Knights, Sacred Heart unite for fundraiser

The Knights of Columbus, Ponce de Leon Council 8074, conducted a “Baby Bottle” campaign at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Punta Gorda, raising $18,000 toward the purchase of an ultrasound machine for the Pregnancy Careline Center in Port Charlotte. Parishioners were given baby bottles after Masses and asked to fill them with spare change, dollars and checks. The $18,000 was matched by the national Knights of Columbus to fund the Phillips3D/4D Color, ClearVue 850 Ultrasound machine.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, 1100 S. McCall Road, Port Charlotte will serve a free Thanksgiving dinner for the community, with turkey and all the traditional fixings, from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday. Homebound individuals who live within 10 miles of the church may call before noon Nov. 25, to request delivery. Orders for take-outs will not be accepted early, but can be requested that day at the door. Sorry, no reservations. Volunteers are welcome. Contact the church at 941-697-1747 or, or visit



Smoked turkey dinnersKnights of Columbus Council 5399’s Smoked Turkey Dinner sale will include smoked turkey, homemade cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, gravy and cranberry sauce for six. Pick up dinners from 7 a.m.-11 a.m. Thanksgiving at St. Charles Borromeo Parish Center. Donations are $40. Call Tom Robinson 941-235-0701 or David Richardson 404-944-9172. All proceeds support St. Charles Borromeo School.

Thanksgiving service

First Church of Christ, Scientists, 35 S. Oxford Drive, Englewood, will have a Thanksgiving service at 10:30 p.m. Thursday. No collection is taken at this service.

Christmas rummage saleA huge Christmas-items rummage sale will be held in the Englewood United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 700 E. Dearborn St., from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 29-30. Visit with Santa both days between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. All proceeds from the sale will help the church’s Foundations Early Childhood Education Center. For information, see or call 941-681-3169.

Cookie WalkFaith Lutheran Church, 4005 Palm Drive, Punta Gorda, will hold its annual Cookie Walk from 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 7. Cost will be $8 per pound. Other Christmas items will be available. Proceeds will be for missions. Call Ellen at 517-438-0140.

Pancake breakfastPort 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., Port Charlotte. Cost is $5 per person. Breakfast is free to all kids and adults over 90. All the pancakes one can eat plus scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, coffee and tea. For more information, call 941-625-4356.

Christmas CraftsTrinity United Methodist Church Christmas Craft Fair is 8 a.m.-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.

Spaghetti dinnerEveryone is invited to a delicious spaghetti dinner fundraiser hosted by Boy Scout Troop 776 from 4-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, 1100 S. McCall Road (Route 776) 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.

Christmas MassesMass 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.

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, 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.

Goldtones ticketsSan 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

Coffee houseSonrise 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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