Religion Almanac: March 8, 2014

March 8, 2014 

DIXIE ECHOES CONCERT: Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, 6 p.m. Sunday. Love offering. Information: 941-756-6942.

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

Ritual of Tears/Celebration of Life: At the Children's Memorial Garden of Peace, St. Joseph Church, interdenominational service, 10 a.m. Saturday, 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. Saturday. Clothing, jewelry, housewares, electronics and books. Free admission. Information: 941-961-8659.

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

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

Eduard Klassen Paraguayan Harp Concert: Good Shepherd Church of the Brethren, 6323 13th St. Court E., Bradenton, 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Open to public.

Lenten Services: The Rev. Elizabeth Merchison, pastor of Ellenton United Methodist Church, announced "The Bible" will be shown at 5 p.m. March 9 beginning a five-week series. Each session will be about 90 minutes. At 9:45 a.m. Palm Sunday there will be one service. Easter services at 6 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Information: 941-729-6802.

Yale Glee Club Concert: At Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 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.

Hollywood and Hitler: Bob Toplin, author of "Reel History," at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, 2 p.m. Sunday. Examine the role of American motion pictures in responding to anti-Semitism and the Nazi threat. PowerPoint presentation and film clips, $5 at the door. Information: 941-379-1997, 941-228-4177 or

Griefshare: Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota, begins 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday. 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 Tuesday, 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.

Lunch with the Rabbi: Noon at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., March 11 and Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, March 12. Bring a brown-bag lunch, homemade dessert provided. Information: 941-371-2788.

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: March 12, Garden of Proclamation; March 19, Garden of Repentance; March 26, Garden of Passion; April 2, Garden of Peace; and April 9, Garden of Parade.

Lenten Organ Recital: Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota Wednesday, organist Richard Benedum, director of music at Christ Church of Bradenton. Free and open to the public. Information: 941-955-4263 or go to

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

Paul Todd Concert: Roser Community Church, 512 Pine Ave, 7:30 p.m. March 14, Todd accompanies himself by playing six keyboards simultaneously. Free-will offering. Information: 941-778-0414, email 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.

Tot Shabbat in the Strawberry Fields: Young Jewish and interfaith families are invited to celebrate Shabbat in the strawberry fields at Temple Emanu-El's second-annual strawberry-picking Tot Shabbat at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 15. Enjoy a picnic breakfast, Shabbat songs, blessings, movement, a story with Rabbi Brenner Glickman and the opportunity to pick strawberries. Designed for families with children up to age 6. RSVP: 379-1997 or by March 13.

We Miss You: St. Joseph Catholic Church invites Catholics who have parted company with the church. Dialogue sessions start at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, St. Joseph Parish Center, 3100 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-753-1849.

Church of the Redeemer's series of Lenten organ recitals continues with Mary Mozelle Lenten Organ Recital: Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 12:10 p.m. March 19, organist Mary Mozelle, organist and choir director for First United Methodist Church in Bradenton. Free and open to the public. Information: 941-955-4263 or visit

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, 8-11 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.

Lakewood Ranch Ladies Devotional Hour: 10 a.m. Thursdays at Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Information: 941-727-3789.

Living Lord Lutheran Church: 11120 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch. Morning service times at 8, 9:15 and 10:45 Sunday. Sunday school during 9:15 service. Nursery 8 a.m. to noon. 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 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. 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.

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 Catholic 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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