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, P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, FL 34206, fax them to 745-7097 or e-mail to


Christmas concert: Thirteen-year-old Cassidy Johnson of Parrish will be a featured performer today for Randy Estelle’s Grand Christmas at one of the four grand pianos that anchor the show. Tickets are available and range in price from $12 to $18 with discounts for two or more tickets. Child tickets are $5. Tickets may be obtained be calling (941) 322-2076, (888) 617-4266, or on line at They are also available at Christian Retreat, 1200 Gloryway Blvd., Bradenton, where the event will be held. The performances are 2 and 7:30 p.m. Child care is available free for children age 2 and younger.

Advent Eve: Ward Temple A.M.E. Church, 1005 Fifth St. W., Bradenton, presents an Advent Eve celebration beginning at 6 p.m. today at the Fraternal Order of Police Hall, 1825 11th St. W. Donation is $25 and includes dinner. Information: Gloria Davis at (941) 746-4395.

Guest speaker: Rich Christiano, producer, writer, and director of the recent Christian movie “The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry,” will be the guest speaker at 10 a.m. Nov. 29 at Faith International Christian Center, 7409 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. A trailer of his movie may be viewed at Information: e-mail

Concert: The Nelons are scheduled to present a concert at 6 p.m. Nov. 29 at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. Information: 756-6942.

Hanging of the Greens: starts at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at Harvest United Methodist Church, Lakewood Ranch. Harvest’s Hanging of the Greens entails sharing the stories, legends and Scriptural foundations of the season while members and guests adorn the church sanctuary with Christmas decorations. Additionally, the evening will include Christmas music favorites from Harvest’s adult and youth bands, and adult and youth choirs. Information: Carin Doddroe at 907-7333 or e-mail cdoddroe@harvest

Lunch with the rabbi: Temple Emanu-El’s new “Lunch with the Rabbi” program begins at noon Dec. 2. Community members are invited to bring a brown-bag lunch and join Rabbi Glickman at Temple Emanu-El, 151 S. McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Information: (941) 371-2788.

Church Women United meeting: The next meeting of Church Women United of Manatee will be Dec. 4 at Ward Temple AME Church, 1005 Fifth St. W., Bradenton. Fellowship begins at 9:30 a.m., worship at 10.

Fundraiser: Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship fundraiser to support the Mountain Camp Fund for Youth is set for 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at 322 15th St. W., Bradenton. The annual madrigal feast will feature exotic foods, strange brews, Christmas carols and surprises. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for youths. Information: 746-0067.

Family Shabbat: Family Shabbat services at Temple Emanu-El, 151 S. McIntosh Road in Sarasota, continue at 7 p.m. Dec. 4. Conducted by Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman and the Family Shabbat Band, family Shabbat services feature singing, prayers, and a skit led by school students and families. Information: (941) 371-2788.

Musical performance: Sarasota Baptist Church, 7091 Proctor Road, Sarasota, presents its musical performance “Humbug” at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 through Dec. 9. There will be two 3 p.m. performances on Dec. 5 and 6. Tickets may be purchased online at Information: 922-1449.

Church anniversary: Church of the Nativity, 5900 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, is celebrating its 25th year with one service at 10 a.m. Dec. 5. Bishop Dabney Smith will celebrate the Holy Eucharist and the rite of confirmation.

Diocese anniversary: The “Year of Celebration” commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the Catholic Diocese of Venice comes to a close with a Mass at 11 a.m. Dec. 5 at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Dewane and priests from across the 10 counties of the diocese. The top volunteers from various parishes, schools and diocesan entities will be recognized as well.

Havdalah: Temple Beth El, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton, plans “Tastes & Sounds of Havdalah” at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Cost: $18 per person, which allows sampling of wines with additional tastings and all wines available for purchase. Information: 755-4900.

Walk through Bethlehem: A walk through Bethlehem will be offered 5-8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6 at Samoset First Baptist Church, 3200 15th St. E., Bradenton. The public is invited to experience the sights and sounds of life in Bethlehem more than 2,000 years ago. Information: 746-8117.

Harpsichord concert: Julane Rodgers will present a concert of harpsichord music at 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at Christ Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Admission is free. The program, “A Holiday Entertainment,” is based on harpsichord music inspired by the holiday song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Christmas concert: Family Promise of Manatee County is hosting a Christmas choral concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Family Promise is a nonprofit agency that assists homeless families with shelter, meals, case management and transitional housing. Choirs from participating congregations will provide music of the season. A free-will offering will be collected.

