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 toconnor@ bradenton.com.
A Night In Bethlehem: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Bradenton, 6-8:30 p.m., Saturday, living Nativity, crafts and refreshments. Information: 941-753-9365.
Rummage Sale: Manatee Unitarian Universal Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, . Information: Call 941-746-0067 or go to muufoffice Samoset Baptist Church, 3200 15th St. E., Bradenton, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 5-6, continuous tours, free, co-sponsored by Samoset Baptist and Southside Baptist. Information:
Service of Hope: Peace Presbyterian Church Chapel, 12705 E., State Road 64, Bradenton, 5 p.m. Sunday, many find holidays difficult, invite them to Service of Hope and offer to attend the service with them, refreshments, Stephen Ministers available during and after service. Information: Go to PEACEpcusa.com or call 941-753-7778.
Christmas Drama and Concert: Palm View First Baptist of Palmetto, 415 49th St. E., �Gift from Above� 7 p.m. Sunday, free, open to public, love offering. Information: 941-722-5077.
Holiday Brunch and Mini Bazaar: Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, in Shook Fellowship Hall, 11 a.m. Sunday, RSVP required. Call 941-383-6491.
Singing in Christmas Concert: Braden River Presbyterian Church, 5150 Peridia Blvd. E., performed by the Meadows Chorus, 3 p.m. Sunday, , $5, all welcome. Information: 941-739-0202.
The Dunnemans Concert: Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., 6 p.m.Sunday, free will offering. Information: 941-812-1923.
Chanukah Menorah Fair: Al Katz Center, 5910 Cortez Road in Cortez Professional Plaza, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, bring your favorite menorahs and tell us their history and sentimental value on this eve of Chanukah, music, tales and traditional holiday foods, open to public, silent auction. Information: 941-313-9239 or go to alkatzcenter.org.
Handel�s Messiah: First United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, . Information: 941-747-4406.
The Kingsmen Concert: Happy Gospel Churchnote auth="Henry Howard" coll="0" ctime="1d12ed4 a45001d4" mtime="1d12ed4 a45001d4">Dec. 6,love offering. Information: 941-756-6942.
Downtown Community Chanukah Celebration: Temple Beth El Bradenton�s 6 p.m. Monday, candle lighting at Riverwalk Amphitheater, music by Temple Beth El Shabbat Live Musical Group, cantor Alan Cohn and First United Methodist Church, free, bring lawn chairs. Information: 941-755-4900.
Menorah Lighting: Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch at Prime Ellenton Outlet Mall, 6 p.m. Wednesday, latkes, doughnuts, raffles and music, free.
Advent Worship Services: Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota, 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 9 and 16, dinner served 5:15-5:45 p.m. Information: 941-355-2798.
Erev Shabbat Family Menorah Lighting: Temple Beth El, 4200 32nd St. W., 7:30 p.m. Friday, Hanukkah celebration and musical Shabbat, bring nonperishable food item for Meals on Wheels. Information: 941-755-4900.
Hanukkah Happening: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, 6 p.m., Friday, homemade brisket and chicken dinner with all trimmings, traditional latkes, crafts, children�s activities, menorah-making contest with prizes for all and visit from Hanukkah hero Judah Maccabee. Candlelighting songs, and blessings at 7:30 p.m. RSVP required, $25 adult, $15 children under 13, proceeds benefit educational and scholarship programs. Information: 941-371-2788.
Jazzercise and Peace: Peace Church, 12705 State Road 64 East, Lakewood Ranch, 2-5 p.m. Dec. 12, for ages 5-11, $5 per child, take time to shop, decorate or wrap presents.
Images of Adoration Christmas Cantata: Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, 11 a.m. Dec. 13. Information 941-792-3141.
Joy In This Place Christmas Cantata: Braden River Presbyterian Church, 5150 Peridia Blvd. E., Bradenton, 10 a.m., Dec. 13. Information: 941-739-0202.
Harbor Community Church Community Christmas Play. Bradenton Branch YMCA, 3805 59th St. W., 5 p.m., Dec. 13, free pizza refreshments afterward, petting zoo, open to public.
Annual Christmas program: Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota, during 10:30 a.m. worship Dec. 13. Information: 941-355-2798.
Annual Christmas Concert and Community Carol Sing: First Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, 7 p.m., , Dec. 13, parking at the Zenith Parking Garage on Mira Mar Court, freewill offering. Information: 941-955-0935.
Christmas Concert and Community Carol Sing: First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, 7 p.m. Dec. 13, freewill offering, parking at Zenith Parking Garage.
Children�s Jesse Tree Christmas Worship Service: Palma Sola Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, 9 a.m. Dec. 13, story of Jesus cookie exchange follow. Information 941-792-3141.
Havdallah Service: Temple Beth El Men�s Club at Coquina Beach Pavillion, 4:30 p.m., Dec. 19, pot-luck dairy dinner, music, games, direct access to the beach, open to all, bring chairs and blankets. Information: 941-755-4900.
Come and Behold Him Christmas Cantata: Combined choirs of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church and Hope Lutheran Church, 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota, 3 p.m. Dec. 20. Orchestral accompaniment by Riverview High School, Sarasota, free. Information: 941-355-2798.
Chanukah Karaoke Party: Chabad Hebrew School of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, 11 a.m., Dec. 21, Chanukah treats, menorah lighting and contest, $5 or free to CHS students and families.
Gulf Coast Flute Choir Christmas Concert: Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, 7 p.m., Dec. 21, conducted by Amanda Lyon, donations appreciated, reception afterward.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, at 4 p.m. Dec. 24, the Rev. Dr. Vincent Carroll presiding, special music.
Information: Sue Reese 941-387-0202.
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, Advent worship at 4:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 9 and 16. with dinner between services at 5:15 p.m. 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 and 9:15 a.m. Sunday in Fellowship Hall, 9:15 a.m. Sunday school in Fellowship Hall. Men�s Bible class 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, 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays, with Pastor Tony Miller and his wife, Hydie Miller. Information: 941-794-1776.
Braden River Presbyterian Church: 5150 Peridia Blvd. E., Bradenton, 9 a.m. Sunday contemporary and 10:30 a.m. traditional services with the Rev. Glenn Buzbee. Information: bradenriverpc.com.
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., 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 Sundays. Sunday school at 9:15 and nursery open 8 a.m.-noon. Pastor Jeff Gross, Bible study 1 p.m. Wednesday. Information: 941-753-9365.
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. 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.