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 calendar@ bradenton.com.
▪ The Center for Spiritual Living Manatee holds services at 11:30 a.m. Sundays at the Unity-in-the-Woods campus at 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton. Gerry Greig on Jan. 29. Potluck and fellowship are offered after services. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gabriel Swaggart, grandson of famed evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, will be a guest speaker at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. 941-756-6942.
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, 833 Magellan Drive, Sarasota, is having one of its “famous” spaghetti dinners from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 featuring spaghetti and meatballs, salad and dessert. Cost $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-12. A prize drawing will be at 6 p.m. Prizes range from $100 to $2,000. Drawing tickets will be sold at the door.
The community is invited to First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, to hear Rev. Dr. Sam Wright’s through Feb. 26 sermon series “WHY?” which will explore questions all of us have — Why do the innocent suffer? Why doesn’t God answer my prayers? Why doesn’t God make it clear what I should do? Why won’t God communicate with me? Why doesn’t God do something? Why me? Included will be Job’s struggle and ours as we wrestle with these deep questions of life. Dr. Wright will also relate his own struggles with these issues. 941-955-0935; www.firstsrq.com.
Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., Bradenton, announces its winter season Southern Gospel Concert series:
▪ Feb. 12: 10:45 a.m. — The Martins
▪ Mar. 26: 10:45 a.mn. — The Ball Brothers
Faith United Methodist Church, 7215 First Ave. W., Bradenton, will host Dan Schall at the 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. services Jan. 29. Schall will share his personal testimony through song and personal words of encouragement. Dan stutters when he speaks, but the Lord has blessed him with a glorious singing voice of praise to share through music. Even though he has difficulty with the spoken word, Dan believes God has gifted him with a voice to share it with everyone through song.
New support groups
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota, is offering two new support groups beginning Jan 30th. GriefShare group starts 5:30 p.m.; DivorceCare starts at 7 p.m. Both groups feature national experts sharing tips via DVD; $15 for respective participant workbook. Find emotional healing during these 13-week series of workshops. Call church office at 941-355-2798 with questions or to get directions.
“Lunch with the Rabbis”
Temple Emanu-El’s popular monthly “Lunch with the Rabbis” program continues noon Feb. 1 at the synagogue, 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota. The community is warmly invited to join Rabbi Brenner Glickman and Rabbi Michael Shefrin for casual socializing as well as stimulating conversation on current events and topics of Jewish interest. Attendees are asked to bring their own brown-bag lunch; homemade dessert is provided. For more information, call 941-371-2788.
Engage in a brain-twisting, mind-wrestling, hair-splitting experience as you explore modern situations and the complex dilemmas they give rise to while you seek solutions by examining original Talmudic texts. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton, Rabbi Mendy Bukiet of Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch will offer a new six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) called “The Dilemma: Modern Conundrums. Talmudic Debates. Your Solutions.” Interested students may call 941-752-3030 or visit www.myJLI.com for registration and for other course-related information.
Join the Temple Beth El family as we celebrate our first Erev Shabbat in our new building at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3. As of Feb. 1, Temple Beth El will be located at 5150 Peridia Blvd E. in Bradenton on State Road 70 between U. S. 301 and Lockwood Ridge Road, in the Peridia Golf and Country Club Communnity. 941-755-4900
See George Kern and Friends at 3 p.m. Feb. 5 at First United Methodist Church, 330 11th St. W., Palmetto. The program will feature internationally acclaimed soprano Sarah Arneson, Anne Hooper Webb, violinist with the Boston Philharmonic and George Kern, professor emeritus of piano at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. They will perform works by Schubert, Brahms and Ravel. 941-713-6676.
Winter-Spring Book Study
The book is “Putting Away Childish Things” by Marcus Borg. Book study at Faith United Church of Christ, 4850 S.R. 64 E., Bradenton, is 9 a.m. Sundays Feb. 5-March 12 or 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays Feb. 7-March 14. Sign up by calling the church office 941-746-8890 or email to email@example.com.
Join the ladies for lunch at noon Feb. 9. Call or stop by the Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, 748-6669 to register. We will be going to Leon’s House of Omelets at 7246 55th Ave. E.
Night to Shine
Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. The event is 6-9 p.m. Feb. 10 at Bayside Community Church, East Bradenton Campus, 15800 S.R. 64 E. On Feb. 10 churches from around the world will host Night to Shine for thousands of honored guests. The event is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation at Bayside Community Church. To register: http://mybayside.church/forms/night-shine-guest-registration. To volunteer: http://mybayside.church/forms/night-shine-volunteer-registration.
