Religion Almanac, a roundup of local religious events open to the public, is published weekly in Faith & Values. Deadline for news releases is noon Monday for the Saturday edition. Send them to Faith & Values, Bradenton Herald, P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, FL 34206, fax them to 941-745-7097 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Church anniversary: The Bible Baptist Church of Palmetto, 1720 Sixth Ave. W., celebrates its 28th anniversary with a banquet at 6 p.m. Nov. 10. Guest speaker will be Dr. G.I. Bradley, pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church. Tickets are $25. Information: 941-721-1611.
Pancake breakfast: Hot pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fresh biscuits and gravy, with orange juice and coffee will be on the menu at the Family of God United Methodist Church's pancake breakfast 8-10:30 a.m. Nov. 10. Homemade baked goods will also be on sale to support the parking lot fund. The church, formerly the Palmetto Drive-In United Methodist Church, is at 5601 16th Ave. E., Palmetto.
Veterans Sunday: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, will honor veterans at the 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. Masses on Nov. 11. A special sermon will be given by the Rev. Richard C. Marsden, former Army captain and helicopter pilot. At 10:15 a.m., veterans will speak to Sunday School students. Redeemer is also accepting donations for care packages that the church will send to deployed military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan in time for Christmas. Information: 941-955-4263.
Blood drive: Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota, will hold a blood drive in its parking lot 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 11. Information: 941-355-2798.
Healthy breakfast: Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood hosts a "Heart Health" breakfast of bagels, cream cheese, lox, and juice at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 11 with a program following at 10 a.m. at the synagogue, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Dr. Werther Marciales of Bradenton Physicians Medical Center will discuss heart attack prevention and the role of lipids in promoting and maintaining cardiovascular health. Cost is $5. Information: 941-921-2229.
Guest speaker: The Rev. Denise Oyler will speak to the Center for Positive Living at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trial, Sarasota, at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11 on "The Best of Ernest Holmes." Music provided by David Hubbell with vocals by Carleton Flonnoy and Neopolitan. Refreshments and fellowship immediately following. Information: 941-366-0275.
Holocaust museum trip: Temple Emanu-El, Sarasota, is organizing a trip to the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg on Nov. 11. A chartered bus will depart at 1 p.m. Attendees will have a docented tour of the temporary exhibitions "Letters to Sala" and "The Art of Judith Weinshall Liberman," then enjoy dinner at a St. Petersburg restaurant. The bus will return to Temple Emanu-El at 7 p.m. Cost is $28 for Temple Emanu-El members and $32 for guests. Payment should be mailed to Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, Florida 34232 by Oct. 29. Information: 941-487-8820.
Israel's anniversary: The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Hosts communitywide "Israel941-371-4546.
Singing Echoes in concert: 6 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. A love offering will be collected. Information: 941-756-6942.
Israel Study with Rabbi Huntting: 10:30 a.m. Nov. 13 at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. This is the fourth in an eight-part series of opportunities to discuss the history and establishment of the modern state of Israel. Each session will be built loosely around a book; this month is "The Hope" by Herman Wouk. Participants need not have read the book to attend. Information: www.templesinai-sarasota.org or 941-924-1802.
Jay Stone Singers: The Breakfast Club welcomes the Jay Stone Singers at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 15 at the Bradenton Tropical Palms, 231014th St. W., Bradenton. The concert featuring the Southern gospel family includes a continental breakfast. A $10 suggested donation is requested. Information: 727-538-9889 or visit www.thebreakfastclubonline.com.
Why elections matter: The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism welcomes Dr. Susan A. MacManus, author, political analyst and professor of public administration and political science at the University of South Florida, to speak at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Unity Church, 3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota. Her topic is "The Election 2012: Why and How It Matters." Information: 941-929-7771 or visit www.chj-Sarasota.org.
Migrant Tea: Church Women United of Manatee County will hold its annual Migrant Tea at 10 a.m. Nov. 16 at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton. Information: 941-721-3377.
B'not Mitzvah: Temple Emanu-El. 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota, will conduct the ceremony of the 2012 adult B'not Mitzvah class at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Candidates Cindy Gilburne and Eve Moor have learned Hebrew, explored Jewish teachings and will be prepared to chant from the holy Torah. Information: 941-371-2788.
Boutique craft fair: Vendors are being sought for the Congregational Church of Christ's Christmas boutique craft fair, set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at the church, 3700 26th St. W., Bradenton. Vendor tables 10 feet in length with two chairs are $15 each. Information: 941-400-5296
Opera in the afternoon: Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, presents choir director Carole Cornman and choir section leader Deborah Polkinghorn performing arias from Carmen, La Bohème, Hansel and Gretel, and more at 3 p.m. Nov. 17. Proceeds from the concerts are used to provide soloists for special church services throughout the year. A reception with light refreshments follows the concert. Tickets at the door are $12. Information: 941-778-1638.
