United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd., will present the South Shore Community Handbell Ensemble in concert at 3 p.m. April 28. A $5 donation is requested at the door. For more information on this and other concerts, contact Jeff Jordan, the church musical director, at (813) 634-2539.
United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave., Sun City Center, is helping recycle old cell phones. Drop off phones and accessories between 9 and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, or at Sunday services. For more information, contact Larry Piechoski at (813) 634-7062.
Cornerstone Baptist Church, 818 N Parsons Ave., Brandon, will serve free coffee to southbound motorists driving by between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. Fridays through the end of May. Call (813) 689-3325.
Destiny Church, 2322 11th Ave. SE, Ruskin, will present Dr. David Scott Nichols, author of Fifty Signs of the End Times, at 7 p.m. Wednesday and May 1. Call (813) 645-3337.
New Hope Worship Center, 803 W Mahoney St., Plant City, hosts a corporate prayer hour from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturdays. Call (813) 757-6123.
Faith Christian Center, 207 New Hope Road, Brandon, invites singles to In Pursuit, a Bible study beginning at 7 p.m. today. The church invites young men age 12 to 25 to a Cutting it Raw barbershop at 9 a.m. April 27. Haircuts are $5. Call (813) 651-2201.
First United Methodist Church of Brandon, 121 N Knights Ave., invites all to a Bible study meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Christianity Explored is a seven-week examination of who Jesus is and what it means to follow him. Participants are encouraged to attend a free spaghetti dinner from 5 to 6 p.m. before each class session. To get more information or to register, call (813) 689-4161 or email [email protected]
St. John the Divine Episcopal Church of Sun City Center, 1015 Del Webb Blvd. The Men's Club will have a breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday. Call (813) 645-1521.
Tampa Trifecta: Tampa Jewish Family Services will present the fifth annual Tampa Trifecta: An Evening of Food, Wine and Auction event from 5 to 8 p.m. April 28. The event features 16 area restaurant and wine establishments. Proceeds will benefit TJFS core programs including a community food bank, counseling and financial assistance programs. The event is presented by Gary and Phyllis Gould and the Gould Family Philanthropic Fund, and will be held at Congregation Schaarai Zedek, 3303 W Swann Ave. Ticket are $125 for the 5 p.m. patron cocktail party and main event or $50 for the 6 p.m. event alone. Tickets may be purchased online at tjfs.org or by calling (813) 960-1848.
Compiled by Sarah Whitman, Times Correspondent
Hope Lutheran Church
2001 N Park Road, recently dedicated a new community garden.
The church's "Garden of Hope" is under the leadership of Deaconess Lyn Senkarik and member Patrick Griffin. Located at the rear of the congregation's Lutheran Ministry Center, the garden will not only be for members to enjoy, but will also be a part of the congregation's support of Plant City's United Food Bank. Produce from the garden also will be made available to the community at large through a "prayer and produce" day at Hope. Senkarik said, "With so many in our community being food insecure and going to bed hungry, any and everything we as a congregation can do to help those in need with this healthy alternative will go a long way in our community."