Religion Almanac: Jan. 25, 2014

January 25, 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

Jim Marsh Memorial Garden Dedication: Longboat Island Chapel gardens, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The Rev. Marsh, pastor of the Longboat Island Chapel for 25 years, died May 18, 2008. Dedication service conducted by the Rev. Dr. Vincent Carroll, and will include guest singer Eric Alderfer of New York and garden sign unveiling by Jim's wife, Claire Marsh. Reception in garden. Information: 941-383-6491 or Sue Reese, 941-387-0202.

Youth Rummage Sale: At Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7461 Prospect Rd., Sarasota, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. 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. Saturday. 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, 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. Information: 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 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. 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.

Diggles Family: First Christian Church, 1815 18th Ave. W., 6:30 p.m. service Sunday. Information: 941-567-6908.

Minister Rev. C. William "Bill" Hull Retiring: Last Sunday as minister of Central Christian Church of Bradenton. Before his ministry to Central Christian Church as an interim minister he was a minister at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church until his first retirement in 2008. Information: 941-748-3130

Estate Gospel Singers: Bayshore Baptist Church, 6502 14th St. W., Bradenton, 7 p.m. Sunday.

Acrylic Painting Class: Two-hour class at Congregation Ner Tamid, 4802-B, 26th St. W., 10 a.m., Sunday, 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.

Singing Cookes Concert: 6 p.m. Sunday, Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. Love offering. Information: 941-756-6942

Ministers of Music Concert: Good Shepherd Church of the Brethren, 6323 13th St. Court E., Bradenton, 10:30 a.m. Sunday. 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. Tuesday, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11. Information: 941-755-4900.

Alienated Grandparents Anonymous: Information and support to grandparents alienated or estranged from access to grandchildren. The next meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. Hope Family Services speaker will discuss how an abuser isolates a victim from family, friends and grandchildren. Information:

Spoken-4-Quartet: Performs at 6 p.m. Wednesday, First United Methodist Church, 330 11th Ave. W., Palmetto. RSVP fellowship dinner, 5:30 p.m., 941-722-1812. No RSVP needed for program.

Everything You Need to Know about Bone Health, What Works, What Doesn't and Why: The Aging in Paradise Resource Center, free two-hour seminar at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, by Peter Simonson, president of Juvent Dynamic Motion Therapy, on the second floor of the Aging in Paradise Resource Center at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6493.

The Breakfast Club: Featuring the Browns family group at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, at Bradenton Tropical Palms, 2310 Tamiami Trail. All programs include a continental breakfast. A $10 donation requested. Information: 941-756-1838 or go to

Shabbat Dinner: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, 6 p.m. Friday, with Shabbat services at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $18/adult and $8/child ages 6-12; children under 5 free. RSVPs required by Monday. Information: 941-388-7899.

Rummage Sale: Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St E., Bradenton, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Jan. 31-Feb. 1. Proceeds go to various missions. Information: 941-746-0101.

Four Chaplains Memorial Service: Kirby Stewart American Legion Post 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton, 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 34th annual Four Chaplains memorial service remembering the immortal four U.S. Army chaplains who gave away their life jackets to U.S. soldiers before they died on troopship USS Dorchester sunk by a German U-boat Feb. 3, 1943. Guest speakers, Honor Guard salute, taps, free lunch following.

Arab Spring: Bitter Winter: Thomas Hecht, founder of Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies in Israel, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 4 at the Al Katz Center, 713 S. Orange Ave., Sarasota. Information: 941-313-9239.

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.

Daddy-Daughter Dance: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Admission $18 with paid RSVPs by Feb. 3, or $30 at the door. Information: 941-356-3006.

Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church: Second annual festival, Premier Sports Campus, 5895 Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, free, 5-10 p.m. Feb. 14; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Feb. 15; and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 16, carnival games, midway, food and music. Information: 941-752-6770.

Anne Frank's Stepsister: Stepsister and childhood friend of Anne Frank, Eva Schloss of London, who went into hiding in Holland, and was betrayed, captured and sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Firsthand account of 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. 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. 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. Information: or call 941-955-4263.

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 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, 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.

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