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. Send them to Faith & Values, Bradenton Herald, P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, FL 34206, fax them to 745-7097 or e-mail to email@example.com.
Great dads: To help men learn the tools of great fathering and mentoring, the Church of the Redeemer is presenting the biblically based “Great Dads” workshop 7:30-11:30 a.m. today at Gillespie Hall, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. The workshop includes breakfast, a take-home workbook, and information about resources and opportunities for fathers and father figures to continue to strengthen their relationships with the children in their lives. Cost is $25; scholarships are available. To register or learn more, call (941) 957-1271 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pancake breakfast: Ellenton United Methodist Church, 3607 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, will have its monthly pancake breakfast 8-10 a.m. today. Price: $4 per person.
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Gamble Plantation: The Ellenton United Methodist Women will meet noon today for the day apart at the Gamble Plantation. Members should bring a sack lunch and a small reading to share.
Gospel Concert: Jim Pierce, Tim Pritchard and friends (formerly the Country Gospel Jamboree) will be performing today at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., with the concert starting at 7. Donation: $5 at the door. In honor of Mother’s Day, a flower will be given to all the women attending. Information: (941) 746-0101.
Cedarkirk concert: Cedarkirk Camp and Conference Center on the Alafia River, operated by the Presbyterian church, will have an open house 1-5 p.m. today. Denver & the Mile High Orchestra will play a benefit concert at 7 p.m. at the Newsome High School campus. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. All proceeds will benefit the ministry of Cedarkirk. Information: (813) 685-4224 , ext. 1, or www.cedarkirk.org.
Worship time: Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road, Bradenton, now has one Sunday worship service at 10:30 a.m. and no nursery services. Information: 792-3497.
Interfaith Tea: The Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, will have an Interfaith Tea at 1:30 p.m. May 11. The community is invited. There is a $5 charge. Information: Dorothy Quint at (941) 359-9417.
Exploring Shabbat: The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will present Oasis in Time: The Gift of Shabbat in a 24/7 World, the institute’s new six-session Spring 2011 course, which will begin in more than 350 cities internationally. Rabbi Mendy Bukiet of Chabad of Bradenton will conduct the six-week course at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning May 11 at the Chabad Jewish Center, 11509 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. Information: (941) 752-3030 or visit www.myJLI.com.
Gospel concert: Singer-songwriter Garrison Doles will bring his Song Chapel concert to Harvest United Methodist Church, 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch, at 7 p.m. May 13. Admission is free. An offering will be taken. Information: Pastor Sarah Campbell at email@example.com or (941) 907-7333.
Jazz concert: The Jazz Club of Sarasota presents The Austin Vickrey Quintet as part of its “Jazz at 2” concert series 2-4 p.m. May 13 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Tickets are $5 for Jazz Club members and $10 for nonmembers. Information: (941) 941-366-1552.
Coffee house: Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will host a coffee house fundraiser at 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, at 7 p.m. May 13. Preston Boyd will sing and play his guitar. There will be open mike following intermission. Refreshments will be available. Requested donation: $10 adults, $3 students. Information: (941) 746-0067.
Young adults: Community Outreach Ministries plans “Friday Night Freedom,” a night where young adults can come together in fellowship and praise with live worship, singing, dancing, rapping and other talents in the Lord starting at 10 p.m. May 13 at 650 27th St. E., Bradenton.
Fellowship week: Bishop Lawrence C. Livingston, pastor of Eternity Temple Church, 716 29th St. E., Palmetto, has been appointed presiding elder of the Greater District, First Born Churches. He will host and preside over the Greater Tampa District Fellowship Assembly Week at Eternity Temple Church. The services begin with the Youth Council Day 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 14 with three bounce houses, a hot dog cooker, cotton candy, popcorn, and many other family day activities. There will also be 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. services May 16-20. The public is invited. Information: (941) 713-4492.
