Traverse City Record-Eagle

June 8, 2013

Body & Soul in Brief: 06/08/2013

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Church picnic

TRAVERSE CITY — Old Mission Congregational Church will host burger and bratwurst cookouts on the second Wednesday of the month from June through September.

The first picnic is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at the church, 18687 Mission Road. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated. For details, call Penny Paulley, 223-4844.

Gluten-free potluck

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Area Gluten Free Support Group will hold a potluck at its Thursday, June 13, meeting.

The group will meet at 7 p.m. in room 106 at Central United Methodist Church, 222 Cass St. Mentors will be available starting at 6:30 p.m. For details, call 943-9285, 947-1687 or visit

Tent revival

BENZONIA — The Benzie Blessings Tent Revival and Family Fun Event will be held at Hilltop Tabernacle, 7383 Hoadley Road.

The revival opens Friday, June 14, with kids’ fun from 4 to 5:30 p.m. followed by the main tent event from 6 to 9:30 p.m. On Saturday, June 15, kids’ fun will be hosted from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., with the main tent event from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Kids’ activities and food are $1 and a freewill offering will be taken at the main tent event. Proceeds benefit Love INC’s Safe Harbor. For details, call 383-4026 or visit

VBS for all ages

TRAVERSE CITY — Northern Lakes Community Church will offer four nights of fellowship, Bible study, dinner and activities for all ages.

“Spiritual Survival Camp” Vacation Bible School will meet from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 17-20, at the church, 5444 Herkner Road. Each night starts with dinner then programming. A luminary prayer walk will be held Thursday as part of an informal worship service and the mission focus is Heifer International.

Joint VBS

EMPIRE — Vacation Bible School this summer will be a joint effort with Empire United Methodist Church and St. Philip Neri Catholic Church combining resources and volunteers.

“Everywhere Fun Fair” VBS will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, June 24-28, at Empire United Methodist Church, 10050 Michigan St. Children ages 3 through fifth grade are invited to participate in interactive Bible fun, music, science and craft projects, hands-on mission work, global games and more.

For details or to register, call Empire United Methodist Church, 326-5510, or email

Children’s grief camp

OSCODA — Children ages 8 to 13 grieving the death of a significant person in their lives are invited to a free camp experience at Camp Live, Laugh and Love sponsored by the Children’s Bereavement Network.

Camp will be held July 26-28 at YMCA’s Camp Nissokone. To submit an application, families or potential volunteers may go to More information is available by calling Lynne Totten, (989) 619-8666.