The Nature Coast Festival Singers will give spring concerts at 7 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, 420 Howell Ave., Brooksville; 3 p.m. Sunday at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, and 3 p.m. April 6 at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.
The concerts will feature classical and contemporary seasonal selections under the direction of James Urbanski. An offering will be collected to support the Ayer Endowment Fund, which provides student scholarships for music education.
Call Jackie Kerschbaum at (352) 868-6365 for information.
Jericho Road Ministries is in need of volunteers at its thrift stores, food bank and shelters. Call (352) 799-2912, ext. 101.
Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., will host the Live Oak Theatre Company's production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at 7:30 p.m. April 18, 19, 25 and 26 and at 2:30 p.m. April 19 and 27. The opening show on Good Friday is free; donations will be accepted.
"The timeless story of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe clearly represents the allegory of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ," said Randi Olsen, artistic director of Live Oak Theatre and music director of the play. "We thought it only fitting to open on Good Friday and make that performance free to the public."
All other performances cost $15 for adults and $5 for students 13 and under with the purchase of an adult ticket. All tickets include coffee or tea and dessert. Seating will be available a half-hour before each performance.
The show is produced by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Co. of Woodstock, Ill. Additional music will be provided by Mike Phipps, Peter Curtis, Jessica Lucas and Randi Olsen.
Also, the theater has announced that it has limited openings for its fifth annual summer camp, open to children age 7 to 18. Tuition is $150.
For information, visit LiveOak Theatre.org or call the box office at (352) 593-0027.
Beginning Friday, the Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church of Brooksville, in conjunction with People Helping People, will begin supplying backpacks of food for homeless and other needy children at Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics. The group will provide 12 packs each week. Call Bruce Shorter at (352) 799-3448.
A Good Friday program will be held at 7 p.m. April 18 at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 14236 County Line Road. Pastor Fred Hinson will be joined by Pastor LaVaughn E. McNary of Antioch Fellowship Baptist Church of Spring Hill and Pastor Ron Smart of Union Missionary Baptist Church of Port Richey in hosting the service. The theme is "Jesus Paid It All." Call (352) 684-8989.
The St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church Council of Catholic Women's spring sale will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Refreshments will be available for purchase. The church is at 5030 Mariner Blvd. Call (352) 796-0550 or (352) 684-1670.
Also, the council's Spiritual Adoption of Our Priests is having an appreciation dinner in honor of its priests at noon April 25 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. Tickets cost $25. If you plan to attend, call (727) 485-3158 or (352) 683-1150.
Information for the Religion Calendar and Briefs may be emailed to Gail Hollenbeck at [email protected], 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.