Brandon/SouthShore religion calendar

Dennis Swanberg, who’s known as America’s “Minister of Encouragement,” speaks at Bell Shoals Baptist Church on Sunday.

Courtesy of Dennis Swanber

Dennis Swanberg, who’s known as America’s “Minister of Encouragement,” speaks at Bell Shoals Baptist Church on Sunday.

Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, 604 N Valrico Road, holds its Whistle Stop Craft Show on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 1015 Del Webb Blvd., will host its Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Shop for crafts, enjoy snacks and participate in raffles. Call (813) 633-3970.

Hope Lutheran Church, 2001 N Park Road, will host a free grief workshop, Surviving the Holidays, from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Call (813) 752-4622.

Bell Shoals Baptist, 2102 Bell Shoals Road, presents Dennis Swanberg, America's "Minister of Encouragement," at its 9:15 and 11 a.m. worship services Sunday. Swanberg, an Austin, Texas, born pastor-turned-comedian, was raised in what he calls a "mostly blue-collar, but sometimes ring-around-the collar" family. He combines impersonations with inspiration.

Calvary Lutheran Church, 5309 U.S. 41 N, celebrates its 45th anniversary by aiming to feed 450 local families this Thanksgiving season. Calvary's annual Thanks for Giving campaign is food donation program that has provided Thanksgiving meals to thousands of area families over time. This year's drive concludes Sunday, with plans to distribute the food baskets through Calvary's Community Cupboard food pantry at 1424 E College Ave. in Ruskin. For information, call (813) 645-1305.

First Presbyterian Church of Brandon, 121 Carver Ave., will host a Heifer Living Gift Market from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday to help families in need. Heifer International is a nonprofit organization that provides food- and income-producing animals along with training in animal management to families around the world. Market visitors will enjoy exhibits, family-oriented entertainment, games, unique gift selections and the opportunity to donate an animal or share of an animal to help fight world hunger and poverty. Visit fpcbrandon.org.

First United Methodist Church of Brandon, 115 Knights Ave., presents the Eastern Hillsborough Community Band in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $5. Visit ehcb.org.

First Presbyterian Church of Plant City, 404 W Reynolds St., holds its fall festival from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 16. The event, a fundraiser for the First Presbyterian Learning Center, will include food, games and prizes. Call (813) 752-4211.

United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave., presents comedian and magician Homer Noodleman at 7 p.m. Nov. 23. Tickets are $5. Call (813) 633-6739.

Islamic Society of Tampa Bay, 7326 E Sligh Ave., offers classes on the Koran from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends. Call (813) 628-0007.

Times staff

Brandon/SouthShore religion calendar 11/08/12 [Last modified: Thursday, November 8, 2012 3:30am]

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