Religion Almanac: Feb. 1, 2014

February 1, 2014 

The Kingsmen to appear at 6 p.m. Sunday at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. PHOTO PROVIDED

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Rummage Sale: Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St E., Bradenton, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. 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, The 34th annual Four Chaplains memorial service remembers the immortal four U.S. Army chaplains who gave 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.

The Kingsmen Concert: 6 p.m. Sunday, Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, love offering. Information: 941-756-6942.

Three Bridges Contemporary Southern Gospel Trio: Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Free-will offering. Contact: Herb McMillian (941) 794-1685 ext. 105.

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.

Understanding World Religions: Living Lord Lutheran Church Adult education continues 10:30 a.m. Monday, Shinto and Shamanism discussed, 11120 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch. Information: Ruth McConnell 751-8053.

Sex and the Bible: New adult education series, Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Classes 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays this month beginning Feb. 4. Guest instructor Dr. Rachel Dulin. Open to public with a $36 donation requested for guests.

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

Lunch with the Rabbi: Noon Wednesday, Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, Rabbi Brenner Glickman, bring a brown-bag lunch, homemade dessert provided. Information: 941-371-2788.

Twice Adopted Concert: Family of God United Methodist Church, 5601 16th Ave. E., Palmetto, 7 p.m. Friday. Family of 10 children from Branson, Mo., sing gospel and southern music. Scheduled concerts at Family of God Church include the Singing Auctioneer on Feb. 28 and the Happy Five on March 21. Open to the public. Information: 941-722-7065.

Intergenerational Shabbat: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, 6 p.m. Friday, , Shabbat dinner followed at 7 p.m. family Shabbat service, $15 per adult, $8 per child ages 7-13, free for children 6-under. Information: 941-751-4457.

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. 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.

Understanding World Religions: Living Lord Lutheran Church Adult education continues 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10, Zen Buddhism, 11120 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch. Information: Ruth McConnell 751-8053.

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.

Solemn Evensong: Featuring Canterbury Girls Choirm Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. Information: or call 941-955-4263.

Understanding World Religions: Living Lord Lutheran Church Adult education continues 10:30 a.m. Feb. 17, Muhammad, Qur'an and Islamic Civilization, 11120 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch. Information: Ruth McConnell 751-8053.

Anti-Aging Nutrition: Guest speakers Dr. Timothy Blend and Kimberly Colvin Blend, 7 p.m. Feb. 20, at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, anti-aging nutrition and alternative treatments. Information: 941-792-8859.

Understanding World Religions: Living Lord Lutheran Church Adult education continues 10:30 a.m. Feb. 24, Unity in Islam -- The Five Pillars, 11120 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch. Information: Ruth McConnell 751-8053.

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

Understanding World Religions: Living Lord Lutheran Church Adult education continues 10:30 a.m. March 3, Diversity among Muslims, 11120 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch. Information: Ruth McConnell 751-8053.

Understanding World Religions: Living Lord Lutheran Church Adult education continues 10:30 a.m. March 10, Varieties of Jewish Thought and Practice, 11120 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch. Information: Ruth McConnell 751-8053.

Understanding World Religions: Living Lord Lutheran Church Adult education continues 10:30 a.m. March 17, Living a Jewish Life, 11120 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch. Information: Ruth McConnell 751-8053.

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.

Ellenton United Methodist Church: Monthly breakfast, 3607 U.S. 301 N. in Christian Life Center. Donation $5 for breakfast, including biscuits and gravy, pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, juice and coffee. Held monthly from 8-10 a.m. on first Saturday. Worship services are 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday. Thrift Shoppe in Fellowship Hall 9 a.m.-noon each Friday, 8 a.m.-11 a.m. first Saturday each month. 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 the 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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