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.


Prophecy conference: 7 p.m. March 14-15 at Fellowship Baptist Church, 3321 63rd Ave. E., Bradenton, with guest speaker Renald Showers of Friends of Israel. Information: 758-3066.

SHARE sign-up: 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 14 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 792-3497.

Concert: Harvest United Methodist Church, 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch, presents Paul Alexander, Nina Willingham, David Lewis and Chris Alexander in concert, 7 p.m. March 14. Information: 907-7333.

Concert: Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road, Bradenton, presents pianist Joseph Martin in concert, 7 p.m. March 14. Cost: $10. Information: 794-6229.

Flea market: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, will participate in a neighborhood flea market and bake sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. March 14. Information: 355-4729.

Concert: Redeemer Lutheran Church, 6311 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, presents the Wagner College Choir of Staten Island, N.Y., in concert 7 p.m. March 14. Information: 792-5990.

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

High tea: Bethel Women’s Ministries of Bethel Baptist Church, 1805 30th Ave. W., Bradenton, invites all ladies to their “High Tea” 2 p.m. March 14 with guest speaker Michelle Tellone. Cost; $10 Information: 746-1936.

Car wash: sponsored by Full Gospel Holiness Church, will be held 8:30 a.m. March 14 at Discount Auto Parts, 910 First St., Bradenton. Information: 737-1388.

Yard sale: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. March 14 at Oneco First Baptist Church, 1700 51st St. E, Bradenton. The Southern Gospel quartet will perform during the 10:45 a.m. service, March 15, followed by a pot luck dinner. Information: 755-1690.

Concert: Children of the World International Children’s Choir, will perform 9:30 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. March 15 at Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 794-1685.

Concert: Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, presents pianist Eleanora Lvov in concert, 4 p.m. March 15. A reception will follow. Information: 746-0067.

Sunday Celebration: The Center for Positive Living Sunday celebration will be held 10:15 a.m. March 15 at Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, on the topic of “Becoming the Abundance that you Seek.”

Concert: Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave E., Bradenton, presents the Gabbards in concert, 6 p.m. March 15. Information: 756-6942.

“Big Brother Blues”: Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, will have a service 10:30 a.m. March 15 on the topic of Big Brother Blues. Information: 746-0067.

“Financial Peace”: Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, will have 13 classes on “Financial Peace” led by Dave Ramsey beginning 10:45 a.m. March 15. Child care provided. Reservations and information: 747-3704.

Antique show: The 33rd annual Pineapple Antique Show and Sale presented by the United Methodist Women will be held beginning 5:30 p.m. March 17, at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Reservations and information: 955-0935.

Guest speaker: Adam McCain, youth evangelist from Dallas, will be a guest speaker at Christian Retreat Conference Center, 1200 Glory Way Blvd., off Upper Manatee River Road in East Manatee, March 19-21. He will speak 7 p.m. March 19 and March 20 and 10:30 a.m. March 21. McCain is the founder of Global Youth Net. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 746-2882 or visit

“Mah Jongg & More”: 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.

Shabbat: Congregation Ner Tamid, will participate in Shabbat Across America 6 p.m. March 20 at the Lakeside Clubhouse, 3817 40th Ave. W., Bradenton, followed by a pot roast dinner. Bring your Shabbat candlesticks for a communal lighting. Cost: $10 for members. Reservation and information: 755-1231.

Rummage sale: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. March 20-21 at Ellenton United Methodist Church, 3607 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton. Lunch also will be available.

Awards luncheon: for the faith families in transitional housing program, sponsored by the Salvation Army, will be held noon March 20 at the Ritz Carlton, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive, Sarasota. The 2009 award recipients are Tana and John Sandefur. Information: 364-8845.

Spiritual cinema evening: Center for Positive Living, 330 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, will show “The Five People you meet in Heaven” at 7:15 p.m. March 20. Cost: $10. Reservations and information: 487-4150.

Pancake breakfast: The Methodist men of First United Methodist Church, 330 11th Ave. W., Palmetto, will sponsor a pancake breakfast 8-11 a.m. March 21. Cost: $3.50. Information: 722-1812.

