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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 9016 Fort King Road, offers opportunities for free genealogy research to the public from 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays, 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays. Call (813) 788-4826.

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Faith United Methodist Church, 12128 State Road 52, will present its annual Christmas musical, Once Upon a Child, at 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and at 10 a.m. Dec. 10. The production includes church actors and singers. Free, but an offering will be received. Call (727) 856-5000.

First United Methodist Church, 13123 U.S. 19, welcomes Philip Yancey, Christian author of 12 Gold Medallion Award-winning books and editor-at-large of Christianity Today, at 7 p.m. Dec. 5. He will lead the congregation in exploring the mystery of prayer according to his most recent book, Prayer - Does It Make Any Difference? Admission is free. Yancey will sign books after the lecture. Call (727) 868-4575.

SHARE registration is from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 2. The food co-op program requires registration, $18 in cash or food stamps and two hours of community service.

Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, 12321 Canton Ave., offers a contemporary Music and Majesty Service at 6 tonight and worship services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday. Call (727) 863-6446.

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Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 20735 Leonard Road, offers a Christmas musical dinner theater presentation, Journey to the Manger, at 7 p.m. next Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. next Saturday. Cost is $22 for the evening presentation and $15 for the matinee. Doors open half an hour before the performance. At 7 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6, Ginger Gleen will sing for the church women and guests in a performance called Advent by Candlelight. Call (823) 949-7173 for tickets. On Dec. 3 the worship theme is "Jesus, a Promise Kept'' at 8, 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School classes are at 9:15 a.m.

NEW PORT RICHEY

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 5326 Charles St., will offer a Ladies Day Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 6 by the Men's Club of the church. Call (727) 376-5918.

The Presbyterian Church of Seven Springs, 4651 Little Road, will present the fable Brother Heinrich's Christmas at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 3. The fable, composed by John Rutter, will feature the chancel choirs of the host church and First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin, with organ, piano and instrumentalists. There is no admittance charge, but an offering will be received. Call (727) 372-7304.

Living Word Church, 5151 Rowan Road, will present the Ditchfield Family Singers at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Admittance is free, but an offering will be taken. Call (727) 845-8877.

PORT RICHEY

Unity Truth Center, 5844 Pine Hill Road, will present Nick Hall, a psychoneuroimmunologist, at 7 p.m. Dec. 5. Hall has researched the relationship between emotions and health and has been featured on 60 Minutes, Nova and Nightline. He directs the Saddlebrook Resort Wellness Center in Tampa and shows corporations and athletes how to deal with personal and professional challenges. Cost is $20. Nurses can obtain two continuing education credits for attending. Call (727) 848-7702.

First Baptist Church of Jasmine Lakes, 6835 Jasmine Blvd., offers an evening of contemporary praise and worship from 5:30 to 6:30 Saturdays. The small group atmosphere leads to a discussion of a variety of topics. Refreshments are provided. A free cafe opens at 6:30 after the service. Call (727) 863-5467.

Congregation Beth Tefillah, Jewish Community Center of West Pasco, 9841 Scenic Drive, offers adult education classes at 11 a.m. Monday and at 11 a.m. Dec. 4, 11, 18 and 25. The Women's Club meeting is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and Shabbat services are at 8 p.m. each Friday in the Rose Siegal Berkowitz Sanctuary at the center. Services are also at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. Call (727) 347-3814.

TARPON SPRINGS

The Unitarian Universalist Church, 230 Grand Blvd., offers a preholiday sale with holiday gifts and baked goods from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 2. Lunch will be served after 11 a.m. Call (727) 937-4682.

WESLEY CHAPEL

Grace Community Church, meeting at Kids R Kids Learning Center, 1540 Mansfield Point Blvd. in the Meadow Pointe subdivision, offers a four-week series of messages based on the movie The Nativity Story, which will be released Friday in theaters. The presentations, which will include upbeat music and clips from the movie, will be held at 10:30 a.m. beginning Dec. 3. First-time guests will receive a free CD and their choice of the books Why A Manger? or The Case For Christmas. Individuals can connect with the film on the church's Web site, www.ExploreGrace.com, where a nativity section has been set up with discussion topics, trailers and artwork from the movie. Call (813) 994-9363.

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