SHARE sign-up: will be 10:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 7 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road, in the Fellowship Hall. Information: 792-3497.

Christmas concert: The Madrigal Singers from Riverview High School will present a Christmas concert during the Northminster Presbyterian Church potluck 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at 3131 61st St., Sarasota. Information: 355-4729.


Transitions Support Group: meets 5-6:30 p.m. every Sunday at Congregational United Church of Christ, 3700 26th St. W., Bradenton, to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, job, health or struggled with addictions or depression. A free-will offering is taken. Information: (941) 739-7103 or (941) 309 -0200.

Transitions Support Group: meets 5- 6 p.m. every Wednesday through Dec. 2, and resumes weekly Jan. 13, in Room 242B at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Manatee County. Go to the main desk receptionist in the Rotunda for a parking sticker. Information: (941) 739-7103 or (941) 309 -0200.

Winter hours: Worship services at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st Street, Sarasota, have been changed to winter hours: 9 and 11 a.m. A full music program will be held at the 11 a.m. service. Information: 355-4729.

New hours: Sunday worship times at Parrish United Methodist Church have changed to 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m. Information: 776-1539.

Prayer & Share: 10 a.m. Wednesdays in the library at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road. Information: 792-3497.

Support group: Transitions Support Group meets 5-6:30 p.m. Sundays at United Church of Christ, 3700 26th St W., Bradenton. Information: 739-7103.

Bible study: A six-week Bible study class on St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians will be held 7 p.m. Mondays at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton. Information: 746-0101.

Quakers: Sarasota Religious Society of Friends, meets at 3139 57th St., Sarasota, on Sundays at 10 a.m. For more information call 358-5759 or visit http//

Bible Study Fellowship: Women study the Gospel of John Day class: 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Faith Bible Church, 1511 Morgan Johnson Road, East Manatee. Preschool program available. Evening class: 6:55 p.m. Tuesdays at Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. School-age program available. For information call 722-0940.

Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, weekly Bible study on the book of Romans, will be held 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Information: 737-3704.

Northminster Presbyterian Church members and friends meet for dinner at Rolling Green Golf Club, 4501 N. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, at 5 p.m. on the third Friday of the month. Cost: $7.95. Information: 359-2543.

Meeting: Prayer & Share at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road, Bradenton, is 10 a.m. Wednesdays in the Library each Information: 792-3497.

Temple Beth El Shabbat services are held at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. Saturdays at 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton. Information: 755-4900.

Chabad of Bradenton: 11509 Plambrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, holds Talmud Classes 7:30 p.m. Mondays. Cost: $45. Torah Studies are held 9 a.m. Saturdays. Information: 752-3030.

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.

Beth Israel Messianic Synagogue: study on the Book of Revelation from a Jewish perspective is held 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Peridia Office Park, #104, 3911 Golf Park Loop, Bradenton. Information: 730-2136.

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.

Support group: Grief support groups will meet the second Thursday of the month beginning 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, 12905 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch. Information: 752-6770.

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.

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 Harold F, Caminker and Wednesday afternoons by Susie Konicov. For more information, call 755-4900.

Temple Beth El: 4200 32nd Street West Bradenton, conducts Sabbath services at 7:30 pm Friday nights and 10:00 am Saturday mornings, led by Rabbi Harold F, Caminker and Cantor Alan Cohn, information 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.

“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

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.

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.

“Financial Peace University”, “Cure for the Common Life,”and other Bible Studies for children, youth and adults are being offered at First United Methodist Church, 603 11th Street West, Bradenton on Wednesday evenings. Come Sept. 2 at 5:30 for dinner and an introduction to each of the classes which start Sept. 9. Call for info and reservations: 747-4406

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.

Support group: Transitions Support Group, for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, job, health or addictions, is held 5 p.m. Sundays at United Church of Christ, 3700 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 739-7103.

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, 4200 32nd Street West, Bradenton, holds adult Hebrew classes for beginners and intermediates 7 p.m. Wednesdays; Hebrew School for students on Tuesday evenings (time individualized per student) and Religious school Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. For more information, call 755-4900 Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to noon.

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.

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