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Religion briefs

Published July 14, 2007



Clearwater Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1445 Lakeview Road. Call 446-6427.

-Dollar thrift shop: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays. All items except the boutique are $1.


Countryside Baptist Church, 2525 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Call 726-2550.

-Lighthouse Clothes Closet with free clothing 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays.

First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 126895 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Call 595-3421 or visit

-Smiley's Coffeehouse: 8 p.m. Fridays.

-Thrift center: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Skycrest Baptist Church, 125 N Belcher Road, Clearwater. Call 791-7107 or visit

-Registration now being accepted for children's soccer. Registration is $50 before July 22 and includes a jersey, soccer socks and end of season trophy. After July 22, registration is $60. Soccer practices begin the third week of August. First of eight games will be Sept. 1.


Parbawatiya Buddhist Center, 201 Sixth Ave. S, Safety Harbor. Call 797-9770.

-Introduction to Meditation with Buddhist monk Kelsang Sanden from 8 to 9:15 p.m. Tuesday. Cost is $9, $5 students and those on limited income.

-"The Beauty of Patience" with resident teacher Kadam Nick Gillespie from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Cost is $9, $5 students and those on limited income.


St. Jerome Catholic Church, 10895 Hamlin Blvd., Largo. Call 595-4610 or visit

-Catholics Returning Home: 7 p.m. Tuesdays.

-Rite of Christian initiation of adults: 7:30 p.m. Mondays.

St. Justin Martyr Catholic Church, 10851 Ridge Road, Largo. Call 397-3312.

-Thrifty shop: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays.


Lakeside Community Church, 475 East Lake Road N, East Lake. Call 942-0229.

-Solomon's Porch: 8 to 9 p.m. Fridays. Young adult worship.

-Teen Challenge car wash: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

-Middle and high school fellowship: 6:30 p.m. Sundays.

-Bike Night: 6:30 p.m. fourth Sundays. Live band, bike blessing and refreshments.

-Men's ministry: 6:30 p.m. Mondays.

-Centered on Jesus prayer ministry: 7 p.m. first and third Tuesdays.

-First Wednesday coffee fellowship: 7 p.m. first Wednesday.

-Heart to Heart women's fellowship: 7 p.m. Thursdays.

-Bible study and fellowship: 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sundays.

North Bay Community Church, 3170 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Call 796-0071 or visit

-Bible study: 10:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

West Bay Community Church, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. Call 595-3991 or visit

-Verse by Verse Bible study: 11:30 a.m. Sundays.


Church of the Good Shepherd, 639 Edgewater Drive, Dunedin. Call 733-4125.

-Vacation Bible School: For children in second through fifth grades from 5 to 8:30 p.m. for six Fridays that began Friday. Cost includes a hot meal and is $45 for the six evenings or $10 each evening.

Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 701 Orange Ave., Clearwater. Call 447-3469.

-The Shed thrift shop: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays and Fridays.

Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, 2165 NE Coachman Road, Clearwater. Call 447-9581.

-Thrift shop: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, 601 Philippe Parkway, Safety Harbor. Call 725-4726.

-Thrift shop: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Holy Trinity Episcopal Anglican Church, 3200 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Call 796-5514.

-Healing Eucharist service: 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

-Breakfast: 9 to 9:30 a.m. Sundays includes eggs, pancakes, French toast, bacon, sausage and coffee. Adults $3, visitors and children are free.

-Thrift shop: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Mount Moriah AME Church, 722 S Disston Ave., Tarpon Springs. Call 938-0873.

-Feeding the hungry: A free meal is provided to anyone in need from 4 to 5 p.m. every Sunday. Volunteers should arrive by 2:30 p.m. The project is a joint effort of the church and Congregation B'nai Emmunah in Tarpon Springs.

St. Alfred's Episcopal Church, 1601 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor. Call 785-1601.

-Bookstore and gift shop: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

St. John's Episcopal Church, 1676 S Belcher Road, Clearwater. Call 531-6020.

-Thrift shop: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.


Congregation Beth Shalom, 1325 S Belcher Road, Clearwater. Call 531-1418.

-Shabbat services and Torah study: 6:30 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. Saturdays. Family Shabbat dinner on first Fridays. Services followed by member-hosted kiddush luncheon. Children welcome. Child care available with RSVP.

-Lunch and learn: Noon on third Wednesdays.

-Judaica gift shop: Daily and by appointment.

Congregation B'nai Emmunah, 3374 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. Call 938-9000.

-Shabbat morning service and Torah study: 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month.

-Shabbat evening service: 8 p.m. Fridays. Member-hosted oneg follows. Children welcome.

-Torah Cantillation and adult B'nai Mitzvah course: 11 a.m. Wednesdays.

-Gift shop: Daily and by appointment. Call (813) 265-9038 or (813) 926-7926 to schedule an appointment.

Temple Ahavat Shalom, 1575 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor. Call 785-8811.

-Judaica gift shop: From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 7:30 to 8 p.m. Friday evenings before services.

-Kabbalat Shabbat services: 6 p.m. the first Friday of the month.

-Not So Young Couples Club: Potluck dinners throughout the summer. Call for more information.

-Sabbath eve services: Currently at 8 p.m. Fridays (except for first Fridays). Changing to 7:30 p.m. starting Aug. 24.

