Religion Almanac: April 19, 2014

April 19, 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

Easter Egg Hunt: 10-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Oneco First Baptist, 1700 51st Ave. E., Bradenton. Free hot dogs, chips and juice served afterward until noon. Information: 941-755-1690.

'Eggstravaganza:' 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W. Free children's event will include a giant Easter egg hunt, 10 inflatables, the story of Easter and a hot dog lunch. Information: 941-794-1685, ext. 105, or

Book Signing: Bradenton author Jennifer Alden will sign copies of her book, "And My Spirit is Free!," a daily devotional, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at downtown Central Park in Winter Haven. Information:

Great Vigil of Easter: Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 8 p.m. Saturday. Information: 941-955-4263,

Blessing of the Animals: Faith United Church of Christ, 4850 State Road 64 E, Bradenton, 11 a.m. Saturday. Pastor Brian Bagley-Bonner will pray for each pet brought to the church in a service held on the patio. Information: 941-746-8890.

Easter Sunrise Services: Mosaic Ampitheatre, Bradenton Riverwalk, 6:30 a.m. Sunday. Easter message by the Rev. Fidel Diaz, pastor of Tabernacle Bible Baptist Church. Offering to benefit Manatee Religious Services. Information: 941-747-5683.

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

Easter Services: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday with full choir.

Easter Services: Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 7, 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday with 1 p.m. Mass in Spanish. Information: 941-955-4263,

Easter Services: Peace Presbyterian Church, 12705 State Road 64 E, 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Information: 941-753-7778 or

Easter Services: Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E, Bradenton, 6:30 a.m. sunrise in the garden, 10:30 a.m. resurrection workshop. Information: 941-746-0101.

Easter Services: First Christian Church, 1815 18th Ave. W., Bradenton, 10:30 a.m. Retired Johnson University President David Eubanks will deliver the Easter message.

Membership Class: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, following 11 a.m. worship service April 27 until 2 p.m., light lunch included. Information: 941-355-4729.

Holocaust Survivors on Holocaust Remembrance Day: Al Katz Center Inc., 713 S. Orange Ave., kosher brunch at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 27, will precede the program. Harold Wolfe will read his original Holocaust poetry, $7 per adult, $3 per student, survivors free. Information: 941-313-9239.

Gulf Coast Flute Choir Concert: Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, directed by Deanna Kilbourne. Open to public with reception, freewill offering. Information: 941-792-3141 or

Stand-Up Comic Rabbi Bob Alper: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1. General admission tickets $20 by April 25 or $25 at the door. Dessert reception with Alper comedian at 7 p.m., tickets $36 and include reserved seating for the show. Adults and children age 11 and over are welcome.Information: 941-379-1997.

Connecting in the Spirit Outreach Min. Inc.: Pastors Roger and Barbara Walker second pastoral celebration, May 1-4, 4301 32nd St. W., Suite B-5, Lakewood Business Park. Information: Pastor Barbara Walker, 772-216-9758.


Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church: 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota, near Marjorie G. 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 9:45 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.

Northminster Presbyterian Church: Bible study, 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays, with teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan. 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.

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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