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 A men’s prayer breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. Feb. 14 at Calvary Baptist Church, 3006 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Guest speaker will be Roy Lytle, who is ministering to tribal churches in Suriname. Information: 747-1859.

n Christian Retreat Conference Center, 1200 Glory Way Blvd., East Manatee, presents Christian comedian Tom Brennan in concert at 5 p.m. Feb. 14. Cost: $12.95 includes dinner. Information: 746-2882.

n “Good Grief,” three sessions of a grief recovery seminar, will be held 4 p.m. Feb. 15 and Feb. 22 at First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., Bradenton. Herb McMillian, pastor to senior adults, will facilitate. Information and registration: 794-1685.

n Bradenton Women’s Aglow Meeting will be held 9:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at the First Assembly of God, 1820 53rd Ave. W., Bradenton, with guest speaker Trish Ross of Ellenton. Information: 730-0270.

n A country breakfast will be served 8-10:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at Good Shepherd Church of the Brethren, 6323 13th St. Court E., Bradenton. Cost: $6. Information: 752-7966.

n Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave E., Bradenton, will have a service at 10 a.m. Feb. 15 with guest speaker Evangelist Ted Shuttlesworth and 6 p.m. with Hissong in concert. Information: 756-6942.

n Manatee Uniterian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, will have a service at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 15 on the topic of The Mystery of Love. Information: 746-0067.

n New Hope Baptist Church, 9422 Old Tampa Road, Parrish, presents the Browns in concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 15. Information: 776-8687.

n Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., Bradenton, presents recording artist Allison Durham Speer in concert 6 p.m. Feb. 15. Information: 794-1685.

n Pianist Robert Henry will present a recital 4 p.m. Feb. 15 at Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 747-3709.

n A Missions Conference will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18 and continuing through Feb. 22, at Calvary Baptist Church, 3006 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton, with guest speaker Wes Taber. Information and reservations: 747-1859.

n Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road, Bradenton, presents Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass in concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 18. Cost: $10. Information: 794-6229.

n A Bible conference will be held beginning 6 p.m. Feb. 20-22 at the Salvation Army, 5328 24th St. E., Bradenton, with guest speaker John N. Oswalt. Information: 755-3248.

n A chili cook-off will be held at noon Feb. 21 at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11120 S.R. 70 E., Lakewood Ranch. Information: 783-9365.

n SHARE pick-up will be held 8:30-9:30 a.m. Feb. 21 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 792-3497.

n First Baptist Church, 1306 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, presents author and guest speaker Carol Kent, 8:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 21. Cost: $15. Information: 746-2149.

n First Methodist Church, 330 11th Ave. W., Palmetto, will have an antique appraisal day 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 21. Information: 722-1812.

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 St., Sarasota. Information: 355-4729.

n Singles Reaching Singles in Christ invites all single adults to a luncheon 1 p.m. Feb. 22 at Cody’s, 895 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 925-0987.

n Ash Wednesday Soup and Communion Supper will be held 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota. Information: 355-4729.

n Single Purpose, a ministry of Fellowship of Believers, invites all single adults to attend Saturday Night Sunday School, 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at Dutch Heritage Restaurant, 3713 Bahia Vista Road, Sarasota. Information: 925-0987.

n “Aging in Paradise” lecture series will be held 9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. March 6 at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information and reservations: 383-6491.


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 from 7-8 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of every month at 11120 S.R. 70 E. Child care will be available. Information: 753-9365.

n Registration for 2009-10 All God’s Children day care for church members at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11120 S.R. 70 E., Lakewood Ranch, is open through Dec. 23. Information: 739-2776.

n Living Lord Lutheran Church High School Lunch Bunch meets 12:45 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at Crispers, 8764 S.R. 70 E., Lakewood Ranch. Information: 753-9365.

n The Beyond Sunday Conversation Group meets 7 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday at the Manatee Spiritual Center, 1327 U.S. 301 N., Palmetto.

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 groups meet 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,” 6:30 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 Vessels Unto Honour Ministries services are held 2 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Days Inn Conference Center, 3506 First St. W., Bradenton. Information: 518-3142.

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 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.

n Full Gospel Tabernacle has a community sing the last Saturday of each month at 2903 11th St. Court E. Information: 746-3634 or 748-8102.