Religion Almanac: March 29, 2014

March 29, 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

Youth and Seniors Dance: Presented by Creative Arts Academy at Congregational United Church of Christ, 3700 26th St. W., Bradenton, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, live music by Creative Percussion Ensemble under Director Lane Ruise, admission $5, food and beverage included. Information: 941-527-7399.

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

The Ecco Trio Concert: First Presbyterian Church, 1402 Manatee Ave. W, Bradenton, 3 p.m. Sunday. 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.

Fifth Sunday: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, one service only at 10 a.m. Sunday instead of three services that day, special music and refreshments, assisted parking and nursery service available. Information: 941-753-9365.

Dinner and a Movie: Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, "Shanghai Ghetto," 5 p.m. dinner Sunday, cuisine from China. The film follows dinner and the evening culminates with discussion with Rabbi Geoff Huntting, $25 for Temple members, guests $35.

Shequita Steplin: Connecting in the Spirit Outreach Min. Inc., 4301 32nd St. W. Suite B-5, Lakewood Business Park. Min. noon Sunday.

A Lenten Adventure: "I Tried to Follow," noon Wednesday, 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.

Welcome Bayside Community Church Yuth Pastor: Pastor Joseph Mateer and Psalmist Jorad Holmes Hour of Power at Connecting in the Spirit Outreach Min. Inc., 7 p.m. April 4, 4301 32nd street W. Suite B-5 in the Lakewood Business Park. Soloists, pastors, evangelists, dancers, steppers, poets and prayer warriors welcome. Information: Pastor Barbara Walker, 772-216-9758.

With God's Hands We Can Educate and Elevate: Church Women United of Manatee County, 9:30 a.m. Friday, guest speaker Becky Canesse,

CEO Just for Girls Inc., at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, refreshments, free will offering, public invited. Information: Sandra Holley, 941-721-3377.

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.

Installation Service: Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W., for Pastor India Dennis, 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6. Reception follows in Fellowship Hall. Information 941-792-3141.

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.

Lenten Organ Recital: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, featuring guest organist Peter Madpak of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Venice, 12:10 p.m. Sunday, April 9, free and open to the public. Information: 941-955-4263 or visit

The Legends of Pine Level: Gilbert Smith Jr. presenting at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W., for Pastor India Dennis, 7 p.m. Sunday, April 10. Light refreshments. Information: 941-792-3141.

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,

First Night Passover Seder: Temple Beth El Bradenton, at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, 6 p.m. Monday, April 14, members $47, 12-under $20, nonmembers $57, $25 for college/university students without family in the area. Conducted by Rabbi Harold Caminker, Cantor Alan Cohn and Cantorial soloist Deborah Suta. Traditional Seder meal of chicken and brisket with all the trimmings. RSVP deadline April 4. Information: 941-755-4900.

Chabad's Community Passover Seder: Relive the Passover Exodus with Rabbi Mendy, The Chabad House, 5172 Lorraine Road, 730 p.m. Monday, April 14, $50 per adult and $36 per child 3-12, must be reserved in advance. Information: Call R941-752-3030, ext. 3, email or visit our website at

Ner Tamid Passover Seder: Congregation Ner Tamid, 4802-B-26th St. W., Bradenton, 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, catered dinner, songs and stories, members $35, nonmembers $45, students $20. RSVP by April 4. Information: 941-755-1231, or go to


Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church: 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota, near Kinnan Elementary School on Tallevast Road. Griefshare 5:30-7 p.m. Mondays, sessions offer information and resources in a safe place among supportive people who understand what it means to lose someone close, $15 donation. Information: 941-355-2798.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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