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.
New pastor: Redeemer Lutheran Church, 6311 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, announces the Rev. Jared A. Olson has accepted the call to be its senior pastor. He has been the senior pastor at Hope Lutheran Church at Port St. Lucie since 2000, and before that served as an associate pastor of Shepherd of the Glades Lutheran Church in Naples. Sunday services at Redeemer are at 10 a.m. Information: 941-792-5990.
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.
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Birthday celebration: Shules Hersh will be the guest speaker as Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, celebrates Pastor Bill Bailey's 44th birthday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. services Sunday. A love offering will be collected. Covered dish meal follows the evening service. Each family is asked to bring a dish to pass, if possible. Information: 941-756-6942.
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 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. 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.
Sarasota Young Voices Chamber Choir: Join Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, for Divas and Desserts 7-8:30 p.m. May 11. for an evening of music, song and delectable desserts. The choir is a select ensemble of advance singers and they have appeared in many local venues, performing with the Sarasota Choral Society, the Sarasota Orchestra and Key Choral. Admission is free but donations are greatly appreciated. Information: 941-518-4463.
Shavuot commemoration: The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Lakewood Ranch, commemorates Shavuot, the day the Jews received the Ten Commandments (Torah) and the revelation on Mount Sinai, for two days, beginning at sundown May 14 through nightfall May 16. At 10 p.m. May 14, the traditional all-night study program will take place at the home of Rabbi Mendy & Chanie Bukiet, 11211 Beebalm Circle. A fun, "Ice Cream Party" for the children during the reading of the Ten Commandments is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 15 at The Chabad House. The event is free and open to all. Information: 941-752-3030.
Benefit concert: Forward in Faith benefit featuring Bonnie Gray singing gospel favorites, begins at 3 p.m. May 19 at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton. A free will offering will be collected, with all proceeds to benefit the capital campaign for the renovation of the sanctuary. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-746-0101.
Encounter the Presence of God Conference: Experience the love and power of Jesus Christ at 7 p.m. May 24 and 8:30 a.m.and 4:30 and 7 p.m. May 25 at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church. 11315 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. A free will offering will becollected; lunch is on your own. Information: 941-751-5048.
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.
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.