Bell Shoals Baptist, 2102 Bell Shoals Road, plays host to Renee Swope, author of A Confident Heart, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. A "Radical Girlfriend Event," Swope's presentation will include details on how she moved out of "the shadows of her doubt" as a woman and "into the light of God's truth." Tickets are $15. Register at bellshoals.com.
Bay Life Church, 1017 Kingsway Road, plays host to minister James McDonald and his Vertical Church Tour Oct. 2. The 40-city national tour promises, "a night of window-rattling, earth-shattering, life-altering worship and teaching from God's word." The event is free but reservations are required. Go to baylife.org.
First Baptist Plant City, 503 N Palmer St., presents writer, publisher and photographer Ken Jenkins at the 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. services Oct. 7. For more than 30 years his photographs and articles have appeared in publications from National Geographic to Southern Living. For more information, call (813) 752-4104.
Unity Church in Brandon, 129 Moon St., presents speaker Rev. Shawn Moniger for a lecture, "They Promised Us," at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 7. Call (813) 263-6155.
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W, launches its 2012-13 concert series Oct. 7 with the McCollWin Trio, featuring Kim McCormick on flute, Amy Collins on oboe and Robert Winslow, St. Andrew's organist, on piano. Season tickets for the seven-concert series are $40 or $10 for each concert. For information and tickets, call (813) 634-1252 or Judy at (813) 642-8125.
Congregation Beth Shalom, 706 Bryan Road, plays host to more than a dozen candidates seeking public office at a Meet the Candidate event at 4 p.m. Oct. 14 at Congregation Beth Shalom of Brandon, 706 Bryan Road. For more information, call Janice Perelman, chairwoman of Adult Education, at (813) 748-8042.
United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave., plays host to an Old Thyme Country Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20. To participate, call Sally Erath at (813) 634-8607.
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 weekend. Call (813) 628-0007.