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Eggstravaganza: An egg hunt and games for kids of all ages will be jointly sponsored by the YMCA and FIRST KIDS Children's Ministry 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W. This free event will include inflatables, an egg hunt, games, arts and crafts, hot dogs and Easter story time. Information: 941-794-1685.
Easter sunrise service: The Lakewood Ranch Campus of Sarasota Baptist Church will hold an Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. at Legacy Golf Club, 8255 Legacy Blvd. "Sunrise on the Green" will have worship music and a special Easter message. The club is also offering a discount on golf to those who attend the service as well as having a brunch available for purchase at 8 a.m. Information: 941-922-1449.
Spanish service begins: The Source Church, 5412 State Road 64, Bradenton, will begin weekly Spanish family service at 4 p.m. Easter Sunday. Pastors Rick and Monica Thomas will lead the services. Information: 941-592-4700.
Easter cantata: The choir of Manatee Baptist Church, 1501 Seventh Ave. E., presents an Easter cantata, "O, What a Savior," at 10:15 a.m. Sunday. Information: 941-748-2339 or 941-750-0974.
Dinner and a movie: Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, will show the film, "Image Before My Eyes," beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday. This is the third film of four from the Dr. Sam and Ina Gross Memorial Collection. The overall theme is the Jewish Diaspora; a history of Jewish Life in Poland before the Holocaust. The Passover style menu will feature Polish dishes. Discussion with Rabbi Huntting follows. Dinner and film is $35 for guests. RSVP to Janet Tolbert at 941-388-9624.
Yizkor service: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, will mark the final day of Passover with a yizkor service at 10:30 a.m. April 1. In addition to special Torah and Haftarah readings, the service will include traditional memorial prayers for the departed. The community is invited. Information: 941-371-2788.
A look at India: "Enchanting India" will be the topic for the monthly Breakfast Club program starting at 9 a.m. at the Longboat Island Chapel fellowship hall, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key. A discussion on India today, their unique culture, travel recommendations and children's home experiences will be given by Sue Reese, Betty Rahm, Linda Dias, Liz Yerkes and Marilyn Johnson, and also will include a display of items, photos and videos. Breakfast will be included and reservations can be made by calling 941-383-6491.
Prime Time Hoe Down: An event for people 55 and older will be at 6 p.m. April 4 in the Family Life Center at Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W. A complete pulled pork dinner (alternative: vegetarian lasagna) will be followed by musical entertainment provided by the State Road 64 Bluegrass Band and a comedian/inspirational speaker, Gaye Martin from Ocala. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased by April 1 through the church office. Information: 941-794-1685.
Lunch with the rabbi: The popular monthly "Lunch with the Rabbi" program continues at noon April 3 at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. An afternoon of casual conversation with Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman on topics of current Jewish interest and news from Israel. Attendees are asked to bring a brown-bag lunch and -- if they wish -- a newspaper article for discussion. Homemade cookies are provided for dessert. "Lunch with the Rabbi" is free and open to the community. Information: 941-371-2788.
Family Shabbat: Services continue at 7 p.m. April 5 at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Featuring lively 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. Information: 941-371-2788.
Church Women United: Church Women United of Manatee County's monthly meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. April 5 at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church , 525 Dr. MLK Jr. Ave. E., Bradenton. A freewill offering will be collected. Refreshments will be served. The public is invited. Information: Joyce Williams at 941-729-5064 or Sandra Holley at 941-721-3377.
Ditchfield Family Singers: The versatile family ensemble will perform at 4 p.m. April 7 at First United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton. The program, titled "Best of Broadway," will feature three generations on stage. Information: 941-747-4406.
Barefoot Sunday: Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., invites the public to come to the 7:30, 9 or 11 a.m. services April 7 wearing any kind of gently worn (or new) shoe, sandal or work boot, and to leave them at the altar for distribution through various community nonprofit agencies. Information: 941-747-3709.
Concert: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, presents the Suncoast Band at 11 a.m., April 8. The performers consist of solos and small chamber ensembles. Admission is free. Information: 941-355-4729.
Guest speaker: Harvest Women's Ministry welcomes former teacher and Ms. Senior America 2004, Michelle Rahn, who will present "Aiming Attitude Toward Christ" at 7 p.m. April 12 at Harvest United Methodist Church, 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch. Cost is $10 or $15 for two. Table snacks, desserts and beverages will be served. Registration information is available at www.WelcomeToHarvest.org. Free childcare will be available with advance registration. Information: Call Debbie Lewis at 941-727-5142 or Karen Hazelton at 941-755-5828
Soccer clinic: Westminister Presbyterian Church, 3011 19th Ave. W., will conduct a free soccer clinic 9:30-11:30 a.m. for five consecutive Saturdays starting April 13, for kids in grades kindergarten to sixth. No sign-up is required, just come and have fun. Snacks will be provided. Information: 941-748-2848.
Prayers for the nation: The Apostolic Women's Network plans a service at 7 p.m. April 18 and every third Thursday of the month at Church Without Limits, 2209 75th St. W., Bradenton, to pray for America to come back to God. Prayers for the nation, state and city will be offered. Information: Call Roxanne at 941-779-8340.
Women's Spring Conference: April 19-21 at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 525 Martin Luther King Ave., Bradenton. Conference Theme: "Women of Faith Accepting God's Plan for Living -- I Have a Story to Tell." Registration fee is $20 until April 5; $25 thereafter. Information: Dr. Cheryl McGruder Holloway at 941-567-5706.
Cotten Patch Gospel: Theplay "Cotten Patch Gospel," will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 25-28. The musical features director Preston Boyd; actors playing multiple roles; and musicians playing bass, fiddle, banjo and guitar. They will re-tell the "greatest story ever told" with a unique Southern flair. This is taken from the book by Tom Key and Russell Treyz, with music and lyrics by Harry Chapin. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and children. Information: 941-792-3141.
HOLY WEEK SERVIcES
CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-778-0719.
Easter Sunday: 9 and 10:30 a.m. Theme: "The Result."
Northminster Presbyterian Church: 3131 61st St., Sarasota, www.npcsarasota.com.
Easter Sunday: 9 and 11 a.m.
The Source Church: 5412 State Road 64, Bradenton
Easter Sunday: 9 and 11:15 a.m.; 4 p.m. Spanish family service.
Manatee United Methodist Church: 315 15th St. E., Bradenton, 941-746-0101.
Easter Sunday: 6:30 a.m. sunrise service; 8 a.m. breakfast; 10:30 a.m. Easter morning service
First Baptist Church of Palmetto: 1020 Fourth St. W., 941-722-7795.
Easter Sunday: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. The full choir and orchestra will participate in both services, and child care and children's church will be available during both services.
Longboat Island Chapel: 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key 941-383-6491.
Easter Sunday: 7:30 a.m. sunrise service at Bayfront Park, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive; 10 a.m. worship and children's Easter egg hunt at the chapel.
First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. 941-955-0935.
Easter Sunday: 8:30 and 11 a.m. traditional services with choir, brass, organ and percussion; 9:30 a.m. celebration service in the Family Life Center with seasonal contemporary praise and worship music.
The Church of the Redeemer: 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 941.955.4263.
Great Vigil: 8-10:30 p.m.
Easter Day: Masses at 7, 9, and 11 a.m.; Spanish Mass at 1 p.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.