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 email@example.com.
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.
Organ Recital: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., in downtown Sarasota, begins its annual midday Advent organ recitals Dec. 4 with guest organist Nancy Siebecker, artist and instructor at the Wausau Conservatory of Music in Wausau, Wis. The 30-minute recitals begin at 12:10 p.m. Guest organists and musicians perform on Redeemer's massive 50-stop Nichols & Simpson pipe organ. Recitals free to the public. Information: redeemersarasota.org or call 941-955-4263.
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: 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. 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: 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. Friday evening and Shabbat services with Torah study at 10 a.m. Saturday, 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.