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North Pinellas Religion Briefs for Wednesday, Dec. 18

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Unity Church of Clearwater, 2465 Nursery Road, will present a youth-led service at 7 p.m. today in Peace Cottage.

The church will also offer two Christmas Eve candle-lighting services at 7 and 11 p.m. Tuesday in the sanctuary.

For more information call (727) 531-0992. Visit

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Children in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to play party games and enjoy a piece of cake at a free Birthday Party for Jesus 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at Crystal Beach Community Church, 625 Crystal Beach Ave., Crystal Beach. Parents are asked to preregister by calling the church office at (727) 784-8222.

The church will also present a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The event will include a special blessing of the children.

Call (727) 784-8222. Visit

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Festival Ruah, which means "spirit" or "wind" in Hebrew, celebrates the spirit as it is understood across cultures, traditions and faiths.

In celebration of the winter holiday, Festival Ruah presents a multicultural program with performances by the Kuumba Dancers and Drummers, pianist Norman Thalheimer, vocalist Rabbi Danielle Upbin-Weizman accompanied by Blake Lenett, and opera singer Humberto Zambrano at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Octagon Arts Center at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater.

Free, but an offering will be accepted.

For information call (727) 531-7704 or email:

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St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral will serve its 15th annual Christmas dinner to the elderly and those in need of a warm meal and Christian fellowship from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Father Tryfon Church Hall, 20 N Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

During this yearly event, the church's youth ministry and other parishioners serve more than 650 free meals. Home delivery is available to those who are not able to attend in person.

Call (727) 937-3540.

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St. Cecelia Catholic Church, 820 Jasmine Way in Clearwater, plans penance services at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday. Confessions will be heard in English and Spanish.

On Christmas Eve, Masses are scheduled at 4, 6 and 10 p.m., with a Prelude of Carols at 9:30 p.m. At 8 p.m. that evening, a Mass in Spanish will be presented.

Christmas Day masses will be at 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. and a mass in Spanish will be delivered at 1:30 p.m.

Call (727) 447-3494.

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The community is invited to a Christmas Eve candlelight worship service at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Chapel-by-the-Sea Community Church, 54 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach.

During the service, the Rev. Herb Freitag will deliver a sermon entitled, "Christmas at 30,000 Feet" and the chapel choir will sing the Messiah Christmas Suite by Handel.

The church coach will be operating for this event. Call the church office if interested in a ride. For more information call (727) 446-0430. Visit

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A free Christmas Eve celebration hosted by Northwood Community Church and Covenant Life Fellowship Church will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the John Wilson Park Gazebo, 401 Main St., Safety Harbor.

Enjoy music, cookies and hot chocolate while remembering the purpose of Christmas.

Call (727) 791-4171. Visit

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North Pinellas Religion Briefs for Wednesday, Dec. 18 12/16/13 [Last modified: Monday, December 16, 2013 5:51pm]
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