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RELIGION CALENDAR

Block party: Forest Hills United Methodist Church will host a block party from 6-9 p.m. Friday at 904 W Linebaugh Ave. The event includes free food, games and activities. Free back-to-school haircuts and family photos will be available along with opportunities to win door prizes, which include bicycles, toys and gift certificates. Call (813) 932-8081.

Vacation Bible school: Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 2707 W Waters Ave., will host adult and child vacation Bible schools from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Supper will be served. Call (813) 935-4471.

Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Am: The group offers an Evening Book Club. Meetings are on the third Thursday of each month. Call (813) 968-8511.

Parent's morning out program: Keystone United Methodist Church is accepting applications for its 2007-08 program. Classes, for children ages 18 months to 3 years, will run from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. $20 per class; registration, $25 (nonrefundable). The church is at 16301 Race Track Road in Odessa. Call (813) 920-5153.

Vacation Bible school: "Lift Off! Soaring to New Heights with God'' will be presented at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. The high-flying adventure, for ages 3 to 11 (must be potty-trained), will be 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday to Aug. 3. Registration is open; space is limited. The cost is $30 per child. The hot-air-balloon-themed VBS will feature Bible stories, songs, science and recreational activities, snacks, and a mission project. Children will connect what they learn to reaching new heights with God. VBS will be at Pebble Creek Community Center on Bent Tree Drive, off Pebble Creek Drive and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. Register at www.saintandy.com. Call (813) 907-3057.

Theologian to speak: Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists Church, 18412 Burrell Road, Odessa, holds a worship service at 11 a.m. Sundays. Sheila Harty will speak about intellectuals, faith and dogma. Call (813) 792-1622.

Summer nights: The Youth Ministry at House of Prayer Church hosts Summer Nights on the first and third Saturday of each month during the summer. Highlights include praise and powerful words relevant to their generation, sports, fellowship, fun in the park and food. Also, on the last Saturday of each month there will be a night out such as bowling, skating, playing laser tag or the going to the beach. The church is at 710 Crenshaw Lake Road. Call (813) 994-5694.

Unitarian Universalist service: The worship service is at 11 a.m. Sundays at Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa. Coffee with conversation is immediately afterward. Children and youths attend the first 15 minutes of the service. Religious education is for children in first through 12th grades; child care is available for younger children. The church is at 11400 Morris Bridge Road. Call (813) 988-8188.

House of Prayer Church events: House of Prayer Church has special celebration services at 6 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. The focus is on believing in God for your health, finances, marriage or any area in your life. A membership class is offered at 1:30 p.m. on the first, second and third Sundays of each month. Lunch and child care are provided. The church is at 710 Crenshaw Lake Road in Lutz. Call (813) 994-5694.

Traditional and contemporary services: Grace Lutheran Church of Carrollwood has traditional worship services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sundays. The contemporary service starts at 9:45 a.m. and is led by the Spirits of Fire praise band and vocalists. The church is at 3714 W Linebaugh Ave. Call (813) 961-8747.

Genealogy research: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers the free service at the Tampa Family History Center. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and 1-9 p.m. Thursdays. The center is at 7851 Lutz-Lake Fern Road. Call (813) 926-3596.

Invitation to Judaism: Classes are offered in a nurturing environment. Learn about Judaism in sessions at 6:15 p.m. Thursdays at Congregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road. Call (813) 962-6338.

TROOPS/Kids For Christ: The Youth Study Group called Totally Relying on Our Perfect Savior, or TROOPS, meets 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Christ Church, a Cumberland Presbyterian Community in Lutz. The elementary youth group Kids For Christ meets 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Christ Church is at 19501 Holly Lane. Call (813) 909-9789.

Please send information for the religion calendar to St. Petersburg Times, 14358-B N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618; fax (813) 269-5310; call (813) 269-5316; or e-mail ntampa@sptimes.com. The deadline is two weeks before the event.

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