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 941-745-7097 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New director: Eunice Mathews was formally installed as the new director at Hope Lutheran Early Childhood Development Center, 4635 26th St. W., Bradenton, on Feb. 19. She is the wife of The Rev. Craig Mathews, senior pastor at Hope Lutheran Church. Information: 941-753-1128.
Narcotics Anonymous: Hope Lutheran Church, 4635 26th St. W., Bradenton offers free Narcotics Anonymous group meetings 6:30 p.m. Saturdays in the Fellowship Hall. Information: 941- 755-3256.
Garage sale: Peace Lutheran Church, 1611 30th Ave. W., Bradenton, is holding its annual garage sale of clothing and household items 8 a.m.-noon today.
White elephant sale: Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will have a white elephant sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today. Clothing, jewelry, collectibles, tools, toys, kitchen wares, glassware, baked goods, linens and books will be sold. Lunch will be available, including their famous pickles. Information: 941-778-1638.
Benefit fashion show: The annual fashion show presented by St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Ladies Philoptochos and Sax Fifth Avenue Off 5th is set for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today at Michael’s on East, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota. Donation: $40. Proceeds to benefit The Women’s Resource Center Scholarship Fund and the St. Barbara Philoptochos charitable organizations. Information: 941-355-2616.
Simple Faith Trio: Come hear the soaring harmonies of the Simple Faith Trio, a southern gospel music ministry, during the 10:45 a.m. service Feb. 26 at Oneco First Baptist, 1700 51st Ave E. Information: 941-755-1690.
Free concert: The Collingsworth Family from Rising Son, Ind., will be featured in concert at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., Bradenton. There is no admission charge; a free will offering will be received.
Gospel concert: LeFevre Quartet will perform in concert at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. An offering will be received. Information: 941-756-6942.
Choir performance: The 66-member Capital University Chapel Choir will present a free performance at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2200 26th St. W. Information: 941-518-7324.
Lenten services: Hope Lutheran Church, 4635 26th St. W., has announced its mid-week Lenten worship schedule: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 28-March 28, and noon Wednesdays, Feb. 29-March 29. Weekend worship hours during Lent: contemporary 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. Sundays; traditional 8 and 11 a.m. Sundays.
Chabad fundraiser: Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch is planning An Evening of Treasures, a gala auction and cocktail party to help raise funds for the Chabad Jewish Center, at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 29 at Fete Catering and Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. Planned: prize drawings, silent and live auctions on travel packages, jewelry, Disney tickets, golf packages and more. This year’s event is special and crucial since Chabad will be moving March 1 to its new, permanent location at 5712 Lorraine Road. For ticket or sponsorship information, go to www.chabadofbradenton.com/auction or call 941-752-3030.
Gospel music funnyman: The Breakfast Club we will feature Jay Stone Singers and gospel music funny man Tim Lovelace at 9:30 a.m. March 1 at Bradenton Tropical Palms, 231014th St. W., Bradenton. Program includes a continental breakfast. A $10 donation is requested. Information: 727-538-9889.
Manatee Religious Services: Sheriff Brad Steube will be guest speaker at the 18th annual Manatee Religious Services celebration banquet at 6:30 p.m. March 8 at Riverhouse Reef and Grill, 995 Riverside Drive, Palmetto. Tickets are $50 each; tables are available for $400. Menu includes prime rib, fish or vegetarian. RSVP to 941-752-4850 by March 1.
Humanitarian gala: Hearts Afire, a Christian humanitarian organization, announces its sixth annual gala at 6:30 p.m. March 2 at Michael’s on East, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota. The dinner will raise awareness and funding for humanitarian medical missions that provide health care in Haiti, Uganda, India, Peru, Kenya and other impoverished and under-served countries. Tickets cost $125 and may be purchased at www.heartsafire.us.
Rummage sale: Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton, will have a rummage sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. March 2-3. Information: 941-746-0101.
Fish fry dinner: Holy CrossCatholic Church, 504 26th St. W., Palmetto, will serve Lenten fish dinners 5-7 p.m. Fridays during March in the church hall. Menu: fish, baked potato, slaw, roll, dessert, beverage. Hosted by Knights of Columbus Council 7414. Donation of $8 for adults and $4 for children 5-10.
Free gospel concert: Whitfield Christian Church, corner of Whitfield Avenue and Prospect Road, will host a free concert presented by The Redeemed Gospel Quartet at 6 p.m. March 3. Information: 941-753-7128.
