Pancakes and more
Christ Community United Methodist Church, in Harbour Heights at 27000 Sunnybrook Road, is hosting a pancake breakfast from 8-10:30 a.m. today featuring pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, juice, coffee & tea for $6 per person, free to children 5 and under. For more information, call the church office at 941-629-1593.
German worship serviceThe all-German worship service is 3 p.m. today at North Port Community United Church of Christ, 3450 S. Biscayne Drive. Pastor Attila Szemesi officiates. Following the service, there is a Fellowship Hour to enjoy each other’s company. Call 426-5580 with any questions.
Brown Family SingersPastor Garry Clark of Fellowship Church, 140 Rotonda Blvd. West, Rotonda, will host the Brown Family Singers in free concerts at the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday. The Brown Family Singers’ harmonies blend bluegrass and southern Gospel combined with excellent musicianship. Complimentary refreshments of coffee, juice and pastries will be served at Fellowship Hospitality Cafe at 9:45am and free childcare will also be available. For more information, call 941-475-7447 or visit fcenglewood.com. All are welcome.
Concert seriesBurnt Store Presbyterian Church, 11330 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda, Winter Concert Series begins with Carpenters Once More on Jan. 27, Savannah Jack on Feb. 24 and the McCartney Project on March 23. Season tickets for the three concerts are $60. Single tickets are $25. All performances will start at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the church’s music ministry. For more information, call 941-639-0001.
Healing HeartsHealing Hearts will continue their monthly gatherings for lunch at The Olde World Restaurant, 14415 Tamiami Trail, at noon Tuesday. With the support of The North Port Community United Church of Christ, 3450 S. Biscayne Drive, if you are a widow or widower, divorced or a lonely single you are invited and welcome to join the conversation and fellowship. Call Erica, 941-423- 3031, with any questions.
Rec-Creation USA concert The Englewood United Methodist Church Music Ministry Concert Series and Missions Committee will present Re-Creation USA on their “Color Me America” tour, performing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at 700 E. Dearborn St. This group of young volunteer singers and dancers perform over 300 shows annually, half of which fund its mission to entertain in Veterans Homes and Hospitals throughout the U.S. The $10. tickets and information, visit www.englewoodumc.net, call 941-474-5588 or visit the church office. Concert proceeds benefit missions, here and abroad.
Pancake breakfastPort Charlotte United Methodist Church will hold a pancake breakfast from 7-10 a.m. Feb. 1, at the church, 21075 Quesada Ave., Port Charlotte. The cost is $5 per person. Those 6 and younger, and those over 90, eat for free. Kids 7-12 are only $2. For more information, call 941-625-4356.
Grief seminarThe North Port Community United Church of Christ, 3450 S. Biscayne Drive, hosts its fifth Annual Grief Seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 1. Registration is at 8:30 a.m., followed by breakfast. Then light a candle in memory of your loved one placing it next to the framed photo that you have brought with you. During the seminar “When Another Morning Dawns,” led by experienced grief counselor and pastor, the Rev. Attila Szemesi, the group will participate in an interactive program with speakers and a question and answer period presenting support for those who have experienced grief through loss in their lives either recently or in the past. One never knows when the sense of loss will strike us. Lunch is then served and the interactive discussions will continues during the afternoon. Please call 941-426-5580 to register. Leave a message if necessary and your call will be returned. This community event is free with a love offering accepted to cover the cost for food.
The St. Francis Women’s Guild card party will be Feb. 5 at the Parish Hall, 5265 Placida Road, Englewood (Grove City). Doors open at 11 a.m. with a lunch served after 11:30. Play cards or games until 2:30 p.m. Please make your reservations by Feb. 3 at www.sfoachurch.com or call 941-697-4899 ext. 6 and leave a message. Tickets are $8 for lunch, drinks, playing time and door prizes. All are welcome.
Goldtones concertSan Antonio Knights of Columbus Goldtones concert is 7 p.m. Jan. 31, at the Holy Trinity Event Center, 24411 Rampart Blvd., Port Charlotte. Enjoy doo-wop favorites and Motown hits. Tickets are $15 at 800-838-3006 or BrownPaperTickets.com.
Monthly Specialty BreakfastHoly Trinity Lutheran Church offers a Specialty Breakfast on the first Saturday of each month from 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at , 2565 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. Breakfast is $8 and includes beverages, fruit, parfaits, pastries, pancakes, breakfast casseroles, quiche, omelettes, etc. The next breakfast is Feb. 1. Missions Festival
Grace Presbyterian Church in Lake Suzy is celebrating their annual Missions Festival on Feb. 8-9. Dr. Quentin Nantz with Mission to the World will be the speaker for this event. A breakfast will be held at the church at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 8, 10548 SW County Road 769 (Kings Hwy), Lake Suzy, with Quentin and his wife, Karen, sharing their experiences.
