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Upcoming religion events week of 10-07-2011

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Food for Thought at Our Redeemer
A "Food for Thought" luncheon will be hosted at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18 by the Parish Nurses at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5200 S.W. State Road 200. The guest speaker will be John Podkomorski. A count is needed for the luncheon so please call 352-368-4028.

Advent Sunday School Program
The Episcopal Church of the Advent has begun a series of Sunday School classes for children ages 3-12 that will be held every Sunday from 10 until 10:45 a.m. each week. Immediately following Sunday School the children may participate in the Celebration of Holy Eucharist with the congregation. The class is open to all children in the area, ages 3-12 and they need not be members of Advent to attend. The curriculum is called Godly Play and is taught by Maryann Brennan and her helpers.  Advent is located 1.2 miles West of SR 200 on CR 484, just across from the Fire House. For more information, call the church at 465-7272.

Christ’s Church of Marion County
Saturday, Oct. 8: Men's Prayer Group, 9 a.m.
Sunday, Oct. 9: Sunday School, 10 a.m. Worship Service, "What the Bible Has to Say About Abortion," 11 a.m. Friendship Sunday Fellowship after the worship service; bring a fall favorite dish and share a meal together.
Wednesday, Oct. 12: Bible Study, "It's Not About Me," 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 15: Men's Prayer Group, 9 a.m.
Sunday, Oct. 16: Sunday School, 10 a.m. Worship Service, 11 a.m.
The church is at 6768 S.W. 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, phone 352-861-6182 or www.ccomc.org.

Chabad Jewish Center
 On Friday evening, Sept. 7, Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar will commence and continue through Saturday, Sept. 8. The Chabad Jewish Center will host a full Yom Kippur Services schedule. “Our services will be warm, friendly and traditional," according to Yossi Hecht, the director of the center. The services will take place in the warm and welcoming environment at the Jewish Center, at 3500 S.W. 34th Ave. Circle (off SR 200).
Unlike many congregations, membership is not required to join. All are welcome, free of charge, regardless of background or affiliation. “At the Chabad Jewish Center we understand the need for a meaningful service for every Jew regardless of his or her upbringing or financial wherewithal”, explained Rabbi Yossi Hecht.” The services will be user-friendly manner making it enjoyable and meaningful for both the seasoned and the unversed. The services will be in Hebrew and follow traditional customs interspersed with modern Jewish tunes and English readings.
The Chabd Jewish Center is a branch of the Lubavitch/Chabad movement, an international Chassidic organization under the leadership of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson of righteous memory. With over 3500 centers and establishments around the globe, it is by far the largest network of Jewish religious and social services in the world.
Yom Kippur is the day when God forgives all of the Jewish people’s sins, both as individuals and as communities. By the same token, Jews around the world will spend the day in prayer--atoning for their sins, thanking God for his forgiveness and focusing on self-improvement for the year to come. Because of the day’s importance, Jews focus on prayer so much that they do not eat, drink, or do work. Yizkor adds to the day’s solemnity and brings community members together as they begin a new year. (For more about Yom Kippur and Yizkor please visit www.JewishMarion.org)
Yom Kippur Services: Friday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m. – Kol Nidrei; Saturday, Oct. 9, morning services, 10 a.m.; Yizkor Service, 12:30 p.m.; Mincha and Neilah 5:45 p.m., followed by refreshments.
For more information on upcoming events visit www.jewishmarion.org orcall 352-2-291-2218.

Jewish calendars available
Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala is offering Jewish calendars to the community free of charge. People interested in acquiring the calendars should call Judi at 352-237-8277.
The evening Yom Kippur services (Kol Nidre) will start on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. The morning service of Yom Kippur on Oct. 8 will begin at 10 a.m. A study session will be held 4 p.m., followed by yiskor memorial services at 4:30 p.m.  All are invited to the yiskor service.  Concluding services will start at 5 p.m. followed by break the fast.  All services are held at the Collins Center,  building 300, 9401 State Road 200 in Ocala and are conducted by rabbinical intern, Saul Oresky from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.
Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala is a liberal, inclusive, contemporary Jewish community under the guidance of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation.  For further information, please contact Judi at 352-237-8277.

St. Jude Catholic Community
The Bereavement Group for those grieving the loss of a loved one will meet on Tuesdays
Oct. 11 and Oct. 25 at 1 p.m.  Meetings are open to anyone in the community with a need to share their feelings of grief.  Please call the church office at 352-347-0154 prior to each meeting you plan to attend.
Creole Masses for the Haitians in our community are celebrated every second and fourth Sunday of the month at 5 p.m.  The next dates are Oct. 9 and Oct. 23. Every second Sunday, following the Mass, Dr. Myriame Vastey will present a program on the prevention of cholesterol, diabetes, etc.
Classes for Spanish as a second language are offered every Thursday at 11:30 a.m.
In early November we are planning a special concert featuring Maestro Bill Doherty and the Central Florida Lyric Opera.