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


White elephant sale: Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will have a white elephant sale 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. today, with housewares, jewelry, books, collectibles and small appliances for sale.

Casino Night: Temple Beth El and Unity Church in the Woods will host Casino Night 7-10:45 p.m. today at Unity Church Community Center, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton. Tickets: 755-4900.

Religious studies: Reuven Firestone, professor of Medieval Studies of Jewish and Islamic Studies at the Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion, is Temple Beth Israel’s Scholar-in-Residence through Feb. 7. His theme is “The issues that link us and the issues that divide us — a program on Jews and Muslims/Judaism and Islam.” Temple Beth Israel is at 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. Information: 383-3428.

Winter clearance: The Congregational United Church of Christ Thrift Shop, 5426 26th St. W., Bradenton, will have a winter clearance on furniture and winter clothing today through Feb. 15. Hours: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday- Friday and 11 am.- 2 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday. Information: 739-1018.

Dog lovers: The community is invited to bring their dogs to join Temple Emanu-El members and guests st 4 p.m. today at Sarasota’s Paw Park, 4570 17th St. between Honore and Beneva, for a Shabbat afternoon of fun and relaxed socializing with Jewish and interfaith dog owners. Doggie treats and tennis balls will be provided. Information: 379-1997.

Gospel meetings: The East Bradenton Church of Christ, 1835 Manatee Ave. E., will conduct a series of gospel meetings Feb. 7-10. Guest speaker will be Glenn B. Ramsey, vice president of Tennessee Bible College. Services are 11 a.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. the following days.

Bagels and lox: Congregation Ner Tamid hosts “Brunch with Rabbi Barbara Aiello,” a traditional “bagels and lox” brunch, at 10 a.m. Feb. 7 at Lakeside South Clubhouse, 3817 40th Ave. W. This will be a lively question-and answer program with a discussion of Jewish-Christian relations, Jewish denominational differences, and how a pluralistic approach to Judaism can bring unity to the Jewish religion. Details and reservations: or call 755-1231.

Jazz concert: First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple St., Sarasota, will have a free concert by its jazz trio of Johnny Moore on drums, Dominic Mancini on bass and Charlie Prawdzik on piano, with Terry Myers joining on clarinet and saxophone, 4-5 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 7. A free will offering will be taken. Information: (941) 955-0935.

Collingsworth concert: The Collingsworth Family will appear in concert at 4 p.m. Feb. 7 at First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., Bradenton. Doors open at 3 p.m. with open seating. No charge, but an offering will be taken. Information: 794-1685.

Tai Chi: Northminster Presbyterian Church; 3131 61st St.,, Sarasota, will have a Tai Chi demonstration for Presbyterian Women at 11:30 a.m.Feb. 8. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise that promotes relaxation, stress reduction and health benefits. This demonstration will include some of the 108 basic movements. Information: 355-4729.

Rabbi’s reflections: Every Tuesday during February, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., an adult education mini-series, “A Rabbi’s Reflections Over 30 Years,” will be presented at Temple Beth El, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton. Subjects: Feb. 9: Torah, Feb. 16: Israel, and Feb. 23: Interfaith Relations. Light refreshments planned following discussion. Information: (941) 755-4900.

Handel’s Messiah: James Johnston, music director at Bradenton’s First Methodist Church, will be offering a class on the history of Handel’s masterwork, Messiah, beginning Feb. 10. Each Wednesday class will be followed by choral rehearsals with an eye toward the March 28 Palm Sunday performance at 10:30 a.m. A one-hour commitment of seven Wednesdays and a dress rehearsal with the orchestra on March 27 is required. Information: 747-4406.

Staffmen Quartet: The Staffmen Quartet will perform in concert at 6:15 p.m. Feb. 10 in the sanctuary of Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton. Free will offering will be taken. Information: 746-0101.

Open house: Sunshine Academy, 2520 43rd St. W., has scheduled an open house 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 11 for Pre-k through grade 5. The academy provides a Christian education. The event includes activities, snacks, drawings, classroom visits, talent show, fine arts display and more. Register for next school year at the open house, and the registration fee will be waived. Information: 794-3143.

Celebrating Shabbat: Shabbat Alive! – a joyous musical celebration of Shabbat – returns to Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota, at 7 p.m. Feb. 12. Information: 371-2788.

Food registration: SHARE sign-up will be 10:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 13 in Fellowship Hall, Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road. Information: 792-3497

Pasta special: Spaghetti dinner eat-in or take-out at Oneco First Baptist Church, 1700 51st Ave. E., Bradenton, is set for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 13 for $6 a person. Ticket enters you in door prize drawing. Information: 755-1690.

Gospel concert: The Staffmen Quartet will present a concert at Fellowship Baptist Church, 3321 63rd Ave. E., Bradenton, at 10:45 a.m. Feb. 14. Information: 758-3066.

Hadassah event: The SaBra Chapter of Hadassah’s Special Gifts Event, “From The Strings of the Harp to the Strings of Your Heart,” will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 14 at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota. Local philanthropist Warren Coville will be a featured speaker. Jane Strom, Hadassah’s president of the Florida Central Region, will update the group. Bettye Silberman will entertain. Information: 349-0857.

Concert series: Bradenton Community Fine Arts Series will have its next concert at 4 p.m. Feb. 14 with the duo of Luca Magni on flute and Mariella Mochi on organ. The concert is set for First United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 747-4406.


Support group: Longboat Island Chapel, as part of its Aging in Paradise Resource Center, which addresses the issues of aging, introduces its memory loss support group to the communities of Sarasota and Manatee. The group meets 11 a.m.-1 p.m. every other Wednesday. Information: (941) 383-6491.

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 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 St., 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.

Quakers: Sarasota Religious Society of Friends meets at 3139 57th St., Sarasota, at 10 a.m. Sundays. Information: 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. 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. 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. Thursdays 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.

Bible study: “Fireproof,” a Bible Study for married and unmarried couples, will be held at 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 at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Peridia Office Park, No. 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 meet at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of the month 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 4-14 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.

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.

Quakers: Sarasota Friends Meeting: is at 10 a.m. Sundays at 3139 57th St., Sarasota. 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.

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.

Classes: “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 St. W., Bradenton on Wednesday evenings. Call for information 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 a 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.

Hebrw classes: Temple Beth El, 4200 32nd St. W., 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. Information: 755-4900, 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday through Friday.

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: 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.

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