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.
50th anniversary: St. George's Episcopal Church, 912 63rd Ave. W., Bradenton, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in September. Any former members or their families with photos or memorabilia to share from St. George's between 1965 and the present would be appreciated. Call 941-755-3606 -- 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday-Friday -- to arrange pickup and return of your items.
Country Gospel Concert: Jimmy Pearson and Tim Prichard with special guests will perform at 7 p.m. today at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton. Doors will open at 6:15. A $5 donation is requested. Information: 941-746-0101.
ALPHA CLASS: Have you ever wanted to ask God a question? Is there more to life? Who is Jesus? Does God heal today? Why is there pain and suffering? How do you explain dinosaurs? Come join us at ALPHA starting 5-7:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary Magdalene Church, 11315 Palmbrush Trail Blvd. Weekly classes will run until June 16. Information: 941-751-5048.
Ditchfield Family Singers: The versatile family ensemble will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday 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.
Southern Sound Quartet in concert: 6 p.m. Sunday at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. A love offering will be collected. A covered-dish dinner follows the service; bring a dish to share, if possible. Information: 941-756-6942.
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.
Film screening: Holocaust Remembrance Day will be marked at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, with a screening of the film "Journey to Justice" at 7 p.m. April 8. This event is free of charge and open to the entire community. The film tells the story of Howard Triest, who at 16 fled Nazi Germany, then returned as an American soldier and as a Nuremberg Trials interpreter. His sister, Margot Coville, who was rescued from a detention camp and later escaped to Switzerland, will attend the film screening, and a question-and-answer with her will follow. Information: 941-371-4546.
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.
Spring potluck and game night: A fun evening is planned starting at 6 p.m. April 10 at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota. Bring a main dish or dessert to share. Information: 941-355-4729.
Spring Fling: The Lunch Bunch of Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, will go to the new Whetstone Restaurant at Manatee Technical Institute on State Road 70 and Caruso Road on April 11. The reservation is for 11:30 a.m. and the cost will be less than $10. Reservation should be made by April 7. Information: 941-752-9365.
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 941-727-5142 or Karen Hazelton 941-755-5828.
Pancake breakfast: The last pancake breakfast of the season at Family of God United Methodist Church, 5601 16th Ave. E., Palmetto will be held 8-10:30 a.m. April 13. Menu includes hot pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fresh biscuits and gravy, orange juice and coffee, Information: 941-729-6055.
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 grade. No sign-up is required, just come and have fun. Snacks will be provided. Information: 941-748-2848.
Concert to benefit Haiti: Soprano Maria Wirries, a sophomore and honor student at Manatee School for the Arts, will perform in a concert to benefit Haiti at 4 p.m. April 14 at Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva Road, Sarasota. Wirries will be accompanied by Alan Jay Corey of St. Boniface Episcopal Church on piano. The duo will perform Broadway tunes and contemporary songs followed by a meet-the-artist reception. Information: 941-924-4664.
Motivational speaker: Tim Storey, "Hollywood's Life Coach," will be the guest speaker April 14-15 at The Source Church. 5412 State Road 64, Bradenton. Storey has coached some of America's most accomplished people, including Quincy Jones, Lee Iacocca, Berry Gordy, Deon Sanders, Geraldo Rivera and Wynonna Judd. TImes are 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. April 14 and 6:30 p.m. April 15. Information: 941-592-4700
Tastes of the Jewish Year: The cooking series at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, with chefs Alyson and Mark Zildjian will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 16. "Chocolate" is the theme that will be a featured ingredient in a historic cake and beverage. Discussion will focus on the history of European Jews and this popular food. The cost is $25 for Temple Sinai members, $30 for guests. RSVP to 941-924.1802.
Dinner and a Movie with the Rabbi: at Temple Sinai on April 21. This is the final film in the second season from the Dr. Sam and Ina Gross Memorial Collection. The overall theme has been the Jewish Diaspora; surviving and thriving as one people in many homelands. Dinner featuring Russian cuisine will be served at 5 p.m. followed by the screening in the sanctuary of "At Home in Utopia," the history of a co-op housing project founded by New York communists. Discussion with Rabbi Huntting follows. Dinner and film is $35 for guests. Register online at Templesinai-sarasota.org or call Janet Tolbert at 941-388-9624 by April 18. Temple Sinai is at 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota.
Prayers for the nation: The Apostolic Women's Network plans a service 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.
Special music: Soprano Rebecca Price and trumpeter Daniel Mendelow will perform as part of the Church of the Redeemer's penultimate Solemn Evensong of the 2012/2013 season, at 5:15 p.m. April 21. Price is known for singing in the altissimo soprano range, a full octave above high C. Mendelow is the former principal trumpet for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Evensongs are free; donations are accepted. The Church of the Redeemer is located at 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Information: www.redeemersarasota.org or 941-955-4263.
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: The Play "Cotten Patch Gospel" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 25-27 and 3 p.m. April 28 at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave., W., Bradenton. 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.
Night of H.O.P.E.: A service of live praise and worship and inspirational teaching will be held at 7 p.m. April 28 at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, 11315 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. The name stands for Healing, Opportunity, Promise, Expectation. Information: 941-751-5048.
Hearts that Matter Much: Practical experiential training in bringing the healing love of Jesus Christ to will be offered 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 4 at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, 11315 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. Check in at 8:30 a.m., lunch on your own. Seminar fee is $40. Pre-registration is requested. To register, email email@example.com or online at www.compelledbygrace.com. Information: 941-751-5048.
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 information, call 941-373-1600 or e-mail info@MeditationInSarasota.org.