Men of Faith from Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church has teamed up with Operation HeartFELT to provide gifts for needy and homeless children for Christmas. Individuals, churches and businesses are being sought as sponsors. Items will be picked up between Dec. 16 and 19 and delivered to Hernando County schools for distribution to students and their siblings. Call Monte Patterson at (352) 279-5985 for details on how to help. Visit http://faithepc.net/Matthew_Project/ online.
Faith Fellowship Church in Christ Jesus, 19255 Campground Road, will host a free gospel jam from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8. People attending may sing or play an instrument or just listen. All ages are welcome, and light refreshments will be served. Anyone planning to play an instrument should arrive by 3:30 p.m. Call (352) 754-9330.
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.
Lakewood Retreat, 25458 Dan Brown Hill Road, will have a Fall Family Festival from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday. There will be hayrides, popcorn, s'mores, hot chocolate, a campfire and music, as well as activities such as 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 a Thanksgiving meal at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Call John Callea at (352) 428-9434 for information on what donations are needed. To volunteer, contact Lisa Callea at (352) 428-9275.
St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, will host a free concert by the PHCC College/Community Chorus at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The chorus, directed by James Urbanski and accompanied by Ruth Urbanski, is made up of college students who received academic credit and community members who sing because they love music. In addition to holiday selections, there will be folk music and a medley from The Phantom of the Opera. Call (352) 863-5646.
The women's ministries of Cornerstone Baptist Church are selling a limited number of $20 tickets through November 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 The 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 Grownups." 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. today at the church at 20366 Cortez Blvd. Those who would like to volunteer should contact Robin Cook at the church at (352) 796-3685.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, will provide a Thanksgiving community dinner from 2 to 6 p.m. today. 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.
Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., will serve a free Thanksgiving meal at 11 a.m. Thursday. 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. Sunday. 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) or phone number is missing. For questions, call (352) 754-6112 and leave a message.