Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Access Church Brandon holds its grand opening service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the auditorium at Bloomingdale High, 1700 Bloomingdale Ave. Access Church started in Lakeland four years ago. For more information, call (863) 688-8100

United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave., now offers an early-morning 45-minute worship service and communion at 8:30 a.m. Sundays. The full worship service begins at 10 a.m. For more information, call the church at (813) 634-1304.

Congregation Beth Shalom, 706 Bryan Road, will hold a free Movie Night at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the temple. The Jewish Community Center is providing the Israeli film Noodle, a drama about a young Chinese boy who is left behind in the home of an Israeli woman, and the struggles they encounter as they search for his family. For more information, call Janice Perelman, chairwoman of the Adult Education Committee, at (813) 571-2029.

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.

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