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.
Interfaith Ritual of Tears Ceremony: The Children's Memorial Garden of Peace, 10 a.m. Saturday, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 3100 26th St., Bradenton, the Rev. Timothy Riggs of Bayshore Church of the Nazarene is guest speaker, anyone who suffered the loss of a child may place a Crystal Tear on the Tree of Life Memorial. Contact: Jean St. Nicholas at 941-756-7038 before March 1.
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Parenting Classes: Peace Presbyterian Church, 12705 E State Road 64, Bradenton, free, 5-7 p.m. Sundays, March 6 and 13 and April 3 and 17, led by Chip Schaaff, with potluck meal, 45-minute discussion while the children can watch movies, play games and more. RSVP: PEACEpcusa.com or call 941-753-7778.
Third Annual Jewish Public Art Show: The Al Katz Center, 5710 Cortez Road, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, with Eleonora Lvov piano concert at 2 p.m. and artworks by Jamie Kirkell, Harry Samtur, Robert Sommer, Susan Kohnstan, Joann Goldwater, fBarby Comins and "Grandma," wildlife photography. Information: 941-313-9239.
Occupy Bradenton with Social Action Committee: Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W, Bradenton, 7 p.m. Monday, two-hour documentary "Open Sesame; The Story of Seeds," discussion follows.
Kapelle Spring Tour: Concordia University Chicago Concert Choir at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, free-will offering. Information: 317-332-5063.
The Rev. Larry Leckrone Revival: Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., with his wife, Tamala, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Information: 941-794-1685.
"War Room:" Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, 6 p.m. Friday, March 11, free, child care, refreshments available, Men's Ministry. Information: 941-753-9365.
Bach Partita for Harpsichord: Julane Rodgers at Christ Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., 12:15 p.m. Thursday. Information: 941-747-3709.
Bradenton Christian Women's Connection Luncheon: Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St., Bradenton, 11 a.m. Friday, $20, Executive director Janene Amick and Randy Hanson on the Manatee Performing Arts Center Board will give a history of Manatee Players, including how it acquired the chandelier from the set of "Gone With the Wind." Inspirational speaker is Linda Moor. RSVP: 941-750-8786 or e-mail email@example.com, or call 941-744-0337.
Spring Yard Sale: Oneco United Methodist, 112 53rd Ave. E. across from Oneco Elementary, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Free Movie: Join the Men's Ministry at the Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail in Lakewood Ranch 6 p.m. Friday,, "War Room,"child care, refreshments. Information: 941-753-9365.
Echoing Ai Early Music Ensemble: With Steven Rickards at Christ Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., 7 p.m. Saturday, March 12. Information: 941-737-3843.
Ditchfield Family Singers Concert: Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., 10:45 a.m. Sunday, March 13. Information: 941-794-1685.
Early St. Patrick's Day Celebration with Paul Duffy: Roser Church, Anna Maria City Pier, 512 Pine Ave., 4 p.m. Sunday, March 13, in Roser Community Church Sanctuary, free will offering. Information: 941-778-0414.
Seasonal Organ: Nancy Siebecker at Christ Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., 12:15 p.m. Thursday, March 17. Information: 941-747-3709.
Hallelujah! He's Risen: Family of God United Methodist Church, 5601 16th Ave. E., Palmetto, presented by Sam and Anita Lane with Paul Pitts and Gail Boyce, 7 p.m., March 18, refreshments. Information: 941-794-6323.
Palm Sunday Organ Recital: Thomas Murray, professor of organ at Yale University, Christ Church 4030 Manatee Ave. W., 4 p.m. March 20. Information: 941-747-3709.
Occupy Bradenton with Social Action Committee: Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W, Bradenton, 7 p.m. Monday, March 21, 94-minute film "The War on Democracy," discussion follows.
African Children's Choir: Abundant Life Church, 6461 Proctor Road, Sarasota, 7 p.m., March 23. Information: 941924-5835.
Shabbat Purim Live: Temple Beth El, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, Erev Shabbat Purim Service, all invited to come in costume, special oneg including Hamentaschen, free and open to public. Information: 941-755-4900.
