Religion Almanac: Aug. 31, 2013

August 31, 2013 

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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 volunteer for Leket. Information: 941-371-2788.

"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 Selichot: Inaugurate Jewish High Holy Day season with Selichot services Saturday at 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota. 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 to 11 a.m. Saturday, South Manatee Branch Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-755-3892, 941-755-1231. No tickets required. Call 941-755-4900 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 morning 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 Rosh Hashanah Worship schedule: Jewish New Year evening services 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4, and 10 a.m. morning shofar worship Sept. 5 by Rabbi Brenner Glickman and the Temple Emanu-El High Holy Day Choir. Reservations and tickets required. Information: 941-371-2788.

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 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 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. for more info or call 941-924-1802.

Rosh Hashanah services: Temple Sinai 10 a.m. Sept. 6, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. 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 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 to 10:15 a.m. for Bible-based classes for "big kids." Sunday school starts Sept. 15 through May 18. Information: Bill McConnell, 751-8053.

Transitions support group: Resumes Sept. 8 at United Church of Christ, 3700 26th St. W., Bradenton; 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 to 6:30 p.m. every Sunday for a free-will offering. Six sessions recommended.

12th Anniversary Prayer Service: St. Joseph Church, 3000 26th St. W. in Bradenton, 7 p.m. Sept. 11. Public welcome. Information: 941-756-3732.

It's Tough Being a Woman: First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., 10-week series, 6:30-8 p.m. starting Sept. 10, group study of Esther led by Beth Moore. Class includes DVD presentation and group discussion. Donation for materials, $15. Information: 955-0935.

St. George's Episcopal Church Carnival: Celebrate the church's 50th anniversary with games, food, silent auction, crafts, bounce house and live music 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14, at 912 63rd Ave. W., Bradenton. Also, 8 and 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. 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 Call the church office at 941-955-0935.

Ladies Lunch Bunch and shopping spree: Shopping at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 12 at Topez Fashion Outlet, 1850 University Parkway. Lunch at 12:30 p.m., Lee Roy Selmons, 8253 Cooper Creek off University Parkway. To car pool meet at the church at 10 a.m. Information: Patty Kunkel at 748-6669.

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.

Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota: Overseen by the Rev. Richard Marsden, director of Children's Christian Formation Jacki Boedecker and Deacon in Charge of Ministry to Youth David Bumsted, a full spectrum of classes, study, prayer, and fellowship activities take place each week for its 1,900-member parish. Center for the Eucharist (St. Louis) founder and executive director, the Rev. Ralph McMichael, to speak during annual All Saints' Institute series of worship services and fellowship gatherings held Nov. 1-3, open to the public. The Church of the Redeemer is at 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Go to,or call 941.955.4263.


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 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.

First Baptist Church of Palmetto: 10:30 a.m. Sundays at First Baptist Church of Palmetto, 1020 Fourth St. W. 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//

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.

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