Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch
Christ Community United Methodist Church is hosting its 10th Annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today at 27000 Sunnybrook Road, Harbour Heights. Activities include: A Pumpkin Patch offering complimentary photo ops and pumpkins for sale; free children’s games, bounce house, and hayride; car show; craft vendors; thrift store bargains; food; Silent Auction With-A-Twist; fun family entertainment and more. No charge to participate and park. All ages welcome. For more information, call the church office at 941-629-1593.
Costume partyTrinity United Methodist Church of North Port is planning a Spook-tacular Family Halloween Costume Party set for 3-6 p.m. today at they church, 4285 Wesley Lane. There will be games, a bounce house, best costume contests for all age groups, like-new bike giveaways, Culvers gift certificates, movie tickets, hot dogs, snowballs, candy, drinks. For more information, call 941-426-1734.
Knights at the RacesSt. Charles Knights of Columbus will hold a “dinner and races” today in the parish hall, 21505 Augusta Ave., Port Charlotte. The dinner is $10 and will include roasted chicken and dressing with vegetables, biscuits, and ice cream sundaes. Doors open a 5 p.m. and the first race is at 5:30 p.m. All of the proceeds will go to support St. Charles School.
All-German serviceNorth Port Community United Church of Christ, 3450 South Biscayne Drive, will have an all-German worship service at 3 p.m. today. The Rev. Attila Szemesi officiates. Communion will be offered. Following the service, a Fellowship Hour will be held and refreshments served. Please call 941-426-5580 for information.
Eirinn Abu concertEirinn Abu will be performing from his newest CD, hymns and his love movie theme album “Ten Love Stories” for the second of a concert series at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 at First Presbyterian Church, 25250 Airport Road, Punta Gorda. The artist is known for giving his instrument a new voice and sound, full of foul and emotion; he has been called the instrumental version of Andrea Bocelli. His first CD was a smooth jazz release with accompaniment of Miami Sound Machine. His talent has warranted Dolly Parton singing on his CDs. He and his wife, Brandy Doyle founded the Music for Life Ministries and travel all over the country to share their music. A suggested donation of $10 will support various ministries. For more information, call 941-639-1959.
Creation speakerCalvary Baptist Church Pastor John Boutchia has invited Dr. Grady S. McMurtry speaking about creationism from Oct. 27-29 at the church, 75 Pine St., Englewood. He will speak at the 10 a.m. Sunday school, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday services Oct. 27, and at 7 p.m. on the weeknights, Oct. 28 and Oct. 29. All are invited. Topics McMurtry will speak on include “From Noah to the Cross of Christ,” “Creation Evangelism,” “The Waters Cleared,” “Why I Believe in Creationism” and “The Road to Man. Please call the church at 941-475-1555 for more information.
Cars ‘N CandyFirst United Methodist Church and Illuminate Children’s Ministry announces the return their annual Cars ‘N Candy on Thursday, Oct. 31, in the heart of the historic district of Punta Gorda. This year they added a Monstrous Food Truck Rally featuring 13 food trucks from around the Southwest Florida region. Vendors will include: The Traveling Noodle, The Grilling Shack, The Hunger Station, Danny’s Food Truck, Wonderland Cookie Dough, One, Two, Tea — Bubble Tea, Vesuvius Pizza, Ma Petite Creperie, It’s A Hot Dog Day, Kona Ice, Puerto Rican Spice, Wally’s BBQ, and Frankly Dogs + More. The Cars ‘N Candy Food Truck Rally will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the First United Methodist Church, 507 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. For more information the Cars ‘N Candy Food Truck Rally, as well as the Children’s and Youth ministry programs and everything going on at First United Methodist Church, please visit whatis1st.com.
Pancake breakfastPort Charlotte United Methodist Men will host a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the church, 21075 Quesada Ave., Port Charlotte. Cost is $5 per person. Children 6 and under eat free; ages 7-12 only $2; and those over 90 eat free. All the pancakes one can eat, scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, coffee and tea. For more information, call 941-625-4356.
Gospel concertThe Mark Dubbeld Family from Moneta, Virginia, will present a Gospel Concert at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at Peace River Wesleyan Church, 25180 Harborview Road, Port Charlotte. The Dubbeld Family is renowned for inspired originally penned songs, family harmony, a sincere desire to communicate the Gospel through through their music and testimony. A free will offering will be received. Pastor Mark Benedict and the congregation extend a warm welcome to all in the surrounding area to join them in this special celebration.
Chosen PeopleSonrise Baptist Church will be hosting a presentation from the Chosen People Ministries at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. All are welcome to this free presentation by Jim Fox, a representative of Chosen People Ministries. Chosen People Ministries was founded by a rabbi over 100 years ago who came to believe Jesus was the Messiah. The worldwide ministry hopes to make the message of the Messiah more accessible to Jewish people and also to help Christian believers achieve a greater appreciation of the Jewish basis of their own faith traditions.
Final arrangementsTimothy Taylor, Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, Arlene Chase, elder affairs attorney specializing in trusts, probate and wills, and Tim Stewart, pastor at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, will discuss funeral home arrangements and memorial service plans from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Burnt Store Presbyterian, 11330 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda. A complimentary lunch will be provided. All speakers will be available for questions following their presentations. Brittany Ingman, Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch, will share information about second-time-around estate planning from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Nov. 13 at the church. The workshops are hosted by the church’s Endowment Committee. There is no fee, but registration is required. Call 941-639-0001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Patriotic concertA tribute to veterans concert is being planned for 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, 11330 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda. Proceeds benefit Southwest Florida Honor Flight and to Paws for Veterans. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the church.
Holiday BazaarEpiscopal Women of The Church of the Good Shepherd’s Holiday Bazaar is 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 401 W. Henry St., Punta Gorda. It will feature handmade creations by the church’s “Crafty Ladies” guild, garden treasures, collectibles, incredible edibles for holiday entertaining, books and more. Lunch and light refreshments will be available from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tour the church. Proceeds support the church ministry programs within the community. Call 941-639-2757.
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Christmas Craft Fair
Trinity United Methodist Church will hold its Christmas Craft Fair from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at 4285 Wesley Lane, North Port. There will be handmade Christmas crafts, gifts and home-baked cookies for sale. For more information, call Wendy Wohlfahrt at 845-407-1087 or Leslie Cook at 941-223-6504.
San Antonio Knights of Columbus has tickets for the Goldtones concert, set for 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.