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.
Pumpkin patch open: Harvest United Methodist Church, 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch, presents its annual pumpkin patch daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., through Oct. 31. Pumpkins are grown on a Navajo reservation in Farmington, N.M. Proceeds help support jobs on the reservation while also funding missions and outreach endeavors at Harvest. A special kids' day is planned noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 21, including a bounce house, stories, crafts, games and snacks. Information: Courtney Kennedy at HarvestPumpkinPatch@gmail.com.
Piano concert: Gordon Mote will perform 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E, Bradenton. A love offering will be received. Information: 941-756-6942
Come home: Are you curious about Christianity, looking for a church home or just a few hours of Christian fellowship? Oneco First Baptist Church, 1700 51st Ave. E, Bradenton, opens its doors for "Homecoming Sunday" at 10:45 a.m. Oct. 14. The Gulf State Quartet will perform and dinner will be served in the fellowship hall afterward. Information: 941-755-1690.
Studying world religions: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, hosts Pastor Chris's leading a study of other religions starting with Islam, at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 14. At 9 a.m., Dick Murphy will discuss the prophet Isaiah in the classroom building. Information: 941-355-4729.
Guest speaker: The Rev. Denise Oyler will give a talk at the Center For Positive Living, meeting at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trial, Sarasota, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 14 based on the concept of Prosperity. Learn how life conspires with Spirit to create goodness for each and every person. Music provided by David Hubbell with vocals by Carleton Flonnoy and Neopolitan. Refreshments and fellowship immediately following service. Information: 941-366-0275
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 Sunday. Get a new member information sheet by calling 941-752-9365.
Supporting missions: The annual Lutheran Women's Missionary League Sunday is scheduled Oct. 14 at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota. The League will highlight the ongoing ministries and offer prayers, support and encouragement. The offering will assist a local pregnancy crisis center. Information: 941-355-2798.
Dinner and a movie: Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood hosts "Dinner and a Movie" 6 p.m. Oct. 14, at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota. A catered dinner of chicken, Greek salad, side dishes, drinks, and dessert will be followed by a screening of the Academy Award-winning film "Life is Beautiful" on the Temple's state-of-the-art projection system. Cost is $25, with proceeds benefitting Temple Emanu-El Religious School. Information: 941-493-6747.
Israel study session: Hear Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting 10:30 a.m. Oct. 16. at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Discussion will be loosely based on the book "The Harvest" by Meyer Levin. This is the third of eight classes about the history and establishment of the modern state of Israel. There is no charge. Information: www.templesinai-sarasota.org or 941-924-1802.
Tastes of the Jewish Year: Chefs Alyson and Mark Zildjian begin the first of four sessions 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. The theme is "My Bubbie's Table" and will include chatting about food memories and creating white gefilte fish and a beet salad. Cost is $30 for guests and RSVP's are needed. Fee includes food and wine sampling. Information and registration: 941-363-1709.
Men's ministry: The men's group at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, has begun its fall session 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the fellowship hall. Currently, the groups is viewing the DVD series "The Life You've Always Wanted," by Christian writer, speaker and teaching pastor John Ortberg Information: 941-752-9365.
Feast of St. Luke: Physicians and medical professionals will receive special prayers Oct. 18 when the Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, celebrates the Feast of St. Luke the Physician. Masses will be held at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., and will include special prayers for those who work in the medical professions, protect the health of others, and care for the sick. Information: 941-955-4263 or visit www.redeemersarasota.org.
Tot Shabbat service: Celebrate Tot Shabbat and Kiddie Oneg at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Join Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting, Chazzan Cliff Abramson, and Geveret Laura Freedman for the blessings, songs, stories, and marching with the Torah. After the service enjoy challah, juice, and schmoozing. Information: 941-924-1802.
Yard sale: Oneco United Methodist Church hosts its annual yard sale 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19-20 at the church, 2112 53rd Ave. E, Bradenton. Information: 941-755-5943
Keeping Your Brain Young and Healthy: a free seminar 9-11:30 a.m. Oct. 20 at Palmetto Presbyterian Church 1115 10th Ave. W, Palmetto. Learn how to boost your memory, proven ways to keep your brain young and healthy no matter what your age, how to remember names and much more. Information: 941-722-3513.
International Food Festival: St. Mark Orthodox Christian Church, 1517 57th St. E, Bradenton, celebrates the feast day of St. James. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 20 and noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 21. Eat traditional delicacies from different cultures, including Greek gyros, spanokapita, baklava, European stuffed cabbage, pierogies, Russian pirozhki, Polish kielbasa, Serbian chevapchichi and more. Entertainment and fun for kids and families. Free admission and parking. Information: 941-749-7662.
Bring a friend: The Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W, Bradenton, hosts "Bring a Friend To Church Day" at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 21. There will be a cookout after the social hour following the service. Bring a friend for a lively discussion, a tasty lunch and meet new friends. Information: 941-746-0067.
Concert season begins: The Bradenton Community Fine Arts Series kicks off its 24th season of free concerts at 4 p.m. Oct. 21 at First United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton. Mary Mozelle, a distinguished concert organist and recording artist, will play a varied program of organ music. A freewill offering will be taken.
Dinner and laughs: Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, presents comedian and actor Brad Zimmerman at 5:15 p.m. Oct. 27. Zimmerman has played clubs all around the country, opening for stars including Joan Rivers and George Carlin. Dinner is salmon or prime rib and is $50 for guests and includes an open wine bar. Information and reservations: Call Alan at 941-922-0715.
Organ concert: Christ Episcopal Church, 4050 Manatee Ave., Bradenton, will Joseph Nolan, organist-choirmaster of St George's Cathedral in Perth, Australia, in a concert at 4 p.m. Oct. 28. The program will include French organ music from the late 19th century, including "Toccata" from Charles-Marie Widor's Fifth Symphony. The concert is free. Information: 941-747-3709.
Hunger run: The Harvest Hustle 5K Run will be held 8 a.m. at Harvest United Methodist Church, 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch. In addition to the race, the Harvest Hustle will offer lots of fun through awards for overall winners and age-group categories, food, music, and more. The event continues to bring needed awareness and support of widespread hunger in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The Harvest Hustle supports the ministries of All Faiths Food Bank. This year's title sponsor is First Watch Restaurants. Information: 941-907-7333.
The Mike Markaverich Trio: Live in concert 4 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Part of the six-concert 2012-2013 "Sanctuary Concerts" series. A complimentary reception with the artists follows in the church courtyard. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door. Information: 941-371-4974 or visit www.uusarasota.org/concerts.