Religion Almanac for Jan. 12, 2013

January 12, 2013 

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. Email announcements to

upcoming eventsTransitions group postponed: The transition support group held at 5 p.m. each Sunday at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus has been postponed until February. The group helps those suffering loss, struggling with job and health issues, addictions and depression. Information: 941-739-7103 or 941-747-1786.

"World Walk! Seed Talk!": A presentation by Hope Seeds Inc., a Christian, charitable organization that provides seed and agricultural support to missionaries and mission teams around the world, will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3011 19th Ave. W., Bradenton. Enjoy fun for all ages, food and presentations while touring exhibits and speaking with experts. Information: 941-228-5660 or

Breakfast is served: Enjoy pancakes, sausage and eggs, fresh biscuits and gravy, with orange juice and coffee at the Family of God United Methodist Church's Pancake Breakfast 8-10:30 a.m. today at 5601 16th Ave. E., Palmetto. Homemade baked goods will also be on sale to benefit the parking lot fund. Tickets are available at the door. Information: 941-729-6055.

Concert: Triumphant Quartet will be in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. A love offering will be collected. Information: 941-756-6942.

Jewish food festival: The fifth annual Food Festival and Health Fair will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 13 at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. All the traditional favorite comfort foods and more will be available; eat in or take out. Admission is free. Health vendors, arts and crafts booths, plant and used book sale, with face painting and bounce house fun for kids. Information: or 941-924-1802.

Adult information class: Held at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota, at 9:15 a.m. each Sunday for 8-10 weeks. This class is helpful to those who are new to the Lutheran Church. Those completing the class are welcome to join as members. Information and registration: 941-355-2798.

Good grief: Two grief recovery seminars will be offered 4:30-5:45 p.m. Jan. 13 and 20 at Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., Bradenton. Facilitated by Herb McMillian, the free sessions will include videos and special printed helps and discussion. In addition to grief recovery, topics will also include "anticipatory grief" for those who have a terminal diagnosis and their loved ones. Information: 941-794-1685.

How the Jews invented Hollywood: The film "An Empire of Their Own" will be screened 2-4 p.m. Jan. 13 at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. The provocative film describes the growth of Hollywood and the Jewish role in its development. A discussion moderated by cinematic historian, author and national commentator Robert B. Toplin, Ph.D., will follow. The cost is $5. Information: Harold Zabin at 941-487-8890.

Documentary screening: The Sarasota/Manatee Women's Interfaith Network will present "Pink Smoke Over the Vatican," an award-winning documentary, at 2 p.m. Jan. 13 at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota. Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan and the Rev. Katy Zatsick, who serve as co-pastors of Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community in Sarasota, will lead the discussion following the film. Cost is $2. Information: email

Hoedown: The women of Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, will host a hoedown at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 14 in the Fellowship Hall. Come for fun, along with a bowl of chili and line dancing. Information: 941-355-4729.

Tastes of the Jewish Year: Cooking experiences continue at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 with chefs Alyson and Mark Zildjian. "Giving Thanks" is a challah-making class where participants will make and then break bread together. Discussion over some wine will include the meaning of blessings. The cost is $25 for Temple Sinai members, $30 for guests. RSVP to 941-924-1802.

Meditation sessions: The Spirit of Peace Center continues its twice-monthly meditation sessions at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 and 29 in the Temple Sinai Chapel, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. No prior experience is necessaryand all faiths are welcome. A $5 donation is requested. The facilitator/instructor, Reb Ari Shapiro, has more than 30 years experience in Hindu, Vipassana, Brama Kumaris and Jewish meditation. Information: 941-966-7778 or

Guest speaker: Dr. Nicholas Bougas, director of International Hellenistic Ministries, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W. Bradenton. Information: 941-794-1685.

Adult study session: A discussion that looks at morality and ethics in our society will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 6, and 10 a.m. Thursdays through Feb. 7 at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota. Information: 941-355-2798.

