The United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church of Homosassa (1umc.org) will continue their annual Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the fellowship hall. There is an assortment of housewares, jewelry, Christmas decorations, books, homemade gifts, holiday dress wear, artwork, and, of course, their famous baked goodies. Lunch is available for a nominal charge — no reservations necessary. The church is at 8831 W. Bradshaw St. in Homosassa, approximately one mile off U.S. 19 South.
First Baptist Church of Inverness is having a yard sale beginning at 8 a.m. today. There are many, many items. Proceeds will go toward a church trip to Israel. FBC is at 550 Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness.
Kick off November with a Holiday Sale by the CCW of Our Lady of Grace from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the church, 6 Roosevelt Blvd., Beverly Hills. There will be the renowned, gently-loved jewelry selections. Both contemporary and retro earrings are always a big hit. The plant lady has been busy nurturing house and outdoor plants. A few select craft vendors will have holiday and home decorations, and there will also be a small selection of gently-used decorations. New this year is a cookie sale — come early for the best selection. This sale will also be held in conjunction with the Saturday flea market outdoors on the church grounds.
VineLife Cowboy Church will sponsor a yard sale beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Beverly Hills Park on the Civic Circle in Beverly Hills. Food and drinks will be available. To participate by setting up a table to sell items, the setup fee is $10. Call Cindy Posthumus for more information at 352-270-2870. The CC Wranglers will play for the weekly “Country and Gospel Music Jam” beginning at 1 p.m.
The St. Thomas Women’s Guild will host their third annual Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 7040 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. Bring your own table to display unwanted treasures. A $10 donation is requested for each space occupied. Any unwanted items can be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store at the end of the day. For more information and/or reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOOD & FELLOWSHIP
All are invited to attend the ninth annual St. Thomas the Apostle Church Dinner/Dance on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Sugarmill Woods Country Club. Doors open at 5 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Fred Campbell. The menu offers a choice of prime rib, red snapper with mango salsa or chicken cordon bleu, with beverages and dessert included. Cocktails, wine and beer are priced two for one. The cost is $40 per person. For tickets, call the church office at 352-628-7000 or Nick Russo at 352-382-2074. The event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 15154.
The Crystal River Christian Women’s Club invites all ladies to its fall luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Key Training Conference Center, 5325 W. Safari Lane, Lecanto. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. Come enjoy a delicious catered lunch for $11, hear great speakers, then do some shopping at the “Fall Bake Sale and Gently Used Items Sale.” For reservations, call Kate at 352-419-8453 by Nov. 8. The club meets the second Tuesday monthly, September through May.
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. The Nov. 18 meal will be turkey pot pie, cranberry sauce, applesauce, bread or rolls, drinks, seasonal pies and cookies. 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.
MUSIC & MORE
The Dunnellon Concert Singers will return for their 10th appearance at Unity Church of Citrus County at 3 p.m. Sunday. This popular local troupe will celebrate “Songs That Won the Academy Award.” Vocalists Mary Ellen Craver, Mary Mahoney and Bill Thomas, accompanied by pianist Bob Cubbage, will present a delightful walk down memory lane with their version of an afternoon at the Oscars. Admission is free, with donations accepted to benefit the church. Unity Church of Citrus County is at 2628 W. Woodview Lane, Lecanto. Call 352-419-8796 for more information.
St. Paul’s Lutheran School invites all veterans and their families in the community to attend a special program beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday to honor and thank them for their service. This annual event will include special patriotic songs and essays presented by the students along with individual recognition to each veteran attending. First Sgt. Dean Kelly, ROTC leader at Lecanto High School, will be the keynote speaker of the program and there will be a VFW Honor Guard presentation. Refreshments will follow. There is no charge for this event. The program will take place in the church at 6150 N. Lecanto Highway in Beverly Hills. In order to plan appropriately and give recognition to individual veterans, all veterans attending are asked to complete the registration form found on the website at www.stpauls.edu and click on the link, Veterans Thank You Program. If preferred, call 352-489-3027 to register.
