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 email@example.com.
Food Drive for Samoset Elementary: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, is collecting food to distribute to families of Samoset Elementary School. Many students have been identified who do not get sufficient nourishment at home over the weekend. The church collects peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, maseca flour, dried beans, rice, corn or canola oil, pasta sauce, spaghetti noodles, canned fruit and vegetables, and dried cereal. Bring food items to the church by May 31 to be delivered in time for summer. Information: 941-753-9365.upcoming eventsSpecial music: Soprano Rebecca Price and trumpeter Daniel Mendelow will perform as part of the Church of the Redeemer's penultimate Solemn Evensong of the 2012-13 season at 5:15 p.m. Sunday. Price is known for singing in the altissimo soprano range, a full octave above high C. Mendelow is the former principal trumpet for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Evensongs are free; donations are accepted. The Church of the Redeemer is at 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Information: www.redeemersarasota.org or 941-955-4263.
New service times: CrossPointe Fellowship will begin its summer worship schedule Sunday. Services will be at 9 a.m., with Life Groups at 10:30 a.m. CrossPointe Fellowship is at 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-0719.
Guest speaker: Palm View First Baptist, 415 49th St. E., Palmetto, hosts Dr. John R. Sullivan, Florida Baptist Convention Executive Director/Treasurer, at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Information: 941-722-5077.
Gospel concert: The Bayshore Church of the Nazarene presents Sandy Glass in a free concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2311 47th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-755-4419.
Become a Contagious Christian: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, offers a series on "Become a Contagious Christian" led by Dick Murphy at 9 a.m. Sundays in the fellowship hall. The questions of unbelievers, seekers and critics that are critical to our belief in God and may cause us fear in search of a simple response in truth, will be addressed and answered. Information: 941-355-4729.
Guest speaker: Sondra Oster Baras, a resident of biblical Samaria and an Orthodox Jew, will speak at Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., at 6:30 p.m. April 24. A former attorney and a student of the Bible, Baras will provide an update on the challenges facing Israel today with particular focus on the biblical heartland. Light refreshments with a Q & A session will follow. Information: 941-794-1685.
Women's retreat: Northminster Presbyterian Church women invite area women to attend a retreat April 22-23 at DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center, 8411 25th St. E., Parrish. Experience quiet worship in the chapel. Scholarships are available. Information: Phyllis Maisel at 941-323-5566.
Cotton Patch Gospel: The Play "Cotton Patch Gospel" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 25-27 and 3 p.m. April 28 at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave., W., Bradenton. The musical features director Preston Boyd; actors playing multiple roles; and musicians playing bass, fiddle, banjo and guitar. They will re-tell the "greatest story ever told" with a unique Southern flair. This is taken from the book by Tom Key and Russell Treyz with music and lyrics by Harry Chapin. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and children. Information: 941-792-3141.
Cellist to perform: Sarasota Orchestra's principal cellist, Abraham Feder, will perform Ravel's "Kaddish" during Shabbat services at 7:30 p.m. April 26 at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota. Feder's performance will be preceded by a brief talk by Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman, who will introduce the piece and explain the significance of the Kaddish - the Jewish prayer for the dead - in Jewish ritual. Information: 941-371-2788.
Couples/singles gathering: Connecting in the Spirit Outreach Ministry presents "Teach Me How to Love you More," a couples/singles gathering April 26-27 at the Holiday Inn Sarasota airport, 8009 15th St. E., Sarasota. Friday night program is 6-11 p.m. with a dinner buffet; Saturday morning program is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a breakfast buffet. Information: Pastor Barbara Walker at 772-216-9758.
Swinging Sinai Sock Hop: Temple Sinai's second annual '50s Sock Hop is at 6:30 p.m. April 27 at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Dance to original records with DJ Raoul Weinstein. Light supper, snacks, beer, wine and soda. Come dressed to win a prize; you could be Queen of the Hop. Cost is $25 for Temple Sinai members, $28 for guests. RSVP to 941-924-1802 by April 23.
