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. UPCOMING EVENTS
Night in Bethlehem: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, presents the sights, sounds and excitement of the first Christmas 6:30-8:30 p.m. today. This free event features crafts, refreshments, a live nativity area and more. Information: 941-753-9365.
Pancake breakfast: Ellenton United Methodist Church, 3607 U.S. 301 N., will hold its monthly pancake breakfast 8-10 a.m. today. A breakfast buffet is available at $4 a person. Worship services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday. Information: 941-729-6802.
Annual Alternative Christmas Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 CortezRoad, Bradenton. Information: 941-794-6229.
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Country Gospel Concert: Jim Pierce and Tim Pritchard, with Roland Newman and Gary Pierce, will perform today at Manatee UMC, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., concert 7-8:30 p.m; $5 donation at the door. Information: 941-746-0101.
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.
Night of comedy and inspiration: See Aaron Wilburn at 6 p.m. Sunday at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave E., Bradenton. A love offering will be received. Covered-dish dinner follows the service. Each family is asked to bring a dish to share, if possible. Information: 941-756-6942.
Health care information: The breakfast meeting for the Temple Sinai Men's Club presents "All About the Affordable Care Act" 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, with Dr. Sujatha Prabhakaran, vice president of medical affairs/medical director of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. Cost is $10 for guests. RSVP to Alan at 941-922-0715. Information: 941-924-1802.
Guest speaker: The Rev. Denise Oyler will speak 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Center for Positive Living, meeting at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trial, Sarasota. Contemporary music provided by David Hubbell with vocals by Carleton Flonnoy and Neopolitan. Refreshments and fellowship immediately following. Information: 941-366-0275.
Suncoast Band concert: at 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St. Sarasota. Cost is $5. Information: www.SuncoastConcertBand.org
Family Hanukkah party: Temple Emanu-El will host its Interfaith Family Hanukkah Party 5-7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Bounce U, 1925 Northgate Blvd., Sarasota. The party will begin with a private session of bouncing and tumbling. Attendees will then gather for pizza, sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), cold drinks, and games of dreidel. Rabbi Brenner Glickman will re-tell the Hanukkah story and lead a menorah-lighting and festive song session. Cost is $10 per family for RSVPs received by Dec. 4; $20 per family at the door. Information or RSVP: contact Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman at 941-379-1997 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meditation sessions: The Spirit of Meditation Center continues its twice-monthly meditation sessions 7 p.m. Dec. 4 and 18 in the Temple Sinai Chapel, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. A $5 donation is requested. The facilitator, Reb Ari Shapiro, has more than 30 years' experience in Hindu, Vipassana, Brama Kumaris and Jewish Meditation and has taught meditation in prison settings. Information: 941-966-7778.
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.
Lunch with the Rabbi: Temple Emanu-El hosts a lunchtime program of casual socializing and stimulating conversation at noon, Dec. 5, Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman will lead the discussion, which will center on current events and topics of Jewish interest including Israel's recent Operation Pillar of Defense and the approaching holiday of Hanukkah. Attendees are asked to bring a brown-bag lunch; homemade dessert is provided. The program is free, and no reservations are required. Information: 941-371-2788.
Christmas concert: The Breakfast Club, a nondenominational group, welcomes gospel artist Evie Tornquist Karlsson at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Bradenton Tropical Palms, 2310 Tamiami Trail, Bradenton. She is a multiple Dove Award-winning artist and a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Tickets for this program will be $12 for artist circle and $10 for general admission, which includes a continental breakfast. Information: 727-538-9889 or visit, www.thebreakfastclubonline.com.
Surviving the holidays: A special free seminar is being offered 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 8 at Palmetto Presbyterian Church, 1115 10 Ave. W. Developed by people who know how difficult this season can be, the seminar offers practical insights, helpful encouragment and proven, healthy ways for anyone struggling with the loss of a loved one to cope during this special time of the year. Pre-registration is appreciated by calling 941-722-3513.
Holiday concert: Denver and the Mile High Orchestra will perform 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at First Baptist Church, 1306 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Tickets available at the church office. Information: 941-746-2149.
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.
Bagels 'N Box Family Concert: Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, is hosting a hip new Jewish concoction 11 a.m. Dec. 9 that incorporates the sounds of two buddies from Boca: the modern, beatboxing talent of American Idol contestant Jay Stone with the classic Jewish cantorial-style singing of Jon Murstein. Admission is free. Information: 941-924-1802 or templesinai-sarasota.org.
