Love Your Neighbor is anticipating a busier than normal Christmas season. New or gently used children's clothing is always in demand and in short supply, and nonperishable food is always needed for the Donation Station food pantry. Bulk pasta, rice and similar staples are needed for the weekly Monday dinners at the Rising Sun Cafe. The ministry's parent organization, New Beginnings of Tampa, has a need for blankets. Call for drop-off or pickup information to Lisa and John Callea at (352) 428-9275 or (352) 428-9434.
Faith Fellowship Church, 19255 Campground Road, will host a free Gospel Sing from 2 to 5 p.m. today. People attending may sing or play an instrument, or just listen. A karaoke machine will be available for CDs. All ages are welcome, and light refreshments will be served. Anyone planning to play an instrument should arrive by 1:30. Call (352) 754-9330 or (352) 200-5497 or send email to [email protected]
Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., will present a Christmas cantata, Journey of Faith, at 7 p.m. today. A nursery will be provided, and light refreshments will be served after the program. Call (352) 796-4969 for information.
Jericho Road Ministries, 1163 Howell Ave., will host its 15th annual free Christmas luncheon for anyone in need of fellowship for the holiday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 24 at First United Methodist Church, 109 S Broad St. Meal deliveries will be made to homes if needed. Toys are being sought for children and infants; gifts are needed for ages 13 and up. Turkeys and hams will be needed on Dec. 21. Other needs include canned gravy, cooked pies, green beans, cranberry sauce, butter/margarine, milk and paper grocery bags. Call for sizes of food items and for information on pick-up or drop off, (352) 799-2912, ext. 100. Volunteers are also needed.
Word of Life Fellowship, 13247 Word of Life Drive, is presenting Sights and Sounds of Christmas: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 16. Tickets range from $6 for children to $28 for adults. Group, senior and student rates are available. Lunch and dinner meals are available for purchase. Call toll-free 1-877-412-8687 or visit wol.org.
New Hope United Methodist Church, 12725 Istachatta Road, will host a "Happy Birthday, Jesus" party from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15. There will be free old-fashioned, carnival-type games with prizes and refreshments. Call (352) 587-4952 or (352) 282-0859.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd., will offer "Surviving the Holidays," a free class for those in need of support as they approach the holidays after the loss of a loved one, at noon Sunday. Call (352) 683-2010.
Aglow International Spring Hill Chapter will have a breakfast meeting/Christmas party at 8:45 a.m. Dec. 17 at Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail. There will be a skit, "The Martha Mitchell Show," that will highlight the meaning of Christmas. Women should bring a gift to exchange and a baby gift for A New Generation pregnancy center. The cost for breakfast is $8.50. Call (352) 610-4164 or (352) 848-4182 if you plan to attend.
The Baha'is of Hernando County will host "Meditation with Manuela — Restoring Balance and Clarity," at 7 p.m. Friday at Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd. Transportation is available. Call 666-7280.
Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., will present free concerts for its Christmas Spectacular 2012 at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and 4 p.m. Dec. 16. Featured will be the newly formed Northcliffe Orchestra, the Hernando Harmonizers, a 50-voice choir, hand bell ringers and the Northcliffe Blacklight Team. Seating is first come, first served. Doors will open an hour early. Call (352) 683-5882.
Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., will host a Christmas bazaar with a cookie walk from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. There will be handmade crafts, baked goods, gifts and decorations. Lunch will be available for purchase. Call (352) 683-4870.
First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, will host a "Walk Through Bethlehem" from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Dec. 15 with a marketplace featuring families dressed in period dress, animals and all the hustle and bustle of the little town as it was in Judea at the time of Christ. A live nativity will be added on Friday and Saturday. Also, the church is offering free tickets for its holiday concerts, featuring soprano Ebony Preston and keyboard artist Sean Pollock with choir and orchestra under the direction of Robert McBain. The concerts will be at 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets are available at the church office. Call (352) 683-2600.
Abundant Blessings Messianic Congregation will celebrate Hanukkah with a service at 1:30 p.m. today at Springs of Life Family Church, 19832 County Line Road. The theme will be "Yeshua, the Door." Call (352) 544-5700.
Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, will present its annual Christmas cantata at 7 p.m. Friday. One Incredible Moment will be directed by Donna Olsen. Call (352) 597-1456.
Information for the Religion Calendar may be emailed to Gail Hollenbeck at [email protected], faxed to (352) 754-6133 or mailed to Hernando Times, Religion Calendar, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613. The deadline is 10 working days before the event or reservation deadline. Information cannot be published if the time, date, physical address, ticket price, contact person and phone number are missing. For information, call (352) 754-6112 and leave a message.