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    Religion calendar

    Compiled by EILEEN SCHULTE

    © St. Petersburg Times, published December 16, 2000

    CANDLELIT SERVICES: Holiday candle-lighting services will begin with a special daytime celebration at 11:30 Tuesday morning at Unity Church of Clearwater, 2465 Nursery Road. A Youth of Unity candlelight service will be held at 7:30 Wednesday. Two services will be held on Christmas Eve, one at 7:30 and another at 11:30.

    CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The First Christian Choir and the Suncoast Symphony Orchestra will present a Christmas concert called That's the Good News at 6 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church, at Drew Street and Maywood Avenue, Clearwater. It will be directed by J.P. Carney. Free. Call (727) 397-3832.

    NATIVITY SCENE: Cornerstone Christian Center will present a live nativity featuring children dressed in biblical costumes and dancing by In His Image Dance Company at 7 tonight at the center, 317 Milwaukee Ave., across from Dunedin Elementary School. Free. Call (727) 733-1438.

    HANUKKAH SERVICE: Rabbi Arthur I. Baseman will lead a Hanukkah festival service featuring a sing-along and the lighting of the menorah at 8 p.m. Friday at Temple B'nai Israel, 1685 S Belcher Road, Clearwater. During the service, there will be a College Reunion Sabbath, during which visiting students will share their college experiences. Potato latkes will be served. Families are encouraged to bring a homemade menorah, made of any substance, from chocolate to tin, to the temple no later than Wednesday. Call (727) 531-5829.

    HANDEL'S "MESSIAH': Celebrate the season by listening to Handel's Messiah performed by the Sanctuary Choir, Orchestra and guest soloists at 10 a.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin, 455 Scotland St. At 7 p.m. Sunday, a Christmas "Mourning" service for people who have suffered the loss of a loved one will be held.

    LIVE NATIVITY: St. Paul United Methodist Church will present a live nativity at 7 p.m. Sunday at the corner of Highland Avenue and Rosary Road, Largo. Everyone is welcome.

    HANUKKAH CELEBRATION: Congregation Ohr Chadash will hold a Hanukkah celebration at 8 p.m. Friday at the synagogue, 3190 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater. The public is invited. Call (727) 726-1472.

    CHRISTMAS CANTATA: Because of Bethlehem is the theme of the Christmas Cantata that will be presented by the adult choir at 8:30 and 11 a.m. services Sunday at Community United Methodist Church, 207 Buckingham Ave. E, Oldsmar. Call (813) 855-1567.

    CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: Community Reformed Church will hold a Christmas program with Calvary Baptist Church's Senior Power Impact members at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at 1430 Belleair Road, Clearwater. Pastor Jim and Irma Lancaster will be the guest singers, accompanied by Calvary's Super Senior Ensemble singing carols. The public is invited. Call (727) 446-0995.

    DRIVE-THROUGH NATIVITY: St. Mark Lutheran Church will present its annual Live Drive-Through Nativity from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at the church, on Curlew Road, one block east of Alt. U.S. 19. Call (727) 733-0474.

    BELLS AND SONG: Episcopal Church of the Ascension will present a free outdoor Christmas carillon concert featuring 49 Dutch bells at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, 701 Orange Ave., Clearwater. Call (727) 447-3469, ext. 210.

    CHRISTMAS STORY: The adult choir of Largo Wesleyan Church will present Bringing Christmas Home at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church, 1301 Eighth Ave. NW, Largo. Call (727) 584-5272.

    KICK THE HABIT: First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks invites you to join its weekly stop-smoking program, Quitting for Good, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays at the church, 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Cost is $13 for the workbook. Call (727) 595-3421.

    LET'S TALK: The Bahai Center at Clearwater will offer a discussion called Religion: Cause of Harmony at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the center, 2898 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. Call (727) 584-2080.

    INTERACTIVE NATIVITY: First Church of the Nazarene will present an interactive drive-through nativity scene featuring live animals from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday through Monday at the church, 1875 Nursery Road. Free. Call (727) 446-3130.

    MENORAH LIGHTING: Rabbi Klein will lead a menorah lighting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Lansbrook Park, Palm Harbor. Bring your menorah. For directions, call (727) 784-9657.

    POPULAR CHRISTMAS MUSIC: Clearwater Community Reformed Church will sponsor a Christmas concert performed by the Palm Harbor Community Chorus at 2 p.m. Sunday at the church, 1430 Belleair Road, Clearwater. Free. Call (727) 446-0995.

    CHILDREN IN CONCERT: The children of St. Matthew hosanna singers choir will present the Plain Truth About Christmas at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church, 9111 90th Ave. N, Seminole. Free. Call (727) 393-5503.

    ADVENT CHRISTMAS MUSIC: St. Alfred's Parish Choir and Orchestra will present a special concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church, 1601 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor. Free. Call (727) 785-1601.

    RELIGIOUS AND SECULAR MUSIC: The 70-voice Dunedin Community Chorus will present its annual Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 705 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. Free. Call (727) 738-1888.

    CHRISTIAN CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The Maranatha Choir of University Methodist Church and Student Center will perform a contemporary Christian Christmas concert at the 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services at Oakhurst United Methodist Church, 13400 Park Blvd., Seminole. Free. Call (727) 391-4769.

    - Please send information for Religion Briefly to Eileen Schulte, 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756 or fax to (727) 445-4119. The e-mail address is Please include the time, date, place, ticket price (if applicable) and a contact person and phone number. The deadline is the Monday before Saturday publication.

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