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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smiling preacher: Joel and Victoria Osteen — pastors of the largest church in America, the 40,000 strong Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas — will hold a worship event at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa at 7:30 p.m. June 4. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today at the St. Pete Times Forum box office and all Ticketmaster Outlets. Tickets are priced at $15. Information: (800) 745-3000.
Men’s seminar: CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, invites men to attend a seminar 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today to learn how to become more effective in leading other men to Jesus and disciplining them. The seminar will be led by David Dusek, who heads a ministry titled “Rough Cut Men.” It is part of a ministry in Orlando called “Man in the Mirror.” Lunch is included in the $20 cost. RSVP by emailing email@example.com or calling 778-0917.
Kurt Weill: John Goodman, Boston University professor emeritus and Sarasota Concert Association president, will present a program about Kurt Weill’s career and music at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, 2-4 p.m. March 7. Refreshments will be served. Admission is $5. Information: 349-4367.
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.
Big Band: “So Long, Joey,” the feature-length movie of the life of Dave Boyer (formerly “Big Band” entertainer Joey Stevens), will be shown at Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., at 6 p.m. March 7. Boyer appeared with Frank Sinatra and others in Las Vegas and around the country before his conversion to Christianity.
Gospel concert: The Browns are set to perform in concert at 6 p.m. March 7 at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave E., Bradenton. An offering will be received. Covered dish dinner follows service. Each family is asked to bring a dish to share. Information: 756-6942.
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.
Health care debate: As the country’s leaders debate the direction and future possible forms of health care, First Church of Christ, Scientist, Bradenton, will offer a talk on forgiveness, gratitude, and a deeper understanding of prayer to contribute to better health, vitality, and renewed purpose at any age. The talk is set for 7:30 p.m. March 8 at the Renaissance Center on 9th Street West in Bradenton. The public is invited.
Jewish books: Temple Beth El has collected and will be donating books of Jewish learning and prayer books to Rabbi Ari Shapiro, Jewish chaplain for the DeSoto Prison, Arcadia, to use with the Jewish inmates at the prison. The books will be presented to Shapiro at 4:30 p.m. March 9 at 4200 32nd St. W.
The United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church, Sarasota, are presenting the 34th Pineapple Antique Show & Sale, an annual benefit for charity, March 11-13 at Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail. The preview party and sale is 5-8 p.m. March 11. Show times are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 12 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 13. Ticket information: (941) 408-5444
Open house: Sunshine Academy, 2520 43rd St. W., which provides a Christian education for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, has an open house scheduled 5:30-7 p.m. March 11. Information: 794-3143.
Musical: The Virtuoso Performing Arts Theatre announces its spring musical, “Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe,” March 11-14 and 18-21 at the Christian Retreat Auditorium, 1200 Glory Way Blvd., in East Manatee. Tickets range from $12-$18 and can be purchased at www.vpaoso.com.
Bach concert: Christ Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, will host a performance by the Sarasota-Manatee Bach Festival at 8 p.m. March 12. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved by calling the church office, (941) 747-3709. The program will be repeated at 5 p.m. March 14 at The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota.
Show music: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, invites the community to share in the Mal Peck Scholar-in-Residence program titled “From Tin Pan Alley to Broadway” March 12-13. Author and music historian Kenneth A. Kanter will present sing-along concerts/lectures that trace the history of popular American music and illuminate role the Jews played in its development. The programs are free and open to all. Reservations are recommended but not required. Information: 371-2788.
Pancake breakfast: Christ United Methodist Church, 5512 26th St. W., Bradenton, will host a pancake breakfast 7-10 a.m. March 13. Tickets are $5 and include juice, sausages, hot drinks, and all-you-can-eat pancakes. A yard sale from 7 a.m.–noon will be held in conjunction with the breakfast. Vendor space rental is $10. Information: 755-2722.
Hope Seeds work day: Hope Seeds, Inc., a Christian, charitable organization which provides seed and agricultural support to missionaries and mission teams around the world, is planning a work day 9 a.m.-noon March 13 in the Fellowship Hall at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3011 19th Ave. W. The group will be assembling Family Garden Packs of quality vegetable seed for the next wave of Haiti earthquake disaster relief. Information: (941) 228-5660.
Quaker bakery: An art show and Quaker bakery are planned 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 13 as part of the DeSoto Acres Tag Sale Day at the Sarasota Quaker Meeting Hall, 3139 57th St., Sarasota.
SHARE sign-up: Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road, will have SHARE sign-up day 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 13 in the Fellowship Hall. Information: 792-3497.
Fashionable tea: The Congregational United Church of Christ, 3700 26th St. W., will have its Thrifty Tea and Fashion Show at 2 p.m. March 13 to raise money for its thrift store. Volunteers will model fashions that will be for sale from the thrift store. The event includes tea, homemade scones and pastries, and entertainment. Tickets $10 in advance. Information: 739-1018.
Honors luncheon: Judilee Sterne will be the honoree at the annual Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood Honors Luncheon at noon March 14 at The Oaks Club, 301 MacEwen Drive in Osprey. The deadline to purchase tickets is March 8. Information: 922-0854.
Awesome auction: The Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, will host its annual fundraiser, The Awesome Auction, at 12:30 p.m. March 14 in the sanctuary following morning service, with Jack Gardner as auctioneer. A free lunch is included. The public is invited.
Jazz concert: The Jazz Trio of Johnny Moore on drums, Dominic Mancini on bass and Charlie Prawdzik on piano will be joined by special guest Bill Carmichael on saxophone, clarinet and flute for the free Jazz in the Chapel series at First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple St., Sarasota, 4-5 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. March 14. A free will offering will be taken. Information: (941) 955-0935.
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.