First United Methodist Church of Brooksville has announced a groundbreaking for the Brooksville Common at 10 a.m. Aug. 21. The common will be constructed on property adjacent to the church and will provide a park-like setting with benches and tables, offering a place for people to gather for lunch, drink coffee or relax and meditate. It will be available to the community for use upon request. Call (352) 796-3363.
Jericho Road Ministries is in need of volunteers interested in serving the needy. Call (352) 799-2912, ext. 101, for information. Also, purchasing items from the ministry's thrift stores helps provide funding for food, clothing and shelter. The stores are at 16479 Wiscon Road in Brooksville, 31170 Cortez Blvd. in Ridge Manor and 5260 Commercial Way in Spring Hill. Contributions are welcome.
Aglow International Spring Hill Chapter will have a breakfast meeting at 8:45 a.m. Aug. 19 at Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail. The speaker will be pastor and author Bobbie Cromartie. The cost for breakfast is $8.50. Call (352) 610-4164 or (352) 848-4182 if you plan to attend.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, will host an ice cream social from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 18. Those who attend will be able to a sundae and listen to the church's band while singing along and socializing. An offering will be taken. Call (352) 683-9016.
Journey Christian Center, 3233 Commercial Way, will have a We Care Giveaway to give free school supplies to school-age children from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 17. Children must be accompanied by an adult. There will also be household items and clothing available. Call (352) 597-7792.
Florida Cancer Affiliates, a community-based medical oncology and hematology practice with an office in Spring Hill, 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 today. Membership is free; light refreshments will be served. All faiths are welcome. Call the local office at (352) 597-4998 or visit floridacanceraffiliates.com.
First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, is offering summer camp from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 16 for children age 4 through sixth grade. The cost is $75 per week for the first child, $70 for a second child and $65 for additional siblings. Register at the church office or call Pat Wolfarth at (352) 683-2600, ext. 2016.
• Also, the church will host its third annual Getting Back in the School Groove Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free services provided at the event will include haircuts, food, games, face painting and health screenings; 1,000 backpacks will be given away.
• Also, the church is seeking free, used musical instruments and instrumentalists who are interested in playing and learning to improve their skills. Call (352) 610-9363.
The Baha'is of Hernando County will host a talk and discussion, "Kids Making a Positive Difference in the Community and the World," at 7 p.m. Friday at Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd. An ice cream social with root beer floats will follow the meeting. Transportation is available. Call (352) 666-7280.
Jesus Cares Ministries is seeking folding chairs and tables, bookshelves, a desk, two office chairs, computers and window blinds for its new Life-Vida Training Center education ministry. Call the Rev. Luis Leon at (352) 942-4063 for pickup.
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 12 working days 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, physical address, ticket price, contact person (first and last names) and phone number are missing. For questions, call (352) 754-6112 and leave a message.