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Preaching, praise planned at chapel's Easter services

CLEARWATER BEACH —The Rev. J. Thomas Hartung will preach at an Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. Sunday in the courtyard at Chapel-By-The-Sea Community Church, 54 Bay Esplanade.

His sermon, using I Corinthians 15:12-28 as the text, is titled, “Risen Christ ... Our Hope and Faith.” Flo Bickel will provide the piano accompaniment. Attendees are invited to dress casually and bring their own chairs to the service.

The Rev. Herbert Freitag will preach on “Tombstone Territory,” with the scripture from John 20:1-18, at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services.

“In order to qualify as the owner of a used tombstone, Christians must catch and reflect the excitement of a resurrection faith,” Freitag explained in a news release. “Those who leave barely used tombstones have found living faith that carries them beyond death.”

Marilyn Michael will lead the Chapel Choir and a brass quartet made up of Jonathan Steele, Jared Bird, David Manson and Danny Tripp, with Denzel Dixon on tympani.

Nursery care is available for the 9 and 10:30 services. Sunday School and visiting children should bring a basket for the Easter egg hunt after the later service. Coach pick-up schedule and route for the 10:30 service are available by calling the office at (727) 446-0430.

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Public invited to Good Friday Services at Hope Presbyterian Church

CLEARWATER — A Good Friday service will start at 7 p.m., Friday at Hope Presbyterian Church. The Christian service is held as part of the last week of Lent, also known as Holy Week, and held three days prior Easter, the day of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The service reflects on Christ's crucifixion.

The church is located at 1698 S. Belcher Rd. (727) 531-3200. For more information send an e-mail to or visit

Girls in need can get help for Prom

SEMINOLE — Belle of the Ball Inc., a nonprofit organization which provides homecoming and prom dresses to in-need, low-income high school girls in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, announced the spring prom distribution dates: Saturday and again on May 3 at the Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

To volunteer, send an e-mail to To donate dresses, send an e-mail For more information, visit

Charity accepting children's clothing donations

CLEARWATER — Clothes To Kids, which provides a full week's school wardrobe to more than 50 youngsters each week for free, needs clothing and shoes for elementary school boys and girls.

Needed are pants, jeans, shorts sizes four to 16, long- and short-sleeve shirts sizes small to extra large and shoes in children's size 11 through adult sizes.

New or gently used pants, shorts, shirts and shoes can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Clothes To Kids' two stores: 1059 N. Hercules Ave., Clearwater, and 3251 Third Ave., St. Petersburg.

Clothes To Kids has shopping appointments available for students from kindergarten through 12th grade on the free and reduced lunch program. Call (727) 441-5050 in north county and (727) 327-7100 in south county.

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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 information, call (727) 548-6811 or visit

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