Lesters join the Breakfast Club: The male trio The Lesters will perform at The Breakfast Club, a nondenominational Christian gathering at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 17 at Bradenton Tropical Palms, 231014th St. W., Bradenton. A $10 donation is suggested, which includes a continental breakfast. Information: 941-756-1838 or visit

Servant leadership seminar: 10 a.m. Jan. 21 at Ward Temple Family Life Center, 1017Fifth St. W., Bradenton, Presented by Patricia Wright, director of lay activities, 11th Episcopal District, A.M.E. Church. Participants must register by Jan 17. Contact Trinity Pelayo at 941-744-6279 or

Interfaith service: For the seventh year, Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, will be the site of an interfaith Shabbat service honoring the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18. Joining Temple Emanu-El Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman on the pulpit will be Bishop Henry Porter and the Westcoast School for Human Development. Information: 941-371-2788.

Puttin' On The Ritz: The Faith Church Prime Timers are pleased to present their annual Puttin' On The Ritz party at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at Faith United Methodist Church, 7215 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Featuring Glenn Rasmussen, the music director at Faith Church since 2007, on the piano. Refreshments and nonalcoholic beverages will be served. Tickets are $10 a person. Information: 941-794-8067.

Tu B'Shevat Celebration: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, will sponsor a family celebration of Tu B'Shevat -- the Jewish holiday marking the birthday of the trees -- 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 19 at Sarasota Children's Garden, 1670 Tenth Way. Attendees will participate in a special Tu B'Shevat planting activity. Breakfast and fruit fondue will be served. Rabbi Brenner Glickman will lead a Shabbat service of blessings, songs, movement and a story to conclude the program. There is no charge with advance RSVPs by Jan. 17. Information: 941-379-1997 or

Gospel sing: 6 p.m. at Samoset Baptist Church, 3200 15th St. E., Bradenton, Featuring Gulf State Quartet, Trust Quartet and Simple Faith Trio. A chili dinner will be served 4:30-5:45 p.m. A $5 donation is requested. Information: 941-746-8117.

Rwandan priest to speak: The Rev. Philbert Kalisa, founder and director of REACH Rwanda, a nonprofit organization working to promote healing and reconciliation among Rwandan people in the aftermath of the African country's history of violence and trauma, will preach at the 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. Masses on Jan. 20 at the Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Estimates of up to one million Tutsi Rwandans were massacred by militant Hutus in 1994. Information: 941-955-4263, or visit

Noah Waddell in concert: Eleven-year-old prodigy Noah Waddell will peform at 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Noah will be featured on an upcoming PBS "Curious Kids" show. At the age of 10, Noah was the youngest grand prize winner at the Florida Gulf Coast University Steinway Young Artist Competition. Cost is $20 a person. Information: 941-383-6491.

Sarasota Opera Studio Artists: Opera stars of tomorrow will perform at 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at First United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton. A freewill offering will be collected. Information: 941-747-4406.

Study of Acts: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, will offer an eight-week study of the Acts of the Apostles 10:30-noon or 6:30-8 p.m. each Wednesday beginning Jan. 23. Taught by the Rev. Richard C. Marsden, the course will take an in-depth look at the background, theology and the implications of the text of the Acts of the Apostles. Classes are free. Register online at or call 941-955-4263.

Get your affairs in order: The Aging in Paradise Resource Center presents attorney Ed Boyer 9:30-11 a.m. Jan. 24 at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. His free presentation, "Are Your Legal Documents in Order?" will aid you in learning about new rules and regulations regarding legal documents. Information: 941-383-6491.

Youth Rummage Sale: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7461 Prospect Rd., Sarasota. The youth are raising funds to attend the National Youth Gathering this summer in San Antonio, Texas. Information: 941-355-2798.

Special concert: Twice Adopted, the family of10 children from Branson, Mo., who sing gospeland southern music, will present a concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at Family of God United Methodist Church, 5601 16th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-729-6055.


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 meetat 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//

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. Fora schedule, call 748-6835. Contemplative-prayer groups meets at 11 a.m. every Wednesday and Thursday.A Spanish Bible studyand 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.

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