Religion Calendar and Briefs
Brooksville Wesleyan Church, 22319 Cortez Blvd., will present its youth worship band leading Christmas music and its children and youth performing the narrated play The Mouse's Tale at 7 p.m. Dec. 18. There will be a candlelight service at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve. Call (352) 799-3066.
Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., will host a Christmas cantata at 7 p.m. Saturday. Featured will be the choir, bell choir, children's ensemble, soloists and congregational singing. There will also be a children's zoo beginning at 6 p.m. Call (352) 796-4969.
New Beginnings Life Center Church, 3350 Commercial Way, served more than 200 people at its Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 21.
"Although it looked gloomy, the rain held off until 7 p.m. and everyone was able to join hands for prayer and sit to the tables for dinner served by our Men of Valor," said Susan Liverpool. "We even continued serving when the rain came and sent food to families as well as to the Dawn Center. We were very happy to have surpassed even our expectations."
The church's children will participate in the Brooksville Christmas Parade on Saturday (Dec. 14).
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church has announced that the Rev. Lance Wallace was inducted as rector on Nov. 17. The Most Rev. Dabney Smith, bishop of the Southwest Diocese of Florida, officiated.
Wallace came to the church in January as priest-in-charge. In October, the vestry, finding Wallace to be a "perfect match" for the church and well liked by the congregation, offered him the position as rector.
Fellowship Community Church, 11250 Spring Hill Drive, will have a candlelight service at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve. Beginning with the 10:45 a.m. service Jan. 5, the church will present "The Story," a 31-week reading of Bible selections arranged chronologically to read like a novel.
Call (352) 686-4612.
Aglow International Spring Hill Chapter will have a Christmas party with traditional Southern gospel music at 8:45 a.m. Monday at Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail. Ken and Ginger McLellan will present music and a message. The cost for an optional breakfast is $8.50. Call (352) 610-4164 or (352) 848-4182 if you plan to attend.
The Baha'is of Hernando County will host Part 2 of a discussion and talk, "The Gap: Shrinking the Gap Between the Extremes of Wealth and Poverty," by Kalen Hammann at 7 p.m. Friday at Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd. Transportation is available, and refreshments will be served. Call (352) 666-7280.
First Baptist Church of Spring Hill, 7279 Pinehurst Drive, will have a Christmas caroling service at 6 p.m. Dec. 18 and a candlelight service at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve. Call (352) 683-2863.
St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., will present an Advent Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Friday, featuring musicians and the parish choir, under the direction of Adam Brakel. Features include movements from Handel's Messiah, solo choir repertoire, instrumental chamber music and congregational carols. Call (352) 666-5903.
First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, will have Christmas Eve services at 5, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. Call (352) 683-2600. Tickets are on sale now for a concert with Larnelle Harris at 7 p.m. Feb. 9. Call (352) 686-9114 or purchase through iTickets.
First Baptist Church of Weeki Wachee Acres, 8092 Toucan Trail, will present The Nativity by adult members at 6 p.m. Thursday. Children will present Christmas in Black and White at 6 p.m. today. Call (352) 686-0747.
The choir at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, will perform Gloria in Excelsis Deo at 7 p.m. Friday. It will be directed by Donna Olsen. An offering will be collected to benefit the church's food pantry. A cookie, coffee and punch reception will follow the Christmas cantata. Call (352) 597-1456. The church is at 6363 Commercial Way.
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.