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North Pinellas Religion News for Jan. 22


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On Saturday morning, Clearwater Beach will be the venue for Chapel-By-The-Sea's annual Beach Walk/Walk.

Now in its fifth year, the popular event begins at 7:30 a.m. with coffee and snacks at the Palm Pavilion, 18 Bay Esplanade, followed by a 2-mile walk along the beach to the Hyatt hotel and then back to Chapel-By-The-Sea, 54 Bay Esplanade, where a pancake breakfast will be served.

All participants will receive a T-shirt and a goody bag of favors donated by Clearwater Beach merchants. In addition, there will be a silent auction during breakfast.

Registration is $20 for adults, $10 for ages 6 to 18 and free for children younger than 6. Registration is available at the church, at the chapel's website or in person the morning of the walk. Participants are encouraged to bring nonperishable food donations.

Those who want to attend the breakfast only may do so for a donation of $8.

The event supports the Religious Community Services Food Bank, a local charity that provides food, shelter, safety and clothing to more than 35,000 residents in Pinellas County annually.

"This is a great way to start the year with exercise, a great breakfast and by supporting a worthy community organization," said Fred Bickel, a member of the beach walk committee.

For more information, call Shari Maxwell at (727) 446-0430 or visit

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At the annual meeting of Church Women United of Upper Pinellas, Lois Rogers-Watson will present the program "The Touch of Jesus in the Holy Land" on Friday at Curlew United Methodist Church, 2210 Cathedral Drive, Palm Harbor.

Women of all faiths are invited. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served.

Church Women United is an ecumenically diverse Christian women's movement working for justice, peace and reconciliation in America and the world.

Call (727) 734-1237.

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A worship service celebrating LGBT inclusivity will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 407 S Saturn Ave. in Clearwater.

This affirmation, Reconciling In Christ, has been a significant mission of St. Paul's for eight years. As an RIC congregation, the church believes it follows the Gospel when it welcomes everyone, regardless of economics, housing, racial or ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, etc.

Everyone is welcome to attend the service, which will include music and personal testimonials. Communion will be served.

Call (727) 446-7718, ext. 226.

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North Pinellas Religion News for Jan. 22 01/21/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 6:33pm]
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