Country gospel concert: Jim Pierce and Tim Pritchard, with Roland Newman and Gary Pierce, will performg March 3 at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.; concert is 7-8:30 p.m. Donation: $5 at the door. Information: 941-746-0101.
Purim Pandemonium: Advance tickets are available for the “Purim Pandemonium” carnival at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, which will be held at 11:30 a.m. March 4. Planned: a giant inflatable slide, bounce house, dodge ball arena, dunk tank, face-painting, sand art, games and prizes, lunch, cotton candy, snow-cones, and home-baked hamentashen. Information: 941-371-2788.
Women’s Connection luncheon: Bradenton Christian Women’s Connection will meet at 11 a.m. March 9 for a luncheon at Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave W., Bradenton. Theme: “Lions and Lambs” with speaker Jo Ayers. Cost: $15. Reservations by March 7 to Linda at 941-750-8786.
Ritual of Tears: The Children’s Memorial Garden of Peace will conduct the Ritual of Tears/Celebration of Life, an interdenominational service at 10 a.m. March 10 on the grounds of St. Joseph Church, 3100 26th St. W., Bradenton. There will be a dove release sponsored by the Sarasota Dove Release. To participate, call 941-756-7038 or 941-758-8948.
Cellist to perform: Cellist Nancy Donaruma is scheduled to perform at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, at the 9 and 11 a.m. services March 11. The program will include the Appalachian Melody, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, accompanied by Bach’s Suite No. 1 for cello.
Holocaust boxcar: A German boxcar that was used to transport victims of the Holocaust to concentration and death camps will be on the campus of Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 South Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, March 16-22. An opening ceremony is set for 1 p.m. March 16. There is no fee to visit, but groups must reserve a time slot by emailing Linda Schwartz at email@example.com. School and community groups are welcome.
Women & Wisdom: Chabad of Bradenton’s Women & Wisdom course is set for 7:30-9 p.m. Thursdays at Chabad Jewish Center in Lakewood Ranch. Semester two runs from April 19 to May 21. Friday night dinner will take place March 23 and will be open to the community. Ladies from Women & Wisdom will share insights they’ve learned to dinner attendees. Reservations: 941-752-3030.
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: 941-748-5265.
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: 941-741-4922.
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: 941-730-2136.
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: 941-575-4440.
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: 941-752-3030.
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: 941-755-6162.
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: 941-746-4906.
Church of Light Healing Center: 10115 Cortez Road, Bradenton, has services 11 a.m. Sundays. Information: 941-795-5683.
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: 941-755-1231.
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: 941-739-1018.
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: 941-729-6802.
Emmanuel United Methodist Church: Prayer & Share is at 10 a.m. Wednesdays in the library at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road. Information: 941-792-3497.
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. Information: 941-722-0940.
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: 941-953-7044.
Full Gospel Tabernacle: The church has a community sing the last Saturday of each month at 2903 11th St. Court E. Information: 941-746-3634 or 941-748-8102.
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: 941-745-1663.
Lakewood Ranch Ladies Devotional Hour: is held 10 a.m. Thursdays at Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Information: 941-727-3789.
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: 941-753-9365.
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: 941-915-1454.
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: 941-531-3879.
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: 941-776-9016.
Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, has changed to its Sunday worship service to 9 a.m. and 11 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 at 2700 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 11B, Sarasota. The Very Rev. Archbishop 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: 941-752-6770.
Palmetto First Baptist Church: 7:30-9 p.m. Sundays at Palmetto First Baptist Church, 1020 Fourth St. W., Palmetto. Information: 941-722-7795.
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: 941-776-1539.
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: 941-358-5759 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: 941-726-3464.
St. Joseph Church: A caregiver/family support group meeting is set for 1-2:30 p.m. Mondays at St. Joseph Church, 3100 26th St,. W., Bradenton. Information: Marianne Ridgell of Home Instead Senior Care at 941-739-3050.
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: 941-748-6835 or 941-795-0130.
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 941-755-4900, 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday through Friday.
Temple Beth Israel: The Social Action Committee of Temple Beth Israel collects 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.
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: 941-966-9561.
Trinity Lutheran Church: 2200 26th St. W., Bradenton, hosts recovery group meetings. The schedule: Alcoholics Anonymous: 8 p.m. Mondays and 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays; Overeaters Anonymous: 7 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.
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: 941-737-3704.
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 941-373-1600 or e-mail info@MeditationInSarasota.org.