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North Pinellas religion briefs for Dec. 4

The St. Petersburg College Madrigalians will be featured in a musical program called “A Noel Garden of Seasonal Delights” on Sunday at Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church in Clearwater. 

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The St. Petersburg College Madrigalians will be featured in a musical program called “A Noel Garden of Seasonal Delights” on Sunday at Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church in Clearwater. 

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A musical holiday program, "A Noel Garden of Seasonal Delights," will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday at Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 110 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater.

Featured will be the St. Petersburg College Madrigalians, under the direction of Dr. Vernon Taranto, presenting a range of ancient to contemporary carols and songs, both sacred and secular, celebrating the Christmas season.

A post-concert reception will take place in the church's fellowship hall for attendees to meet, greet and thank the musicians.

No tickets are needed; seating is first-come, first-served. An offering will be taken.

Call (727) 446-3001 or visit

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With Hanukkah coming to a close, several local temples will host events marking the occasion.

Temple B'nai Israel will present a "Last Night of Hanukkah Menorah Lighting" at 6 p.m. today at the temple, 1685 S Belcher Road, Clearwater. Call (727) 531-5829.

Bring your own menorah to a "Menorah Madness Hanukkah Celebration" today at Congregation B'nai Emmunah, 3374 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. A free dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by the party at 7:30 p.m. Call (727) 938-9000.

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Can't make it to Dallas to watch the second annual Women of Faith Christmas live? Community United Methodist Church, 207 Buckingham Ave. E in Oldsmar, is one of many around the globe hosting a simulcast of the event at 8 p.m. Friday in the church's main sanctuary.

Gather family and friends and celebrate the birth of Christ with Rick Warren, Sheila Walsh, Lisa Harper and Pastor Max Lucado, with messages that focus on the true meaning of Christmas, and enjoy music from Francesca Battistelli.

Starting at 6 p.m., a variety of fare will be available for purchase from food trucks, with dinner seating in the fellowship hall.

A voluntary offering will be taken. Childcare will be provided.

Call (813) 335-3951.

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The music department of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church will present "The Winter Rose," a Christmas cantata by Joseph M. Martin with narration by Pamela Martin, at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, 705 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin.

Special guest narrator will be Dunedin Mayor Dave Eggers.

Admission is free, but a donation of one canned food item is requested. Food will be delivered to Religious Community Services, which will distribute it to hungry families.

Call (727) 734-5493.

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Still have a few items outstanding on your Christmas list? Check out St. John's Episcopal Church's Holiday Craft Fair and Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, featuring food, music and handmade crafts at 1676 S Belcher Road, Clearwater.


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Faith Lutheran Church's second annual Arts & Crafts Show will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 1620 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin.

In addition to a variety of arts and crafts items at vendor tables indoors and out, the event will have a food court, a bake sale and a plant sale, along with the display and sale of the charity work done by church members.

Call (727) 733-2657.

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Youthful members of Chapel-By-The-Sea's Sunday School will present the program "God So Loved the World" at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at 54 Bay Esplanade on Clearwater Beach.

Narrated by the Rev. Herb Freitag and interspersed with Christmas songs, the program will present events leading up to the birth of Jesus.

All are welcome. The church's coach pick-up schedule and route are available by calling the office at (727) 446-0430.


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The documentary film Food Matters will be shown at 7 p.m. today at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater.

The film, from producers and directors James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch focuses on helping viewers rethink the belief systems perpetuated by modern medical and health care establishments.

Admission is free.

Call (727) 531-7704.

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