Thanksgiving meals: The Praise and Deliverance Ministries International, 2309 14th St. W., Bradenton, will be serving Thanksgiving meals and giving away clothing to homeless and needy families 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17. Information: 941-747-4733.
Hero Tot Shabbat: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota, presents a morning of Shabbat and superheroes 10:30 a.m. Nov. 17. Designed especially for Jewish and interfaith families with children through age 6, "Hero Tot Shabbat" will feature playground time, a deluxe bagel breakfast, and age-appropriate Shabbat blessings, songs, and movement. The morning will also include a superhero-themed challah-cover craft project and a story from Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman about a real Jewish superhero. Information: 941-379-1997.
Chili cookoff and game night: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, hosts its annual chili cookoff and game night at 6 p.m. Nov. 17. All types of chili are welcome. Bring a favorite game to play after dinner. Information: call Billie Havey 941-812-0554.
Youth Evensong: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, presents a special "Youth Evensong" at 5:15 p.m. Nov. 18. This Evensong honors and celebrates Sarasota's young people and will feature a performance with Redeemer's Canterbury Girls' Choir, the Sarasota Young Voices choir, and members of the Sarasota Youth Philharmonic. Evensong is free, with offerings accepted. Information: www.redeemersarasota.org or call 941-955-4263.
Dinner and a Movie: Join Rabbi Huntting at 5 p.m. Nov. 18 at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, for the second of four films from the Dr. Sam and Ina Gross Memorial Collection. The overall theme is the Jewish Diaspora; surviving and thriving as one people in many homelands. The film is "Taking Root" and will be paired with German cuisine. Dinner and film is $35 for guests. RSVP to Janet Tolbert at 941-388-9624.
Special Choral Mass: Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, celebrates Thanksgiving Day with a special Choral Mass at 10 a.m., Nov. 22. A collection of nonperishable food will be made to help feed the hungry through the Mayor's Feed the Hungry program and Caritas. Information: www.redeemersarasota.org or call 941-955-4263.
Chorus of the Keys: The Bradenton Community Fine Arts Series continues at 4 p.m. Nov. 25 at First United Methodist Church,
603 11th St. W., Bradenton, with the Chorus of the Keys, a men's barbershop chorus. A goodwill offering will be taken. Information: 941-747-4406.
Christmas brunch: The R.E.A.L. Women of CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, holds its 2012 Christmas Brunch 9:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 8. Speaker will be Kristen Hitchcock of the Florida Baptist Children's Homes. The Girls Chorus from Manatee High School will be presenting music of the season. RSVP and information: 941-778-0719.
Aglow International/Bradenton Aglow: meets 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday of the month at First Assembly of God, 1820 53rd Ave. W., Bradenton.
The Altar: 116 46th St. NW., Bradenton, a start-up Assembly of God congregation in Bradenton, meets 7 p.m. Thursdays and 5:30 p.m. Sundays with Pastors John and Gene McIntyre. Information: 941-748-5265.
Beth Israel Messianic Synagogue: holds Shabbat Service at 11 a.m. Saturdays with Hebrew and English Liturgy and Torah service followed by Kiddush and Oneg. Classes for children ages 7-12 are also offered. Services at Peridia Office Park, 3911 Golf Park Loop, No. 104, Bradenton. Information: 941-730-2136.
Braden River Presbyterian Church: "A Place to Belong" Summer worship at 10 a.m. at 5150 Peridia Blvd. E, Bradenton 34203. Information: www.bradenriverpc.com. of 941-739-0202.
Bread of Life Mission Inc.: is in need of houses, mobile homes, land, buildings, cars, vans, trucks and/or monetary gifts to assist and help get people off the streets. Information: 941-575-4440.
Center for Positive Living: 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, is a trans-denominational new thought spiritual community led by Rev. David Owen Ritz, meets Sunday 10:15-11:30 a.m. in the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, Sarasota. Topics are based on the power-of-positive thinking to live healthier, happier and more spiritually connected lives. Contemporary music provided by David Hubbell with vocals by Neapolitan. Refreshments and fellowship immediately after service in David Cohen Hall. Information: www.sarasotacpl.com or 941-366-0275.
Centro Evangelistico Reflexiones Congregation: Centro Evangelistico Reflexiones Congregation, led by Pastor Daniel Rosales, holds Spanish language services at 10 a.m. Sundays in the classroom of Northminster Presbyterian Church USA, 3131 61st St., Sarasota. The congregation has resumed Bible study at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays.
