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 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 Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, presents Gordon Mote in concert, 7 p.m. Feb. 21. Information: 756-6942.

n The annual Beast Feast (Sportsman Banquet) will be held 4-7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Sarasota Baptist Church, 7091 Proctor Road, Sarasota. Cost: $11. Information: 922-1449.

n An open house will be held 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 21 at Sunshine Academy & Day Care, 2520 43rd Street W., Bradenton.

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 Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, presents guest speaker Thomas O. Hecht, 2 p.m. Feb. 22, speaking on “The Significance of Feb. 10 Israel Elections.” Cost: $10. Information: 383-8482.

n First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, presents the Bethune-Cookman Concert Chorale in concert, 4 p.m. Feb. 22. Information: 955-0935.

n Center for Positive Living presents “Keys to the Kingdom,” 10:15-11:30 a.m. Feb. 22 and 7-9 p.m. Feb. 24 at Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, with guest speaker Rev. David Owen Ritz and music presented by Rob Satori. Information: 366-0275.

n Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, will have a service 10:30 a.m. Feb. 22, with guest speaker Harold Byrd Jr. Information: 746-0067.

n The annual CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) walk will be held 2 p.m. Feb. 22 starting and ending at the band shell in Rossi Park, Bradenton. The parade route will travel over the Green Bridge to First United Methodist Church of Bradenton and then return to Rossi Park. The route is about three miles long. For more information, call 722-1812.

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 Lenten series luncheon will be held beginning noon Feb. 25 and continue Wednesdays through April 1 at First Presbyterian Church, 1402 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

n Lenten services will begin 7 p.m. Feb. 25 and continue every Wednesday through April 1 at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11120 S.R. 70 E., Lakewood Ranch. Maundy Thursday service will be held 7 p.m. April 9; Good Friday service will be held 7 p.m. April 10; Easter services will be held 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. April 12. Information: 753-9365.

n The Calvarymen Quartet will sing gospel songs at Leisure Lake Co-op, 2900 Eighth Ave. W., Palmetto, 3 p.m. Feb. 27. A free will offering will be taken.

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 The St. Joseph Music Makers presents Cabaret 2009, 3 p.m. March 1 at St. Joseph Parrish Hall, 3100 26th St. W., Bradenton. Cost: $10. Information: 753-5634.

n Christian Retreat Family Church, 1200 Glory Way Blvd., East Manatee, will have services 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. March 1; 7 p.m. March 2-3, with guest speaker Nasir Siddiki of Wisdom Ministries. Information: 746-2882.

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 A Spring Bazaar will be held 8 a.m.-1 p.m. March 7 at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road, Bradenton.

n Braden River Presbyterian Church, 5150 Peridia Blvd., Bradenton, presents the International Canamger Dixieland Jazz Band in concert, 7 p.m. March 6 and 2 p.m. March 8. Cost: $15. Information: 739-0202.

n The annual CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) walk will be held 2 p.m. March 8 at St. Armands Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams St., Sarasota. Information: 355-2619.

n “Breakfast is Served,” will be held 9 a.m. March 14 at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, with guest speaker Tom Knight, sheriff of Sarasota County. Information: 355-4729.

n “Mah Jongg & More” will be held 10:30 a.m. March 19 at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Cost: $18 includes continental breakfast and a buffet lunch. Reservations and information: 966-2980.


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 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 potluck 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 St., 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 at 7:30 p.m. every Friday evening and Shabbat Services with Torah study at 10 a.m. every Saturday morning 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 American Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Demo is teaching “Stillness Within — Learning to Meditate” 12:30–1:30 p.m. Monday at the Zen Zone, San Marco Plaza, 8209 Natures Way, Suite 217, Lakewood Ranch. The class consists of a guided meditation, a short talk and an opportunity for questions and answers. Each talk is part of a series, yet is self-contained. This means participants can drop in at any time. Cost: $10 per class ($5 for students/seniors). For more information, call 373-1600 or e-mail

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 S.R. 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 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 State Road 70 E. Child care will be available. Information: 753-9365.

n Registration for 2009-2010 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. on 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 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,” 6:30 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 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.

For a complete listing of Religion Almanac events in both counties, go to the Religion area of our Web site.