MANATEE -- Worship services at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Holmes Beach on Saturday and Sunday will have a special theme: "The Battle Won."
The liturgy, music and meditations offered by Pastor Rosemary Wheeler Backer will reach out to those struggling with health issues.
Gloria Dei is a Reconciling in Christ congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Worship is at 5 p.m. Saturdays and 9:30 a.m. Sundays. All are welcome.
Two other events are on the October agenda.
The annual Oktoberfest dinner at Gloria Dei is from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, behind the church building at 6608 Marina Drive in the tent on the grounds. The menu includes bratwurst, sauerkraut, applesauce and all the trimmings plus a cash bar offering beer and wine.
Guests are encouraged to come in traditional Oktoberfest togs and dance to recorded polka tunes.
Tickets are $15 at the church office or reserve for purchase and pickup that evening.
Also, the church will host a Halloween "Trunk 'n' Treat event for families from 6 p.m. to dark Oct. 31 in the church parking lot at 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Church members and friends will decorate the trunks of their vehicles in Halloween themes and stock them with treats. It's a safe alternative to going door-to-door trick-or-treating.
Information: Call 941-788-1813 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.