Religion Almanac: Saturday, May 17, 2014

May 17, 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

Armed Forces Day Celebration: St. Stephen's AME Church, 629 Ninth Ave. E, Bradenton, noon, Saturday, 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 for soldiers. Information: Deacon Barney Thomas, 941-650-0283 or Mary Jennings, 941-538-3753.

Rummage Sale: Faith United Methodist Church, 7215 First Ave. W., Bradenton, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, fundraiser for Feeding Empty Little Tummies of Manatee County. Information: for more information or 941-761-9546.

Walking the Walk: Ner Tamid congregation, 10 a.m. Saturday, tour Embracing Our Differences exhibit with a guided art walk and discussion on the Riverwalk in downtown Bradenton. Meet near the Mosaic Amphitheater, 808 Third Ave. W., bring a sack lunch. Information: 941-755-1231 or email or go to

Blessing of the Animals: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, sixth-annual blessing, 10 a.m. Saturday, free and open to all, light refreshments for humans and animals, pet portraits, free consultation with veterinarian Dr. Hal Alterman. Leashed or contained pets of all types welcome. Information: 941-379-1997.

Cruz-in-for Christ: Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., 9:30 a.m. traditional church service, 10 a.m. car show Sunday featuring classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and specialty vehicles. Free registration. Contemporary service under the trees at 11 a.m., free lunch at 12:15 p.m. with awards announced at 1 p.m. Information: Herb McMillian, 941-812-1923 or

The Right Rev. Dabney Smith, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida: Guest speaker, Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday. Smith also will confirm more than 30 new parishioners. A light reception will follow in Gillespie Hall at 10:15 a.m. Information: 941.955.4263 or go to

Vaughan Williams Mystical Songs: Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave. Sarasota, final Solemn Evensong of season, 5:15 p.m. Sunday, baritone Daniel Cartlidge will sing songs by composer Ralph Vaughan Williams accompanied by a choir and chamber orchestra under Conductor Todd Craven, light reception will follow in Gillespie Hall. Information: or call 941-955-4263.

The Untold History Of The United States: Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship educational forum, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, 7 p.m. Monday, video shown from Oliver Stone's Series Discussion, light refreshments, free, public invited. Information: 941-746-0067.

Shabbat Alive!: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, all-musical worship service 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 23, featuring contemporary arrangements of traditional prayers performed by a band of professional and volunteer musicians and vocalists. Information: 941-371-2788.

Adult Information Class: Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota, starting 9:15 a.m. Sunday, May 25, helpful to those new to the Lutheran Church. Information: 941-755-3798 or go to

Feast of the Ascension: Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., downtown Sarasota, 40th day after Easter, regarded as one of seven principal feast days of the Episcopal Church and considered a holy day of obligation. Masses at 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. May 29. Information: or call 941-955-4263.

Noah -- The Man, The Ark, The Flood: Four-week Bible study online and in Fellowship Hall at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota, 7 p.m. Thursdays, May 29, June 5, 12 and 19. Led by Pastor Todd Kuehn. Information: 941-755-3798 or go to

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, or go to


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 from people who understand what it means to lose someone close, $15 donation. Griefshare will pause after its June 2 session. Men's Adult Bible study, 7 a.m. Wednesdays, Wayman L. Still Building. Women's Adult Bible study, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Wayman L. Still Building. 4:15 p.m. Saturday Bible study followed by contemporary worship at 5:30 p.m. Adult Bible study, 9:15 a.m. Sunday in Church Fellowship Hall. 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, 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.

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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