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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Musical salute to America: "Freedom," a 20-minute musical and multimedia celebration of America, will be presented at 9:30 a.m. June 30 by the choir at Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W. Information: 941-794-1685.
In God We Trust: A tribute to the men and women who have served in the U.S. military is plannedat 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 and the Fourth of July. 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. A collection box will be placed in the narthex. Deadline is June 30. Information: Margaret Smith at 941-776-0029 or Jeri Schultze at 941-907-0060.
Torah Tots: Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Lakewood Ranch, hosts Torah Tots 10-10:45 a.m. July 1. Join other parents, grandparents and caregivers to explore the child's world through story, song, cooking, crafts and circle time at the Chabad House. Explore child rearing from a Jewish perspective, learning Jewish customs that will enhance this unique time in a toddler's life. Suggested donation of $6. Information: 941-752-3030.
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 email@example.com.
New pastor: Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15thSt. E., Bradenton, welcomes its new pastor, the Rev. Doug Swan Sr. and his wife, Mary. Swan's first sermon will be at 10:30 a.m. July 7. Information: 941-746-0101.
Life Worth Living: St. Mary Magdalene Church, 11315 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, presents a nine-week course 5-7:30 p.m. Sundays from July 14 to Sept. 8, delving into Philippians, which provides a blueprint for a life worth living. Participants will develop things such as a new heart, and new purpose and new responsibilities. Information: 941-751-5048.
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 www.CHSosprey.com or call 941-966-1924.
Vacation Bible School: Palm View First Baptist, 415 49th St. E., Palmetto, will host its annual family Vacation Bible Schoolwith a kick-off 4-6 p.m. July 21. The event features outdoor games, food and fun on the church grounds.The theme is Colossal Coaster, all about facing fear and trusting God. VBS runs 6-9 p.m. July 22-26 for children in grades three through six. Adult classes will also be held at 7 p.m. each night. Information: 941-722-5077.
Vacation Bible School: Calvary Baptist Church, 3006 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton, is rounding up kids aged 3 to sixth grade who like singing, crafts, games, Bible stories, snacks, prizes, skits and more for Vacation Bible School 9 a.m. to noon July 29-Aug. 2. There is no cost. Come learn all about God's Ultimate Plan, Ultimate Trust, Ultimate Power, Ultimate Rescue and Ultimate Love. Information: www.bradentoncalvary.org or 941-747-1859.
Vacation Bible School: Kingdom Rock will be held 5:30-8 p.m. July 29 to Aug. 2 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 6311 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Kid-friendly dinners and snacks will be provided. Information and registration: 941-792-5990.
Student conference: The Uprising Student Conference for youth and young adults is planned Aug. 2-3 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Sponsored by the Church On The Rock, Palmetto, keynote speakers include John Bevere, Jeanne Mayo and Burnard Scott. The Desperation Band will perform in concert each night. Register online at www.theuprisingfl.com.
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.
Golden anniversary: Redeemer Lutheran Church, 6311 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, will celebrate its 50th Anniversary Nov. 16-17. Former members and families are invited to share photos or memorabilia from Redeemer between 1963 and the present. Call 941-792-5990 to arrange for pick up and return of items.