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 email@example.com.
Spiritual forum: Life After Death will be the theme of a forum at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Unity Center for Spiritual Dialogue at Unity Church in the Woods, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton. Information: 737-6582.
Group discussion: A multidenominational group resumes Feb. 23 and continues 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The group will focus on the noncanonical Gospel of James. The group explores an academic, not devotional, study of the Bible. A 30-minute film is followed by a discussion.
Women’s group: The Women’s Spiritual Growth Group of First United Church in downtown Sarasota wishes to share Finding Balance, a video-based study of New Testament women. The study will be at noon Wednesdays for six weeks beginning Feb. 24. The primary goal of the study is to help women weigh and resolve some of the conflicting issues in their lives. Cost for materials is $12. The church is at 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. To register or for information: 955-0935.
Missions conference: People with Seed in a World in Need is the theme of Calvary Baptist Church’s missions conference Feb. 24-28. Duane Early, keynote speaker, and his wife, Susan, have had extensive experience in mission work in the United States, and Central and Eastern Europe. Information: 747-1859.
Missions conference: New Hope Baptist Church, 9422 Old Tampa Road, Parrish, will hold its missions conference Feb. 24-28. All are invited. Information: www.nhbconline.org or (941) 776-8687.
Concert: The Lester Family will be featured in concert by the Breakfast Club on Feb. 25 at Beall Auditorium, Tropical Palms, 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton. Doors open at 8:45 a.m. with open seating and Continental breakfast; concert at 9:30 a.m. The donation is $8. Information: 756-1838.
School open house: Bradenton Christian School will hold an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 25 for its new satellite preschool at Christ Presbyterian Church in East Manatee. The new site is just north of the intersection of Upper Manatee Road/Lakewood Ranch Blvd. and State Road 64. Information: 792-5454.
Purim Party: Congregation Ner Tamid is hosting a Purim Party at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Lakeside South Clubhouse, 3817 40th Ave. W., Bradenton. The night will start with Shabbat candle lighting and will be followed with a Purim service. Information: 795-8687.
Youth concert: The eighth annual Black History Youth Concert is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at New Life General Baptist Church, 609 Ninth St. W., Palmetto. The event features “Truly Blessed Youth Mass Choir,” “State College of Florida VOP Gospel Choir” and “Truly Blessed Liturgical Dance Team.” It is sponsored by Educational Consultants Consortium, Inc.
Purim celebration: Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch, 11509 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch will host its sixth annual “Purim around the World” celebration with an African jungle theme at 5:30 p.m.Feb. 28. Purim commemorates the escape of the Jewish people from annihilation by the ancient Persian Empire, and is celebrated by the exchange of food packages between friends, by giving charity to the poor, by eating a traditional festive meal and by reading the story of Purim from the Megillah (Purim scroll). Tickets are $18 for adults, and $12 for children (3-12). Early bird discounts are available. Information: (941) 752-3030 or visit www.chabadofbradenton.com.
Classical concert: The Chroma String Quartet, composed of members of the Sarasota Orchestra, will present a free concert at 4 p.m. Feb. 28 at Christ Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. The concert will include Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 6, Schubert’s single-movement Quartetsatz, Webern’s String Quartet and Astor Piazzolla’s Tango Ballet. For more information, visit www.christchurchswfla.org/music.html.
Variety show: The St. Joseph Music Makers will present “Oh What A Night” at 3 p.m. Feb. 28 in the church parish center, 3100 26th St. W., Bradenton. Tickets are $10 with open chair seating. The show features funny costumes, zany choreography and lots of singing. The theme of the show is memorable moments of life, such as first dates, weddings or Christmas time. Information: 753-5634 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men’s group: A new men’s group, The Men’s Network P.M. Edition, will begin at 7 p.m. March 3 in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. The group will offer men of all ages a midweek evening time out for honest talk on the challenges men face every day, including family, marriage, work, retirement and other topics. All men of faith and nonfaith are welcome to attend. Information: 955-0935.
