First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin can trace its origins back to 1871, when there were only roughly 200 residents in the area that later became Pinellas County.
According to church elder Moffatt W. Moore, who in 1928 published a historical pamphlet on the lives of early settlers, they led a primitive existence. Moore wrote of isolation and personal sacrifice, but also noted the settlers showed courage, fortitude, resourcefulness and endurance.
In the spirit of those early settlers, First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin is honoring a number of its longtime members.
Vivien Grant joined the church in 1925, Doris Hinson in 1936, Ben Skinner in 1937, Hazel Kirk and Martha Snow in 1938, Jackie Chalk in 1943 and Marian Davis in 1948.
First Presbyterian has been known by several different names during its history, including Ebenezer Church, Bethesda Church and Andrews Memorial Church.
The church is located at 455 Scotland St., Dunedin. For additional information, call (727) 733-2318 or visit fpcdunedin.org/.
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Searching for an inspirational midweek pick-me-up featuring everything from slam poetry to Gregorian chants? Consider attending the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater's midweek vespers, an informal worship service at 6 p.m. every Wednesday at 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater.
The gathering features music, readings and movement from a variety of contemporary and classical sources. Adults and children of all ages are welcome. Light refreshments and fellowship will follow the service.
Call (727) 531-2204. Visit uuclearwater.org.
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Congregation Ohr Chadash, a Messianic synagogue, will host a special Yom Ha'Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) at 8 p.m. Friday at 3190 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. to remember those who were martyred during World War II and provide an opportunity to reflect on God's faithfulness in ultimately preserving the Jewish people. Visitors will have a chance to view Arbeit Macht Frei, an original sculpture by David Barlow, who created it after a visit to the Dachau concentration camp. The public is invited.
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Yom Ha'Shoah, a community Holocaust observance, will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday at Congregation B'nai Emmunah, 3374 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs.
The program features Holocaust survivor and guest speaker Cantor William Hauben. For more information, call (727) 938-9000.
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Individuals and small businesses can protect the security of outdated documents by participating in a Shred-A-Thon featuring the ProShred Security from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Temple Ahavat Shalom, 1575 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor.
Any paper products can be recycled, even if they still have paper clips, binder clips, staples or rubber bands. ProShred will process the equivalent of a regular file-size box of paperwork for $12 per box. Boxes are being sold at the temple office, at TAS Sisterhood and Brotherhood events and the day of shredding. For more information, call Howard Bassuk at (727) 236-6801.
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The Rev. Herb Freitag will preach "When I Love My God," and new soprano section leader Nichole Cavalani will sing the solo at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at Chapel-By-The-Sea Community Church, 54 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach.
Adult Sunday School resumes at 9:15 a.m. with a series on women of the Bible; youth Sunday School starts with Sunday's service; the nursery is available starting at 9:15 a.m.
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It's time again for an old-fashioned hymn sing and ice cream social 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Friendship United Methodist Church, 2019 E Druid Road, Clearwater. The event is free. Call (727) 797-0288 for more information.