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North Pinellas religion briefs for Sept. 25



Author and actress Lisa Whelchel will bring her vibrant personality and relevant message to the upcoming Ladies Retreat at Heritage United Methodist Church.

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The two-day event will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at 2680 Landmark Drive in Clearwater.

The church invites women to join breakout sessions chosen for this year's event and to hear Whelchel's story of how God has taught her to "rest in his grace."

Music will be provided by Karla and Camille Dupree and the praise and worship team is from Palma Ceia United Methodist Church, Tampa.

Cost is $30. To register, visit Under the tab "ministries," select "adult" then "ladies retreat."

For more information, call (727) 796-1329.

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Brother Towns, a film about two towns linked by immigration, family and work, will be shown at 7 p.m. today in the Patio Room at Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road.

The story focuses on Jacaltenango, a town in Guatemala, and Jupiter, a coastal Florida resort town where many Jacaltecos have settled. It explains how and why people migrate across borders and how they are able to remake their communities and maintain families despite long-distance travel.

An offering will be taken.

For more information, call (727) 442-3551 or email

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Congregation Ohr Chadash, a Messianic synagogue, invites the public to a special service for Simhat Torah (the Festival of Rejoicing in the Law) at 8 p.m. Thursday at 3190 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater.

The spirited celebration features singing and includes the traditional time of dancing with the Torah. The synagogue will also emphasize the Messianic significance of the holiday and its relationship to Jesus of Nazareth.

Congregation Ohr Chadash is a synagogue of Jews and non-Jews who believe in Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah and remain committed to the rich heritage of Jewish traditions, lifestyle and worship.

For information, call (727) 726-1472 or (727) 842-1772.

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The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs will welcome the Rev. Don Rollins, its new parish minister, at a 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at 230 Grand Blvd. in Tarpon Springs.

Rollins, who hails from southeastern Ohio, graduated from the University of Rio Grande and the Theological School, both in Ohio, with degrees in social studies education, religious education and drug abuse/alcoholism ministries.

Since his ordination 25 years ago, Rollins has served congregations in seven states and three Canadian provinces, incorporating story and music in his ministry.

He is partner to Mary Bracey, mother of four children, ages 10-21.

Rollins' interests include music, sports, politics, exercise and cycling.

He looks forward to meeting as many parishioners as possible, getting to know the church staff and exploring Tarpon Springs.

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Church Women United Tampa Bay Area units will host a human rights program and workshop on human trafficking Oct. 4 at Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 110 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater.

Registration starts at 10 a.m. The program begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by a box lunch and workshop from 1 to 2 p.m.

Speaker and workshop leader will be Giselle Rodriguez, state outreach coordinator for the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

The program and workshop are open to public. For lunch and workshop reservations, call (727) 734-1237.

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Hope Presbyterian Church welcomes the entire community to its "Hope Musical Benefit," an evening of fellowship, music and good company at 7 p.m. Sunday at 1698 S Belcher Road, Clearwater.

The lineup includes contemporary and well-known favorites by Matt Winter, John Howell, the Hope Band, Marlene Abdo and the Clunk Sisters, "Peggy Lee and Her Escort Sergio," the Hope Trio and many others.

Proceeds, in the form of donations raised, will benefit the mission and ministry of Hope Church.

Call (727) 531-3200 or visit

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Appreciate more of the scriptures by learning to read Hebrew with Dr. D. Michael Michael, professor of Hebrew studies and ecclesiastic education.

Michael will use his own book for the eight-week "Easy Hebrew Reading Course" starting Oct. 6 at Shepherd's Heart Ministry, 2141 Main St., Suite R, Dunedin.

Class times are 6 to 8 p.m. every Sunday through Nov. 24. The $70 fee includes the study book.

For more information or to enroll, call Dr. Michael at (813) 404-5080 or email

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To make its holiday bazaar as successful as possible, the First Lutheran Church's Women's Missionary League is seeking vendors for the Nov. 9 bazaar at the church's Christian Life Center, 1644 Nursery Road, Clearwater.

Tables are $25; an extra four feet of space for racks is an additional $5.

For details, call (727) 462-8000, ext. 1; or email

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