Religion Almanac: Feb. 3

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@

Roser Pancake Breakfast

Roser Memorial Church will host a pancake breakfast featuring pancakes, sausage, syrup, applesauce, biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee or tea, 8-11 a.m. Feb. 10. Cost is $6. Children younger than 5 are free. Proceeds will go toward upgrading the kitchen equipment. The church is at 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. For more information call the church office at 941-778-0414, email, go to

Community events at St. Mary’s

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 1010 24th Ave. W., Palmetto, will hold a community dinner 5-7 p.m. Feb. 7 for a donation. The church will also host at Valentine’s day Decadent Desserts Card and Games party on Feb. 10. Tickets are $15. 941-722-5292.

Super Bowl Lunch

Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, will hold a Super Bowl Lunch on Feb. 4 in Shook Fellowship Hall. It will follow the 10 a.m. worship service and feature hot dogs and tailgating treats as everyone cheers for their favorite team. For more information and reservations, contact the church office at 941-383-6491.

Lunch with the Rabbis

Temple Emanu-El’s popular monthly “Lunch with the Rabbis” program continues at noon Feb. 7 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 371-2788.

Bradenton Christian Women’s Connection

The group meets for a Valentine’s Luncheon 11 a..m-1 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Masonic Lodge, 520 30th Ave. W., Bradenton. Learn about “Hope in a Bag” from Laura Freese. Reservations by Feb. 2 to 941-750-8786 or

Lutheran World Relief

Redeemer Lutheran will be accepting quilts for Lutheran World Relief during the mornings of Feb. 5-9 and loading them on 8 a.m. Feb. 13 on the semi-trailer. Youth will be hosting a spaghetti dinner 6-7:15 p.m. Feb. 13 to raise funds for the National youth gathering. Wednesday service is at 6:48 p.m., everyone welcome. 6311 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, 941-792-5990.

Spring book study

Faith United Church of Christ, 4860 S.R. 64 E., Bradenton, will hold a spring book study, “The Book of Joy,” by Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Feb. 14-March 28. There are Wednesday and Sunday groups. Call 941-746-8890 between 9 a.m. and noon daily for further information, to register, or to participate in group book order. Deadline is Feb. 7. Book is $17.

Visiting scholar

Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota, welcomes Dr. Lance Sussman as this year’s Scholar-in-Residence at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10 a.m. Feb. 10. All are invited to learn from this nationally-renowned historian and professor, whose presentations are generously underwritten by the Peck Scholar Fund, Opher Scholar Fund, and Arny and Dee Kaplan. For more information, please call 371-2788.


Dr. Thomas O. Hecht, a premier Holocaust educator and author will present a lecture on “Anti-Semitism and the State of Israel” at 3 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Al Katz Center, 5710 Cortez Road W., Bradetnon. Dr. Hecht’s lecture will be followed at 4 p.m. with internationally-renowned Israeli-/Russian pianist Eleonora Lvov performing her “Music of Love” concert of classical music. The cost for the lecture and concert is $10. For reservations, contact Dr. Beverly Newman at 941-313-9239.

In concert

Jerry Nelson, pianist, arranger, composer from Denver, will be featured in concert at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W. A free will offering will be received.


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.

Center for Spiritual Living

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. Potluck (bring a dish to share) and fellowship are offered after services. “Beyond Sunday” talks are 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.

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 Bible typology and surveying books of the Bible. 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.

The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation

4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, offers two Sunday services: at 8 a.m. will be Holy Communion Rite I, and at 10:30 a.m. will be Holy Communion Rite II with music. There is also a service of Holy Communion with Healing on Thursday mornings at 9:30. The men’s breakfastWednesday mornings at 8 a.m. The men share a hearty breakfast, prayers and fellowship. All are welcome to all services and events. 941-778-1638.

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. Nara Anon Family Group, 7:15 p.m. Thursdays.

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.

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. “BE HEARD!” Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Education Building. Come spend time creating art, listening to music, reading devotions, prayers and Scripture. Bring your children, invite a friend, and come relax and reflect in God’s presence. 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.

Manatee County Meditation Group

Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, 941-915-1454, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

Manatee United Methodist Church

315 15th St. E., Bradenton, 941-746-0101. Worship service at 11 a.m. Sundays. Pastor Dr. Gene Maddox.

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., (corner with Lockwood Ridge Road), Sarasota, 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

6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, 941-792-3141, blended worship service is at 10 a.m. Sunday.

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.

Redeemer Lutheran Church

Redeemer Lutheran Church, 6311 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, has women’s and men’s coffee/ breakfast meets the second Saturday of the month from 9 to 10:30 a.m. 941-792-5990.

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 Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch

5150 Peridia Blvd. E., Bradenton, is a full-service reform synagogue with a full-time Rabbi and Cantor. Offering Erev Shabbat Services every Friday night at 7:30 p.m., Shabbat morning services at 10 a.m. followed by Torah study, Sunday Religious/Hebrew School, adult Hebrew classes, Jewish holiday celebrations, events and activities. Welcoming to all., 941-755-4900.

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. Through August, Shabbat observances begin every Friday at 5:30 p.m. with a friendly kiddush reception of wine, cheese, fruit, sweets, and challah. Worship services, which follow at 6 p.m., are briefer and more informal than in the fall months, with familiar prayers and spirited music. The celebration continues after services end, as attendees join together to share Shabbat dinner in local restaurants. 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;

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.