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.
Food Drive for Samoset Elementary: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, is collecting food to distribute to families of Samoset Elementary School. The church collects peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, maseca flour, dried beans, rice, corn or canola oil, pasta sauce, spaghetti noodles, canned fruit and vegetables, and dried cereal. Bring food items to the church by May 31 to be delivered in time for summer. Information: 941-753-9365.
Church anniversary: St. George's Episcopal Church, 912 63rd Ave. W., Bradenton, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in September. Former members or their families are invited to share photos or memorabilia from St. George's between 1965 and the present. Contact the church office at 941-755-3606, 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday-Friday, to arrange for pick-up and return of items.upcoming events
Parade party: Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., will host a free party preceding the DeSoto Heritage Festival Grand Parade 4-6 p.m. today. The party will feature bounce houses, face painting, food and music. Trinity also will offer reserved parade seating for purchase. Proceeds will help fund youth camp scholarships. Information: 941-747-3704.
World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day: The public is invited to attend and participate in Tai Chi and Qi Gong teach-in 10 a.m. April 27 in the courtyard of Westminster Presbyterian Church, at the corner of 30th Street and 19th Avenue West, Bradenton. Demonstrations and audience participation will be led by Dr. John Orsborn, a local practitioner of oriental medicine, and Sherry Fideler, senior trainer with Dr. Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Health Institute. Information: 941-545-2445 or 941-794-6904.
Israel's anniversary: Young Jewish and interfaith families are invited to celebrate Israel's recent 65th birthday at an Israel-themed Tot Shabbat at 10:30 a.m. April 27 at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. A monthly program designed especially for children ages 1-6, the Tot Shabbat will include a birthday cake for Israel, an "archaeological dig" in the sandbox for real Israeli coins, and simple Israeli dancing. All are welcome. Information: 941-379-1997.
Silent auction: A benefit auction will be held 4-6 p.m. April 27 at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton. Proceeds to benefit the renovation of the sanctuary. Information: 941-746-0101.
Sunday concert: The Ball Brothers will be in concert at 6 p.m. April 28 at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. A love offering will be collected. Information: 941-756-6942.
Night of H.O.P.E.: A service of praise, worship and inspirational teaching will be 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.
Lag Ba'Omer concert: A celebration of the anniversary of the passing of the great sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai will be held at 3 p.m. April 28at the Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. Activities include relay races, live music by Dr. Laz, a bonfire, kosher barbecue and falafel. Information: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wares Creek Boys in concert: Palm View First Baptist Church, 415 49th St. E., Palmetto, will host a night of gospel music with the Ware Wares Creek Boys at 7 p.m. April 28. Information: 941-722-5077.
Mitzvah Day: The congregation of Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, will have a day of hands-on community service projects benefitting various charitable organizations and agencies throughout Sarasota-Manatee beginning at noon April 28. It is an amazing day filled with spirit, energy and kindness. Several of the Mitzvah Day Planning Committee members are Bradenton residents, and several projects will directly benefit agencies in Bradenton. Information: 941-371-2788.
Greet and eat: Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship's Social Justice Committee and Occupy Bradenton will co-sponsor an educational meeting at 6 p.m. April 29 at 322 15th St. W., Bradenton. Pizza and beverages will be provided with a suggested donation of $3 a person. This will be followed by a video sequel to the March 27 viewing of an interview by Bill Moyers of economist Richard Wolff's critique of the American economy. Discussion will follow the video. Information: 941-746-0067.
Lunch with the Rabbi: The popular monthly "Lunch with the Rabbi" program continues at noon May 1 at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. An afternoon of casual socializing centers on topics of current Jewish interest and news from Israel. Attendees are asked to bring a brown-bag lunch. Homemade cookies are provided for dessert. Information: 941-371-2788.
Talmud study: "Curious Tales of the Talmud" is a new course offered by the Jewish Learning Institute at the Chabad of Bradenton, 5712 Lorraine Road, Lakewood Ranch. The class will meet &:30-8:45 p.m. Wednesdays May 1 to June 5. Cost is $75 or $135 a couple, which includes textbooks. Information: 941-925-0770.
National Day of Prayer rally: Local pastors and community leaders will mark the National Day of Prayer at 11:45 a.m. May 2 at the Historic Manatee County Courthouse, 1115 ManateeAve. W. The event is sponsored by Manatee Religious Services and the Manatee County Ministerial Association. Information: 941-752-4508.
Rhythm and Jews: Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, offers their popular Rhythm and Jews Shabbat Service featuring The Bruno Trio accompanying Rabbi Huntting and Chazzan Abramson at 6 p.m. May 3. It will also include the celebration of the confirmation of students. A welcome reception begins at 5:15 p.m. Information: 941-924-1802.
Country Gospel Concert: Jim & Tim, featuring Jimmy Pearson and Tim Prichard, will perform with special guests at 7 p.m. May 4 at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Donation of $5 at the door is requested. Information: 941-746-0101.
Hearts that Matter Much: Practical experiential training in bringing the healing love of Jesus Christ 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.
Interfaith Tea: An afternoon of interfaith learning and friendship will begin at 1:30 p.m. May 8 at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Female religious leaders and lay people from various faiths -- including Judaism, trans-denominational Christianity, Hinduism, and Greek Orthodox -- will discuss the arts, music, dance and foods of their religions, and how these elements are woven into the traditions and celebrations of each faith. A question-and-answer session will follow. People of different faiths will be encouraged to sit together. Tea and sweets will be served. Information: 941-371-2788.
Feast of the Ascension: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. Regarded as one of the seven principal feast days of the Episcopal Church and considered a holy day of obligation, the day will be celebrated with masses at 7:30 a.m., a 10 a.m., Choral Mass with hymns, and an evening Solemn High Mass at 6 p.m. A feast dinner will be offered immediately afterward in Gillespie Hall. Dinner is $8.50 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12; advance tickets may be obtained at www.redeemersarasota.org. Information: 941-955-4263.
Alienated Grandparents Anonymous: This support group will meet at 1 p.m. May 9 at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. This is a support group for alienated parents and grandparents. Information: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shabbat Alive: Shabbat Alive! -- an all-musical worship service featuring upbeat and contemporary arrangements of the traditional prayers -- will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 10 at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. It is a unique, spiritual, and altogether exhilarating experience. Information: 941-371-2788.
Leadercast: Bayside Community Church, 15800 State Road 64 E., Bradenton will host the 2013 Chick-fil-A Leadercast, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 10. Chick-fil-A Leadercast is a one-day leadership development event broadcast live from Atlanta and simulcast into hundreds of locations around the country. An inspiring day of professional development, Leadercast provides an opportunity to improve leadership skills and network with leaders in your community. Speakers will include former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski. Information: Kelly Matson at 941-755-8600 or email@example.com.
Benefit concert: Forward in Faith benefit featuring Bonnie Gray singing gospel favoritesbegins at 3 p.m. May 19 at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton. A freewill offering will be collected, with proceeds to benefit the capital campaign for the renovation of the sanctuary. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-746-0101.
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.