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 toFaith & Values, Bradenton Herald, P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, FL 34206, fax them to 941-745-7097 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chorus of the Keys: The Bradenton Community Fine Arts Series continues at 4 p.m. Sunday 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.
Sunday concert: The Nelons will appear in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. A love offering will be received. Information: 941-756-6942.
Guest Speaker: The Center for Positive Living will welcome the Rev. David Owen Ritz at 10:30 a.m. at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. TamiamiTrail, Sarasota. Ritz's message is titled "Leading From Behind," on how to be a co-creative partner with the Infinite. Music provided by David Hubbell with vocals by Neopolitan. Refreshments and fellowship afterward. Information: 941-366-0275.
Prayers for Israel: The group Stand Up for Israel meets at 9:30 a.m. Sundays at Lido Beach to pray for the safety and security of the State of Israel. Stand Up for Israel, a program of the Al Katz Center for Holocaust Survivors & Jewish Learning in Bradenton, meets at the Lido Beach Pavilion and recites prayers for the Israel Defense Forces, captured Israeli soldiers, other Jews in captivity, and for protection of the Jewish State.
Breakfast Club: The Breakfast Club, a nondenominational Christian group, meets for
a continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 29 at Bradenton Tropical Palms, 2310 Tamiami Trail. Special guests will be musicians Dave Boyer and Jeff Bruccleri. A $10 suggested donation is requested. Tickets will be available for the group's Dec. 6 Christmas Spectacular featuring Evie. Tickets are $12 for artist circle and $10 for general admission. Information: 941-756-1838.
Shabbat Alive: The all-musical Shabbat Alive! service returns to Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Traditional Shabbat prayers set to upbeat, contemporary musical arrangements, conducted by Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman and Music Director Cynthia Roberts-Greene with a full range of professional and volunteer musicians and vocalists. The service will be preceded by a 6 p.m. Shabbat dinner. For dinner reservation and payment information, call 941-388-7899. The Shabbat Alive! service is free with no reservations required. Information: 941-371-2788.
Salute to Irving Berlin: The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism will host a Hanukkah Party 10:30 a.m. Dec. 1 at Unity Church, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. Titled "Come on Along," the event will celebrate the life and music of Irving Berlin, one of America's most popular, prolific and patriotic songwriters, presented by Carol Kaufman. The presentation is free and open to the public. Information: www.chj-Sarasota.org or call 941-929-7771.
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.
Walk Through Bethlehem: Continuous tours will be held 5-8:30 p.m. Dec. 1-2 at Samoset First Baptist Church, 3200 15th St. E., Bradenton. Experience the sights, smells and sounds of life in Bethlehem the night Jesus was born more than 2,000 years ago. Co-sponsored by Samoset Baptist Church and Southside Baptist Church. Information: www.WalkThroughBethlehemTour.com.
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 immediately after the 10:30 worship service Dec. 2, lasting about two and a half hours. A light lunch will be included. Information: 941-355-4729.
Hanging of the greens: Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., Bradenton will conduct the annual service at 6 p.m. Dec. 2, decorating the church for Advent and Christmas. This hour of Christmas music, dramatic sketches and multimedia will also include a brief play "Tick-Tock Christmas" staged by preschool children. Gifts for children and families and holiday refreshments will be distributed following the service. Nursery care will be provided, Information: Call Herb McMillian at 941-794-1685, ext. 105.
Advent services: Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota, will hold midweek Advent services at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 12 and 19. A light dinner will be served between services at 5:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Information: 941-355-2798.
"The Kabbalah of You": The Jewish Learning Institute presents a course filled with humor, insight, compassion and absolute honesty, 7:30-8:45 p.m. Dec. 5 and 12 at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. The course will help participants encounter their deepest core and forge their own path to fulfillment. Cost is $75 or $135 per couple. Textbooks are included. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. Information: 941-752-3030.
Advent midday recitals: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, begins its annual offering of midday Advent organ recitals 12:10-12:40 p.m. Dec. 5 with guest organist Neil Page of St. Boniface Episcopal Church, Siesta Key. Each Wednesday throughout Advent, guest organists and musicians perform a 30-minute organ recital on Redeemer's 50-stop pipe organ. The recitals are free, with offerings accepted. Faith Lutheran Church organist Michael Stuart will perform Dec. 12; Redeemer's organist/choirmaster, Ann Stephenson-Moe, will be joined by Daniel Mendelow, the former principal trumpet for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, on Dec. 19. Information: www.redeemersarasota.org.
Christmas brunch: The R.E.A.L. Women of CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, 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 present 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 at 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.
"It's ABout Time": The Rosh Chodesh Society presents "It's About Time," beginning at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. This is a seven-session course based on the Kabbalsitic energies of the month, in order to step up and take charge of the course of your life. Cost is $75. Information: 941-752-3030 or e-mail email@example.com.
Hanukkah 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 Road, Sarasota. Enjoy a buffet lunch and shop at the boutique complete with jewelry, handbags and accessories. A program presented by 'The Quills' writing group will recount their Hanukkah 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.