Bishop guests: The Right Rev. Dabney T. Smith, Episcopal Bishop of Southwest Florida, will be the guest preacher at the 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. masses May 15 at the Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota. The bishop also will confirm and receive more than 60 new members of the Church of Redeemer during the 9 a.m. service. A coffee reception will follow in Gillespie Hall. Information: (941) 955-4263.
Pastor installation: The Installation of Rev. Dr. Christopher Carlson at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, is set for 4 p.m. May 15 in a formal ceremony attended by Peace River Presbytery Moderator Don Cady, Rev. Ted Land, Dr. Lewis Trotter, and Elders Jerry Jarrett, Ginny Grenawalt and Sally Kirby. There will be a reception afterward in the Fellowship Hall.
Solemn Evensong: Soprano Adelaide Boedecker, a senior at the University of Florida and 2007 graduate of Pine View School, will perform at the Church of the Redeemer’s final Solemn Evensong of the season, as part of Redeemer’s “Great Music Series,” at 5:15 p.m. May 15. Featured will be Bach’s Cantata 51 for soprano, trumpet and orchestra. The Church of the Redeemer is at 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Information: (941) 955-4263.
“The Rothschilds”: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, will host actor/entertainer Bernie Dean for a one-man show of the Tony Award-winning musical “The Rothschilds” at noon May 15. The program begins with a light lunch, and a dessert reception will follow the performance. Tickets are $36 in advance and $40 at the door, including lunch, show and dessert. Information: (941) Dick Gross, 371-3425.
Silver ring: “Silver Ring Thing,” a sexual purity event and concert, is set for 6:30 p.m. May 25 at Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W. Free to all who come due to an anonymous donor and sponsor.
Aglow International/Bradenton Aglow: meets 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday of the month at First Assembly of God, 1820 53rd Ave. W., Bradenton.
The Altar: 116 46th St. N.W., Bradenton, a start-up Assembly of God congregation in Bradenton, meets 7 p.m. Thursdays and 5:30 p.m. Sundays with Pastors John and Gene McIntyre. Information: 748-5265.
Angel Food Ministries: is a nonprofit, nondenominational organization dedicated to providing food relief to communities throughout theUnited States. Orders may be placed at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St E., Bradenton, or www.angelfoodministry.com. Information: 746-0101.
Baha’i Faith of Manatee County: has a “Prayers For Peace” gathering every Monday morning at the home of Shirley Mather, beginning at 10:30 a.m., at 505 30th Ave. W. Bradenton. All are invited. Information: 741-4922.
Beth Israel Messianic Synagogue: holds Shabbat Service at 11 a.m. Saturdays with Hebrew and English Liturgy and Torah service followed by Kiddush and Oneg. Classes for children ages 7-12 are also offered. Services at Peridia Office Park, 3911 Golf Park Loop, No. 104, Bradenton. Information: 730-2136.
Bread of Life Mission Inc.: is in need of houses, mobile homes, land, buildings, cars, vans, trucks and/or monetary gifts to assist and help get people off the streets. Information: 575-4440.
Chabad of Bradenton: 9 a.m.-noon Sundays at Chabad of Bradenton, Suite 101, 11509 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, led by Rabbi Mendy Bukiet. Chabad holds Talmud Classes 7:30 p.m. Mondays. Cost: $45. Torah Studies are held 9 a.m. Saturdays. Information: 752-3030.
Christ Community Church: 1803 57th Ave. W., Bradenton with Rev. David Carter as pastor has Sunday morning fellowship at 10 a.m., worship service at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday prayer service at 7 p.m. Information: 755-6162.
Christ Episcopal Church thrift shop: is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 401 42nd St. W., Bradenton. Information: 746-4906.
Church of Light Healing Center: 10115 Cortez Road, Bradenton, has services 11 a.m. Sundays. Information: 795-5683.
Church of the Trinity: 7225 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, southern Manatee County, has a traditional Sunday service 9:15 a.m. Sundays and a contemporary service with children’s sermon at 11 a.m. Taize Service is held 6 p.m. the second Sunday of each month.
