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 email@example.com.
Gangway to Galilee Vacation Bible School: Mill Creek Baptist Church, 12713 Upper Manatee River Road, Bradenton 34212, children 4 years to sixth grade, 6-8:30 p.m. June 23-27, ending with a Family Fun Day noon-3 p.m. Saturday, June 28, water slide, bounce house, cake walk, refreshments. Information: 941-746-3318.
Congregation Ner Tamid: 4802-B 26th St. W., Bradenton, 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 27. Information: 941-755-1231 or firstname.lastname@example.org to say what dairy or pareve dish you will bring.
Recognition Celebration: Honor Pastor Harry Ferguson and his wife, Belinda, for their service to our congregation on and Pastor Harry's retirement after 10 years. He also served as associate pastor from 1962-1964. The celebration will follow the 11 a.m. service Sunday, June 29, at First Presbyterian Church, Bradenton, Manatee Avenue at 15th Street West. Information: 941-748-6658Come Home America: Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., celebration of God and country as part worship services, 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, June 29, presentation will include music by the choir, multimedia and drama under direction of Todd Ferring, worship pastor. Community is invited. Information: Herb McMillian, 941-812-1923, email@example.com.Special Music: Roser Church near the Anna Maria City Pier on Pine Avenue, 10 a.m. Sunday, June 29, music will be by Sarasota Orchestra's Robert Moore on French horn, children dismissed after the children's message for their own program, nursery available during service. Information: 941-778-0414, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to roserchurch.com.Summer Revival: Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, 7 p.m. Monday, June 30, with Pastor Tommy Bates, free, love offering. Information: 941-756-6942.
The Poetry of Our People: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, adult summer learning series taught by Rabbi Brenner Glickman, 10:30 a.m. Mondays, June 30, July 7 and July 14. Tracing Jewish poetry from the Bible through the medieval period and into modern times. Glickman will share his favorite poetry, facilitate discussion and sharing, and examine how Jewish poetic literature -- ancient and contemporary -- speaks to us today. Free for Temple Emanu-El members, $18 for guests. Information: 941-371-2788.
Camp Gan Israel: Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch camps for girls and boys ages 5-12 from June 30 until July 18 at 5712 Lorraine Road. Hours will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Extended care is available until 5 p.m. Information: 941-752-3030, email@example.com or go to cgibradenton.org.
Your Monthly Jewish Moment: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, summer learning program, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, focusing on current events and subjects of Jewish interest, facilitated by Peter Wells, retired executive director of the Jewish Federation of Dayton. Information: 941-359-8235 or chaver39 The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, 9-9:30 a.m. Saturdays in July, discover the mystical meanings and lessons behind ancient stories. Free. Information: Rabbi Mendy Bukiet, 941-752-3030 or e-mail rabbi 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Surf and Serve Middle School Day Camp: Call Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 941-794-6229 to register, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, camp runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 7-11, includes projects at Robinson and Neal preserves, University of Florida Palmetto urban horticulture garden, visit to Mote Marine Lab Aquarium, activities on Anna Maria Island beaches and kayaking excursion. Space limited, $25.
The Poetry of Our People: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, adult summer learning series taught by Rabbi Brenner Glickman, 10:30 a.m. Mondays, July 7 and July 14. Tracing Jewish poetry from the Bible through the medieval period and into modern times. Glickman will share his favorite poetry, facilitate discussion and sharing, and examine how Jewish poetic literature -- ancient and contemporary -- speaks to us today. Free for Temple Emanu-El members, $18 for guests. Information: 941-371-2788.
Summer Study and Socializing: For Jewish and interfaith residents of Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton, 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, July 8, at Lakewood Ranch Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd. Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman will lead an adult learning session on "The Most Fascinating Woman in the Bible," and participants will also enjoy socializing and light bites with old and new friends. The event is part of Temple Emanu-El's outreach to the Jewish communities of Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton. Event is free, space is limited, advance reservations required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Poetry of Our People: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, adult summer learning series taught by Rabbi Brenner Glickman, 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 14. Tracing Jewish poetry from the Bible. Glickman will share his favorite poetry, facilitate discussion and sharing, and examine Jewish poetic literature. Free for Temple Emanu-El members, $18 for guests. Information: 941-371-2788.
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: 10:30 a.m. summer service in new Sanctuary, 3131 61st St., Sarasota. At 9 a.m., Dick Murphy leads adult Bible study in Fellowship Hall. All Faiths Food Bank summer drive: Donate food staples (no glass containers) in the yellow barrel in the Narthex. Items needed most include canned meats and tuna, canned spaghetti and ravioli, canned fruit, pasta and dried beans. Pastor Christopher Carlson sermons online at npcsarasota.com. Information: 941-355-4729.
Orthodox Catholic: The Synod of Governing Bishops for the Holy Orthodox Catholic Church announced the opening of its 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 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.