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 email@example.com.
Smart & Safe Living seminar: Palmetto Presbyterian Church, 1115 10th Ave. W., is offering a Smart & Safe Living Seminar 10-11:30 a.m. Sept. 29. This free seminar provides seniors with helpful ways to recognize and avoid the kinds of scams that often plague seniors. Topics will include phone, utility, home improvement and financial investment scams and cons. Information: 941-722-3513.
Let's laugh: The Rev. David Owen Ritz of the Center for Positive Living will offer a talk titled "Laughter is the Best Medicine" 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 29 at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Contemporary music provided by David Hubbell and Neopolitan. Refreshments and fellowship immediately following the service. Information: 941-366-0275 or www.sarasotacpl.org
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Support the troops: Gerry Tausch, founder and president of Grassroots 4 the Troops, will present "What Can I Do for the Military?" 9:30 a.m. Sept. 30 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota Sunday Forum, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Information: www.uusarasota.org.
LeFevre Quartet in concert: Beginning 6 p.m. Sept. 30 at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. A love offering will be received. Information: 941-756-6942.
Sukkot services and lunch: Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, invites guests for Sukkot services and lunch at 10 a.m. Oct. 1. The Women of Sinai members will participate in the service and host the Kiddush luncheon. This is free, no RSVPs are needed. Information: www.templesinai-sarasota.org or 941-924-1802.
Women's Gathering: An inspirational women's gathering, "Heart to Heart," will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Church of Hope, 1560 Wendell Kent Road, Sarasota. Tammy Young will deliver the message "Personal Transformation: The Divine Makeover." The event is free and will begin with a potluck dinner. Participants are encouraged to bring a dish. Information and RSVP to Tammy Young at 941-504-9484.
New study session: Join Reb Ari Shapiro as he kicks off a new study session "My God is not your God" at 2 p.m. Oct. 3 at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. The sessions will analyze the common perception that there is only one God and that all religions are simply different paths to this one source. Nonmembers, $18 per month. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lunch with the Rabbi: Temple Emanu-El's monthly event continues at noon Oct. 3 at 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. In honor of Sukkot - the Feast of Tabernacles - the program will feature an opportunity to recite the blessings and observe the rituals associated with the holiday. Attendees are asked to bring a brown-bag lunch; homemade cookies will be provided for dessert. It is free of charge, and no reservations are required. Information: 941-71-2788.
"Raising a Modern-Day Knight": A unique class begins at 7 a.m. Oct. 3 for fathers and sons, aged 6-16, at the Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. The six-week course begins with a biblical perspective of manhood and shares a unique approach to shaping a boy into a man. The one-hour classes are free. To register, visit www.redeemersarasota.org or call 941-955-4263.
Simchat Torah Service: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota, will conduct a Simchat Torah and Shabbat Family Service at 7 p.m. Oct. 5. Conducted by Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman and the Family Shabbat Band, the service will include familiar prayers, upbeat music, a story, and the opportunity for children to ascend the pulpit and participate in the Torah service. Attendees will unroll an entire Torah scroll around the sanctuary and sing and dance with the holy books. The Temple's newest religious school students will also be formally consecrated and welcomed into the learning community. Information: 941-371-2788.
Speaker from Indonesia: Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota, will host the Rev. Made (Kade) Gunaraksawati Mastra Ten Veen, pastor of the Christian Protestant Church in Bali, at the 6 p.m. service Oct. 5. Kade represents Presbyterians in Bali, who with other Christians are surrounded by the world's largest population of Muslims in any single country. She will speak about peace and justice issues with particular attention to children, women and ecumenical relations. A welcome reception at 5:15 p.m. will precede the service. Information: www.templesinai-sarasota.org or 941-924-1802.
Mindy Simmons to perform: A Saturday evening contemporary service featuring local singer Mindy Simmons will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road. Following the service, the religious education program will host a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for the backpack program. Visitors are welcome. Information: 941-371-4974 or www.uusarasota.org.
Sukkah Happy Hour: Young Jewish and interfaith families are warmly invited to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot 4-6 p.m. Oct. 6 at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Designed especially for families with children ages 7 and younger, the Sukkah Happy Hour will feature playground time, stories, snacks, and two craft stations. Supervised playtime will also be provided in order to allow parents time to socialize with one another over wine and platters of gourmet appetizers. Information: 941-379-1997.
Rhythm and Jews: Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, invites guests for the popular Simchat Torah Rhythm and Jews service at 5:15 p.m. Oct. 7. The Bruno Trio joins Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting and Chazzan Cliff Abramson on guitar to create an uplifting fusion of sounds. Final verses of the Torah will be read and then starting again from the beginning. Light supper follows. RSVP for dinner at 941-922-9322. Information: www.templesinai-sarasota.org or 941-924-1802.
Art show and sale: Featuring the works of over a dozen Temple Sinai members including jewelry, fused glass, photography, porcelain and clay, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Admission is free. This event is a kick-off to a rotating exhibit of artists in the Judaic Gift Shop. Information: Call Gloria at 941-378-0898.
