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Tampa Bay area Religion Briefs for Oct. 27

VENDORS SOUGHT: Manhattan Avenue United Methodist Church, 4511 S. Manhattan Ave., Tampa, is seeking vendors for its 22{+n}{+d} annual Arts and Crafts Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 3. The festival will feature the church's famous salad luncheon for $7. For information or to purchase lunch tickets, call (813) 839-3361 or (813) 837-9191. MOVIE SHOWING: "Nefarious: Merchant of Souls," a documentary on human trafficking, will have its Tampa premiere at 8 p.m. Friday at the Warehouse/Element Church, 2702 Causeway Center Drive, Tampa. Tickets are $10 and include popcorn. Proceeds will benefit The Rachel Project, which supports local anti-human trafficking efforts in the Tampa Bay area. For information, call (813) 210 7121 or purchase online at www.nefarioustampa.eventbrite.com ORGAN CONCERT: First United Methodist Church of Seffner, 1310 S. Kingsway Road, will hold a free organ concert by Sarah Whitt at 7 p.m. Nov. 3. Light refreshments follow the concert. Donations to the church would be appreciated. For information, call (813) 689-3513. HOLIDAY FUN: Messiah Lutheran Church, 14920 Hutchinson Road, Tampa, will hold its annual Fall Festival with "Trunk or Treat" from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. The free event includes food, games, a petting zoo and treats. For information, call (813) 961-2182.
GIFT OF HOPE: Registration will be Monday through Nov. 3 for the Gift of Hope, which helps hurting families in the greater Brandon community with gifts and food during the holidays. Local churches, businesses, ECHO and the YMCA work together on this effort. Families must bring photo ID, proof of residency, a birth certificate or Social Security card and an award letter (WIC) or letter from a church. Register at First Baptist Church of Brandon, 216 N. Parsons Ave., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, or 9 a.m. to noon Saturday; or at ECHO, 507 N. Parsons Ave., 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. To volunteer or learn more, visit www.wwwbrandongiftofhope.com or call (813) 689-4229, ext. 229. FALL FESTIVAL: Tabernacle of Hope, 301 N. Rome Blvd., Tampa, will hold its annual Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3. The event includes free food and clothing, free health screenings, children's activities and bounce houses. Rides also available; call (813) 254-5260 to make arrangements. For information or to make a donation, call (813) 817-7288. YARD SALE: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 5103 N. Central Ave., Tampa, will sponsor a multifamily yard sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 3. Neighbors and vendors are invited to bring merchandise or crafts and set up a table in the parking lot. No reservations needed. Space fee is $5, which will be donated to Metropolitan Ministries. For information, call (813) 238-5684. TURKEY SUPPER: Hope Lutheran Church, 2001 N. Park Road, Plant City, will sponsor its 18th annual Turkey Supper, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 4. Cost of the dinner is $9 for adults, $5 for children, and includes turkey and all the trimmings. Ten percent of the proceeds go toward missions. Meals also are available for takeout. For information, call (813) 752-4622. DUNGY EVENT: Agape Foster Care and Adoption Ministry and Calvary Baptist Church will hold "An Evening with the Dungys" at the church, 110 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, on Nov. 13. Guest speakers will be former Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy and his wife, Lauren. The event will benefit the foster care and adoption assistance fund. Pre-event reception starts at 6:30 p.m.; cost is $20. The main event is free and begins at 7:30 p.m. Auction items will be available in the lobby. For information, call (727) 423-2595. PRISON MINISTRIES BENEFIT: The "Changing Tampa One Person At A Time" fundraiser will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Grand Hyatt Tampa, 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa. Guest speaker will be Ken Bevel, the pastor who starred in the movies "Fireproof" and "Courageous." Proceeds will benefit Abe Brown Ministries, whose mission is to train offenders and ex-offenders to live productive and fulfilling lives. For information, call (813) 247-3285. SAFE HALLOWEEN: Myrtle Lake Baptist Church, 2017 Reigler Road, Land O' Lakes, will sponsor a free, safe alternative to Halloween from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The event includes hay rides, bounce houses, arts and crafts, games, food and candy. For information, call (813) 949-5516. TREATS, NO TRICKS: Faith Outreach Center, 7607 Sheldon Road, Tampa, will host a free Halloween alternative party from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Games, candy and prizes will be on hand. Come dressed in your favorite biblical costume, but no scary ones. For information, call (813) 887-3354.

Send notices of faith events to Michelle Bearden, The Tampa Tribune, 200 S. Parker St., Tampa, FL 33606. Clearly mark "faith brief" on the front of the envelope. Or email the notice to mbearden@tampatrib.com. All notices must be received two weeks before the desired publication date and include a description of the event, date, location, cost and a contact phone number. If any of the information is missing, the brief will not be published. Notices generally run once on Saturday in the Metro section on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on space.
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