Religion notes art 2018


Everyone is invited to celebrate Oktoberfest from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Peace Lutheran Church, “The Church on the Hill,” on State Road 40 and U.S. 41 in Dunnellon. The menu includes bratwurst, sauerkraut, red cabbage, German potato salad, spaetzle, a variety of desserts, coffee, iced tea and milk. The cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and children ages 5 and younger eat free charge. Proceeds from the Oktoberfest will be given to Matthew Snodgrass family. Matthew, age 1-plus, is battling leukemia. Carry-out will be available. Call 352-489-5881.

First Baptist Church of Floral City’s annual Harvest Festival is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at Floral City Park. Free food, including hot dogs, snow cones, cotton candy and chili, will be served. There will be booths and activities for children of all ages and a hayride that runs the entire evening. Everything is free. The church also invites everyone to attend weekly Wednesday night activities beginning at 6 p.m. with AWANA for children from kindergarten through fifth grade. Youth activities include middle and high school. There is an adult Bible study/prayer meeting for all ages. All are welcome. Call the church office for more information at 352-726-4296. Visit the church’s website at

Everyone is invited to a Harvest Fest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, on the grounds of First Christian Church of Homosassa Springs at 7030 W. Grover Cleveland Blvd. There will be plenty of fun activities and games for kids, a Ninja bounce house, hayrides, a yard sale, a cool car show, plenty of food and a free concert with a big band from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. So bring out your chairs and blankets. The entire event is free and open to the community. For more information, call 352-628-5556.


Congregation Beth Sholom will host High Holiday services for the upcoming Jewish holidays. Congregation Beth Sholom has served the Jewish community in Citrus and nearby counties for 50 years. Services take place in the sanctuary building at 102 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills.

Services will be led by Spiritual Leader Cantor Alisa Forman, who recently received her Doctorate of Ministry. She uses her knowledge, musicality and enthusiasm to make services meaningful and enjoyable. Services are conservative but can be followed and enjoyed by everyone. All are welcome to attend. No ticket purchase or membership is required.

The service schedule is as follows: Sunday, Sept. 29 – Erev Rosh Hashanah from 7:30 to

8:15 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 30 – Rosh Hashanah first-day service from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 1 – Rosh Hashanah second-day service from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 8 – Kol Nidre service from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 9 – Yom Kippur service from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Yom Kippur concluding service from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call Harvey Hamerling, Ritual Chairman, at 352-513-5169.

Congregation Kol Emet, at 2628 W. Woodview Lane in Lecanto (Unity of Citrus County), welcomes all to High Holiday services. The style of the services and the dress are informal and casual.

The services are a spiritual mosaic featuring Hebrew chanting of the traditional liturgy, contemporary English readings, commentaries and explanations of the prayers, engaging melodies for congregational singing, silent meditation, the blowing of the shofar (ram’s horn) and words of the Torah to enhance the prayer experience.

All services will be conducted by Hazzan Mordecai Kamlot, cantor/founding spiritual leader of the congregation. The Jewish New Year will be welcomed at the Rosh Hashanah morning service from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30. A holiday lunch will immediately follow the service. The menu includes wine/hallah, apples with honey, cream of potato soup, tossed salad, baked ziti, spanakopita (spinach and cheese pie), dessert and beverages. The cost is $15 for adults, and $10 for children younger than 10. The meal will be catered by Joe’s Family Restaurant of Inverness. Reservation deadline is Sept. 27. For more information, contact Hazzan Mordecai at 352-643-0995


Wednesday is “Honor Our Heroes Day” at the First United Methodist Church of Homosassa Thrift Store. For all military veterans and dependents, buy any item and get another item (of equal or lesser price) free or buy three and get 3 free. Buy as many as you want and get the same number of items free. The Thrift Store is open from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday through Friday. The First United Methodist Church of Homosassa Thrift Store is at 8831 W. Bradshaw St., Homosassa.

