Religion Alamanac: Feb. 15, 2014

February 15, 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

We're Flippin' Flapjacks: Roser Style Pancake Breakfast, 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Roser Community Church Fellowship Hall, 512 Pine Ave., tickets $5 at the door, pancakes, sausages, biscuits and gravy, applesauce, orange juice, coffee and tea. Proceeds go to train Stephen Ministers. Information: 941-778-0414, email, go to

Suncoast Concert Band: Northminster Presbyterian Church, benefit concert, Director Robert Stoll, 3 p.m. Saturday, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, tickets $5. RSVP: 941-907-4123, required.

Journey Through the Old Testament: Presented by Ron Schutz, 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W. Free and public is invited.

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

Southern Gospel Concert: Jeff Shadowens and his Simple Faith Trio, at Oneco First Baptist, 1700 51 St. E., Bradenton, 10:45 a.m. Feb. 16. Information: 941-755-1690.

Feast of Absalom Jones: During African-American History Month, the Rev. Dr. Richard Cornish Martin will be guest preacher at Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday. Born a slave in Delaware in 1746, Absalom Jones bought his freedom in 1784 and eventually, in 1802, became the first African-American ordained as a priest in The Episcopal Church. Information: or call 941-955-4263.

Jewish Migration to China: "Stateless in Shanghai" Author Liliane Willens, Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, lecture on "The Three Waves of Jewish Migration to China," 2 p.m. Sunday. Book signing to follow. Open to the community, $5 admission. Information: Temple Emanu-El Adult Education Chairwoman Beth Ann Salzman at bethanny2 Featuring Canterbury Girls Choir, Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 5:15 p.m. Sunday. Information: or call 941-955-4263.

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

Inquirers' Class: Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, eight-week course begins Feb. 18, on Episcopal Church liturgy, history, rule of life and other aspects of living as a Christian in the Anglican tradition. Taught by the Very Rev. Fredrick Robinson from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through April 8. Registration at or call 941-955-4263.

Downton Abbey Tea: Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Fellowship Garden. Attendees encouraged to dress in the fashion of TV show. Romanza Strings will provide classical string music while refreshments are served Abbey style. Prizes for attire. auctions and a raffle. Information: Chairwoman Martha Miller, 941-323-5866, or publicity Chairwoman Sue Reese, 941-387-0202.

Breakfast Club: The Dixie Melody Boys and saxophone player Dennis Gwizdala, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Bradenton Tropical Palms, 2310 Tamiami Trail, Bradenton. Continental breakfast, $10 donation requested. Information: 941-756-1838 or go to

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

Spaghetti Dinner: Ellenton United Methodist Women, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at Christian Life Center, 3607 U.S. 301 N. Tickets $7, proceeds go to mission projects. The Thrift Shoppe in Fellowship Hall will open during dinner hours. Information: 941-729-6802.

Fellowship Potluck Dinner: St. Mary Magdalene Church, 11315 Palmbrush Trail, State Road 70 and Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, 6 p.m. Feb. 22. Information: 941-751-5048.

17th-annual Cabaret Musical Variety Show: St Joseph Music Makers, 3 p.m. Feb. 23, at St. Joseph Parish Center, 3100 26th St. W, Bradenton. Tickets $10 at the door or contact Tim O'Connor directly. Information: 753-5634 or

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.

10-week Alpha class: St. Mary Magdalene Church, 11315 Palmbrush Trail, State Road 70 and Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday nights, starting Feb. 26. Information: 941-751-5048.

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.

Amazing Love Healing School: St. Mary Magdalene Church, 11315 Palmbrush Trail, State Road 70 and Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, Feb. 27-March 1. Registration required. Information: 941-751-5048.

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

Singing Auctioneer Concert: Family of God United Methodist Church, 5601 16th Ave. E., Palmetto, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. concert March 21. Open to the public. Information: 941-722-7065.

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.

Connecting in the Spirit Outreach Inc.: Second anniversary, 7 p.m. March 6, speakers Pastor Keith Lane and True Faith Community Church, 7 p.m. March 7, speaker Pastor Portia Smith, 5 p.m. March 8, speaker Pastor Lucinda Rich, noon March 8 Shequita Steplin. Information: Pastor Barbara Walker, 772-216-9758.

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.

Griefshare: Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota, 5:30 to 7 p.m., March 10. Participants receive workbook to use during 13 weeks of healing, $15 donation. Information: 941-355-2798 or go to

Cortez Road Baptist Church 50th Anniversary Celebration: "Celebrating the Past, Committed to the Future," March 14-16, 4411 100th St. W., Bradenton, east of historic Cortez Village. Schedule: 7 p.m. Friday, evangelist Todd Sivnksty; 7 p.m. Saturday, Southern Gospel Concert with The Peytons; and 9:30 a.m. Bible study with Evangelist Todd Sivnksty, 10:30 a.m. worship service with historical highlights of Cortez Road Baptist Church; and 6 p.m. service with Sivnksty.

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.

Happy Five Concert: Family of God United Methodist Church, 5601 16th Ave. E., Palmetto, 7 p.m. March 21. Open to the public. Information: 941-722-7065.


Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church: 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota. Information: 941-755-3798 or go to

Bible Baptist Church: 1720 Sixth Ave. W., Palmetto, 9:15 a.m. Sunday school, worship 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 master's degree in social work, at 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. first Saturday. Services 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.

Longboat Island Chapel: 10 a.m. Sunday worship, 9 to 9:45 a.m. adult education, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491 or go to

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. Artists meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays in Fellowhip Hall. Bring lunch and supplies or we can help. Information: 941-355-4729.

Orthodox Catholic: The Synod of Governing Bishops for the Holy Orthodox Catholic Church announced the opening of their new church temporarily at 2700 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 11B, Sarasota. The Rev. Archbishop Jacob Longacre is first pastor. All seven sacraments will be available in the Orthodox Form by making an appointment, 941-954-0330.

Palma Sola Presbyterian Church: 7 p.m. Gathering on Thursday once a month. Feb. 20 meeting will 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.

Temple Emanu-El: Sisterhood Mitzvah Knitting Group, 10 a.m. second Tuesday of each month, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Knitters, crocheters welcome. Craft blankets, caps and booties for babies. Serving needy families or expectant mothers in Israel. 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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