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.


SHARE food delivery and April sign-up: 9:30-10:30 a.m. March 28 at Bayshore Gardens Community Church, 6228 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 228-0561.

Sanctuary dedication: Beth Messianic Synagogue, No. 104, 3911 Golf Park Loop, Bradenton will dedicate a new sanctuary 11 a.m. March 28. Oneg will follow. Information: 730-2136.

Spritual spa day: The Women’s Ministry of Covenant Life Presbyterian Church, 8490 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, presents a Spiritual Spa day with author Leigh McLeroy, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. March 28, including music, door prizes and lunch. Cost: $18. Information: 926-4777.

SHARE pickup: 8:30-9:30 a.m. March 28 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 792-3497.

Yard sale: A yard sale fundraiser will be held 8 a.m.-2 p.m. March 28 at Samoset Baptist Church, 3200 15th St. E., Bradenton, sponsored by Mark 9:41 Youth Ministry. Information: 748-0511.

Beach picnic: Living Lord Lutheran Church family beach picnic will be held 11 a.m. March 28 at the Anna Maria Island Pavilion at Coquina Beach, Bradenton. Information: 753-9365.

Program: “Laugh Again” with Scott Dawson and friends including Art Linkletter, will be held 9 a.m. March 28 at Sarasota Baptist Church, 7901 Proctor Road, Sarasota, Cost: $25. Reservations and information: (800) 869-8738.

SHARE pickup day: 8:30-9:30 a.m. March 28 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 792-3497.

Praise rally: Singles Reaching Singles in Christ, invites all adults to a praise rally 6 p.m. March 28 at the Fellowship of Believers, 3333 12th St., Sarasota, with guest speaker Roosevelt Hunter. Dinner will follow. Cost: $7. Information: 925-0987.

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.

EXALT gathering: Join area churches for an evening of praise and worship 6 p.m. March 29 at Christian Retreat Conference Center, 1200 Glory Way Blvd., East Manatee. Information: 322-2076.

Concert: “The Singing Flecks,” together for 55 years, will perform 10:30 a.m. March 29 at Good Shepherd Church, 6323 13th St. Court E., Bradenton.

Concert: Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, presents the Dixie Echoes in concert, 6 p.m. March 29. Information: 756-6942.

Fish fry: The HY5 ministry for middle and high school youth at Harvest United Methodist Church, 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch, will host a fish fry, catered by Walt’s Fish Market, 5 p.m. March 29. Cost: $10 adults, $5 for children. Information: 907-7333.

Piano recital: Braden Piano Trio, with Betty Meuser, Alan and Joan Staples, members of the Venice Symphony, will give a recital 3 p.m. March 29 at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11120 S.R. 70 E., Lakewood Ranch. Information: 753-9365.

Guest speaker: Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, will have a service 10:30 a.m. March 29, with guest speaker Dorothy Watson. Information: 746-0067.

Welcome reception: A welcome reception for Pastor Paul Eckel and his family will be held following the 11 a.m. March 29 service at in the Fellowship Hall at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota.

Luncheon: Singles Reaching Singles in Christ invites all single adults to a luncheon 1 p.m. March 29 at Papa Nicks, 4940 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Information: 925-0987.

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

Egg hunt/block party: An Easter egg hunt and community block party, with food, games and drawings for 25 bikes, will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 4 at Christian Retreat, 1200 Glory Way Blvd., East Manatee. Information: 746-2882.

“Gospel and Games Social”: Palmetto Historical Park and Agricultural Museum, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto, presents a “Gospel and Games Social,” 5-8:30 p.m. April 4, sponsored by R.B. “Chips” Shore, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court. Information: 721-2034.

Meeting: Church Women United Manatee Unit will meet 9:30 a.m. April 4 at Rogers Memorial United Methodist Church, 1100 15th St. E., Bradenton.

Pro-family seminar: The R.E.A.L. Women’s Ministry of CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Island, invites all ladies to attend a pro-family seminar on ways to improve and protect the moral environment of America’s families, 9:30-11 a.m. April 4.

Community celebration: with food, games, entertainment and more, will be held 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. April 4 at True Deliverance Fellowship, 215 Kay Road, Bradenton. Information: 747-4445.

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.

Palm Sunday service/egg hunt: 10 a.m. April 5 at Braden River United Methodist Church, 5858 44th Ave. E., Bradenton. An Easter egg hunt will be held 10 a.m.-noon April 11 for children ages 2-12. Information: 745-1663.

Concert: Jazz in the Chapel series will be held 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. April 5 at First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave. Sarasota. Information: 955-0935.

