Religion Almanac for March 16, 2013

March 16, 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 eventsArt show, sale: St. Mark Orthodox Church, 1517 57thSt. E., presents the fine art collection created by the extraordinary Russian artist Vladimir Zolotsev 3-4:40 p.m. today. The collection includes original author's paintings of scenes from the great Bible stories and images of the churches of Old Russia. The artist will give a presentation about Russian iconography and spiritual traditions in Russian art. Work will be available for purchase from the collection or order from the catalog. Information:

March Evensong: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, conducts a special Lenten Solemn Evensong at 5:15 p.m. March 17, the fifth Sunday in Lent. The anthem will be Motet for the Season of Lent -- Vinea Mea Electa by Francis Poulenc. Service will be Herbert Howell's "Service in B Minor." Information: or 941-955-4263.

Concert Sunday: LeFevre 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.

Conductor to speak: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, presents "From Shtetl to Stardom" 2-5 p.m. Sunday. In a performance mixing music, song and drama, San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas will tell the story of his grandparents, Boris and Bessie Thomasefsky, who came to America from the shtetl villages of Ukraine and rose to stardom as the founders of the American Yiddish Theater. Cost is $5 at the door. Information; 941-351-8766.

Passover seder: With Temple Beth El at 6 p.m. March 25 at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Cost for members is $45 for adults, $55 for nonmembers; $20 for children 10 and under; $25 for collge students. Rsservation and payment deadline is March 19. Master Card and Visa accepted. Call 941-755-4900.

Lenten Music: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, will offer a half-hour mid-day Lenten organ recital, 12:10-12:40 p.m. March 20, with guest organist Cynthia Roberts-Greene, choir director at Siesta Key Chapel and music director at Temple Emanu-El. Information: or 941-955-4263.

Dementia/Alzheimer's presentation: The Faith Community Nurses will sponsor a presentation and discussion at 11 a.m. March 21 at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. It will be led by Lucinda Hokanson, RN, BSN. Registration and information: 941-753-9365.

The Breakfast Club: The Crist Family will entertain the nondenominational club starting at 9:30 a.m. March 21 at the Bradenton Tropical Palms, 2310 14th St. W. They are one of the fastest rising family groups in history. The club meets at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays and includes a continental breakfast. A $10 suggested donation is requested. Information: 941-756-1838 or visit

Gospel benefit concert: Gather 'Round the Steeple is set for 7 p.m. March 22 at the First Baptist Church of Palmetto, 1020 Fourth St. W., Palmetto. The artistic talent includes The Wares Creek Boys, three-time Super Bowl champion Henry Lawrence and The Redeemed Gospel Quartet. Tickets are $20 and proceeds go toward restoration of the 1887 Old Meeting House at Bradenton's Manatee Village Historical Park. Buy tickets by calling John Stephens at 941-722-4541 or Manatee Village Historical Park at 941-741-4075.

Sam Lane in concert: Family of God United Methodist Church, 5601 16th Ave. E., Palmetto, hosts Sarasota High graduate Sam Lane at 7 p.m. March 22. The "Resurrection Celebration" musical will feature the dynamic piano duo of Lane and Ann Johnson and the world renowned tenor Paul Pitts. Lane is head musician for the Family of God United Methodist Church and Turner Chapel A.M.E. church, both in Palmetto. The Family of God Praise Team will be joined by the Prime Time singers of West Bradenton Baptist Church and Friends.

Sabbath of Abundant Clergy: Set for 7:30 p.m. March 22 at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. An opportunity for the many clergy who make a spiritual home at Temple Emanu-El to join Rabbi Brenner Glickman in conducting a Shabbat service, the evening will feature local rabbis and cantors leading blessings and music and reading from the Torah. Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman will give the sermon, which is titled "The Messiah and the Modern Jew," and is based on her recently published book "The Messiah and the Jews: Three Thousand Years of Tradition, Belief and Hope." Information: 941-371-2788.

Easter at Jerusalem Marketplace: Harvest United Methodist Church, 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch, will set up an ancient marketplace 10 a.m.-noon March 23. See what a marketplace in Jesus' day might look like, with the music, sights and smells of the era. Make a clay pot, weave a basket, create a musical instrument, work in the carpentry shop, pet the barnyard animals. Information: 941-907-7333 or

Easter egg drop: The Tabernacle Church's free Rock-n-Roll Family Easter Festival, 10 a.m. to noon March 23 at the church, 4141 DeSoto Road, Sarasota, will feature a helicopter dropping more than 15,000 candy-filled eggs for kids 1-12 years of age, along with myriad activities and free food for the entire family. For those in need, free groceries and gently used clothing will be given away. Participants are encouraged to bring their own basket or bag. Information: or 941-355-8858.

