By MICHELLE JONES
Published June 2, 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 6-8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Adult classes are from 6:30-7:30 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: There is an adult Bible study at 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Sundays 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.
St. Michael the Archangel Parish, 8014 State Road 52, will host the Secular Franciscan Order at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. This is for people seeking spiritual growth in their faith and a call to a deeper walk with the Lord. Ongoing Formation is at 10:30 a.m. June 9 in the Parish Center of the church. Call (727) 868-4369 or (727) 863-5390.
Faith United Methodist Church, 12128 State Road 52, is combining worship services to one morning service at 9:45 a.m. beginning this Sunday. A covered-dish dinner is planned for June 10 after the one service. Call (727) 856-5000.
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" beginning Monday through Friday. Each day from 6:30-8:30 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.
Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, 12321 Canton Ave., offers a contemporary Music and Majesty Service at 6 tonight. On Sunday, services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Communion will be served at all services. Bible classes are offered a 9:45 a.m. Call (727) 863-6446.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 20735 Leonard Road, offers a message "How Good is Good Enough" by Pastor Gil Kuehn on Sunday. Copies of a book with the same title will be available for personal reflection after the 8, 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. services. Vacation Bible school for grades preschool to fourth grade is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday and will continue through Friday. The theme for the year is "Galilee by the Sea." An information-gathering after each service on June 10 is planned by the building committee to show and explain plans for a new worship center and kitchen. Call (813) 949-7173 or visit the Web site at www.holytrinitylutz.com.
New Port Richey
The Presbyterian Church of Seven Springs, 4651 Little Road, offers vacation Bible school from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. each evening from July 15-19. "The Great Bible Reef" is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Children will hear stories about Jesus, make crafts, learn songs 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 months to one Sunday service at 10 a.m. Call (727) 849-4418.
Covenant Christian Church, 6814 Indiana Ave., offers a Renewal of Marriage Vows during the 10 a.m. Sunday worship service. All couples wishing to renew their vows are invited to the service. 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., celebrates the Feast of St. Barnabas with Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. June 11. The church also 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 6-8:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. The program is titled "A Wild Ride Through God's Word ... At Avalanche Ranch" 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 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, offers sermons by Pastor Bill Strayer on the book of Ephesians throughout June at 8:10, 9:40 and 11:15 a.m. Call (727) 376-7733 or visit the church's Web site at www.ccwc.org.
Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists, 18412 Burrell Road, just off Tarpon Springs Road, invites guests to join the congregation in reading together the promise that people make to one another, to their community and to the world around them. In the covenant they pledge to honor themselves, their relationships and each other, with dignity, respect and compassion, always maintaining the common good. At 11 a.m. June 10, Spirit of Life member and Unitarian Universalist Tobi Weisbond asks "Are the words of the covenant still meaningful?" She also asks what can we take from the covenant when we leave the service and how we can live the words from Monday through Saturday each week. The Sunday Morning Perspectives discussion group has coffee and topical conversation at 10 a.m. Children's activities and child care also begin at 10 a.m. Call (813) 792-1622 or visit the Web site at www.spiritoflifeuu.org.
King of Kings Lutheran Church, 10337 U.S. 19, offers free vacation Bible school (VBS) from 9 a.m. to noon each day beginning Monday through Friday. A campfire roundup is at 7 p.m. Friday. Shut-ins and the homebound, along with their caregivers, are invited to a praise service at 11 a.m. June 11, with a luncheon and entertainment afterward. Call (727) 868-5744 for reservations for the VBS or the special service and luncheon. The church Web site is www.kingofkings19.com.
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. Five age groups of contestants are still needed. After the talent show, there will be 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.
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