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.
Presentation by Rich Sidley based upon the research of Ernst L. Martin, Ph.D.
Living Nativity: Parrish United Methodist Church, U.S. 301 and County Road 675. Parrish, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Information: parrishumc.com or 941-776-1539.
Bethlehem Walk: Roser Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, after walk meet in Fellowship Hall for hot chocolate and cookies. Costumes available. Information: 941-778-0414, email email@example.com or go to roserchurch.com.
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Havdalah at Table with Movie Night: Congregation Ner Tamid, 4802-B 26th St. W., Bradenton, 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Information: Go to nertamidflorida.org, call 941-755-1231, email via nertamidflorida.org, or mail to: Congregation Ner Tamid, 4802-B 26th St. W., Bradenton.
19th Alternative Christmas Market: Kirkwood Church, 6101 Cortez Road W., Bradenton, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Kirkwood, Palma Sola and Westminster Presbyterian churches co-host the holiday event featuring nonprofit organizations with local, national or international ministries. Each organization receives money designated. Information: 941-794-6229.
Havdalah at Table and Movie Night-ending Shabbat: Congregation Ner Tamid, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Havdalah service with dairy supper with "Blazing Saddles" shown after meal. RSVP: 941-755-1231 or email shalom Samoset Baptist Church, 3200 15th St. E., Bradenton, tours, 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Information: walkthroughtbethlehemtour.com or call 941-746-8117.
Community Advent celebration: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Information: 941-753 -9365.
Mark Bishop Concert: Happy Gospel Church Bradenton, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, 6 p.m., Sunday, love offering. Information: 941-756-6942.
A Merrie Olde Christmas: First United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton, 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Information: 941-747-4406
Service of Hope: Peace Presbyterian Church Chapel, 12705 E. State Road 64, Bradenton, 5 p.m. Sunday, open service will include lighting candles, meditation, music and prayer, light snacks to follow. Information: Nancy Hogue at Nhogue33@verizon.net or 941-907-7714.
Meadows Chorus Singing-In Christmas: Braden River Presbyterian Church, 5150 Peridia Blvd. E., Bradenton, 3 p.m. Sunday, tickets $5, refreshments. Information: 941-739-0202.
Center for Spiritual Living-Manatee (A Science of Mind Community): Guest speaker Rev. Suzi Schadle, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, at the Center for Spiritual Living-Manatee, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-756-0400.
Roy and Amy Pauley Concert: Manatee Baptist Church, 1501 Seventh Ave. E., Bradenton, 10:15 a.m. Sunday. Information: 941-748-2339 or 723-3454.
Living Nativity, The Story of Christmas: Tabernacle Church, 4141 DeSoto Road, performances 7 and 8 p.m. Dec. 11-14, 28th year of the live production with nearly 100 cast members, live animals and flying angels.
Pre-Hanukkah Shabbat: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, featuring the Sarasota Jewish Chorale., dessert reception. Information: 941-371-2788.
The Star of Bethlehem: Faith United Methodist Church, 7215 First Ave. W., Bradenton, an evening of Biblical, historical and astronomical discovery, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12. Information: 941-794-8067.
Marriage Weekend: Nonprofit Live the Life Hope Weekendsm for couples in extreme marital crisis, conducted by Rick Marks, Dec. 12-14, 1001 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton. Partial scholarships available. Information: 941-827-0500.
The Christmas Song: Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., dramatic retelling of the Christmas Story, 7 p.m. Dec. 11-13. Information: 941-812-1923.
Big Country Breakfast: Good Shepherd Church of the Brethren, 6323 13th St. Court E., Bradenton, 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, pancakes, waffles, ham, scrambled eggs, sausage gravy and buscuits, home fries, coffee, orange juice. Information: 941-758-0988.
Breakfast with Jesus: Oneco United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 2112 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, breakfast, children's activities and
carol singing, 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. Information: 941-755-5943.
Tot Shabbat: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. Information: 941-379-1997.
Christmas Cantata: Faith United Methodist Church, 7215 First Ave. W., Bradenton, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 14. Information: 941-794-8097.
Under the Banyan Tree: First Presbyterian Church-Bradenton, Manatee Avenue at 15th Street West, 11 a.m. service Sunday, Dec. 14, with free lunch at noon, mingle with guests as we feed the needy, donations requested. Information: 941-748-6658.
First Brass Five Concert: Oneco United Methodist Church, 2112 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, free. Information: 941-755-5943.
Festival of Carols and Classics: First Presbyterian Church-Bradenton, Manatee Avenue at 15th Street West, 5 p.m. Sunday Dec. 14, presented by the First Presbyterian Church Chancel Handbell and Chancel Choir with Chamber Orchestra. Reception following concert in Fellowship Hall. Information: 941-748-6658.
