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The Worldwide Church of God said it expects 5,600 people to attend a fall festival that convenes Sunday evening at the Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg is one of 109 sites in 54 countries where the church's Feast of Tabernacles will be held.
The eight-day event consists of worship services and family-oriented activities and "symbolically represents in the Bible the coming 1,000-year rule of Jesus Christ," according to a church press release.
This year marks the 20th time St. Petersburg has been selected as a festival site.
Joseph W. Tkach, pastor general of the church, on Monday will address 150,000 members participating in the festival worldwide through television satellite link during a service at the church's international headquarters in Pasadena, Calif.
The festival is the largest international religious gathering of its type, according to the church. The Worldwide Church of God was founded in 1933 in Eugene, Ore..
It sponsors the television program World Tomorrow, aired locally on WFLA-Ch. 8 at 11:30 p.m. Sundays.
It also publishes the magazine Plain Truth.
Seniors organization to
honor Linkletter, Dr. Hale
The Golda Meir Center will honor Art Linkletter and Dr. William Hale at its 10th Anniversary Senior Humanitarian Award Dinner on Oct. 29 in Clearwater.
Linkletter, radio and television personality, senior advocate and author of Old Age is Not for Sissies, has received numerous awards and 10 honorary degrees. He has served on the President's Advisory Council for Drug Prevention and on the board of directors of many businesses and social service agencies.
Dr. Hale will be recognized at the dinner for his research in the field of geriatrics. He is founder of the Florida Geriatric Research Program that recently merged with Morton Plant Health System.
He also is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Florida and chairman of the board of Largo Medical Center.
The dinner, catered by the Wine Cellar restaurant, will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. in the West Gallery of Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road. Tickets are $150 per person. The deadline is Oct. 23. Call the Golda Meir Center at 461-0222, Clearwater.
next month in Hudson
Maranatha '92 Prophecy Conference is scheduled for Nov. 16-19 at Word of Life Conference Center in Hudson.
John Barela, president of Today, the Bible and You, will be the conference host. Today, the Bible and You is an Oklahoma-based non-denominational radio and television ministry that focuses on current events and prophecy.
It also sponsors missionaries and Bible schools in Russia. The lineup of speakers includes John Ankerberg of The John Ankerberg Show; Norm Geisler of Southern Evangelical Seminary; Henry Morris, president of Creation Research; Margaret Reidel; Barry Banther, former president of Trinity College of Florida and Tampa Bay Theological Seminary and Dick Williams, president of Trinity College of Florida and Tampa Bay Theological Seminary.
The focus of the "Decade of Destiny" conference will be recent world-changing events.
Attendance is free. Rooms are available at Word of Life. For information call (800) 445-3902 or the regional coordinators Burt and Joyce Bueg at 391-8742 in Seminole.