Longboat Island Chapel will hold it’s 24th annual Jazz Sunday on Feb. 12 at the 10 a.m. worship service. The theme this year will be “Weather” and will cover themed music on weather found in the American Songbook. This event is being planned by local jazz celebrity drummer Al Hixon, and features Tony Swain, clarinetist and MC, pianist Dick Reynold, bass player John Lamb, who toured for many years with Duke Ellington, trombonist Louise Wilson, and James Suggs on trumpet. Jordana Tolsky is arriving from Toronto to sing with the band. These musicians have performed over the years with top jazz stars throughout the world. The church is at 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. There is ample parking at Longboat Island Chapel's campus and all are welcome.
The smooth, rich sounds of multi-Dove Award winning and Grammy nominated trio, The Martins, will be featured on Feb. 13, as the talented musical family comes to the First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St., Bradenton, during an exciting music service, beginning at 10:45 a.m. 941-794-1685, fcnbonline.org.
This Valentine’s Day we invite you to renew your wedding vows at during an elegant candle lit ceremony at 6 p.m. Feb. 14 at Faith United Methodist Church, 7215 1st Ave. W., Bradenton. Cost is $25 per couple. Pre-registration fee includes ceremony, beautiful renewal certificate, sparkling celebratory toast and accoutrements. The event, hosted by the PrimeTimers Social Group, is open to all. Call 941-794-8067 to register.
Kosher Cooking & Tasting Competition
Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch is preparing its third one-of a kind event —which will be open to men and women — a Kosher Cooking & Tasting Competition, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21. At the event, there will several cooking competitions, including a MasterChef inspired competition — tasting opportunities, a presentation of surprisingly Kosher dishes. Competitors will be cooking Kosher dishes at Chabad to be voted on for creativity and taste at this cooking event. All competitors will receive fabulous entry prizes and a grand prize will be awarded for the winner. While some attendees will be competing in one of the cooking competitions, everyone is invited to attend as tasters as well. No cooking experience necessary to attend this event. The event will take place at The Chabad House at 5712 Lorraine Road. There is an entry fee of $10 per person, or $100 to sponsor a table. Limited seating available. For more information, or to reserve a spot, contact Chabad at 941-752-3030, firstname.lastname@example.org or chabadofbradenton.com.
Addiction Recovery sessions
A faith-based Addiction & Recovery Outreach Program for men and women who struggle with addictions will be held 7-9 p.m. Fridays in the back of Bible Baptist Church, Room 201, 2113 Morgan Johnson Road, Bradenton, as our RU (Reformers Unanimous) Chapter K0455 meets. RU offers Biblical solutions that can help break the chains of addiction and bondage through the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no cost to those who attend, and we are here to assist and encourage those who want change in their lives.
Aging in Paradise Resource Center
Longboat Island Chapel, issues of aging, memory loss support group, 941-383-6491, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. every other Wednesday.
Aglow International/Bradenton Aglow
At First Assembly of God, 1820 53rd Ave. W., Bradenton, 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday of the month.
Al Katz Center
Cortez Commons shopping center, 5710 Cortez Road, Bradenton, Jewish learning classes, workshops, and events year-round, including public concerts on Sunday afternoons, Jewish history courses, holiday celebrations, films, and Holocaust educational services, advocacy services free for elders and Holocaust survivors. Jewish Bible study group meets at 2 p.m. Tuesdays; $7 suggested donation. 941-313-9239.
At 6051 26th St. W., 941-254-3250 or go to mychurchisalive.org, 10:30 a.m. Sunday service.
Interdenominational Christian fellowship, Peridia Office Park, 3911 Golf Park Loop, No. 104, Bradenton, 941-730-2136 or 941-565-1989, 11 a.m. Saturday Shabbat service with Hebrew and English liturgy and Torah service followed by Kiddush and Oneg, 7 p.m. Sunday meetings at a home for worship, prayer and fellowship.
Bible Baptist Church
Offers a faith-based and Christ-centered addiction program 7-9 p.m. Fridays. All are welcome. The church is at 2113 Morgan Johnson Road, Bradenton. 941-746-6221.
Braden River Presbyterian Church
Meet at 5150 Peridia Blvd. E., Bradenton, bradenriverpc.com or 941-739-0202.
Bread of Life Mission Inc.
Needs houses, mobile homes, land, buildings, cars, vans, trucks and/or monetary gifts to help get people off the streets, 941-575-4440.
