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.
Men of Redeemer Golf Tournament: Church of the Redeemer 20th annual tournament, features former Miracle Mets third basemen Wayne Garrett, Saturday, at Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club, 8801 Stoneybrook Blvd., Sarasota, proceeds help homeless and families in need, $95. Information: 941-955-4263 or redeemersarasota.org.
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Dr. Gustavo Crocker: Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., Crocker elected to the denomination's highest office as the 41st general superintendent in June 2013, will speak at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services Sunday. Information: 941-812-1923.
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Season of Meetings and Fellowship: Church Women United of Manatee County, at St. John First Baptist Institutional Church, 1108 29th St. E., Palmetto, 9:30 a.m. Friday, focus is elder abuse prevention, refreshments, free will offering, public invited. Information: Call Sandra Holley at 941-721-3377.
Hispanic Heritage Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, at the Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, celebrate the Hispanic and Latino culture of Sarasota and Bradenton areas during Redeemer's first Hispanic Heritage Festival with several top Latino musical groups and bands from St. Pete to Sarasota, as well as arts and crafts vendors, children's activities, presentations on Latino folklore and traditional dance performances, free. Information: redeemersarasota.org or 941-955-4263.
Feast of Tabernacles Celebration: The Family Church at Christian Retreat, 1200 Glory Way Blvd., Bradenton, with Pastor Phil Derstine. Sunday through Oct. 4, morning and evening sessions. Daily schedule at christianretreat.org. Information: 941-746-2882.
Educational Forum: Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Social Action Committee, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, with Occupy Bradenton, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5, movie "Slavery By Another Name" will start at 7 p.m. Information: 941-746-0067.
Congregation for Humanistic Judaism: At Unity, 3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota, first of a four-part series of Extraordinary Holocaust Films, 2 p.m. Oct. 6, "America and the Holocaust -- Deceit and Indifference," documentary 1988, 90 minutes, post-film discussion facilitated by Irene Mirkovic, Florida Holocaust Museum docent and Lifelong Learning Academy instructor in Holocaust film studies. Non-members $5 per film or $15 all four. Information: 941-929-7771 or go to chj-Sarasota.org.
Businessmen's Bible Study: Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 7-8 a.m. every Wednesday beginning Oct. 7, readings from the Daily Lectionary encouraging daily Bible reading, reflection and prayer. Information and registration: redeemersarasota.org or 941-400-9140.
Organist Chase Loomer Concert: Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, 4 p.m. Oct. 11, free, reception after in the Parish Hall. Information: 941-747-3709.
25th Anniversary: First United Methodist Church Early Care Center, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, Western hoedown and barbecue dinner, 5-8 p.m., Oct. 17, in fellowship hall, music and fun, buy tickets at earlycarecenter.com. Information: Call Sue Loncaric, Early Care Center director, 941-366-9522.
Faith Bible Church Holy Land Tour: Senior teaching elder Harry Morgan plans 10-day tour of Holy Land, Oct. 18-28, with Pastor Jerry Hunter of Greenville Alliance Church in Greenville, Pa., and guide Mark Sugarman. Information: Call 941-729-6600 or email sanctitas.
"Happy Hal" Fryar at the Al Katz Center, 5910 Cortez Road/Cortez West Professional Plaza, Bradenton, 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, $12 per adult, $3 per student, kosher refreshments and autographs, fundraiser for expansion, straight from the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame and a decades-long television and movie career with the Three Stooges, wholesome humor. RSVP: Call Dr. Beverly Newman at 941-313-9239.
New Members: The Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, classes for new members Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. Information: 941-753-9365 for details.
Autumn Book Study: Faith United Church of Christ, 4850 State Road 64 E., Bradenton "Living at God's Speed, Healing in God's Time" by Chaplain Charles Sidoti and Rabbi Akiva Feinstein, beginning 9-10:15 a.m. Nov. 1 and 6:30-7:45 p.m. Nov. 3 through December, open to all, Information: 941-746-8890 to sign up in advance by Oct. 15 deadline.
Kristallnacht Commemoration: First public performance at Jewish Federation of Sarasota/Manatee, 7 p.m. Nov. 9, at Federation Campus. Information: SarasotaJewishChorale.org or call 941-355-8011.
Our Daily Bread: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, collecting hygiene items for the needy. Donations go directly to Our Daily Bread for distribution. Suggested items are travel-size shampoo, toothpaste, soap, toothbrushes and combs. Drop gifts at the church 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Information: 753-9365.
