Religion Almanac: March 1, 2014

March 1, 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

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

Grace Harmony Concert: Mike and Sue Filisky in concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, First Christian Church, Bradenton, 1815 18th Ave. W. Information or a ride: 941-794-0747.

Joseph Martin Concert: 4 p.m. Sunday. Freewill offering. Combined choirs of Palma Sola and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, at Gloria Dei, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Martin will be at the piano with David Stasney, Gloria Dei director of music and liturgy, conducting. A $10 donation suggested. Information: 941-792-3141 or

Nancy Donaruma Cello: Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services Sunday, accompanied by organist Jim Johnston, Roser director of music. Donaruma played 31 years with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra for and lives in the Bradenton area. Nurseries available. Information: 941-778-0414, email or go to

Homecoming Sunday: Family of God United Methodist Church, 5601 16th Ave. E., Palmetto, 9:45 a.m. Sunday, the Rev. Sharon Dey returns to give the sermon. Rev. Dey served as pastor from 1989-1995. She retired in 2006. Covered dish lunch follows service. Also, next pancake breakfast is March 8. Information: 941-722-7065.

Hymn Sing: CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 5 p.m. Sunday, refreshments. Information: 941-778-0719.

Stump the Rabbi: At Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, series will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, March 4, 11, and 18. Donation of $18 requested. Facilitated by part-time associate rabbi Richard Klein. Information: Contact Beth Ann Salzman at bethannys@comcast,net.

Ash Wednesday Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Elizabeth Murchison, pastor of Ellenton United Methodist Church, 3607 U.S. 301 N. Information: 941-729-6802.

Roser Memorial Chapel Ash Wednesday Services: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, 512 Pine Ave. near the Anna Maria City Pier just past the Roser Church Sanctuary. Information: 941-778-0414, email or go to

Beautiful Savior Activities for Lent: 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota, will hold Midweek Lenten Services at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Light supper will be served at 5:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall for all dates except March 5, Ash Wednesday. March 5, Ash Wednesday, Garden of Promise; March 12, Garden of Proclamation; March 19, Garden of Repentance; March 26, Garden of Passion; April 2, Garden of Peace; April 9, Garden of Parade.

Fourth Annual Estate and Rummage Sale: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, benefits scholarship and educational programs at the synagogue religious school.

Information: 893-5071 or email

Breakfast Club: Featuring Sunday Drive, the 2011 ICM Vocal Group of the Year, Bradenton Tropical Palms, 2310 Tamiami Trail, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, include a continental breakfast. A $10 suggested donation. Information: 941-756-1838 or go to

Fish Fry Dinner: Holy Cross Church Hall, 505 26th St. W., Palmetto, every Friday during Lent, 4:30 to 7 p.m. March 7-April 11, fish, baked potato, slaw, roll, dessert, beverage. Knights of Columbus Council 7414. Cost by donation.Information: 941-722-8253.

Rhythm and Jews Shabbat: Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, music service 6 p.m. Friday, with 5:15 p.m. welcome reception. Information: or 941-924-1802.

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. Friday, 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.

Ritual of Tears/Celebration of Life: At the Children's Memorial Garden of Peace, St. Joseph Church, interdenominational service, 10 a.m. Saturday, March 8, followed by a dove release, 3100 26th St. W., Bradenton. Parents memorialize deceased children. The Rev. Shane Dresen, Tidewell clinical chaplain, will be guest speaker. Information: 941-739-3050.

Missions Fundraising Sale: Christ Church of Longboat Key, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., March 8. Clothing, jewelry, housewares, electronics and books. Free admission. Information: 941-961-8659.

Collingsworth Family Concerts: Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on March 9. Doors open one hour prior for seating on an as-available basis. Free-will offering. Information: 941-794-1685.

Mark's Gospel Live: Storytelling by priest and actor, the Rev. Joseph Morris, 6:30 p.m., March 13, Holy Cross Church, 505 26th St. W., Palmetto. All faiths invited. Information: 941-722-8253 or 941-962-0650.

Yale Glee Club Concert: At Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 7:30 p.m. March 9, at 7:30 p.m., will feature works by Brahms, Victoria, Tavener, and new works by Timothy Laciano, Yale class of 2015. Suggested ticket donation: $10 at the door. Information:, 941-955-4263.

Griefshare: Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota, begins 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

A Fashion Mystery: Annual Lord's Warehouse Fashion Show and Luncheon, noon, March 11, at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexco Drive, Longboat Key. A mystery with audience participation will include lunch, raffle, silent auction and fashion show. One of a kind gently used clothing and accessories, many with top designer labels, will be worn by models from the Lord's Warehouse and Chapel. Information: Cindy Kuehnel, 383-3838 or Sue Reese, 387-0202.

Lenten Organ Recital: Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, March 12, organist Richard Benedum, director of music at Christ Church of Bradenton. Free and open to the public. Information: 941-955-4263 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. Sunday Bible study with Evangelist Todd Sivnksty, 10:30 a.m. worship service with historical highlights of Cortez Road Baptist Church; and 6 p.m. evening service with Sivnksty.

Coffeehouse: Guest music ministry of Carol Joyce, 6 p.m., March 15, Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton. Free will offering. Everyone welcome. Information: 941-746-0101.

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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