Centro Evangelistico Reflexiones Congregation
Spanish language services, Pastor Daniel Rosales, Northminster Presbyterian Church USA, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, 10 a.m. Sundays, Bible study at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch
Services, studies: 5712 Lorraine Road, Lakewood Ranch, led by Rabbi Mendy Bukiet, 941-752-3030. Talmud clases 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays. Torah studies, 9 a.m. Saturday. 11 a.m.-noon Saturday CKids Shabbat Club. Shabbat services are 7 p.m. Fridays and 9:30 a.m. Saturday followed by buffet Kiddush.
Christ Community Church
The Rev. David Carter as pastor, 1803 57th Ave. W., Bradenton, 941-755-6162, 10 a.m. Sunday morning fellowship, 10:45 a.m. worship service, 7 p.m. Wednesday prayer service.
Christ Episcopal Church
Thrift shop, 401 42nd St. W., Bradenton, 941-746-4906, open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
Church of Light Healing Center
10115 Cortez Road, Bradenton, 941-795-5683, 11 a.m. Sunday services.
Church of the Trinity Metropolitan Community Church
7225 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, 941-355-0847, 10 a.m. Sunday service.
Congregation Ner Tamid
Jewish Living and Learning Sunday School for children ages 4-14, Lakeside Clubhouse, 3817 40th Ave. W., Bradenton, 941-755-1231, 9 a.m. Sundays by appointment.
Congregational United Church of Christ
Thrift Store, 5324 26th St. W., Bradenton in Saddle Creek Plaza, pickup service for large donations, 941-739-1018, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays.
Cortez Church of Christ
Currently studying the books of Hebrews and Ecclesiastes, and maintaining zeal for God. Meets at 12111 45th Ave. West, Cortez, 941-216-6286. Sunday Bible study at 10 a.m., worship service at 11a.m.
Ellenton United Methodist Church
3607 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, 941-729-6802, 9:45 a.m. Sunday service, 11 a.m. adult Sunday school; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday Thrift Shoppe open.
Emmanuel United Methodist Church
Prayer & Share, 5115 Cortez Road, 941-792-3497, 10 a.m. Wednesdays.
Faith Bible Church
1511 Morgan Johnson Road, East Manatee, 941-722-0940, Bible Study is at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, evening class is at 6:55 p.m. Tuesdays at Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Faith United Church of Christ
Worship and Sunday School, 4850 State Road 64 E., 10:30 a.m. Sundays.
First Congregational United Church of Christ
Balance classes, 1030 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota, 941-953-7044, 10 a.m. Mondays.
First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church, 1402 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, offers Contemporary Worship at 9 a.m. and Traditional Worship at 11 a.m. with organ and choir. Discipleship and Classic/Family Sunday School classes begin at 10 a.m. Child care is available for children ages 5 and under. firstpresbradenton.com, 941-746-6141.
First United Methodist Church
Services, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton, fumcb.com or call 941-747-4406, 10:30 a.m. traditional Sunday service, 9:15 a.m. adult Sunday school.
Full Gospel Tabernacle
Community sing, 2903 11th St. Court E., 941-746-3634 or 941-748-8102, last Saturday of each month.
Grief support groups
Palmetto Presbyterian Church, 1115 10th Ave. W., Palmetto, is offering a GriefShare Grief Recovery and Support Group 3:31-4:55 p.m. Thursdays. In the coming weeks topics such as “The Journey of Grief,” “Stuck in Grief,” “Why” and much more will be covered. The public is invited. For more information or to register call 941-722-3513. The group is also offered from 4 to 6 p.m. Sundays Jan. 15-April 9 at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Resverations: 941-792-3141.
Gulf Coast Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Tots to teens (ages 4-18) tennis, at Tennis Center at Palm-Aire Country Club, 5601 Country Club Way, 941-539-6083.
Heaven Cent Thrift Shop
Open, 5858 44th Ave. E., East Manatee, 941-745-1663, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Hope Lutheran Church
Narcotics Anonymous, 4635 26th St. W., Bradenton, free group meetings, Fellowship Hall, 941-755-3256, 6:30 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m. contemporary services Sundays.
Lakewood Ranch Ladies
Devotional hour, Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, 941-727-3789, 10 a.m. Thursdays.
Living Lord Lutheran Church
11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, 941-753-9365, Sunday worship services at 8, 9:15 and 11 a.m. Nursery open 8 a.m.-noon, Bible Study at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Christian education classes have started for fall/winter. Classes are from nursery through high school and involve fellowship, music, Bible stories, activities, etc. Open to all. Begin at 9:15 a.m. in the sanctuary with the pastor’s youth message and then move to the classrooms until 10:30.
