Religion Almanac: Oct. 26, 2013

October 26, 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


Ditchfield Family Singers: In concert at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton, 7 p.m. Saturday after a spaghetti dinner, $10 tickets with servings at 5 and 6 p.m.. Call 941-746-0101. Free will offering taken following concert.

Ellenton United Methodist Women: Rummage and Bake Sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the church at 3607 U.S. 301 N. Funds will go toward mission projects. Fresh baked goods, lunch and snacks available. Household goods, clothing, collectables, seasonal and holiday items will be in Fellowship Hall and the Christian Life Center. Furniture items, tools, books, and many other items will be available for economical prices. The circa 1884 church has returned to to services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. each Sunday and everyone is welcome. The new pastor is Rev. Elizabeth Murchison. Information: 941-729-6802.

Kirkin' of the Tartans: 10 a.m. Sunday at Roser Community Church, near the Anna Maria City Pier at 512 Pine Ave. First Presbyterian-inspired "Kirkin' of the Tartans Service" with bagpiper and drummer playing outside before the service and then leading a procession of clan flags and clergy. Service will include ancient creeds and prayers of this denomination founded in Scotland. Church members and visitors are asked to wear something representing their clan connection. Kirking, from the Scottish Gaelic word kirk, means church, or in this usage, "blessing." Children will be dismissed after the Children's Message for their own special program. Nurseries available. First in a series of services reflecting broad range of denominations in congregation. Information: 941-778-0414, email, go or at facebook/roserchurch.

164th anniversary: Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton, celebrating by dedicating remodeled sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday. Everyone welcome. Information: 941-746-0101.

Revival Day: with Josh and Ashley Franks, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E. (Highway 70), Bradenton. Love offering received. Dessert reception follows night service in honor of "Pastor Appreciation" for Pastor Bill and Sally Bailey and family. Information: 756-6942.

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. Sunday. 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.

Fall Family Festival: Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday. Free games, candy, inflatables, hay rides and something for the entire family. Information: 756-6942.

Halloween Costume Party and Dinner: Faith United Methodist Church 7215 First Ave, W., Bradenton, 6:15 p.m. Thursday. Faith Church's Primetimers invite you to their pirate-theme party for adults Halloween night. Fun, prizes and great food. Prizes for Best Costume, Best Top Chef Entree, People's Choice Award, and door prizes! A $10 donation is suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the church office. Information: Karl Hasbrouck, 941-761-9546 or karlh99 Church Women United of Manatee County, 9:30 a.m., Nov. 1, at St. John First Baptist Institutional Church, 1108 29th St. E., Palmetto. Refreshments served. Free will offering taken. Public invited. Will meet first Friday of each month through May. Informational: Sandra Holley, 721-3377.

Family Shabbat Services: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota, 7 p.m. Nov. 1. Intergenerational celebration of Shabbat for all ages held monthly. Information: 941-371-2788.

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 match your appetite.

Inspirational Music: Vocalist, musician and entertainer Karen Klarich, 7 p.m. Nov. 2, open to the public at Family of God United Methodist Church, 5601 16th Ave. E., Palmetto. For the last seven years, Klarish has been performing jazz at the Anna Maria Island Beach Café in Holmes Beach and elsewhere. Information: Mary Wiser 941-722-7065.

Spaghetti Dinner: Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Chtholic Church, Father Flynn Hall, Ninth Street East and Magellan Drive, Sarasota, 3:30-6:30 p.m., Nov. 2. Spaghetti and meat balls, salad, dessert and beverage, adults, $8, children 6-12, $4, under-6, $2, takeout available. Information: 941-755-1826.

Adventures in Membership: Anyone interested in becoming a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m., Nov. 3 at Fellowship Hall. Light lunch included. Information: 941-355-4729.

Sisterhood Fashion Show: Temple Emanu-El elegant afternoon of fashion, food, and friends while raising money for religious school scholarships, noon Nov. 3, 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota. Intergenerational fashion show with designs from Cache Boutique, raffle prizes and table shopping from vendors including Arbonne, Stella & Dot, Thirty-One Gifts, Mahjong and Wendy's Accessories & Design. Lunch, mimosas, and dessert will be served. Tickets $25 for Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood members, $36 for guests, children grades four through seven is $18. Free babysitting and a pizza lunch will be provided for children in grades three-under with advance reservation. Paid reservations mailed by Oct. 30 to Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood Fashion Show, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota FL 34232. Information and babysitting reservations: Event chairwoman Melissa Howard, 587-8166 or sisterhoodfashionshow Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11120 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch, will receive new members at all three services. Two 6:30 p.m. intro classes Wednesday Nov. 6 and Nov.

13. Fill out new member information sheet, return to the church office. Information: 752-9365.

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.

75th Commemoration of Kristallnacht: Featuring Holocaust survivor Kurt Marburg's harrowing story of his family's flight from Nazi Germany to America and his frontline infantry duty in Europe for the U.S. Army as an alien soldier in the death camps, noon Nov. 8, Al Katz Center, 713 S. Orange Ave., Sarasota, $7 per adult, $3 per student; includes a light kosher meal with vegetarian options and discussion materials. All veterans free. RSVPs required: 941-313-9239.

Let Freedom Ring -- A Veteran's Day Tribute: Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, 4:30 p.m. Nov. 10. Concert with combined choirs, instrumentalists, Honor Guard, "Ring Sarasota" under direction of Rick Holdsworth, emcee Marianne Barnebey. Donations of toiletries and non-perishable food items accepted for Manatee Operation Troop Support. Freewill offering. Information: 941-792-3141 or

Yard Sale: Good Shepherd Church of the Brethren, 6323 13th St. Ct. E., Bradenton, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 16. Clothing, small appliances, printers, cell phones and much more. Coffee, baked goods and lunch available. Information: 941-752-7966 or 941-758-0988.

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

Thanksgiving Service: Manatee Ministries Association will express solidarity in Thanksgiving at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. Rev. Gary Eldred, MCMA president, asked all churches and religious organizations to present nonperishable food for local food banks. A procession of congregations representatives "united in our differences" will highlight annual service at Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, All are invited. Information 941-752-4850.


Pumpkin Patch: Christ United Methodist Church, 5512 26th St. W., Bradenton, patch 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 through Oct. 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 features Halloween decorations, costumes and specialty items 50 percent off in October, 5601 16th Ave. E., Palmetto. 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.

Church of the Redeemer: St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians, free weekly study for adults, 222 S. Palm Ave., beginning Oct. 2. 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, beginning 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 8, 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 5,000 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 aga2_lwr Shifting Sands Support Group, 3 p.m. Thursday,6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Provides opportunity to discuss personal- and health-related concerns; receive emotional, spiritual and practical support; and exchange information. Encourages social networking as group generally dines out after each session. Call to arrange attendance: 941-383-6491, MiMi Horwitz, pastoral care assistant.

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 9 a.m. Sept 22. Tutoring for students at Redeemer Learning Center, call 941-792-2936. Women of Redeemer meet 9-10:30 a.m. for breakfast and fellowship second Saturday of every month.

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: Join us at 7 p.m. Friday for fellowship, anointed worship, teachings, prayer and ministry at 11315 Palmbrush Trail, State Road 70 at Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. 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. Information: leader Susan Bernstein at susanhope22 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, D. 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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