New service times

Beginning Sunday, Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, 11330 Burnt Store, Road, in Punta Gorda, will offer the following services at these times:

• Traditional service: 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m.

• Contemporary service: 9:40 a.m.

• Faithworks class: 9:40 a.m.

• M.Y.P.L.A.C.E. youth group: 11:30 a.m.

Coffee and pastries will be available between the first and second services in Fellowship Hall. The nursery is available during all services.

For more information, call 941-639-0001 or email

Hope House Community Social Center

Hope House Community Social Center, 14200 Hopewell Ave., Port Charlotte, is a safe and supporting environment with crafts, games, baking, snacks, movies, music and events. Wonderful Wednesdays take place weekly from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Terrific Tuesdays are from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact the office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at 941-697-2345.

Grief Share

Burnt Store Presbyterian Church is offering a faith-based Grief Share program, open to all suffering from the loss of a loved one. This will be a 10-week program, entitled “From Mourning to Joy,” from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays beginning Oct. 1 at the church, 11330 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda. Each participant will be provided a Grief Share workbook at a cost of $15. There are no other costs. Each session involves a video and group discussion. The group leaders are experienced in leading Grief Share programs. For more information, contact Jon Shattuck at 941-661-5370.

To register, call the church office at 941-639-0001, or by e-mail to

Blessing of the animals

Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, 11330 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda, will have its 5th annual blessing of the animals at 10 a.m. Oct. 5. Last year, Pastor Tim blessed 39 dogs, six cats, two birds and one rabbit. All animals are welcome, but should be in cages or on leashes.

For more information, contact the church office at 941-639-0001 or by email to

Patriotic concert

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. The proceeds will go to the Southwest Florida Honor Flight and to Paws for Veterans. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Concert tickets are $20. Seating is limited. Tickets are available from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the church.

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