Volunteers Needed: Sarasota County Jail Nite Ministry, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, for more than 100 inmates, volunteers needed. Information: Call Tom Kema 941-756-2322.
Al Katz Center: 5910 Cortez Road W., Cortez Professional Plaza, Bradenton, Jewish learning classes, programs and events open to the community; mentoring and resources on Jewish topics, including: rituals, traditions, history, Holocaust education and holidays; advocacy for Jewish and non-Jewish elders in guardianships. Information: 941-313-9239.
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church: 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota, contemporary services 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Sanctuary and 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Fellowship Hall; 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. traditional services Sunday in Sanctuary. Adult Bible study, 4:15 p.m. Saturday, 9:15 a.m. Sunday in Fellowship Hall. Information: 941-355-2798.
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.; meetings for children, youth and adults, 6:30 p.m.; and free Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage class for adults, 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays, with Pastor Tony Miller and his wife, Hydie Miller. Information: 941-794-1776.
Center for Spiritual Living (A Science of Mind Community): 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-756-0400.
Centro Restauracion Pacto Eterno Ministries: 2204 58th Ave. E., Bradenton. Information: 941-932-0984 or 941-840-8664 or go to crpeministries.com. Pastor Jhonatan Zambrano.
Chabad House: Weekly Shabbat services: 5712 Lorraine Road, 7 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. Saturday followed by buffet Kiddush, 11 a.m.-noon Congregation. Chabad Hebrew School, 9:30 a.m.-noon Sunday. Falafel with Yoav, noon-1 p.m. second Sunday of every month, $5 all you can eat. Chabad Hebrew School of the Arts: Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, 5712 Lorraine Road, 9:30 a.m.-noon Sundays, ages 4-13, membership not required. Information: Rabbi Mendy Bukiet, 941-752-3030. CHS is now accepting new students. Call 941-284-6390.
Christian Spiritualist: 2408 43rd Ave. W., Bradenton, 10 a.m. worship Sunday, 7 p.m. candle lighting Thursday, with the Rev. Shari Sumrall, all welcome. Information: 941-751-5683.
Church of Christ in Cortez: 12111 45th Ave., Cortez, new minister Bruce Hudson, hear him at Bible study 10 a.m. Sunday, followed by 11 a.m. worship and and at 7 p.m. Bible study Wednesday. All welcome. Information: 941-545-6760.
Ellenton United Methodist Church: 3607 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, 9:45 a.m. worship, Thrift Shoppe from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Information: 941-729-6802.
First Baptist Church of Ellenton: 1707 36th Ave E., Palmetto, 10:45 a.m. worship. Information: 941-722-4376.
First Baptist Church of Palmetto: worship and Bible study 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sundays at 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.
Living Lord Lutheran Church: 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, Christian Education classes age 4 through grade five, fellowship, music, Bible verses and stories, activities and crafts, 8-9:15-10:30 a.m. service every Sunday. Sunday school starts at 9:15 and the nursery is open from 8-noon. Pastor Jeff Gross, Bible study 1 p.m. Wednesday. Information: 941-753-9365 for details.
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. 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.
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church: 833 Magellan Drive, Sarasota, 8 a.m. Mass Monday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Saturday Mass, 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday Mass, reconciliation/confession 3-3:45 p.m. Saturday. Information: 941-755-1826 or olqm-manasota.org.
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. Book Club 11 a.m. second Monday monthly. "Faith and Doubt Q&A" dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday, study at 6:35 p.m. 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.
Roser Memorial Community Church: Nondenominational service 10 a.m. Sunday, 512 Pine Ave., church school for children, nursery for infants and toddlers. Information: 941-778-0414, email email@example.com or go to roserchurch.com.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church: Father Glen Graczyk, 1010 24th Ave. W., Palmetto, 10 a.m. Sunday service. Attend Spanish service with Father William de la Torre, 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.
Trinity Lutheran Church: 2200 26th St. W., Bradenton, BibleSong Forming Strong Faith Families intergenerational faith formation series with songs, art, scripture and more, 10-10:50a.m. every Sunday. Begins Sunday, Sept. 20.
Westminster Presbyterian Church: 3011 19th Ave. W., 9 a.m. Bible study, 10:30 a.m. worship, 11:30 a.m. fellowship. Information: 941-748-2848, wpcbradenton.com or Facebook.