Religion Almanac: July 6, 2013

July 6, 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 jdela@bradenton.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Preschool accredited: Ellenton United Methodist Preschool, 3607 U.S. 301 N., has received a 100 percent assessment by the State of Florida for its Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten, a free state-sponsored program available to children who reach their fourth birthday by Sept. 1. Classes are from 9 a.m. to noon. The preschool has current openings and is taking registrations. The school also provides child care from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for reasonable rates. Information: 941-722-2318.

upcoming events

Send a kid to camp: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, is raising money to help children in grades 1-12 attend summer camp at Cedarkirk Camp and Conference Center in Lithia. A week of camp costs $200 to $395. Donations will provide scholarships to children from the Beth-El Migrant Mission and others. Information: 941-355-4729.

Free concert: The Pickerings will be in concert at 6 p.m. July 7 at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. A love offering will be collected and a youth fundraiser ice cream social will follow the service. Information: 941-756-6942.

New pastor: Ellenton United Methodist Church, 3606 U.S. 301 N., will welcome the Rev. Beth P. Murchison, the congragation's new pastor, at services July 7. Murchison is replacing Dr. Bruce Ebert, who recently retired as pastor of the Ellenton church after more than nine years. Before studying for the ministry, Murchison was a paralegal in the Stuart-West Palm Beach area and was actively involved in church and civic activities in Stuart. She is the mother of two grown children. Information: 941-729-6802.

All-American picnic: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, will hold a Fourth of July picnic in the fellowship hall after the 10:30 a.m. service July 7. Hot dogs with all the trimmings, including chili or sauerkraut, as well as dessert and lemonade will be served. The picnic is free but an RSVP is requested at 941-355-4729.

New pastor: Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. 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.

Revival: Connecting in the Spirit Outreach Ministry presents prophet Jamier Steplin and Lucinda Rich of End Time Prophetic Deliverance Ministry for a "Raising a Standard" revival at 7 p.m. July 11-12 at 4301 32nd St. W., Suite B-5, in the Lakewood Business Park. Information: 772-216-9758.

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 School with 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.

Dinner, movie and discussion: Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, hosts a deli dinner and viewing of the documentary "Broadway Musicals; A Jewish Legacy," narrated by Joel Grey at 5 p.m. July 21. Discussion will follow with Chazzan Cliff Abramson. Cost is $20 a person. RSVP by July 16 to 941-924-1802.

Vacation Bible School: "Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God's World Comes Together," for children ages 5 through fifth grade is set 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 22-26 at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-0101.

Vacation Bible School: Calvary Baptist Church, 3006 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton, is rounding up kids ages 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.

Community party: WestCoast Church, 11750 U.S. 301 N., hosts a party 3-7 p.m. Aug. 3 to celebrate the church's growing community and the return of children to school. Crafts, games, water slides, bounce houses, a DJ, music, food and more. Information: 941-776-2422.

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.

ONGOING EVENTS

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.

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.

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 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 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 10:30 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. Information: 941-355-4729.

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//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 941-748-6835. 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.

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