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.
Sermons on line: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, offers Sunday sermons on line. If you have missed any of Pastor Chris Carlson's recent sermons or would like to share one with a friend, you will find them at www.npcsarasota.com. Click on "Recent Sermons," then click "Sermon Audio" for the date you want to hear.
Boutique craft fair: Vendors are being sought for the Congregational Church of Christ's Christmas boutique craft fair, set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the church, 3700 26th St. W., Bradenton. Vendor tables are 10 feet in length, are $15 each, with two chairs. Information: 941-400-5296.
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Yard sale: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Oneco First Baptist Church, 1700 51st Ave. E., Bradenton. Hot dogs and hamburgers will for sale as well. Information: 941-755-1690.
Evening of opera in the afternoon: Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, presents choir director Carole Cornman and choir section leader Deborah Polkinghorn performing arias from Carmen, La Bohème, Hansel and Gretel, and more at 3 p.m. today. Proceeds from the concerts are used to provide soloists for special church services throughout the year. A reception with light refreshments follows the concert. Tickets at the door are $12. Information: 941-778-1638.
Thanksgiving meals: The Praise and Deliverance Ministries International, 2309 14th St. W., Bradenton. will be serving Thanksgiving meals and giving away clothing to homeless and needy families 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. This is one of several outreach events held by the church each year. Information: 941-747-4733.
Hero Tot Shabbat: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota, presents a morning of Shabbat and superheroes 10:30 a.m. today. Designed especially for Jewish and interfaith families with children through age 6, "Hero Tot Shabbat" will feature playground time, a deluxe bagel breakfast, and age-appropriate Shabbat blessings, songs, and movement. The morning will also include a superhero-themed challah-cover craft project and a story from Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman about a real Jewish superhero. Information: 941-379-1997.
Chili cookoff and game night: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, hosts its annual chili cookoff and game night at 6 p.m. today. All types of chili are welcome. Bring a favorite game to play after dinner. Information: call Billie Havey 941-812-0554.
Fine arts and craft sale: Hope Lutheran Church, 4635 26th St. W., Bradenton, holds its fine arts and craft sale 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday. The church is also selling fresh Christmas wreaths, as well as collecting various items including old/torn towels and blankets for the Manatee County Humane Society and canned goods for the Salvation Army canned goods drive Information: 941-755-3256.
Community Thanksgiving service: at 6 p.m. Sunday at Sts. Peter and Paul -- the Apostles Church, 2850 75th Street W., Bradenton. Sponsored by the Manatee County Ministerial Association and Manatee Religious Services. A reception will follow. Information: 941-795-1228.
Special gifts: Peace Presbyterian Church, 10902 Technology Drive, Lakewood Ranch, will offer a large selection of gifts from Alternative Gifts International at 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday and again Nov. 25, in the lobby of the church. AGI has vetted and selected 30 gift opportunities which will support projects to end hunger, homelessness, and child mortality and to support maternal health, medical services, gender equality, and environmental sustainability. Information: call Elizabeth M. Clough at 941-751-1703.
Youth Evensong: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, presents a special "Youth Evensong" at 5:15 p.m. Sunday. This Evensong honors and celebrates Sarasota's young people and will feature a performance with Redeemer's Canterbury Girls' Choir, the Sarasota Young Voices choir, and members of the Sarasota Youth Philharmonic. Evensong is free, with offerings accepted. Information: www.redeemersarasota.org or call 941-955-4263.
Dinner and a Movie: Join Rabbi Huntting at 5 p.m. Sunday at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. for the second of four films from the Dr. Sam and Ina Gross Memorial Collection. The overall theme is the Jewish Diaspora; surviving and thriving as one people in many homelands. The film is "Taking Root" and will be paired with German cuisine. Dinner and film is $35 for guests. RSVP to Janet Tolbert at 941-388-9624.
Sunday concert: The Suncoast Concert Band, celebrating its 80th anniversary season with Robert Stoll directing, will perform 3 p.m. Sunday at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota. Cost is $5. Information: 941-355-4729.
Adult Sunday school: The class returns 10-11:30 a.m. Sunday at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road Sarasota. This learning and discussion session will focus on the winter holidays and the joys and challenges they present for Jewish and interfaith families. Rabbis Brenner and Elaine Glickman will share thoughts on being in an interfaith family during the holiday season, and even get a copy of Rabbi Brenner Glickman's famous latke recipe. A $10 donation is requested of guests. Information: 941-379-1997.
Fall Revival: With Randy Perry 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Nov. 19-20 at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave E., Bradenton. A love offering will be received. Information: 941-756-6942.
Theater luncheon benefit: The 12th annual Sarasota Ministerial Association's luncheon theater is set 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St Martha's Catholic Church, 200 Orange Ave. N., Sarasota. Staring Sarasota Mayor Suzanne Atwell, Sarasota County Commissioner Carolyn Mason and City Commissioner Paul Caragiulo, this community theater luncheon will bring together local government representatives, faith and other community leaders to dine with the county's homeless. A free will offering will be taken and given to the Sarasota Salvation Army to benefit their Thanksgiving meals for our community's homeless. Information: 941-724-5018.
Special Choral Mass: Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, celebrates Thanksgiving Day with a special Choral Mass at 10 a.m., Nov. 22. A collection of nonperishable food will be made to help feed the hungry through the Mayor's Feed the Hungry program and Caritas. Information: www.redeemersarasota.org or call 941-955-4263.
Chorus of the Keys: The Bradenton Community Fine Arts Series continues at 4 p.m. Nov. 25 at First United Methodist Church, 603 11th St W., Bradenton, with the Chorus of the Keys, a men's barbershop chorus. A goodwill offering will be taken. Information: 941-747-4406.
Night in Bethlehem: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, presents a dynamic free family Advent event 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 1. There will be crafts, refreshments, a live nativity area and more. Information: 941-753-9365.
Adventures in Membership: Anyone interested in becoming a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, or just finding out more about the Presbyterian Church (USA), an Adventures in Membership class will be held on Dec. 2 immediately after the 10:30 worship service, lasting about two and a half hours. A light lunch will be included. Information: 941-355-4729.
Christmas brunch: The R.E.A.L. Women of CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, holds its 2012 Christmas Brunch 9:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 8. Speaker will be Kristen Hitchcock of the Florida Baptist Children's Homes. The Girls Chorus from Manatee High School will be presenting music of the season. RSVP and information: 941-778-0719.
Menorah lighting: Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch will ignite a public 9-foot-tall menorah 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch, followed by a communitywide celebration on the second night of Chanukah. Activities include menorah sand sculpting for the entire family, live music, frying and decorating traditional doughnuts, latkes, cotton candy, raffles, pictures with Judah the Maccabbee, a Dreidel House, Olive Oil Factory, Falafel by Yoav, Kosher food from "Delicious Creations," face painting and more. Information: 941-752-3030.
Chanukah Party: The National Council of Jewish Women will hold a Chanukah Party with Boutique and Program at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 12 at the Girl Scouts Conference Center, 4780 Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota. Enjoy a buffet lunch and shop at the boutique complete with jewelry, hand bags and accessories. A program presented by 'The Quills' writing group will recount their Chanukah celebrations. Cost is $18. Send a check by Dec. 1 payable to NCJW to Diane Silverstein, 6615 Wagon Wheel Circle, Sarasota, FL 34243. Information: 941-342-1855.