Holy Week: Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, 833 Magellan Drive, Sarasota. Information: 941-755-1826. 7 p.m. Mass of the Lord's Supper Holy Thursday, March 24, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10 p.m.
3 p.m. communion service, 6 p.m. Stations of the Cross Good Friday, March 25.
10 a.m. Holy Saturday, March 26, Blessing of the Easter food baskets; 8:30 p.m. Great Easter Vigil.
7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. Mass Easter Sunday, March 27.
Holy Week and Easter Schedule: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 2200 26th St. W., Bradenton, noon and 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday, March 24, noon and 7 p.m. Good Friday, March 25, 5:30 p.m. Easter Saturday, March 26, and 6:30, 8, 9 and 11 a.m. Easter, March 27. Information: tlcbradenton.com or call 941-747-3081.
Easter Sunrise Service: At Manatee County Public Beach, 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunday, March 27, benediction by Rev. Edward Moss of Crosspointe Church, St Bernard's Church will deliver offertory prayer, Father Matthew Grunfeld of Episcopal Church of the Annunciation will deliver the opening prayer, the Rev. Dr. Bob O'Keef of Roser Church will deliver the sermon, the Rev. Stephen King of Harvey Memorial Church and Rev. Rosemary Backer of Gloria Dei Church will deliver scriptures, ample parking, trolley starts at 6 a.m, dress warm and bring chairs or a blanket, funds collected divided among participating churches. Information: 941-778-1383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
African Children's Choir: The Church at Bradenton, 2520 43rd St. W., 7 p.m., March 30. Information: 941-792-3462.
Holocaust Arts Contest: The Al Katz Center Inc., 5710 Cortez Road, Bradenton, students grades sixth through ninth, entry submission through April 1, cash prizes, maximum entries per grade two, maximum eight entries per school. Entries may include essays, research, poetry, artwork, photographs, narratives and biographies on three-sided project boards. Exhibition dates in Al & Sophia Katz Jewish Art Gallery, May 5-June 5, awards ceremony on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, noon, May 5. Information: Beverly Newman at 941-313-9239.
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.
Al Katz Center: Cortez Commons shopping center, 5710 Cortez Road, Bradenton, offers Jewish learning classes, workshops, and events each week year-round, including public concerts on Sunday afternoons, Jewish history courses, holiday celebrations, films, and Holocaust educational services for schools, homeschools, churches, and organizations. A traveling Holocaust poster exhibit and Holocaust trunks are loaned to schools. Advocacy services are free-of-charge for elders and Holocaust Survivors in guardianship nationwide. Information: Call Beverly Newman at 941-313-9239.
Alive Church: At Bayshore Elementary School on the corner of 26th Street West and Bayshore Gardens Parkway, 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. Information: 941-254-3250 or go to mychurchisalive.org.
The Altar: An interdenominational Christian fellowship meets 7 p.m Sundays at a home for a time of worship, prayer, fellowship and study of the Word. Call Pastor John at 941-565-1989 or email us at TheAltar 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: 5150 Peridia Blvd. E., Bradenton. Information: bradenriverpc.com. of 941-739-0202.
Bread of Life Mission Inc.: Needs 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.
Centro Evangelistico Reflexiones Congregation: Centro Evangelistico Reflexiones Congregation, led by Pastor Daniel Rosales, holds Spanish language services at 10 a.m. Sundays in the classroom of Northminster Presbyterian Church USA, 3131 61st St., Sarasota. The congregation has resumed Bible study at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays.
Chabad of Bradenton: 9 a.m.-noon Sundays at Chabad of Bradenton, 5712 Lorraine Road,, Lakewood Ranch, led by Rabbi Mendy Bukiet. Chabad holds Talmud Classes 7:30 p.m. Mondays. Cost: $45. Torah Studies are held 9 a.m. Saturdays. Shabbat Services are held 7 p.m. Fridays and 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. Saturday services are followed by a delicious buffet Kiddush. Havdallah Ceremony & Video Showing on Saturday nights, one half hour after Shabbat's conclusion. Join Chabad for a weekly Havdallah Ceremony and Video demonstration featuring "Living Torah," clips of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's talks, timeless moments, and encounters. Information: 941-752-3030.
