Church news for the week of September 22

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n Old Town United Methodist Women     
   The Old Town United Methodist Women will have a study on Forgiveness and Reconciliation on Saturday, Sept. 24. A morning snack will be served at 9:30 with the program beginning at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. A noon lunch, optional, will be available for $7. This is an event that the North West District UMW provides. All Christian women are welcome.

n Chiefland First UMC has surprise

   A surprise visitor, from days gone by, will be stopping by First United Methodist Church Chiefland on Sunday, Sept. 25, during the 10:15 worship service. Come see and meet the visitor and be blessed. The event is part of the church's 150th anniversary celebration.

n Family Bible pastor retires
   Pastor George E. Blythe is retiring from Family Bible Chapel in Chiefland on Sunday after 23 years of dedicated service. There will be a special music presentation featuring the Dunnellon Deaf Choir during the 10:30 a.m. service.  The Chapel is located at 14 N. Main St.

n Oktoberfest at Good Shepherd Lutheran
   Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will hold its annual Oktoberfest on Oct. 2 after the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Food will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Everyone is invited to join in enjoying good food and fellowship. The menu includes brats, sauerkraut, potato salad, dessert and much more.

n St. Alban's Craft group
   The craft group from St. Alban's Episcopal Church has been working this year on ditty bags and knit or crochet hats and scarves for The Seaman's Church Institute of New York and New Jersey. These items are used as Christmas gifts for the men who work on the water. The group has made 54 scarves, 47 hats and 25 ditty bags.
   The group has also been busy working on items for a craft boutique that will be held in conjunction with St. Alban's yard sale to be held on Oct. 7-8.
The group woud like to invite women of any age to join. The members meet each Monday, from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Fellowship Hall at St. Alban's, U.S. Highway 19, north of Chiefland. You do not need to be a member of St. Alban's to attend.

n McCall's Chapel hosts Blessing of the Animals
   A Blessing of the Animals service will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Oct. 8 at McCall's Chapel, 7755 S. State Road 349 in Branford.
   The service that prays each animal be given a long life, good health and a happy home honors the patron saint of animals, St. Francis of Assisi. He was also the founder of the Franciscans Order and the Order of Poor Clares, a women's enclosed order.
   Anyone with a service animal, seeing eye, law enforcement or military K-9 can call to arrange a special time for the blessing.
For more information on the service, call Pastor Fred Taylor at 396-935-9340.