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Pinellas church gets word out on human trafficking


In a 2013 Tampa Bay Times article, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri spoke of seeing human trafficking in lawn businesses, the food industry and massage parlors and defined the crime as a form of slavery where a profit is made from the exploitation of others.

Mission and a Meal, Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church's new monthly program designed to help educate the community on topics of local interest and concern, will present a discussion on human trafficking in the Tampa Bay area from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. today at 110 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater.

Information on the topic will be presented by Clearwater Police Officers Selena Hyppolite and/or Ray Coze.

A meal of soup and bread will be served. Child care will be provided.

Admission is free.

For more information call (727) 463-5661; (727) 446-3001; or visit

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St. Paul United Methodist Church Women present an indoor rummage sale from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the church, 1199 Highland Ave., Largo.

Admission is $1 on Thursday night only; admission is free Friday.

Proceeds from the sale help support church missions and the homeless.

Call (727) 581-4833.

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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 Saturday at Emmanuel Community Church, 1150 County Road 1, 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.

A continental breakfast and child care will be provided.

Call (727) 734-1237.

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Highlander patriotism, faithfulness and independence will be remembered by the displaying of tartans and a public parade of the clans to the sound of the bagpipe during a Kirkin' o' the Tartans service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Drive, Clearwater.

The Rev. Peter Peter Marshall, Scotland native and pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., is credited with originating the event as part of a series of prayer services during World War II.

The public is invited to attend the church's re-enactment through its own parade of clans as they worship and remember their Scottish heritage.

Call (727) 446-6210.

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Singer, songwriter, recording artist, speaker and workshop leader David Roth will appear in concert with special guest Harold Payne at 7 p.m. Monday at Unity Church of Clearwater's Peace Chapel, 2465 Nursery Road, Clearwater.

Roth's songs have found their way to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, the Kennedy Center and the Space Shuttle Atlantis' May 2009 mission.

Payne, a singer as well as a multi-platinum and Posi-award winning songwriter, has penned songs for a diverse group of artists including Rod Stewart, Patti Labelle, the Temptations and Bobby Womack.

For more information, call the church at (727) 531-0992.

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

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