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 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.


n SHARE registration will be held 9:30-10:30 a.m. Jan. 3 and 6-7 p.m. Jan. 7, at Bayshore Gardens Community Church, 6228 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 228-0561.

n Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton presents the Perry’s in concert 6 p.m. Jan. 4. Information: 756-6942.

n Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, will have a service 10:30 a.m. Jan. 4. Information: 746-0067.

n Musica Sacra will resume rehearsals 7 p.m. Jan. 5, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Singers wanted. Information: 747-3704.

n The Lunch Bunch at Living Lord Lutheran Church, will meet 11:30 a.m. Jan. 8, at Shells Restaurant, 6260 Lake Osprey Drive, Lakewood Ranch. Information: 727-1878.

n Faith United Methodist Church, 7215 1st Ave. W., Bradenton, will host a spaghetti dinner 4-7 p.m. Jan. 9. Cost: $5 adults, $2.50 children.

n “Breakfast is Served,” a morning of food and fun, will be held 9 a.m. Jan. 10 at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, with guest speaker author Barry Ladd, presenting his views on the healthcare system.

n SHARE sign up will be held 10:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 10 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 792-3497.

n Jerry Nelson, composer, recording producer, pianist from Denver Colo., will be featured in concert 6 p.m. Jan. 11 at Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., Bradenton.

n The First Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, presents “Jazz in the Chapel” 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Jan. 11 featuring the Jazz Trio. Information: 955-0935.

n Buddhist meditation services will be held 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Meditation sessions are also set 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 and 10 a.m. Jan. 18 at Kadampa Buddhist Center, 2016 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Cost: $10. Information: 373-1600.

n The Heart of Christianity classes will begin 7 p.m. Jan. 12 and noon Jan. 13 at First Congregational United Methodist Church, 1031 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota, led by Rev. Gloria Van Houten. Information: 953-7044.

n First Baptist Church of Gillette, 3301 Moccasin Wallow Road, Palmetto, presents a Southern Gospel concert with the Dixie Echoes, 7 p.m. Jan. 16.

n Quakers: Sarasota Friends Meeting, 3139 57th St., Sarasota, will be held 10 a.m. Sundays. Information: 358-5759.

n Buddhist meditation services will be held 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5 at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, 7:30 p.m. Jan 6, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9 and 10 a.m. Jan. 11 at Kadampa Meditation Center, 2016 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Cost: $10. Information: 373-1600.

n First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, invites children to seniors to see model railroad displays hosted by RealRail, 1:30-5:30 p.m. Jan 8. Club members will be on hand to answer any questions. Information: 955-0935.

n Saint Clare of Assisi Womens Guild at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, 12905 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch, will meet 7 p.m. Jan. 8 with guest speaker Cecelia Carag. Information: 744-1937.

n SHARE sign up will be held 10:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 10 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 792-3497.

n Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st Street, Sarasota, presents Breakfast is Served 9 a.m. Jan. 10, with guest speaker author Barry Ladd on the topic of our healthcare system.

n The Southwest Florida lay assembly titled “Where is the Laity in the Future Church,” will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 17 at Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Drive, Fort Myers, with guest speaker Robert McClory. Cost: $25 includes refreshments. Information: (941) 966-5343.

n Marriage Works will host a marriage course titled The Power of US: Enriched Christian Marriage, 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays beginning Jan. 7, with guest speaker Richard Marks. Cost: $25 per couple. Information: 827-0500.


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 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. Information: 748-4420.

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. Taize Service is held 6 p.m. the second Sunday of each month.

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 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. An evening women’s class meets at Whitfield Christian Church, 3550 Whitfield Ave, Bradenton, 6:55 p.m. on Mondays.

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 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.

n 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 Bread of Life Mission Inc. is in need of houses, mobile homes, land, buildings, cars, vans, trucks and/or monetary gifts to assist and help get people off the streets. Information: 575-4440.

n Heaven Cent Thrift Shop, 5858 44th Ave. E., East Manatee, is open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Information: 745-1663.

n The Rev. Paul Alford has assumed the interim pastorate of the Christ Community Church of Bradenton, 1803 57th Ave. W. Services are 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays, and Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m. Information: 755-6162.

n 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: 746-4906.

n Christ United Methodist Church Thrift Shop, 5328 26th St. W., Bradenton, is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Delivery available. Information: 751-9061.

n Church of Light Healing Center, 10115 Cortez Road, Bradenton, has services 11 a.m. Sundays. Information: 795-5683.

n The new east campus of CrossPointe Fellowship has services 11 a.m. Sundays at Buffalo Creek Middle School, 7320 69th St. E., Palmetto. Information: 778-0719.

n The Downtown Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets 8 p.m. Mondays at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 794-5188. T.O.P.S. No. 39 Bradenton meets 5 p.m. Mondays in Room 14. Information: 755-4688.

n 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. Information: 753-9365. Also, the Quilters and Crafty Ladies meet 3 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Information: 794-8350.

n My Father’s House thrift store, 7215 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Information: 776-9016.

n Parrish United Methodist Church thrift cottage is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays at 12140 69th St. E., Parrish. Information: 776-1539.