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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
District Assembly and Missions Convention: Delegates and members of 85 churches of the Nazarene from Florida meet in Bradenton May 2-5 for 40th annual meeting at Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W. Opens 7 p.m. Convention business begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, with a report by Dennis Moore, district missions president. District assembly begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, with an ordination service presided over by General Superintendent David Busic. Final report by David Nixon, district superintendent retiring after nine years, at 8:30 a.m. Monday. New superintendent to be elected by the assembly. Information: Herb McMillian, 941-812-1923.
Project Unspeakable: Fogartyville Community Players dramatic reading, 7 p.m. Saturday, at the Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, a new play about the 1960s assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy, inspired by James Douglass' book, "JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters." Written by playwright Court Dorsey and associate playwrights Debbie Lynangale and Steve Wangh. Information: projectunspeakable.com.
Connecting in the Spirit Outreach Min. Inc.: Pastors Roger and Barbara Walker second pastoral celebration through Sunday, 4301 32nd St. W., Suite B-5, Lakewood Business Park. Information: Pastor Barbara Walker, 772-216-9758.
Under the Banyan Tree: First Presbyterian Church, Bradenton, Manatee Avenue at 15th Street West under parking lot banyan tree for free barbecue, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, have lunch with our church family, hamburgers, hot dogs and all the trimmings. Information: 941-748-6658.
What Jesus Really Said: Join the Rev. Hope Lee, Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road W., as she begins a series of Sunday morning classes to examine the four gospels and discover words Jesus really actually said and see how they affect our lives today. Classes begin 9 a.m. Sunday. Information: 941-794-6229 to register.
Eighth Annual Mitzvah Day: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, noon Sunday, devoted to hands-on service projects that benefit charitable agencies throughout Sarasota-Manatee. Several projects available for walk-in volunteers. After creating cards for soldiers serving overseas, hospitalized patients, and nursing home residents, there will be a brief rally led by Rabbis Brenner and Elaine Rose Glickman. Projects for the Salvation Army, Anchin Pavilion, Manasota BUDS, Cat Depot, Take Stock in Children, Sarasota County Fire Department, Honor Animal Sanctuary, All Faiths Food Bank, Lions Club, BeTheMatch, Easter Seals, Suncoast Communities Blood Bank, Manatee County Schools, The Jewish Center of Sun City, SPARCC, SMART Horse Therapy Stables, Jewish Family & Children's Service, and Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Information: 941-379-1997.
Reunion Sundae: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, Sunday, immediately after service, Fellowship Hall, make your own free sundae. Information: 941-355-4729.
Lunch with the Rabbi: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, noon Wednesday, join Rabbi Brenner Glickman for socializing discussion of current events and topics of Jewish interest. Bring yourown brown-bag lunch, dessert provided. Information,: 371-2788.
Shabbat Service: Congregation New Tamid, 4802-B 26th St. W., Bradenton, 7 p.m. Friday. Information: 941-755-1231.
What is Chiropractic?: Dr. Ronald Gilbert, Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall, 6510 Third Ave. W., 7 p.m. May 15.
Armed Forces Day Celebration: St. Stephen's AME Church, 629 Ninth Ave. E, Bradenton, noon, May 17, gospel salute to soldiers, calling all church choirs, dancers, singers and praise teams. Need core dishes, and donations for a tent, facilities, food and gift cards fo soldiers. Information: Deacon Barney Thomas, 941-650-0283 or Mary Jennings, 941-538-3753.
Shabbat at Table Potluck Dinner: Congregation New Tamid, 4802-B 26th St. W., Bradenton, 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m., indicate number of people attending and what you will bring. Information: 941-755-1231, email@example.com or go to nertamidflorida.org.
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 beautifulsaviorlcms.com.
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, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, 10:30 a.m. summer service followed by sundaes in Fellowship Hall. 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.