In preparation for the Christmas season, the Salvation Army's red kettles will be at all Hernando County Publix and Winn-Dixie stores beginning Friday. Angel Trees will also be available for groups and clubs to sponsor. Call (352) 796-1186, ext 205.
Twelve members of Crosspoint Church recently returned from a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, where they provided medical services to the poor. About 300 patients were treated over a five-day period in several villages and at an orphanage.
Lakewood Retreat, 25458 Dan Brown Hill Road, will have a Fall Family Festival from 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 29. There will be hayrides, popcorn, s'mores, hot chocolate, a campfire and music, as well as activities like miniature golf and a zip line. The cost is $3 per person or $10 per family. Call (352) 796-4097.
Christ the Savior Greek Orthodox Church, 13460 Olympic Village Lane, will have a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (352) 796-8482.
First Presbyterian Church, 250 Bell Ave., will host its first Presbyterian Women's auction — including a silent auction, basket raffle, white elephant and 50/50 drawing — from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The fundraiser will benefit Mary's House, the Dawn Center, Joseph's House, Jericho Road Ministries and church projects such as Operation Christmas Child, the Hernando High School Backpack Project and the food pantry. Refreshments will be available.
The women's ministries of Cornerstone Baptist Church are selling a limited number of $20 tickets 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 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 Grown-ups." Tickets include a box lunch and may be purchased through the church or iTickets.com. Call (352) 726-7335.
St. Mary's Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 18810 Broad St., will have its annual craft and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. Call (352) 796-2792.
St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., will celebrate the Feast of Mother Cabrini with a festival beginning with a procession at 2:30 p.m. Thursday and running through Sunday. There will be more than 20 midway rides. There will be live entertainment, a variety of Italian food, a cannoli-eating contest, raffles and games for all ages. Admission is free to all events; there will be tickets available for rides. Call (352) 683-9666.
Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., will hold a candlelight vigil from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday in support of International Transgender Day of Remembrance. The vigil is to remember those murdered through anti-transgender violence. Call (352) 587-2145.
Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., will offer "Grieving Through the Holidays," a free seminar for those who have lost a loved one, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Make reservations by sending email to the church at [email protected] or calling (352) 683.5882.
Aglow International Spring Hill Chapter will have a breakfast meeting at 8:45 a.m. Monday at Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail. Aglow president Judy LaRose will speak on "You Are Not a Mistake: God Has a Plan for You." The cost for the optional buffet breakfast is $8.50. Call (352) 610-4164 or (352) 848-4182 if you plan to attend.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd., will have a Christmas sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in front of its Karen's Kit'n Kaboodle thrift shop, next to the church. There will be Christmas decorations, including artificial trees and wreaths and table decorations. There will also be clothing and other items. Call (352) 587-9504.
First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, is offering free tickets to its "Christmas at Spring Hill" concert at 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 1. The concert will feature world-class tenor Michael Rees Davis and the members of the Florida Orchestra, along with the Powell Middle School choir and the church's 95-voice Chancel Choir.
The church will also have a blood drive Sunday. Call (352) 683-2600.
Spring Hill Calvary Church of the Nazarene, 235 Cobblestone Drive, will host Ben Alpert, a messianic rabbi with Chosen People Ministries, who will speak on "Without Hanukkah There Would Be No Christmas" at 6 p.m. Sunday. Call (352) 683-0587.
Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road, will offer "Grief Share: Surviving the Holidays" for those who have lost a loved one and need support during the holiday season. The class will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Building B. The cost is $5. Refreshments will be served. Register and pay online at ccwildwood.com. Call (352) 596-1388, ext 224.
Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, will have a Junktique and Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Items for sale will include furniture, antiques, clothing, glassware, books, jewelry, toys, tools, appliances, linens and kitchenware. There will be refreshments for sale. Call (352) 597-1456 or (352) 596-6472.
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.