EVENTS/NEWS

Food driveThe North Port Community United Church of Christ, 3450 S. Biscayne Drive, will hold its monthly food drive from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 21. Your donations are delivered to the North Port Salvation Army and benefit local residents. Drop off your staples at the front entrance and they will be unloaded by church members. For more info, call 941-426-5580.

German serviceThe North Port Community United Church of Christ, 3450 S. Biscayne Drive, holds its all German Worship Service at 3 p.m. June 26. The Rev. Attila Szemesi officiates. Masks are required if you have yet to be vaccinated. For more info, call 941-426-5580.

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 GulfCoveUMC@gmail.com or call 941-697-1747 from 9 a.m. to noon Monday to Thursday, June 28 to 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.

Beach cookout, baptismFellowship Church of Englewood will be celebrating America’s independence at 5:30 p.m. July 1 at Englewood Beach. Fellowship Church will be grilling hamburgers, hot dogs and Italian sausage. Guests are asked to bring a salad, fruit or vegetable side dish to share. Soft drinks and water will be provided. Following the cookout, a Beach Baptism will be held along the shore. All are invited. For more info, call 941-475-7447 or go to fcenglewood.com.

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.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

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 GulfCoveChurch.com. 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 GulfCoveUMC@gmail.com.


Liberty Community ChurchFrom 5:30-8:15 p.m. June 21 to 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. to noon July 12-16. Register at www.sfoachurch.com or contact Jim Brantner at 941-697-4899.

THRIFT STORES

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. 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.

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