First Presbyterian Church, 250 Bell Ave., will have its Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 p.m. Monday. There will be fellowship, prayer, live music and a nativity. Call (513) 435-1254 or (352) 796-4228.
Jericho Road Ministries, 1163 Howell Ave., will host its 15th annual free Christmas luncheon for anyone in need of fellowship for the holiday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, 109 S Broad St. Meal deliveries will be made to homes if needed. Toys are being sought for children and infants; gifts are needed for ages 13 and up. Items needed include turkeys, hams, canned gravy, cooked pies, green beans, cranberry sauce, butter/margarine, milk and paper grocery bags. Call for sizes of food items and for information on pickup or dropoff, (352) 799-2912, ext. 100. Volunteers are also needed.
New Year's Eve Celebration, 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Courts of Praise property, 27360 Cortez Blvd., east of Brooksville. This is a free no-alcohol, community event. It will include the Bob Suter Band, local church bands, praise and worship teams, trick motorcycle riders, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and a laser light show. There will be free food and drinks from 8 to 9 p.m. Guests may bring their own food and nonalcoholic beverages, and are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.
Love Your Neighbor is anticipating a busier than normal Christmas season. New or gently used children's clothing is always in demand and in short supply, and nonperishable food is always needed for the Donation Station food pantry. Bulk pasta, rice and similar staples are needed for the weekly Monday dinners at the Rising Sun Cafe. The ministry's parent ministry, New Beginnings of Tampa, has a need for blankets. Call for dropoff or pickup information to Lisa and John Callea at (352) 428-9275 or (352) 428-9434.
First Baptist Church, 7279 Pinehurst Drive (formerly the Bridge Christian Life Center), will host a caroling service at 10:45 a.m. Sunday and a candlelight service at 6 p.m. Monday with the church's new pastor, Gary Coddington. Call (352) 683-2863 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Great Life Church, 7321 Sunshine Grove Road, will give away 100 turkeys to needy and less fortunate families after the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday. Call (352) 293-7673.
First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, will have Christmas Eve services designed for and led by young children at 5 p.m., a traditional service with the chancel choir at 7 p.m., a Saints by Grace praise band contemporary service at 11 p.m. and another traditional service at midnight Monday. There is no child care for the midnight service. Also, tickets are on sale at $10 per person for an Ivan Parker concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 11. Call (352) 683-2600 to inquire about services and (352) 686-9114 for tickets.
Information for the Religion Calendar may be emailed to Gail Hollenbeck at [email protected], faxed to (352) 754-6133 or mailed to Hernando Times, Religion Calendar, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613. The deadline is 10 working days before the event or reservation deadline. Information cannot be published if the time, date, physical address, ticket price, contact person [first and last name] and phone number are missing. For information, call (352) 754-6112 and leave a message.