Movie night: showing the “Passion of Christ,” will be held 6:30 p.m. April 5 at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Island. Registration and information: 778-0719.

Concert: Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva Road, Sarasota, presents the Jacobites Band in concert, 3 p.m. April 5. Cost: $15. Information: 488-2072.

New members: will be received 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 1:45 a.m. April 5 at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11120 S.R. 70 E., Lakewood Ranch. Classes will be held 6:30 p.m. March 24 and March 31. Information: 753-9365.

Easter services: Ellenton United Methodist Church, 3607 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, will have Easter services 8:30 and 11 a.m. April 5: 7 p.m. April 9: 7 p.m. April 10: and 8:30 and 11 a.m. April 12.

Youth Summit and Health Fair: with food, prizes and more, will be held beginning 7 p.m. April 8 through April 11 at True Deliverance Fellowship of Bradenton, 215 Kay Road, Bradenton. 747-4445.

Seder services: Temple Beth El Passover Seder will be held 6 p.m. April 8 at the Unity Church, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton. Cost: $50 for members. Reservations and information: 755-4900.

Easter services: Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 3100 26th St. W., Bradenton, will have Easter services beginning 7 p.m. April 9, Good Friday service will be held 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. April 10, Holy Saturday service will be held 9:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. April 11, and Easter Sunday services will be held 6:30, 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. April 12.

Egg hunt: An Easter egg hunt, followed by crafts and games, will be held 10 a.m. April 11 at Harvest United Methodist Church, 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch. Information: 907-7333.

Egg hunt: An Easter egg hunt and barbecue will be held 10 a.m. April 11 at Parrish United Methodist Church, 12180 U.S. 301 N., Parrish. Information: 776-1539.

Sunday school: Single Purpose, a ministry of Fellowship of Believers, invites all single adults to attend Saturday Night Sunday School 6 p.m. April 11 and April 18 at Dutch Heritage Restaurant, 3713 Bahia Vista Road, Sarasota. Information: 925-0987.

Easter Sundays services: 6:30 and 8 a.m., outdoors, and 9 and 10:30 a.m. inside April 12 at Harvest United Methodist Church, 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch. Information: 907-7333.

Passover Seder: The annual communal Passover Seder in Lakewood Ranch will be held 8 p.m. April 19 at the Chabad Jewish Center, 11509 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. The theme of the Seder will be Experiencing Freedom in Tough Times. Cost: $45 per adult. Information: 752-3030.

Ladies Lunch and Learn: The monthly Ladies Lunch and Learn series led by Chanie Bukiet, will be held noon-1 p.m. April 21 at Chabad of Bradenton, Suite 101, 11509 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. Reservations and information: 752-3030.

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 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.

Preschool open enrollment: for 2009-10 Lighthouse Kids Preschool is being held at Braden River United Methodist Church, 5858 44th Ave. E., Bradenton. Information: 748-4522.

Bible study: “Fireproof,” a Bible Study for married and unmarried couples, will be held 9:45 a.m. Sundays at Braden River United Methodist Church, 5858 44th Ave. E., Bradenton, led by Rev. John Peavey. Information: 745-1663.

Torah for Teens and Chabad Hebrew classes: 9 a.m.-noon Sundays at Chabad of Bradenton, Suite 101, 11509 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, led by Rabbi Mendy Bukiet. Information: 752-3030.

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.

Thrift store: Congregational United Church of Christ Thrift Store, 5324 26th St. W., Bradenton is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, with bargains galore. Information: 739-1018.

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.

“Celebrate Recovery”: A 12-step program for those wanting freedom from addictions meets 6 p.m. Mondays in room 206 of the Family Life Center at Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., Bradenton. 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.

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.

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 2009-2010 All God’s Children day care for church members at Living Lord 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.

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.

Manatee County Meditation Group: meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 915-1454.

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.

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.

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.

“Prayer Time” at Revelation Ministries: 1919 14th St. W., Bradenton, will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: 726-3464.

Stillpoint House of Prayer: Intercessory-prayer workshop groups are now forming at 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.

Temple Beth El: 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 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.

Temple Beth Israel: 567 Bay Isle Road, Sarasota, conducts Sabbath services at 8 p.m. Friday nights and 10 a.m. Saturday mornings, led by Rabbi Jonathan Katz. Information: 383-3428.

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.

Wildfire Ministries Bible study classes: will be 7:30 p.m. Fridays at the Hampton Inn, 5810 20th Court E., Ellenton.

Vessels Unto Honour Ministries: Vessels Unto Honour Ministries has moved to 3517 15th St. E., Bradenton, Sunday worship service will be held at noon and Life Enrichment service is held 7 p.m. Tuesdays.


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.