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. E-mail announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Raising a Standard" part II: Join Connecting in the Spirit Outreach Min. Inc., 7 p.m. Saturday at 4301 32nd St. W. Suite B-5 in the Lakewood Business Park. Share your favorite song, scripture or dance. Community invited. Call Pastor Barbara Walker at 772-216-9758.
Temple Emanu-El Bradenton/East Manatee Jewish gathering: For the seventh year in a row, Temple Emanu-El will sponsor a free gathering for Jewish and interfaith families in Bradenton and East Manatee starting at 6 p.m. Saturday at Summerfield Park, 6402 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., between University Parkway and State Road 70. Attendees will enjoy socializing, balloon animals crafted by Temple EmanuEl Rabbi Brenner Glickman, face-painting, and time on the ballfields, playground equipment and under the shaded pavilion. Bring a picnic dinner or purchase fresh pizza; cold soda, juice and water will be provided free. The ice cream truck will also pay a visit with free treats for all. The evening will conclude with a havdalah service, which marks the separation between the Sabbath and the week ahead as the sun sets over the park. The gathering is sponsored by Temple Emanu-El and the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. Call Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman at 941-379-1997 or e-mail email@example.com.
Quilting program: Chabad Hebrew School presents the Jewish Heritage Series and Holiday Quilting program at 11 a.m. Sunday at Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road. CHS will present four different Heritage Series throughout the year: the Shofar factory, the Olive Oil factory, the Matzah bakery, and the Sofer factory. Each segment of the Jewish Heritage Series provides hands-on experience for children, enabling them to learn about various cultural themes and Judaic items in an interactive and exciting setting. Admission is $10 and free to CHS students and their families. Sponsor: $180. Information: 941-752-3030.
Open house: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, will hold its annual open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Attendees will be greeted by Rabbi Brenner Glickman, religious school director Sabrina Silverberg, preschool director Elaine Sharrock and representatives from the board of directors, adult education committee, social action committee, Tours of the facility, snacks, and children's activities will be provided. New members and new preschool and religious school students are welcome. Call the Temple Emanu-El office at 371-2788.
High Holiday workshop: Rabbi Geoff Huntting and Chazzan Cliff Abramson with guitar at 11 a.m. Sunday at Temple Sinai to delve into the High Holy Day liturgy, traditions and music. "Connection, Reflection and Conversation" will provide a forum to share thoughts and insights. All members of the community are welcome. Free and bagel nosh will be served. RSVP to 941-924-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Temple Sinai is at 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota.
Free concert: Singer Julio Arriola's free concert, 7 p.m. Friday at Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene. Arriola will sing in Spanish and English. Information: Herb McMillian (941) 794-1685m ext. 105 or e-mail email@example.com.
Speaker from Leket Israel: Lauren Yoked, associate director of development for Israel's National Food Bank Leket Israel, will speak during Shabbat services at 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota. Leket Israel will rescue and distribute more 25 million pounds of produce and perishable goods for Israel's poor this year. One million meals, and 1.5 million sandwiches for underprivileged children, will also be prepared by 45,000 volunteers. Yoked will discuss how to voluneter for Leket. Information: 371-2788.
"Raising a Standard" part II: Join Connecting in the Spirit Outreach Min. Inc., 7 p.m. Aug. 31 at 4301 32nd St. W. Suite B-5 in the Lakewood Business Park. Share your favorite song, scripture or dance. Community invited. Call Pastor Barbara Walker at 772-216-9758.
Temple Beth El open house: Jewish community and families with children ready to start religious school invited to meet our school director, rabbi and temple board of directors from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Special music program at 2 p.m. Register to win two box seat tickets to the Bradenton Marauders-Fort Myers Miracle game Aug. 31.
Temple Emanu-El Selichot: Inaugurate Jewish High Holy Day season with Selichot services at 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota Aug. 31. A gala President's Reception of homemade desserts begins at 7:30 p.m., changing of Torah mantles and Selichot service begin at 8 p.m. Temple Emanu-El uses an original Selichot service compiled by Rabbi Brenner Glickman. Information: 371-2788.
