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.
New pastor: The Rev. Elizabeth Kuehl has begun duties as interim pastor at First Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Manatee Avenue West and 15th Street, Bradenton. She most recently served three years at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church. Kuehl earned a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in 2002. Information: 941-746-6141.upcoming eventsShabbat playdate: Young Jewish and interfaith families are warmly invited to prepare for Purim at Shabbat Playdate at 10:30 a.m. today at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Designed for children up to age 6, the morning will feature playground time, friendly socializing, a bagel breakfast, and an age-appropriate Shabbat experience of blessings, songs, movement and a story with Rabbi Brenner Glickman. Information: 941-379-1997.
"Faith Alive": Faith Church, 7215 First Ave. W., Bradenton, debuts a new praise service at 6 p.m. today. Worship is led by Nelson and Debbie Applegate. The music is mostly contemporary with some favorite hymns in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. Information: www.faithchurchum.org.
Singing auctioneer in concert: Dane Bailey returns to Family of God United Methodist Church, 5601 16th Ave. E., Palmetto, at 7 p.m. today. Besides singing, he will auction off items including a handmade quilt, a hand-carved nativity set, a music box and a coin collection. Proceeds of the auction will go toward retiring the parking lot debt. Information: 941-729-6055.
Dixieland jazz: The Barbary Coast Dixieland Band performs at 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton. Free parking. Information: 941-747-4406.
Ring Sarasota: The Ring Sarasota Handbell Ensemble will present a free concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at First United Church, 330 11th Ave W., Palmetto. They will perform a wide variety of music ranging from classical, a taste of Americana, a tribute to the Armed Forces and several original compositions. Information: 941-722-1812.
Gospel concert: Jeff Shadowens and his Simple Faith Trio will perform at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at Oneco First Baptist Church, 1700 51st St. East, Bradenton. Information: 941-755-1690.
Israel study group: Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting continues his free series at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 19 at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. This is the seventh in an eight-part series discussing the history and establishment of the modern state of Israel. This session is built around "The Crisis of Zionism" by Peter Beinart. Information: 941-924-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lenten lunches: Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., hosts Lenten Learning Lunches from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays through Lent. The topic is "Grace-Full Living" with Dr. Barrie Smith. Cost is $4. Reservation and information: 941-747-3704.
The Breakfast Club: The interdenominational group welcomes The Hyssongs in concert at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 21 at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd St. E., Bradenton. A $10 donation includes continental breakfast. Information: 941-756-1838 or www.thebreakfastclubonline.com.
Purimshpiel: The Temple Emanu-El Purim Players present an original Purimshpiel by Ivan Goldberg, "Rat Pack Megillah," at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the temple, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Goldberg has become well-known for his original Purimshpiels -- humorous retellings of the Book of Esther traditionally performed during the Purim holiday season. Information: 941-371-2788.
Spaghetti dinner: Ellenton United Methodist Women will host a spaghetti dinner 4:30-7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Christian Life Center, 3607 U.S. 301 N. Cost is $6. Menu includes spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, rolls, drinks and dessert. Proceeds will go toward mission projects. Tickets are available from Kay Nettles, 941-729-5814, Gail Foster, 941-775-9117, or the church at 941-729-6802.
Youth Declaration: Aftermath Ministries will conduct "A Declaration" service at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at Praise & Deliverance Ministries, 2309 14th St. W., Bradenton. The service will empower youth in the community to make personal declarations that will launch them into success within the new year. Information: 941-747-4733.
Musical for Purim: Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, presents a Roarin '20s music and comedy adaptation of the traditional Purim story at 5 p.m. Feb. 23, featuring The Bruno Trio with Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting and Chazzan Cliff Abramson. Dinner, carnival games and fun follows and reservations are required by Feb. 18. Adult guests $15, guest families $30. Come in formal dinner attire or Purim finest. Information: www.templesinai-sarasota.org.
Author to speak: Carol Green, author of "Spiritual Transformation in America," is the guest speaker of the Sarasota Manatee Women's Interfaith Network at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Lexow Wing at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Hear what major shifts are taking place in affiliations and practices and what is influencing what we think and believe. The event is free. Information: 941-377-1003.
Purim Under The Sea: Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch hosts the Purim Under The Sea party at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road. The festivities will begin with an interactive Megillah reading and mime show followed by dinner and fun activities for all ages. Highlighting this event will be a Pirate Takeover Show with real live pirates adding to the excitement of the evening. Information: 941-752-3030.
Brass quintet to perform: The Sarasota Brass Quintet to will bring its unique sound to the Sanctuary Concerts series at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Tickets are $15 and include a complimentary wine and cheese reception in the church courtyard with the artists. Information: 941-371-4974 or www.uusarasota.org/concerts.
Purim celebration: Temple Beth El, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton, in conjunction with Church Share and the Jewish Federation, is hosting a Purim Celebration and Carnival 2-6 p.m. Feb. 24. Admission and parking are free. There will be games for the children, a bounce house, food and soft drinks, arts and craft tables, photo booth and a performance by the Kevin Frye Klezmer Band. Information: 941-755-4900.
Lenten music: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, will offer a half-hour Mid-Day Lenten Organ Recital, 12:10-12:40 p.m. Feb. 27 with Redeemer Choir Director Ann Stephenson-Moe. Information: www.redeemersarasota.org or 941-955-4263.
Care of creation workshop: Carl Horton, facilitator of the Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministry of the Presbyterian Church USA presetns "Creation Care: Compassion for the Earth," 9 a.m.m to 3 p.m. March 9 at First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota, 2050 Oak St. Cost is $15 for the day including lunch. For morning or afternoon only, cost is $10. Child care is available by request. Registration and information: 941-955-8119.
Davidic Dance Workshop: For beginners March 9-10 at Beth Israel Messianic Synagogue, 3911 Golf Park Loop, Suite 104, Bradenton. Cost is $25 for both days. Pre-registration is required. Call Dennis at 941-730-2136.
Ladies Only Program: The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee will host a Ladies Only Program at 1 p.m. March 20 at 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Esther Halt, a financial advisor and trust specialist for Raymond James & Associates, and Babette B. Bach, an attorney specializing in elder law, will present a program designed to help women learn the guiding principles they need to know as they plan their financial futures. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge, but reservations are needed by March 13. Reservations: 941-342-1855.
Hear "The Story": First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, invites the community to experience "The Story," the focus of Sunday worship during Lent. The Story makes the individual stories, people and places of the Bible accessible by demonstrating how the story of Scripture intersects with the story of your life. Sunday services are at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Information: 941-955-0935.
Living Lord Lutheran Church: 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, 941-753-9365
Lent: 7 p.m. Wednesdays through March 20
Maundy Thursday: 7 p.m. March 28
Good Friday: 7 p.m. March 29
Easter Sunday: 8, 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. March 31.
Northminster Presbyterian Church: 3131 61st St., Sarasota, www.npcsarasota.com.
Easter Sunday: 9 and 11 a.m.ONGOING EVENTS
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.