Motor Works Brewery Tour: Temple Beth El Men's Club, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, 1014 Ninth St. W., $10. RSVP: 941-755-4900 or 724-4779.
Advent Lessons and Carols: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, history of Christianity from the Fall of Man through the prophets to the Annunciation of the Savior's birth to Mary, 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14. Information: redeemersarasota.org or 941-955-4263.
The Winter Rose, a Christmas Cantata: Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St E., Bradenton, Worship Choir, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Information: 941-746-0101.
Occupy Bradenton: Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, topic is Dorothea Lange (1895-1965), American documentary photographer and photo journalist, discussion to follow.
Grand Menorah Lighting: Chabad of Bradenton and Lakerwood Ramch fund drive for Chanukah celebration, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, Lakewood Main Street, coins will be donated to Chabad Victims of Terror Project in Israel. Information: 941-752-3030.
Advent Organ Recitals: Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 12:10 p.m. Dec. 17, with a free, mid-day performance by Haig Mardirosian, dean of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Tampa. Information: redeemersarasota.org or call 941-955-4263. /end
Downtown Hanukkah Celebration: Temple Beth El Bradenton, Old Main Street and First Avenue, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, an evening of music and lighting Bradenton's Hanukkah Menorah. Rabbi Harold Caminker and Cantor Alan Cohn will be joined by cantorial soloist Deborah Suta, Rob Taylor and the choir of First United Methodist Church. Information: 941-755-4900.
Chanukah Celebration: Congregation Ner Tamid, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, bring menorah and candles. Looking for latke makers to contribute homemade latkes of all kinds. Rabbi Barbara Aiello will speak about the Jews of Alaska, "The Frozen Chosen." Information: 941-755-1231.
Family Night Menorah Lighting: Temple Beth El Bradenton, 4200 32nd St. W., 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, new Erev Shabbat Service "Shabbat Night Live -- A Musical Service." Free and open to all, bring an item of dry or canned food for Meals on Wheels. information: 941-755-4900.
Handel's Christmas Messiah -- Joyous Sing-Along: Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, $10 in advance online at redeemersarasota.org. Information: redeemersarasota.org or call 941-955-4263.
Long Night: Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton, 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, service to acknowledge sadness and hear hope for days ahead. Everyone welcome. Information: 941-746-0101.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: Faith United Methodist Church, 7215 First Ave. W., Bradenton, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, "The First Christmas" children's Christmas pageant. Information: 941-794-8097.
Christmas Eve Outdoor Candlelight Service: Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St, E., Bradenton, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, music and Christmas Story plus holiday gift. Everyone welcome. Information: 941-746-0101.
CANCELED: Pastor Indy Dennis, Palma Sola Presbyterian Church group tour to Taize, Chartres, Tours, Orleans and Paris April 10-19. Information: 941-792-3141 or 941-228-2916.
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church: 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota. GriefShare Group, 5:30 p.m. Mondays, national experts in grief therapy share tips, DVD and $15 for workbook. Men's adult Bible study, 7 a.m. Wednesdays, Women's adult Bible study, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Wayman L. Still Building; 4:15 p.m. Saturday Bible study followed by contemporary worship at 5:30 p.m. Adult Bible study, 9:15 a.m. Sunday in church Fellowship Hall. Information: 941-755-3798 or go to beautifulsaviorlcms.com.
Bible Baptist Church: 1720 Sixth Ave. W., Palmetto, 9:15 a.m. Sunday school, worship 11 a.m. Sunday.
Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene: 1616 59th St. W., traditional blended worship 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday; contemporary, 11 a.m.; Bible study classes, 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.; and meetings for children, youth and adults, 6:30 p.m. Information: 749-7982.
Center for Spiritual Living (A Science of Mind Community): 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-756-0400.
Chabad House: Weekly Shabbat services, 5712 Lorraine Road, 7 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. Saturday followed by buffet Kiddush. Chabad Hebrew School, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Sunday. Information: Rabbi Mendy Bukiet, 941-752-3030.
Christian Life Center: Monthly breakfast, 3607 U.S. 301 N., $5, includes biscuits and gravy, pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, juice and coffee. Monthly from 8-10 a.m., first Saturday. Services 9:45 a.m. Sunday. Thrift Shoppe in Fellowship Hall 9 a.m.-noon each Friday, 8-11 a.m. first Saturday each month. Information: 941-729-6802.
Church of Light: Christian Spiritualist, 2408 43rd Ave. W., Bradenton, 10 a.m. worship Sunday, 7 p.m. candle lighting Thursday, with Rev. Shari Sumrall, all welcome. Information: 941-751-5683.
Church of the Redeemer: Genesis adult education class, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, led by the Rev. Richard Marsden, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 6:30-8 p.m. Monday. Information: redeemersarasota.org or 941-955-4263.
