Religion Almanac

June 15, 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 events

Summer camp: All God's Children summer camp is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 17 to July 26 at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. The camp, for kids ages 3-7, will feature cooking, summer science, everyday heroes, sports and wildlife exploration. A one-time registration fee is $35 a child or $60 per family. Tuition is $110 a week. Please pack a lunch, a snack and water. Information: Erin Bonifate at 941-739-2776 or

Monthly Jewish Moment: A new summer learning program, "Your Monthly Jewish Moment," begins 10:30 a.m. June 18, at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Focusing on current events and subjects of Jewish interest, the discussions will be facilitated by Peter Wells, retired executive director of the Jewish Federation of Dayton and a former consultant to Moment Magazine. The events are free to Temple Emanu-El members, with an $18 donation requested for guests. Information: Contact Peter Wells at 941-359-8235 or

Bible Boot Camp: Learn all about the "Armor of God" at Bible Boot Camp vacation Bible school 9 a.m. to noon June 24-28 at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, for children 4 years old through fifth grade. There will be games, snacks, crafts, stories and more. Information: or call 941-778-0719.

Camp Gan Israel: Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch presents Camp Gan Israel for children ages 5-12 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 24 to July 19 at Chabad grounds, 5712 Lorraine Rd. Bradenton. Children will enjoy a wide range of exciting activities and field trips in a warm and spirited atmosphere. Extended care is available until 5 p.m. Information and registration: 941-752-3030 or

50th anniversary: Temple Beth El, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rabbi Harold Caminker's bar mitzvah at 7:30 p.m. June 28. If you would like to share a one-minute memory of your own bar/bat mitzvah, contact Rabbi Harold at Information: 941-755-4900.

Summer at Temple Sinai: Shabbat services, suppers and schmoozing continue at 6 p.m. on the fourth Friday of the month, June 28 at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. The meal features tasty wrap sandwiches with all the trimmings. Services are followed by a casual, inexpensive meal and a chance to kick back and visit with old friends and new acquaintances. Information and RSVP by June 24 by calling 941-924-1802.

In God We Trust: A tribute to the men and women who have served in the U.S. military is planned at 10:15 a.m. June 30 at Park Place Wesleyan Church, 4400 70th Ave. N., Pinellas Park. The 70-minute presentation includes music, entertainment, treats and a message from Pastor Phil Lewis. The event is scheduled in the midst of the summer celebrations of Memorial Day, Flag Day Fourth of July and Veteran's Day. The event is free. A nursery will be provided. Information: 727-526-3674.

Clothing drive: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch is collecting items for infants and toddlers during June. There is a great need for clothing from newborn to 24 months. There is also a need for disposable diapers sizes 2 thru 6 and small cans of Good Start formula (green or orange labels). Cash donations are also accepted. Deadline is June 30th. A collection box will be placed in the narthex. Information: Margaret Smith at 941-776-0029 or Jeri Schultze at 941-907-0060.

Mitzvah knitting group: Knitters and crocheters are invited to join the monthly gatherings of Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood's Mitzvah Knitting Group at 10 a.m. July 3 at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Participants craft blankets, caps and booties donated to local groups serving needy families or to expectant mothers in Israel. Participants are asked to bring their own knitting needles or crochet hook. Patterns and yarn will be provided. Information: Susan Bernstein at

Vacation Bible School: Church of the Holy Spirit, 129 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, hosts vacation Bible school 6-9 p.m. July 15-19 with the theme "Sky: Everything is possible with God!" for children ages kindergarten to sixth grade. There is no cost. Register online at or call 941-966-1924.

Vacation Bible school: Palm View First Baptist, 415 49th St. E., Palmetto, will host their annual family Vacation Bible School with a kick-off on 4-6 p.m. July 21. The event features outdoor games, food and fun on the church grounds. The theme is Collossal Coaster, all about facing fear and trusting God. VBS runs 6-9 p.m. July 22-26 for children ages third-sixth grades. Adult classes will also be held at 7 p.m. each night. Information: 941-722-5077.

Church anniversary: St. George's Episcopal Church, 912 63rd Ave. W., Bradenton, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in September. Former members or their families are invited to share photos or memorabilia from St. George's between 1965 and the present. Contact the church office at 941-755-3606, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday-Friday, to arrange for pick-up and return of items.

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