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 Volunteers from Ellenton United Methodist Church, will have a booth at the Manatee County Fair in Palmetto serving breakfast, strawberry shortcakes, chili and more, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., now through Jan. 24, to help raise funds for missions. Information: 729-6802.

n An antiques appraisal show will be held beginning 9:30 a.m. Jan. 17 at Bradenton Christian Reformed Church, 4208 26th Street W., Bradenton. Cost: $7 includes appraisal for one item. Information: 756-0186.

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 Buddhist meditation services will be held 10 a.m. Jan. 18 at Kadampa Buddhist Center, 2016 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Meditation services also will be held 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20., 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23, and 10 a.m. Jan. 25 at Kadampa Meditation Center, 2016 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Cost: $10. Information: 373-1600.

n Bayshore Church of Nazarene, 2311 57th Ave. W., Bradenton presents the Simple Faith Trio, featuring Jeff Shadowens in concert, 6 p.m. Jan. 18.

n Winter camp meetings will be held 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, and 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, with guest speakers Kenneth Phillips, Wayne Neyland, and Frank Baio. Information: 756-6942.

n Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th Street W., Bradenton, will have a service 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, with guest speaker Rev. Roger Greeley. Information: 746-0067.

n Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road W., Bradenton, presents an evening of jazz with Bill Carter and the Presbybop Quartet, 7 p.m. Jan 19. Information: 794-6229.

n Bible study will resume 9 a.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Jan. 20 at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st Street, Sarasota. Information: 355-4729.

n Life Enrichment Seminar “Living with Less” will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 22, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, and Feb. 12 at Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Cost: $15 or $5 per session. Information: 752-1426.

n SHARE pick up will be held 8:30-9:30 a.m. Jan. 24 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Information: 792-3497.

n Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th Street W., Bradenton, will honor all winter residents 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Jan. 25, with a morning fellowship coffee, a token gift, and recognition of northern states and Canada. The Collingsworth Family from Rabbit Hash, Ky., will be featured in concert, 6 p.m. Jan. 25. Information: 794-1685.

n An annual congregational business meeting with Pastor Tom Atkins will be held after the 11 a.m. service Jan. 25 at Northminister Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st Street, Sarasota. Information: 355-4729.

n Faith United Methodist Church, 7215 1st Ave. w., Bradenton, presents Victor Persaud in concert 4:30 p.m. Jan. 25. Cost: $7. Information: 794-8067.

n The R.E.A.L. Women’s Ministry of CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Island, invites all women to attend a “living well” seminar, 9:30 a.m. Jan. 31, with guest speaker Steve Schewe. Information and registration: 778-7845.

n East Bradenton Church of Christ, 1835 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton will hold a series of gospel services beginning 11 a.m. Feb. 1 through Feb. 4, with guest speaker Glenn B. Ramsey, vice-president, Tennessee Bible College. Information: 748-2776.

n A Leadership Prayer Breakfast, will be held 7:30 a.m. Feb. 5 at the Renaissance on 9th, 1816 9th Street W., Bradenton, with guest speaker Nick Bollettieri.

n Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, will present a scholar in residence program 6 p.m. Feb. 6, with guest scholar Rabbi David Forman, followed by a Shabbat dinner. Cost: $20. Reservations and information: 924-1802.

n A Memory Tree service to remember loved ones who have departed, will be held 4 p.m. Feb. 8 at Faith United Methodist Church, 7215 1st Ave. W., Bradenton. Hand-crafted angel ornaments can be purchased for $2. Information: 794-8067.

n The Manatee/Sarasota Art Association’s artwork will be on display 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 21, and 1-4 p.m. Feb. 22 at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st Street Sarasota. Information: 355-4729.


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

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. Each bag will feed a family of four for two days or a family of two for four days. Information: 753-9365.