Brooksville Wesleyan Church, 22319 Cortez Blvd., will host Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee Archie Watkins and his Smoky Mountain Reunion group in concert at 7 p.m. Friday. Free; an offering will be collected to support Lakewood Retreat's summer youth camp. The concert will open with worship led by In Him. Call (352) 796-4097 or email [email protected]
Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave, will host two extra performances of the musical Judah Ben-Hur. One is for schoolchildren and will be at 11 a.m. Thursday; the other is for the public and will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Adult admission is $12 online; $15 at the door. Students ages 13 and younger are $5 with the purchase of an adult ticket. All tickets include coffee/tea and dessert, which will be available before the evening performance. Doors open at 7. Proceeds go toward sending a missionary team to the Philippines in February. The production is co-produced by Youth With a Mission of Tampa Bay and Live Oak Theatre. Visit liveoaktheatre.org or call (352) 593-0027.
The women's ministries of Cornerstone Baptist Church are selling tickets for an all-day women's 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 The Facts of Life and who recently starred in Survivor: The Philippines, will share her story and lead Bible studies on "This is My Story" and "Friendship for Grown-ups." Tickets are $25, include a box lunch, and may be purchased through the church office or iTickets.com. Call (352) 726-7335.
Istachatta Baptist Church, 28075 Magnon Drive, will present William Riley from Faith Baptist Church in Tampa for a revival sermon at 6 p.m. today.
First Lutheran Church, 30419 Park Ridge Drive, will have its annual rummage/bake sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Call (352) 583-4102 or (352) 279-0993.
Ridge Manor Community United Methodist Church, 34350 Cortez Blvd., will offer a nine-week course teaching Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University plan beginning Feb. 18. The course runs for an hour and a half each week and includes instruction on money management. To reserve a seat or for information, call Richard Poe at (352) 608-4022.
In addition, the church is sponsoring a trip to Tropicana Field to watch the Tampa Bay Rays play the Houston Astros on June 20. Tickets are on sale and include a bus ride to the game. The cost is $40, includes a $20 nonrefundable deposit. Call George Nelson at (352) 688-9961.
Also, the church announced that it provided gifts and food to more than 100 families for Christmas. It also feeds about 65 families monthly through its food pantry.
Jesus Cares Ministries will present a free one-day men's "Stepping Up!" workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Springs of Life Family Church, 4157 Mariner Blvd. "We are calling all men to this family-impacting event," said the Rev. Luis Leon. "Over 24 million children in America live without their fathers." Fathers are encouraged to bring sons 10 years old and up. The event will include a lunch break; lunch will not be provided. Reply by Friday to (352) 942-6079.
St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., will begin a DivorceCare program at 7 p.m. Feb. 6, continuing on Thursdays for 13 weeks. Meetings will be in Room 7; there is no cost. Topics will include "What's Happening to Me?" "Road to Healing," "Facing Anger, Depression and Loneliness," "Financial Survival," "New Relationships" and "Forgiveness." Call (352) 686-9954, ext. 409.
First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, has tickets on sale for a concert by five-time Grammy winner Larnelle Harris at 7 p.m. Feb. 9. Call (352) 686-9114 or buy through iTickets.com.
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 or 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.