The Dunnellon Community Chorale will present its annual “Salute to Veteran’s” concert of patriotic music at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at Dunnellon Presbyterian Church, 20641 Chestnut St. There will be a special remembrance of the 75th anniversary of D-Day with music from 1944, a salute to the USO and guest appearances by the American Legion Post 58 Color Guard and the North Coast Community Band Saxophone Quartet. Concerts are free, with love offerings accepted.
Hernando Church of the Nazarene will begin its concert series by hosting the Ferguson Family on Sunday, Nov. 10. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Celebration Sounds choir and orchestra will open the concert at 5:45 pm. The public is invited. A love offering will be collected. The church is at 2101 N. Florida Ave. in Hernando, off U.S. 41. For more information, call the church office at 352-726-6144. The entire concert series can be seen online at www.hernaz.org.
Daniel Nahmod will be in concert from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at Unity of Citrus County, 2628 W. Woodview Lane, Lecanto. Daniel has been crisscrossing the U.S. with his incredible new songs, moving audiences to tears of joy with “Kind Child,” inspiring a new kind of peace of mind with “Things Break,” and bringing down the house with the spectacular “Sing About Love.” Cost is $15 per person. For more information, contact Michael Wilmshurst at email@example.com or call 352-895-3942.
Winners of the 2016 Inspirational Award, the Greg McDougal Family, will appear at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Hernando United Methodist Church, 2125 E. Norvell Bryant Highway, Hernando. Come out for an evening of music, testimony and fellowship. The concert is free to all, but a love offering will be accepted. For more information, call the church at 352-726-7245.
Known for their superb harmonies, rich blend and genuine family warmth, the Ditchfield Family Singers will present a concert featuring “The Music of Your Life,” from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, in the fellowship hall at Homosassa First United Methodist Church, 8831 W. Bradshaw St., Homosassa. This concert full of nostalgic favorites, popular Broadway hits and uplifting songs of faith will provide an inspiring head start for the 2019 Christmas season. Don’t miss this remarkably talented family sharing the blessings of love and joy through the gift of music. This is the first in a series of four concerts at the church. Purchase a set of tickets for all four concerts for a $10 discount. For tickets and/or more information, call the church at 352-628-4083.
Sideline, a bluegrass band, will be in concert from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, in the fellowship hall at Homosassa First United Methodist Church, 8831 W. Bradshaw St., Homosassa. Sideline is a pedigreed six-piece powerhouse whose style has set the pace in bluegrass for over two decades. Founders Steve Dilling, Skip Cherryholmes and Jason Moore can all claim their own historical significance to the genre as members of highly-awarded groups, multiple Grand Ole Opry appearances and years of national and international touring. For tickets ($15 & $20) or more information, call the church at 352-628-4083.
ON THE CALENDAR
Do you remember Fanny Lou Hammer? Are you too young? If you don’t remember who she is, you are not alone. Gale Wire will give a talk about Fanny’s difficult life and hard-won success at the 1964 Democratic Convention during the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday at the Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 7633 N. Florida Ave. (U.S. 41), Citrus Springs. All are invited to attend. For more information, call 352-465-4225.
Reb Tuviah will lead adult education classes in “Exploring the Genesis Story” at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. The dates and topics are: Nov. 4 – “Abraham, Sarah, & Hagar”; Nov. 11 – “Abraham & Isaac”; Nov. 18 – “Jacob & Esau”; Dec. 9 – “Joseph.” Classes are free for TBD members and $5 for nonmembers. The classes are open to the public. For more information, call 352-686-7034.
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.
The Ladies of Faith and Faith Lutheran Church will have a fall fundraiser called “Faith’s Fall Frolic” (or “Tricky Tray”) on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the church at 935 S. Crystal Glen Drive in the Crystal Glen subdivision on State Road 44, just east of County Road 490, in Lecanto. Doors open at 11 a.m. Drawings for the baskets and gift cards will start at 12:30 p.m. There will also be an “Attitude Adjustment” table, a money tree, plus handmade quilts and baked goods for sale. Lunch will be available at a reasonable price. Bring your friends and come enjoy a fun day.
House of Power Church will celebrate its 30th Year Anniversary of Ministry with an old-fashioned homecoming at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, featuring an old-fashioned service with Southern Gospel singing. Come dressed “old-fashioned” and bring a favorite covered dish full of food and join in on the old-fashioned dinner on the grounds. Door prizes will be given out to the best old-fashioned outfits. The church is one mile southwest of State Road 200 on the corner of Lecanto Highway (County Road 491) and Dawson Drive, in Hernando. For more information, call 352-344-9454. Pastor George R. Dehn welcomes everyone to come and bring a friend to this great day of celebration.
