Religion calendar and briefs
Jericho Road Ministries is in need of items to help fulfill the Christmas wishes of shelter clients. All gifts must be received at 1163 Howell Ave. by Dec. 18. Call Jericho Road at (352) 799-2912, ext. 110, for a list of needed items.
The Salvation Army, in preparation for the Christmas season, has placed red kettles at all Hernando County Publix and Winn-Dixie stores. Angel Trees are also available for groups and clubs to sponsor. Call (352) 796-1186, ext 205.
Brooksville Wesleyan Church, 22319 Cortez Blvd., has announced a time change in services. Sunday services are now at 9:15 and 10:50 a.m. and 6 p.m. A Wednesday service is at 7 p.m. Call (352) 799-3066.
Lakewood Retreat, 25458 Dan Brown Hill Road, will have a Fall Family Festival from 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 29. There will be hayrides, popcorn, s'mores, hot chocolate, a campfire and music, as well as activities like miniature golf and a zip line. The cost is $3 per person or $10 per family. Call (352) 796-4097.
Love Your Neighbor will serve its Thanksgiving meal at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 30. The ministry will also partner with Men of Faith to serve a meal from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave. Donations of traditional food items and money are welcome. Call John Callea at (352) 428-9434 for updated information on what donations are needed. To volunteer, contact Lisa Callea at (352) 428-9275.
Christian Life Assembly of God, in partnership with JAM Ministries, will host a community Thanksgiving dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane. Preregistration is available at christian-life-assembly.com, and there will be registration at the door. Volunteers should also register online. Donations of food and money are welcome. There will be a drawing for food baskets to take home. Call (352) 597-1139.
The women's ministries of Cornerstone Baptist Church are selling a limited number of $20 tickets to an all-day conference with actor and author Lisa Whelchel at the church, 1100 W Highland Blvd., on Feb. 8. Whelchel, who is known for her role as Blair on the TV show Facts of Life and who recently starred in Survivor: The Philippines, will share her personal story and lead Bible studies on "This is My Story" and "Friendship for Grown-ups." Tickets include a box lunch and may be purchased through the church or iTickets.com. Call (352) 726-7335.
Grace World Outreach Church will host a community Thanksgiving dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 27 at the church at 20366 Cortez Blvd. Those who would like to volunteer should contact Robin Cook at the church (352) 796-3685.
First Baptist Church of Spring Hill, 7279 Pinehurst Drive, will serve a Thanksgiving meal beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday. The traditional meal is open to the community. Donations will be accepted. Call (352) 683-2863.
Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., will present "Night of 100 Menorahs" at 5 p.m. Nov. 30. The community is invited to share the celebration of the Festival of Lights with a brief program, songs and a dinner of chicken wings with sauces, vegetable sub sandwiches, homemade latkes, cole slaw and desserts. The cost for nonmembers is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children 12 and under. Reservations are required and may be made by sending a check made out to Temple Beth David by Friday. Call (352) 686-7034.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, will provide a Thanksgiving community dinner from 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 27. Volunteers are needed to cook, serve, set up and clean up. Contact Dave Koile at (352) 686-8327. The church number is (352) 683-9016.
St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church will offer a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to the needy beginning at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 28. Monetary donations will help with purchases and may be dropped off at the church office at 5030 Mariner Blvd. Those interested in attending or having a meal delivered should call (352) 238-2755 or (352) 238-3214 by Monday.
New Beginnings Life Center Church, 3350 Commercial Way, will serve a free community Thanksgiving dinner on the church grounds at 4 p.m. Thursday. Donations will be accepted. Call (352) 686-8880 or (813) 380-5453.
Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., will serve a free Thanksgiving meal at 11 a.m. Nov. 28. Monetary donations are welcome. Donations of dry food items for food baskets are also welcome. Call (352) 683-5882 for a list.
First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, is hosting a free concert, "Christmas at Spring Hill," as a gift to the community at 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 1. Tickets are still available for the later time and may be picked up at the church office between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays. The concert will feature world-class tenor Michael Rees Davis and members of the Florida Orchestra, along with the Powell Middle School choir and the church's 95-voice Chancel Choir. Call (352) 683-2600.
Information for the Religion Calendar and Briefs may be emailed to Gail Hollenbeck at firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to (352) 754-6133 or mailed to Hernando Times, Religion Calendar and Briefs, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613. The deadline for calendar items is two weeks before the event or reservation deadline. If your church/organization has news of interest to the community, briefly state the news. Information cannot be published if the time, date, exact street address, cost, contact person (first and last names) and phone number are missing. For questions, call (352) 754-6112 and leave a message.