Father Fred garage sale fundraiser
Traverse City — The Father Fred Fall Garage Sale fundraiser is being held today, Sept. 18.
Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Father Fred Foundation, 826 Hastings St. Prices will be reduced at 2 p.m., when most items will be half price and most clothing will be $2 a bag.
There also will be food, music and a 50/50 raffle. For details, call 947-2055 or visit www.fatherfred.org.
Redeemer Lutheran installs new pastor
Interlochen — Redeemer Lutheran Church will install its new pastor, the Rev. Mark Berlin, on Sunday, Sept. 19.
The Rev. Berlin served as pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Maryville, Wis., from July 2002 to August 2010. The installation service will start at 4 p.m. at the church on U.S. 31 and will be followed by a dinner. The public is invited.
DivorceCare groups for adults and kids
Traverse City — Bay Pointe Community Church will offer support groups for divorced or separated adults and children affected by divorce or separation.
DivorceCare and DivorceCare for Kids groups will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. weekly starting on Sunday, Sept. 19, at the church, 6880 Secor Road. For details or to register, call 922-9882.
Pancake breakfast benefits Love INC
Traverse City — The St. Patrick Catholic Church Men's Club will prepare and serve a pancake breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 19, to benefit Love INC (In the Name of Christ).
The meal will be served from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church, 630 W. Silver Lake Road, and is being sponsored by an anonymous St. Patrick parishioner couple. The cost is $5.50 for adults, $3.50 for ages 5 and older, $20 for families and free for children 4 and younger. Additional donations are appreciated.
Harvest dinner served family style
Mancelona — The Mancelona United Methodist Church will host a Harvest Dinner.
The family-style roast beef meal will be served on Tuesday, Sept. 21, with seatings at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. at the church, 117 E. Hinman. Take-outs will be available at 5 and 6 p.m.
Tickets are available from church members or at the door and proceeds benefit local and mission projects. Call 377-2047 for details.
First Congregational offers Alpha class
Traverse City — First Congregational Church will offer a video-based, practical introduction to the Christian faith.
Alpha will meet beginning Wednesday, Sept. 22, and continue on Wednesdays through Dec. 8.
There will be no class Nov. 24 or Dec. 1.
Participants are invited to come between 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. for a buffet supper that costs $6. Meal reservations are due by noon Mondays.
The church nursery for children ages 3 and younger, activities for children ages 4 through fifth grade, and Youth Ministry for sixth through 12th grade students will be available during class.
The church is located at 6105 Center Road. For details or to make meal reservations, call 947-6698.
Methodist Woman hold rummage sale
Traverse City — The United Methodist Women of Central United Methodist Church are finalizing plans for a fall rummage sale.
The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at the church, 222 Cass St. Proceeds will go toward mission projects.
Public invited to meditative services
Traverse City — The Presbyterian Church of Traverse City will hold Taize worship services on Sunday, Sept. 26, and Nov. 21.
Taize prayer originated in a small French village of the same name. It is a quiet, meditative worship that consists of repetitive sung prayers, scripture reading and silence. Congregations of all denominations worldwide are offering Taize worship because of its beauty and simplicity.
Services will start at 5 p.m. at the church, 701 Westminster Road, and last about 45 minutes. There is no sermon or offering. Attendees are invited to bring a non-perishable food item to share with neighbors in need.
Stand athletes visit Revival Center
Cadillac — The Stand Strength Team will make an appearance at the Revival Center of Cadillac.
The Stand athletes use feats of strength to demonstrate a positive, motivating message on making the right choices. They also promote anti-drugs, anti-alcohol, abstinence and academic excellence.
The program will start at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Revival Center, 984 Plett Road. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
Pro-life youth invited to 'Stand True'
Williamsburg — Area pro-life youth are invited to a rally on Wednesday, Sept. 29, featuring Bryan Kemper and music by Cast & Crew.
"Stand True" will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at New Hope Community Church, 5169 Bethesda Ct. In addition to music and a pro-life message by Kemper, there will be pizza, snacks, beverages, bands, skits and more. The rally is sponsored by Grand Traverse Area Right to Life, New Hope Community Church and WLJN radio
Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 after Friday, Sept. 24. They are available by calling 946-9469 or at www.gtartl.com.
