Upcoming religious events

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Christ Church of Marion County
Friday, March 7: “Sharing Hope Soup Kitchen,” 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, March 9: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m., Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Friendship Fellowship Potluck Luncheon.
Tuesday, March 11: Women’s Crafts & Fellowship, 9 a.m.
Wednesday, March 12: Dallas Christian College Choir concert
Thursday, March 13: Praise and Prayer Group, 9 a.m.
Friday, March 14: ”Sharing Hope Soup Kitchen,” 11:30 a.m.
Christ’s Church of Marion County, 6768 SW 80th St. (off State Road 200), Ocala, 352-861-6182 or http://www.ccomc.org/.

Southwest Christian Church
Sunday, March 9: Sunday School classes for children, youth, and adults meet at 9:30 a.m. Worship Service begins at 10:30 a.m. with staffed nursery and children’s classes available during worship. Sanctuary choir practice begins at 4:30 p.m.; evening worship begins at 6 p.m. featuring the Weaver Believers in concer. The Weavers are a family musical group consisting of father and Mother, Paul and Chris, with seven of their eight children who are home schooled and self-taught to play a vast array of musical instruments. The children range in age from 25 to 12 years old. The oldest son, not a member of the group, is married and lives in Tennessee.
Visitors from throughout the community are invited and welcome to join us and enjoy an evening of music and worship. Admission is free but a freewill offering will be taken for the Weavers.
Wednesday, March 12: Adult Bible Study in the Fellowship Hall at 7 p.m. studying the book of Colossians; Youth activities begin at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 18: Christian Women’s Fellowship (CWF) meets at the church. Business meeting begins at 10 a.m. with Bible Study at 10:45 a.m.
Friday, March 21: At 6 p.m. a new Youth group, Kids for Christ, will meet for the first time at the church. This will be an organizational meeting but will include a movie for entertainment with popcorn and pizza. We invite all youth throughout our community between the ages of 7 and 18 to attend and become a part of this exciting new adventure. Parents are welcome to come and be a part of our organizational planning. Young people, come and Spring into Action in your relationship with the Lord!
Friday, March 28: Golden Servants (Seniors 55+) meet at 6 p.m. in the church Fellowship Hall for a carry-in dinner with a program following dinner. Bring your favorite dish and enjoy an evening of fellowship with friends. You do not have to be a member of SWCC to attend. Guests and friends are always welcome.
Southwest Christian Church is a traditional worshiping church. Our worship service includes the beloved old-time Gospel hymns together with some of today’s contemporary choruses. We preach and teach strictly from God’s Word. We believe the entire Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired word of God given to us by God through His chosen writers to enable us to know Him and to understand how to live our lives in the way He requires, so that we might be pleasing and acceptable to Him.
We seek to teach those desiring to follow Him, who God is and who He expects us to be. If you are seeking a church where you are loved by God and His people in a truly Christian way, we invite you to come and visit with us to see if we are the church you are seeking.
Southwest Christian Church is at 9045 SW 60th Ave. (South off State Road 200), Ocala 34476, phone 352-861-9080.

Countryside Presbyterian
Countryside Presbyterian Church announces 2014 Christian Education program. Each Sunday January to May, Sue Jobbagy will present “The Present Word” Class at 9 a.m. before the 10:30 a.m. worship service.
From Jan. 15 to April 16 from 4 to 5 p.m., “A New Life of Christ — Humanity and Divinity” led by the author, Dr. Ed Tenhor.
Book Club led by Cindy Marshall meets on second and fourth Mondays at 2 p.m. A discussion of “The Faith Club” by Ranya will continue through January and February.
Countryside Presbyterian Church is at 7768 SW Highway 200, Ocala. For further information, please call the church office at 352-237-4633.

Friendship Baptist Church
Sunday services at Friendship Baptist Church on March 9, begin with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. The Ladies Class, taught by Linda Brown, and our new “Home Builders/Young Adults” class, taught by Michael Gall, are beginning a new series entitled, “The Reign of David – Sweet Psalmist of Israel,” The Auditorium Class is taught by Bill Wallett. In the 10:45 a.m. Morning Worship Service the FBC choir will be singing, “The Blood Bought Church.” Our Pastor Randall Brown will continue his series from the book of Nehemiah. Sunday evening Worship and Bible Study begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday Evening Bible Study begins at 7 p.m.
All are invited to attend. Friendship Baptist Church is at 9510 SW 105th St., off of Highway 200. The church phone is 352-237-2640 or you can find us on the web: www.friendshipbaptistocala.org.

