The Jewish Community Center, 9841 Scenic Drive, Port Richey, is sponsoring a gala party at 2 p.m. May 3 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the State of Israel's Independence. Mike Eisenstadt, disc jockey at radio station WMNF, and his band will entertain with their own brand of Klezmer music. A dinner of franks or turkey will be served, along with potato salad, slaw, soda, cake and coffee. Cost is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Sunday is the final day to purchase tickets. For information, call the center at (813) 847-3814.
Pasadena Baptist Church, 35845 Clinton Ave., invites everyone to attend the 10 a.m. Sunday school and the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service. Evening services are at 6 p.m. Sunday and also include a Bible study at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Rusty Holbrook is in the pulpit. Holbrook's verse for the week is from Proverbs 10:9. "The man of integrity walks securely . . ."
First United Methodist Church, 13123 U.S. 19, will celebrate its 100th birthday and Heritage Sunday at the 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services. During the service, pastor Richard Schmidt will be dressed as Charles Wesley and will preach a sermon titled "Purpose in the Past ... Power in the Present ... Faith in the Future." Owen Bliven, church historian, will present a historical moment. Bliven is also working on a book of the history of the church. The church first met in a Hudson school house and the first conference-appointed minister was the Rev. J.M. Mitchell. After the 11 a.m. service, there will be a 100th birthday celebration and a reception for new members. The reception takes place in Howard Hall, named after former minister the Rev. Hillard Howard.
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Living Word Church will break ground for phase two of its three-phase master plan at 10 a.m. Sunday. Phase two includes a two-story educational and music building of 13,000 square feet and a 17,000-square-foot sanctuary that will begin at a later date. Phase three is an 8,000-square-foot area that will adjoin the two buildings. The phase one multipurpose building was completed in 1996 and was built mainly with volunteer church labor with assistance from the Mobile Missionary Assistance Program. Pastor Tim Santinga describes the church as non-denominational, evangelical and mission minded, with a Bible teaching ministry. Sunday services are at 8:25 and 10:45 a.m. and at 6 p.m. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday services are at 7 p.m. The church is at 5151 Rowan Road with its entrance on Baillie Road. Call them at (813) 845-8877.
Pastor Donald Bennett announces that Calvary Temple Church of God will have revival meetings Sunday through Wednesday with guest speaker Paul Crites. Crites is a professor at Destiny Bible College in Tampa and also a published writer and motivational speaker. Revival services are at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday and at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Calvary is at 5320 Palmetto Road. A nursery will be provided for all services.
The Rev. Keith E. Holladay will be the speaker at Mission Outreach Church at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Holladay is a graduate of RHEMA Bible Training Center and he travels across the United States conducting revival style services. Mission Outreach is at 11720 U.S. 19.