Ellenton United Methodist Church: Will open Thrift Shoppe from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday beginning Nov. 19, located off Leffingwell Avenue and U.S. 301 North behind the United Methodist Church. Information: 941-729-6802.
First Baptist Church of Palmetto: worship and Bible study 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays at First Baptist Church of Palmetto, 1020 Fourth St. W. Information: 941-722-7795.
Happy Gospel Church at The Ranch: Regular worship will be at 9 a.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Thursdays, 5215 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. Information: Call 941-756-6942 or go to happygospelchurch.com.
Lakewood Ranch Ladies Devotional Hour: 10 a.m. Thursdays at Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Information: 941-727-3789.
Living Lord Lutheran Church: 11120 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch, 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Sunday school during 9:15 service, 8 a.m. to noon nursery. Bible Study with Pastor Jeff Gross, 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Weekly Men's Ministry Group resumes 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Lutheran Ebola Disaster Response Program, all money sent in will assist those suffering by this virus. Send contributions to Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Gift Center, P.O. Box 1809, Merrifield, VA 22116. Information: 941-753-9365 or go to livinglordfl.org.
Manatee United Baptist Church: 1501 Seventh Ave. E., Bradenton, 8 a.m. first Saturday women's prayer breakfast, 8 a.m. Saturday men's prayer breakfast, 9 a.m. Sunday school, 10:15 a.m. Sunday worship services with the Rev. Steve Aaron. Information: 941-748-2339 or 941-723-3454.
Manatee United Methodist Church: 315 15th St. E., Bradenton, first Saturday of the month women's prayer breakfast 8 a.m., second Saturday men's prayer breakfast 8 a.m., 9 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship services with Pastor Sharon Davis. Information: 941-746-0101
Manatee County Meditation Group: 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-915-1454.
Northminster Presbyterian Church: 10:30 a.m., 3131 61st St., Sarasota. At 9 a.m., Dick Murphy leads Sunday School at 9 a.m. for 14 weeks starting Sunday, Sept. 14, in Fellowship Hall; 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday Bible Study with historian Ray Vander Laan using history, culture, and geography to illuminate the gospels, class led by Pastor Chris Carlson in Fellowship Hall. Information: 941-355-4729.
Oasis Church: Services at Braden River Elementary, 6125 River Club Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. every Sunday, with Pastor Steve Coad and his wife, Kristin Coad. Information: 941-677-8838.
Orthodox Catholic: The Synod of Governing Bishops for the Holy Orthodox Catholic Church, opening of new church temporarily at 2700 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 11B, Sarasota. The Rev. Archbishop Jacob Longacre is first pastor. All seven sacraments will be available in the Orthodox Form by appointment. Information: 941-954-0330.
Palma Sola Presbyterian Church: 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, 9 a.m. Dawning with Children's Chapel, 10 a.m. Fellowship and Sunday School, 11 a.m. traditional service with Pastor Indy Dennis. Nursery provided. Alzheimer's Support Group, 2:30 p.m. third Wednesday each month in the Media Center/Library. Information: 941-792-3141 or go to pspchurch.org.
Parrish United Methodist Church: 8:15 a.m. Sunday worship, 9:45 a.m. CrossLight, 11:11 a.m. blended worship and 9:45 a.m. Sunday school, 12180 U.S. 301 N., Parrish. Thrift cottage open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays at 12210 U.S. 301 N., Parrish. Information: 941-776-1539.
Peace Presbyterian Church: A congregation of the Presbyterian Church USA, 12705 State Road 64, Lakewood Ranch, 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday services. Information: 941-753-7778. The Robin Williams Memorial Group: Living Gracefully with Mental Illness, new adult education class starting at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. Information: The Rev. William Clough, 941-751-1703.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church: Father Glen Graczyk, 1010 24th Ave. W., Palmetto, 10 a.m. Sunday service. Attend Spanish service with Father Dick Lampert, 1 p.m. Sunday. Information: 941-722-5292.
Stillpoint House of Prayer: Intercessory-prayer workshop groups at 1608 14th St. W. Contemplative-prayer groups at 11 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday. 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. Friday and Shabbat services with Torah study at 10 a.m. Saturday, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton. Religious school classes three Sunday mornings a month and Hebrew school classes Wednesday afternoons by Susie Konicov. Information: 941-755-4900.
Temple Emanu-El: Sisterhood Mitzvah Knitting Group, 10 a.m. second Tuesday of each month, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Knitters, crocheters welcome. Craft blankets, caps and booties for babies. Serving needy families or expectant mothers in Israel. Information: 941-755-4900.
Transitions Support Group: Christ United Methodist Church, 5512 26th St. W., Room 3, Bradenton, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at University of South Florida, 5840 26th St. W., Campus Ministry/Chapel, Bradenton. Information: 941-739-7103 or 720-0519.