The Achievers' Class of the Fifth Avenue Church of God in South Charleston will open its Clothes Closet from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 22. Clothes are free to families and individuals in need. Visitors should enter the church from the E Street side of the building. Free parking is available in the rear of the church. For more information, call Ruth Hunt at 304-744-5062.
St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 28 Norwood Road, will offer a new class that allows participants to discuss and practice different ways to bring more joy to a prayer life and new techniques for developing a closer relationship with God. The class will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 12, 19 and 26 in the church parish hall. Included will be contemplative prayer (also called centering prayer), praying in color, lectio divina, walking a labyrinth and learning how to pray out loud more comfortably. No special training, experience or skill is required. For more information, contact St. Matthews at 304-343-3837.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 520 Kanawha Boulevard has a nonreligious discussion group that meets for one hour every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. This week a Charleston neighbor will be talking about a coyote invasion of our city. Have you lost pets to these predators? Can the city do more to help us? Come to the meeting to hear more.
Fraziers Bottom Church of God will operate the Gift of Hope Food Pantry from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 22 at the church, 19064 Winfield Road, Fraziers Bottom. Children's new apparel will also be available.
The Women's Day Committee of St. Paul AME Church,: 1108 Second Ave., will sponsor a "Women, Our Time is Now" prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. today at the church. Special guest speaker will be Jeannie Flippin of the Father's House Church. Guest soloist will be Brenda Johnson of First Baptist Church of London. Donation is $5 for the breakfast.
The Fathers House Missionary Baptist Church will have its Second Annual Celebrity Black History Celebration service at 6 p.m. on Feb. 16 at the church. A special guest speaker will portray former South African President Nelson Mandela. Musical guest will be St. Paul Male Chorus. Musical icon portrayals will feature Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and a host of other famous celebrities. Participants are encouraged to come to the service adorned in character and dressed as their favorite African American character, living or dead, to help celebrate Black history.
The Bishop Hodges (Knights of Columbus) Council #9483, based in Hurricane, will have their 22nd Annual Mardi Gras Dinner and Charity Auction at 6 p.m. on March 1 at the Catholic Church of the Ascension in Hurricane. Tickets are $20 per person in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets cover the dinner and $10 of play-gaming money. Proceeds goes toward the cost of the Holiday Meats for 2014 project. Call Gary Bonnett at 304-757-3039 or Daniel Bonnett at 304-400-3595 for more information and/or tickets.
Nitro First Presbyterian Church will have a Coffee House at 5 p.m. Feb. 16 in the church activity building, 21st Street, Nitro. Entertainment will be presented by Rose Fisher, Daddy's Girl Ministries. Finger foods will be featured.
First Presbyterian Church, 16 Leon Sullivan Way, will continue its Lay Academy Spring series at 4 p.m. Sunday in the church activities building. "Conversations with Eben Alexander" will be studies. Dr. Alexander is author of the book, "Proof of Heaven." The series is free of charge. For more information, contact Bob Newman at 304-345-0225.
Mountain Heights Church, 1201 Chestnut Street, South Charleston, will sponsor a Pasta Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the church located on Spring Hill mountain. Salad, bread and dessert will be featured. Entertainment will be provided. All food will be prepared with bottled water. For reservations, call 304-543-8579.
The Women's Day Committee of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 1108 Second Ave., will sponsor a prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. today at the church. Guest speaker will be Jeannie Flippin. Guest soloist will be Brenda Johnson. A donation of $5 is requested.