Community Services

Beach walk proceeds to be presented at service
CLEARWATER BEACH — Proceeds of the Beach Walk fundraiser will be presented to representatives of Religious Community Services during the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at Chapel-By-The-Sea Community Church, 54 Bay Esplanade.
The Rev. Herb Freitag will use the sermon time to answer questions posed by the congregation. Baritone Tom Jones will sing the solo. For details, call (727) 446-0430 or visit
The church is at 54 Bay Esplanade. For details, call (727) 446-0430 or visit
Valentine dinner & dance at Hope Presbyterian
CLEARWATER — The public is invited to Hope Presbyterian Church at 1698 S. Belcher Rd. 6 p.m. on Saturday 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 for more information.
Community forum to explore hunger in Pinellas County
CLEARWATER — Up to 1 in 5 residents of Pinellas County go hungry every day. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, some of the people who are on the front line of dealing with hunger – or “low food security” – in the county will be part of a Hunger Awareness Forum at Church of the Ascension, 701 Orange Ave. in Clearwater.
Featured will be speakers with expertise in the issues of hunger in Pinellas, including Jerry Coleman, director of the Religious Community Services food bank; Steve Popper, founder of Meals of Hope; Lewis Hill, coordinator of the Pack-a-Sack 4 Kids program in Pinellas schools, and others. Caitlyn Peacock, project coordinator with Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger, will present the local “hunger gap map.” There will be informational displays and a panel discussion.
The 90-minute forum is presented by a collaboration of five Episcopal churches in North Pinellas that are taking a bite out of hunger with an annual Meals of Hope food packing event. Last spring, 160 volunteers from the churches, schools and other organizations packed 50,000 nutritious meals for the hungry; this April 5, the aim is to gather 200 volunteers to pack 80,000 meals at the RCS food bank.
The Hunger Awareness Forum, with Meals of Hope samples, is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact John Fleming at (727) 461-0218 or (727) 599-8911 or
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 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

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