Holy Week at CrossPoint: Experience the life-changing story of love, suspense and intrigue as you celebrate Easter with CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Service themes during Holy Week include: "Four Empires Collide," 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Palm Sunday, March 24; "The Execution of God," 7 p.m. Good Friday, March 29; and "The Result," 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday, March 31. Information: 941-778-0719.

Palm Sunday at Redeemer: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, will include The Liturgy of the Palms, The Passion Narrative, and Holy Eucharist at the liturgies at 7, 8:45, and 11 a.m. Palm Sunday, March 24. During the 8:45 morning mass, children of the parish will re-enact the Procession of the Palms and will participate in a series of "Holy Week Tableaux" depicting events from Jesus' final days on earth. The church will also offer a special Bilingual Liturgical Mass (English/Spanish) at 1 p.m. A re-enactment of Jesus Christ's entry into Jerusalem will follow, with a procession traveling through downtown Sarasota. Information: or 941-955-4263.

Passover seder: Reservations are being accepted for a community Passover seder at 6 p.m March 25 at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. The Sarasota Haggadah, an original haggadah created by Rabbi Glickman, will be available. Catered by Michael's on East, the seder meal will feature all of the holiday's traditional foods as well as a chicken, brisket or vegetarian entrée. Paid reservations are required by March 20. Call 941-952-1757.

"Taste of freedom": Chabad of Bradenton, 5712 Lorraine Road, will host its eighth authentic public Passover seder at 7:30 p.m. March 25. All Jews, regardless of affiliation or background, are encouraged to participate in an evening replete with the Mah NishTanah, traditional hand made Matzah, four cups of wine, lively dialogue, and an exquisite Kosher for Passover meal. Participants will will explore the kabalistic insights on freedom. Cost is $50 for adults and $36 for children. For reservations, call Judy at Chabad at 941-752-3030, ext. 1, or email

Final Lenten Organ Recital: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, will offer its final Mid-Day Organ Recital of the Lenten season 12:10-12:40 p.m. March 27, with guest organist Nancy Siebecker, artist and instructor at the Wausau Conservatory of Music in Wausau, Wis. Information: or 941-955-4263.

Sacred oratorio: The Music Department of First Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton, will present the sacred oratorio by Dubois, The Seven Last Words of Christ, at 7 p.m. Good Friday, March 29. This work, denoting Jesus' Passion on the Cross, provides a meaningful end to the Lenten season. The choir of First Church will be enhanced by the addition of some community members, string orchestra, organ, harp and timpani. Information: 941-747-4406.

Hear "The Story": First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, invites the community to experience "The Story," the focus of Sunday worship during Lent. The Story makes the individual stories, people and places of the Bible accessible by demonstrating how the story of Scripture intersects with the story of your life. Sunday services are at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Information: 941-955-0935.

Easter sunrise service: The Lakewood Ranch Campus of Sarasota Baptist Church will hold a sunrise Easter service at 7 a.m. at Legacy Golf Club, 8255 Legacy Blvd., Bradenton. "Sunrise on the Green" will have worship music and a special Easter message. The club is also offering a discount on golf to those who attend the service as well as having a brunch available for purchase at 8 a.m. Information: 941-922-1449.

Spanish service begins: The Source Church, 5412 State Road 64, Bradenton, will begin a weekly Spanish family service at 4 p.m. Easter Sunday. Pastors Rick and Monica Thomas will lead the services. Information: 941-592-4700.

Women's Spring Conference: April 19-21 at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 525 Martin Luther King Ave., Bradenton. Conference Theme: "Women of Faith Accepting God's Plan for Living -- I Have a Story to Tell." Registration is $20 until April 5, $25 after that. Information: Dr. Cheryl McGruder Holloway at 941-567-5706.


Living Lord Lutheran Church: 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, 941-753-9365

Lent: 7 p.m. Wednesdays through March 20

Maundy Thursday: 7 p.m. March 28

Good Friday: 7 p.m. March 29

Easter Sunday: 8, 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. March 31.

Northminster Presbyterian Church: 3131 61st St., Sarasota,

Easter Sunday: 9 and 11 a.m.

The Source Church: 5412 State Road 64, Bradenton

Easter Sunday: 9 and 11:15 a.m.; 4 p.m. Spanish family service.

Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St E., Bradenton, 941-746-0101.

Maundy Thursday: Meal & Holy Communion, 5:30 p.m. March 28

Good Friday, 7 p.m. March 29

Easter Sunday: 6:30 a.m. sunrise service; 8 a.m. Breakfast; 10:30 a.m. Easter morning service

First Baptist Church of Palmetto, 1020 4th St. W. 941-722-7795.

Easter Sunday: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. March 31. The full choir and orchestra will participate in both services, and child care and children's church will be available during both services.


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: 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: 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 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//

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

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