Woman to Woman Conference signup
Gaylord — Early registration ends Sunday, Aug. 15, for the ninth annual Woman to Woman Conference.
The event will be held Sept. 17 and 18 at the Gaylord Evangelical Free Church Gospel Center, 1649 M-32. Best-selling author Elizabeth George and comedian Kim Bolton will be the guest speakers.
The early registration fee is $38. Regular admission is $42. A sandwich lunch will be provided Sept. 18 for an additional $8, or participants are free to lunch on their own. For details or to register, call Donna Gennette, (989) 732-2647 or visit www.w2wconference.org.
Children invited to explore God's love
Traverse City — Faith Reformed Church invites children to explore the love of God at its High Seas Expedition Vacation Bible School.
VBS will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, Aug. 16-20, at the church, 1139 E. Front St. It is geared toward children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. In addition to Bible stories and creative experiences, children also will help with the "Blanketing the World With God's Love" World Vision mission project.
There is a $5 registration fee per child to cover educational materials, and scholarships are available. Visit www.faithreformedchurchtc.org to register. Call Karin Stevens, 947-7082, ext. 19, for details.
Vintage baptism attire on display
Benzonia — Baptism dresses and bonnets featuring elaborate tucks, tatting, lace and hand stitching make for an "out-of-the-ordinary" exhibit at the Benzie Area Historical Museum.
The museum has acquired a small collection of baptism dresses and bonnets from the 19th and 20th centuries from area families. One dress was worn by five generations of babies at the old Trinity Lutheran Church in Frankfort.
"We have a good idea of who wore the dresses and where they came from and, in some instances, even have a picture of the baby wearing the dress," said Museum Director Lou Yock.
The display will be on view from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday through the middle of October.
The museum is located at 6941 Traverse Ave. Call 882-5539 to learn more.
Alden church hosts sale and dinner
Alden — The Alden Methodist Women will sponsor a rummage sale and a spaghetti dinner.
The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 19-21. The meal will be served from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children.
Both events will be held at the church, 9015 Helena Road.
To learn more about the meal, call Diane Nemeth, 331-6365.
For rummage sale details, call the church, 331-6761.
Service features gospel group
Kalkaska — The gospel group His Way 11 will perform during morning worship at Bear Lake Christian Church.
The service and concert will start at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, at the church on M-72.
Everyone is welcome.
Experience summer revival in Lake Ann
Lake Ann — Lake Ann United Methodist Church invites the community to three nights of revival.
All services, music and fellowship will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 19-21, under the tents at Lake Ann United Methodist Church's New Life Center at First Street and Lake Ann Road.
Guest speakers include the Rev. Gary Step of Indian River UMC, Aug. 19; the Rev. Mary Brown of Grawn UMC, Aug. 20; and the Rev. Devon Herrell of Lake Ann UMC, Aug. 21.
Music by the Wesley Band from Western Michigan University, and hot dogs will be available nightly.
A bonfire will follow the service on Aug. 20, and a corn roast dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 21.
For more information, call 275-7236.
Picnic has pulled pork sandwiches
Frankfort — Pulled pork sandwiches top the menu at a picnic at Frankfort United Methodist Church.
The picnic will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at the church on M-22. In addition to pulled pork, baked beans, cole slaw, potato chips, dessert and beverages will be served.
The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 11 and younger. Take-outs also will be available.
Summer Church has guest preacher
Leland — The Rev. Benton R. Heisler will address the congregation at the Sunday, Aug. 22, Leland Summer Church service.
The Rev. Heisler is Director of Connectional Ministries of the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church. He will speak at the 9:30 a.m. service at Leland Community United Methodist Church, 106 N. Fourth St.
Leland Summer Church will conclude on Sunday, Aug. 29.
For details, call 256-9161 or visit www.lelandcumc.org.
St. Matthew Church marks 120 years
Mancelona — St. Matthew Lutheran Church has preached the Gospel in northern Michigan and sponsored other Lutheran churches in the area for 120 years. The congregation will celebrate that milestone on Sunday, Aug. 22, at the church, 211 E. Hinman.
In December 1890, nine families met with the dream of building a Lutheran church to serve the German residents of Mancelona and Wetzel. Work began on the original building, which is now the chancel area, and on Easter 1891 the first service was held. The congregation formally joined the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in 1968. The following year, the addition of a fellowship hall, basement, kitchen and restrooms completed the structure as it stands today.
The anniversary celebration will start with the 10 a.m. service featuring former pastor the Rev. James Walburg and current pastor the Rev. Donald Ritter. A meal and gospel music by CenterStage will follow.
Enrollment under way at GTACS
Traverse City — Enrollment for the 2010-11 school year is under way at Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools.
GTACS is enrolling students for PreK (Young Fives) through 12th grade. For an information packet or a personal tour, contact Director of Admissions Cindy Weber, 995-8425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.