The Altar & Rosary Society of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will host a huge flea market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in Father Stegeman Hall at 7525 U.S. 41 in Dunnellon. Many items will be for sale, including trinkets at the famous jewelry boutique. Light refreshments will be available for a nominal fee.

First Christian Church of Inverness will host its annual indoor yard sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 5. Find bargains on many household items, furniture, books and much more while shopping in the air-conditioned family life center. Refreshments will be served at reasonable prices. The church is at 2018 Colonade St. in Inverness (behind the RaceTrac gas station on State Road 44). For more information, call the church at 352-344-1908.

Everyone is invited to attend the fourth annual “Arts & Crafts Fair for Christ” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Gulf to Lake Church, 1454 N. Gulf Ave., Crystal River. Lady exhibitors will share the creative talents given to them by Christ. Their creations make great and unique gifts for all occasions and for loved ones.

The annual WELCA Granny’s Attic will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 19, at St. Timothy Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1070 N. Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River. The event will feature delicious homemade goodies in the “Bake Shop,” terrific buys throughout Granny’s Attic, and the ever-popular “Men’s Outdoor Treasures.” Sale proceeds will help support various mission projects. Come join the fun. For more information, call 352-795-5325.


Peace Lutheran Church offers a free community meal from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. the third Monday monthly. This is not a fundraiser and there is no charge. Come be our guest(s). We care and you are important to us. All ages are welcome. For more information, call 352-489-5881. Peace Lutheran Church (“The Church on the Hill”) is at 7201 U.S. 41 South in Dunnellon (at the corner of U.S. 41 and State Road 40). For more information, call the church at 352-489-5881.

Congregation Beth Sholom, at 102 Civic Circle in Beverly Hills, hosts Shabbat dinners at 6 p.m. the second Friday monthly. The menu and price varies each month. Dinners follow services led by Cantor Dr. Alisa Forman, who recently received her Doctorate of Ministry. Currently, Congregation Beth Sholom is the only local synagogue to have services at 6 p.m. Fridays and 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. Services are open to all. The spiritual leader brings knowledge, musical talent, enthusiasm and integrity to all services and activities. For more information, call president Sharon Weber at 847-913-6545.

Our Father’s Table serves free meals from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the second, third, fourth and fifth Saturdays monthly at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, one mile west of the Plantation Inn on West Fort Island Trail. For more information, call 352-795-2176.


Nationally known gospel ventriloquist team “David & Rusty” is coming out of retirement for one special guest appearance at 11 a.m. Sunday at the House of Power Church at 7330 N. Dawson Drive, on the corner of Lecanto Highway (County Road 491) and Dawson Drive, in Hernando. Pastor George R. Dehn welcomes everyone to come and bring a friend. For more information, call 352-344-9454.

The Baha’is of Citrus County invite people from all religions to drop in and join them for an afternoon of sharing prayers with one another from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Homosassa Public Library at 4100 Grandmarch Ave. Couldn’t we use an extra boost of spirituality in our lives? Feel free to come and stay as long as you like. For more information, call 352-419-5909.

Retired Pastor Daniel Houghtaling is offering free Bible studies to help people who could use the experience of a lifelong Bible student. Bible study participants will learn to understand prophecy through Bible truths, rightly divide the word of truth from 2 Timothy 2:15, and experience Christ more in their lives. Study titles include: “Dream of the Ages,” “The Prince of Pride,” “True and False Prophets,” “Divine Design,” and many more. For more information, call 352-363-0990 between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. or email

First Baptist Church of Hernando will celebrate its 65th anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 6. In addition to musical guests during the morning worship service, there will be a potluck luncheon at noon, and a concert featuring “Simple Faith” at 1 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Admission is free. A love offering will be collected. Pastor Keith Dendy invites everyone to attend. For more information, call the church office at 352-726-6734. The church is at 3790 E. Parsons Point Road in Hernando.

