Relgion 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.


Spiritual Identity: Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, will have a service 10:30 a.m. May 3 on Finding Our Spiritual Identity. Information: 746-0067.

High Tea: with entertainment, food and more, will be held 3-5 p.m. May 3 at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11120 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch. Dressy attire and bring a tea cup and saucer. Information: 753-9365.

Concert: Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, presents “Christian Funny Man” Aaron Wilburn in concert, 6 p.m. May 3. Information: 756-6942.

Concert: Diversity, the Voices of Sarasota, will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 7 at the Unity Church, 3023 Proctor Road, Sarasota. Information: 312-4530.

Meeting: Bradenton Christian Women’s connection will meet 11 a.m. May 8 at Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton, with guest speaker Barbi Villa. The presentation will be followed by high tea, served by Ginny, owner of The Londoner Bed and Breakfast in Bradenton. Cost: $14. Reservations and information: 750-8786.

Share: Share sign up will be held 10:30-11:30 a.m. May 16 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 792-3497.

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.

Golf tournament: Living Lord Lutheran Church will host a golf tournament 9 a.m. May 23 at the Links at Greenfield Plantation, 10325 Greenfield Blvd., Bradenton. Cost: $50, includes green fees, cart and lunch. Information: 756-3375.

See the Rays: Join Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, for a trip to see the TampaBay 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.


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.