The Rev. Richard L. Hubbartt, pastor of First Christian Church, 6219 River Road, was honored recently with a surprise celebration marking the 10-year anniversary of his ministry. He and his wife, Jan, were treated to original skits, songs and words of appreciation by family and church members. Hubbartt came to First Christian Church following graduation from Florida Christian College in Kissimmee and then joined the ministry of his late father, Orville. During his tenure, he has led the congregation through a successful growth period. Adjoining property recently was acquired for church expansion.
Community United Methodist
HOLIDAY _ The General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church recently announced to United Methodist churches that they have completed the first meeting of the new 2000 GROUPS. This program features congregations that will strive for increased worship attendance by the year 2000.
The board will meet annually for the next 10 years with experienced leadership from around the world. It expects each church to be represented by a team of at least three people, including the pastor.
The program has been presented to the Council on Ministries at Community United Methodist, 3214 U.S. 19, and the Council has given its approval. The program will now be presented to every organization in the congregation for ideas on implementation. The church will enroll in one of two groups in the 2000 program.
The Discipleship Board has provided churches with 127 suggestions to assist in attracting new members to their church.
Joanne Kelly and Bill Mecklenburg, music director and youth leaders, have announced a few coming activities for youth:
Today there is bowling and ice cream. Meet at the church at noon.
On June 16, a mall trip is scheduled. Meet at the church at 4 p.m. and return for hot dogs and chips.
On June 22, a trip to Adventure Island is planned. Meet at the church at 9 a.m. and return at 5 p.m.
June 30, a famous person will be at the airport. Leave the church at 3:30 p.m. and return at 7:30.
Sunday services are at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. For information on activities, call (813) 842-1884 or (813) 934-7540.
Immanuel Lutheran Church
NEW PORT RICHEY _ Immanuel Lutheran Church, 8410 Sycamore Drive, Tanglewood East, will celebrate the Affirmation of Baptism of Leigh-Ann Bove, Ryan Clitty, Janell Comiskey, Jennifer Lauland, Angel Peck and Michelle Tarnawski at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service. A fellowship hour will follow.
Pastor George Metzenthin, Phyllis Broderick and Scott Haugen recently attended the Evangelical Lutheran Church In America Synod Assembly in Naples.
PORT RICHEY _ The Unity Children's Choir will perform following a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Unity Church, 5844 Pine Hill Road. The group will present Wise Guys, a musical play based on the Book of Proverbs. Mary Ohser is the director.
A few tickets remain for the chicken dinner. They are $4.
Unity is sponsoring a series of videos by John Bradshaw on Homecoming. They show how to use one's adult self to become the champion of the inner child. A one-hour segment is shown each Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Discussion groupsform after the presentation.
While the Rev. Gerald Chores is away at a ministerial conference, B.L. DuMar will speak at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service.
She has served as a relationships counselor for eight years in the Countryside area and does workshops, seminars and radio shows, including being a regular guest on Murphy in the Morning. She teaches how to build self-esteem and create healthy, intimate relationships.
Joyce Pennylegion, licensed Unity teacher, will be the guest at the 9 a.m. Sunday service. A supporter of the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary and Adopt-a-Bird program, she will speak on birds in the Bible, pointing out the role as messenger birds have played in biblical history.