Friday, April 20, 2018
News Roundup

North Pinellas religion briefs for Oct. 30

Religion briefs

Chapel-by-the-Sea on Clearwater Beach recently partnered with Stop Hunger Now to package 10,000 dehydrated meals for people in impoverished countries.

Established in 1998, Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid around the world. Its meal packaging program has provided more than 110 million nutritious meals to the hungry in more than 43 countries.

Chapel-by-the Sea was introduced to Stop Hunger Now by Ed Droste, former Mr. Clearwater and a schoolmate of Steve Hickle, founder of Stop Hunger Now.

On packaging day Oct. 19, more than 83 members of the congregation, along with volunteers from the community, manned a variety of stations to ensure meal delivery to the designated country.

Although a three-hour time frame was allotted for the event, volunteers finished packing the last meal in one hour and 45 minutes.

Next year, Chapel-by-the-Sea is contemplating a meal event of 20,000 or more.

More than $2,500 was also raised by Chapel-by-the-Sea, which included a special effort by its Sunday School in support of transportation and cost of raw materials for the designated country.

The church is located on Clearwater Beach at 54 Bay Esplanade.

• • •

The Rev. Shawn Moninger's mission in life and his ministry is for everyone on planet Earth to know that he or she is good. He'll share this message as guest speaker at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at Unity Church of Clearwater at 2465 Nursery Road.

He's been the senior minister at Unity Center for Practical Spirituality since September 2004 and is the founding president of the Unity Church of New York City.

Moninger and his partner, David Friedman, are in demand as speakers in the New Thought and Unity movements. They travel extensively speaking at events including the International New Thought Alliance and Unity International Conferences, as well as retreats and churches throughout the country.

He is also the host of The Good Show with Rev. Shawn, a radio show that airs Wednesday mornings at 11 a.m. on WDJZ-AM 1530 (Westport, Conn./Providence, R.I.) and on the web at thegoodshow.com.

Following Sunday's service, Moninger will lead a prosperity workshop, "Living the Good Life They Promised!" from 1 to 3 p.m. at Peace Cottage, a separate venue located on church property. Suggested offering is $25.

Visit unityofclearwater.org/

• • •

The Club Divine dance celebration comes to Clearwater this weekend bringing together DJs, musicians, body workers, performers and people of all ages who will dance, meditate and celebrate together.

The event began in Chicago as a monthly conscious dance party. The strictly sober, multidimensional experience offers music, fun and spiritual energy with a purpose and is dedicated to achieving unity, respect and understanding.

The Florida tour of Club Divine includes the music of Srikalogy, the founder of Artist Ashram and Unitribe Productions; the movement meditation called Kai Chi Do, developed by Charles Robinson, licensed mental health counselor and clinical director of Alternative Treatment International in Clearwater; and the energy of DJ Taz, whose vision is to help others tap into the creative wisdom of the body through vibrational energy, enabling them to feel, let go and awaken.

The first event takes place from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

A second event will be from 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday at Flowering Heart Center, 300 Feather Tree Drive, Clearwater, featuring an afternoon Kirtan and Oneness Deeksha Dance Party. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Visit clubdivineflorida.com.

• • •

Kids of all ages are invited to dress up in costume for Hope Presbyterian's community free Trunk or Treat event and Halloween carnival 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at 1698 S Belcher Road in Clearwater.

Free hot dogs with all the trimmings will be served at 6 p.m. in Hambley Hall, followed by Trunk or Treating in the church's rear parking lot. Face painting, games and Halloween crafts will also be offered. Call (727) 531-3200. Visit HopeFamily.com

• • •

Spend a day filled with laughter and learning with your loved one at "The Marriage You've Always Wanted" conference, featuring Dr. Gary Chapman, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Palm Harbor United Methodist Church, 1551 Belcher Road.

Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages, will help engaged and married couples build the love relationship of their dreams at this one-day event.

Tickets are $45 per person, with discounts for couples and groups. Purchase tickets by calling (727) 785-7487 or online at phumc.net

• • •

The seventh annual Arts & Crafts Show, presented by North Bay Community Church, 3170 McMullen-Booth Road in Clearwater, will feature a variety of arts and crafts vendors, silent auction, raffle, free children's craft corner, low-cost food court and live music from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission and parking are free.

Call (727) 796-0071.

• • •

More than 100 artists will be part of Heritage United Methodist Church's 27th annual Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 2680 Landmark Drive in Clearwater.

Handmade items including gifts, children's items, ceramics, clothing, crafts, jewelry and home decor will be available.

