Englewood United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 700 E. Dearborn St., has a huge rummage sale from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. today. Visit with Santa between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceedshelp the church’s Foundations Early Childhood Education Center. For information, see www.englewoodumc.net or call 941-681-3169.
Eckankar, the Path of Spiritual Freedom, will host an ECK Light and Sound Service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at LaQuinta Inn and Suites, Kings Highway, Port Charlotte. A speaker from Port Charlotte will talk on “Karma: A Loving Gift from God?” The public is invited to attend. For further information, call 941-766-0637.
Start the holiday season with joyous and peaceful songs performed by Bion Cantorum vocal ensemble Dec. 1. Carols, madrigals and more popular holiday pieces will keep you feeling uplifted and ready to celebrate. A pre-concert lecture begins at 2:30 p.m. with the concert beginning at 3 p.m at First Presbyterian Church of Punta Gorda, 25250 Airport Road, Punta Gorda. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth under 15 at the door. For further information, please call 941-626-1070.
Faith Lutheran Church, 4005 Palm Drive, Punta Gorda, will hold its annual Cookie Walk from 8 a.m.to noon Dec. 7. Cost is $8 per pound. Other Christmas items will be available. Proceeds will be for missions. Call Ellen at 517-438-0140.
Port Charlotte United Methodist Men will host a pancake breakfast featuring Santa Claus from 7 -10 a.m. Dec. 7, at the church, 21075 Quesada Ave. Cost is $5, free to kids and adults over 90. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, coffee and tea. For more information, call 941-625-4356.
Trinity United Methodist Church’s Christmas Craft Fair is 8 a.m.to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at 4285 Wesley Lane, North Port. Handmade Christmas crafts, gifts and home-baked cookies for sale. Call Wendy Wohlfahrt at 845-407-1087 or Leslie Cook at 941-223-6504.
Begin your family Christmas season by seeing the beautiful and emotionally powerful movie “I Can Only Imagine” at North Port Community United Church of Christ, 3450 S. Biscayne Drive at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. This free movie tells the story behind the famous song that you know. There will be a concession stand. For more info, call 941-426-5580.
Everyone is invited to a delicious spaghetti dinner fundraiser hosted by Boy Scout Troop 776 from 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, 1100 S. McCall Road in Port Charlotte (Gulf Cove). Tickets are $10; children 11 and younger are $6 at the door, or call Larry Davis at 770-869-5618 or visit the church office during the week. Proceeds will help the Scouts with camping trips and other events. For more information call the church at 941-697-1747.
The North Port Community United Church of Christ, 3450 S. Biscayne Drive, invites you to take your family Christmas photos at your leisure and to attend 10 a.m. Sundays in Advent. The church also has Breakfast with Santa from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. While having breakfast, the children can enjoy creating free age appropriate crafts. Tickets are $5 for adults, children 5-12 $3 and under 5 free.
“The Innkeeper’s Daughter” will be performed at the North Port Community Church United Church of Christ during its 10 a.m. service on Dec. 15. The church’s choir, under the direction of area musician Kimberly Campos, performs this upbeat, seven-song Christmas musical. With nine speaking roles, the Bethlehem story is told through the eyes of the fictional innkeeper’s daughter.
A traditional candlelight Christmas Eve worship service will be held 7 p.m. Dec. 24. The Rev. Attila Szemesi officiates. Follow the luminaries along Biscayne. All are welcome. A punch and cookies fellowship hour will follow the the service. Call the church office at 941-426-5580.
Festival of Lessons
Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, 1100 S. McCall Road Port Charlotte, will have special Christmas programs of music on Sunday, Dec. 15. The Festival of Lessons & Carols program will be performed at the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. traditional services, and at the 9:30 a.m. contemporary service. For more information, contact the church at 941-697-1747 or GulfCoveUMC@gmail.com.
Mass at Dawn (Simbang Gabi or Misa de Gallo), will be held at 6 a.m. Dec. 15-23 (daily mass), and at 7:30 a.m. for Sunday services Dec. 15 and Dec. 22 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 1441 Spear St., Port Charlotte. Simbang Gabi or Misa de Gallo, “Midnight Mass” or “Mass of the Rooster” comes from the Catholic custom of gathering for the celebration of the Eucharist in the pre-dawn hours of each of the nine days before Christmas. This celebration is open to everyone. For more information, call 941-626-5046
Quilters, knitters, crocheters needed
All female quilters, knitters and crocheters are invited to Christ Lutheran Church, 701 N. Indiana Ave., Englewood, on Dec. 18 for a day of fun from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. You may come and stay as long as you can, or stay for the whole day of fellowship and fun. There will be a morning break with coffee and goodies and you may bring a bag lunch. The group makes quilts that are sent all over the world with Lutheran World Relief and these beautiful quilts are used for bedding, floor coverings and wall dividers. If you are used to using a rotary cutter to cut material and have the tools, please bring them with you. If you don’t have them, we have extras. In addition to making quilts for Lutheran World Relief, knitters and crocheters create prayer shawls that are given to people in our community in times of need. If you knit or crochet, you are also invited to join us in this ministry, which means the first and third Wednesdays.
Blue Christmas Service
Not everyone is upbeat and cheery for the Christmas holidays. There are many reasons to feel blue: dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with cancer or some other disease that puts a question mark over your future. These and many other situations can make parties and joviality painful for many people. If you or someone you know is having a difficult time this Christmas season, please join Gulf Cove United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, for a special service of remembrance and hope. Gulf Cove UMC is located at 1100 S. McCall Road in Port Charlotte. For more information, call 941-697-1747, email GulfCoveUMC@gmail.com, or go to GulfCoveChurch.com.
Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, 1100 S. McCall Road in Port Charlotte (Gulf Cove) invites all to candlelight services on Tuesday, Dec. 24. The first service at 4:30 p.m. will be a contemporary service for the whole family. At 8 p.m., a traditional worship service will be held. At 11:30 p.m., partake of Holy Communion at a quiet, more meditative service. Please join us on this holy night. For more information, call 941-697-1747, email GulfCoveUMC@gmail.com, or visit GulfCoveChurch.com.
Burnt 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, and will go on sale Dec. 22, between worship services at the information carousel and from the church office on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m.-noon. All performances will start at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the church’s music ministry. For more information, call 941-639-0001.
San 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.
Sonrise Baptist Church, 11050 Willmington Blvd., Englewood, has coffee houses on the fourth Saturday of each month. The public is welcome to attend a time of food, fellowship and music from 6-8 p.m. The next one is set for Oct. 26. For more information, please visit the Facebook page or call 941-475-5363.
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