Prayer Day: Church Women United’s annual World Day of Prayer celebration will be held beginning 9:30 a.m. March 5 with coffee and fellowship at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3001 10th Ave. W., Bradenton. Worship will begin at 10 a.m. This year’s theme is, “Let Everything That Has Breath Praise God.” Organized in over 62 countries, prayers will follow the sun around the globe. All persons are invited to attend.
Dixieland concert: Braden River Presbyterian Church, 5150 Peridia Blvd. E., will host the International Dixieland Band Concert at 3 p.m. March 7. Tickets: $5. Information: 704-7858.
Anchor House visit: The women of Northminster Presbyterian Church are planning a trip March 8 to visit Anchor House, a mission to seafarers entering Port Manatee. The mission is near to the docks and welcomes more than 5,000 international seafarers annually, providing for their physical and spiritual needs. Information: 355-4729.
Crop walk: Members of Northminster Presbyterian Church are helping out with this year’s local crop walk on March 21. Those interested can walk, sponsor one who is walking, hand out water or T-shirts, or direct traffic. Information: Robin at 351-1114.
Gospel music: Big Band Gospel with Davie Boyer and Live Band is set for 6 p.m. March 21 at First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., Bradenton. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Doors open at 5 p.m. Information: 794-1685.
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. Inform
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.
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.
Braden River United Methodist Church: “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.
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. “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. Information: 794-1685.
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.
Chabad of Bradenton: 9 a.m.-noon Sundays at Chabad of Bradenton, Suite 101, 11509 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, led by Rabbi Mendy Bukiet. Information: 752-3030.
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.
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. Adult bar and bat mitzvah classes also are offered. Information: 755-1231.
Congregational United Church of Christ: 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.
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. Adult Sunday School classes are at 9:45 a.m. Sundays in the Fellowship Hall, led by Pastor Bruce Ebert. 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.
Emmanuel United Methodist Church: Prayer & Share is at 10 a.m. Wednesdays in the library at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road. Information: 792-3497.
Faith Bible Church: Bible Study is at 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.
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: “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.
Full Gospel Tabernacle: The church has a community sing the last Saturday of each month at 2903 11th St. Court E. Information: 746-3634 or 748-8102.
Heaven Cent Thrift Shop: 5858 44th Ave. E., East Manatee, is open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Information: 745-1663.
Lakewood Ranch Ladies Devotional Hour: is held 10 a.m. Thursdays at Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Information: 727-3789.
Living Lord Lutheran Church: 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.
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.
Manatee County Meditation Group: meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 915-1454.
Manatee Spiritual Center: 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. The center also 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.
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. The thrift store is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Information: 776-9016.
Northminster Presbyterian Church: Winter hours at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, have been changed to 9 and 11 a.m. A full music program will be held at the 11 a.m. service. A meeting of artists takes place 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Bring your own supplies. Information: 355-4729. 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.
Our Lady of the Angels: 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.
Palmetto First Baptist Church: 7:30-9 p.m. Sundays at Palmetto First Baptist Church, 1020 Fourth St. W., Palmetto. Information: 722-7795.
Parrish United Methodist Church: LifeM.A.P., a Bible study group, meets 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Parrish United Methodist Church, 12180 U.S. 301 N., Parrish. Sunday worship times are 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m. The church’s thrift cottage is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays at 12140 69th St. E., 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.
Revelation Ministries: “Prayer Time” at Revelation Ministries, 1919 14th St. W., Bradenton, will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: 726-3464
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.
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.
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. Shabbat services are held at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. Saturdays. Information: 755-4900, 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday through Friday.
United Church of Christ: 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.
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.
Quakers: Sarasota Friends Meeting is at 10 a.m. Sundays at 3139 57th St., Sarasota. nformation: 358-5759 or visit http//sarasota.quaker.org.
United Church of Christ: Transitions Support Group meets 5-6:30 p.m. Sundays at United Church of Christ, 3700 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 739-7103.
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
Wildfire Ministries Bible study classes: will be 7:30 p.m. Fridays at the Hampton Inn, 5810 20th Court E., Ellenton.
Zen Zone: 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.