Religion Almanac: Jan. 18, 2014

January 18, 2014 

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

Yard Sale: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Oneco First Baptist, 1700 51st Ave. E., Bradenton. Lunches including bag of chips and soda available at 10 a.m., hotdog $3 or pulled pork barbecue $5. Information: 941-755-1690.

Jewish Soul Food and Live Music: Al Fuller concert, and corned beef, pastrami, turkey on Jewish rye, potato salad, cole slaw, pickles and beverages from Too Jays. Dinner 6 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at Bradenton's Congregation Ner Tamid, 4802-B, 26th St. W.

Second Annual Tu B'Shevat Celebration: At Sarasota Children's Garden, Jewish holiday marking the birthday of the trees, 10 a.m. Saturday, at Sarasota Children's Garden, 1670 10th Way. Special Tu B'Shevat planting activity. Breakfast of bagels, cream cheese, fruit and juice, and Rabbi Brenner Glickman will lead an age-appropriate Shabbat service. Morning designed for children up to age 8, all are welcome. No charge with advance RSVPs by Jan. 15, $18 per family after Jan. 15 or at the door. Information or RSVP: 379-1997 or email elaine-glickman Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., 5:15 p.m. Sunday, , part of the Sarasota-Manatee Bach Festival, will feature Boston Symphony harpsichordist Mark Kroll and harpsichordist Julane Rodgers of the Dayton Philharmonic. Free and open to the public. Information: or call 941-955-4263.

Baptist Convention Executive DirectorJohn Sullivan: Palm View First Baptist Church, 415 49th St.E., 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. services Sunday . Information: 941-722-5077.

Chuck Wagon Gang Concert: 6 p.m. Sunday, Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. Love offering. Information: 756-6942.

Dan Schall Concert: 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. services Sunday at Faith United Methodist Church, 7215 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: or call 941-794-8067.

New Adult Information Class: Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota, 9:15 a.m. for eight-10 weeks starting Sunday. Meet in Pastor Leavitt's office in the Wayman L. Still Building. Information: 941-355-2798.

Nazi Wannsee Conference: Sarasota Holocaust survivor Kurt Marburg, 11 a.m. Monday, 713 South Orange Ave. in Burns Square, Sarasota, $7 per adult, $3 per student. Marburg will discuss the steps of the disaster in the making, which he knew as a survivor and later as an American soldier helping liberate Europe's death camps. Held in Berlin on Jan. 20, 1942, Jews were slated for annihilation after Wannsee. Light kosher meal with vegetarian options included. Information: Dr. Beverly Newman at 941-313-9239.

New Senior Pastor: Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, 7 p.m. Thursday in Fellowship Hall, Rev. India Dennis and her husband, Ron Dennis, will discuss their vision for Palma Sola, including humorous tales since their departure from Bradenton. Questions and discussions.

Youth Rummage Sale: At Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7461 Prospect Rd., Sarasota, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 25. Proceeds fund summer mission trip to Cairo, Ill. Information: 941-729-6853.

Marian Murphy in Concert: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, 3 p.m. Jan. 25. Murphy has performed leading roles in "Les Miserables," "Phantom of the Opera," "Brigadoon," "Bright Lights-Big City" and "The Music Man." A $10. donation is requested.

Information: 941-355-4729.

Turning Point Tour: Temple Beth El Bradenton members, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, touring Turning Point, a one-stop shop for the homeless to eat, shower, have their clothes cleaned or pick up new ones, get haircuts, look for jobs and see a volunteer doctor or dentist. Turning Point as is mitzvah project. We collect toiletries and clothes year round for the more than 200 personal hygiene kits they need a day. Following tour, celebrate Havdalah at Turning Point, at 6:30 p.m. dinner at Demetrios, 1720 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. RSVP by Thursday, Jane Plitt 941-538-4673; Jean Steiger, 941-761-0585; or email

Spaghetti Dinner and Raffle: Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, Ninth Street East and Magellan Drive, Sarasota, 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. Menu: spaghetti and meat balls, salad, dessert and beverage. Cost, adults, $8; children 6-12, $4; and under-6, $2. Takeouts available. Information: 941-755-1826.

Acrylic Painting Class: Two-hour class at Congregation Ner Tamid, 4802-B, 26th St. W., 10 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, instructor Carlos Goebels. No previous art or painting experience is required. Ages 13 and up, $10 includes all materials. Payment is due by Jan. 22. Mail to Ner Tamid, P.O. Box 10261, Bradenton FL 34207.

Ministers of Music Concert: Good Shepherd Church of the Brethren, 6323 13th St. Court E., Bradenton, 10:30 a.m. Jan. 26. Group members include: Lamar Dourte, John Frye, Merle Gingerich, Bob Kettering, and Ron Ludwick along with Dennis Garrison, sound engineer. Information: or 941-758-0988.