In Marion and Citrus counties, families believe it is never too early to make a difference, which is why, whether it is April or December, they are generously transforming shoeboxes – filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys – into gifts of joy for boys and girls ages 2 through 14 for Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, which delivers the gifts to children in need. National Collection Week is Nov. 18-25. Go to for more information about Operation Christmas Child.

Fire Fest 2020 will be hosted Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 30-Feb. 2, by the Crystal River Mall at 1801 NW U.S. 19 in Crystal River. This will be the fourth annual “Fire Fest Campmeeting for the Soul.” New to the 2020 event is the Women of Fire Conference on Thursday evening. On Friday and Saturday, start off at 10 a.m. daily with a morning devotion provided by Pastor Ray Miller of Country Chapel. There will be a daily matinee of local and regional artists from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Evening concerts will kick off at around 5 p.m. with several regional and national artists. Friday night’s main event will be “Appointed2” — Randy is originally from Homosassa, where most of his family still resides (visit Saturday night’s main event will be “The Freemans,” a nationally known Southern Gospel family (visit The event will conclude with a Sunday morning church service in the Mall. Everyone is invited. Fire Fest is a family-friendly event filled with music containing a positive message. Fire Fest is a division of Brazen Altar Ministries, Inc., a 501(c)(3) entity. To make a charitable donation to this event, make checks payable to Fire Fest and mail them to: Fire Fest, Pastor Ray Miller, 5849 W. Tirana Lane, Dunnellon, FL 34433.

Come to “Zumba with Eaze” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sundays at Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. Dance at your own pace and your way to improved health and mobility. This is exercise in disguise. Movement adaptations include wheelchairs, walkers and canes. Everyone is welcome. Cost for temple members is $5 per class and $7 per class for non-temple members. Call Jaynie at 352-796-4171 for more information.

The fall semester of Congregation Kol Emet’s “Lifelong Learning” classes has begun. The 13-session classes are open to all. Class fees are $100 for the entire semester plus textbooks or $10 per session plus textbooks. The “Jewish Liturgy” class meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. This course is on the structure of daily, Sabbath and holiday prayer services and the meanings of the major prayers in Jewish liturgy. Through an intensive study of the prayers in English, students will gain an understanding of the purpose of prayer in Judaism from ancient to modern times and an appreciation of the poetry, prose and spirituality of Jewish prayer. The “Hebrew Alphabet — Beginning Hebrew Reading” class meets from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesdays. Learn the Hebrew alphabet in 13 easy lessons. At the completion of this course, students will be able to follow the reading (phonetically) from the Bible in the original Hebrew and from a standard prayer book. The cursive (script) alphabet will also be taught. Both classes take place at Unity of Citrus County, 2628 W. Woodview Lane, Lecanto. Registration is on a rolling basis. Students may attend any session. For more information or to register for classes, contact Hazzan Mordecai Kamlot at 352-643-0995 or

Test your knowledge while enjoying socializing with friends during monthly Tuesday Trivia Nights at Kellner Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Light snacks, water and iced tea are provided. BYOB! Prizes to first- and second-place teams are a percentage of money taken in. There are also 50/50 raffle drawings. Trivia Nights usually take place the second Tuesday monthly. Form your own team (4 to 10 people). If you don’t have a team, let us know when you make your reservation and we will help you create one. For reservations or more information, call Sherry Wilson at 352-270-3339, or email Kellner Auditorium is at 92 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills (behind Beth Sholom Synagogue).

College Road Baptist Church offers free ESL (English as a Second Language) classes for adults at 6:15 p.m. Wednesdays. This is the 16th year the classes have been offered. Over 900 students have been through the ESL program since it was founded. Nursery, children, teen activities, adult Bible study and assistance in applying and studying for the citizenship test are also available. Childcare is provided at 6 p.m. and parents with children are welcome to attend at that time. All activities are free. The church is at 5010 SW College Road, Ocala. For more information, call Janet Smith at 352-854-6981 or Natalie Prim at 850-438-2824.