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First United Methodist Church, 5901 Indiana Ave., offers a sing-along, open to all ages from 7 to 8 p.m. every Monday night, in the Wesley Fellowship Room of the church. Family Game Night is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the third Saturday of this month. On Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. the Catalyst Youth Ministry of the church is offering A Christmas Dinner Under the Stars. There will be a chicken dinner and entertainment with the choir and drama team performing. Cost is $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Children ages 2-12 are $5. The United Methodist Women will have a Christmas celebration, hosted by the executive board, at noon Dec. 6. The Jubilee Singers will sing. Call (727) 842-7674.


Aripeka Baptist Church, 18731 Aripeka Road, one mile south of County Line Road, U.S. 19, presents a free Christmas Cantata Jesus … the Gift Goes On at 6 p.m. Dec. 14. There will be finger foods and fellowship after the performance. The Puffers will be in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday. Call (352) 279-1836.


Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mt. Fair Ave., will host the Nature Coast Festival Singers at 3 p.m. Sunday. An offering will be collected to support the Ayer Endowment Fund for music education. Call (727) 868-6365.


Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), meets at the Scottish American Society Hall, 917 Louden Ave., from 10 to 11 a.m. every Sunday from October through May and the first and third Sunday from June through September. Call (727) 372-6382.


Word of Life Full Gospel Assembly, 12106 Parkwood St., hosts the Women of the Word luncheon from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 6. Bring a lunch item to share. Call Rita Souza at (727) 863-1230.

Nature Coast Family Fellowship, 14832 U.S. 19 N, will collect cash, money orders or food stamps for the Angel Food Ministries orders from 8 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays until Dec. 8 for December food orders. Online orders may be placed until 11:59 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Web site at Delivery of all food items is Dec. 20. Cost is $30 for regular boxes, senior or convenience boxes are $28, specialty beef boxes are $21 and no qualifications are required. A Christmas holiday basket is available for $35 and includes a seven-pound roasting hen and a hickory smoked ham. Call (727) 271-4663 or (352) 650-7773.

Faith United Methodist Church, 12128 State Road 52, will have a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. today offered by the men's group of the church. The menu includes scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, biscuits and gravy, orange juice and coffee or tea plus all the regular or buckwheat pancakes you can eat for $3.50 per person. Call (727) 856-5000.

Grace Bible Church, 9403 Scot St., offers Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and worship at 10:50 a.m. Sundays. Call (727) 863-2747.

Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church, 9525 Hudson Ave. offers a 5 p.m. Saturday service and 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday services with Sunday school at 10:20 a.m. There are two lead pastors: the Rev. Jerry Nordsiek Jr. and the Rev. Sally Cook. Call (727) 376-0919.

Lakeview Baptist Church, 11010 Tami Trail, offers Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and worship service at 10:45 a.m. Sundays. There is a Bible study at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, the church has a food pantry open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with free clothes available. A social worker is on site for advice on how to locate various agencies for help. A Bible group meets at 7:30 a.m. each Thursday at Jeannie's III. Harry "Bucky" Buckwalter is the pastor. Call (727) 457-5154.

St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 15801 U.S. 19, offers worship services at 8 and 10 a.m. on Sundays. There is Sunday school and nursery during the 10 a.m. service. The Rev. Dr. William Dopp is the rector and senior pastor and the Rev. Fred Scharf is the associate pastor. There is a Friday service at 11 a.m. each week. This Sunday begins the Advent season and the church will celebrate with the lighting of the first Advent candle. The Rev. Dopp will preach on the coming of Christ into the world. Call (727) 863-8560 or visit the Web site at

Lakewood Church of God, 12637 Pony Lane, offers worship services at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. Children's church is during the morning worship. There is a Bible study at 7 p.m. Wednesday and the church offers a club for teens. The pastor is David Parham. Call (727) 856-1770.

Immaculate Conception Old Roman Catholic Church, 8531 Bolton Ave., a traditional Catholic church, offers Mass at 9 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays and at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Masses held in conjunction with healing prayers for cancer victims, survivors, family and friends are at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Some daily Masses are in Latin and the Sunday Mass is in English. Call (727) 819-3788 for Mass schedule for Holy Days of Obligation.

Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, 12321 Canton Ave., offers a contemporary Music and Majesty service at 6 p.m. Saturdays. On Sundays, there are worship services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. The Rev. Ken Fuqua is the pastor. Adult Bible class and Sunday school are at 9:45 a.m. Holy Communion will be served at all three services. The Women's Bible study is at 9 a.m. Mondays. The quilters meet at 9 a.m. Tuesdays to work on quilts for Lutheran World Relief. Midweek Advent services are at 4 and 7 p.m. Wednesday. On Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 there will be other Advent services. Call (727) 863-6446 or visit the Web site at hopelutheran

St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, offers traditional worship services at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays with a fellowship hour at 9 a.m. and at noon for conversation and refreshments. A contemporary service called Fusion is at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. for adults, youth and children. A youth group for middle and high school students meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sundays. The Chancel Choir and the Fusion Praise Team will present a Christmas musical at a combined 11 a.m. service on Dec. 14. The musical, Together for Christmas, by Pepper Choplin, ministers to people through the hope, the peace, joy and love of Christ. Refreshments will be served after the service. Call (727) 863-5646.


Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 20735 Leonard Road, offers worship services at 8, 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Call (813) 949-7173 or visit the Web site

First United Methodist Church of Lutz, 960 W Lutz Lake Fern Road, offers family fellowship each Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. with dinner, fellowship, worship, singing and Bible classes for all ages. Cost is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children (10 and under) and $20 maximum per family. Call (813) 949-1751 by noon Monday to make dinner reservations.

New Port Richey

Asbury United Methodist Church, 4204 Thys Road, will celebrate Advent with a sermon series: Advent through the lens of Hollywood. On Sunday at 10:30 a.m., the first in the series is based on Frank Capra's movie It's a Wonderful Life. Call (727) 376-6218.

St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Center, 8320 Old County Road 54, is having an Art & Book Festival from 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 6 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7. Original paintings, jewelry, calligraphy from Timothy P. Schmalz and books written by parishioners will be for sale. Call (727) 372-9600.

Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church, 8812 Old County Road 54, offers worship services at 8, 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday. Sunday school is at 10:20 a.m. There are two lead pastors: the Rev. Jerry Nordsiek Jr. and the Rev. Sally Cook. Call (727) 376 0919 for more information.

Living Word Church, 5151 Rowan Road, offers a contemporary worship service at 8:25 a.m. Sundays and a blended worship service at 10:45 a.m. Children's church meets during both services with Sunday school for all ages at 9:35 a.m. The church also offers a 6 p.m. Sunday service. At 7 p.m. Wednesdays, there are programs for children, teens, men and women. Call (727) 845-8877 or visit the Web site at

Under His Wings Fellowship, 5008 Grand Blvd., offers Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., pastries and coffee at 10:30 a.m. and praise and worship at 11 a.m. each Sunday. Youth's Pioneer Club is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Journey through the Bible (adult Bible study) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. A men's bible study group meets the first Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Call (727) 389-8898.

Iglesia de Dios, Ciudad Refugion, which meets at the River of Praise Church, 5320 Palmetto Road, offers Spanish-speaking services at 1:30 p.m. Sundays and at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays for Bible study and prayer. The pastor is Jose Perez. Call (813) 766-7826.

First Baptist Church of New Port Richey, 6800 Trouble Creek Road, offers worship services at 9 and 10:30 a.m. and at 6 p.m. Sundays. Sunday school is at 9 a.m. A children's worship and another Sunday school is held during the 10:30 a.m. service. On Wednesdays, there is a fellowship supper at 5 p.m. and activities for all ages from 5 to 8 p.m. Guy S. Sanders III is the pastor. Call (727) 849-4210 or visit the Web site at

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4125 U.S. 19, offers a Sunday service at 10:15 a.m. Dr. Paul Richards is the pastor. Coffee fellowship will be held after the service on the patio. Roundtable meets at 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays. Call (727) 849-4905.

Parbawatiya Buddhist Center, meeting at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4125 U.S. 19, offers an meditation evening with teacher Sasha Bartunek from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. Monday. The class: Resisting the Urge to Retaliate is an introduction to meditation from the Kadampa Buddhist tradition. Cost is $9 ($5 for students and those on limited income). Call (727) 797-9770 or visit the Web site at

River of Praise Church, 5320 Palmetto Road, offers Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and worship services at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. There is a 7 p.m. Wednesday service with classes for all ages. The pastor is Bishop Ron Peeples. Call (727) 849-2762 or visit the Web site at

Covenant Christian Church, 6813 Indiana Ave., offers worship service at 10 a.m. Sundays. Pastor Ray Teofrio's message for Sunday is "Multiplication, God's Way." The church offers a variety of ministries and services during the week, including Prayer Warriors from 7 to 8 p.m. and the Institute of Ministries at 7 p.m. Fridays. There is a 7:30 p.m. Wednesday service. Call (727) 842-4566.