Manatee County Meditation Group
Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, 941-915-1454, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
My Father’s House Church
Bible study, 7215 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, thrift store is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 941-776-9016, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 9:15 a.m. Sundays. Youth Bible study for all ages, 9:15 a.m. Sundays.
Northminster Presbyterian Church
3131 61st St., Sarasota, in Fellowship Hall with Pastor Chris Carlson, 941-355-4729, 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship with a coffee hour following, Bible studies 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays.
The Synod of Governing Bishops for the Holy Orthodox Catholic Church opens new church temporarily at 2700 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 11B, Sarasota, the Rev. Archbishop Jacob J.K. Longacre is first pastor. All seven sacraments available in Orthodox form by making an appointmentat 941-954-0330.
Palma Sola Presbyterian
Service, 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, 941-792-3141, 9 a.m. Dawning, 11 a.m. Traditional Sundays.
Palmetto First Baptist Church
Services, 1020 Fourth St. W., Palmetto, 941-722-7795, 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday.
Parrish United Methodist Church
Sunday worship, 12140 69th St. E., Parrish, 941-776-1539, 8:15 a.m. traditional, 9:45 a.m. contemporary and 11:11 a.m. blended services, 9:45 a.m. Sunday school.
Peace Presbyterian Church
Presbyterian Church USA, 12705 State Road 64 E., Lakewood Ranch, 941-753-7778, 9:30 a.m. Sunday services.
Prayer Time at Revelation Ministries, 1919 14th St. W., Bradenton, 941-726-3464, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
At Williams Elementary School, 3404 Fort Hamer Road, Parrish, Church of the Nazarene affiliate, nursery care and children’s church, 941-794-1685 and rivereast.org, 5:30 p.m. Saturday services.
Fellowship Hall, 512 Pine Ave., Golfing for God, second and fourth Wednesdays, Jesus and Youth, 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays; Roser-Robics, 9 a.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m. Fridays. Boomer Bootcamp, 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday. Joyful Noise Choir, 3:15-4 p.m. Tuesdays. JOY Brown Bag Lunch Series, 11 a.m. Wednesdays. 941-778-0414.
Sarasota Jewish Chorale
Sarasota Jewish Chorale rehearses every Thursday evening at 7 p.m., Hecht School, Jewish Federation Campus, Sarasota. We are a friendly, spirited performing group in the Sarasota/Manatee community, eager for new singers for our 17th season. Call Susan at 941-355-8011. Ability to read music is preferable. People of all voice parts and all faiths are welcome. Check us out at: sarasotajewishchorale.org
St. Joseph Church
3100 26th St. W., Bradenton, Marianne Ridgell of Home Instead Senior Care, caregiver/family support group meeting, 941-739-3050, 1-2:30 p.m. Mondays.
St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church
11315 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. 941-751-5048. 7:45 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday services. Nursery open 9 and 11 a.m. services.
Stillpoint House of Prayer
1608 14th St. W., 941-748-6835, Contemplative-prayer groups at 11 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Spanish Bible study, prayer and rosary group, 9 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday.
Temple Beth El
4200 32nd St. W., reform congregation, religious classes three Sunday mornings a month and Hebrew school classes Wednesday afternoons by Susie Konicov, 941-755-4900, Erev Shabbat services at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Shabbat services with Torah study, 10 a.m. Saturday. .
Temple Beth Israel
Social Action Committee of Temple Beth Israel collects donations for the Bill Galvano One Stop Center, 701 17th Ave. W., or dropped off at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, medication funds, socks, mosquito repellent, toilet articles and soap, shoes, jeans, baby diapers and formula, reading glasses and bicycles.
151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, Social Action Committee, food drive, place nonperishable boxed and canned foods in a marked bin in the Temple lobby during business hours and before and after Shabbat worship services. All donations benefit kosher food pantry at Jewish Family and Children’s Services or All Faiths Food Bank, 941-966-9561.
Trinity Lutheran Church
2200 26th St. W., Bradenton, GIFT: Generations Growing in Faith Together 10 a.m. Sundays. Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m. Mondays and 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays; Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.
Trinity United Methodist Church
Weekly Bible study, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, 941-737-3704, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
Vessels Unto Honour Ministries
Services, 3517 15th St. E., Bradenton, noon Sunday worship, 7 p.m. Tuesday life enrichment service.
Bible study classes, Hampton Inn, 5810 20th Court E., Ellenton, 7:30 p.m. Fridays.