St. Jude Catholic
Anthony’s Attic, our venue for used items, continues to be open every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon and Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. It is located on the north side of the building for your shopping convenience.
The Bereavement Group for those grieving the loss of a loved one meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Meetings are open to anyone in the community with a need to share their feelings of grief. If you plan to attend, please call the church office at 352-347-0154 prior to the meetings.
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 March 9 and March 23.
Stations of the Cross will take place every Friday during Lent beginning March 7 at 8:30 a.m. in English through April 11 and at 7 p.m. in Spanish through April 18.
As part of the Lenten preparation for Easter, Fr. Fernando Gil will be preaching two missions. The first is in English on Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Spanish session is on Saturday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to noon.
The Lenten Penance Service is scheduled for Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. Several priests from neighboring parishes will participate in the service. Those wishing to avail themselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation are invited to attend.
Those in need of healing in body and spirit may attend the Healing Mass on Saturday, March 22, at 10:30 a.m. A lunch will follow in the Parish Hall for those in attendance.
Fish Dinners at St. Jude: St. Jude Catholic Community will start their Lenten fish dinners on Ash Wednesday, March 5, between 4 and 6. Starting Friday, March 7 through April 11, the dinners will be served from 4:30 6. The menu is baked or fried fish, French fries, coleslaw, roll and butter and dessert. Ticket cost (not including beverage) is $8 for adults and $4 for children under the age of 12 and may be purchased at the door. Takeouts will be available as usual. All are invited to come and enjoy a good meal and fellowship. St. Jude Catholic Community is at 443 Marion Oaks Drive in Marion Oaks.

Crossroads Church
Sunday: Morning Services 9 and 11 a.m. Kids Church 9 and 11 a.m. Spanish service 1 p.m. Bible Alive Bible Study 6 p.m.
Tuesday: Intercessory Prayer 9 a.m.
Wednesday: Family Training Hour 7 p.m. Crossroads Student Ministries 7 p.m. Boys and Girls Clubs 7 p.m.
Thursday: Spanish Bible study, 7 p.m.
Crossroads Childcare Center, Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. ELC approved, bilingual staff.
Crossroads Church is at 8070 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala. Contact at 352-291-2080 or www.crossroadscog.net.

First Congregational
“Painting The Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith” is the topic of this year’s Lenten Series at First Congregational Church, which will be held in the Enrichment Center (7171 SW State Road 200), Wednesdays at noon from March 12 to April 9. Celebrating the communion of science and faith, ”Painting the Stars” explores the promise of evolutionary Christian spirituality. The DVD series features more than a dozen leading theologians and progressive thinkers who will guide us through a journey of discovery — that we are not separate from the creativity that produced us. Following the discussion, a light lunch will be served.

Peace Lutheran
Peace Lutheran Church at 7201 South Highway 41, five miles north of Dunnellon, is beginning the celebration of the season of Lent which leads us through Holy Week to Easter.  
This year Pastor McKee is using The Lord’s Prayer as the midweek and Holy Week theme. The Wednesday services will be at noon, preceded by Bible Study at 10 a.m., and pot-luck lunch at 11:15 a.m.
On Ash Wednesday, March 5, the topic was ‘Our Father, Who Art in Heaven,’ Matthew 6:1–6, 16–21
Future topics will be:
March 12, noon, ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name . . . on Earth as It Is in Heaven,’ Matthew 4:1–11
March 19, noon, ‘Thy Kingdom Come . . . on Earth as It Is in Heaven,’ John 3:1–17
March 26, noon, ‘Thy Will Be Done, on Earth as It Is in Heaven,’ John 4:5–30, 39–42
April 2, noon, ‘Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread,’ John 9:1–7, 13–17, 34–39
April 9, noon, ‘Forgive Us Our Trespasses . . . ,’ John 11:1–45
April 17, 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday, ‘Lead Us Not into Temptation,’ Luke 22:39–46
April 18, 7 p.m., Good Friday, ‘Deliver Us from Evil, Luke 23:46
The Easter Sunday celebration service, on April 20, will be at 10 a.m.    
The family of Peace Lutheran Church, “The Church on the Hill,” welcomes Dunnellon and surrounding communities to join them for all of the services, to fellowship, and to focus on the events leading up to the Last Supper, Christ’s betrayal, arrest, crucifixion, burial, and finally, His triumphant Easter morning resurrection.
For information, contact the church office at 352-489-5881, visit www.PeaceLutheranOnline.com or visit Peace on Facebook at www.TinyURL.com/Peace41-40.

Maranatha Baptist Church

The annual Missions Conference is March 16 through March 23.
Brother Scott Nelson, who is in charge of the Haiti Mission, will start the conference on Sunday morning, March 16, beginning during the Sunday School hour at 9:30 a.m. Brother Bernie Rodgers will share his ministry with Families by Faith during Wednesday’s (March 19) evening service at 6:45 p.m. Both Vick Blair, missionary to Kyrghyzstan, and the Alvarez Family (Esteban and Emilly), missionaries to Uruguay, will all speak at Sunday (March 23) morning service beginning at 10:45 a.m. During Sunday (March 23) evening service at 6 p.m., Lonnie Ernest with the Christian 12-Step Ministry will speak during Sunday evening service March 23 at 6 p.m.
All are welcome and invited to come and listen and be blessed by these special messages.