Family of Faith Church, which meets at the Colonial Hills Civic Center, 3852 Prime Place, is a full Gospel-believing congregation. Worship service is at 10:45 a.m. Sundays, Bible study and Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Call (727) 204-1881 or visit the Web site at

Love is for Eternity Ministries, 7511 Little Road, Building C, offers Christian recovery, growth and support groups each week. There are groups for alcoholics, an Al-Anon group, Biblical 12-step groups for all addictions and a parents' support group. Call (727) 847-0222 for times and dates or visit the Web site at loveisfor

Faith Lutheran Church, 5443 Sunset Road, holds worship services on Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday service at 5 p.m. is contemporary. The Sunday services at 8 and 11 a.m. are traditional Lutheran services. Fellowship time is from 9 to 10 a.m. Sunday school and Bible classes are at 9:30 a.m. Holy Communion is served during the 11 a.m. service. The pastor is Robert Steinke. Call (727) 849-4418.

First Church of the Nazarene, 5342 Avery Road, offers Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., morning worship service at 10:45 a.m. and evening worship service at 6 p.m. each Sunday. The church has a Wednesday service at 7 p.m. Call (727) 849-3998.

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 5326 Charles St., offers the Holy Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. each Saturday and with services at 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. Sundays. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. Holy Eucharist and a healing service are at 10 a.m. each Thursday with Bible study afterward. The Rev. Raymond E. Dage also conducts a Bible study at 7 p.m. Thursdays. St. Andrew, the Apostle, Feast Day will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday. Call (727) 849-4330.

Calvary Chapel Worship Center, 6825 Trouble Creek Road, offers three worship services at 8:10, 9:45 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. There are midweek adult and children's ministries. The Rev. Bill Strayer is the pastor. The church offers a variety of midweek services for men, women, youth and children. They also have a Missionette Girls Club and Royal Rangers. Call (727) 376-7733 or visit the Web site at

Community Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 6533 Circle Blvd., offers a worship service at 10 a.m. Sundays. The pastor of the church is the Rev. James Wood. Coffee hour is after the service. A cookie walk and craft bazaar is set from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the church. A soup and sandwich lunch will be offered. Call (727) 849-1943.

A Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by state Sen. Mike Fasano and Brighthouse Networks, is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave. Cost is $25 and the keynote speaker is Dewey Mitchell. Proceeds benefit the YMCA of West Pasco's Open Doors Program. There will be music, fellowship, prayers and reflection. Call (727) 375-9622.


Iglesia Catolica del Rito Antioqueno (Ortodoxa Gnostica), 2008 Chesapeake Drive, offers the celebration of the Holy Mass in Spanish at 1 p.m. Sundays. Exorcism, baptisms and marriages are performed on request. The minister is Archbishop Dr. Robert C. Toca. Call (813) 926-2800 or visit the Web site at sarmarprofeta .org.

Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists, 18412 Burrell Road, offers a service at 11 a.m. each Sunday with a coffee discussion group at 10 a.m. Child care and youth religious education classes also start at 10 a.m. Call (813) 792-1622 or visit the Web site at

Port Richey

The Prayer House, 7935 Ranch Road, offers praise and worship services at 10:30 a.m. Sundays and a teaching Bible class from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays. At 7 p.m. Thursdays, there is a Victorious Women's meeting and a men's prayer study. All denominations are welcome. The Pastor is the Rev. Jim Campbell. Call (727) 808-7887.

First Presbyterian Church of Port Richey, 7540 Ridge Road, offers a worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The pastor is the Rev. Reid Isenhart. Call (727) 849-1898.

King of Kings Lutheran Church, 10337 U.S. 19, offers a blended worship service at 9 a.m. Sundays with elements of both contemporary and traditional styles. Sunday school, for children and adults, is at 10 a.m. Pastor Jerry Straszheim serves as interim pastor and leads a Bible study at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Call (727) 868-5744.

Unity Truth Center, 5844 Pine Hill Road, will present a holiday concert at 7 p.m. Friday. In collaboration with Renaissance Academy, the concert offers music, dancing and singing. There will be a vignette of The Nutcracker along with musicians and vocalists performing songs of the season. Cost is $5. A silent auction will accompany the concert and refreshments will be available. Call (727) 848-7702.

Congregation Beth Tefillah, a conservative house of worship that meets at the Jewish Community Center, 9841 Scenic Drive, offers Shabbat services at 8 p.m. Fridays and 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. There is an Oneg Shabbat and Kiddush after each service. The first Friday of each month is a family Shabbat. Sunday school lessons, through bar/bat mitzvah age, are offered each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Adult Hebrew lessons are at 10 a.m. every Sunday. Al Goldberg, spiritual leader of the congregation, teaches a rabbi's adult education class at 11 a.m. each Monday. The Jewish Federation of Pinellas/Pasco will hold their Women of Distinction program honoring women who dedicate themselves to helping their organization and community. Francine Spenceley will be honored for her efforts at the Jewish Community Center and Elly Doff will be honored for her services at Beth Tefillah. The program is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Temple B'nai Israel. Call (727) 847-3814.

