Group will discuss abuse of context
Traverse City — The last three meetings of a group discussing concepts from Manfred T. Brauch's book "Abusing Scripture: The Consequences of Misreading the Bible" will focus on the abuse of context.
The group will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 3, 10 and 17, at Windward Church. The continuing discussion will cover the abuse of literary and theological context and the abuse of historical situation and cultural reality. Call the church, 421-1403, to learn more.
Church Women United will meet
Grawn — The next meeting of Church Women United will be Thursday, Nov. 4, at Grawn United Methodist Church. The ecumenical outreach mission organization is for women of all Christian denominations.
The group will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees should bring a dish to share and their own table service for the fellowship luncheon and an offering for community needs. The church is located at 1260 W. Silver Lake Road.
Craft show has more than 70 vendors
Traverse City — The Immaculate Conception Parish Craft Show will feature more than 70 exhibitors.
The show will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, in the parish Centennial Hall and school, 720 Second St. Lunch, a bake sale and a raffle also will be held.
Holiday sale of unique bead jewelry
Traverse City — A holiday sale on Saturday, Nov. 6, will feature handmade, one-of-a-kind bead jewelry crafted by Ugandan women.
Through the nonprofit Beads for Life partnership, the African women make jewelry out of beads they fashion from recycled paper. Profits are used to build homes, send their children to school and start businesses.
The sale will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6726 Center Road. Items are priced from $5-$30, with most pieces in the $10-$20 range.
The event is sponsored by the Unitarian Peacemaker Needleworkers. For details, call Kathy Prentice, 941-8758, or Joann Rosi, 932-1132.
Holiday House marks 51st year
Gaylord — Gaylord First United Methodist Church's Holiday House will open Saturday, Nov. 6, for its 51st year.
Holiday shoppers can visit separate booths and rooms for homemade pantry items, candy, baked goods, crafts, needlework, doll clothes, books and other treasures. The hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, 215 S. Center. Admission is free.
Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 5 and older and free for children 4 and younger. Santa and Mrs. Claus also will visit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Proceeds will go to mission projects and local charities. For details, visit www.fumcgaylord.org.
Craft bazaar has Victorian theme
Traverse City — First Congregational Church will host its Dickens' Christmas Arts & Crafts Bazaar Saturday, Nov. 6.
Area artists and craftsmen will display and sell their creations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, 6105 Center Road. A salad buffet lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for $7 for adults and $4 for children. A coffee shop will offer homemade baked goods throughout the day.
Buckley Tabernacle holds fundraiser
Buckley — A pre-holiday craft show, bake sale and silent auction will benefit The Tabernacle's Benevolence Fund.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the church, 213 Wexford Ave. For details, call Connie Kreiser, 263-7471.
Breakfast benefits church food pantry
Traverse City — The Sunday, Nov. 7, St. Patrick Men's Club pancake breakfast will benefit the St. Patrick Food Pantry.
The meal will be served from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 630 W. Silver Lake Road. The cost is $5.50 for adults, $3.50 for children 5 and older, free for children ages 4 and younger, or $20 per family. Additional donations are appreciated.
The breakfast is sponsored by parishioners Mike and Patti DeAgostino in honor of the DeAgostino and Sayklly families. Call Alan Staley, 943-8545, for details.
Bassist will share music, story of faith
Traverse City — Bassist Abraham Laboriel will bring his music and the story of his faith journey to Bay Pointe Community Church.
Laboriel was born and raised in Mexico City and graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in composition. His 40-year career as a first call studio session player includes contributions to the worlds of jazz, pop, Latin and gospel music, as well as film and television. Guitar Player magazine calls him "the most widely used session bassist of our time." Laboriel also has contributed to many of the best loved gospel and worship recordings of the past few decades and is a much-sought after teacher of music and worship
The public is invited to hear Laboriel at the 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. worship services Sunday, Nov. 7, at Bay Pointe Church, 6880 Secor Road. For details, call 922-9882 or visit www.bponline.org.
Lend a helping hand and have fun too
kalkaska — The Knights of Columbus-Kalkaska Council #7419 invites the community to swim, skate and lend a helping hand at its "Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Drive."
Admission is a food item donation for skating and/or swimming from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, at the Kaliseum Recreation Complex. Donors also will be entered into a drawing for an MP3 player. Donations will go to food pantries at Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources in Kalkaska, the Lighthouse in Mancelona and the United Methodist Church in Fife Lake.
Dinner will benefit Habitat for Humanity
Traverse City — Traverse Bay United Methodist Church will donate proceeds of a swiss steak and chicken dinner to Habitat for Humanity (Ryan's House).
The meal will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the church, 1200 Ramsdell Road. The price is $8 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 4 to 10, and free for children 3 and younger.
Church is accepting clothing donations
Grawn — Grawn United Methodist Church will accept donations of clothing in preparation for a Clothing Give-Away.
Gently used clothing may be dropped off the week prior to the event at the church, 1260 W. Silver Lake Road, where the clothing give-away will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. Call 943-8353 for details or to find out when the church will be open.