By Janis Fontaine

    First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach continues its Distinguished Preacher Series with an appearance by Dr. William Carl III on Jan. 22.
 7960690265?profile=original   Carl is the senior pastor of the 2,200-member Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Ala., past president of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and the former pastor of the 1,700-member First Presbyterian Church in Dallas. Carl has published eight books, including The Lord’s Prayer for Today, and more than 75 scholarly articles and reviews.
     He also lectures on the brain at medical schools and conferences and serves as an ethics consultant to corporations. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa, a master’s in divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and a doctorate in rhetoric and communication at the University of Pittsburgh, where he also taught. He was ordained in 1973.
     Carl will speak at the 9 a.m. service Jan. 22 at FPC, at 33 Gleason St., Delray Beach. For information, call 276-6338 or visit
    An Abrahamic Reunion Interfaith Peace Concert takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 10, featuring the Middle Eastern music group Elahi, followed by Kalimba & Friends, an upbeat, local Christian band, and Noam Brown, who performs Jewish songs on guitar. A suggested donation of $10-$20 supports the interfaith peacemaking of the Abrahamic Reunion. The concert takes place at the Lake Worth Friends Meeting House, 823 N. A St., Lake Worth. Info:
    The Church of the Palms Comfort Doll Ministry makes dolls for children who are under stress that are distributed through the Delray Beach Police Department and the Achievement Centers for Children and Families in Delray Beach. They also have been sent to Brazil, Haiti and Kenya. The ministry was started in 2004 using a doll pattern fashioned like a gingerbread man. Today it makes dolls in all-cotton fabrics with a range of skin colors, hair and clothes. The ministry has donated more than 400 dolls. The Church of the Palms is at 1960 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. For information, call 276-6347 or visit
    Maybe your New Year’s resolution is to get out of the house more, join a group or volunteer. Consider these faith-based options:      • The InterFaith Gender & Sexuality Coalition meets from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Jan. 10 at Compass Community Center, Fiandaca Ballroom, 201 N. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth. Email

    • CROS Ministries needs volunteers to continue its work feeding hungry people. You can drive a van, make home food delivery, work in the office, food pantry, warehouse or kitchen, glean farmers’ fields, or help kids through the Nutrition in a Knapsack. There are dozens of options. For information, call Juanita Bryant Goode at 233-9009, Ext. 110, or email
    • Meeting for all faiths: The Interfaith Café meets the third Thursday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. at South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach. Volunteers are needed to help keep the interfaith dialogue going. From clerical work to designing programs, there are many ways you can help. Contact Jane at
    • Pub Theology, a discussion of theology over a cold beer, now has two locations: The group meets at 7 p.m. on first Tuesdays at The Biergarten, 309 Via De Palmas #90, Boca Raton, and third Thursdays at Barrel of Monks, 1141 S. Rogers Circle #5, Boca Raton. Questions? Contact Thad at
    • The United Methodist Women meet “to have fun, to live your faith in community, to discuss ways to help women and children and to support mission projects locally, nationally and globally.”
    The mission-oriented group reaches out to offer support globally by creating small groups, called circles, that offer “programs to develop awareness and encourage action and advocacy on behalf of women, children and youth.”
    Choose one of the five circles that meet monthly at a time convenient for you. Mark your calendar for the UMW’s Fashion Show fundraiser, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 28. For information, call Barbara at 909-8906 or visit

Janis Fontaine writes about people of faith, their congregations, causes and community events. Contact her at

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