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Published Aug. 25, 2007


The Baha'is of Pasco County, who meet in a strip mall behind Buddy Freddie's Restaurant, 1136 U.S. 19, will have Kathryn Hodgenson, a Baha'i who works at the International Baha'i Center in Haifa, Israel, as the guest speaker at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11. She will speak about the teachings the first American Baha'i pilgrims received on their first visit to Israel. Dinner will precede her talk at 6:30 p.m. Call (813) 383-6613.

Holiday United Church of Christ, 4826 Bartelt Road, offers morning worship at 10:30 Sunday. Coffee fellowship is at 10 a.m. The church will celebrate Holy Communion, and Pastor Drew Willard's sermon is titled "The Divider." Call (727) 937-1520.


St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 15801 U.S. 19, offers Sunday worship at 8 and 10 a.m., and on Friday there is a service at 11 a.m. Call (727) 863-8560 or visit the Web site at

Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, 12321 Canton Ave., offers a contemporary Music and Majesty Service at 6 tonight. On Sunday, services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Adult Bible class is at 9:45 a.m. Communion will be celebrated at all services. Call (727) 863-6446.


Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 20735 Leonard Road, announces the ordination and installation of Vicar Ross Matthew Engel at 4 p.m. Sunday by the Rev. Dr. Gerhard Michael of the Florida/Georgia District. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Nathan Meador from the St. Louis area, and Scriptures will be read by the Rev. Peter Hoffman, Engel's father-in-law. The Laying on of the Hands will be performed by clergy from area Lutheran churches. A buffet and reception will be after the ceremony. The theme for the three morning services at 8, 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. is "Planning For Your Future." Call (813) 949-7173.

New Port Richey

Community Congregational Church, 6533 Circle Blvd., offers a sermon by the Rev. James Atchison at 10 a.m. Sunday. Melanie Kozuch will be the guest soloist. There is a coffee hour after the service. Call (727) 849-1943.

River of Praise Church, 5320 Palmetto Road, offers nursery and children's church during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. The pastor is Ron Peeples. Third Day Power, a husband-and-wife team, will be at the church at 6 p.m. Sunday. They perform feats of strength such as tearing phone books in half, snapping baseball bats in half, crushing stacks of concrete blocks, and bending horseshoes with their bare hands as they share testimonies of how God has turned their lives around. Call (727) 849-2762 or visit the church's Web site at

First Church of the Nazarene, 5342 Avery Road, offers Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., morning worship is at 10:45 and an evening worship service is at 6 p.m. each Sunday. The church has a Wednesday service at 7 p.m. Call (727) 849-3998.

Faith Lutheran Church, 5443 Sunset Road, has changed its service times for the summer to one service at 10 a.m. Call (727) 849-4418.

Covenant Christian Church, 6814 Indiana Ave., offers a sermon by Pastor Robert Panariello titled "Get It All Together" at 10 a.m. Sunday. Call (727) 842-4566.

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 5326 Charles St., offers the Holy Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. each Saturday, and services are at 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday with nursery available at the 9 and 11 a.m. services. A healing service is at 10 a.m. each Thursday with a Bible study afterward. The Rev. Raymond E. Dage also conducts a Bible study at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Call (727) 849-4330.

Joyful Spirit Lutheran Church, 8812 Old County Road 54, offers contemporary services at 8 and 9:15 a.m. and a traditional service at 11:15 a.m. each Sunday. The Rev. Jerry Nordsiek is the pastor of the church. Call (727) 376-0919 or visit the Web site at

Calvary Chapel Worship Center, 6825 Trouble Creek Road, offers three services, at 8:10, 9:40 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday. Pastor Bill Strayer will deliver messages from the book of Ephesians throughout August. Call (727) 376-7733 or visit the church's Web site online at


C3-City Church Center, 11134 Challenger Ave., presents a Web site dedicated to random acts of kindness: is dedicated to enable youth groups and churches to get involved in practical and tangible volunteer outreaches. Visit the church Web site at or come to Sunday services at 10:30 a.m. Call (727) 372-2489.

Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists, 18412 Burrell Road, offers a service at 11 a.m. each Sunday with a coffee discussion group at 10 a.m. Children's activities and child care also begin at 10 a.m. Call (813) 792-1622 or visit the Web site at

Port Richey

Salvation Army's Center of Hope, 8040 Washington St. and its Corps/Community Center, 7745 Ridge Road, is collecting back-to-school items and supplies for students in pre-K through high school senior year for distribution. Donations may be dropped off at either location from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 15. Call (727) 847-6321.

St. James the Apostle Catholic Church, 8400 Monarch Drive, will have SHARE Food Network distribution and registration from 9 to 10 a.m. Aug. 11. Registration, $18 in cash or food stamps is required. Call (727) 849-2254.

Jewish Community Center of West Pasco, Home of Beth Tefiliah, 9841 Scenic Drive, (a Conservative house of worship) offers Friday night services at 8 p.m. and Saturday services at 9 a.m. Hebrew School classes are held for preparation for Bar and Bat Mitzvah. The center offers a Sunday matinee on Aug. 12. For $5 attendees will get at kosher hot dog, a bag of chips and soda. After lunch the movie Night at the Museum will be shown. Registration for Religious School is from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 19, and the first day of school is Aug. 26. School is from 9:30 a.m. to noon. An adult Hebrew education class, by Congregation Beth Tefiliah, will be offered at 10 on Sunday mornings beginning Aug. 26. People interested in a refresher course or preparation for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs or interested in learning a second language should register from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 19. The cost is $40 for materials. This year a new youth group is forming and youth, ages from 8 to 18, are welcome. Call (727) 847-3814 or (727) 848-7985 Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Spring Hill

Temple Beth David Jewish Center, 13158 Antelope St., will have a Religious School Meet and Greet at noon Aug. 12. There will be a potluck lunch, registration and orientation. Those attending will meet Rabbi Levin, principal Marilyn Rosenzweig, teachers and classmates. Classes for children ages 4-16 begin Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. Scholarships are available. Call (352) 686-7034.

Tarpon Springs

Congregation B'nai Emmunah, a Reform Jewish Synagogue, 3374 Keystone Road, offers Shabbat evening services at 8 p.m. every Friday. A member-hosted Oneg is after each service. Shabbat morning services and Torah study are held at 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month. A Prospective Member Brunch and Religious School Registration are scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday. The school offers a program for kindergarten through confirmation and helps prepare children for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. A congregational family picnic is planned for Aug. 12 at Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 938-9000 to reserve a place.

Please send religion story ideas and religion notes to Michelle Jones at or fax to (813) 684-2457 or call (813) 685-2200. Correspondence can also be mailed to Michelle Jones at P.O. Box 558, Valrico FL 33595.