Spring Hill Aglow International will host its third annual Pray for Our Nation event from noon to 1 p.m. March 8 in front of the historic Hernando County Courthouse, 20 N Main St. Local pastors, law enforcement officers, teachers and Aglow members will pray for the military, government, schools, families and law enforcement, said Judy La Rose, Aglow president. The public is invited. Music will be directed by Angela Ditmar.
First United Methodist Church, 109 Broad St., has begun a project by its United Methodist Men organization in conjunction with People Helping People in Hernando County. Each Sunday, worshipers will be able to place grocery items in a shopping cart in the narthex that will be distributed to children through their schools. Items may include easy-to-open cans or packages of items such as cereal bars, canned chicken, tuna, deviled ham, beans and wieners, Vienna sausage, ravioli with meat, packets of crackers, crackers with cheese or peanut butter, raisins, nuts, applesauce, pudding snack packs, canned soups, juice boxes or pouches, and shelf milk boxes. Nonperishable items for adults are also welcome.
Lakewood Retreat director Bud Goodwin thanked those who attended the recent Archie Watkins concert that benefited the retreat's summer camp program. "Donations made will help fund the program," Goodwin said. This year's summer camp is July 13 to 18. For information, call 352-796-4097.
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 14232 County Line Road, will host the Gospel Choir from Antioch Fellowship Baptist Church for its fourth annual concert at 4 p.m. Saturday. The theme is "Trust Me."
St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., will host folk/rock songwriter and worship leader John Tibbs at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in Xavier Hall. "John Tibbs is an amazing up-and-coming Christian musician with a very unique sound," said Jason Carter, director of the youth ministry. "We have a very vibrant youth and young adult community here at Cabrini; we hope this event can foster greater growth at our parish and community between other churches and groups." The event will be presented in a coffeehouse setting. "There aren't a lot of opportunities like this in our county," Carter said. "If successful, we hope to provide more events like it in the future." Admission is free; an offering will be collected. For information, call (352) 686-9954, ext. 204, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit johntibbsmusic.com online.
Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., will host a Winter Shabbat Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday. A Shabbat service will follow at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. For information or tickets, call the temple at (352) 686-7034.
Spring Hill Calvary Church of the Nazarene, 235 Cobblestone Drive, will host Forgiven, a Christian gospel trio, at 6 p.m. March 2. The group has sung with the Gaithers and Weatherfords and has recorded several albums. Call (352) 683-0587.
Florida Cancer Affiliates, a medical oncology and hematology practice, has formed a spirituality and healing support group that meets once a month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 5500 Little Road, New Port Richey. The first meeting is March 12. Membership is free; light refreshments will be served. All faiths are welcome. Call the local office at (352) 597-4998 or visit FloridaCancerAffiliates.com.
St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1107 Commercial Way, will host Fashion, Food and Fun from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets for the fashion show luncheon are $16. To make a reservation and choose an entree, call (352) 683-2849.
First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, is collecting donations of items for its United Methodist Women flea market on March 15. Items may be dropped off between 9 and 11 a.m. Wednesdays. No furniture, tools, televisions or electronics are needed. Call (352) 515-6664 or (352) 596-3442 with questions. Also at First United Methodist, when Larnelle Harris gave a concert with the church's Chancel Choir recently, church pianist Ashley McCall was asked to sing a duet of I've Just Seen Jesus with the five-time Grammy winner. The role is traditionally sung by another Grammy winner, Sandy Patti. The audience gave Harris and McCall a standing ovation. "Larnelle was impressed with Ashley," said Robert McBain, minister of music for the church. "It's nice to have that quality of local talent at the church." McCall, who has had the lead role in several Stage West Community Playhouse productions, plays the piano and sings in a trio at the church on Sundays.
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