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North Pinellas Religion Briefs for Wednesday, Sept. 4

On Sunday, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, along with other Lutheran churches across the country, will embark on a day of community service starting with a complimentary breakfast at 9 a.m. and worship service at 10 a.m. at the church, 407 S Saturn Ave., Clearwater.

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For all who are called to action and looking to make a difference, volunteer opportunities begin at 11 a.m. at Grace House, a ministry of Religious Community Services; Habitat For Humanity; the Homeless Emergency Project; and Lutheran Services of Florida.

Grace House provides apartment-style emergency shelter to homeless families with children for up to eight weeks. St. Paul's project consists of painting two fences, some pressure washing, closet organization and the possible repair of a shed.

Habitat for Humanity is looking for volunteers to work from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at their Betty Lane job site. No experience or carpentry skill is necessary; tools and training will be provided.

Volunteers are needed to cook and serve lunch to hungry people at the Homeless Emergency Project's dining facility. The main course will be prepared ahead of time on Saturday, then warmed and served after worship Sunday.

Lutheran Services of Florida provides opportunities for broken families to find aid and develop skills that will allow them to remain together. During counseling, layette bags containing an outfit, small toy, shoes, socks and other small items are given to children 6 months to 4 years old.

Volunteers are encouraged to donate items or funding, and help is needed to assemble and package the bags.

To join in the effort, call (727) 446-7718; email; check out Facebook at StPaul's Lutheran Clearwater; or visit

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Congregation Ohr Chadash will host services for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year observance, at 8 p.m. today at the synagogue, 3190 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater.

While traditional dishes will be featured and ancient observances and traditional elements of the holiday will be celebrated, the service will also incorporate elements pointing to Jesus as messiah.

The event is free, but donations are appreciated.

Congregation Ohr Chadash is a member of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations and is affiliated with St. Petersburg Seminary and Netzer David International Yeshiva.

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

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For those with an interest in corporate farming and its environmental impact on animals and employees, the Regenerative Film Series presents the 2008 feature-length documentary, Food, Inc., at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater.

An offering will be accepted.

For more information, email Jay at

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An art reception for the opening of "Tuesdays with Taylor's Art Class," a collection of multimedia paintings by students of Taylor Ikin, will be 4 to 6 p.m. Friday in the Octagon Arts Center, Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road.

The paintings, primarily on canvas and paper, will exhibit collage, water media, acrylic, pen and ink, colored pencils and other media.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday; and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. Sunday. The exhibition runs through Oct. 15.

For more information, email

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Chabad of Clearwater will present free Rosh Hashana services beginning at 7:30 p.m. today and continuing Thursday and Friday at the Holiday Inn Express, 2580 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. in Clearwater.

Yom Kippur services are scheduled Sept. 12-13 at the same location.

Chabad's user-friendly services use songs, commentary and English-Hebrew prayer books that enable those of all levels to become active participants

While there is no cost to attend, donations are appreciated. To reserve a space, call Chabad at (727) 265-2770, email or register online at

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Due to construction on U.S. 19, the Clearwater Christian Women's Club would like all interested parties to know how to get to its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at Cove Cay Country Club, 2612 Cove Cay Drive, Clearwater.

Those coming south on U.S. 19 should go a quarter-mile past Haines Bayshore Road and exit right on Whitney Road, loop under the overpass and back onto U.S. 19.

The cost is $17 inclusive and reservations must be made by Sept. 6.

Call Kitty at (727) 791-8762 or Jan at (727) 330-7109.

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

North Pinellas Religion Briefs for Wednesday, Sept. 4 09/02/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 1:55pm]
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