Religion briefs

Published May 19, 2007


Aripeka Baptist Church, 18731 Aripeka Road a mile south of County Line Road, is registering children and adults for vacation Bible school from 1 to 3 p.m. today. "Game Day Central: Where Heroes Are Made" is from June 4 through June 8 with classes for children through teens from 6 to 8 p.m. and for adults from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bus transportation is available within 10 miles. Call (352) 726-7520 or (352) 279-1836.


Holiday United Church of Christ, 4826 Bartelt Road, offers a sermon by guest preacher Daphni Willard on "The Spirit of Truth" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. There is an adult Bible study at 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Sunday of each month, and children's Sunday school is at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. Coffee fellowship is at 10 a.m. Call (727) 937-1520.


First United Methodist Church, 13123 U.S. 19, invites children to come to "A Wild Ride through God's Word ... At Avalanche Ranch" during the week of June 4-8. Each day from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. a program with Bible-learning activities for all ages is planned including songs, teamwork-building games, snacks and crafts. Call (727) 868-6178 to preregister.

Faith United Methodist Church, 12128 State Road 52, will have its 20th annual Corn Festival from noon to 5 p.m. today. All the corn you can eat is served as part of a ham dinner. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 5 to 12, and a family ticket is $20. Corn is brought in from surrounding farms. Entertainment is in the church sanctuary and will include the Truck Stop Ministry, Crimson and a country western trio. There will be crafts for sale and an apple pie baking contest with pie and ice cream sold after the judging. Call (727) 856-6930.

St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 15801 U.S. 19, offers special prayers for healing on Sunday. Members of the Order of St. Luke will offer prayers for individuals at the 8 and 10 a.m. services. Prayers for healing are an ongoing part of the ministry of St. Martin's chapter of the International Order of St. Luke. Call (727) 863-8560 or visit the Web site at www.stmartinshudsonfl.org.

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., and Bible classes are offered a 9:45 a.m. Communion will be celebrated at all services. Call (727) 863-6446.

Land O'Lakes

First United Methodist Church of Land O'Lakes, 6209 Land O'Lakes Blvd., presents The Crossroad, a dramatic production combining music, multimedia, special lighting and sound effects, at 7 p.m. today and Sunday. This production will illustrate the biblical truth of life after death and the reality of eternity. During tonight's performance there will be a youth emphasis with a concert by the teen rock band Table 13. The Crossroad was created by members of the church. The presentation is free. Child care is provided for age newborn to 5 years old. Due to intense scenes and thematic material, this may not be suitable for young children. Call (813) 996-3533.

The Baha'i of Pasco County, meeting at Ballantrae Village, 17508 Sandgate Court, offer the Tranquility Zone, a place where peace, serenity and well-being can be experienced. The Baha'i meet at 10 a.m. today for contemplation with readings and music. Call (813) 383-6613.


Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 20735 Leonard Road, will host the Lutheran Women's Missionary League spring rally from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the church activity center. Call (813) 949-7173 or visit the Web site at www.holytrinitylutz.com.

New Port Richey

Covenant Christian Church, 6814 Indiana Ave., offers a Renewal of Marriage Vows during the 10 a.m. June 3 worship service. All couples wishing to renew their vows are invited to the service. This Sunday and on May 27, Pastor Robert Panariello will preach on the covenant of marriage. Couples should contact the church if they want to be a part of the renewal ceremony. Call (727) 842-4566.

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 5326 Charles St., offers the Holy Eucharist 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. The Rev. Raymond E. Dage also conducts a Bible study at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Call (727) 849-4330.

Joyful Spirit Lutheran Church, 8812 Old County Road 54, offers vacation Bible school from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 3 through 7. The program is titled "Avalanche Ranch: A Wild Ride through God's Word, " and it begins with a free dinner each evening for all participants with classes afterward. The Rev. Jerry Nordsiek, pastor, will teach the adult Bible study. Registration forms are available online at www.joyful-spirit.org or by calling the church at (727) 376-0919. Regular Sunday services are at 8 and 9:15 a.m. with contemporary services. A traditional service is at 11:15 a.m. Sunday school, for all ages, is at 10:20 a.m.

Calvary Chapel Worship Center, 6825 Trouble Creek Road, presents Dr. David Shibley, president and founder of Global Advance, a ministry committed to equipping pastors and church leaders for world harvest, at the 8:10, 9:40 and 11:15 a.m. services Sunday. Call (727) 376-7733 or visit the church's Web site online at www.ccwc.org.

West Pasco Pregnancy Center, 5330 George St., will have an Open House to celebrate the ministry's new location from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Refreshments will be served. Call (727) 846-0000.

Port Richey

King of Kings Lutheran Church, 10337 U.S. 19, offers free vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to noon each day beginning June 4 through 8. A "Campfire Roundup" is at 7 p.m. June 8. Call (727) 868-5744 or visit the Web site at www.kingofkings19.com for reservations.

St. James Church, 8400 Monarch Drive, will have registration and distribution for the SHARE Network Program from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. today. Eighteen dollars in cash or food stamps is required, plus two hours of community service. Call (727) 849-2254 or (727) 226-2854.

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. An Erev Shavout service, followed by Tikkun Hatzot, is scheduled for 9 p.m. Tuesday. At 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, a Shavout morning service and Yizkor is planned. 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.