Salvation Army the Corps and Worship Center, 7745 Ridge Road, offers Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and a morning worship service at 11 a.m. each Sunday. Call (727) 815-8539.

Shady Hills

Shady Hills United Methodist Church, 15925 Greenglen Lane, offers a 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sundays. The pastor is the Rev. Chris Schmidt. Call (727) 856-2948.

Spring Hill

Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., offers religious school classes for children ages 4 to 16 from 9 a.m. to noon Sundays. The rabbi is David Levin. Shabbat services are held at 8 p.m. Friday and at 10 a.m. Saturdays. Call (352) 686-7034.

St. Petersburg

The Church of God of the Union Assembly, 4751 46th St. N, offers worship services at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. There is a Bible study at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Call (727) 525-6961.

Tarpon Springs

Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs, 230 Grand Blvd., offers a service at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The Zen meditation is at 10 a.m. Saturdays. The women of the church meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month to sew quilts for Ethiopian AIDS Orphans. Materials and sewing machines are provided and there is time for a shared lunch. Call (727) 937-4682 or visit the Web site at

Congregation B'nai Emmunah, a Reform Jewish synagogue, 3374 Keystone Road, offers a Shabbat evening service at 8 p.m. every Friday with a member-hosted Oneg afterward. On the last Friday of each month will be Simcha Shabbat with blessings for those who are celebrating special days, including birthdays, anniversaries, new homes or new children. Saturday morning Shabbat services and the study of the weekly Torah portion are at 9:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month. Religious school and Hebrew school are offered from 9 to noon each Sunday. In addition, an accelerated Hebrew Program is offered at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. The Mike Eisenstadt Band comes to the congregation from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 with an exploration of Jewish music. A dessert reception will be at 4:45 p.m. and children are welcome. Call (727) 224-0970 or (813) 960-5038 by Tuesday for reservations. The synagogue's telephone number is (727) 938-9000.


Trilby United Methodist Church, 37504 Trilby Road, offers a jam session from 3 to 6 p.m. every Saturday at the Gathering Place at the church. Singers and musicians are welcome. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday worship service is at 11:15 a.m. The pastor is the Rev. David Huff. Call (352) 567-0081.


Chabad of West Pasco, meeting at Trinity College, 2430 Welbilt Blvd. in Room 203 on the second floor, offers bi-weekly Torah studies at 7:30 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month. The Chabad also offers a Jewish Women's Circle. Call (727) 376-3366 or visit the Web site at

Hope United Methodist Church, 2200 Little Road, is offering a visit to Bethlehem with the recreation of the town from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday through Dec. 8. There is no charge, but visitors are asked to bring a donation of a non-perishable food item for local area charities. Call (727) 372-4689 or visit the Web site at BethlehemHope

Wesley Chapel

Atonement Lutheran, 29617 State Road 54, offers a series of special Advent services and suppers at 6 p.m. each Wednesday, beginning this Wednesday. Local residents are invited, regardless of religious affiliations, to celebrate the season. The pastor is Scott Lindner. Call (813) 433-2514.

Grace Community Church, which meets at Wiregrass High School, 2909 Mansfield Blvd., offers a worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sundays with upbeat music, a message and multimedia elements. Families with children are invited to Grace Harbor, a program for children up to age 11. The pastor is the Rev. Jeff Olsen. On Dec. 6, church members will provide crafts for children as part of the Holiday Festival in the Park hosted by the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce and held at the Wesley Chapel District Park. This free event is from 4 to 7 p.m. The church will also be collecting for Toys for Tots and will help with the distribution on Dec. 13. Call (813) 994-9363 or visit the Web site at ChristmasAt


St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 5855 16th St., offers a craft group from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays to work on quilts for nursing homes, shorts and dresses for Haiti, lace angels for Hospice House and items to sell in the church boutique to help support community programs. Call (813) 782-1202.

First Presbyterian Church, 5510 19th St., offers worship services at 10 a.m. Sundays with Sunday school for all ages at 8:30 a.m. Communion is served the first Sunday of each month. A Bible study group meets at 7 p.m. each Wednesday. The Food Pantry is at 10 a.m. the second Thursday of each month. The Supper Club meets at area restaurants the second Saturday of each month. The Rev. John Caster is the pastor. Call (813) 782-7412 or visit the Web site at

Please send religion story ideas and religion notes to Michelle Jones at [email protected] or fax to (813) 684-2457 or call (813) 685-2200. Correspondence can also be mailed to Michelle Jones, P.O. Box 558, Valrico FL 33595.

Pasco County religion briefs 11/28/08 [Last modified: Monday, December 1, 2008 1:38pm]
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