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North Pinellas religion briefs for Aug. 14

The Rev. Dr. Anthony Johnson is interim minister.

The Rev. Dr. Anthony Johnson is interim minister.

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The Rev. Dr. Anthony Johnson has been selected to serve as interim minister at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, replacing the Rev. Abhi Janamanchi, who recently accepted a call in Bethesda, Md.

His first sermon will address the question, "Are We Living in a New Age of the Spirit?" at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2470 Nursery Road in Clearwater.

A resident of Orange, N.J., Johnson has served three other congregations in an interim role. In 2006-07, he staffed a national coalition focused on economic and racial justice in the rebuilding of New Orleans and Mississippi after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

He holds master's degrees from Harvard and the New School of New York City, and a doctorate from New York Theological Seminary.

Johnson expects to serve the Clearwater congregation until a permanent replacement is found.

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A few months back, Pete O'Shea, Juanita Lolita, Johnny Roberts, Bill Ohse, Josh Loudermilk and SomeguynamedFrank combined their comedic talents to serve God and benefit others.

These six comedians of the Humor to Outreach comedy tour, or H2O, will present their two-hour family-friendly show at 7 p.m. Saturday at Friendship United Methodist Church, 2039 Druid Road in Clearwater.

Tickets are $10.

For information and tickets call (727) 447-1822. Visit

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Guest musician Jennifer Ferren will present a sermon-in-song titled "Who Are You?" at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at Unity Church of Clearwater, 2465 Nursery Road.

A Posi/New Thought songwriter and performer, Ferren's music ranges in style from soul to pop to country to rock to sacred chant.

After 25 years as a music director at various churches and centers in the metro-Atlanta area, Ferren is now a keynote speaker, guest artist and workshop presenter.

She has provided opening music for New Thought speakers such as Deepak Chopra, Alan Cohen, Neal Donald Walsh, Marianne Williamson and Wayne Dyer.

Ferren's self-published songbooks feature both solo and vocal ensemble music. Her collection of Unity Wings of Song CD accompaniment tracks is used in churches and ministries worldwide.

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For several years, Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Drive, Clearwater, has been providing volunteer hours and thousands of dollars in supplies and money to Skycrest Elementary School.

Two years ago, the church was recognized for its commitment when it was named the Business Partner of the Year for Elementary Schools by the Pinellas Education Foundation.

The church is collecting standard school supplies such as pencils, paper, crayons, glue, safety scissors and hand sanitizer for Skycrest students and teachers as part of its "Stuff the Bus" campaign, as well as funds to help in other areas of the school.

Donations will be accepted 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday; and after the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church.

For more information, call Kathi Trautwein at (727) 446-6210. Visit

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St. Mark Lutheran Church will present an afternoon of handbell music featuring tunes that include Phantom of the Opera, Yankee Doodle Extravaganza and In the Good Old Summertime at 3 p.m. Sunday at 1120 Curlew Road, Dunedin.

The concert is free, but a $5 donation for the music program is suggested.

Call (727) 733-0474. Visit

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