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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pumpkin patch: The pumpkin patch at Harvest United Methodist Church, 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch will be open daily 10 a.m.-7 p.m. through Oct. 31. A special kids’ day is planned noon-2 p.m. Oct. 23. Activities are free and will include a bounce house, stories, crafts, games and snacks. Information: Courtney Kennedy at email@example.com or (941) 306-5424
Singing tree: Members of the community are invited to sing in the 2011 Bradenton Living Christmas Tree to be presented nine times between Dec. 3 and 11. Rehearsals are 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and/or 4:30-5:30 p.m. Sundays at Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W. Auditions not required. Information: Denny Thomas, producer/director, at (941) 794-1685.
Oktoberfest: St. Frances X. Cabrini Catholic Church, 12001 69th St. E., Parrish, is having an Oktoberfest Oct. 15. Doors open at 5 p.m. Admission is free. German food will be available for a nominal fee. Friday there will be live music. Saturday music will be provided by a D.J.
Family fest: Families Helping Families Fall Festival is set for 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Truvine Baptist Church, 1947 31st St., Sarasota. The free, multicultural outreach is designed to provide aid, support and caring to families in need from the local community. The festival is sponsored by three area churches: Truvine Baptist Church, The Tabernacle Church and Ministerio of Restoration. Families or individuals in need can take home gently used clothing. Educational awareness and health screenings are available from the Suncoast Blood Bank, Tidewell Hospice, American Cancer Society, Genesis Clinic, Healthy Start, The Newtown Wellness Program, Unidosnow and The Eye Institute. Information: Eleanor Ball at (941) 355-4417 or visit www.truvinebaptist.org.
Music program: Ten Blake Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams will be featured in a program 3 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Performing will be Carole Cornman, soprano, and Alyssa McKeithen on the oboe and English horn. Anna Maria Island resident Alice Moerk’s composition for soprano and English horn will also be performed. Tickets go on sale Sept. 25 at a suggested donation price of $12. Tickets can be purchased from the church office 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. daily or at the door. Information: (941) 778-1638.
Power couple: Darryl and Tracy Strawberry are set to appear at The Source Church, 5412 State Road 64 E., Bradenton, for two events: youth night for those 13 to 29 years old 7 p.m. Oct. 15, and for “True Purpose” 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Oct. 16. Information: (941) 592-4700.
Mark Sukkot Celebration: Temple Emanu-El will host a “Shabbat in the Sukkah” 10-11 a.m. Oct. 15 at 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. All are welcome to join Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman and old and new friends for a relaxed and casual gathering. Refreshments will be served. The Temple will also mark the last day of the Sukkot holiday with a worship service 10:30 a.m. Oct. 20. Information: 379-1997.
Bake and Craft Sale: Living Lord Lutheran Church will host a Bake and Craft Sale 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 16 at 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. There will be many fall and Christmas items and purchases may be made before and after all three church services. Proceeds will benefit the Manatee County children’s Shelter. Information: 744-2742.
Pumpkin patch: Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, will have its second Pumpkin Patch 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 16-31. Approximately 2,000 pumpkins and a variety of autumn decorations, such as cornstalks and gourds, will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit youth ministries and services to the deaf. Information: (941) 747-3704.
Solemn Evensong: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, invites the community to attend special Solemn Evensong at 7 p.m. Oct. 16. A wine and cheese reception is set for 6 p.m. on the verandah of Gillespie Hall. Information: (941) 955-4263.
Concert slated: Musica Sacra Cantorum will present “A Treasury of Hymns” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the vocal ensemble’s new home, First Presbyterian Church, 2050 Oak Str., Sarasota. A pre-concert talk by Robert Parrish, artistic director and conductor, is set for 7 p.m. Tickets: $10, available at www.musicasacracantorum.org or at the door.
Barbershop Chorus Rehearsals: A women’s four-part harmony barbershop chorus is being formed in the Lakewood Ranch area. The group meets 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. Coordinating the chorus will be Mark Rusch. Information: 704-9481.
Holy days: Temple Beth El, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton, announces its High Holy Days schedule:
n Simchat Torah: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21. No tickets required, but call Synagogue 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday at 755-4900 to make a reservation and receive information packet.
Simchat Torah Family Service: Temple Emanu-El will host a festive celebration marking the end of the annual cycle of weekly readings from the Torah, or the Five Books of Moses at a family service 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. A centerpiece of the service is the unrolling of an entire Torah around the sanctuary, followed by singing and dancing with the holy scrolls and live music by the Family Shabbat Band. A dessert reception will conclude the evening. Information: 371-2788.
Yard sale: Oneco United Methodist Church, 2112 53rd Ave. E., will have a yard sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 21-22. Information: (941) 755-5943.
