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.
Close Encounters of the Joyful Kind: Family of God United Methodist Church, 5601 16th Ave. E., Palmetto, 9:45 a.m. Sunday, the Rev. Karen MacDuff, associate pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, Bradenton, will fill in for vacationing pastor, the Rev. James Martin. Community invited. Information: Mary Wiser 942-722-7065.
Recognition Celebration: Honor Pastor Harry Ferguson and his wife, Belinda, for their service to our congregation on 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, at First Presbyterian Church, Bradenton, Manatee Avenue at 15th Street West. Information: 941-748-6658
Come 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, 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.
Summer Revival: Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, with Aaron and Amanda Crabb, free, love offering. Information: 941-756-6942.
Special Music: Roser Church near the Anna Maria City Pier on Pine Avenue, 10 a.m. Sunday, 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.
Our Blessings in America: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, patriotic service 10 a.m. Sunday, potluck brunch following service.
Summer Revival: Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, 7 p.m. Monday, 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, 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.
Lunch with the Rabbi -- Amish Style: Temple Emanu-El summer program, noon Wednesday, July 2, at Der Dutchman, 3717 Bahai Vista, Sarasota. Join Rabbi Brenner Glickman for conversation on current events, topics of Jewish interest and Amish buffet. Cost is $13.80 including buffet, drink, and tip. Information: 941-371-2788.
"Dirty Wars," a full-length documentary film: Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, doors open at 6 p.m. with show at 7 p.m. Monday, July 7, film traces the Joint Special Operations Command, the most secret fighting force in U.S. history. Light refreshments available. Donations accepted.
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.
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 felicehedge.
Northwest Baptist Church, Bradenton: 6:30 p.m. July 14-18, explore adventures faced by Moses and the Israelites at the Israelite Camp, sing songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into Bible-times snacks, visit Moses, and collect Bible Memory Buddies. Each day concludes at Celebration -- a time of upbeat worship. Benefits mission project called Operation Kid-to-Kid raising money to provide clean water in India. Information: 941-795-7029 or go to nwbcbradenton.org/vbs.
"Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States": Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, doors open at 6:30 p.m. with show at 7 p.m. Monday, July 21. Light refreshments available. Donations accepted.
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church: 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota, near Marjorie G. Kinnan Elementary School on Tallevast Road. 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 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.
The Chabad House: Weekly Shabbat Services, 5712 Lorraine Road, 7 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. Saturday followed by buffet Kiddush. Chabad Hebrew School
9:30 a.m.-noon, Sunday. Information: Rabbi Mendy Bukiet, 941-752-3030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: 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.