On Sunday at 9:15 a.m., Carol Leman from Agape Flights in Venice will share with the Sunday School Agape’s mission is to provide aviation service delivering cargo, mail and humanitarian aid to missionary partners serving Christ, carrying hope to the nations of the Caribbean. At 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, at the worship service Dr. Nantz will present his message on “Communicating God’s Truth To Make Disciples.” A banquet will be held at church Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m.with Quentin’s final message.
Our project for the Festival will center on “Young Life,” a local ministry to young people. Our donations toward this project will help send some teens to summer camp who otherwise would be unable to attend due to cost. For more information please call 941-743-7971.
Family Fun Fest
Venice Christian School, 1200 Center Road, will have a free Family Fun Fest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. There will be rides, games, petting zoo and pony rides, face painting, live music, school tours, silent auction. Free cookout sponsored by Centennial Bank, and Kona Ice truck on site. Call 941-496-4411 for more information.
St. Mary Academy is having an Immokalee casino trip on Feb. 10 for $25 a person. This is sponsored by Dave and Joyce Sloma. Departure one is 8:45 a.m. from the Walmart Murdock parking lot near the gas station. Departure two is at 9:20 a.m. from the Walmart Punta Gorda parking lot near gas station. Prepaid reservations should be made by Feb. 5. For more information call 941-624-0550 Dave Sloma. Snacks and water provided. All profits will benefit children with learning disabilities.
Trash and Treasure
Trash and Treasure, an annual extravaganza at the San Antonio Ministry Center, 24445 Rampart Blvd., Port Charlotte, will take place from 8 a.m.-noon Feb. 15. There will be something for everyone. In seven different rooms, there will be a generous assortment of home accessories, small appliances, lamps, books, games, linens, sporting goods, homemade bakery goodies and an assortment of tools. For more information, call Linda at 941-286-3304.
Walk for the poor
The four St. Vincent de Paul Conferences in Charlotte County (Sacred Heart, St. Charles Borromeo, St, Maximillian Kolbe, and San Antonio) provided assistance, including food, clothing, linens, housewares, furniture and monetary support, and direct cash assistance to help pay bills and prevent homelessness. Each year, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul hosts the Walk for the Poor to raise funds and to increase awareness of the needs of the less fortunate living in Charlotte County community. The 11th annual Walk for The Poor begins at 9 a.m. Feb. 15, at the Laishley Park Pavilion in Punta Gorda and proceeds along the Trabue Harbor Walk. Every penny raised remains here in Charlotte County. For more information call: 941-268-9678; to register or donate visit https://svdp-dov.org/charlotte and click on Walk for the Poor.
Pig Pickin’ craft show
The 7th annual Pig Pickin’ and Arts & Crafts Show at Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, 1100 McCall Road, Port Charlotte (Gulf Cove area) is set for Feb. 21-22. The Arts & Craft Fair is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 21, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 22. The Pig Pickin’ is 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21. Ticket are $12 for Chef Alfred’s pulled pork or chicken plus extras, sauce. Eat in or pick up. Also choose cookies for $5 per container. On Saturday, Feb. 22, enjoy Boy Scout Troop 776’s pancake breakfast from 8 a.m.-noon. Tickets are $10 and includes pancakes, an omelet bar with Chef Alfred and his Junior Chefs, and more. Get tickets in the church office, 941-697-1747.
Harbor Walk for Hunger
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Charlotte, is holding their second annual Harbor Walk for Hunger at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in Punta Gorda. Proceeds from the walk will benefit their food pantry which provides healthy, nutritious food to over 500 Charlotte County individuals each month. All are invited to join. The walk will begin in the parking lot at Fishermen’s Village (registration tent-look for signs) and proceed through Gilchrist Park, along the Peace River waterfront, up to Laishley Marina and then back again. The walk is approximately 2.5 miles. Each walker is asked to raise a minimum of $20 to enter, although anything more will be greatly appreciated. The church also will be collecting monetary donations or non-perishable food items at the registration tent for those who may not be able to walk the route. For more information please contact the church office at 941-625-5262.
Friend to Friend
Friend to Friend meets from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. each Tuesday at Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, 1100 S. McCall Road in Port Charlotte (Gulf Cove area). This social gathering provides a place where adults of all ages can meet for fellowship, fun, and laughter. All you need to bring is a non-alcoholic beverage for yourself, a wide open heart, and a welcome spirit. On the third Tuesday of every month, the group meets at noon and and goes out for lunch. All are welcome to come make a friend. For more information, call 941-697-1747 or email GulfCoveUMC@gmail.com or visit GulfCoveChurch.com.