Congregation Ner Tamid: Jewish Living and Learning Sunday School for children ages 4-14 meets 9 a.m. Sundays by appointment, at Lakeside Clubhouse, 3817 40th Ave. W., Bradenton. Adult bar and bat mitzvah classes also are offered. Friday night Shabbat services, which are open to the public, are held twice a month. Information: 755-1231.
Congregational United Church of Christ: The Congregational United Church of Christ Thrift Store, 5324 26th St. W., Bradenton, has expanded its store in Saddle Creek Plaza. A new furniture annex and expanded book store has been added. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday. Information: 739-1018.
Also, a Transitions Support Group meets 5-6:30 p.m. every Sunday at Congregational United Church of Christ to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, job, health or struggled with addictions or depression. A free-will offering is taken. Information: (941) 739-7103 or (941) 309 -0200.
Ellenton United Methodist Church: 3607 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, has an all-you-can eat pancake breakfast 8-10 a.m. the first Saturday of the month. Adult Sunday School classes are at 9:45 a.m. Sundays in the Fellowship Hall, led by Pastor Bruce Ebert. Methodist Men meet 8:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month. A potluck dinner is held 5:30 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month. Information: 729-6802.
Emmanuel United Methodist Church: Prayer & Share is at 10 a.m. Wednesdays in the library at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road. Information: 792-3497.
Faith Bible Church: Bible Study is at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Faith Bible Church, 1511 Morgan Johnson Road, East Manatee. Preschool program available. Evening class: 6:55 p.m. Tuesdays at Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. School-age program available. For information call 722-0940.
Faith United Church of Christ: 4850 State Road 64 E., has worship and Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. Sundays.
First Congregational United Church of Christ: 1030 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota, holds classes on keeping your balance 10 a.m. Mondays, taught by nurse Julie Pennella. Information: 953-7044.
Full Gospel Tabernacle: The church has a community sing the last Saturday of each month at 2903 11th St. Court E. Information: 746-3634 or 748-8102.
Gulf Coast Fellowship of Christian Athletes: conducts a tennis program for tots to teens (ages 4-18). All programs will be held at the Tennis Center at Palm-Aire Country Club, 5601 Country Club Way. The programs are geared to develop/enhance tennis skills as well as provide spiritual development. Information: (941) 539-6083.
Heaven Cent Thrift Shop: 5858 44th Ave. E., East Manatee, is open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Information: 745-1663.
Lakewood Ranch Ladies Devotional Hour: is held 10 a.m. Thursdays at Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Information: 727-3789.
Living Lord Lutheran Church: Our Daily Bread/Project 5000 at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11120 S.R. 70 E., Lakewood Ranch, is collecting grocery bags filled with unbreakable containers to feed local families. Each bag will feed a family of four for two days or a family of two for four days. Also, the Quilters and Crafty Ladies meet 3 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month to make lap robes and quilts for the needy in Manatee County. Experience quilting is not necessary, just willing hands. Information: 753-9365.
Longboat Island Chapel: As part of its Aging in Paradise Resource Center, which addresses the issues of aging, introduces its memory loss support group to the communities of Sarasota and Manatee. The group meets 11 a.m.-1 p.m. every other Wednesday. Information: (941) 383-6491.
Manatee County Meditation Group: meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 915-1454.
Manatee Spiritual Center: The Beyond Sunday Conversation Group, meets 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday at the Manatee Spiritual Center, 1327 U.S. 301 N., Palmetto. The center also has an ongoing study group on the book “The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment” that meets 10 a.m. alternate Thursdays followed by lunch out and fellowship. Information: 531-3879.
Manatee United Methodist Church: The Tim Pritchard and Jim Pierce concerts are held the first Saturday of the month at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton. Doors open at 6 p.m. The concert starts at 7. Donation: $5 at the door.
