Religion Datebook

Special events

Men's Ministry Breakfast, with presentation on writing memoirs: 8 a.m. Jan. 6; Tuskawilla Presbyterian Church, 3600 W. State Road 426, Oviedo; donations accepted; 407-671-4173.

Stress Free New Year, event for single moms and their children, with refreshments, children's activities and more: 5 p.m. Jan. 7; Community United Methodist Church, 4921 S. U.S. Highway 17-92, Casselberry; 407-620-3389.

Life Skills Jail Ministry Rummage Sale, to benefit the Seminole County jail ministry: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 27; Community United Methodist Church, 4921 S. U.S. Highway 17-92, Casselberry; 407-831-3777.

In Commemoration of the Life of Martin Luther King, celebration of Mass to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, with choral music by the Jones High School Choir: 6 p.m. Jan. 28; St. James Cathedral, 215 N. Orange Ave., Orlando; 407-826-5020.

Workshops, seminars

Buddhist Meditation Class, introduction to meditation from the Kadampa Buddhist tradition, including two guided meditations and a short talk, with resident teacher Ricc Bishop: The Four Noble Truths� at 7:30 p.m. Jan.11, �How to Solve our Human Problems at 10 a.m. next Saturday Jan.13; Vajrapani Orlando Buddhist Meditation Center, Magnolia Quarters, 47 E. Robinson St., Orlando; $9 general, $5 students; 407-895-6717.

Introductory Yoga and Meditation Classes, taught by Jain nuns from India: 11 a.m. Saturdays; Jain Vishwa Bharati temple, 7819 Lillwill Ave., Orlando; free; 407-852-8694.

Introduction to Islam Sessions, with video presentation and Q&A period: 6 p.m. Sundays; Center for Peace Room, Second Floor, 1021 N. Goldenrod Road, Orlando; free; 407-273-2363.

Sanford Unity Gathering/Spiritual Study Group, with guest speakers: 5 p.m. first and third Sunday of the month; 5151 Michigan Ave., Sanford; 407-320-1915.

Windermere Union Church, United Church of Christ Book Club, discussing Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen: 7 p.m. Jan. 15; Borders, 9441 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando; 407-876-2112.

Christian 12-Step Group, for drug and alcohol abuse: 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; First Baptist Church, Portable AP2, 3000 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando; must be 24-hours sober to attend; 407-425-2555.

Upper Room Book Club Study Group, studying Joel Osteen's Your Best Life Now: 7 p.m. Jan. 16; held at Apopka-area restaurants (call for details); 407-341-9149.

Addiction Recovery Program, The Most Excellent Way: 7 p.m. Wednesdays; First Baptist Church Markham Woods, 5400 Markham Woods Road, Lake Mary; 407-333-2085.

Beginnings, An Introduction to Christian Faith, video series and group discussion on basic Christian beliefs: 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays; First United Methodist Church of Oviedo, 263 King St., Oviedo; 407 365-3255.

Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism: introductory classes offered by SGI-USA; 7-8 p.m. Wednesday; 452 N. Semoran Blvd., Orlando; 407-482-3939.

New Start for Single Moms, Bible study and classes for single mothers: 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 10-May 30; Community United Methodist Church, 4921 S. U.S. Highway 17-92, Casselberry; child-care provided; 407-620-3389.

Divorce Care, 13-week seminar and support group for those who are separated or divorced: 6 p.m. Wednesdays; First Baptist Church of Longwood, 891 State Road 434, Longwood; 407-339-3817.

Inspirational Book Discussion, focusing on This Thing Called You, by Ernest Holmes: 7 p.m. Wednesdays; Center for Spiritual Living, 709 Edgewater Drive, Orlando; 407-423-5571.

The Vista, a late-night worship experience for singles, college students and young adults, with Get Your Acts Together verse-by-verse study of the book of Acts: 9 p.m. Wednesdays, through April 19; Lake Buena Vista Baptist Church, 11511 N. County Road 535, Orlando; 407-876-2234.

Celebrate Recovery, Christ-centered 12-step recovery program for hurts, habits and hang-ups: 7 p.m. Fridaysongo; Woodbury Presbyterian Church, Woodbury Road, Orlando; 321-297-7140.

Celebrate Recovery, 12-step recovery program and support groups for families dealing with addiction: beginning 6:30 p.m. Fridays: Asbury United Methodist Church, 220 W. Horatio Blvd., Maitland; 407-644-5222.

Discover Islam Open House: 3-4 p.m. Fridays; free; Islamic Society of Central Florida, Mecca Building, 1021 N. Goldenrod Road, Orlando; 407-273-8363.

Tibetan Buddhist Meditation, short talk by Ken Rabac and meditation: 7:30 p.m. first and third Fridays of the month; Spiral Circle Bookstore, 750 N. Thornton Ave., Orlando; 407-894-9854.

GriefShare, weekly grief recovery support group: 5:30 p.m. Jan. 31-May 3; First Baptist Church of Winter Park, 1021 New York Ave., Winter Park; 407-628-3985.


Emory's Mile, Christian band, leading a contemporary worship service: 7 p.m. Jan. 21; Tuskawilla Presbyterian Church, 3600 W. State Road 426, Oviedo; offering accepted; 407-671-4173.

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HopeSpring Church, will hold its first service at 10 a.m. Jan. 28 at Thornebrooke Elementary School, 601 Thornebrooke Drive, Ocoee. HopeSpring Church is the daughter congregation of St. Luke's United Methodist Church of Windermere. For more information, call 407-876-4991.

Meditations for Healing the Heart, four-week introductory course on Buddhist meditation, focusing on cultivating loving kindness, compassion, forgiveness, joy and acceptance, taught by Peter Carlson; 7-9 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 8-Jan. 29; meets in Winter Park; $40; for more information, call 407 304-6781 or e-mail

Singles Ministry Opportunities, Community United Methodist Church will begin offering a new series of classes and activities, including Divorce Recovery Divorce Care, Changes That Heal and Boundaries on Wednesday evenings at the church fellowship hall; for more information, call Diane Thornton at 407-831-3777.

Conway United Methodist Church Movie Night, showing family-friendly movies: 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; Conway United Methodist Church, 3401 S. Conway Road, Orlando; 407-277-5010.

Orlando Catholic Singles, an activities club for singles: meets the second Thursday of each month, with various activities are scheduled throughout the month. Details: 407-761-1506.

Central Florida Call to Action, meets the third Monday of every month for discussion and prayer; for more information, call 407-843-1094.

Mail items for this calendar to: Rebecca Swain Vadnie, Religion Datebook, MP-240, Orlando Sentinel, 633 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32801; or e-mail them to Listings are community-interest items submitted by Central Florida places of worship. Listings must include addresses and phone numbers.

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