Faith Fellowship Church, 19255 Campground Road, welcomed its new pastor, Ward Hall, and his wife, Thelma, on Nov. 4. Service times are 11 a.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Also, the church 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 is 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 email [email protected]
Lakewood Retreat, 25458 Dan Brown Hill Road, will host a Fall Family Festival from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 23. There will be hayrides, campfire activities and refreshments. The cost is $3 per person or $10 for a family. No reservations are required. Call (352) 796-4097.
Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., will have a Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in the gym. There will be door prizes every half-hour and unique gift items for sale, along with refreshments and a bake sale. Six-foot vendor tables are available for $17. Call (352) 345-8484.
Christian Life Assembly of God, in partnership with JAM Ministries, will host a Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Place. Admission is free. There will be entertainment and a drawing for food baskets to be taken home. Preregistration is available online at christian-life-assembly.com or by calling (352) 597-1139 by Thursday. Registration will also be available at the door.
St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., will host "Surviving the Holidays," a program on the loneliness and stress that can affect a divorced or separated person during the holidays, at 7 p.m. Thursday in Classroom 1 of the Cabrini Center. Call (352) 686-9954, ext. 409. Also, volunteers are needed for the church's annual Thanksgiving Day dinner to help prepare and deliver meals. Donations of turkeys and volunteers to cook them, as well as monetary donations, are welcome. Preparation will begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 21. Meal deliveries will begin at 11 a.m. Nov. 22. The dinner will be served in Xavier Hall at 1 p.m. It is open to anyone unable to provide a meal for themselves, those alone for the holiday and the immediate families of active-duty military. Call (352) 238-7567 or (352) 238-7666.
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 11200 Elgin Blvd., will begin its Nativity Fast with a prayer service at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The fast will run from Nov. 15 to Dec. 24. The church is part of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and follows the Orthodox Christian calendar for holidays. Sunday worship is at 9:30 a.m. Call (352) 686-6050.
Aglow International Spring Hill Chapter will have a breakfast meeting at 8:45 a.m. Nov. 19 at Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail. Speakers will be Tom and Ruth Murphy of Inverness, who will minister in song and word on "God Really Does Have Second Chances." The cost for breakfast is $8.50. Call (352) 610-4164 or (352) 848-4182 if you plan to attend.
First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, is offering free tickets for its holiday concerts, featuring internationally known tenor Stuart Neill and members of the Florida Symphony Brass, 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) 683-2605.
New Jerusalem Church of God, 28000 Church Road, will have its Pastor and ElectMan's 35th Appreciation event at 7:30 p.m. today and at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday. Call (352) 263-3012 or (352) 799-9536.
Spring Lake United Methodist Church, 4191 Spring Lake Highway, will have a Christmas bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. It includes a silent auction, Christmas gift baskets and other Christmas items, baked goods, home canned goods, candies, crafts, children's items, woodwork, Avon products and quilts. Call (352) 799-7028.
Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, will have its annual Junktique and Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. There will be furniture, appliances, kitchenware, dishes, glassware, linens and clothing. Baked items and refreshments will be available for purchase. Call (352) 597-1456 or (352) 666-7584.
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 or phone number is missing. For more information, call (352) 754-6112 and leave a message.