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Special holiday programs

By Compiled by Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 16, 2000

Beverly Hills

Congregation Beth Sholom will celebrate Hanukkah with an outdoor candle-lighting ceremony, Thursday, 7 p.m. Civic Circle Drive. 746-5303.

Citrus Springs

Community Congregational Christian Church Christmas Concert, Sunday, 6 p.m.; candlelight service Dec. 24, 6 p.m. 9220 N Citrus Springs Blvd. 489-1260.

Crystal River

Chavurah Shabbat will celebrate the lighting of the menorah for Hanukkah, Thursday, 4:45 p.m. at the entrance of Meadowcrest off Rt. 486. 527-0558.

First Presbyterian Church Advent musical, The Little Traveler, 8:30 a.m. and Christmas Cantata, 11 a.m. Sunday. 1501 SE Hwy. 19. 795-2259.


Victory Christian Center Church Christmas concert by Dr. Bob Blackburn, Sunday, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., 19460 E Pennsylvania Ave. 489-9322.

Floral City

New Testament Church choir cantata An Old Fashioned Christmas, Sunday, 6 p.m. 9850 S Parkside Ave. 726-0360.

Adult choir of First Baptist Church musical Bethlehem's Child, Sunday, 7 p.m.; candlelight service, Dec. 24, 6 p.m. 8545 E Magnolia St. 726-4296.


Sanctuary Choir of Hernando Church of the Nazarene cantata, Christmas is . . . Jesus, Sunday, 6 p.m. 2101 N Florida Ave. 726-6144.

United Methodist Church Christmas program The Wonders of Christmas Day, tonight, 6:30 p.m. 2125 N Norvell Bryant Hwy. 726-7245.

Bethel Baptist Church Christmas program Do You Believe? Sunday, 11 a.m. 2289 N McGee Drive. Call if transportation is needed. 726-1095.

Homosassa Springs

Adult choir of Faith Baptist Church cantata Season of Praise, Sunday, 6 p.m. 6918 S Spartan Ave. 628-4793.

Choir of First Christian Church cantata Night of Miracles, Sunday, 6 p.m. 7030 Grover Cleveland Blvd. 563-2993


First Baptist Church of Inverness is displaying a live Nativity, Sunday through Thursday, 7 to 8 p.m. 123 S Seminole Ave. 726-1252.

First United Methodist Church dramatic musical A Time for Christmas, Saturday and Sunday, 7 p.m. Hwy. 581, 2 miles south of Hwy. 44. 726-2522.

Inverness Church of God Outdoor Christmas Concert, Sunday, 6 p.m. 416 U.S. Hwy. 41 S. 726-4524.

Other events

Beverly Hills

Men's club game night, 7 p.m. Monday; Jewish history class, 10 a.m., and men's club bingo, 3 p.m. Tuesday; Sisterhood country and western line dancing, 2 p.m. Friday. Congregation Beth Sholom, Civic Circle. 746-5303

Awana programs, 3 years old through sixth grade, 6:45 p.m. Thursday. Heritage Baptist Church, 2 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills. 746-6171.

Religious Education classes, preschool through high school students, 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 6 Roosevelt Blvd. 746-2144.

Citrus County Polish Heritage Club, 15th annual Polish language Christmas Mass, Dec. 27 at 11:30 a.m., Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 6 Roosevelt Blvd. 746-6095 or 746-7491.

Citrus Springs

Live In Faith Everyday for people 55 and older, meets 10:30 a.m. the first Friday of the month; and SHARE packages available for $14 and two hours of volunteer service. North Oak Baptist Church, 9324 Elkam Blvd. 489-1688.

Spiritual Power Course, 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Community Congregational Christian Church, 9220 N Citrus Springs Blvd. 489-1260.

Christmas program for Women of the ELCA of Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. 9425 N Citrus Springs Blvd. 489-8082.

Crystal River

FIT exercise group, 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; community dining, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at "Our Father's Table," staffed by the First Presbyterian Church of Crystal River on second and third Saturdays and the Methodist church on the alternate Saturdays. Crystal River United Methodist Church, 718 NW First Ave. 795-4193.

Small group studies, teen program, Kids Connection, Kids Praise and Praisers, 5:45 p.m. Sunday; and men and women's small group studies, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Gulf to Lake Baptist Church, 6105 W Norvell Bryant Highway. 795-8077.

ACTS 29: Inc. Young Americans Club invites youths ages 8 to 21 to participate in the club and recreational activities. Meetings are in Homosassa and Crystal River. 628-7777.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, conversion classes, 7 p.m. Thursdays; New Year's Eve gala, 9 p.m. to midnight, St. Benedict's Catholic Church, 455 S Suncoast Blvd. 795-4479.

Chavurah Shabbat (Friends of the Sabbath), third Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. at the Lions Club in Crystal River. Services are conducted in both English and Hebrew, followed by a discussion. A newsletter and Hebrew and Yiddish classes are available. 527-0558.