-Shabbat Unplugged: at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17 with Cantor Deborah Jacobson, Rabbi Gary Klein and the Mike Eisenstadt Band, followed by coffee and dessert bar.

-Youth groups: Open to children in fourth through 12th grades.


Curlew United Methodist Church, 2210 Cathedral Drive, Palm Harbor. Call 784-3424.

-Thrifty Spirit shop: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays.

East Lake United Methodist Church, 2801 East Lake Road, East Lake. Call 784-9250.

-Music with Mav: 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays, $6 each family.

-30 Good Minutes: 9 to 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Discussion of the book God's Answers to Life's Difficult Questions.

Faith United Methodist Church, 403 First Ave. SW, Largo. Call 391-8552.

-Thrift shop: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays.

First United Methodist Church, 421 Main St., Dunedin. Call 733-4139 or visit

-Vacation Bible school: 9 a.m. to noon July 30 through Aug. 3 for children age 4 through those who have completed fifth grade. Cost is $5 with a T-shirt. Registration requested.

St. Paul United Methodist Church Christian Life Enrichment Center, 1199 Highland Ave., Largo. Call 584-8165 or 585-4758.

-Free back-to-school physicals and free school supplies at a family event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 4 featuring agility screenings, activities for children, a Bayflite helicopter and SunStar ambulance on display and representatives of the Largo police and fire departments. Spanish translators will be available.

-Lighthouse Youth Ministry: 6 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday and July 22. 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday and July 24. Worship and Bible study.

-Wild, Wacky Wednesdays: 6 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and July 25. Youth ministry.

-Handicapable ministry: 6:15 p.m. Wednesdays for developmentally challenged persons.

-Senior adult fellowship Bible study and lunch: 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays. $3 for lunch.

-Java House young couples Bible study: 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Sylvan Abbey United Methodist Church, 2817 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater. Call 796-3057.

-Wonderful Wednesday fellowship, Bible study and dinner: 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Dinner is $6. Nursery provided.


Westside Church of the Nazarene, 11633 137th St. N, Largo. Call 595-6338.

-Evening services: 6 p.m. Sundays.


Center for Conscious Living, 6152 126th Ave. N, Largo. Call 538-0900.

-Joyful Heart Hour: 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Lesson, silent meditation, chanting and singing.

International Church of Clearwater, 2140 Range Road, Clearwater. Call 461-7729 or visit

-Family Bible study: 7 p.m. Thursdays.

Showshannah Ministries, 20967 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. Visit

-A free teaching session: 7 p.m. every Thursday.

-A hot breakfast, followed by praise, worship and a lesson at 10 a.m. July 21. Tickets at the door are $12 for breakfast only.

The Salvation Saloon "Watering Hole" Church, 403 Orange St., Ozona. Call 688-5157 or visit

-Services at 10 a.m. Sunday with worship by The Posse Band, the Salooney report with Lou Angelwolf and the message: "The Unpardonable Sin."

Triumphant Life Church, 2855 Haines Bayshore Road, Clearwater. Call 787-8609.

-Spiritual Empowerment Group with God's Got Friends ministry: 7:30 p.m. first Tuesday of the month.


Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists, 18412 Burrell Road, Odessa. Call (813) 792-1622 or visit

-Buddhist monk Bhante Dhammawansha will discuss "Buddhism and Living in the Now" at the 11 a.m. Sunday service. The native of Sri Lanka is the founder of the Dhamma Wheel Meditation Society in Clearwater and is active in Buddhist counseling and social and interfaith work. Social hour follows the service.

-Adult discussion group at 10 a.m. every Sunday.

-Children's classes and child care at 10 a.m. every Sunday.

Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road. Call 531-7704 or visit

-Ray Williamson will discuss "Science, Religion and Morality" at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service.

-Religious education for children through fifth grade at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday.

-Open issues discussions at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday.

-The International Association for Religious Freedom annual conference from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 28 featuring an interfaith program on "Can Religions Coexist and Be Agents of Peace in Today's World?" The conference will include a talk by Dr. Roy Kaplan, associate professor of Africana Studies at the University of South Florida, and a panel discussion with speakers representing Islam, Shinto, Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity. Free and open to the public.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs, 230 Grand Blvd. Call 937-4682 or visit

-Chuck Boardman will talk about his work with church-sponsored groups helping to rebuild properties damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in "Walking the Talk in New Orleans" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Coffee and a social follow the presentation.


Unity Church of Clearwater, 2465 Nursery Road, Clearwater. Call 531-0992 or visit

-The Rev. Leddy Hammock's sermon will be on the power of intuition, "Following Your Feelings," at the 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday services.

-Wonderful Wednesdays: 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Guided meditation followed by Bible metaphysics study.

Unity Church of Palm Harbor, 1960 Tampa Road. Call 784-7911 or visit

-Youth Ministry garage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today to benefit renovation of the youth department.

Unity Community Church, 1315 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin. Call 734-0635.

-Course in Miracles: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays.

-Healing Center: By appointment. Participants are trained in The Pilgrimage integrative healing process.

Send news of religious programs, events and services to Chris Cosdon by mail to 710 Court St., Clearwater, Fl 33756, by fax to 445-4119 or e-mail to

[Last modified July 13, 2007, 22:52:31]

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