Christ Community Church: 1803 57th Ave. W., Bradenton with the Rev. David Carter as pastor has Sunday morning fellowship at 10 a.m., worship service at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday prayer service at 7 p.m. Information: 941-755-6162.
Christ Episcopal Church: thrift shop is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 401 42nd St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4906.
Church of Light Healing Center: 10115 Cortez Road, Bradenton, has services 11 a.m. Sundays. Information: 941-795-5683.
Church of the Trinity Metropolitan Community Church: 7225 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, southern Manatee County, 10 a.m. Sunday service. Information: 941-355-0847.
Congregation Ner Tamid: Jewish Living and Learning Sunday School for children ages 4-14 meets 9 a.m. Sundays by appointment, at Lakeside Clubhouse, 3817 40th Ave. W., Bradenton. Adult bar and bat mitzvah classes also are offered. Friday night Shabbat services, which are open to the public, are held twice a month. Information: 941-755-1231.
Congregational United Church of Christ: Thrift Store, 5324 26th St. W., Bradenton in Saddle Creek Plaza, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays, donations accepted, pickup service available for large donations. Information: 941-739-1018.
Ellenton United Methodist Church: 3607 U.S. 301 N, Ellenton, all-you-can eat pancake breakfast 8-10 a.m. the first Saturday of the month, 9:45 a.m. Sunday services led by Pastor Beth Murchison, 11 a.m. adult Sunday school. Information: 941-729-6802.
Emmanuel United Methodist Church: Prayer & Share is at 10 a.m. Wednesdays in the library at the church, 5115 Cortez Road. Information: 941-792-3497.
Faith Bible Church: Bible Study is at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the church, 1511 Morgan Johnson Road, East Manatee. Preschool program available. Evening class is at 6:55 p.m. Tuesdays at Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. School-age program available. Information: 941-722-0940.
Faith United Church of Christ: 4850 State Road 64 E., has worship and Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. Sundays.
First Congregational United Church of Christ: 1030 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota, holds classes on keeping your balance 10 a.m. Mondays, taught by nurse Julie Pennella. Information: 941-953-7044.
Full Gospel Tabernacle: The church has a community sing the last Saturday of each month at 2903 11th St. Court E. Information: 941-746-3634 or 941-748-8102.
Gulf Coast Fellowship of Christian Athletes: conducts a tennis program for tots to teens (ages 4-18). All programs will be at the Tennis Center at Palm-Aire Country Club, 5601 Country Club Way. The programs are geared to develop/enhance tennis skills as well as provide spiritual development. Information: 941-539-6083.
Heaven Cent Thrift Shop: 5858 44th Ave. E., East Manatee, is open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Information: 941-745-1663.
Hope Lutheran Church: 4635 26th St. W., Bradenton, invites teens and young adults to participate in contemporary worship on 11 a.m. Sundays. More vocalists & musicians are needed for the Hope Lutheran praise band. Bring a friend and worship together; casual attire recommended. Information: 941-755-3256; or www.HopeLutheranFL.com. Also, Hope Lutheran offers fellowship for those seeking Christian friendship while playing cards and table board games in the Hands of Hope building at 1 p.m. every Monday. No reservations needed.
Hope Lutheran Church: 4635 26th St. W., Bradenton, offers free Narcotics Anonymous group meetings at 6:30 p.m. Saturdays in the Fellowship Hall. Information: 941-755-3256.
Lakewood Ranch Ladies Devotional Hour: is held 10 a.m. Thursdays at Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Information: 941-727-3789.
Living Lord Lutheran Church: Our Daily Bread/Project 5000 at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11120 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch, is collecting grocery bags filled with unbreakable containers to feed local families. Each bag will feed a family of four for two days or a family of two for four days. Also, the Quilters and Crafty Ladies meet 3 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month to make lap robes and quilts for the needy in Manatee County. Experience quilting is not necessary, just willing hands. Information: 941-753-9365.
Longboat Island Chapel: As part of its Aging in Paradise Resource Center, which addresses the issues of aging, introduces its memory loss support group to the communities of Sarasota and Manatee. The group meets 11 a.m.-1 p.m. every other Wednesday. Information: 941-383-6491.
