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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pancake Breakfast: First of the season, 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Saturday, at Family of God United Methodist Church, 5601 16th Ave. E., off of U.S. 41 just outside Palmetto. Hot pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fresh biscuits and gravy, orange juice and lots of coffee, homemade baked goods for sale. Tickets available at the door. Public invited. Pastor Jim and Margaret Martin are sponsors. The church was formerly known as the Palmetto Drive-In United Methodist Church. Thrift Store next door will be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Information: 941-729-6055.
Casino Night: Temple Beth El and the Bradenton Woman's Club are planning a joint Casino Night fundraiser, 7 p.m. Saturday at the Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W. A portion of the monies raised will go to "Take Stock in Children." Casino-style games, numerous chip and live auction surprises and a silent auction. Information: 941-755-4900, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday.
Christmas Gift Fair and Pancake Breakfast: The Church at Bradenton, Family Life Center, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. 2520 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Enjoy a pancake breakfast and then shop the booths of local artisans. Items offered include jewelry, quilts, woodworking, repurposed items and gift items for the young and not-so-young. Sponsored by the Youth and the Prayer n Squares Quilt Ministry of The Church at Bradenton. Information: 941-792-3462.
Christmas Boutique: Circle of Hope of Faith United Methodist Church, 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, 7215 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Free coffee and homemade cookies, craft demonstrations and make crafts, handmade gifts for sale. Proceeds support Solve House of Bradenton to help mothers and babies. Information: 941-586-0789 or 941-792-1747.
Adventures in Membership Class: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, changed to after worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Light lunch served. Call 941-355-4729 to register. Welcoming lunch served Nov. 17. Pizza, salad, drinks and dessert provided. Congregation invited to welcome new members. Contact Lori Ladd at 358-0285 or register
at the church no later than Thursday, Nov. 14.
Veterans Sunday: Navy Special Warfare officer and director of Afghanistan Operations, U.S. Special Operations Command, to speak at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, , Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, as parish honors veterans of American wars and U.S. military personnel. Capt. Kenneth Niederberger will speak in Gillespie Hall. The Rev. Richard Marsden, a captain in the U.S. Army (1974-1982), will preach at at the 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses. Marsden was a helicopter pilot, flight section leader and staff officer.
Singing Echoes: In concert, 6 p.m. Sunday, Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. Love offering. Information: 941-756-6942
New Member Invitation: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, at all three services. Classes at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Information: 752-9365.
Adult Sunday School: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota, 10-11:30 a.m. Sunday. Learning and discussion session focused on instilling Jewish values in children and families facilitated by Rabbis Brenner and Elaine Glickman. Open to the community with a $10 donation requested. Information: 941-379-1997.
Let Freedom Ring -- A Veteran's Day Tribute: Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Concert with combined choirs, instrumentalists, Honor Guard, "Ring Sarasota" under direction of Rick Holdsworth, Mistress of Ceremony Marianne Barnebey. Donations of toiletries and non-perishable food items accepted for Manatee Operation Troop Support. Freewill offering. Information: 941-792-3141 or pspchurch.org.
Tribute to Veterans: Longboat Island Chapel, 10 a.m. Monday, featuring the Rev. Dr. Vincent Carroll, retired captain U.S. Navy, on "My War Experience in Vietnam, Panama, and Bosnia." Lunch will follow. Tickets are $10. RSVP: 941-383-6491.
Sisterhood Mitzvah Knitting Group: Temple Emanu-El, 10 a.m. Tuesday,, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Socialize while crafting blankets, caps and booties for babies. Handmade creations donated to needy families and expectant mothers. Bring knitting needles or crochet hook and - if desired - a favorite pattern and yarn. Patterns and yarn will also be provided. Information: 941-379-1997.
Lunch Bunch: At Whetstone Restaurant at Manatee Technical Institute Campus on State Road 70, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, meet at 11 a.m. at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, to carpool or on campus at 11:30 a.m. Limited to 30 people. Sign up in the narthex or call the church 941-753-9365.
