Earlier this year, Pastor Ken Vinyard of Family of Faith Church in Tarpon Springs preached a sermon on the "Great Invitation of Christ," calling those who labor or carry a heavy burden to bring their cares to Jesus to receive rest and peace of mind.
Vinyard was inspired to start an outreach program that has taken his congregation to Wall Springs Park in Palm Harbor and the Pinellas Trail in downtown Tarpon Springs to share the gospel.
On the last Sunday morning in June, Family of Faith's pastor and parishioners traveled to the Oldsmar Flea Market, where they shared gospel music and offered to shoppers the message, "When you are down to nothing, God is up to something," in an effort to provide encouragement and hope to those struggling with life's problems. Several shoppers came forward and received prayer.
"God is still involved in the business of inviting people to come to him for salvation, for the help they need and for the things they lack in life," said Vinyard, who describes Family of Faith Church at 1730 S Pinellas Ave. as a non-denominational, Holy Ghost-filled church that believes in the power of prayer.
To learn more about the church, call (727) 204-1881 or visit fofchurch.com.
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Cokesbury's Everywhere Fun Fair Vacation Bible School will be presented from 6 to 8:15 p.m. July 8-12 at Oldsmar Community United Methodist Church, 207 Buckingham Ave. E.
Adventures for children in pre-kindergarten through grade 6 will include interactive Bible fun, music, cool crafts, global games and more. Dinner will be served nightly.
The five-day event is free. Early registration is encouraged through the church office, open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, call (813) 855-8811 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To reach the church office, call (813) 855-1567. Visit oldsmarcumc.org.
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Interested in the state of social activism in society? Ryan Gosling narrates #ReGENERATION, an award-winning feature-length documentary that explores the forces behind the Occupy movement and follows three separate walks of life representing today's generation.
It explores their challenges, influences, disconnection with nature and history, consumer culture, and the economic factors holding many back from becoming more active participants in their communities.
The film will be shown at 7 p.m. today in the Patio Room of the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road.
Young adults are welcome to share their own experiences during a discussion after the film.
An offering will be accepted.
For more information, contact Jay Hardman at email@example.com.
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The Rev. Leddy Hammock, minister of the Unity Church of Clearwater since 1981, will be the guest speaker at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road.
During her talk, entitled "A Hero's Journey," Hammock will discuss how we love our heroes, but cannot wait for our heroes to deliver us. She suggests the time has come for us to leave the safe, familiar path.
Call (727) 531-7704.
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