Chabad of Bradenton: 9 a.m.-noon Sundays at Chabad of Bradenton, 5712 Lorraine Road,, Lakewood Ranch, led by Rabbi Mendy Bukiet. Chabad holds Talmud Classes 7:30 p.m. Mondays. Cost: $45. Torah Studies are held 9 a.m. Saturdays. Shabbat Services are held 7 p.m. Fridays and 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. Saturday services are followed by a delicious buffet Kiddush. Havdallah Ceremony & Video Showing on Saturday nights, one half hour after Shabbat's conclusion. Join Chabad for a weekly Havdallah Ceremony and Video demonstration featuring "Living Torah," clips of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's talks, timeless moments, and encounters. Information: 941-752-3030.
Christ Community Church: 1803 57th Ave. W., Bradenton with Rev. David Carter as pastor has Sunday morning fellowship at 10 a.m., worship service at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday prayer service at 7 p.m. Information: 941-755-6162.
Christ Episcopal Church: thrift shop is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 401 42nd St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4906.
Church of Light Healing Center: 10115 Cortez Road, Bradenton, has services 11 a.m. Sundays. Information: 941-795-5683.
Church of the Trinity: 7225 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, southern Manatee County, has a traditional Sunday service 9:15 a.m. Sundays and a contemporary service with children's sermon at 11 a.m.
Congregation Ner Tamid: Jewish Living and Learning Sunday School for children ages 4-14 meets 9 a.m. Sundays by appointment, at Lakeside Clubhouse, 3817 40th Ave. W., Bradenton. Adult bar and bat mitzvah classes also are offered. Friday night Shabbat services, which are open to the public, are held twice a month. Information: 941-755-1231.
Congregational United Church of Christ: The church's thrift store, 5324 26th St. W., Bradenton, has expanded its store in Saddle Creek Plaza. A new furniture annex and expanded book store has been added. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday. Information: 941-739-1018. Also, a Transitions Support Group meets 5-6:30 p.m. every Sunday at the church to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, job, health or struggled with addictions or depression. A free-will offering is taken. Information: 941-739-7103 or 941-309 -0200.
Ellenton United Methodist Church: 3607 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, has an all-you-can eat pancake breakfast 8-10 a.m. the first Saturday of the month. Adult Sunday School classes are at 9:45 a.m. Sundays in the Fellowship Hall, led by Pastor Bruce Ebert. Methodist Men meet 8:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month. A potluck dinner is held 5:30 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month. Information: 941-729-6802.
Emmanuel United Methodist Church: Prayer & Share is at 10 a.m. Wednesdays in the library at the church, 5115 Cortez Road. Information: 941-792-3497.
Faith Bible Church: Bible Study is at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the church, 1511 Morgan Johnson Road, East Manatee. Preschool program available. Evening class is at 6:55 p.m. Tuesdays at Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. School-age program available. Information: 941-722-0940.
Faith United Church of Christ: 4850 State Road 64 E., has worship and Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. Sundays.
First Congregational United Church of Christ: 1030 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota, holds classes on keeping your balance 10 a.m. Mondays, taught by nurse Julie Pennella. Information: 941-953-7044.
Full Gospel Tabernacle: The church has a community sing the last Saturday of each month at 2903 11th St. Court E. Information: 941-746-3634 or 941-748-8102.
Gulf Coast Fellowship of Christian Athletes: conducts a tennis program for tots to teens (ages 4-18). All programs will be held at the Tennis Center at Palm-Aire Country Club, 5601 Country Club Way. The programs are geared to develop/enhance tennis skills as well as provide spiritual development. Information: 941-539-6083.
Heaven Cent Thrift Shop: 5858 44th Ave. E., East Manatee, is open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Information: 941-745-1663.
Hope Lutheran Church: 4635 26th St. W., Bradenton, invites teens and young adults to participate in contemporary worship on 11 a.m. Sundays. More vocalists & musicians are needed for the Hope Lutheran praise band. Bring a friend and worship together; casual attire recommended. Information: 941-755-3256; or www.HopeLutheranFL.com. Also, Hope Lutheran offers fellowship for those seeking Christian friendship while playing cards and table board games in the Hands of Hope building at 1 p.m. every Monday. No reservations needed.
Hope Lutheran Church: 4635 26th St. W., Bradenton, offers free Narcotics Anonymous group meetings at 6:30 p.m. Saturdays in the Fellowship Hall. Information: 941-755-3256.
Lakewood Ranch Ladies Devotional Hour: is held 10 a.m. Thursdays at Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Information: 941-727-3789.
Living Lord Lutheran Church: Our Daily Bread/Project 5000 at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11120 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch, is collecting grocery bags filled with unbreakable containers to feed local families. Each bag will feed a family of four for two days or a family of two for four days. Also, the Quilters and Crafty Ladies meet 3 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month to make lap robes and quilts for the needy in Manatee County. Experience quilting is not necessary, just willing hands. Information: 941-753-9365.