Veterans Shabbat: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, honoring Jewish servicemen and servicewomen. 7:30 p.m. Friday, in the Temple sanctuary, blessing offered to all veterans by Rabbi Brenner Glickman. Information: Ethel Gross, 941-388-7899.
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.
Hanukkah-Themed Tot Shabbat: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota, at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 16. Designed for Jewish and interfaith families with children through age 6, will feature playground time, bagel breakfast, age-appropriate Shabbat blessings, songs, and movement, a Hanukkah craft project, games including dreidel, special Hanukkah snack and retelling of the Hanukkah story by Rabbi Brenner Glickman. Free and open to public. Information: 941-379-1997.
Bible Baptist Church 29th Anniversary: Service, 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at Church Banquet Hall, 1720 Sixth Ave. W., Palmetto.
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 email@example.com or regfister online at jfcs-cares.org.
Pancake Breakfast: The Wall Youth Group semi-annual breakfast, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Nov. 20, Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. Information: 941-753-9365. Proceeds go toward summer trips to Alabama and Luther Springs.
Author/writer Paulette Harper Johnson: Appears at 7 p.m. Nov. 22, writings include "The Sanctuary," "That was then, this is now," Completely whole," and soon-to-be released "Living separate lives." At 4301 32nd St. W., Suite B-5 in Lakewood Business Park. Information: Pastor Barbara Walker, 772-216-9758.
Thanksgiving Service: Manatee Ministries Association will express solidarity in Thanksgiving at 6 p.m. 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.
Annual Downtown Bradenton Hanukkah Celebration: Temple Beth El's Downtown Bradenton Candle Lighting Ceremony and Hanukkah Celebration on Dec. 2 in front of the former Manatee Players building on Barcotta Boulevard between 12th and 13th streets. Rabbi Harold Caminker and Cantor Alan Cohn will lead the celebration with the First United Methodist Church choir, soloist Deborah Suta and Marianne Barnaby. Lighting the Hanukkah Menorah with stories, songs and fun for the entire community. Information: 941-755-4900, 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday through Friday.
Connecting in the Spirit Outreach: Two evenings of giving God thanks. 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Shequita Steplin of The End Time Prophetic Del. Min. Inc.; 5 p.m. Dec. 7, Overseer a Pastor Lucinda Rich, at 4301 32nd St. W., Suite B-5 in Lakewood Business Park. Information: Pastor Barbara Walker, 772-216-975.
A Night in Bethlehem: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7, open to all ages. Entertainment, crafts and games.
Havdalah Service: Guest speaker Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor, vice president World Union for Progressive Judaism, New York, 5:30 p.m., Dec. 21. Information: 941-755-4900, 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday through Friday.
Sunset Cruise and Dinner: Temple Beth El Bradenton Social Activities Committee boards the River Skipper II at 4 p.m. Dec. 28 at Regatta Pointe Marina in Palmetto. Cruise up the Manatee River and return to the Riverhouse Reef and Grill for dinner, $37.50 per person prepaid with reservation. Space limit 40 people. RSVP: 941-755-4900.
Bible Baptist Church: Sunday 29th anniversary worship services at 3 p.m. Nov. 17 and Nov. 24, 1720 Sixth Ave. W., Palmetto. Sunday school at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. each Sunday.
Ellenton United Methodist Church: Monthly breakfast at church at U.S. 301 and Ellenton-Gillette Road. Donation $4 for breakfast, including biscuits and gravy, pancakes, French
toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, juice and coffee is available. Held monthly year around from 8-10 a.m. on first Saturday in the Christian Life Center. Worship services are Sunday
at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday. Information: 941-729-6802.
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 daveramsey.com/fpu. 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 aga-fl.org 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 npcsarasota.com. Dick Murphy will be the moderator on Bible study of the Resurrection for nine more weeks at 10 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesdays in Fellowship Hall. Information: 941-355-4729. Artists meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays in Fellowhip Hall. Bring lunch if you wish and supplies or we can help.
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 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//sarasota.quaker.org.
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.