Religion Almanac: Saturday, Oct. 12

October 12, 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

Homecoming Sunday: Oneco First Baptist "Homecoming" celebration Sunday. Gulf State Quartet in concert 10:45 a.m., dinner served at noon in the fellowship hall, 1700 51st Ave. E. , Bradenton. Information : 941-755-1690.

Pumpkin Patch: Christ United Methodist Church, 5512 26th St. W., Bradenton, open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays-Fridays and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays, free hot dogs from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., pumpkin-decorating contest from 1-2 p.m., jump house bake sale, and free book giveaways. Patch runs Oct. 14-31. Prayer and songs in gazebo at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Trick or trunk on front lawn from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Information: 941-755-2722.

Halloween options: Family of God United Methodist Church Thrift Store will feature Halloween decorations, costumes and specialty items for 50 percent off in October at 5601 16th Ave. E., Palmetto. Store open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Information church office at 729-6055 or the Thrift Store when open, 722-3456.

Understanding World Religions: Begins 10:30 a.m. Monday, Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. Sign up to join Sunday in the Sanctuary Hall or at the first session. Free adult education course promotes our mission of reconciliation but is not a Bible study. Information: Ruth McConnell, facilitator, 751-8053.

Church of Light Pyschic Fair: Entertainment only, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19, 2408 43rd Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-751-5683.

Solemn Evensong: Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Joe Assi, co-principal horn Sarasota Orchestra. Ann Stephenson-Moe, Redeemer organist and choirmaster, and Redeemer Choir will perform. Free and open to the public. Reception in Gillespie Hall will follow the performance. Information: 941-955-4263.

Living Lord Lutheran Church: Oct. 20 craft and bake sale, Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11120 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch. Proceeds benefit The Miracle League, a baseball team for athletes with special needs. Information: 941-753-9365.

Bethel mission trip: A trip to Beth-El Farmworkers' Ministry is planned for Oct. 22. Participants will meet at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., at 11:15 a.m. to carpool. Information 941-355-4729.

Men of Standard: Speaker Tim Jackson Smith, prelate of the Fellowship of Kingdom Covenant Apostolic and Deliverance churches and senior pastor of Triumphant Victory Christian Church, 7 p.m. nightly, Oct. 23-25, 4301 32nd. St. W. B-5 in Lakewood Business Park. Women welcome. Information: Call Cheryl Graham 941-744-2742 or Margaret Smith 776-0029.

Jewish Music Family Concert: Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, enter off Proctor, will present Beth Shafter concert at 5 p.m. Oct. 26. Children under 18 free, adults $5, tickets available at the door. Information: 941-924-1802.

Fall Festival: Fellowship Church of God and Restoration Fellowship Church of Bradenton are offering a Fall Festival on the 6500 block of U.S. 41 at Sara Bay Plaza from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 27. Games and event free for just registering your child. Everyone invited. Dance team, entertainment and food for purchase to offset the expense to the churches. The congregations shares a facility in the Plaza.

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, classes, study, prayer and fellowship activities each week for 1,900-member parish. 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 call 941-955-4263.

Northminster breakfast: At 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, 3131 61st St., Sarasota. Guest speaker Mark Chait of the Benderson Corp. will discuss the new rowing facility and the new shopping center at University and Interstate 75. RSVP at 941-355-4729. Pancakes and sausage to eat for your appetite.

Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee: Poet Philip Terman, 7 p.m. Nov. 7, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. In his fourth collection of poems, "The Torah Garden," Terman explores the meaning of being a Jew in America. Tickets are $5. Information: 941-371-4546, ext. 107.

The God Squad: Ninth-annual Grace Rosen MaGill lecture, featuring Rabbi Marc Gellman, 9 a.m. Nov. 18, breakfast buffet and lecture, Michael's on East, 1212 East Ave., Sarasota, tickets $36. Required reservations: 941-366-2224, ext. 142, or or regfister online at of the Redeemer: St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians, free weekly study for adults, 222 S. Palm Ave. Classes taught by the Rev. Richard Marsden, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Eight-week Inquirers' class about the Episcopal Church, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.Tuesday, taught by the Rev. Fredrick Robinson. Register for either course at, or call 941-955-4263. The Hebrews Faith & Culture: Weekly study and discussion for adults taught by Dr. Charles Axton. Register for free course at or call 941-955-4263.

Financial Peace University: First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 13. Facilitators John and Anja Buetergerds. During FPU, the average family pays off $5,300 in debt and saves $2,700 in 90 days. Register online at Information: 941-955-0935.

First Baptist Church of Palmetto: 10:30 a.m. Sundays at First Baptist Church of Palmetto, 1020 Fourth St. W. Information: 941-722-7795.

Lakewood Ranch Ladies Devotional Hour: 10 a.m. Thursdays at Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. 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. Alienated Grandparents Anonymous: Information and support for grandparents who feel alienated or estranged from access to their grandchildren. Meeting 1 p.m. Thursday at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. Information at or contact Everyone welcome.

Longboat Island Chapel: Aging in Paradise Resource Center, memory loss support group to Sarasota and Manatee, 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 Presbyterian Church: Sunday service, Pastor Christopher Carlson, 10:30 a.m. worship service, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, hearing assistance available.

Moving to services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Nov. 10. Carlson sermons 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. Resurrection study begins at 10 a.m.. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 1 and each Tuesday during a 12-week study on living, dying and living again in Resurrection. 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 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.

Parrish United Methodist Church: Sunday worship 8:15 a.m.; CrossLight, 9:45 a.m.; blended worship, 11:11 a.m.; and Sunday school, 9:45 a.m., 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, 10 a.m. Sundays, 3139 57th St., Sarasota. Information: 941-358-5759 or visit http//

Redeemer Lutheran Church: 6311 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, 9 a.m. Sunday School, service with communion 10 a.m. Sunday. Adult classes start at 9 a.m. Sept 22.

Revelation Ministries: "Prayer Time" at Revelation Ministries, 1919 14th St. W., Bradenton, 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.

St. Mary Magdalene Church: Hosting the Presence eight-week class at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 11315 Palmbrush Trail, State Road 70 at Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, starts Oct. 9. Information: 941-751-5048.

St. Mary's Episcopal Church: Welcome new priest, Father Glen Graczyk, 1010 24th Ave. W., Palmetto, 10 a.m. Sunday service. Attend Spanish service with Father Dick Lampert, 1 p.m. Sunday. Information: 941-722-5292.

Stillpoint House of Prayer: Intercessory-prayer workshop groups at 1608 14th St. W. For a schedule, call 941-748-6835. Contemplative-prayer groups 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. Information: 941-755-4900, 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday through Friday.

Temple Emanu-El: Sisterhood Mitzvah Knitting Group, 10 a.m. second Tuesday of each month, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. All knitters and crocheters welcome. Participants craft blankets, caps and booties for babies for local groups serving needy families or expectant mothers in Israel. Bring your own knitting needles or crochet hook. Patterns and yarn will be provided -- if desired. Informnation: leader Susan Bernstein at

United Church of Christ: Transitions support group, 3700 26th St. W., Bradenton, helps you deal with traumatic changes, discover resources and chart strategies to achieve goals with the help of professional counselors, Dr. Ross Thompson and Dr. Don Thompson. Meets 5-6:30 p.m. every Sunday. Six sessions attendance recommended. Information: 941-739-7103.

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