Chicken Cordon Bleu on the menu
Kalkaska — Chicken Cordon Bleu is the main entree for a dinner Saturday, Nov. 13, at Kalkaska United Methodist Church.
The meal, which also includes rice, green beans with bacon, salad, beverage and dessert, will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the church, 2525 Beebe Road. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and younger. Carry-outs and delivery are available.
Shop for Christmas on the Peninsula
Traverse city — Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 13.
"Christmas on the Peninsula" will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church, 16426 Center Road. It will feature handcrafted items, attic treasures, gifts and baked goods. Lunch also will be available. Call 223-4393 to learn more.
Bazaar emphasizes cherry creations
Bear Lake — Culinary artisans will tempt shoppers with their cherry creations at the "Merry Cherry Christmas Bazaar."
The bazaar will be hosted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at Bear Lake United Methodist Church, 7861 Main St. There also will be crafts, treasures from Granny's Attic and lunch. For more information, call 864-3680.
Add Acme church to list of bazaar stops
Acme — Christ the King Church will serve lunch featuring homemade soups at its annual Craft Show.
Area crafters will display and sell their creations from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. There also will be a bake sale.
The church is located at 3801 Shore Road. For details, call Pat Westbrook, 929-1830.
Traverse Christian Singles will meet
Traverse City — Traverse Area Christian Singles have two dinners lined up for November and December.
The group will meet on Saturday, Nov. 13, at Boone's Long Lake Inn. It also will host a Christmas dinner on Friday, Dec. 10, at Minerva's in the Park Place Hotel. No gifts are required.
For details or reservations for either get-together, call 421-1260 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy breakfast and support local causes
Traverse City — Diners can choose buttermilk or blueberry pancakes at a breakfast to benefit the St. Francis Food Pantry, the Father Fred Foundation, Safe Harbor, and other worthwhile causes.
Knights of Columbus Council #13958 will serve the meal after the 9 and 11 a.m. Masses on Sunday, Nov. 14, at St. Francis Catholic Church, 1025 S. Union St. Also on the menu are eggs, sausage, potatoes, applesauce and beverages. Donations will be accepted.
Call Howard Super, 275-7649, for details.
Lift your voices at Fall Hymn Sing
Traverse City — Come to sing your favorite hymns and stay for fellowship and refreshments at Central United Methodist Church's Fall Hymn Sing.
The event will start at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, in the church sanctuary, 222 Cass St. Singing will be led by Jeff Cobb and the Rev. Marv Rosa ,with Tom Bara and Byron Hanson on organ and piano. There also will be music by Central's Chancel Choir directed by Bara.
A free-will offering will be collected to benefit hunger and disaster relief efforts of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
Youth group accepts gift-filled shoeboxes
Elk Rapids — Lighthouse Youth, a group of young people from area churches, is accepting gift-filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. The group has been participating in the program for eight years.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism ministry headed by Franklin Graham. It encourages children, families, churches and groups to fill empty shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items, photos and personal letters, then hand-delivers them to children suffering from poverty, war, disease, natural disaster and terrorism. More than 7.4 million gift-filled shoeboxes were collected worldwide in 2009 and distributed to children in more than 90 countries. This year's international goal is to collect and distribute 7.8 million shoebox gifts.
Lighthouse Youth has a more modest goal. They collected 363 boxes in 2009 and hope to collect 400 this year. Shoebox gifts can be dropped off before Friday, Nov. 19, at Northwest Bank and the Village Market. The youth group will deliver the shoeboxes to the Traverse City distribution site on Nov. 20.
For details about Operation Christmas Child or to receive free materials, call (800) 353-5949 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org.
Safe Harbor is seeking host church
Traverse City — Safe Harbor is a faith-based ministry offering emergency shelter, meals, community and positive encouragement to area homeless. Its winter emergency operations started Oct. 30.
Collaborating churches around the Traverse City area are opening their doors to provide shelter and meals to the area homeless living on the street. The program is looking for a church to host Safe Harbor the week of Dec. 18-24. This is the only week that has not been covered by one of the 13 hosting churches and seven partner churches.
Churches interested in hosting or becoming part of Safe Harbor should call Ryan Hannon, 645-0562. For more information about Safe Harbor, visit http://www.gtsafeharbor.org.