Concert: The Singers at First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, will perform “A Faure Soiree” 4:30 p.m. March 22, followed by High Tea. Information: 955-0935.

Anniversary service: New Apostolic Church, 6502 44th Ave. E., Bradenton, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a festive service 10:30 a.m. March 22, followed by dinner. Information: 746-7549.

Friday Night Live: Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key will celebrate Friday Night Live featuring live music created by Cantor Craig Taubman, of Los Angeles, with a worship service, 8 p.m. March 27.

Mini retreat: Women’s Ministries of West Bradenton Baptist Church, 1305 43rd St. W., Bradenton, invites all women to a mini retreat, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. March 28, with guest speaker Candace Keck. Cost: $17 includes breakfast, lunch and more. Information: 748-6926.

Fish fry: 5-7 p.m. March 29 at Harvest United Methodist Church, 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch, to help support Harvest’s Youth Ministry. Information: 907-7333.

Concert: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11120 S.R. 70 E., Lakewood Ranch, presents the Braden Piano Trio, members of the Venice Symphony, 3 p.m. March 29. Information: 753-9365.

Lenten services: 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, 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. April 12. Information: 753-9365.

Holy Week schedule for My Father’s House: 7215 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, an Easter musical and dramatic presentation will be held 6 p.m. April 4; Palm Sunday celebration will be held 10:30 a.m. April 5; Easter celebration service will be held 10:30 a.m. April 12. Information: 776-9016.

Golf tournament: Northminster Presbyterian Church will sponsor a golf tournament, 1 p.m. April 4 at Rolling Green Golf Club, 4051 Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. Reservations and information: 355-4529.

Spring fundraiser fashion show and luncheon: presented by Saint Clare of Assisi Women’s Guild, of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Community, will be held 11 a.m. April 25 at Palm-Aire Country Club, 5601 Country Club Way, Palm-Aire. Cost: $35. Information and reservations: 907-0425.

“Night with the Stars” prom: Faith Christian Church will host an evening of excitement, games, music and dancing 7-9:30 p.m. May 1, for Manatee County special needs residents ages 16 and older. The prom, titled “Night with the Stars,” will extend free invitations to special needs programs in seven area high schools as well as several local organizations serving special needs residents. The church hopes local businesses and volunteers will help provide participants with formal attire and salon services prior to the event, and snacks and photography on the night of the event. For more information contact Sr. Pastor Scott Clark at (941) 746-5711, ext. 200.

Bible Bee registration: open for children ages 7-18 at First Baptist Church of Palmetto, 1020 Fourth St. W., Palmetto. The contest will be held Sept. 12. Cost: $20. Registration: 722-7795, ext. 215.


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.

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.

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.

Congregation Ner Tamid: “Jewish Living and Learning Sunday School for children ages four-14 meets 9 a.m. Sundays by appointment, at Lakeside Clubhouse, 3817 40th Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 755-1231.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

The Lakewood Ranch Ladies Devotional Hour: is held 10 a.m. Thursdays at Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Information: 727-3789.

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.

Northminster Presbyterian Church: A meeting of artists takes place 10 a.m. Wednesdays at 3131 61st St., Sarasota. Bring your own supplies. Information: 355-4729.

Bible study for single adults: 7:30-9 p.m. Sundays at Palmetto First Baptist Church, 1020 Fourth St. W., Palmetto. Information: 722-7795.

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.

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.

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

Christ Community Church of Bradenton: The Rev. Paul Alford has assumed the interim pastorate at 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.

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.

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

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

“Stillness Within — Learning to Meditate”: American Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Demo is teaching meditation 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Congregation Ner Tamid: Adult bar and bat mitzvah classes are offered. Information: 755-1231.

Ellenton United Methodist Church: Adult Sunday School classes are at 9:45 a.m. Sundays in the Fellowship Hall at, 3607 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, led by Pastor Bruce Ebert. Information: 729-6802.

The Singles Ministry of First Baptist Church of Palmetto: A new Bible study and fellowship for singles is offered 7 p.m. every Tuesday at 412 11th Ave. W., Palmetto. Information: 722-8887.

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.

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.

Kirkwood Presbyterian Church: Master Your Money classes will be held 3:45 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays at 6101 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Cost: $25. Information: 794-6229.