My Father’s House Church: 7215 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, has Bible study at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:15 a.m. Sundays. Youth Bible study for all ages is at 9:15 a.m. Sundays. The thrift store is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Information: 776-9016.
Northminster Presbyterian Church: 3131 61st St., Sarasota, worships at 10 a.m. Sundays. Prayer shawls are being made by the Parish Life Committee and distributed to members and friends. If you would like to give a shawl to someone you know, contact Valerie at 351-7713.
Orthodox Catholic: The Synod of Governing Bishops for the Holy Orthodox Catholic Church announced the opening if their new church temporarily located at 2700 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 11B, Sarasota. The Very Rev. Arch Bishop Jacob J. K. Longacre was appointed first pastor. All seven sacraments will be available in the Orthodox Form by making an appointment with the pastor at (941) 954-0330.
Our Lady of the Angels: Grief support groups meet at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, 12905 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch. Information: 752-6770.
Palmetto First Baptist Church: 7:30-9 p.m. Sundays at Palmetto First Baptist Church, 1020 Fourth St. W., Palmetto. Information: 722-7795.
Parrish United Methodist Church: LifeM.A.P., a Bible study group, meets 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Parrish United Methodist Church, 12180 U.S. 301 N., Parrish. Sunday worship times are 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m. The church’s thrift cottage is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays at 12140 69th St. E., Parrish. Information: 776-1539.
Peace Presbyterian Church: a congregation of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., has moved to a new location in Lakewood Ranch: the Manatee Board of Realtors building, 10910 Technology Drive. Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. Information: (941) 753-7778.
Quakers: Sarasota Friends Meeting is at 10 a.m. Sundays at 3139 57th St., Sarasota. nformation: 358-5759 or visit http//sarasota.quaker.org.
Revelation Ministries: “Prayer Time” at Revelation Ministries, 1919 14th St. W., Bradenton, will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: 726-3464.
Stillpoint House of Prayer: Intercessory-prayer workshop groups are now forming at 1608 14th St. W. For a schedule, call 748-6835. Contemplative-prayer groups meets at 11 a.m. every Wednesday and Thursday. A Spanish Bible study and prayer and rosary group meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Information: 748-6835 or 795-0130.
Temple Beth El: a reform congregation, conducts Erev Shabbat Services at 7:30 p.m. every Friday evening and Shabbat Services with Torah study at 10 a.m. every Saturday morning at 4200 32nd St. W. The temple also conducts religious school classes three Sunday mornings a month and Hebrew school classes Tuesday afternoons by Rabbi Harold F, Caminker and Wednesday afternoons by Susie Konicov. For more information, call 755-4900, 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday through Friday.
Temple Emanu-El: Under the direction of its Social Action Committee, Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, continues its food drive for those in Sarasota-Manatee who go hungry. Nonperishable boxed and canned foods may be placed in a marked bin in the Temple lobby during business hours and before and after Shabbat worship services. All donations benefit the kosher food pantry at Jewish Family and Children’s Services or All Faiths Food Bank. Information: 966-9561.
Trinity United Methodist Church: 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, weekly Bible study on the book of Romans, will be held 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Information: 737-3704.
Vessels Unto Honour Ministries: has moved to 3517 15th St. E., Bradenton, Sunday worship service will be held at noon and Life Enrichment service is held 7 p.m. Tuesdays
Wildfire Ministries Bible study classes: will be 7:30 p.m. Fridays at the Hampton Inn, 5810 20th Court E., Ellenton.
Zen Zone: American Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Demo is teaching meditation 12:30–1:30 p.m. Monday at the Zen Zone, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Natures Way, Suite 217, Lakewood Ranch. The class consists of a guided meditation, a short talk and an opportunity for questions and answers. Each talk is part of a series, yet is self-contained. This means participants can drop in at any time. Cost: $10 per class ($5 for students/seniors). For more information, call 373-1600 or e-mail info@MeditationInSarasota.org.