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North Pinellas Religion News for March 5


Skycrest United Methodist Church has decided to take the ancient tradition of Ash Wednesday into the streets.

The pastor and volunteers will be available for "Ashes To Go" from 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. today in the church's parking lot at 2045 Drew St., Clearwater, offering ashes and prayers to anyone who wants them.

"Our church is all about connecting with the neighborhood," said the Rev. Emily Oliver. "Rather than waiting for people to come inside our doors and find us, we want to come outside and be present with our community."

Parking is available for walk-ups, and drive-throughs are welcome going northbound on Nimbus Avenue.

A traditional Ash Wednesday service will take place at 7 p.m. today inside the church.


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In recognition of the first day of Lent, Good Samaritan Episcopal Church will present a 10 a.m. service today at 2165 NE Coachman Road, Clearwater. The service will include the Imposition of Ashes.

Bishop Dabney Smith of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida will preside.

Call (727) 461-1717.

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Motherhood By Choice, Not By Chance, a 2004 documentary produced and directed by Dorothy Fadiman, will be shown at 7 p.m. today at Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road.

Through first-person stories, the 27-minute film brings alive the history of the struggle for women's reproductive rights in the United States and includes information about current threats to those rights.

For more information email

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A World Day of Prayer program will be presented by Church Women of Upper Pinellas from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at St. Mark Village Chapel, 2655 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor.

World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together annually for a common day of prayer and focus on issues of mission, justice and peace.

Light refreshments will follow the program.

Call (727) 734-1237.

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Internationally known author, humorist and workshop leader Steve Bhaerman, who has written and performed as the "Cosmic Comic" Swami Beyondananda for 23 years, will present his irreverently uplifting show at 7 p.m. Saturday at Unity Church of Palm Harbor, 1960 Tampa Road.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show.

Bhaerman will also speak at the 9:15 and 11 a.m. services Sunday.

For more information call (727) 784-7911. Visit

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Clearwater resident Eugene "Tree" Hairston and Dunedin author Susan Adger will lead a discussion about Hairston's biography during "Great Conversations" at 7 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin, 455 Scotland St.

A Quiet Voice: One Man's Journey from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Through Addiction, Prison and Homelessness to a Dignified Life and Successful Career documents Hairston's experiences and life-changing recovery in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area.

For information call (727) 733-2318 or visit

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Non-Trivial Pursuits is a long-standing program of presentations during the fall and winter on topics scheduled on selected Monday nights at Chapel By-The-Sea Community Church, 54 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach. Subject matter includes both religious and non-religious subjects.

At 7:30 p.m. Monday, Captain Tyson Wallerstein will provide expert advice on where to go in our area to fish and how to become a better fisherman.

There is no charge for this program.

For seating reservations, call the education office at (727) 446-0430 or email:

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North Pinellas Religion News for March 5 03/03/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 2:08pm]
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