Longboat Island Chapel: As part of its Aging in Paradise Resource Center, which addresses the issues of aging, introduces its memory loss support group to the communities of Sarasota and Manatee. The group meets 11 a.m.-1 p.m. every other Wednesday. Information: 941-383-6491.
Manatee County Meditation Group: meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-915-1454.
My Father's House Church: 7215 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, has Bible study at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:15 a.m. Sundays. Youth Bible study for all ages is at 9:15 a.m. Sundays. The thrift store is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Information: 941-776-9016.
Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, has Sunday worship service at 9 and 11 a.m. with a coffee hour following. Bible studies are held at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays in the Fellowship Hall with Pastor Chris Carlson.
Orthodox Catholic: The Synod of Governing Bishops for the Holy Orthodox Catholic Church announced the opening if their new church temporarily at 2700 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 11B, Sarasota. The Very Rev. Archbishop Jacob J. K. Longacre was appointed first pastor. All seven sacraments will be available in the Orthodox Form by making an appointment with the pastor at 941-954-0330.
Our Lady of the Angels: Grief support groups meet at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, 12905 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch. Information: 941-752-6770.
Palmetto First Baptist Church: 7:30 and 9 a.m. Sundays at Palmetto First Baptist Church, 1020 Fourth St. W., Palmetto. Information: 941-722-7795.
Parrish United Methodist Church: Sunday worship times are 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m. at 2180 U.S. 301 N., Parrish. The church's thrift cottage is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays at 12140 69th St. E., Parrish. Information: 941-776-1539.
Peace Presbyterian Church: a congregation of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., has moved to a new location in Lakewood Ranch, in the Manatee Board of Realtors building, 10910 Technology Drive. Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. Information: 941-753-7778.
Quakers: Sarasota Friends Meeting is at 10 a.m. Sundays at 3139 57th St., Sarasota. Information: 941-358-5759 or visit http//sarasota.quaker.org.
Revelation Ministries: "Prayer Time" at Revelation Ministries, 1919 14th St. W., Bradenton, will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: 941-726-3464.
St. Joseph Church: A caregiver/family support group meeting is set for 1-2:30 p.m. Mondays at the church, 3100 26th St,. W., Bradenton. Information: Marianne Ridgell of Home Instead Senior Care at 941-739-3050.
Stillpoint House of Prayer: Intercessory-prayer workshop groups are forming at 1608 14th St. W. For a schedule, call 748-6835. Contemplative-prayer groups meets at 11 a.m. every Wednesday and Thursday. A Spanish Bible study and prayer and rosary group meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Information: 941-748-6835 or 941-795-0130.
Temple Beth El: a reform congregation, conducts Erev Shabbat Services at 7:30 p.m. every Friday evening and Shabbat Services with Torah study at 10 a.m. every Saturday morning at 4200 32nd St. W. The temple also conducts religious school classes three Sunday mornings a month and Hebrew school classes Wednesday afternoons by Susie Konicov. For more information, call 941-755-4900, 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday through Friday.
Temple Beth Israel: The Social Action Committee of Temple Beth Israel collects donations for the Bill Galvano One Stop Center. Needed: funding for medication, socks, mosquito repellent, toilet articles and soap, shoes, jeans, baby diapers and formula, reading glasses and bicycles. Donations can be given directly to the One Stop Center, 701 17th Ave. W., or dropped off at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key.
Temple Emanu-El: Under the direction of its Social Action Committee, Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, continues its food drive for those in Sarasota-Manatee who go hungry. Nonperishable boxed and canned foods may be placed in a marked bin in the Temple lobby during business hours and before and after Shabbat worship services. All donations benefit the kosher food pantry at Jewish Family and Children's Services or All Faiths Food Bank. Information: 941-966-9561.
Trinity Lutheran Church: 2200 26th St. W., Bradenton, hosts recovery group meetings. The schedule: Alcoholics Anonymous: 8 p.m. Mondays and 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays; Overeaters Anonymous: 7 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.
Trinity United Methodist Church: 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, weekly Bible study is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Information: 941-737-3704.
Vessels Unto Honour Ministries: has moved to 3517 15th St. E., Bradenton, Sunday worship service is at noon and Life Enrichment service is at 7 p.m. Tuesdays.
Wildfire Ministries Bible study classes: will be 7:30 p.m. Fridays at the Hampton Inn, 5810 20th Court E., Ellenton.
Zen Zone: American Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Demo is teaching meditation 12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday at the Zen Zone, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Natures Way, Suite 217, Lakewood Ranch. The class consists of a guided meditation, a short talk and an opportunity for questions and answers. Each talk is part of a series, yet is self-contained. This means participants can drop in at any time. Cost: $10 per class ($5 for students/seniors). For more information, call 941-373-1600 or e-mail info@MeditationInSarasota.org.