Festival benefits Christian thrift store
Acme — The Acme Business Association will donate a portion of the proceeds from its inaugural Fall Festival to Acme Christian Thrift Store. ACTS is a local volunteer group that serves the community by providing food and dry goods for families in need.
Festival activities on Friday, Sept. 24, include a golf outing and a dinner-show. Saturday, Sept. 25, will include a pancake breakfast, a car show, craft show, Music House Museum tour, Parade of Farms tour, food vendors, a Farmers Market and Bake Sale, wine tasting and a silent auction. Parking on Sept. 25 will be available on Mt. Hope Road.
For details or to purchase tickets, visit www.discoveracme.com.
Area seniors invited to 'Over 55' lunch
Beulah — Eden Bible Church invites adults 55 and older to enjoy food and fellowship at an "Over 55" lunch on Friday, Sept. 24.
The free meal will begin at noon at the church, 7991 Worden Road. Reservations are due Wednesday, Sept. 22. For details or reservations, call 882-9495.
Shop Granny's attic, Grandpa's garage
Traverse City — The Immaculate Conception Church youth group invites the community to shop its Granny's Attic & Grandpa's Garage Sale.
Sale items include collectibles, holiday decorations, miscellaneous household items, vintage clothing and more. Proceeds will go toward the youth group's 2011 mission trip.
The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, in Centennial Hall at the church, 720 Second St. For details, call the Youth Ministry Office, 995-0431.
Gospelmen will give performance
Grawn — The Gospelmen will make an appearance on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Grawn United Methodist Church.
The group has shared the stage with many national groups including Ivan Parker, The Martins, Legacy Five and others. They also have traveled extensively throughout the Midwest.
The concert will start at 7 p.m. at the church, 1260 W. Silver Lake Road. An offering will be accepted.
Shop for holidays, special occasions
Traverse city — The Fall & Christmas Craft Show at First Christian Church will feature a selection of gift ideas for Christmas and special occasions.
The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the church, 3686 S. Airport Road. Lunch will be served and Pastor Marshall and Mary Collins of Northport will perform special music. There also will be hourly prize drawings and a bake sale.
Witness to War will discuss peace
Traverse City — Dr. Charles Clements, recent CEO of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, will share his ideas on how to live and act in peace in a world at war.
After serving as a pilot in Vietnam, Clements became an active objector to war, earned a medical degree and donated his skills and time to the rebels in the El Salvador revolution. He is the author of "Witness to War," a book about the El Salvador revolution and the subject of a documentary of the same title. Dr. Clements currently is chair of the Harvard University Kennedy Peace Center.
Dr. Clements will speak during the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Sept. 26, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6726 Center Road. After the service, there will be time to talk with Dr. Clements. Light refreshments will be available for an appropriate donation.
For details, call 943-7999 or e-mail email@example.com.
'Focus on Life' benefit dinner
Acme — David Bereit will be the keynote speaker at Grand Traverse Area Right to Life's annual "Focus on Life" benefit dinner.
Bereit became an outspoken pro-life advocate after Planned Parenthood announced plans to build an abortion clinic in his Texas town in 1998 and led the first ever 40 Days for Life campaign in College Station, Texas. He moved to the Washington, DC, area in 2005 where he served as executive director of American Life League and national director of Stop Planned Parenthood until being asked to lead the national 40 Days for Life campaign. He currently is national director for 40 Days for Life.
The fundraiser will be held Wednesday, Sept. 29, in Governor's Hall at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa,. it will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $60 each. For more information or reservations, call 946-9469 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discussion group at Windward Church
Traverse City — A discussion group is meeting at Windward Church on Wednesdays through Nov. 17.
The group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church, U.S. 31 South. Participants are discussing concepts from Manfred T. Brauch's book "Abusing Scripture: The Consequences of Misreading the Bible." The topic for discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 29, will focus on the abuse of selectivity, which involves ignoring or rejecting passages of Scripture that present an alternative perspective or advocate an opposing view.
For details, call the church, 421-1403.
Craft show has booth space
Acme — Booth space is available for artists and crafters in Christ the King Church's annual craft show.
The show will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 13 at the church, 3801 Shore Road. The booth fee is $65. For details or to reserve a booth, interested vendors should call Pat Westbrook, 929-1830.