Religion calendar and briefs
Allen Temple AME Church announced the arrival of the Rev. Curtis Lewis, along with his wife, Christine, at the church in September. Lewis replaces the Rev. Charles R. Jackson as pastor of the 143-year-old church. Services are at 11 a.m. Sundays, with Sunday school classes at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. There is Bible study at 7 p.m. each Tuesday. The church is at 824 Leonard St.
Youth With a Mission of Tampa Bay and Live Oak Theatre are selling tickets for a presentation of the musical Judah Ben-Hur at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 and 18 and at 3 p.m. Jan. 19 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave. Adult admission is $15. For students age 13 and under admission is $5 with the purchase of an adult ticket. Tickets include coffee/tea and dessert, which will be served when the doors open a half-hour before each performance. Proceeds will be used to send the production team to the Philippines to build homes and present free performances of the musical.
According to a news release, the musical is "a magical tale of romance, comedy and adventure. The audience is invited to relive the legend of Rome's great character, the hate that nearly destroyed him and the love of Christ that transformed him."
For information, visit LiveOakTheatre.org or call the box office at (352) 593-0027, or look for Live Oak Theatre on Facebook.
Fellowship Community Church, 11250 Spring Hill Drive, will present "The Story," a 31-week reading of Bible selections that are arranged chronologically to read like a novel, beginning with the 10:45 a.m. service Jan. 5.
For information, call (352) 686-4612.
Sunshine State Bible Institute, 3140 Mariner Blvd., has set a deadline of Jan. 1 for registration for its spring semester, which will begin on Jan. 6. All courses cost $60 per credit hour. Four courses are available: Theology I, Introduction to Apologetics, Bible Study Methods and Introduction to New Testament Literature. Visit MySSBI.com for details. The institute is a ministry of Spring Hill Baptist Church.
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.