questions such as: why were we created male and female; where do we come from and why; and what is the meaning of life and how do we experience it? The cost of the seminar is $30. Call (727) 938-1001.

Baha'i of Pasco County, which meets in a strip mall behind the Buddy Freddie's Restaurant at 1136 U.S. 19, will have Hannah Hessler, a Baha'i from Hernando County, speak on "Communication for a New Era - The Art of Consultation" at 7:15 tonight. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Call (727) 847-6940.


St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, offers its last pancake breakfast of the season from 8 to 10 a.m. April 21 in the church fellowship hall. The cost is $3 for adults and $1 for children. It includes all the buttermilk pancakes you can eat in addition to juice and sausage or ham. Call (727) 863-5646.

St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 15801 U.S. 19, will present a special service for the Easter-tide season at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday. The assistant pastor, the Rev. Elaine Cole, will preach on the significance of the time after the Resurrection of Christ. The church offers healing prayers during the 11 a.m. worship service on Fridays. Call (727) 863-8560 or visit the Web site at

Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, 12321 Canton Ave., offers a contemporary Music and Majesty Service at 6 tonight. Communion will be celebrated at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship services Sunday. The Ladies Guild meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Call (727) 863-6446.


Van Dyke United Methodist Church, 17030 Lakeshore Road, announces the opening of its second location in Oldsmar. The church will be open with services from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Sunday at Forest Lakes Elementary School, 301 Pine Ave. N. The first campus in Lutz, founded in 1985, has grown so much that the congregation decided it was logical to open another campus. The senior pastor is Matthew Hartsfield. The pastor of the Forest Lakes church is Sam Maihack. Services are at 11 a.m. with a coffee fellowship hour at 10:30 a.m. Call (813) 968-3983.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 20735 Leonard Road, presents an After Easter message by the Rev. Gil Kuehn at 8, 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. A Christian Social Services Dinner and Auction will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday in the church activity center. Call (813) 949-7173.

New Port Richey

The Presbyterian Church of Seven Springs, 4651 Little Road, will have a Birthday Gathering at 11:30 a.m. April 26 in the Founders Hall. The Morning Circle of the church will host the celebration. There will be a fashion show, with all sizes modeled, from Bon Worth in Golden Acres. Admission is a salad to serve six people. Call Lucille at (727) 376-5444 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. by April 24 to reserve a place.

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 5326 Charles St., will hold a crafts and flea market sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and April 21. There will be arts and crafts, baked goods, miscellaneous vendors, flea market items, and a food court with coffee and doughnuts in the morning and hot dogs and sloppy Joes in the afternoon. Call (727) 849-4330.

Beth-El Shalom, (House of God's Peace), a Messianic Congregation, 6209 Congress St., will present a Holocaust Remembrance at 5 tonight. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome. Call (727) 375-7502.

Calvary Chapel Worship Center, 6825 Trouble Creek Road, presents Jeffrey Benward, formerly from the contemporary Christian singing duo Aaron Jeffrey, in a mini-concert during all three worship services at 8:10, 9:45 and 11:20 a.m. Sunday. Call (727) 376-7733 or visit the church's Web site online at


Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists, 18412 Burrell Road, will have the Rev. Angeline Theisen speak on forgiveness at 10 a.m. Sunday. Music will be provided by guitarist Rick Boling. Dr. Bruce Rinker, director of the Pinellas County Environmental Lands Division, will speak on the celebration and recognition of Earth Day at 11 a.m. April 22. Before the service at 10 a.m. there will be a discussion group to learn about Apprenticeships: A New future for an old tradition. There are apprenticeships in all areas from carpentry to doctors. Call (813) 792-1622 or visit the Web site at

Saint Leo

Holy Name Monastery, 33201 State Road 52, will have the Benedictine Sisters of Florida offering a "Bread for the World Offering of Letters Prayer Service" at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The service will include Scripture, song and a time for letter writing. This year's theme is "Seeds of Change: Help Farmers End Hunger." Sister Mary David says that they will urge Congress to pass a farm bill that broadens support for U.S. farmers, strengthens rural communities, provides nutritious food for hungry people in this country, and helps farmers in developing countries support themselves and feed their families. Call (352) 588-8319.

Spring Hill

Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., will have Abraham Gold, a Holocaust survivor from several concentration camps, speak at 2 p.m. Sunday at Holocaust Remembrance Day. After a brief service led by Rabbi David Levin in observance of Yom HaShoa (Holocaust Remembrance), Gold will tell his story and of the fate of his family trapped in the horror of the Nazi regime in the late 1930s and their suffering by the Romanian Iron Guard, the Hungarian gendarme and the Arrow Cross Party. He will take questions at the end of his talk. Call (352) 686-7034.

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 is after each service. Shabbat morning services and Torah study are held at 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month. Call (727) 736-1494.

Please send religion story ideas and religion notes to Michelle Jones at or 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.

[Last modified April 13, 2007, 22:40:51]

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