Hyssongs concert
The Hyssongs will give a concert Friday evening, March 21 at 7 p.m. at the Church. The Hyssongs are a family who have been singing together more than 15 years and is an inspirational Southern Gospel group. They perform throughout the United States and Canada every year, as well as on television and radio. Please join us to hear their wonderful harmony, humor and Christ-centered message.

Children programs
The AWANA (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed) program continues every Sunday evening from 6 to 7:30 for children ages 4 to 18. The program is under the direction of Commander Chris Bailey and Vanessa Bailey. They want to share the love of Christ. AWANA is an exciting program of Christian learning and games of competition with awards. AWANA is an ongoing program and registration is always open. For further information, please call 352-347-5683.
Children’s Choir: All children from 1st through 12th grade are invited to join the children’s choir, J.A.M. (Jesus and Me). Ms. Pat Haas, the director, is teaching the children how much fun and how easy it is to be part of the J.A.M. choir. They meet each Sunday evening at the church from 5:15 to 5:45.
Each Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. a Children’s Ministry, Worship on Wednesdays (W.O.W.) is held at the church with classes for children from ages 8 - 11, and Prayer Meeting and Bible Study for the adults from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. W.O.W. now has 2 classes for your children during the Prayer Meeting and Bible Study time for adults. Both classes will have a Bible Lesson, songs and lots of age-appropriate activities. We will be adding a class for children through High School soon. A nursery is also provided for children under the age 4.
Special family event: Maranatha Kids’ Club March Event on Saturday, March 8 will be our Western themed “Family Roundup.” That’s right, our “Family Roundup”. Everyone is invited to attend, no age limit this month. We want the whole family to come and enjoy an evening of cowboy (and cowgirl) fun. Wear your favorite jeans, and if you have a cowboy hat and boots, wear them, too! We will have lots of games, panning for gold, a bonfire to roast our hotdogs and marshmallows, singing around the fire and a short devotion to learn some important Bible truths. Registration starts at 6, and the program kicks off at 6:15 with dismissal at 8. Please call the church office at 352-347-5683 to RSVP and leave a message stating your contact information and the number planning to attend so that we know how many to plan for. See Y’All There!!
Maranatha Baptist Church is at 525 Marion Oaks Trail. Please call 352-347-5683 for further information and directions to the church.

Congregation Beth Israel
Come and share in the joyous celebration of Purim with Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala on Sunday March 16 at 4:30 p.m. at the Arbor Conference Center (rooms E,F, and G) at On Top of the World. There will be a retelling of the story of Esther in English followed by a potluck supper. In keeping with the frivolous nature of the holiday, a special Purim spiel entitled Take A GIANT Step will be performed. The original skit based on the story of David and Goliath was written by Judi Siegal and features members of the congregation. Those who wish to attend are asked to bring a dish based on the first letter of their last name: A-E, main dish, F-M, dessert, M-Z, side dish or appetizer. Homemade or store bought food is acceptable. Please contact Estelle 352-861-2452 or Lois 352-291-1308 for reservations.
Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala is a Jewish Reconstructionist Community in association with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Beth Israel is inclusive, liberal, and progressive. All are invited to join.

Joy Lutheran Church
On March 12, Pastor Ed Holloway will continue the Lenten theme “caring” with “Caring for the Earth.” The following Wednesdays will have a guest speaker. On March 19, Dr. David Willis, M.D., from Ocala West Family Medicine, will speak on “Caring for the Ill.” On March 26, Chaplain Herb Agee from Hospice will speak on “Caring for the Dying.” On April 2, Jayne Elspermann, principal of West Port High School, will speak on “Caring for the Children.” On the last Wednesday, April 9, a Stephen Minister will speak on “Caring for Each Other.”
The theme for the Sunday worship services (8:15 and 11 a.m.) during Lent, Pastor Edward L. Holloway, Jr. will relate his message to the gospel lessons on such subjects as being Tempted (3/9), Invited (3/16), Understood (3/23), Healed (3/30), and Raised (4/6).
All are welcome to attend these services.
Joy Evangelical Lutheran Church is located on SW State Road 200 at 83rd Place, Ocala. For further information contact the church office at 352-854-4509 ext.221.

Temple B’nai Darom
Temple B’nai Darom will be holding a Passover Seder at the Temple, 49 Banyan Course, Ocala on Monday night, April 14 at 6. A traditional Seder service will be conducted by our spiritual leader, Rabbi Harold Jaye followed by a full seder dinner. Choice of main course will be brisket or chicken. Cost per person is $28.50. For reservations or information call Elaine at 352-789-5617 or Anne at 352-245-1212.