Church fundraiser: The Stephen Ministers of the Parrish United Methodist Church, 12140 69th St. E., Parrish, are hosting a fundraising dinner and silent auction starting at 5 p.m. Oct. 23. Ticket: $15 for adults, $7 for children 3-12, and free for children younger than 3. Tickets may be purchased at the church office or after the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday worship services. Seating is limited. Information: (941) 776-1539.
Healing ministry: St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, 11315 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, will host the Amazing Love Healing Ministry for “Restoring the Soul,” an 8-week conference on healing. There will be worship, teaching and small groups for the 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday sessions through Oct. 26. Register online at www.amazinglovehealing.com. The cost is $75 for individual participants and $140 for married couples. The registration fee includes all materials and a certificate of completion. Information: Deacon Marcia Tremmel at (941) 773-1196 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Third Annual “Trunk-R-Treat”: Hope Lutheran Church will host its third annual “Trunk-R-Treat,” 4-8 p.m. Oct. 31 at 4635 26th St. W., Bradenton. Free food and fun for all. Information: 747-6967.
Pumpkin patch: The pumpkin patch at Harvest United Methodist Church, 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch will be open daily 10 a.m.-7 p.m. through Oct. 31. A special kids’ day is planned noon-2 p.m. Oct. 23. Activities are free and will include a bounce house, stories, crafts, games and snacks. Information: Courtney Kennedy at email@example.com or (941) 306-5424.
Bach Festival: The Sarasota-Manatee Bach Festival opens its fourth annual program celebrating the variety and genius of Bach’s music at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Christ Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, Tickets, which are $15 for adults and $7 for students, are available in advance from the offices at the churches or at the door. Information: Christ Church at (941) 747-3709, or Church of the Redeemer at (941) 955-4263.
Myths and mysteries: The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will present “Fascinating Facts: Exploring the Myths and Mysteries of Judaism,” a six-session course starting Nov. 6. of Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch, 11534 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. Information: (941) 752-3030.
Spaghetti dinner: Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church will host a spaghetti dinner 3:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in Father Flynn Hall, 6600 Pennsylvania Ave., Sarasota. Dinner: $7 adults, $2 children ages 6-12, children younger than 6 will eat for free. Take-out is available. Information: 755-1826.
Divorce Care: A free weekly class and support group for those from a failed marriage or separation will be offered 7-9 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 17, at Tabernacle Church, 4141 DeSoto Road, Sarasota. Some of the topics covered during the series include facing anger, depression and loneliness, financial survival, forgiveness, single sexuality and kid care. Information: Peggie Harbaugh at (941) 302-0883.
5K Run: The Harvest Hustle 5K Run will be held at Harvest United Methodist Church, 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch 8 a.m. Nov. 19. The Harvest Hustle supports the ministries of All Faiths Food Bank. Information: www.harvesthustle5k.com.
Angel Bazaar: Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, will hold the Holiday Angel Bazaar with refreshments, various tables of gift items, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations, antiques, jewelry and other treats 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nov. 19. Information: 383-6491.
Singing Christmas: The community is invited to sing in the 2011 Bradenton Living Christmas Tree. Nine performances are set Dec. 3-11. No auditions necessary. Rehearsals are 4:30-5:30 p.m. Sundays and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in Room 102 of the Sanctuary Building of Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W. Information: (941) 794-1685.
Homeless donations: The Social Action Committee of Temple Beth Israel are collecting donations for the Bill Galvano One Stop Center. Needed: funding for medication, socks, mosquito repellent, toilet articles and soap, shoes, jeans, baby diapers and formula, reading glasses and bicycles. Donations can be given directly to the One Stop Center, 701 17th Ave. W., or dropped off at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key.
Untangling relationships: A new, free class titled “Untangling Relationships” is set for those who are in, or have been in, a relationship with someone with addictions or control issues. The group meets 7-9 p.m. Thursdays through Jan. 26 in Room 216 at The Tabernacle Church, 4141 DeSoto Road, Sarasota. Information: Peggie Harbaugh at (941) 302-0883.
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. NW., 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.
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.
Centro Evangelistico Reflexiones Congregation: Centro Evangelistico Reflexiones Congregation, led by Pastor Daniel Rosales, holds Spanish language services at 10 a.m. Sundays in the classroom of Northminster Presbyterian Church USA, 3131 61st St., Sarasota. The congregation has resumed its 7:30 p.m. Thursday Bible study.
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 will resume July 2 on the first Saturday of each 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, has changed to its summer hours schedule. Sunday worship service is at 10 a.m. with a coffee hour following. Tuesday Bible studies continue in the Fellowship Hall with Pastor Chris Carlson. Times are 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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 is 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.