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POWER LUNCH: Herman and Sharron Bailey, co-hosts of It's Time for Herman and Sharron, a talk show on WCLF-Ch. 22, will be the guests at a Senior Power Impact Luncheon at 10 a.m. Friday at Calvary Baptist Church, 331 Cleveland St., Clearwater. A $5 fee includes the program and lunch. For reservations, call (727) 441-1581.

NEW PASTOR: Dr. Richard Behers is the new pastor of First Baptist Church of Largo, 801 Seminole Blvd. He comes from First Baptist Church Tuscawilla in Winter Park. He received his bachelor's degree from William Carey College, a master of divinity degree from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, and a doctorate from Luther Rice Seminary. Behers is married and has three children.

BENEFIT BANQUET: "Have a Heart to Help," a benefit banquet for Life-Line Ministries at Calvary Baptist Church, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Christian Life Enrichment Center at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave., Largo. Arthur Ayres, executive director of ministries for First Baptist Church of Leesburg, will be the guest speaker. Soprano Lisa Hayes and the Calvary Chamber Ensemble will provide entertainment for the event, which is co-hosted by Skycrest Baptist Church. Tickets are $425 to $1,000 (table of eight) for Gold; $400 (table of eight) for Silver; and $35 for Patron. All proceeds will go to Life-Line, a storefront ministry at 418 Cleveland St. in Clearwater, that provides spiritual counseling, food, clothes, household items and limited financial assistance to needy people. For tickets, call (727) 446-3799, (727) 441-1581 or (727) 791-7107.

CHRISTIAN CONCERT: Singer and keyboardist Brent Vernon will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday at Largo Wesleyan Church, 1301 Eighth Ave. NW. Vernon, 24, who started his full-time ministry in 1995 with the group Vision, includes a ventriloquist act in his show. Admission is free. Call (727) 584-5272.

QUILTING PROGRAM: Jackie Trute will present her inspirational quilting program at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Sylvan Abbey United Methodist Church and at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Community Reformed Church of Clearwater, 1430 Belleair Road, Clearwater. Trute, who writes regularly about quilting and family in Michigan Magazine, will display 30 pictorial quilts. An offering will be taken. Call (727) 796-3057 for Sylvan Abbey and (727) 446-0995 for Community Reformed.

SPECIAL GUEST: Dr. Cliff Schimmels, who recently returned from a year of teaching in China, will speak at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services Sunday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2001 Rainbow Drive, Clearwater. He has written 26 books and is completing one on China. He is a professor of education and director of graduate studies at the College of Education at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. He has been a visiting lecturer in Brazil, Malaysia, Japan and Kenya, and has taught in Kiev, Ukraine. Call (727) 446-6210.

NON-TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Chapel-by-the-Sea, 54 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater, will continue its "Non-Trivial Pursuits" program at 7:30 p.m. Monday with "Maintaining a Positive Winning Attitude." Speaker Sol Pitchon, with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in counseling, will share guidelines to maintaining a winning attitude. It's free. Call (727) 446-0430.

MUSICAL MINISTRY: The Ark, a musical group from Donetsk, Ukraine, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 110 S Fort Harrison, Clearwater. Before being called to their ministry, the singers were coal miners. Since 1994, they have ministered at churches in the Southeastern United States. It's free. Call (727) 446-3001.

BIBLE CONFERENCE: The Salvation Army of Clearwater, 1625 N Belcher Road, will host its annual Bible Conference at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. The guest speaker will be Maj. Eugene Anderson of Chicago. He and his wife, Maj. Joyce Anderson, serve on the staff of the College for Officer Training for the central United States, where they are responsible for teaching pastoral ministries with an emphasis on preaching and teaching. It's free. Call (727) 725-9777.

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