Religion briefs

Published May 26, 2007


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


Holiday United Church of Christ, 4826 Bartelt Road, offers a sermon by the Rev. Drew Willard on "The Great Spirit" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday to celebrate Pentecost. 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 "Vacation Bible School, A Wild Ride through God's Word ... At Avalanche Ranch" June 4-8. Bible-learning activities for all ages are planned daily from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., including songs, teamwork-building games, snacks and crafts. Call (727) 868-6178 to preregister.

Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, 12321 Canton Ave., offers a contemporary Music and Majesty Service at 6 tonight. This Sunday, Pentecost will be celebrated at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services. Bible classes are offered at 9:45 a.m. Call (727) 863-6446.

New Port Richey

Community Congregational Church, 6533 Circle Blvd., invites the public to attend the 10 a.m. worship service to hear the music from the church's new organ. The Rev. James Wood will lead the service and dedicate the organ. Call (727) 849-1943.

The Presbyterian Church of Seven Springs, 4651 Little Road, offers vacation Bible school from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. each evening beginning July 15 through July 19. The Great Bible Reef is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Children will hear stories about Jesus, make crafts, learn tunes and play games. Call (727) 372-7203 or visit the church's Web site at www.tpcoss.org.

Faith Lutheran Church, 5443 Sunset Road, has changed its service times for the summer to one service at 10 a.m. beginning Sunday. This week Pastor Robert Steinke will preach on "One Lord, One Language, One People" as the congregation celebrates the Feast of Pentecost. Holy Communion will be served during the service. Memorial Day will be celebrated with a picnic on the church grounds after the service. There will be pony rides, a water slide and games. Vacation Bible school, which begins May 28, will be highlighted. Call (727) 849-4418.

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, 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 3-7. The program is titled "Avalanche Ranch: A Wild Ride through God's Word" and begins with a free dinner each evening for all participants with classes afterward. The Rev. Jerry Nordsiek, pastor of the church, 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 worship. 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, offers three Sunday morning services at the 8:10, 9:40 and 11:15 a.m. Call (727) 376-7733 or visit the church's Web site online at www.ccwc.org.

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 4-8. 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.

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.


First Church of the Nazarene, 6151 12th St., will host the Jaycees Talent Show Competition at 6 p.m. June 16. Contestants in five age groups still are needed. After the talent show there will be a concert featuring bands and solo artists from Plant City, Tampa, Orlando and Bradenton. Tickets are $5. Visit the Web site at www.zhillsjaycees.org or call (352) 424-0657.

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.