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. Email announcements to email@example.com events
Publisher to speak: Samuel Norich, publisher of The Jewish Daily Forward newspaper, will be the guest of the Congregation for Humanistic Judiasm at 10:30 a.m. today at Unity Church, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. Norich will speak on "The Forward in the Age of Facebook: The story of a 115-year-old startup." He has served as executive director and publisher of The Forward and The Forverts since 1997. The event is free. Information: 941-929-7771 or www.chj-Sarasota.org.
New service: The Family of God United Methodist Church, 5601 16th Ave. E., Palmetto, is adding an earlier service to its schedule. Beginning today, services will be held at 8 and 9:45 a.m. The 8 a.m. service will be only about 45 minutes long and should be less crowded, according to the Rev. Jim Martin. The church's Wednesday night Bible study will resume Jan. 9. Information: 941-729-6055.
Country Gospel Concert: Jim Pierce and Tim Pritchard, with Roland Newman and Gary Pierce, will perform 7-8:30 p.m. today at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. A $5 donation is requested at the door. Information: 941-746-0101.
Jazz at First Church: First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple St., Sarasota, hosts concerts 4-5 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday featuring Johnny Moore on drums, Dominic Mancini on bass and Tommy Goodman on piano, with special guest Terry Myers on sax and clarinet. Information: 941-955-0935.
Piano concert: The Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, will host a piano concert at 4 p.m. Sunday featuring by Eleonora Lvov. A reception will follow. Suggested donation is $15. Information: 941-746-0067.
Dick Hyman in concert: Dick Hyman will perform at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota. The Emmy-winning jazz pianist, keyboardist and composer willpresent "Variations on the Great American Songbook." The concert, sponsored by the Women of Sinai, will be followed by a reception with light bites, sweets and wine. Tickets are $25 a person. Make checks payable to Temple Sinai and mail to the office. Information: www.Templesinai-sarasota.org or 941-924-1802.
Bible study series: Northminister Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, offers a 13-week series at 9 a.m. Sundays led by Dick Murphy on "The Gospels: The Life and Times of Jesus Christ."
Epiphany celebration: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, marking the end of the Christmas season, on Sunday. Morning Mass will be offered at 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. A Mass in Spanish will be offered at 1 p.m. Information: www.redeemersarasota.org or 941-955-4263.
Jewish learning center: The new Al Katz Center for Holocaust Survivors & Jewish Learning, 713 South Orange Ave., Suite 105, Sarasota, will begin drop-in hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays beginning Jan. 7. Stop by to meet friends, read, play board games or cards, enjoy light refreshments, listen to Jewish music, study sacred texts, pray, or create artwork. Cost is $5 a day. Information: Beverly Newman at 941-313-9239.
Set Free Ministry: A recovery program based on Biblical principles for those seeking to be set free from abuse, anger, habits, hurts and fear will begin a new series of weekly sessions at 7 p.m. Jan. 7, continuing through May 20, at Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., Bradenton. These free and confidential meetings will be facilitated by Libbie Bowers, a social worker with a master's degree in social work and a post-graduate certificate in substance abuse. Information: 941-749-7982 or 941-794-1685.
Book discussion: Temple Emanu-El Rabbi Brenner Glickman presents an adult education series based on the book "As A Driven Leaf" at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 8, 15 and 22, at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. The book, by Milton Steinberg, tells the story of Judaism's most famous apostate, Elisha ben Abuyah, and his search for wisdom in the Holy Land in the first and second century of the Common Era. Advance reading is strongly recommended. The class is free to Temple Emanu-El members, with an $18 donation for guests. Advance registration is required. Information: 941-349-9287.
Guest speakers from Israel: Two national pastors from Israel will speak at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W. Bradenton. Ramsi Hasson and Sameeh Abu Sala will share the latest from their people in Mount Carmel and the Golan Heights. A light reception will follow. Information: 941-794-1685.
Breakfast Club: The nondenominational group presents the Tribute Quartet at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 10 at Bradenton Tropical Palms, 2310 Tamiami Trail, Bradenton. This male quartet has been making waves in gospel music, being voted the Horizon Award winner and Breakthrough Artist of the Year. A $10 suggested donation is requested. Information: 941-756-1838 or visit www.thebreakfastclubonline.com.
Oxford Movement course: A study of The Oxford Movement (The Tractarians) will be offered at the Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 10:30 a.m.- noon and 6:30-8 p.m. beginning Jan. 10. The four-week class will include topics such as John Henry Newman, John Keble, and the Victorian Church as a whole. Class dates are Jan. 10, 17 and 31, and Feb. 7. There is no charge for the class, but advance registration is recommended and available online at www.redeemersarasota.org, or by calling the church at 941-955-4263.
Family Shabbat services: The first family Shabbat service of the year will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. The services feature lively music with the Family Shabbat Band; traditional prayers led by religious school students; a story based on the weekly Torah portion, and the opportunity for every child to ascend the pulpit as the Torah is taken from the Ark and to parade with the holy scrolls through the sanctuary. A dessert reception, or oneg, follows. Information: 941-371-2788.
Big cats tour: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, is planning a trip to the Big Cat Habitat, 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, 12:30-4 p.m. Jan. 11. This trip requires some walking. The cost is $15. Information: 941-355-4729.
"World Walk! Seed Talk!": A presentation by Hope Seeds Inc., a Christian, charitable organization that provides seed and agricultural support to missionaries and mission teams around the world, will be held 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Jan. 12 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3011 19th Ave. W., Bradenton. Enjoy fun for all ages, food and presentations while touring exhibits and speaking with experts. Information: 941-228-5660 or www.hopeseeds.org.
Jewish food festival: The fifth annual Food Festival and Health Fair will be held 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Jan. 13 at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. All the traditional favorite comfort foods and more; eat in or take out. Admission is free. Health vendors, arts and crafts booths, plant and used book sale, with face painting and bounce house fun for kids. Information: www.Templesinai-sarasota.org or 941-924-1802.
Good grief: Two grief recovery seminars will be offered 4:30-5:45 p.m. Jan. 13 and 20 at Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., Bradenton. Facilitated by Herb McMillian, the free sessions will include videos and special printed helps and discussion. In addition to grief recovery, topics the sessions will also include "anticipatory grief" for those who have a terminal diagnosis and their loved ones. Information: 941-794-1685.
Documentary screening: The Sarasota/Manatee Women's Interfaith Network will present "Pink Smoke Over the Vatican," an international award winning documentary, at 2 p.m. Jan. 13 at Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota. Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan and the Rev. Katy Zatsick, who serve as co-pastors of Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community in Sarasota, will lead the discussion following the film. Cost is $2. Information: email AJP474@comcast.net.
Hoedown: The women of Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, will host a hoedown at 11:30 a.m. Jan 14 in the Fellowship Hall. Fun, along with a bowl of chili, and line dancing. Information: 941-355-4729.
Rwandan priest to speak: The Rev. Philbert Kalisa, founder and director of REACH Rwanda, a nonprofit organization working to promote healing and reconciliation among Rwandan people in the aftermath of the African country's history of violence and trauma, will preach at the 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. Masses on Jan. 20 at the Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Estimates of up to one million Tutsi Rwandans were massacred by militant Hutus in 1994. Information: 941-955-4263, or visit www.redeemersarasota.org.
Noah Waddell in concert: Eleven-year-old prodigy Noah Waddell will peform at 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Noah will be featured on an upcoming PBS "Curious Kids" show. At the age of 10, Noah was the youngest grand prize winner at the Florida Gulf Coast University Steinway Young Artist Competition. Cost is $20 a person. Information: 941-383-6491.
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.