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24 churches join 5th CROP walk

Published Oct. 8, 2005

Two dozen churches will participate in the fifth annual CROP Walk on Nov. 6. Proceeds from the walk go to Church World Service for disaster and hunger relief. Twenty-five percent will be shared by local hunger groups including the West Pasco Food Pantry, St. Vincent de Paul and the Hudson Ministerial Association. This year's walk is being coordinated by the Rev. Jack Alwood of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Walkers are asked to meet at 2 p.m. on walk day at Community Congregational Church on Circle Boulevard in downtown New Port Richey. Walkers will choose one of two routes. The first route circles Orange Lake three times for a total of one mile. The second follows River Road for 3{ miles beginning and ending at the church. Walkers are asked to secure sponsors ahead of time. The goal this year is $10,000. If you would like to know more, would like a sponsor sheet, or would like to make a donation, call (813) 849-4905.

First United Methodist Church, 13123 U.S. 19, will have SHARE registration from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday and from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 5. Food delivery date is Nov. 19. For information about this food program, call (813) 868-4575. The Rt. Rev. Donald R. Pershall, presiding Bishop of the Diocese of St. Andrew in Webster Grove, Mo. will be the guest at today's 3 p.m. ordination of the Rev. Raymond H. Young and the Rev. Armond Lemieux. Young, of Port Richey, is a recent graduate of St. Dunstan's School of Theology. Lemieux resides in St. Petersburg. The ceremony will be at the American Anglican Church of St. Matthew, 8811 SR 52, Hudson. The Rt. Rev. Howard Russell, Rector of St. Matthew, will officiate. A reception will follow at the Young home in Orchid Lake, Port Richey.

New Port Richey

Immanuel Lutheran Church, 8410 Sycamore Drive, welcomes the Rev. Fred Meuser as guest speaker at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. Reformation Sunday services. Meuser is former vice president of the American Lutheran Church, retired president and professor of Trinity Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and author of many books. Holy Communion will be celebrated at both services.

Lutheran congregations from the Gulf Coast Conference of the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will gather at 4 p.m. Sunday at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 4820 Floramar Ter. S. The guest speaker will be Rev. Fred Meuser, retired president of Trinity Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. Meuser was educated at Capital University and Seminary and Yale University and Divinity School. He was also vice president of the former American Lutheran Church. A combined choir from the various congregations in the conference will provide music at the service. On Monday morning, Meuser will meet with area pastors. The meeting theme is "Can Luther Help Us With Our Preaching?" King of Glory concludes its 25th anniversary celebration with present pastor, the Rev. William M. Van O'Linda, giving the 10 a.m. Reformation Sunday sermon. Retired Lutheran pastor the Rev. Richard E. Brunk will serve as lector and assisting minister. A luncheon will follow in the fellowship hall.

Boulevard Bible Church, 5718 Grand Blvd., is having "Christmas in October" on Sunday. The day is set aside each year for a Christmas offering for the church missionary family. Guest speaker Birne D. Wiley, president of Missionary TECH Team, will speak at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday school hour and at the 10:45 a.m. worship service. Wiley is a graduate of Bob Jones University and LeTourneau University. He has served on the staff at Faith Bible Academy in Missouri and LeTourneau College in Texas, and as director of development for Arctic Missions, Inc. The speaker at the 6 p.m. service is Eddie Chen, missionary to Guam with Trans World Radio. There will be a covered-dish dinner after the morning worship service. For more information, call (813) 849-4969.

Port Richey

Victory Baptist Church, 5708 River Gulf Drive, welcomes the Clearwater Christian College Ensemble at 11 a.m. Sunday. The guest speaker for the service is Clearwater Christian College president, George Youstra. Youstra resigned his position as special assistant to the United States Secretary of Education in January of 1987 to accept the presidency of the college. Clearwater Christian College is a fundamental, Bible-believing liberal arts college. A harvest dinner on the grounds will follow the service. The public is invited.

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