Religion Almanac: June 10

Temple Emanu-El’s Mitzvah Knitting Group displays a few of the handmade items to be sent to Israel, where they are distributed to needy Jewish, Christian and Muslim families. The group meets 10 a.m. June 13 at 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota.
Temple Emanu-El’s Mitzvah Knitting Group displays a few of the handmade items to be sent to Israel, where they are distributed to needy Jewish, Christian and Muslim families. The group meets 10 a.m. June 13 at 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota. Provided photo

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June speakers

▪ 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. Rev. David Owen Ritz, June 11 and 25. Rev. Maria Shamaya Clemente, June 18. Potluck (this month’s theme is indoor picnic without the ants) and fellowship are offered after services.

Redeemer Lutheran happenings

Redeemer Lutheran Church, 6311 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, will hold the following events:

▪ Women’s and men’s coffee/ breakfast meets the second Saturday of the month from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

▪ Congregational Potluck luncheon June 11 following the 10:30 a.m. service with Holy Communion.

▪ Vacation Bible School: “Passport to Peru,” 5:30-8 p.m. July 24-28. All ages welcome.

For information call 941-792-5990.

Pulse event

Manatee Pride, Prism Youth Initiative and local LGBTQ supporters will hold an event at 7:30 p.m. June 12 at the Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton. The event will bring our community together to remember our 49 brothers and sisters who were killed in Orlando at the Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016. Information: 941-357-0111.

Temple Emanu-El Mitzvah Knitting Group

Monthly gatherings of Temple Emanu-El’s Mitzvah Knitting Group continue at 10 a.m. June 13 at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota. Welcoming all knitters and crocheters, the group enables attendees to use their talents to brighten the lives of others while making new friends. Participants socialize together while crafting blankets, caps, and booties for babies; these creations are donated to local groups as well as to needy families in Israel. Participants are asked to bring their own knitting needles or crochet hook and – if desired – a favorite pattern and yarn. Patterns and yarn will also be provided. For more information, email

Vacation Bible school

▪ Faith Lutheran Church, 9608 U.S. 301, Parrish, will hold vacation Bible school 6-8 p.m. June 12-16 for ages 3-12. Theme is “Mighty Fortress — In Jesus the Victory is Won.” Registration: 941-766-1395.

▪ Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, will hold vacation Bible school 6-8:30 p.m. June 12-15 for ages 2-12. Theme is “Fun Factory.” Registration: 941-756-6942.

▪ Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota, invites area children ages 4 through fifth grade to come to “Passport to Peru,” the church’s annual Vacation Bible School 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 18-22. Dinner will be served Monday through Thursday. For further information or registration, call the church office 941-355-2798.

Roots Performing Arts Camp

ROOTS Camp is the only one of its kind, offering basic, hands-on introduction to various performing arts to children who might otherwise not have access to theater, dance, visual arts, etc. The camp and is open to all children in Manatee and Sarasota counties. The camp is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 12-15 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2200 26th St. W., Bradenton, which includes lunch. A closing performance and reception is 4:30 p.m. June 15. And advance registration form is available at the church or church’s website:

Outreach Team Project

The Outreach Team at the Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, 941-753-9365 will be collecting items for The Children’s Closet through June 25. Any clothing in newborn to 24 months, new or gently used, Good Start formula, green or orange label; and all sizes of disposable diapers are recommended and cash or check contributions accepted. Please mark For Children’s Closet.


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.

Alive Church

At 6051 26th St. W., 941-254-3250 or go to, 10:30 a.m. Sunday service.

The Altar

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, or 941-739-0202.

Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene

1616 59th St. W. announces sign language interpretation for the deaf at its services each Sunday at 10:45 a.m.

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 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

2408 43rd Ave. W., 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. W., Cortez, 941-216-6286. Sunday Bible study at 10 a.m., worship service at 11a.m. and 5 p.m. Bible study 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

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, 11 a.m. Tuesdays.

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., 941-746-6141.

First United Methodist Church

Services, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton, 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

Worship 5 p.m. Saturday, 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Free Narcotics Anonymous group meetings 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and 7 p.m. Thursday. 4635 26th St. W., Bradenton, 941-755-3256.

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. 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 at Lockwood Ridge Road, with Pastor Wally Johnson, 941-355-4729, 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship.

Orthodox Catholic

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.

Revelation Ministries

Prayer Time at Revelation Ministries, 1919 14th St. W., Bradenton, 941-726-3464, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Roser Church

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. 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:

St. Joseph Catholic Church

3100 26th St. W., Bradenton, 4 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. 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.

Temple Emanu-El

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.

Wildfire Ministries

Bible study classes, Hampton Inn, 5810 20th Court E., Ellenton, 7:30 p.m. Fridays.