Study St. Luke, Acts: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, will offer an eight-week study of the Gospel According to St. Luke and The Acts of the Apostles, beginning 10:30 a.m.-noon, or 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 10. Taught by the Rev. Richard C. Marsden and the Rev. Lance Wallace, the course will take an in-depth look at the background, theology and the implications of the text of both writings. Classes will include an interactive, self-study question/study component between participants and priests, taking place online on the Redeemer website. These Wednesday classes are free. Register at www.redeemersarasota.org or call 941-955-4263.
Torah Talk: Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting begins his 18th year of weekly small group study at 9:30 a.m. and a brown-bag session at noon. Oct. 10 at Temple Sinai, 4631 S Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Information: 941-924-1802 or www.templesinai-sarasota.org.
Basic computer classes: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, is offering a free education course for adults covering the basics of using a computer for online personal use. Classes start 3:45-4:45 p.m. Oct. 12 and will meet on Friday afternoons for six weeks. Topics covered include Internet surfing, finding and making "favorites" of often-used websites, library system use and more. The six-week course is taught by parishioner Jack Beausang. Information and registration: www.redeemersarasota.org or call 941-955-4263.
Community sing: Musica Sacra Cantorum invites all area singers to a read-through of Mozart's Requiem at 4 p.m. Oct. 14 at First Presbyterian Church, 2050 Oak Street, Sarasota. A participation fee of $15 to cover use of a score and post-session snacks, is payable at the door or online at www.musicasacracantorum.org.
New member invitation: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, will receive new members at the 8, 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. services Oct. 14. There will be two classes at 6: 30 p.m. Oct. 3 and Oct. 10. Get a new member information sheet by calling 941-752-9365.
Reformation Festival: Lutherans will gather for a celebration of the Reformation, with festive worship and the Lord's Supper at 4 p.m. Oct. 28 at Concordia Lutheran Church, 2185 Wood St., Sarasota. The Rev. Greg Walton, president of the Florida-Georgia District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, will preach. A choir combined from nine congregations and featuring special musicians, will lead the singing and praise. The offering will benefit the President's Circle Fund. A Reformation Bratwurst Dinner will follow the worship. Tickets are $7 until Oct. 24 or $8 at the door ($4 for children) and include a full meal and drink options. Information: 941-365-0844.
Unlock your potential: The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will present "The Kabbalah of You: A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential," the institute's new six-session Fall 2012 course beginning 7:45 p.m. Oct. 31 at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Rd., Bradenton. Rabbi Mendy Bukiet of Chabad Of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch will conduct the six sessions. Through the examination of the entire spectrum of what it means to be human, The Kabbalah of You offers recipes, tips, and techniques for not only discovering where your true meaning lies, but in actually making it a part of your daily existence. The course is open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship. Information: 941-752-3030 or visit www.myJLI.com.
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.
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.
Braden River Presbyterian Church: "A Place to Belong" Summer worship at 10 a.m. at 5150 Peridia Blvd. E, Bradenton 34203. Information: www.bradenriverpc.com. of 941-739-0202.
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.
Center for Positive Living: 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, is a trans-denominational new thought spiritual community led by Rev. David Owen Ritz, meets Sunday 10:15-11:30 a.m. in the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, Sarasota. Topics are based on the power-of-positive thinking to live healthier, happier and more spiritually connected lives. Contemporary music provided by David Hubbell with vocals by Neapolitan. Refreshments and fellowship immediately after service in David Cohen Hall. Information: www.sarasotacpl.com or 941-366-0275.
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 Bible study at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays.
Chabad of Bradenton: 9 a.m.-noon Sundays at Chabad of Bradenton, 5712 Lorraine Road,, 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. Shabbat Services are held 7 p.m. Fridays and 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. Saturday services are followed by a delicious buffet Kiddush. Havdallah Ceremony & Video Showing on Saturday nights, one half hour after Shabbat's conclusion. Join Chabad for a weekly Havdallah Ceremony and Video demonstration featuring "Living Torah," clips of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's talks, timeless moments, and encounters. 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.
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 church's 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 the church 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 the church, 5115 Cortez Road. Information: 941-792-3497.
Faith Bible Church: Bible Study is at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the church, 1511 Morgan Johnson Road, East Manatee. Preschool program available. Evening class is at 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.
Hope Lutheran Church: 4635 26th St. W., Bradenton, invites teens and young adults to participate in contemporary worship on 11 a.m. Sundays. More vocalists & musicians are needed for the Hope Lutheran praise band. Bring a friend and worship together; casual attire recommended. Information: 941-755-3256; or www.HopeLutheranFL.com. Also, Hope Lutheran offers fellowship for those seeking Christian friendship while playing cards and table board games in the Hands of Hope building at 1 p.m. every Monday. No reservations needed.
Hope Lutheran Church: 4635 26th St. W., Bradenton, offers free Narcotics Anonymous group meetings at 6:30 p.m. Saturdays in the Fellowship Hall. Information: 941-755-3256.
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 State Road 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.
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 Sunday worship service at 9 and 11 a.m. with a coffee hour following. Bible studies are held at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays in the Fellowship Hall with Pastor Chris Carlson.
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 and 9 a.m. Sundays at Palmetto First Baptist Church, 1020 Fourth St. W., Palmetto. Information: 941-722-7795.
Parrish United Methodist Church: Sunday worship times are 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m. at 2180 U.S. 301 N., Parrish. 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, in 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. Information: 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 the 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 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 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 is at 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 at noon and Life Enrichment service is at 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.