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.
Women of Redeemer Meeting: Redeemer Lutheran Church, 6311 Third Ave. W., 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday. Information: 941-792-5990.
Shabbat Service: Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, meets at Unity, 3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by speaker Suzanne Cunningham Dickie, professor emerita of philosophy at Loyola University Chicago, on "The Affordable Care Act: The Law and Some Recent Developments." Information: 941-929-7771 or go to chj-Sarasota.org.
Safe Kids Fair: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3011 19th Ave. W., Bradenton, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, with West Bradenton Crime Watch and Blood Mobile. Information: 941-748-2848.
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Organist Chase Loomer Concert: Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, 4 p.m. Sunday, free, reception after in the Parish Hall. Information: 941-747-3709.
The Burchfield Brother Musicians: Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday. Information: 941-812-1923.
Homecoming Concert: Oneco First Baptist, 1700 51st Ave. E., Bradenton, help celebrate its 89th year with Gulf State Quartet, at 10:45 am service Sunday, followed by lunch in Fellowship Hall. Information: 941-755-1690.
Rob Mills Family Concert: Happy Gospel Churchnote auth="Terry O'Connor" coll="0" ctime="1d1022e a00e99f9" mtime="1d1022e a00e99f9"> Oct. 11, love offering. Information: 941-756-6942.
Extraordinary Holocaust Films: Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, at Unity, 3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota, 2 p.m. Tuesday, "Imaginary Witness -- Hollywood and the Holocaust," documentary 2004, 92 minutes, directed by Daniel Anker and narrated by Gene Hackman, post-film discussion led by Irene Mirkovic, Florida Holocaust Museum docent and Lifelong Learning Academy instructor, non-members $5 per film. To register: Call 941-929-7771 or go to chj-Sarasota.org.
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.
Fall Festival: Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva Road, Sarasota, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 17, 10 a.m., food, games, face painting, petting zoo, pumpkin patch and Bluegrass Banyan Band, free, open to the public. Food and bake sale tickets available. Information: 941-924-4664 or go to faithsarasota.com.
Octoberbrass Concert: Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton, featuring The First Brass, 4 p.m. Oct. 18, $15 advance, $20 door, $5 students. Information: 941-792-3141.
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: Al Katz Center, 5910 Cortez Road/Cortez West Professional Plaza, Bradenton, 2 p.m. 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.
Reformation Festival: The Sarasota Circuit of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod will celebrate 498th anniversary of the Reformation at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at Lakeside Lutheran Church in Venice, 2401 S. Tamiami Trail, public invited, mass choir of area Lutheran churches. Tilahun Mendedo, president of Concordia College, Selma, Ala., will speak. Bratwurst Festival will follow, tickets $7 for adults, $4 for children, 6-18, under 6 free. Information: 941-493-5102.
Adult Bible School Resumes: Redeemer Lutheran Church: 6311 Third Ave. W., Oct. 25, followed by recording artist Mark Smeby at 6 p.m., call church office for ride to concert, love offering. Information: 941-792-5990.
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. Sunday, Nov. 1 and 6:30-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, 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, contemporary service at 10:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Adult Bible study, 4:15 p.m. Saturday and 9:15 a.m. Sunday in Fellowship Hall, 9:15 a.m. Sunday school in Fellowship Hall. Men's at 7 a.m. and Women's at 10 a.m. Bible study Wednesday in Wayman Still administration building. No charge and community invited to all. 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.
Redeemer Lutheran Church: 6311 Third Ave. W., 7 p.m. choir Wednesday and 10 a.m. Sunday, quilters 9-11 a.m. Thursday, 12:30 p.m. women's Bible study, also collecting items for Thanksgiving baskets for Family Promise during October. Information: 941-792-5990.
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.
Sarasota Jewish Chorale Rehearsal: Jewish Federation Campus, Sarasota, 7 p.m. Thursday at Hecht School, eager for new singers for 17th season, Ability to read music preferred, all voice parts an faiths welcome. Information: 941-355-8011 or go to sarasotajewishchorale.org.
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.