Religion Almanac: July 12, 2014

July 12, 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

Camp Gan Israel: Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch camps for girls and boys ages 5-12, until July 18 at 5712 Lorraine Road. Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Extended care is available until 5 p.m. Information: 941-752-3030, or go to

Israeli Wine Tasting: Temple Emanu-El-sponsored evening of socializing, sampling Israeli wines and enjoying Mediterranean-inspired food at Fresh Start Café, 630 S. Orange Ave., Burns Court, 6 p.m. Saturday. Admission and wine tasting free, advance reservations required at 94l-373-1242.

Annual Summer Celebration: Palmetto Seventh-day Adventist Church grounds, 3307 10th St. W., Palmetto, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, giant water slide and outdoor games, picnic 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., community yard sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., set up table and chair on church grounds, no fee. Information: 941-567-8446

"Hava Negilah:" Temple Emanu-El Summer Film Series, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, 2 p.m. Sunday, a romp through the history, mystery, and meaning of this Jewish standard, features interviews with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, Glen Campbell and Connie Francis. Admission $5 at the door. Information: Email

Agency D3 Camp: Ellenton First Baptist Chruch, 1707 36th Ave. E., Ellenton, while investigating the life of Jesus at camp Agency D3, 6-8:30 p.m. July 13-18. Information: 941-722-4376 or email

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

Maranatha Touring Choir: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St. off Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, 5 p.m. July 17, interdenominational touring choir composed of musicians from eighth grade through college from Fredericksburg, Va., and surrounding communities, represents 14 churches, nine schools, eight colleges and universities, and three home-schooled families. Choir will present drama titled "The Witness" or a traditional concert of classical to contemporary in style.

Trumpeter and Humorist Jeff Brucculeri: Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., noon concert after potluck meal in Family Life Center, Sunday, July 20. He will also present special music at the 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. Free will offering. No evening service. Information: Herb McMillian, 941-812-1923.

"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., show at 7 p.m. Monday, July 21. Light refreshments. Donations accepted.

Vacation Bible School Workshop of Wonders: Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton, ages 4 to fifth-graders, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., July 21-25. Information: 941-746-0101.

Weird Animals Vacation Bible School: Tabernacle Church, 4141 DeSoto Road, Sarasota, free, 9 a.m. to noon July 21-25, children ages 3 to 12, activities, games, music and crafts. Information: 941-355-8858 ext. 236.

Christmas in August: Aug. 2 Kiwanis giveaway for 500 homeless children before school starts. Students will get a back-to-school makeover and backpack filled with items. No walk-ins, just those identified by Manatee School District officials. Christ Church is accepting items at the church office, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., through Aug. 1: small-size toothpaste and brushes, soap, shampoo, conditioner, paper, pencils, crayolas, rounded scissors, mini spiral booklets, binders, compasses and rulers.

Shabbat Service: Congregation Ner Tamid, Bradenton's pluralistic Jewish congregation, 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, 4802-B 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-755-1231 or

Havdalah at Table Service and Movie: Congregation Ner Tamid, 4802-B 26th St. W., Bradenton, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at 6:30 p.m., movie is "The Pianist." Free homemade chili and wings. Information or RSVP by July 23: 941-755-1231 or


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

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

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 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 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.

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