Choral offerings: First United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton, will present a concert of choral and instrumental songs of the season at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 9 as part of the regular worship service. "What Sweeter Music" - Carols for a King," features an enhanced choir and members of the Sarasota Orchestra, strings and harp and organ. A free-will offering will be taken. Information: 941-747-4406.
Women's Christmas party: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, hosts the annual Presbyterian Women's Birthday Party for Jesus at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 10. This year's celebration will feature the play "Parallel Journeys" by Jeanne Peters and a presentation on Bible Mission, USA by Faith Eckel. Information: 941-355-4729.
Menorah lighting: Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch will ignite a public nine-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 Hanukkah. Activities include menorah sand sculpting, 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.
Downtown Bradenton Hanukkah Celebration: The Jewish community in Bradenton will be holding its downtown Bradenton Hanukkah celebration at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 in front of the Manatee Players Theater, 102 Old Main St. W. The celebration will be filled with singing, dancing, special readings by members of Temple Beth El and Congregation Ner Tamid, the religious school students of both congregations and the lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah. Information: 941-755-4900 ot 941-755-1231.
"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.
Midday recital: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., in downtown Sarasota, will offer its second midday organ recital of the Advent season at 12:10 p.m. Dec. 12 with guest organist Michael Stuart of Faith Lutheran Church. The recital begins at 12:10 p.m. and ends promptly at 12:40 p.m. The recital is free with donations accepted. Information: www.redeemersarasota.org or 941-955-4263.
Hanukkah Party: The National Council of Jewish Women will hold a Hanukkah 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.
Musical celebration: Preparations are underway for "The Light Has Come -- Jesus," a musical Christmas Celebration featuring the piano duo of Ann Johnson and Sam Lane, and the world-renowned tenor Paul Pitts, at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Family of God United Methodist Church, 5601 16th Avenue E. Palmetto. The Family of God Praise Team will be joined by flautist Sharon Blackrick, the Palmetto First United Methodist Church Handbells and WBBC Prime Timers and Friends. Information: 941-729-6055.
Holiday in Holmes Beach: CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach, invites the community to a night filled with live music, hayrides to Pine Ave, games for the kids, and refreshments starting at 5 p.m. Dec. 14 The event is free. Information: 941-778-0719.
Family Potluck and Shabbat: Temple Beth El, 4200 32nd Street W., Bradenton, will celebrate Hanukkah at 6 p.m. Dec. 14 with a family potluck dinner and Hanukkah Family Shabbat celebration. All members of the unaffiliated Jewish community are encouraged to bring their personal Menorahs to light along with the temple's Menorah. Information: 941-755-4900.
Christmas Drive-Thru: Braden River United Methodist Church, 5858 44th Avenue E., Bradenton, invites the community to its seventh annual "Christmas Drive-Thru," 6-8 p.m. Dec. 14-15. The event uses unique modern replicas of portions of the town of Bethlehem, where members of the church will portray scenes of how parts of the city looked like at the time of the birth of Jesus. Information: 941-745-1663.
Christmas musical celebration: First Presbyterian Church, 1402 Manatee Ave W., Bradenton, presents "Of His Kingdom There Shall Be No End," created and arranged by David T. Clydesdale, at 5 p.m. Dec, 16. Featuring the Chancel Choir with orchestra, the concert includes many favorite hymns and Christmas carols. A reception will follow the concert. Information: 941-746-6141.
Women of Fire: Are you really ready for a change in your life? Are you ready to be the woman God called you to be? If you are, then meet "Women of Fire (Now)" group for an evening of empowerment, healing, deliverance and knowledge at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Lakewood Business Park, 4301 32nd St. W., suite B-5. Information: Call Pastor Barbara Walker at 772-216-9758.
Advent Lessons and Carols: A festive celebration will be offered at The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., in downtown Sarasota, at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 16. Lessons and Carols is a joyous, interactive recounting of history from the Fall of Man, to the annunciation of the Savior's birth to Mary. The congregation will join in the reading of Scripture and the singing of well-loved Advent carols. A light reception will follow in Gillespie Hall. Information: 941-955-4263.
Christmas Eve service: CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, conducts its Christmas Eve Service at 7 p.m. Dec. 24. Information: 941-778-0719.
"World Walk! Seed Talk": Hope Seeds, Inc., a Christian organization providing seed and agricultural support to missionaries and mission teams around the world, hosts a presentation titled "World Walk! Seed Talk!" 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 12, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3011 19th Ave. W., Bradenton. Enjoy fun, food and presentations while touring exhibits and speaking with experts from here and abroad. Information: 941-748-2848.
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.