World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day: The public is invited to attend and participate in Tai Chi and Qi Gong teach-in 10 a.m. April 27 in the courtyard of Westminster Presbyterian Church, at the corner of 30th Street and 19th Avenue West, Bradenton. Demonstrations and audience participation will be led by Dr. John Orsborn, a local practitioner of oriental medicine, and Sherry Fideler, senior trainer with Dr. Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Health Institute. Information: 941-545-2445 or 941-794-6904.
Israel's anniversary: Young Jewish and interfaith families are invited to celebrate Israel's recent 65th birthday at an Israel-themed Tot Shabbat at 10:30 a.m. April 27 at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. A monthly program designed especially for children ages 1-6, the Tot Shabbat will include a birthday cake for Israel, an "archaeological dig" in the sandbox for real Israeli coins, and simple Israeli dancing. All are welcome. Information: 941-379-1997.
Silent auction: A benefit auction will be held 4-6 p.m. April 27 at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton. Proceeds to benefit the renovation of the sanctuary. Information: 941-746-0101.
Night of H.O.P.E.: A service of praise and worship and inspirational teaching will be at 7 p.m. April 28 at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, 11315 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. The name stands for Healing, Opportunity, Promise, Expectation. Information: 941-751-5048.
Lag Ba'Omer concert: A celebration of the anniversary of the passing of the great sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochaiwill be held at 3 p.m. April 28 The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. Activities include relay races, live music by Dr. Laz, a bonfire, kosher barbecue and falafel. Information: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wares Creek Boys in concert: Palm View First Baptist Church, 415 49th St. E., Palmetto, will host a night of gospel music with the Wares Creek Boys at 7 p.m. April 28. Information: 941-722-5077.
Mitzvah Day: The congregation of Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, will have a day of hands-on community service projects benefitting various charitable organizations and agencies throughout Sarasota-Manatee beginning at noon April 28. It is an amazing day filled with spirit, energy, and kindness. Several of the Mitzvah Day Planning Committee members are Bradenton residents, and several projects will directly benefit agencies in Bradenton. Information: 941-371-2788.
Greet and eat: Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship's Social Justice Committee and Occupy Bradenton will co-sponsor an educational meeting at 6 p.m. April 29 at 322 15th St. W., Bradenton. Pizza and beverages will be provided with a suggested donation of $3 a person. This will be followed by a video sequel to the March 27 viewing of an interview by Bill Moyers of economist Richard Wolff's critique of the American economy. Discussion will follow the video. Information: 941-746-0067.
National Day of Prayer rally: Local pastors and community leaders will mark the National Day of Prayer at 11:45 a.m. May 2 at the Historic Manatee County Courthouse, 1115 Manatee Ave. W. The event is sponsored by Manatee Religious Services and the Manatee County Ministerial Association. Information: 941-752-4508.
Hearts that Matter Much: Practical experiential training in bringing the healing love of Jesus Christ to will be offered 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 4 at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, 11315 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. Check in at 8:30 a.m., lunch on your own. Seminar fee is $40. Pre-registration is requested. To register, email email@example.com or online at www.compelledbygrace.com. Information: 941-751-5048.
Interfaith Tea: An afternoon of interfaith learning and friendship will begin at 1:30 p.m. May 8 at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Female religious leaders and lay people from various faiths -- including Judaism, trans-denominational Christianity, Hinduism, and Greek Orthodox -- will discuss the arts, music, dance and foods of their religions, and how these elements are woven into the traditions and celebrations of each faith. A question-and-answer session will follow. People of different faiths will be encouraged to sit together. Tea and sweets will be served. Information: 941-371-2788.
Alienated Grandparents Anonymous: This support group will meet at 1 p.m. May 9 at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. This is a support group for alienated parents and grandparents. Information: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shabbat Alive: Shabbat Alive! -- an all-musical worship service featuring upbeat and contemporary arrangements of the traditional prayers -- will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 10 at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Information: 941-371-2788.
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.
Christ Community Church: 1803 57th Ave. W., Bradenton with the 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., 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 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.
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 10 a.m. Thursdays at Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. 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 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. 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 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 information, call 941-373-1600 or e-mail info@MeditationInSarasota.org.