Dinner will benefit Habitat for Humanity
FRANKFORT — A spaghetti dinner tonight, Sept. 25, will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Benzie County.
The meal will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Frankfort United Methodist Church, 537 Crystal Ave. Free-will donations will be accepted.
Area Christians join hands around school
TRAVERSE CITY — Christians from area churches will gather Sunday, Sept. 26, to surround Silver Lake Elementary School in prayer.
Hands Around the School, sponsored by Northern Lakes Community Church, will start at 12:30 p.m. at the school, 5858 Culver Road. For 30 minutes, participants will pray for God's protection and blessing on the students, teachers and staff.
Call Pastor Mike Riggins, 935-4556, for details.
Montessori-based children's program
TRAVERSE CITY — "Children in Worship" is a Montessori-based program for children ages 4 to second grade.
The program is offered at 10 a.m. Sundays at Northern Lakes Community Church, 5444 Herkner Road. It is designed to help children respond to the stories of Jesus and prepare them to worship God with more understanding and spirit.
Call 935-4556 or e-mail email@example.com.
Sacred Quest weekend retreat
PETOSKEY — The Sacred Quest Team will offer a spirituality retreat at the Augustine Center.
The retreat will start at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, and conclude at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3. Participants will experience dialogue, prayer, music, companionship and more. The suggested minimum donation for the retreat, two-nights lodging and six meals is $235. Registration is required.
To register, send a $100 non-refundable deposit to Karen Schrauben, 8510 Wintergreen St., Lansing, MI 48917, call (517) 627-5534 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 633-3464 or e-mail email@example.com.
Couples invited to marriage retreat
TRAVERSE CITY — Couples in premarriage and all seasons of marriage are invited to learn how to fight their way to a great marriage at a two-day retreat.
"Taking Off The Gloves: Fighting Your Way To a Great Marriage" will meet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at Bay Pointe Community Church, 6880 Secor Road. Couples will learn to identify marriage conflict as a way to a closer relationship. The cost is $65 per couple.
To register, call 922-9882 Visit www.bponline for a relationship assessment.
Order of St. Luke Healing Conference
BEULAH — The Sleeping Bear Chapter of the Order of St. Luke the Physician will sponsor its annual healing conference.
The conference will be held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 8190 Lincoln Road. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, with a healing service at 8 p.m.; and 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, with a healing service at 2 p.m. The presenter is the Rev. Patricia Megregian, General Presbyter of the Mackinac Presbytery and a board-certified chaplain. Her topic is "The Hem of His Garment: A Healing Ministry."
The $15 conference fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch on Oct. 2. Call Carol Mead, 334-8161.
Fundraiser for Freedom Builders
TRAVERSE CITY — West Side Community Church will hold a 5K Run/Walk and Children's Fun Run to benefit Freedom Builders Ministry.
Freedom Builders was started 10 years ago with the goal of connecting the family of God with the disadvantaged through volunteer opportunities in housing assistance projects. The ministry generally completes more than 150 projects a year.
The trail run will be held on Saturday, Oct. 2, beginning and ending at the church, 4975 M-72 West. Check-in starts at 7:30 a.m., with the run/walk at 9 a.m. and the Children's Fun Run at 10 a.m. Registration is $25 for the run/walk and $15 for the children's event, with a maximum cost of $60 per family. For details or registration, visit www.tcwscc.com or e-mail Nancy Yahr, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harvest dinner serves swiss steak
TRAVERSE CITY — Swiss steak tops the menu for the Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church's Harvest Dinner.
The meal will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the church, 16426 Center Road. Donations will be accepted and take-outs will be available. Call 223-4393 for more information.
Workshop spotlights Jubilee House
TRAVERSE CITY — Grace Church will celebrate the fifth anniversary of its Center for Jubilee Ministry by co-hosting a day-long workshop with the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Western Michigan.
Services at the Jubilee Center include showers, laundry service, access to computers, postal and voice mail, a food pantry, a hygiene pantry and a community meal once a week. Funded entirely by donations and volunteer hours, Jubilee House served a record high 572 patrons in June.
The workshop, "What Love Can Do: A Celebration of Jubliee House," will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the church, 341 Washington St. Several sessions will highlight ministries that reach out to the homeless and marginally employed. Registration is required. For details or to register, call 947-2330.
Help with Father Fred food drive
TRAVERSE CITY — The Father Fred Foundation, in conjunction with Oleson's, Tom's, Glen's and Maxbauer's food markets, will hold its Fall Food Drive and is looking for volunteer help.
The food drive will take place from Sunday, Oct. 3, through Sunday, Oct. 10. Family, corporate or church teams of two to three individuals are needed to cover two-hour shifts at 10 different store locations. Volunteers will pass out flyers, thank donors and pack boxes with donated food. For details or to volunteer, call Sue Bauer, 947-2055, ext. 34.
Locals participate in Life Chain Sunday
TRAVERSE CITY — Residents of the Grand Traverse area are invited to join 1,400 Life Chains that will be formed across America on Sunday, Oct. 3.
The life chain is a witness to the sanctity of human life. It is not a picket or a march. Participants stand silently holding pro-life signs, which will be available along the Life Chain.
The local chain will be formed from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the sidewalks along Grandview Parkway and Front Street, running east to west from Fair to Division streets. For more information, call 325-3685.
Book discussion group will meet
TRAVERSE CITY — A group at Windward Church will continue its discussion of the concepts presented in Manfred T. Brauch's book "Abusing Scripture: The Consequences of Misreading the Bible."
The group meets on Wednesdays through Nov. 17 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church, U.S. 31 South. The topic for Wednesday, Oct. 6, will be the abuse of biblical balance. Call the church, 421-1403, to learn more.
St. Ignatius Spiritual Exercises offered
TRAVERSE CITY — Trinity School of Transformation announces advance registration for the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, which will be offered in the 19th Day annotation format for individuals unable to make a 30-day retreat.
The exercises represent a commitment to practices of prayer and scripture reflection for Christians of all denominations. It will be offered from October to May in a format of four full-day retreats. Small group contacts between the retreats will provide support throughout the year.
The first retreat will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the First Congregational Church, 6105 Center Road. Materials will be available for purchase and tuition for the year is $100. For details or to complete the required registration, call Jo Panter, 947-8929, or Jill Prout, 267-5285.
Love and Logic parenting course
TRAVERSE CITY — Central United Methodist Church will offer two sessions of a class designed to help parents find specific answers and actions for difficult situations in child rearing.
"Becoming a Love and Logic Parent" will meet Wednesdays from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Oct. 6 through Nov. 17; and also 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. Sundays, Oct. 10 through Nov. 14, at the church, 222 Cass St. The cost is $12 per person or $20 per couple. Call Alline Beutler, 946-5191, for details or to register.