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Religion briefs

By MICHELLE JONES
Published April 21, 2007


HOLIDAY

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. Sunday. 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.

HUDSON

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

Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, 12321 Canton Ave., offers a contemporary Music and Majesty Service at 6 tonight. Sunday services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m. The Quilters will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday to work on quilts for Lutheran World Relief. Call (727) 863-6446.

Faith United Methodist Church, 12128 State Road 52, offers a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. today. The Men's Group will host the breakfast that features scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, biscuits and gravy, orange juice and coffee or tea. In addition there will be all the regular or buckwheat pancakes you can eat for $3 per person. The women of the church will have a bake sale at the same time. Call (727) 856-5000.

LAND O' LAKES

Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex, Collier Parkway, will host the National Day of Prayer Luncheon, sponsored by Christian Social Services at noon May 3. There will be a freewill offering collected to benefit those helped by CSS. Call (813) 995-0088.

First United Methodist Church, 5209 Land O'Lakes Blvd., will have Larry Johnson, the congregational leader of the Shoresh David Messianic Congregation, as the guest speaker at 10:30 a.m. April 29. He will give a demonstration of the blowing of the shofar, a ram's horn and an instrument of ancient and modern Hebrews. The shofar was a priestly instrument in biblical times. He will speak about the history of the horn from the time of Abraham to the final trumpet blast. During the service he will demonstrate the four types of shofar notes and tell the different meanings of each set of notes. A picnic will be held on the grounds after the service. Call (813) 995-3533.

LUTZ

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 20735 Leonard Road, will present a message by vicar Ross Engel at the 8, 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday. The theme of his message is "Turn Here." At 3 p.m., the fifth- to seventh-graders will meet for games and fun at 6 p.m. Students in eighth to 12th grades will have outside activities and a Bible study. On Tuesday at 7 p.m. there will be a bunco party and on April 28, a yard work day at the church is planned at 8:30 a.m. Call (813) 949-7173 or visit www.holytrinitylutz.com.

NEW PORT RICHEY

The Presbyterian Church of Seven Springs, 4651 Little Road, will have a birthday gathering at 11:30 a.m. Thursday 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 Tuesday 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. today. There will be arts and crafts, baked goods, miscellaneous vendors, flea market items, a food court with coffee and donuts during the morning and hot dogs and sloppy Joes in the afternoon. The Men's Club will hold its monthly breakfast meeting at 8:30 May 2. The women of the church are invited for a special program. Holy Eucharist is at 5:30 p.m. each Saturday and services are at 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. each Sunday with nursery available at the 9 and 11 a.m. services. A Healing Service is at 10 a.m. each Thursday with a Bible study afterward. Call (727) 849-4330.

Calvary Chapel Worship Center, 6825 Trouble Creek Road, offers three Sunday services at 8:10, 9:45 and 11:15 a.m. as well as midweek adult and children's services. Call (727) 376-7733 or visit the church's Web site at www.ccwc.org.

ODESSA

Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists, 18412 Burrell Road, will celebrate Earth Day at 11 a.m. Sunday with a special guest speaker. Prior to 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 www.spiritoflifeuu.org.

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. Call (727) 736-1494.

Please send religion story ideas and religion notes to Michelle Jones at mjones721@tampabay.rr.com 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.