North Port Community United Church of Christ, 3450 S. Biscayne Drive, fourth annual Pumpkin Patch is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Everyone is invited to the selection of pumpkins and gourds, ideal for decorating and jack-o-lanterns for carving. Take your family photos during your search for the perfect pumpkin. Please call 941-426-5580.
St. Mary’s eventsCelebrating 118 years, St. Mary’s Pre-Anniversary Concert is set for 4:30 p.m. today at St. Mary Primitive Baptist Church, 605 Mary St., Punta Gorda. A free-will offering will be accepted. Fort Myers-based performers include Zion of Soul, HMG239 Brothers and St. Mary’s MBC Male Chorus, plus the St. John 1st MBC Choir and Unity Praise Team from Punta Gorda. For more information, call Lance at 239-940-1832.
Also today, at St. Mary Primitive Baptist Church, will be Paint ‘n Praise. There will be food and drinks, raffles, games and prizes. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.
Trunk-or-TreatGulf Cove United Methodist Church has planned two hours of fun with its family-style Trunk-or-Treat from 4-6 p.m. today at the church, 1100 McCall Road, Port Charlotte (Gulf Cove area). There will be free food, crafts, a bounce house and lots of candy. Get your family photo taken. For more information, contact the church at 941-697-1747 or GulfCoveUMC@gmail.com or visit GulfCoveChurch.com.
Pumpkin PatchChrist Community United Methodist Church is hosting its 10th Annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch from 10 a.m.to 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 invited. For more information, call the church office at 941-629-1593.
Harvest FestivalLiving Waters Lutheran Church will hold its Second Annual Harvest Festival from 4-6 p.m. today at the church, 12475 Chancellor Blvd., Port Charlotte. There will be games and refreshments, and the event is free. For more information, call 941-429-0521.
NPHS band benefitNorth Port Community United Church of Christ is having a fundraising roast pork dinner for the North Port High School Marching Band, set for 6 p.m. today at the church, 3450 S. Biscayne Drive. It features roast pork dinner with all the trimmings and homemade crumb cake. The NPHS Jazz Band, under the direction of Owen Bradley, will play at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Please call 941-426-5580 for dinner reservations. Concert-only tickets are $10 and are sold at the door. Proceeds benefit the fundraising campaign of the NPHS Marching Band and its trip to Rome, Italy to participate in the 2020 New Year’s Day Parade.
Rummage saleHoly Name Society rummage sale is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, in the Activity Center at San Pedro Church, 14380 Tamiami Trail, North Port. All proceeds will go to San Pedro Church.
Spaghetti dinnerThe Knights of Columbus, Council 7672 will serve spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Parish Hall of St. Francis of Assisi, 5265 Placida Road, Grove City. Spaghetti, meat balls, sausage, garlic bread, salad, dessert and a drink is $10, free for kids under 12. Proceeds go to local charities. Large tables can be reserved by texting 609-703-1332.
Pumpkins, Pipes etc.
Englewood United Methodist Church Music Ministry Concert Series kicks off with its Pumpkins, Pipes, and Pandemonium family concert at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23, in the Sanctuary at 700 E. Dearborn Street. Organist and Director of Music Ministries Fonda Davies with Fusion by Fire, the EUMC band and the Praise Team, don costumes for laughter and surprises centered on this year’s “Malt Shop Memories” theme. Wear a costume if you like. A freewill donation will be collected. See www.englewoodumc.net or call 474-5588 weekdays for information.
St. Max specials
St. Vincent de Paul/St. Max specials this week are all housewares 20% off at 17753 Toledo Blade Blvd. On Saturday, jewelry is also 20% off. Christmas items are 50% off until Christmas. All Halloween items are now 75% off. Hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.
The St. Francis Women’s Guild is hosting their Thrifty Treasures Sale in October beginning with the early bird sale from 3-6 p.m., Oct. 24. (A $3 entrance fee will be charged for this day only). The regular sale dates are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25, and 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 26.
Wintergarden Presbyterian Church presents Trunk-or-Treat from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 18305 Wintergarden Ave., Port Charlotte. Come out for hot dogs, music, bounce house and candy. All are welcome.
Burnt Store Presbyterian Church invites you to bring your children or grandchildren to the church, 11330 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 25 for a Halloween party. There will be free food, beverages, candy, music and fun. Dress up to “spook” the crowd. To aid those in need, please bring a non-perishable food item to share with the local food pantry. For more information, contact the church office at 639-0001 or by e-mail to email@example.com.
Trinity United Methodist Church of North Port is planning a Spook-tacular Family Halloween Costume Party, set for 3-6 p.m. Oct. 26 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 Races
St. Charles Knights of Columbus will hold a “dinner and races” Oct. 26 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.
North Port Community United Church of Christ, 3450 S. Biscayne Drive, will have an all-German worship service at 3 p.m. Oct. 26. 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 concert
Eirinn 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 First Presbyterian Church, 25250 Airport Road, Punta Gorda, at 3 p.m. Oct. 27. 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.
Calvary Baptist Church Pastor John Boutchia has invited Dr. Grady S. McMurtry speaking about creationism, 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 Candy
First 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.
Port 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.
Sonrise 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.
Timothy 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, CRPC, 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.
A 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 benfit 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.
Episcopal 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.
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 1-800-838-3006 or BrownPaperTickets.com.
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