Cookout serves burgers and brats
Traverse City — Burgers and bratwurst will sizzle on the grill at the next "Burger and Brats" cookout at Old Mission Congregational Church.
The meal will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, at the church, 18687 Mission Road. Donations are appreciated. To learn more, call Penny Paulley, 223-4844.
Benefit dinner for Safe Harbor shelter
Traverse City — A swiss steak and chicken dinner on Thursday, Aug. 12, will benefit Safe Harbor shelter.
The meal will be served from 5-6:30 p.m. at Traverse Bay United Methodist Church, 1200 Ramsdell Road. Prices are $8 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 4 to 10 and free for children 3 and younger.
Program will focus on unity in prayer
Traverse City — Bishop Larry Jackson will share insights on the importance of unity in prayer for a city to birth transformation in an evening program at Redeeming Grace Church.
Bishop Jackson is a nationally-known Promise Keepers speaker. He currently leads Charlotte Awake (www.charlotteawake.com) and is on the board for The Oak Initiative.
The program will start at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, at the church, 3211 Garfield Road. The public is welcome.
For details, call Rita Rathburn of Women of Influence, 409-3035; or Gary and Janice Slater of Traverse City House of Prayer, 632-0738.
Sign up for Ave Maria dinner
Traverse City — Tom Monaghan, chancellor of Ave Maria University, will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, Aug. 12, Northern Michigan Ave Maria University Founders Club dinner.
Monaghan spent his youth in Traverse City and is the founder of Domino's Pizza. He will talk about his commitment to preparing Catholic leaders through the founding of Ave Maria University.
Registration starts at 5:30 p.m., with Mass at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the program, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 720 Second St. The cost is $10. For details or reservations, call 935-1874 or visit www.avemaria.edu/michigan.
Camp Arcadia hosts Choral Evensong
Arcadia — The Rev. Robert Rimbo, bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, will preside at Camp Arcadia's Choral Evensong.
Bishop Rimob is dean for the week at camp. He writes a column of worship and liturgy for The Lutheran, has authored numerous articles and books, and served on the committee that produced Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006 hymnal).
Pre-service music by the Northwind Brass ensemble will start at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arcadia. The choir will perform at 8 p.m. It is composed of singers from Camp Arcadia, cottage colony and village and directed by Dr. Carl Schalk, professor of music emeritus at Concordia University in Chicago.
They will performed compositions by Schalk, accompanied by Patricia Leege on the organ.
Admission is free and the public is invited. For details, call 889-3335.
Marian Center will host guest speaker
Petoskey — Nationally recognized author and apologist Gary Michuta will be the guest speaker at the Marian Center's Summer Festival.
Michuta has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home and Catholic Answers Live. His program will focus on "How to Wolf-Proof Your Kids: A Practical Guide to Keeping Your Kids Catholic."
The event will take place from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14 at the Marian Center, 2680 Maxwell Road. The cost is $15 for adults; free for children 17 and younger. Dinner will be available for a modest fee.
For a schedule, directions or to register, visit www.mariancenter.org or call 347-6279.
Benefit car show and musical revue
Gaylord — Mount Hope Church has added a new element to its second annual Classic Car, Truck and Bike Show — an original musical-comedy revue.
Classic vehicles of all makes and models will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The vehicle entry fee is $15 on or before Sunday, Aug. 8, and $20 Aug. 9 or later. Food will be available to purchase.
The "1943 USO Show" will be presented at 1 and 5 p.m. Proclaim, a Gaylord Christian Performing Arts Ministry, will take a nostalgic look at a World War II USO Show including period music, dance and comedy routines.
Both events will take place Saturday, Aug. 14, at Mount Hope Church, 1672 M-32 East, and admission is free. All proceeds from car show entries go directly to the Otsego County Food Pantry and the public is invited to donate non-perishable food items for the pantry at the car show.
Speaker returns to Summer Church
Leland — Dr. John Stewart will return to the area to speak for a second time at Leland Summer Church.
Dr. Stewart is a retired Presbyterian pastor and retired professor at Princeton Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids. He will speak at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday, Aug. 15, at Leland Community United Methodist Church, 106 N. Fourth St. For details, call 256-9161 or visit www.lelandcumc.org.
Community invited to church carnival
Traverse City — The congregation at Christ United Methodist Church invites the community to join them for an evening of "Readin', Rightin' and Ridiculousness."
The "School Daze With Jesus" Carnival will be hosted from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, at the church, 1249 Three Mile Road. There will be free hot dogs, popcorn, music, games and prizes.
To learn more, call 946-3048 or 941-0504.
The People's Church has new minister
Steven C. Packer is the new minister at The People's Church.
Packer will be part time at the church, 216 S. Cherry St., and will have office hours on Mondays, 9 a.m.-noon, and Wednesdays, 2-5 p.m. There will be weekly services at 11 a.m. Sundays and a Bible study at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Packer was born in Saginaw and raised in Traverse City; he graduated from Traverse City Senior High in 1967. He graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in theology, received a master's degree in Christian education from Asbury Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry from Bethel Theological Seminary.
He has been a minister for 37 years in Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan, with his last pastorate at Wesleyan Church in Pinconning. He also served as president of the Pinconning and Linwood Area Chamber of Commerce, was named Pinconning Citizen of the Year in 2004 and was a charter member of the Northern Bay and Arenac Rotary Club.
Packer and his wife, Linda Kay, live in Alden; Steve Packer is also director of Whispering Pines Camp in Manton.
Entries sought for Baby of the Year
Traverse City — The Grand Traverse Area Students for Life are taking applications for the 2011 Baby of the Year Contest. The entry deadline is Thursday, Sept. 9.
The contest is open to all babies up to 2 years old. Interested individuals can enter a baby by sending a completed application, photograph of the child and an entry donation of $10 to Grand Traverse Area Students for Life.
Students for Life will select five finalists based on the uniqueness of the child's story and photograph. The winner will be chosen by guests at the Sept. 29 Focus on Life Benefit Dinner at the Grand Traverse Resort.
For an application to nominate a baby or to sponsor the contest, call 946-9469 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.