NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER EVENTS
North Port: Trinity United Methodist Church in North Port, 4285 Wesley Lane, will gather at their flagpole at noon May 6. The church will provide seating. Masks are recommended. The service will last a little over an hour and includes: North Port Mayor Jill Luke, Deacon Rich from the Diocese of Venice, and Trinity United Methodist Church’s Pastor Danny Chronister. This is an ecumenical event for communities to gather and join together for healing.
Venice: A National Day of Prayer ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. May 6 at the downtown Venice Centennial Park Gazebo. The event is free and features patriotic music and prayers by church leaders. Lawn seating is available; residents should bring their own chairs. Social distancing and masks are required.
The All German Worship Service will be held at 3 p.m. today at The North Port Community United Church of Christ, 3450 South Biscayne Drive. Masks are required and there is no Fellowship Hour.
First Monday supper
Gulf Cove United Methodist Church is offering free carry-out dinners on the first Monday of every month. The May 3 menu includes meatball stroganoff, salad, roll and dessert. Dinners can be picked up between 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. May 3 at 1100 S. McCall Road, in the Gulf Cove area of Port Charlotte. To ensure you will receive a meal, call 941-697-1747 or email GulfCoveUMC@gmail.com from 9 a.m. to noon April 26-29.
Free food will be given away from 4-5:30 p.m. every Thursday in a drive-thru manner at Community Life Center, 19048 Edgewater Drive, Port Charlotte. For more info, call 941-629-0999.
Free baked goods
Free baked goods, such as bread, muffins, buns, desserts, will be given away between 9:30-10:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at Praise Tabernacle, 18350 Edgewater Drive, Port Charlotte. For more info, call 941-766-9995.
Men’s prayer breakfast
Fellowship Church of Englewood is having its monthly men’s prayer breakfast from 8-9 a.m. on the first Saturday of every month at 140 Rotonda Blvd., Rotonda. It’s open to all men and it’s free. For more information, call 941-475-7447.
Christ Community United Methodist Church Thrift Store, 27000 Sunnybrook Road, Harbour Heights, is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Find household items, clothing for all ages, furniture. Mask required. Proceeds support outreach programs for the community. For more information, call the church office at 941-629-1593.
Closet of Hope at Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, 1100 S. McCall Road in Port Charlotte, offers free clothing for children and adults of all ages. The closet is open from 9:30 a.m. to noon every Saturday. Individuals must present a photo ID at the door which reflects their residence in Charlotte County or in Englewood, North Port or Venice in Sarasota County. Please wear a mask. Clothing donations are accepted when the Closet is open.
Crafty Ladies of Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, 1100 S. McCall Road, will sell their hand-crafted items from 9-11:30 a.m. Thursdays (except holidays) at Oak’s Cove, the small building behind the church. Call MaryEllen at 941-697-6384 to make an appointment for another day. Mask required. Email GulfCoveUMC@gmail.com; website GulfCoveChurch.com.
Jesus Loves You Ministry Thrift Store, 1734 Cedarwood St., Port Charlotte, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. A Spring Yard Sale will be held from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. today. Jesus Loves You Ministry provides mobile outreach to the homeless in the area.
St. David’s Thrift Shop, in the Beall’s Outlet shopping center, 485 Indiana Ave., Englewood, is looking for volunteers who have three hours a week. Store hours are 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Volunteer hours are flexible. Call Helen Diaguila at 941-474-1047.
St. Vincent de Paul Resale Shop, 17753 Toledo Blade Blvd., Port Charlotte, is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Proceeds from the store support the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. The shop now offers gift cards. Today is the end-of-month sale.