Religion

RELIGION ALMANAC

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. Send them to Faith & Values, Bradenton Herald, 11121 S.R. 70 E., Bradenton, FL 34202, fax them to 751-3384 or e-mail to jajones1bradenton.com. Service times are listed separately in the church directory; support groups are listed Tuesdays in Health & Fitness; club meetings are published Fridays in the Neighbors section. The list of ongoing events runs in alphabetical order by name of church or group, in rotation, as space permits.

UPCOMING EVENTS

n SHARE pick up will be held 8:30-9:30 a.m. Dec. 20 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 515 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Information: 792-3497.

n A “Happy Birthday, Jesus” party for children three-11 will be held 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 20 at Summerfield Park, Lakewood Ranch, sponsored by Risen Savior Lutheran Church. Information: 747-5564.

n A community-wide Hanukkah celebration, sponsored by the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation, will be held 4 p.m. Dec. 21 at Five Points Park, at the intersection of Main and Pineapple, Sarasota. Information: 371-4546.

n Palm View First Baptist, 415 49th St E., Palmetto, will share an Outdoor Candlelight Lord’s’ Supper 5-7 p.m. Dec. 21. Christmas music, children’s mini- drama “The Gift of Christmas” food and more. Pastor is Larry Pritchett. Please call 722-5077 for further information or visit the Web site palmviewfirstbaptist.org.

n Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton will have an adult Christmas Program, 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. Information: 756-6942.

n Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th Street W., Bradenton, will have a service 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, on the topic of The Work of Christmas. Information: 746-0067.

n St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2256 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, presents its annual “Stations of the Cross” outdoor program, 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 21. Refreshments will follow. Information: 955-6479.

n Handel’s “Messiah” selections with the Chancel Choir and Orchestra will be featured 11 a.m. Dec. 21, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

n Buddhist meditation service will be held 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 26, 10 a.m. Dec. 28 at Kadampa Meditation Center, 2016 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Cost: $10. Information: 373-1600.

n Ellenton United Methodist Church, 3607 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, will have a candlelight service 7 p.m. Dec. 24. Information: 729-6802.

n A candlelight service will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. Information: 756-6942.

n Peace Presbyterian in Lakewood Ranch welcomes everyone to its Christmas Eve service 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, at Manatee Community College, in the Lakewood Ranch Corporate Park.

For more information, contact Rev. Elizabeth Deibert at edeibert@mindspring.com or 753-7778.

n A candlelight Communion service will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st Street, Sarasota. Information: 355-4729.

n Christmas Eve service will be held 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24. A Christmas Day service is set for 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 25, at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, 11315 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch.

n Christmas Eve service will be held 4 p.m., 7 p.m., and 11 p.m. Dec. 24 at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11120 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch. Information: 753-9365.

n St. Joseph Catholic Church, 3100 26th Street W., Bradenton, will have services 4 p.m., 7 p.m., and a candlelight service 10:30 p.m. Dec. 24. Services will be 8 a.m., 11 a.m. Dec. 25. Information: 756-3732.

n Christmas Eve candlelight service at First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, will be held 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 24. Information: 955-0935.

n Manatee United Methodist Church will celebrate Christmas Eve in the Manatee Historical Village church at 605 15th Street E., Bradenton, 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Information: 746-0101

n A candlelight service will be held 8 p.m. Dec. 24 at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th Street E., Bradenton. Information: 746-0101.

n Christmas Eve candlelight service and Holy Communion will be celebrated, 7 p.m. Dec. 24 at Northminister Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st Street, Sarasota. Information: 355-4729.

n Temple Beth El, 4200 32nd Street W., Bradenton will hold their annual family Hanukkah celebration, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 26. Bring a menorah to light together and a dish to pass. Latkes will be provided by the Men’s Club. Information: 755-4900.

n First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, will have “blessing of the gifts,” where children bring their favorite Christmas gifts to be blessed, 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. Dec. 28. Information: 955-0935.

n Vessels Unto Honor Ministries, presents Restoration and Breakthrough Crusade, 7:30 p.m. Dec.29 through Jan. 2 at Bradenton-Days Inn Conference Center, 3506 First Street W., Bradenton with guest speaker Pastor Terry Weems. Information: (352) 361-8726.

n Buddhist meditation service will be held 7:30 p.m. Dec. 30, and 10 a.m. Jan. 4 at Kadampa Meditation Center, 2016 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Cost: $10. Information: 373-1600.

n Worship service will be held 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 6 p.m. Sundays at Oneco United Methodist Church, 2112 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. Information: 755-5943.

