TRAVERSE CITY —
Program on the arts in Benzie County
Beulah — Welcoming Wednesday at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church will feature Wes Blizzard.
Blizzard will discuss the arts in Benzie County on Wednesday, July 7, at the church, 8190 Lincoln Road. He also will demonstrate pottery techniques by throwing a pot on his potter's wheel. Children will have the opportunity to work with clay in a special project during the program.
Welcoming Wednesday will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. It starts with a picnic supper provided by the church, followed by the program and a short vespers service. The service will be led by the Rev. Pam Pendexter with music by vocalist and guitarist Doug Hansen. For details, call 882-4241 or visit www.benziestandrews.com.
Christian singles invited to potluck
Traverse City — Traverse Area Christian Singles invites area Christian singles 50 and older to join them for a potluck followed by the Cherry Festival fireworks finale.
The group will meet at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at Sunset Park, next to the Holiday Inn West Bay on East Front Street. For details, call 421-1260.
Leland Summer Church is under way
Leland — Leland Community United Methodist Church will host Leland Summer Church starting Sunday, July 4, in addition to its 8:30 a.m. contemporary informal service and 10:55 a.m. traditional worship.
Summer Church meets at 9:30 a.m. at Leland Community UMC, 106 N. Fourth St. Now in its 55th year, each service features a well-known speaker from the Midwest. Dr. Matthew Hook from Dexter United Methodist Church will be the speaker on Sunday, July 4. Pediatrician and author Dr. Margaret Meeker will give the program on July 11.
Summer Church will continue at 9:30 a.m. Sundays through Aug. 29.
For more information, call 256-9161 or visit www.lelandcumc.org.
St. Mary Festival and chicken dinner
Lake Leelanau — St. Mary of Lake Leelanau will host its 86th annual Parish Festival and Chicken Dinner on Sunday, July 11.
The all-you-can-eat meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the St. Mary School gym and cafeteria, 303 St. Mary St. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for children ages 4 to 10 and free for children 3 and younger. Take-outs will be available.
Festivities also include adult and children's games, free crafts for children, a Country Store with locally handcrafted items, homemade baked goods and local produce, and a raffle. There also will be a quilt display and a demonstration of the art of quilting. Custom quilt orders also will be taken.
Proceeds help defray the annual operating costs of St. Mary School, which offers a faith-based education for preschool through 12th-grade students. For details, call 256-9676 or 256-9670.
VBS sets sail on a high seas adventure
Traverse City — Traverse Bay United Methodist Church invites children ages 4 through fifth grade on a high seas Vacation Bible School adventure.
VBS will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, July 12, through Friday, July 16, at the church, 1200 Ramsdell Road. Registration will be at 8:45 a.m. Activities include games, music, skits, crafts and snacks. To learn more, call the church office, 946-5323.
Meeker speaking at teen Bible study
Local pediatrician Meg Meeker, a nationally known voice on teen issues, will speak at a "Keep In Touch" event Monday, July 12.
Meeker will be the guest at the Grand Traverse Teen Community Bible Study from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Faith Reformed Church Ministry Center, 1139 E. Front St. She is the best-selling author of six books.
All past, current and prospective Teen CBS students and friends are welcome. There will also be a cookout, praise and worship. Teen CBS is an interdenominational Bible study for ninth- through 12th-graders. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 223-4335.
Family VBS has an Egyptian theme
Cadillac — First Baptist Church-Cadillac will host an intergenerational family Vacation Bible School.
"Egypt: Joseph's Journey from Prison to Palace" will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 12, through Friday, July 16, at the church. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. nightly for a donation. Participants will explore Pharaoh's palace, experience "real-life" dramas, play games, sample snacks, visit a petting zoo and listen to music.
Call the church office, 775-5629, for details or to register.
Church hosts brats and burgers cookout
Traverse City — Old Mission Congregational Church invites the community to its second "Burger & Brats" cookout of the summer.
The meal will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, next to the church, 18678 Mission Road. Donations are appreciated. Call Penny Paulley, 223-4844, to learn more.
Smorgasbord dishes all feature cherries
Frankfort — Frankfort United Methodist Church will spotlight cherries in all the dishes served at its Very Cherry Smorgasbord.
The meal will be served from 5 to 7 p.m., or until the food is gone, on Thursday, July 15, at the church, 537 Crystal Ave. Main dishes include pork loin with cherry sauce, cherry barbecue meatballs, cherry chicken casserole, cherry beef burgundy and ham with cherry sauce. Salads, desserts and beverages also will include cherries in some form.
Tickets will be available at the door only. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-12 and free for children 3 and younger.