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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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