Religion Almanac: March 15, 2014

March 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

Coffeehouse: Guest music ministry of Carol Joyce, 6 p.m., Saturday, 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. 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

Cortez Road Baptist Church 50th Anniversary Celebration: "Celebrating the Past, Committed to the Future," 4411 100th St. W., Bradenton, east of historic Cortez Village. Schedule: 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.

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

Irish Jewish History: Bradenton's Congregation Ner Tamid, 4802-B 26th St. W., celebrate back-to-back holidays -- the Jewish festival of Purim along with St. Patrick's Day. Irish Jewish brunch and entertainment, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sunday, free with donations accepted to support Jewish Family and Children's Services. Register by calling 941-755-1231 or email

Solutions to End Insanity in Congress: Bernie Ehrlich, who practiced law in Washington, D.C., for 50 years and was a speechwriter for two American presidents, will lead the free discussion at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Continental breakfast. RSVP: 941-379-2361 or 941-729-4349.

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

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, 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. Wednesday, 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

Jeff and Sue Duffield Concert: Breakfast Club, Bradenton Tropical Palms, 2310 Tamiami Trail, Bradenton, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, includes continental breakfast. A $10 suggested donation. Information: 941-756-1838 or go to

Bible distribution: 7 p.m. Thursday, 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., Friday. Open to the public. Information: 941-722-7065.

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.

Peck Scholar-in-Residence Lectures: Scholar-in-Residence is Dr. Stephen Berk, the Henry and Sally Schaffer professor of Holocaust and Jewish studies at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. Berk is acclaimed vast knowledge of the Holocaust and Judaica, and also of Russia, Middle Eastern politics and contemporary American Jewish life. Presentations free and open to the community. He will join Rabbi Brenner Glickman to speak on "My People Are Your People: American Jews and the Struggle for Civil Rights" during 7:30 p.m. Shabbat services Friday, Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. He will lecture on "The American Jewish Experience: Are We at Home Here or Not?" at 10 a.m. March 22. Information: 371-2788.

Roser Chancel Choir Cantata: Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, March 23, accompanied by 11-piece small orchestra of primarily brass instruments, including members of the Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Opera Orchestra and AMICCO. Scripture readings and the stories. Nurseries available. Information 941-778-0414, email info Oneco United Methodist Church, 2112 53rd Ave. E. Bradenton, presented by Learn to Fish Recovery Center, 10 a.m. March 23, followed by a brunch in Fellowship Hall. Free will offering. Open to the public.

Canada Day: At Family of God United Methodist Church, 5601 16th Ave. E., Palmetto, 9:45 a.m. worship service March 23.

Virtuoso organist Ahreum Han concert: Final concert of season at 4 p.m. March 23, Christ Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W. Information: 941-737-3843. Born in Seoul, Korea, her family immigrated to Atlanta when she was 16.

Trumpeter Daniel Mendelow: Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, half-hour Lenten organ recital, 12:10 p.m. March 26. Information: 941-955-4263 or visit

Dixie Melody Boys Concert: Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, 6 p.m. March 30. Information: 941-756-6942 or go to

Sam Lane and Friends Concert: At Family of God United Methodist Church, 5601 16th Ave. E., Palmetto, 7 p.m. April 11.

Lord, You're Holy Palm Sunday Concert: First Baptist Church of Palmetto, 6 p.m. Palm Sunday, April 13, in the Worship Center, 1020 Fourth St. W., Palmetto, 70-voice choir and 25-member orchestra. Doors open at 5 p.m. No offering collected. Information: 941-722-7795,


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.

Palma Sola Presbyterian Church: 7 p.m. Gathering on Thursday once a month. 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 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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