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.
n Lady Toyetta Weems presents 9 Nights with Purpose Driven Women’s Gathering, beginning 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31, ending 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Days Inn Conference Center, 3506 First St. W., Bradenton. There will be a variety of guest speakers ending with Pastor Duranice Pace of the Anointed Pace Sisters. Information: (352) 961-8726.
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 Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., Bradenton, will offer new sessions of Life Groups beginning Feb. 1, and continuing for six to eight weeks. Reservations and schedules: 794-1685.
n Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, presents the Beene Family in concert, 6 p.m. Feb. 1. Information: 756-6942.
n A special worship service will be held 10:30 a.m. Feb. 1, in honor of Rev. Thomas R. Atkins at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, followed by a luncheon. Information: 355-4729.
n Souper Bowl Sunday is being held Feb. 1 at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11120 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch, to collect contents of penny jars, and loose coins (dollars and checks) in a soup pot to help hungry people across the globe. The money will be sent to ELCA’s World Relief Hunger Program. Information: 753-9365.
n Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, will have a service 10:30 a.m. Feb. 1, on the topic of Pregnant Negativities. Information: 746-0067.
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 national organization will present the case for sexual purity to all ages of youth and their parents at a one-night concert/media/commitment event, titled “The Silver Ring Thing,” 6:15 p.m. Feb. 4, at First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th Street W., Bradenton. Cost: $7. Registration and information: 812-1921.
n “Bill Bailey’s 2009 Winter Gospel Music Convention” will be held beginning 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2-7, at the Manatee Convention and Civic Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Cost: $15 per night. Information: 756-6942.
n A Leadership Prayer Breakfast will be held 7:30 a.m. Feb. 5 at the Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. 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 Church Women United in Manatee County will meet 9:30 a.m. Feb. 6, at the Longboat Key Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. The group will present the Church Women United Human Rights Award posthumously to Mary DeLazzer of Our Daily Bread.
n Dave Duell, senior pastor of Faith Ministries Church in Denver, Colo., will speak at Christian Retreat Conference Center, 1200 Glory Way Blvd., off Upper Manatee River Road, Feb. 5-7. Services are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. All are invited to attend. No registration fee. For more information, call 746-2882 or visit www.christianretreat.org.
n SHARE sign up will be held 10:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 7 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 792-3497.
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. 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. Thursdays at 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 p.m. 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 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. 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.
n Unity Church in the Woods, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton, holds healing/meditation services 7 p.m. Wednesdays, led by the Rev. Toni LaMotta. Information: 758-6489.
n Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., Bradenton, is offering a Bible study class in Spanish for adults who want their children in an English-speaking church, 10:35 a.m. every Sunday. Bible studies begin 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays after a meal. Information: 794-1685.
n Adult bar and bat mitzvah classes are offered by Bradenton’s Congregation Ner Tamid. Information: 755-1231.
n Adult Sunday School classes are at 9:45 a.m. Sundays in the Fellowship Hall at Ellenton United Methodist Church, 3607 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, led by Pastor Bruce Ebert. Information: 729-6802.
n A new Bible study and fellowship for singles is offered 7 p.m. every Tuesday by The Singles Ministry of First Baptist Church of Palmetto, 412 11th Ave. W., Palmetto. Information: 722-8887.
n First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1030 S. Euclid Ave., Sarasota, holds classes on keeping your balance 10 a.m. Mondays, taught by nurse Julie Pennella. Information: 953-7044.
n First United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton, has women’s Bible study at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and 9:15 a.m. Fridays. OASIS has resumed at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. A college/career Sunday school class, open to high school graduates, college students and working people, meets at 9:05 a.m. Sundays. Information: 747-4406.
n Kingsway Christian College of Manatee, 5910 Cortez Road, Bradenton, will have classes on Foundation of Faith and Basic family finances 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Classes are offered both on and off campus. Information: 749-5652.
n Living Lord Lutheran Church is forming a Bible study group for all ages to meet 7-8 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of every month at 11120 State Road 70 E. Child care will be available. Information: 753-9365.
n The Manatee County Meditation Group meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 915-1454.
n My Father’s House Church, 7215 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, has Bible study at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:15 a.m. Sundays. Youth Bible study for all ages is at 9:15 a.m. Sundays. Information: 776-9016.
n LifeM.A.P., a Bible study group, meets 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Parrish United Methodist Church, 12180 U.S. 301 N., Parrish. Information: 776-1539.
n Peace Presbyterian Church has appointed Pastor Tricia Dillon Thomas as the new Pastor to Youth Family. Services are held 9:30 a.m. at Manatee Community College Center of Technology, 7131 Professional Parkway, Lakewood Ranch. Information: 753-7778.
n “Prayer Time” at Revelation Ministries, 1919 14th St. W., Bradenton, will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: 726-3464.
n Intercessory-prayer workshop groups are now forming at Stillpoint House of Prayer, 1608 14th St. W. For schedule, call 748-6835. Contemplative-prayer group meets at 11 a.m. every Wednesday and Thursday. A Spanish Bible study and prayer and rosary group meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Information: 748-6835 or 795-0130.
n Adult Hebrew classes for beginners and intermediates are at 7 p.m. Thursdays, and classes leading to bar/bat mitzvah are at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Temple Beth El, 2209 75th St. W., Bradenton. An independent leadership course to assist temple members to become lay leaders also is being conducted at the temple. Students learn to read Hebrew, research and write sermons and learn the order of the service. Students eventually lead services. Sign-up for upcoming classes is now starting. Information: 792-0870.
n Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, plans a weekly Bible study on “Revelation of John,” 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: 747-3704.
n Wildfire Ministries Bible study classes will be 7:30 p.m. Fridays at the Hampton Inn, 5810 20th Court E., Ellenton.
n Ellenton United Methodist Church, 3607 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, is forming a new bell choir. Rehearsals may be scheduled during 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sundays. Information: 729-6802.