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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
upcoming eventsPurim party: Concordia Lutheran Church, 2185 Wood St., Sarasota, hosts a fun, Biblical holiday party at 2:30 p.m. today. The Purim party is based on the Old Testament book of Esther. Information or reservations: Alan Butterworth at 314-330-6977 or email email@example.com.
Variety show: The St. Joseph Music Makers will present "Live, Laugh & Love" at 3 p.m. Feb. 24 at the St. Joseph Church Parish Hall, 3100 26th St. W., Bradenton. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10. Information: 941-753-5634.
Sermon series on the Bible: The Palmetto Presbyterian Church, 1115 10th Ave. W., is offering a sermon series on "How to Read and Understand the Bible" at the 10:25 a.m. worship celebration Feb. 24. Casual dress is fine. Information: 941-722-3513.
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.
The Browns in concert: 6 p.m. Sunday at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. A love offering will be received. Information: 941-756-6942.
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.
Purim Pandemonium: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, invites the community to its annual "Purim Pandemonium" service, celebration and carnival beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday. The annual family Purim service includes songs, an original play, a costume parade and a reading of the Megillah - a scroll containing the Book of Esther The carnival, which starts at 11 a.m., will feature a giant inflatable slide, bounce house, obstacle course, dunk tank, face-painting, games and prizes, lunch, cotton candy, snowcones, frozen lemonade, and plenty of home-baked hamentashen, with all proceeds benefitting Temple Emanu-El Religious School. Information: 941-371-2788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great Figures of the New Teatament: 10:30 a.m. Mondays at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. The adult class will study Jesus Feb. 25 and Pharisees and Sadducees March 4. Information: 941-753-9365.
Tastes of the Jewish Year: Cooking experiences continue at Temple Sinai, 4631 S Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, with chefs Alyson and Mark Zildjian 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 26. "What about citrus" is the theme of this session and the orange will be the featured ingredient in a salad and cake. Discussion over some wine will include the role of the orange in Jewish migration and trade. Cost is $25 for Temple Sinai members, $30 for guests. RSVP to 941-924.1802.
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.
Lenten Learning Lunches: Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., hosts Lenten Learning Lunches each Wednesday during Lent, Noon to 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Cost is $4. Reservations: 941-747-3704.
The Breakfast Club: The Dixie Melody Boys and Faith's Journey perform 9:30 a.m. Feb. 28 at the Bradenton Tropical Palms, 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton. The program includes continental breakfast. A $10 suggested donation is requested. Information: 941-756-1838 or visit www.thebreakfastclubonline.com.
World Day of Prayer: Church Women United of Manatee County will celebrate World Day of Prayer at 9:30 a.m. March 1 at Increasing Joy Ministries, 2515 37th St. E., Palmetto. A free-will offering will be taken. Refreshment will be served. Information: Joyce Williams at 941-729-5064 or Sandra Holley at 941-721-3377.
Family Shabbat service: Monthly services continue at 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Featuring music with the Family Shabbat Band; prayers led by religious school students; a story based on the weekly Torah portion, and the opportunity for children to participate in the Torah service, this service is a festive intergenerational celebration of the Sabbath. Information: 941-371-2788.
MacDonald Family Singers: The MacDonald Family Singers will perform at 7 p.m. at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota. A free-will offering will be collected. Information: 941-355-2798.
Laugh 'Til It Hurts: Comedian Paul Aldrich performs at 7 p.m. March 2 at Kirkwood's Comedy Theater at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Funds raised through this event will support Kirkwood's 2013 mission work. Advance tickets are on sale at the church office for $12. Tickets at the door are $15. Information: www.biggreenchurch.org/ or 941-794-6229.
Tablet workshop: A free workshop on Android and iPad tablets is set 9:30 a.m. March 2 at Palmetto Presbyterian Church 1115 10th Ave. W. Learn About email and Internet security basics, including choosing an email option, setting up an account, ways to make email user friendly, how to take advantage of email, creating effective passwords, things to always avoid and more. Workshop is limited to 20 participants. Reservations: 941-722-3513.
Piano concert: Frederick Moyer will perform jazz and classical music at 4 p.m. March 3 at First United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton. A free-will offering will be collected. Information: 941-747-4406.
36-Hour Giving Challenge: Manatee Religious Services will conduct a 36-hour online giving challenge from 7 a.m. March 4 to 7 p.m. March 6. Manatee Religious Services is a faith-based clearinghouse that matches legitimate needs with available resources. Go to www.givingpartnerchallenge.org to donate at least $25 to have the possibility of it being matched. After donating using a major credit card, donors will receive a confirmation and tax reciept by email. Information: 941-752-4850.
Lenten Music: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, will offer a half-hour Lenten Organ Recital 12:10-12:40 p.m. March 6, with Guest Organist Mary Mozelle, organist and choir director for First United Methodist Church in Bradenton. Information: www.redeemersarasota.org or call 941-955-4263.
Celebration of Life: The Children's Memorial Garden of Peace committee will conduct a Ritual of Tears/Celebration of Life service 10 a.m. March 9 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 3100 26th St. W., Bradenton. The Rev. Timothy Riggs of Bayshore Church of the Nazarene will be the guest speaker. Those who wish to have a symbolic tear placed on the Tree of Life memorial should call 941-758-8948 or 941-739-3042.
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. 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.
A FREE Seminar of How to Keep Your Brain Young and Healthy will be offered at the Palmetto Presbyterian Church on Saturday March 16th beginning at 9:02am and ending by 11:30 a.m. This seminar features a variety of practical, easy to use topics from how to remember names to simple ways to boost your memory. Early registration is helpful but not required. For more information call the church office at 722-3513. The church is located at 1115 10 th Ave. West in Palmetto.
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.
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.