Enjoy dinner out and help BACN
Beulah — Cold Creek Inn in Beulah and Lumberjacks in Honor are partnering with Benzie Area Christian Neighbors.
The public is encouraged to dine at either restaurant on Tuesday, Sept. 7, when both eateries will donate 10 percent of the receipts for the night to BACN to help feed people in need.
For details, call 352-8004.
New year for Church Women United
Empire — Empire United Methodist Church will host Church Women United's first meeting of the new season.
The group will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at the church on Michigan Street. Attendees should bring a dish to share and table service for the fellowship luncheon. Health kits and school kits both desperately are needed and can be brought to the September and October meetings or dropped off at Sparky's Diner, South Airport Road, Traverse City.
Dinner will benefit Lake Ann church
Traverse City — Traverse Bay United Methodist Church will host a swiss steak and chicken dinner on Thursday, Sept. 9, to benefit Lake Ann United Methodist Church.
The meal will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the church, 1200 Ramsdell Road. The cost is $8 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 4-10, and free for children ages 3 and younger.
Spaghetti dinner will benefit KAIR
Kalkaska — The Peoples Church of Kalkaska will sponsor a benefit dinner for Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources (KAIR), which distributes food, clothing and household goods to those in need.
The meal will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Kalkaska Senior Center, 303 S. Coral St. The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 17, and free for children 5 and younger. A family ticket is $20. There also will be door-prize drawings throughout the event.
Rally Day opens Sunday School year
Lake Ann — Advent Lutheran Church will start a new year of Sunday School on Sunday, Sept. 12, with a Rally Day Celebration.
Missionary John Paul Sundararajan, India-Asia director of audio scripture ministries, will preach at both the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services at the church in downtown Lake Ann. He also will share reflections of his work during the education hour at 9:30 a.m., and children of all ages will celebrate the work the church is called to do in the world through songs and lessons.
Call the Rev. Justin A. Grimm, 275-8031, or visit www.adventlakeann.org for more information.
Church starts new series of messages
Traverse City — Windward Church will offer a new five-week series of messages designed to help overcome stress, conflict, complaining and other common issues many people struggle with.
The "What's Next" series will start at the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, Sept. 12, at the church, 770 N. U.S. 31 S. A free community hog roast will start at 11:30 a.m. and continue until the food is gone. There also will be live music, games for all ages, and sign-up opportunities for community groups.
For more information, call 421-1403 or visit www.windwardchurch.org.
Quilting personality will visit quilt group
Traverse City — Internationally-known quilting personality Kaye Wood will be the guest speaker at the Monday, Sept. 13, meeting of the Fellowship Quilters.
Wood will give a lecture/demonstration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Presbyterian Church, 701 Westminster. Attendees should bring a brown bag lunch. Reservations are required.
To register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call Pat Samborski, 946-7868.
Kick-off event for teen Bible study
Traverse City — High school students interested in attending the Grand Traverse Teen Community Bible Study are invited to register at a kick-off event on Monday, Sept. 13.
Teen CBS is an interdenominational, in-depth Bible study that includes dinner, worship music and small-group study for ninth through 12th graders. Previous Bible knowledge is not required.
The kick-off will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Faith Reformed Church Ministry Center, 1139 E. Front St. Classes will meet through May 2 to study the book of Romans. Registration is $40.
For more information or to register, contact Coordinator Sally Miller, 223-4335 or email@example.com.
Registration for evening Bible study
Traverse City — Registration is under way for an independent Bible study open to all men and women.
The interdenominational group will use material from Community Bible Study for a 30-week in-depth study of the book of Acts. It will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Sept. 14 through May 3, at Bayview Wesleyan Church, 720 Wayne St.
An introductory coffee will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, for anyone interested in learning more about the study. For details or to register, call 392-3609.
Spiritual ways to cope with anxiety
Traverse city — Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services' next program in the "Together We Can" community education series will explore how to seek spiritual help for managing anxiety.
The free program will be offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at Pine Rest Traverse City Clinic, 1050 Silver Dr. Susan Allred, ACSW, LMSW, will examine common factors that cause anxiety and consider Bible teachings that offer comfort and provide solid tools to manage anxiety.
The program is open to the public. Space is limited and reservations are requested. For details or to register, call 947-2255.
Conference hosts best-selling author
Gaylord — The ninth annual Woman to Woman Conference will welcome bestselling author Elizabeth George and funny lady Kim Bolton.
George is a teacher, speaker and best-selling author who has sold more than 5 million books. She also shares inspirational messages on her radio program, "A Woman After God's Own Heart," which airs several times daily on nationwide radio.
Bolton is a Christian vocalist, musician and songwriter. She will share stories designed to tickle the funny bone and recount how her moments of despair turned to victory. She has produced nine CDs.
The conference will take place Sept. 17 and 18 at Gaylord Evangelical Free Church Gospel Center, 1649 M-32. In addition to the speakers, participants may choose to participate in two of nine workshops ranging from scrapbooking to effective prayer time.
The registration fee is $42. A sandwich lunch will be provided on Sept. 18 for an additional $8, or participants are free to dine at local restaurants. For details or to register, call Donna Gennette, (989) 732-2647, or go to www.w2wconference.org.
Lighthouse Lunch program gets grant
Charlevoix — The Lighthouse Lunch program at Community Church of God received a $1,500 grant from the Great Lakes Energy People Fund.
The Lighthouse Lunch provides a free hot lunch to the community from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays at the church 202 W. Hurlbut. The grant will be used toward supplies and needs for the program.
Ecumenical spiritual-formation programs
Traverse city — Grace Episcopal Church will offer two new ecumenical adult spiritual formation programs this fall.
"Foundations of Christian Spirituality — Entering the Narrow Gate" is a reflective study of the wisdom tradition across the centuries. The 10-session class will meet one Thursday a month for 10 months starting in October and is open to anyone.
The "Spiritual Direction Formation Program" is a two-year practicum in the art of spiritual direction. It will meet once a month on a Thursday evening and Friday nine times a year. There is a formal application process.
Both classes will meet at Grace Church, 341 Washington St., and will be facilitated by Sister Nancy Brousseau, OP, D.Min., and Rosemary Hagan, D.Min. For an application, contact the church, 947-2330 or www.gracetc.org. For details on program content and meeting dates, contact Brousseau, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Hagan, 946-3065 or email@example.com.