Minister to answer questions from pulpit
CLEAWATER BEACH — The Rev. Herb Freitag will use his sermon time Sunday at Chapel-By-The-Sea Community Church to answer questions submitted in writing by the congregation at the beginning of the 10:30 a.m. service. Topics aren’t limited to religion.
Adult Sunday School starts at 9:15 a.m. with the Rev. Tom Hartung teaching. Youth Sunday School starts with church at 10:30. Nursery care is provided.
The church is at 54 Bay Esplanade. For details, call (727) 446-0430 or visit www.chapelbythesea.net.
Concert series offers ‘Moonlight and Romance’
CLEARWATER — Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church’s concert series will feature “Moonlight and Romance” at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, 110 S. Fort Harrison Ave.
Pianist Teresa Walters will play selections by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Gershwin and other composers, including “Moonlight Sonata” and “Rhapsody in Blue.”
Walters, dubbed the “International First Lady of Piano,” received her doctorate from the Peabody Conservatory. As a concert artist, she has toured throughout the United States and Europe, playing at Carnegie Hall, the Esterhazy Palace in Austria and the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory. For details, visit www.TeresaWalters.com.
Suggested minimum donation is $5. A reception will be offered in fellowship hall after the concert.
For more on the concert series, visit www.PeaceMemorial.org or call the church office at (727) 446-3001 or Music Committee chair Beth Daniels at (727) 461-1818.
Christian women’s club to hold monthly luncheon
CLEARWATER — Clearwater Christian Women’s Club will host its monthly luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cove Cay Country Club, U.S. 19 and Haines Bayshore Boulevard.
Following a concert by Dick Morris, Kathy Baarman will talk about how she found true freedom in America.
The club isn’t affiliated with any church or denomination, and there are no dues. All men and women are welcome.
Cost is $17 inclusive. Make reservations by Feb. 7 by calling (727) 791-8762 or (727) 330-7109.
Women of St. Brendan to host fashion show, lunch
CLEARWATER — The St. Brendan Council of Catholic Women offers its annual fashion show and luncheon from 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 13 at Clearwater Country Club, 525 North Betty Lane.
Fashions will be by Patchington of Belleair Bluffs. The event includes basket prize drawings, a 50/50 drawing, silent auction and the “Heart Tree.” The fundraiser benefits local charities.
Cost is $28, and tables of six or eight may be reserved. Call Georgette Zackey at (727) 466-6970 or Dawn Barrett at (727) 447-0375.
Valentine dinner & dance at Hope Presbyterian
CLEARWATER — The public is invited to Hope Presbyterian Church at 1698 S. Belcher Rd. 6 p.m. on Feb. 15 for its annual Valentine's Dinner & Dance. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (727) 531-3200. Dinner will be served in Hambley Hall followed by dancing. Both couples and singles are welcome. Visit www.HopeFamily.com for more information.
Local church to offer “Ashes to go” on Ash Wednesday
CLEARWATER — On this first day of Lent, Skycrest United Methodist Church has an answer for local Christians too busy to make it to Ash Wednesday service: “Ashes to go.”
On March 5, Rev. Emily Oliver and a few volunteers will be available from 7:45-9:15 a.m. at the church, 2045 Drew St., making ashen crosses on the foreheads of all interested passers-by.
This modern take on an ancient tradition is “all about connecting with the neighborhood,” said Rev. Emily Oliver. “Rather than waiting for people to come inside our doors and find us, we want to come outside and be present with our community.”
Motorists should approach the east side of the church on Nimbus Ave. Walk ups may park in the church lot.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of a 40-day period of prayer and fasting or abstinence, called Lent. The blessed ashes are daubed on the foreheads in the shape of a cross of the faithful as a sign of conversion, penance, fasting and human mortality
The church also has a traditional Ash Wednesday service available that evening at 7 p.m. Visit www.skyrest.net for more information.
Help for families of alcoholics
Al-Anon Family Groups help families and friends of problem drinkers recover from the impacts of a loved one’s drinking. Members help each other by practicing the 12 steps of alcoholics anonymous, welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.
For more information, call (727) 548-6811 or visit al-anon-pinellas.org.