Manatee County Meditation Group: meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-915-1454.
My Father's House Church: 7215 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, has Bible study at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:15 a.m. Sundays. Youth Bible study for all ages is at 9:15 a.m. Sundays. The thrift store is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Information: 941-776-9016.
Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, has Sunday worship service at 10:30 a.m. with a coffee hour following. Bible studies are at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays in the Fellowship Hall with Pastor Chris Carlson. Information: 941-355-4729.
Orthodox Catholic: The Synod of Governing Bishops for the Holy Orthodox Catholic Church announced the opening if their new church temporarily at 2700 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 11B, Sarasota. The Very Rev. Archbishop Jacob J. K. Longacre was appointed first pastor. All seven sacraments will be available in the Orthodox Form by making an appointment with the pastor at 941-954-0330.
Our Lady of the Angels: Grief support groups meet at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, 12905 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch. Information: 941-752-6770.
Palma Sola Presbyterian: 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, Next Christians Class, 10:10 a.m. Sundays in the Parlor. Information: 941-792-3141.
Palmetto First Baptist Church: 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. Sundays at Palmetto First Baptist Church, 1020 Fourth St. W., Palmetto. Information: 941-722-7795.
Parrish United Methodist Church: Sunday worship times are 8:15 a.m. traditional, 9:45 a.m. contemporary and 11:11 a.m. blended services, 9:45 a.m. Sunday school at 2180 U.S. 301 N., Parrish. Thrift cottage open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays at 12140 69th St. E., Parrish. Information: 941-776-1539.
Peace Presbyterian Church: a congregation of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., has moved to a new location in Lakewood Ranch, in the Manatee Board of Realtors building, 10910 Technology Drive. Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. Information: 941-753-7778.
Quakers: Sarasota Friends Meeting is at 10 a.m. Sundays at 3139 57th St., Sarasota. Information: 941-358-5759 or visit http//sarasota.quaker.org.
Revelation Ministries: "Prayer Time" at Revelation Ministries, 1919 14th St. W., Bradenton, will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: 941-726-3464.
St. Joseph Church: A caregiver/family support group meeting is set for 1-2:30 p.m. Mondays at the church, 3100 26th St,. W., Bradenton. Information: Marianne Ridgell of Home Instead Senior Care at 941-739-3050.
Stillpoint House of Prayer: Intercessory-prayer workshop groups are forming at 1608 14th St. W. For a schedule, call 941-748-6835. Contemplative-prayer groups meets at 11 a.m. every Wednesday and Thursday. A 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. every Friday evening and Shabbat Services with Torah study at 10 a.m. every Saturday morning at 4200 32nd St. W. The temple also conducts religious school classes three Sunday mornings a month and Hebrew school classes Wednesday afternoons by Susie Konicov. For more information, call 941-755-4900, 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday through Friday.
Temple Beth Israel: The Social Action Committee of Temple Beth Israel collects donations for the Bill Galvano One Stop Center. Needed: funding for medication, socks, mosquito repellent, toilet articles and soap, shoes, jeans, baby diapers and formula, reading glasses and bicycles. Donations can be given directly to the One Stop Center, 701 17th Ave. W., or dropped off at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key.
Temple Emanu-El: Under the direction of its Social Action Committee, Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, continues its food drive for those in Sarasota-Manatee who go hungry. Nonperishable boxed and canned foods may be placed in a marked bin in the Temple lobby during business hours and before and after Shabbat worship services. All donations benefit the kosher food pantry at Jewish Family and Children's Services or All Faiths Food Bank. Information: 941-966-9561.
Trinity Lutheran Church: 2200 26th St. W., Bradenton, hosts recovery group meetings: Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m. Mondays and 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays; Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.
Trinity United Methodist Church: 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, weekly Bible study 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Information: 941-737-3704.
Vessels Unto Honour Ministries: has moved to 3517 15th St. E., Bradenton, Sunday worship service is at noon and Life Enrichment service is at 7 p.m. Tuesdays.
Wildfire Ministries Bible study classes: 7:30 p.m. Fridays at the Hampton Inn, 5810 20th Court E., Ellenton.