Love Your Neighbor is anticipating a busier than normal Christmas season. New or gently used children's clothing is always in demand and in short supply, and nonperishable food is always needed for the Donation Station food pantry. Bulk pasta, rice and similar staples are needed for the weekly Monday dinners at the Rising Sun Cafe. The ministry's parent ministry, New Beginnings of Tampa, has a need for blankets. Call for drop-off or pickup information to Lisa and John Callea at (352) 428-9275 or (352) 428-9434.
First Presbyterian Church, 250 Bell Ave., will have its Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 p.m. Dec. 24. There will be fellowship, prayer, live music and a nativity. Call (513) 435-1254 or (352) 796-4228.
Jericho Road Ministries, 1163 Howell Ave., will host its 15th annual free Christmas luncheon for anyone in need of fellowship for the holiday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 24 at First United Methodist Church, 109 S Broad St. Meal deliveries will be made to homes if needed. Toys are being sought for children and infants; gifts are needed for ages 13 and up. Turkeys and hams will be needed on Friday. Other needs include canned gravy, cooked pies, green beans, cranberry sauce, butter/margarine, milk and paper grocery bags. Call for sizes of food items and for information on pick-up or drop off, (352) 799-2912, ext. 100. Volunteers are also needed.
Word of Life Fellowship, 13247 Word of Life Drive, is presenting Sights and Sounds of Christmas: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year today and Sunday. Tickets range from $6 for children to $28 for adults. Group, senior and student rates are available. Lunch and dinner meals are available for purchase. Call toll-free 1-877-412-8687 or visit wol.org.
New Hope United Methodist Church, 12715 Istachatta Road, will host a "Happy Birthday, Jesus" party from 2 to 4 p.m. today. There will be free old-fashioned, carnival-type games with prizes and refreshments. Call (352) 587-4952 or (352) 282-0859.
Fellowship Community Church, 11250 Spring Hill Drive, will present a Christmas cantata, Mary Did You Know?, at 10:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
First Baptist Church, 7279 Pinehurst Drive (formerly Bridge Christian Life Center), will host a Christmas coffeehouse at 6 p.m. today for people to share their musical talents over coffee. There will be a caroling service at 10:45 a.m. Dec. 23 and a candlelight service at 6 p.m. Dec. 24 with the church's new pastor, Gary Coddington. Call (352) 683-2863 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Aglow International Spring Hill Chapter will have a breakfast meeting/Christmas party at 8:45 a.m. Monday at Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail. There will be a skit, "The Martha Mitchell Show," that will highlight the meaning of Christmas. Women should bring a gift to exchange and a baby gift for A New Generation pregnancy center. 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, will host "A Walk Through Bethlehem" from 6 to 8 p.m. today with a marketplace featuring families dressed in period dress, animals, a live nativity and all the hustle and bustle of the little town as it was in Judea at the time of Christ. Also, a free pancake breakfast will be offered to those with a reservation between 9 and noon Dec. 22. Free eye exams, basic health screenings, face painting and games will also be offered. A photo with Santa will be available for $1. Call (352) 683-2600 or send email to [email protected]
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 (first and last name) and phone number are missing. For information, call (352) 754-6112 and leave a message.