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 email@example.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.
Yard sale: with a selection of home foods, toys, tool and more will be held 8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 18 at St. Jude’s Catholic Church, 3930 17th St., Sarasota.
Guest speaker: Beautiful Saviour Lutheran Church, 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota, presents Christian Thomas speaking on the topic of “The Children’s Vaccination Controversy,” 10 a.m.-noon April 18. Reservations and information: 761-3919.
Sunday celebration: Center for Positive Living will have a Sunday celebration at 10:15 a.m. April 19 at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, with music director Rob Sator and the CPL Chorus. Information: 366-0275.
Earth Day service: Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, will have a service at 10:30 a.m. April 19, on the topic of Earth Day, “Thoreau’s Nature — Our Response.” Information: 746-0067.
New member classes: at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, will be held at 10:15 a.m. April 19 and April 26. Tuesday Bible study will begin again 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. April 21-May 31.Information: 355-4729.
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.
Holocaust Remembrance Day Yom Hashoah: will be held 7:30 p.m. April 20 at Temple Beth El, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton, in cooperation with the Sarasota-Manatee Synagogue Council and the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation. Information: 755-4900.
Community prayer meeting: to pray for the economy will be held 7:30 p.m. April 20 at the Renaissance Center, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, with guest speaker Ron Ballard, Christian Science practitioner, on the topic of “Prayer: Practical Solutions in Economic hard times.”
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.
Guest speaker: Temple Beth El, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton, will continue its series of “A Night with a Rabbi,” 7:30 p.m. April 23 with guest speaker Rabbi Herbert Rose, who will discuss the book “Defending Identity,” by Natan Sharansky. Information: 755-4900.
Visit Solomon’s Castle: Members of Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, will carpool and travel to Solomon’s Castle, in Ona, at 10:30 a.m. April 24. Cost: $8. Reservations and information: 355-4729.
SHARE pick up: 8:30-9:30 a.m. April 25 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 792-3497.
Israeli Independency Day celebration: The Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation presents a Yom HaAtzma’ut, Israeli Independence Day celebration, at 10:30 a.m. April 25 in the Beatrice Friedman Theater of the Flanzer JCC building, 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, with a performance by Israeli dance group “Re-Vital.” Cost: $10 adults, $5 children. Information: 371-4546.
Community parade party: 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 25 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, with free food, games and prime seating to view the parade, Information: 224-6936.
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.
Concert: Diversity, the Voices of Sarasota, will perform, 7:30 p.m. May 7 at the Unity Church, 3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota. Information: 312-4530.
B.A.B.E. event: (Beautiful, accepted, blessed, eternally) for teen girls, will be held 4-9 p.m. May 16 at Bradenton Christian School, 3304 43rd St. W., Bradenton, with a fashion show, dinner, giveaways and more. Cost: $5 in advance. Information: 792-5454.
Spring Fling: sponsored by the Bridge of Hope of Manatee County, Inc., will be held 5:30 p.m. May 16 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Cost: $25. Information: 748-3421.
Trip to see the Rays: Join Northminster, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, for a trip to see the Rays vs. Minnesota Twins at Tropicana Field, 11:30 a.m. May 31. Cost: $23. Reservations and information: 928-6106. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 info@MeditationInSarasota.org.
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.