Garden ribbon-cutting eventWintergarden Presbyterian Church, 18305 Wintergarden Ave., Port Charlotte will commemorate its new community garden, Garden of Eatin’, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and pig roast from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 12. In addition to the community garden, the food forest and sensory garden also will be dedicated. A water feature, built within the sensory garden will also be dedicated at this event. Guests are encouraged to walk throughout the gardens.

The Garden of Eatin’ became a reality through a financial grant from Keep Charlotte Beautiful. Two scouts from Boy Scout Troop 37, working to earn their Eagle Scout rank, individually produced what is now a 20-bed community garden. These gardens are adjacent to the food pantry and excess produce from individual gardeners can be and are harvested to support the pantry. More beds are planned that will exclusively support the food pantry that is providing food for over 1,100 individuals a week.

New contemporary serviceEnglewood United Methodist Church, 700 E. Dearborn St., is offering a new contemporary worship service,t 9:30 a.m. Sundays in Fellowship Hall. There will be a free coffee bar. The Fusion by Fire praise team will provide contemporary music. Children are welcome to attend the service and a nursery will be provided for infants to 3-year-olds. Sunday school classes are available for children 3 years old to fifth grade, as well as adults. Area residents of all ages are invited. For more information, call 941-474-5588 or go to

First Monday SupperGulf Cove United Methodist Church is offering free carry-out dinners on the first Monday of every month. The July 5 menu includes beef and noodles, salad, roll and dessert. Dinners can be picked up from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. July 5. To reserve a meal, email or call 941-697-1747 from 9 a.m.-noon Monday to Thursday, June 28-July 1. Although the meals are free, donations are appreciated. Gulf Cove UMC is located at 1100 S. McCall Road, in the Gulf Cove area of Port Charlotte.

Commodities giveawayFree 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 goodsFree 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 breakfastFellowship 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.


Gulf Cove United Methodist ChurchKids age 4 through those leaving fifth grade are invited to Gulf Cove United Methodist Church where they will ride the Rocky Railway and learn how Jesus’ power pulls us through the ups and downs in our lives. The Vacation Bible School will be held from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. July 12-16. After the opening ceremony, all VBS kids will receive a free, light dinner. For more info or to register, go to Information and forms are also available in brochure racks at each of the church’s main entrances. Completed registration forms should be returned to the church office. Or instead, call Dana at 941-979-9927 and register your children over the phone. Registration will be strictly limited to the first 50 children. Masks optional, subject to change. Gulf Cove UMC is located at 1100 South McCall Road in the Gulf Cove area of Port Charlotte. The church can be reached at 941-697-1747 or by email at

Liberty Community ChurchFrom 5:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m. June 21-June 25, children 5 years old through sixth grade will become archaeologists and set set off on Destination Dig Vacation Bible School at Liberty Community Church, 2759 Wylam Drive, North Port. Destination Dig is about unearthing the truth about Jesus. The children will explore where Jesus walked and examine artifacts that bring the Bible to life. They’ll study tangible pieces of the past to learn about who Jesus is and why He came. In order to provide a safe environment, social distancing and masks are required for children and adults. Register at the church website: LibertyCommunity.Church.

St. Francis of Assisi ChurchSt. Francis of Assisi Church, 5265 Placida Road, Englewood, is hosting vacation Bible school “Rainforest Explorers: Jesus Leads the Way.” Children will look into five Bible stories and discover that Jesus leads the way to the treasure of eternal life with Him. Open to children first to sixth grade from 9 a.m.-noon July 12-16. Register at or contact Jim Brantner at 941-697-4899.


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; website

Jesus Loves You Ministry Thrift Store, 1734 Cedarwood St., Port Charlotte, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. 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 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. The shop will be closed for Memorial Day weekend and will reopen Wednesday. The next Mega Sale will be one-day only, June 12.To submit religious news, email Submissions will be edited for length. Announcements will run on a space-available basis. To purchase an ad to guarantee a spot in the paper for an event, call Display Advertising at 941-206-1000.

To submit religious news, email Submissions will be edited for length. Announcements will run on a space-available basis. To purchase an ad to guarantee a spot in the paper for an event, call Display Advertising at 941-206-1000.


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