Precept Upon Precept Bible study on I Thessalonians, Thursdays, First Baptist Church, W State Road 40. 489-4440 or 489-2730.

Presbyterian Women's Circles, Wednesday; and Bible study, 11 a.m. Thursday. Dunnellon Presbyterian Church, 20641 Chestnut St. 489-2682.

Peace Lutheran Church will hold Advent services on Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Dec. 24 Candlelight Service, 7 p.m. 7201 S Hwy. 41. 489-5881.

Floral City

Youth groups offered, 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Special worship and fellowship, Dec. 24, 5 p.m. New Testament Baptist Church, 9850 S Parkside Ave., Floral City. 726-0360.


Youth presentation, 6 p.m. Sunday; teen Bible study, 7 p.m. Monday; Grief Share and Divorce Recovery class, 7 p.m. Thursday. Christmas Eve service, 6 p.m.; New Year's communion service, 6 p.m. Dec. 31. Hernando Church of the Nazarene, 2101 N Florida Ave. 344-0486 or 341-0133.

Overcomers meeting, 7:10 p.m. Tuesday. Riverside Christian Fellowship, 5 miles NE of Hernando, Highway 200. 726-7533 or 726-4193.

Annual Christmas dinner and gift exchange today, 6 p.m. First Baptist Church, 3790 E Parson's Point Road. 726-6734.

Abundant Life Buying Club, an organic food co-op, open 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, 2402 N Florida Ave., Hernando. 527-9054.

Breakfast 9 a.m. at Gennie D's, Bible study 7 p.m. at pastor's home Tuesdays; soup and sandwich supper 5:45 p.m., Advent service 7 p.m. Wednesday; Christian education 3:30 p.m., Thursday; workday Friday 8 a.m. and Pairs & Spares 7 p.m. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 439 E Norvell Bryant Highway. 746-7161.

Homosassa Springs

Pioneer Clubs, 5 p.m. Sunday. First United Methodist Church of Homosassa, 8831 W Bradshaw Street. 628-4083.

Keys For Kids program, 6:30 to 8 p.m. for children from kindergarten through sixth grade, Wednesday. Faith Baptist Church, 6918 Spartan Ave. 628-4793.

First Christian Church of Homosassa Springs' midweek services on Wednesdays are preceded by a potluck dinner at 6 p.m.; Women's Service Circle Christmas party Tuesday, 6 p.m., home of president. 628-5556.


Sunday service broadcast, WRZN-AM 720; Prayer Request Line, available 24 hours a day, 563-3639. First Presbyterian Church of Inverness, 206 Washington Ave. 637-0770.

Youth clubs, Discovery and Word of Life, 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays; Inverness Christian Academy Preschool, ages 2 through 4, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Early services held now, 8:45 a.m. Sunday; 44th Homecoming, Sunday. Registration is open for preschool and elementary through eighth grade. 726-3759. Fort Cooper Baptist Church, 4222 S Florida Ave. 726-0707.

New course Losses of Life, 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays; family night supper, 4:45 p.m.; Life Development Institute, 6 p.m.; Youth Wednesday Night Live at 6 p.m., GAs, RAs and Mission Friends, 6:30 p.m.; drama, 7:30 p.m.; Life Development Institute courses, 6 p.m. Wednesday. Citrus County Right To Life meets 8 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the church. First Baptist Church of Inverness, 123 S Seminole Ave. 726-1252.

Men's prayer breakfast, 7:45 a.m. Fridays, at Cinnamon Sticks. First United Methodist Church of Inverness, 3896 S Pleasant Grove Road. 726-2522.

Feed My Sheep, noon Wednesday. St. Margaret Episcopal Church, 114 N Osceola Ave. 726-3153.

Fruit of the Vine luncheon, noon Thursdays; Reality Youth Ministries and Children of the King, 6 p.m. Sunday; and Alcoholics For Christ, 7:30 p.m. Mondays. Inverness Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 960 S U.S. 41. 726-1480.

Unity Church of Citrus County, spiritual and Yoga classes, Saturdays, 9 a.m.; candle lighting service, Dec. 24; Burning Bowl service, Dec. 31. 1515 White Lake Drive 726-6886.


Morning prayer, 9 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; Bible class, 9 a.m., Wednesday; Episcopal Women, second Wednesday; and OSL, third Wednesday. Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 2540 Norvell Bryant Highway. 527-0052.

Interdenominational fellowship, 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays. Lecanto First Baptist Church fellowship hall, 1/4 mile S on CR 491. 302-6286.

- Information for the Religion Calendar should be submitted to Gail Hollenbeck, Citrus Times, 301 W Main St., Inverness, FL 34450-4743. Please include church address in all releases. News must be received by noon Tuesday in the Inverness office and noon Monday in the Crystal River office before the Saturday it is to be run. It may also be faxed to 860-7320 by noon Tuesday.

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