Admission and parking are free.

Call (727) 796-1329.

• • •

Check out Congregation Beth Shalom's third annual "Junk in a Trunk" sale from 9 to 3 p.m. Sunday at 1325 S Belcher Road, Clearwater.

The event is sponsored by the Beth Shalom Sisterhood.

Call (727) 581-0910.

• • •

The Clearwater Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present a choral festival of massed choirs from area churches at 4 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church of Clearwater, 411 Turner St.

Dr. James Bass, artistic director of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, will direct the musical event, which includes anthems and hymns accompanied by organ and brass quartet.

An offering will be accepted.

Call Denny Smith at (727) 733-0176.

Mail religion news to Tampa Bay Times, 1130 Cleveland St., Suite 100-A, Clearwater, FL 33755; fax to (727) 445-4119; or email [email protected]

Comments
The Daystarter: Tampa Bay students to stage walkout; ‘Crabby Bill’ Loder dies; NRA turns on some Republicans breaking down the Bucs’ 2018 schedule

The Daystarter: Tampa Bay students to stage walkout; ‘Crabby Bill’ Loder dies; NRA turns on some Republicans breaking down the Bucs’ 2018 schedule

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• A dry cold front moved through the bay area overnight but it won’t affect temperatures much. It might be a little cooler in the North Suncoast, but that’s it. Bay area highs will stil...
Updated: 9 minutes ago
Flight attendants say ‘appalling’ Southwest flight photo confirms it — you’re not paying attention to the safety demo

Flight attendants say ‘appalling’ Southwest flight photo confirms it — you’re not paying attention to the safety demo

Mario Nunez called it a "huge shaking my head moment" when the photo inside the cabin of Southwest Airlines flight 1380 appeared on his TV.The story was about a terrifying emergency landing after an engine exploded 20 minutes into a trip from New Yor...
Updated: 30 minutes ago
Carlton: Kids, want to make them listen? Vote

Carlton: Kids, want to make them listen? Vote

Today across America, high school students are expected to walk out of class in their latest show of solidarity against gun violence and elected officials unwilling to do much about it. It marks a grim anniversary — 19 years since Columbine bra...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Today: Area high school students to join national walkout in memory of Columbine

Today: Area high school students to join national walkout in memory of Columbine

High school students from both sides of Tampa Bay will commemorate the anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings on Friday, although in very different ways.In St. Petersburg, students from several schools will gather at noon at City Hall for...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Spring break, hurricane relief boosted Tampa Bay hotels in March

Spring break, hurricane relief boosted Tampa Bay hotels in March

The Tampa Bay area’s hotel occupancy rate rose to 87.5 percent in March, the highest level in three years. The rise was fueled by spring break vacationers as well as insurance adjusters and hurricane cleanup crews flooding the state to restore it aft...
Published: 04/20/18
St. Petersburg celebrates with long tables and literacy

St. Petersburg celebrates with long tables and literacy

At 500 feet, this year’s Longest Table really was the longest table yet for the annual WUSF fundraiser. That’s 200 feet longer than last year. More than 1,100 supporters of the radio station ate dinner at the table stretching between the Museum of Fi...
Published: 04/20/18
Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

TAMPA — How good can the Bucs be in 2018? Fans will get a good sense in the first three weeks, as Tampa Bay opens the year with three of its toughest games, all against reigning division champions. The Bucs open 2018 in New Orleans on Sept. 9 ...
Updated: 21 minutes ago
Crabby Bill’s founder Bill Loder dies at 86

Crabby Bill’s founder Bill Loder dies at 86

LARGO — Bill Loder, who founded the Crabby Bill’s seafood restaurant in Indian Rocks Beach, died at Largo Medical Center Thursday afternoon.Mr. Loder, 86, had trouble breathing early in the day and was rushed to the hospital, said his son Matt Loder....
Updated: 24 minutes ago
St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

ST. PETERSBURG — Beef jerky, mayonnaise and Altoids mints were the only edible things in view inside one of the houses. There was no running water. The refrigerator was empty. A bed sat on top of the deteriorating living room floor. Cigarette butts b...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Life got you down? The Miracle League is back and making miracles again

Life got you down? The Miracle League is back and making miracles again

ST. PETERSBURG — An old friend is back in the lineup.The Kiwanis of Gulf Beaches Miracle League, which champions baseball for the physically and mentally challenged, returned with a flourish Saturday morning. We're better for it."This...
Updated: 1 hour ago