Judaism and End-of-Life Decisions: Rabbi Harold Caminker's three-week adult education mini-series, Temple Beth El, Bradenton, starting at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11. Information: 941-755-4900.

Gospel Service Series: East Bradenton Church of Christ, 1835 Manatee Ave. E., 7:30 p.m. gospel series beginning Feb. 2 and running through Feb. 5 with guest speaker Glenn Ramsey, director of religious studies at Tennessee Bible College. Information: 941-748-2776.

Artists and Crafts Fair and Sale: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 15, Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota. Registration fee $25 to show. Registration deadline Feb. 2. Information: 941-355-4729.

Anne Frank's Stepsister: Historic opportunity to enter the world of the stepsister and childhood friend of Anne Frank, Mrs. Eva Schloss of London. Like her stepsister, Eva went into hiding in Holland, and was betrayed, captured and sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Listen to a firsthand account of discovering and printing Anne Frank's famed diary and glean insight into the life and times of Schloss and Frank, doors open at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Riverview High School. Tickets: $36 front, $25 middle, $18 back and $125 VIP, which includes front seating, private reception with Schloss and signed copy of her book "Eva's Story." Got to or call 941-925-0770. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

Joseph Martin Concert: Well-known pianist and sacred composer, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Reception after concert. Freewill offering. Information: 941-792-3141 or

Bible Distribution: 7 p.m. March 20, Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, Fellowship Hall, speaker Paul Eckel, president of World Bible Mission USA, will distribute Bibles and discuss his organization, which spreads Bibles around the globe.


Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church: 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota. Christmas services: 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Service; 10 a.m. Christmas Day Festival Service; and 4:30 p.m. New Year's Eve, Dec. 31. Information: 941-755-3798 or go to

Bible Baptist Church: 1720 Sixth Ave. W., Palmetto. Sunday school at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. each Sunday.

Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene: Set-Free Ministry recovery program from habits and addictions based on Biblical principles, weekly on Monday evenings facilitated by Libbie Bowers, who has a mster's degree in social work, at the Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene's Family Life Center, 1616 59th St. W. Free, all sessions private and confidential. Information: 749-7982.

The Church of the Redeemer: 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, will offer a midday Advent organ recital beginning at at 12:10 p.m. Dec. 11 with guest organist Neil Page, director of music at Siesta Key's Saint Boniface Episcopal Church. The 30-minute recitals will be each Wednesday throughout the season of Advent on Redeemer's massive 50-stop Nichols & Simpson pipe organ. Information: or call 941-955-4263.

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 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday. Information: 941-729-6802.

First Baptist Church of Palmetto: worship and Bible study 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays at First Baptist Church of Palmetto, 1020 Fourth St. W. Information: 941-722-7795.

First United Methodist Church: Watermarks Worship Series Jan. 12-Feb. 23 at all three Sunday worship services, 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m., 104 S. Pineapple, Sarasota, with the Rev. Art McClellan, senior pastor. Nursery for babies and toddlers, 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Information: 941-955-0935,

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. 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. Mommy and Me: Moms, babies, toddlers and preschoolers, 10:15 a.m. to noon second and fourth Wednesday each month for crafts, food and fellowship at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. Information: Leslie Johnson, 941-981-3529.

Manatee Baptist Church: 1501 Seventh Ave. E., Bradenton, 9 a.m. Sunday school, 10:15 a.m. Sunday worship services with 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, 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, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, hearing assistance available, services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., coffee fellowship in front of the sanctuary the hour between services. Information: 941-355-4729. Artists meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays in Fellowhip Hall. Bring lunch 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.

Palma Sola Presbyterian Church: 7 p.m. Gathering on Thursday once a month starting Jan. 23. Speaker will be he Rev. India Dennis, new pastor and her husband. Feb. 20 meeting will have feature Dr. Timothy Blend and his wife, Kimberly Colvin Blend, nationally known for nutrition and anti-aging talks. Information: Al Zimmer, 941-792-8859.

Parrish United Methodist Church: 8:15 a.m. Sunday worship, 9:45 a.m. CrossLight, 11:11 a.m. blended worship and 9:45 a.m. Sunday school, 12180 U.S. 301 N., Parrish. Thrift cottage open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays at 12210 U.S. 301 N., Parrish. Information: 941-776-1539.

Peace Presbyterian Church: a congregation of the Presbyterian Church USA, 12705 State Road 64, Lakewood Ranch, 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Sunday services. Information: 941-753-7778.

Quakers: Sarasota Friends Meeting, 10 a.m. Sundays, 3139 57th St., Sarasota. Information: 941-358-5759 or visit

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: 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. Contemplative-prayer groups at 11 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday. 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. 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 recommended. Information: 941-739-7103.

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