Derrick Williams, host of the Christian Television Network's The Gospel Voice, brings something new to New Port Richey this month.
Beginning July 23, the vocalist and pianist will host Sunday Soulful Suppers the fourth Sunday of each month at the Dulcet Restaurant & Lounge, 6220 Grand Blvd.
The family-friendly event will include a red-carpet entrance, live gospel entertainment and upscale dining.
"We've never done anything like this," said Diana Duque, restaurant manager. "It's about people coming together to sing and worship. If you missed church earlier in the day, you can come by and still get some worship time."
Williams and his producer wife, Julie Silva-Williams, hosted a VIP launch night for the event June 25. About 75 people attended. The Christian Television Network filmed a commercial spot on site.
"I kept getting calls and requests from people who watch the television show, asking where to see Derrick and his band live," she said. "My husband and I started talking and thought wouldn't it be great to bring it to life as an old-fashion dinner show."
Derrick Williams, who toured for 19 years as the Rabbi in the musical The Rock & The Rabbi, performs a mix of jazz and gospel. He will appear with the Gospel Voice Band on July 23. Tickets are $35 for adults or $40 for upper-room seating. The event includes a full bar and signature menu.
Dulcet will open on Sundays only for this event at 6 p.m. The show is 90 minutes. For more information and tickets, visit thedulcet.com or derlierecords.com.
Trinity New Life Church, 11134 Challenger Ave., will begin a New Life University Saturday course series July 22. Registration is now open. For more information on this and other events, visit trinitynewlife.com/events.
Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church North, 9525 Hudson Ave., will host a guest gathering at 2 p.m. July 9 to welcome people new to the community or without a church home. Pastors will chat with guests. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Victorious Life Church, 6224 Old Pasco Road, Wesley Chapel, is now Life Church. For information, visit lifechurchnow.cc.
St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, Hudson, will offer vacation Bible school for children ages 3 (potty trained) through the fifth grade from 9 a.m. to noon July 10 to 14. The theme will be "Journey Off the Map." It will include Bible study, crafts, songs and snacks. Pre-registration is helpful; send email to VBS@stmarksfl.org for a registration form, or call. Free. (727) 863-5646.