Religion Almanac: March 22, 2014

March 22, 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

Ellenton United Methodist Women Rummage and Bake Sale: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, 3607 U.S. 301 N., lunch available and Thrift Shoppe will be open. Proceeds fund mission projects. Information: 941-729-6802.

Florida Boys Southern Gospel Concert: At Bayshore Church of the Nazarene, 2311 57th Ave. W., Bradenton, 7 p.m. Saturday. Love offering. Information: 941-755-4419.

Spaghetti Dinner: Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, Father Flynn Hall, Ninth Street East and Magellan Drive, Sarasota, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, adults $8, children 6-12, $4, under-6 $2, takeouts available. Information: 941-755-1826

Roser Chancel Choir Cantata: Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, 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.

The Park Larks Concert: Peace Presbyterian Church, 12705 E. State Road 64, Bradenton, east of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, 7 p.m. Sunday, church chapel. Director Barbara Staton and accompanist Gia Havener. Free will offering taken to benefit the Peace Youth Music Program. Information: 941-753-7778.

Liturgical Dance: 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.

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

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

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

Eclectic Cantorial Concert: Chazzan Cliff Abramson, at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, liturgical music, operatic arias and songs in several languages, including Italian and Ladino, $15 per person in advance, $20 at the door. Register online at or call 941-924-1802.

Youth and Seniors Dance: Congregational United Church of Christ, 3700 26th St. W., Bradenton, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Creative Arts Academy percussion ensemble under Director Lane Ruise. Admission $5, food and beverage included. Information: 941-527-7399

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. Sunday, March 30. Information: 941-756-6942 or go to

The Ecco Trio Concert: First Presbyterian Church -- Bradenton, Manatee Avenue at 15th Street West, 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30. Jon Magendanz with sisters Donna Magendanz Guarino and Felice Magendanz Farrell, free performance of Debussy's Piano Trio in G Major, Loeillet's Trio Sonata in B Minor, and Poulenc's Trio for piano, oboe and bassoon. Information: 941-746-6141.

Dinner and a Movie: Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, "Shanghai Ghetto," 5 p.m. dinner Sunday, March 30, cuisine from China. The film follows dinner and the evening culminates with discussion with Rabbi Geoff Huntting, $25 for Temple members, guests $35. RSVP by March 24 at 941-388-9624 or to register online.

A Lenten Adventure: "I Tried to Follow," noon Wednesday, April 2, 30-minute presentation from "Peter" describing what it was like to follow Jesus, light lunch follows at 12:30 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church - Bradenton, Manatee Avenue at 15th Street West. Information: 941-748-6658.

Northminster Presbyterian Church Breakfast: 9 a.m. Saturday, April 5, Fellowship Hall, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, guest speaker Virginia Haley, president of Visit Sarasota County, on "Tourism and Why it Matters to You." Donation $4 requested. RSVP: 941-355-4729.

A Lenten Adventure: "I Tried to Follow," noon April 9, 30-minute presentation from "Thomas" describing what it was like to follow Jesus, light lunch follows at 12:30 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church - Bradenton, Manatee Avenue at 15th Street West. Information: 941-748-6658.

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

Mark Smeby Concert: At Redeemer Lutheran Church, 6311 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, 4 p.m. April 13. Information: 941-726-3464.

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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