Exploring Jewish High Holiday Myths vs. Realities: Free workshop by Rena Morano of Congregation Ner Tamid, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 31, South Manatee Branch Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-755-3892, 941-755-1231; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Temple Beth El High Holy Day services: No tickets required. Call 755-4900 from noon to 2 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday. High Holy Days schedule: Rosh Hoshana, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4 with Erev Rosh Hashanah and 10 a.m. Sept. 5 with morning service to follow. Yom Kippur, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Kol Nidre service; 10 a.m. Sept. 14 with moring service including Yizkor; 4:30 p.m. Sept. 14 healing service; 5:30 p.m. Sept. 14 Neilah and break-the-fast (reservations needed for break-the-fast, $10 members $15 nonmembers); and additional services: 5:30 p.m. Aug. 31, Havdalah followed by Selichot (dairy pot luck); 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 Erev Shabbat and Sukkot Family celebration; and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Erev Shabbat and Simchat Torah family celebration.
Temple Emanu-El High Holy Day Family Services: At 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota, free worship services at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 5 for Rosh Hashanah, and Saturday, Sept. 14, for Yom Kippur.
Conducted by Temple Emanu-El Rabbi Brenner Glickman. Information: 941-371-2788.
Picnic Supper and Tashlich: Join Temple Sinai at Siesta Key Beach at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 5 for annual that includes symbolic Tashlich experience. Chazzan Cliff Abramson plays guitar and Rabbi Geoff Huntting leads joyful songs. Bring something to eat and something to share. Everyone welcome, no RSVP needed. Meet at the small pavilion south of the main building. Information: 941-924-1802.
Young Families Service for Rosh Hashanah: Interactive and music-filled experience at Temple Sinai at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 5, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Templesinai-sarasota.org for more info or call 941-924-1802.
Rosh Hashanah services: Temple Sinai 10 a.m. Sept. 6, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Templesinai-sarasota.org for more info or call 941-924-1802.
Sunday school: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, meet the teacher and register your child from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 8. Pre-K through second-grade children meet in the Education Building. Third- through fifth-graders meet in the fellowship from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. for Bible-based classes for "big kids." Sunday school starts Sept. 15 through May 18, 2014. Information: Bill McConnell, 751-8053.
Transitions support group: Resumes Sept. 8 at United Church of Christ, 3700 26th St. W., Bradenton; (941) 941-739-7103. Have you suffered a great loss such as the loss of a loved one, job, health, forced to leave home or otherwise, struggled with addictions or depression, and you don't know which way to turn? Transitions shows you goal-setting processes for getting beyond these difficult times and a new sense of hope. Group helps you deal with the reality of traumatic changes, discover resources and chart strategies with the help of professional counselors. Transitions meets from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Sunday for a free-will offering. Six sessions recommended.
St. George's Episcopal Church Carnival: Celebrate our 50th anniversary with games, food, silent auction, crafts, bounce house and live music 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Sept. 14, at 912 63rd Ave. W,, Bradenton. Also, 8 a.m. 10 a.m. Sunday services.
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.
Financial Peace University: First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave. in downtown, Sarasota, 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from Sept. 11 to Nov. 13. Facilitators John and Anja Buetergerds shows how to get rid of debt, manage money, spend and save wisely. No one is asked to share personal financial information. During FPU, the average family pays off $5,300 in debt and saves $2,700 in 90 days. Register online at daveramsey.com/fpu. Call the church office at 941-955-0935.
Men/Women on Fire Initiating Action: 3 p.m. Sept. 14 at Connecting in the Spirit Outreach Min. Inc., 4301 32nd St. W. Suite B-5 in the Lakewood Business Park. Call Pastor Barbara Walker at 772-216-9758 to RSVP for free event open to public.
Lakewood Ranch Ladies Devotional Hour: 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 Baptist Church: 1501 Seventh Ave. E., Bradenton. has 9 a.m. Sunday school, 10:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday worship services and 7 p.m. Bible study Wednesday. Every third Sunday a fellowship meal follows morning services with the Rev. Steve Aaron. Information: 941-748-2339 or 941-723-3454.
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 Sunday Service: Hear Pastor Christopher Carlson's sermons and take part in the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Carlson's recent sermons are online at npcsarasota.com. Bible Study at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Artists meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays in Fellowhip Hall. Bring lunch if you wish and supplies or we can help. Choir rehearsals start Aug. 29.
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 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, 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.