Religion Almanac: April 5, 2014

April 5, 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

Northminster Presbyterian Church Breakfast: 9 a.m. Saturday, 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.

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

Mujahid El Masih: Muslim to Christian discussion, 10:30 a.m. Sunday Jessie P. Miller Elementary, 601 43rd St. W., Brandeton. Masih recalls his accounts as a martyr for Christ and rejoices in the victories that brought 24 Christian churches to Pakistan.

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

Woodland Community Church Women's Conference: Lakewood Ranch, 9607 E. State Road 70, Bradenton, at Woodland Community Church's spring women's conference, 6:30-9:30 p.m. May 2. Hear Dr. Keena Cowsert and national recording artist Candy Pfeifer sharing her story "Know Freedom, No Guilt." Tickets $25 with $5 discount before Sunday. Information:

Healthy Memory and How Aging is Affected: Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road W., Bradenton, lecture by Dr. Andrew Keegan of the Roskamp Institute, 6 p.m. Tuesday, in Pfrangle Fellowship Hall. Information: 941-794-6229.

Jews of Sarasota-Manatee: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, free book talk 11 a.m. Tuesday, with author Kim Sheintal about her book "Jews of Sarasota-Manatee." Information: 941-351-8766.

A Lenten Adventure: "I Tried to Follow," noon Wednesday, 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. Wednesday, 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., 7 p.m. Thursday, . Light refreshments. Information: 941-792-3141.

Sam Lane Easter Concert: Family of God United Methodist Church, 5601 16th Ave. E., Palmetto, free and open to the public, 7 p.m. Friday, also featured: Paul Pitts, organ and piano duo Arthur Harvey and Lane, violinist Delphine Feldman, deaf song stylist Betty Gates and Praise Team from Family of God Church. Lane is a graduate of Sarasota High School and Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. He and Anita, his wife of 30 years, live in Bradenton. He is head musician for the Family of God United Methodist Church and Turner Chapel A.M.E. Church in Palmetto. Bring your favorite snacks.

Free Tot Shabbat: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, for children up to age 6, playground time, bagel breakfast and age-appropriate Shabbat prayers, songs, and movement with Rabbi Brenner Glickman, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12. Sponsored by Temple Emanu-El and the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. Information: 941-379-1997.

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,

Palm Sunday Services: Roser Community Church Sanctuary, 512 Pine Ave., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. April 13, special children's program with early service, nurseries available, everyone will receive a palm cross hand-woven by villagers near Masasi, Tanzania, made from dried leaves of the dwarf palm that last a lifetime, refreshments after each service. Information:

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. 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

Passover Seder: Reservations being accepted for Passover Seder at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, 6 p.m. Monday, April 14, conducted by Rabbi Brenner Glickman. An original haggadah created by Glickman, will be available for all. Catered by Michael's on East, the Seder meal will feature traditional foods, and chicken, brisket or vegetarian entrée. Paid reservations required by April 9. Information: 371-2788.

Traditional Kosher Passover Seders: Al Katz Center, 713 S. Orange Ave., Sarasota, 6:30 p.m. April 14-15. Reservations required: 941-313-9239.

Final Lenten Organ Recital: Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, recital featuring organist Nancy Siebecker, artist and instructor at the Wausau Conservatory of Music in Wausau, Wis., 12:10 p.m. April 16, free and open to public. Information: 941-955-4263 or go to

Longboat Island Chapel Easter Programs: Begin 5 p.m. Thursday, April 17, with Supper and Service at the Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Easter Sunrise Service 7 a.m. April 20 at Fellowship Garden on church campus. Traditional Easter worship service 10 a.m. in Longboat Island Chapel sanctuary with flowering of the cross and special music and annual Children's Egg Hunt in the Garden. All services conducted by the Rev. Dr. Vincent Carroll with music directed by Deidre Reigel.

Maundy Thursday Service: Roser Memorial Chapel, 512 Pine Ave., 7 p.m. April 17, music by flautist Mary Deur. Information: 941-778-0414, email or go

Good Friday Service: Roser Memorial Chapel, 512 Pine Ave., noon April 18, music by violinist Alissa Doudna. Information: 941-778-0414, email or go

Da Vinci's Last Supper: The Living Last Supper, 7 p.m. April 17, Northminster Presbyterian Church, North Lockwood Ridge Road, a block south of University Parkway, in observance of Maundy Thursday. Free will offering. Information: 941-355-4729.

Easter Sunday Services: Roser Community Church Sanctuary, 512 Pine Ave., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. April 20, special children's program with early service, nurseries available. Information: 941-778-0414, email or go

Holocaust Survivors on Holocaust Remembrance Day: The Al Katz Center Inc., 713 S. Orange Ave., kosher brunch at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 27, will precede the program featuring books, films, and artifacts of Survivors, including Thomas Hecht, Sonia Fuentes, Pieter Kohnstam and Marie Winkelman. Local poet Harold Wolfe will read his original Holocaust poetry, $7 per adult, $3 per student, survivors free. Information: 941-313-9239.


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.

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: 941-755-3798 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.

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