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 SamaritansPurse.org/Operation-Christmas-Child for more information about Operation Christmas Child.
Congregation Beth Sholom welcomes all to its official, annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Service and Program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the sanctuary building at 102 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills. In light of the violence in recent years at synagogues and elsewhere, Congregation Beth Sholom believes it is important for people of all faiths to come together to remember the victims and pray for the those in need of healing and pray for peace, while still thanking God for all the good in their lives. There will be guest clergy from various faiths joining with our Spiritual Leader, Cantor Alisa Forman. The program includes words and prayers from clergy and guests, music featuring Cantor Forman, who will play guitar and sing, and special guest musician. A social hour with dessert and coffee will follow the service. Admission is free. Beth Sholom is Hebrew for “House of Peace” and has been serving the Jewish community in Citrus and nearby counties for over 50 years. For more information, call President Sharon Weber at 847-913-6545.
Giving thanks to the Lord for His blessings is the reason behind Thanksgiving Day. Join North Oak Church for a time set aside to bringing Him thanks during a special Thanksgiving Eve worship service, drama and message at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27. Everyone is welcome. The church is at 9324 N. Elkcam Blvd., Citrus Springs. Call 352-489-1688 for more information.
The Crystal River Christian Women’s Club Christmas celebration will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Providence Baptist Church, 4471 W. Sanction Road, Lecanto. The event will feature a catered lunch for $11, a fashion show by Ritz and Glitz on the Square, Christmas music by DJ Donna, and more. Seats are limited. For reservations, call Kate at 352-419-8453 by Dec. 5.
First Baptist Church of Inverness will have the Upward Soccer program for all children and youths ages 4 through eighth grade. The program strives to develop children and youths mentally, athletically, spiritually and socially through leagues, camps and clinics. The cost is $40 per child with a maximum of $100 per family. Each child will receive an Upward Soccer game jersey and socks and an end-of-season gift. Games will be played at First Baptist Church of Inverness, 550 Pleasant Grove Road. The first practice will be Monday, Jan. 13, and the first game will be Saturday, Jan. 18. Registration is open now. For registration information, call the church at 352-726-1252 or Joe Varney at 513-266-7117. The deadline for registration is Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020.
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 4th 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 Appointed2.com). Saturday night’s main event will be “The Freemans,” a nationally known Southern Gospel family (visit The-Freemans.com). 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.
David Pendleton will perform from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in the fellowship hall at Homosassa First United Methodist Church, 8831 W. Bradshaw St., Homosassa. David Pendleton brings to his show a cast of comedic characters, including lovable but blunt Aunt Tilly, a 94-year-old spinster; the classic quick-witted troublemaker, Mack Elroy; the dopey yet adorable hound dog, Buford; and the slightly misguided albino vulture, Vern. Of course, no show would be complete without a few surprise appearances from members of the audience as well! His high-quality, family-friendly humor has mesmerized audiences the world over. Whether it’s a convention or conference, a corporate event, a cruise or a church program, Pendleton makes it a day to remember. His motto is, “Anything can talk. For tickets ($15/$20) or more information, call the church at 352-628-4083.
Retired pastor Daniel Houghtaling is now 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are several reasons to log into Temple Beth David’s live streaming service, The YAD Connection: there is no synagogue in your area; you are curious what a TBD service looks like; or you are unable to travel for any reason. Service times are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. Saturdays. To view any the online live streaming services, go to the website at www.tbdfl.org. On the top of the page, click on “Watch Live Service” and follow directions. For more information, call the temple at 352-686-7034.
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church has started its 30th year of Bereavement Support. The church takes a very positive approach to grief by helping grievers learn how to make a new life, even when they don’t want to. Just come, sit and listen and see how life can be a lot better. The Bereavement Support Group meets from 1:15 to 3 p.m. Thursdays at the church, 7040 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. For more information, call Anne Schuknecht at 352-220-1959 or the church at 352-628-7000.