ONGOING EVENTS

n The Altar, 116 46th St. N.W., Bradenton, a start-up Assembly of God congregation in Bradenton, meets 7 p.m. Thursday and 5:30 p.m. Sundays with Pastors John and Gene McIntyre. Information: 748-5265.

n Church of the Trinity, 7225 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, southern Manatee County, has a traditional Sunday service 9:15 a.m. Sundays and a contemporary service with children’s sermon at 11 a.m.

n Congregation Ner Tamid is forming a post bar and bat mitzvah teen group that will meet once a month at Lakeside South Clubhouse, 3817 40th Ave. W., Bradenton, to continue their Jewish education and participation in Tikkum Olam and other mitzvah projects around the community. Dates and times to be announced. Information: 755-1231.

n Ellenton United Methodist Church, 3607 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton has an all-you-can eat pancake breakfast 8-10 a.m. the first Saturday of the month. Methodist Men meet 8:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month. A pot luck dinner is held 5:30 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month. Information: 729-6802.

n The Miracle Club No. 1 meets 7-8 p.m. Thursdays in the Chapel Room of the Congregational United Church of Christ, 3700 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 730-7079.

n Rehearsal for singers for the Living Christmas Tree will be held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th Street W., Bradenton, for all members of the community. “Celebrate Recovery,” a 12-step program for those wanting to over come addictions of all kinds, is held 6:30 p.m. Mondays. Information: 794-1685.

n First United Church of Christ presents a six-week interactive journey responding to culture’s objections to Christianity 10-11 a.m., 7-8 p.m. Thursdays and 9-10 a.m. Sundays. Youth group sessions are available from noon to 2 p.m. Sundays. Information: 723-7516.

n The Lakewood Ranch Ladies Devotional Hour is held 10 a.m. Thursdaysat Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Lakewood Ranch. Information: 727-3789.

n Manatee Spiritual Center/Church of Religious Science, 1327 U.S. 301 N., Palmetto, has an ongoing study group on the book, “The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment,” that meets 10 a.m. alternate Thursdays followed by lunch-out and fellowship. Information: 531-3879.

n A meeting of artists takes place 10 a.m. Wednesdays at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st Street, Sarasota. Bring your own supplies. Information: 355-4729.

n Bible study for single adults will be held 7:30-9 p.m. Sundays at Palmetto First Baptist Church, 1020 Fourth St. W., Palmetto. Information: 722-7795.

n Temple Beth El, a reform congregation, conducts Erev Shabbat Services every Friday evening at 7:30 pm and Shabbat Services with Torah study every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at 4200 32nd St. W. The temple also conducts religious school classes three Sunday mornings a month and Hebrew school classes Tuesday afternoons by Rabbi Larry Mahrer and Wednesday, afternoons by Susie Konicov. For more information, call 755-4900.

Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Sarasota, will return to seasonal time of 8 p.m. on Fridays and remain at 10 a.m. Saturdays. Rabbi Katz will be assisted by Ann Stephenson Moe, temple choir director. Information: 795-0378.

n The Altar, 116 46th St. N.W., Bradenton, a start-up Assembly of God congregation in Bradenton, meets 7 p.m. Thursday, and 5:30 p.m. Sundays, with Pastors John and Gene McIntyre. Information: 748-5265.

n Congregation Ner Tamid is forming a post bar and bat mitzvah teen group that will meet once a month at Lakeside South Clubhouse, 3817 40th Ave. W., Bradenton, to continue their Jewish education and participation in Tikkum Olam and other mitzvah projects around the community. Dates and times to be announced. Information: 755-1231.

n Bible Study Fellowship, an international, interdenominational Bible study that offers a four-fold approach to studying the Bible, meets 9:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month, through May at Faith Bible Church, 1511 Morgan Johnson Road, Bradenton.

n The Miracle Club No. 1 meets 7-8 p.m. Thursdays in the Chapel Room of the Congregational United Church of Christ, 3700 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 730-7079.

n Rehearsal for singers for the Living Christmas Tree will be held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., Bradenton, for all members of the community. “Celebrate Recovery,” a 12-step program for those wanting to overcome addictions of all kinds, is held 6:30 p.m. Mondays.Information: 794-1685.

n The Lakewood Ranch Ladies Devotional Hour is held 10 a.m. Thursdays at Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Lakewood Ranch. Information: 727-3789.

n A meeting of artists takes place 10 a.m. Wednesdays at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota. Bring your own supplies. Information: 355-4729.

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