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


Rummage sale: The United Methodist Women of Ellenton United Methodist Church, 3607 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, will hold their semi-annual rummage and bake sale 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. March 19-20. The Christian Life Center and the Fellowship Hall will be full of household goods, collectibles, seasonal items, clothing, linens and other treasures. Lunch will be available along with homemade baked goods. Proceeds will go toward mission projects.

Folk festival: International Folk Fest celebrating cultural diversity will be held at St. Mark Orthodox Christian Church, 1517 Morgan Johnson Road, Bradenton, 9 a.m-6 p.m. March 20 and noon-6 p.m. March 21. Planned are ethnic food, music, raffles, cultural items display and fun for children. Admission is Free. The public is invited. Information: 920-2708.

Musical concert: Bonnie Gray and Friends will perform music from the 1940s to the 1970s at 2 p.m. March 20 at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E, Bradenton. The public is invited. Information: 746-0101.

Crop Walk: Members of Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3011 19th Ave. W., Sarasota, will be taking part in Crop Walk to help stamp out hunger March 21. Volunteers are needed to hand out water, direct traffic and hand out T-shirts. Information: 351-1114.

Concert: The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra performs “The Gypsy Baron” concert version by Johann Strauss II at 2 p.m. March 21 at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Tickets are available at the Anna Maria Island Chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, the door or by calling 778-8585.

Music, music: A “Musical Extravaganza” will be presented at 3 p.m. March 21 at Faith United Methodist Church, 7215 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Numerous musical guests will be performing, including Juilliard pianist Glen Rasmussen; Don Huntsinger, who performs at Nikki’s; and Marianne Barnebey, Bradenton City Councilwoman, who will be the emcee as well as entertain. A free will offering will be taken. Information: 794-8067.

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.

Preschool invitation: Temple Emanu-El Preschool, 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota, will hold an open house 9-10:30 a.m. March 26. Reservations are requested by March 23. Information: (941) 377-8074.

Garage sale: Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road, will have a garage sale 8 a.m.-noon March 27. Lots of furniture, lamps, TVs, entertainment centers and assorted small appliances will be for sale.

Garage sale: Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road, will have a garage sale 8 a.m.-noon March 27. Lots of furniture, lamps, TV’s, entertainment centers and assorted small appliances will be for sale. Money raised will support local missions and outreach programs. Information: 792-3497.

Rummage sale: A rummage sale will be held at Whitfield Presbyterian Church, 7045 North Tamiami Trail, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. March 27. Outside flea market vendors are welcome at $ 10 per space. Information: (941) 355-0440.

Food distribution: SHARE pick up will be 8:30-9:30 a.m. March 27 in the Fellowship Hall at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road. Information 792-3497.

Kids Easter: Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 14605 59th Ave. E. in Lakewood Ranch, will host Easter for Kids, a one-day Vacation Bible School for children ages 3-10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m March 27. There will be crafts, music and games focusing on the real meaning of Easter. Lunch will be provided; event is free. For more information or to register, go to or call 371-5909.

Healing hearts: Alan Pederson brings his Angels Across the USA Tour 2010 to Faith Church, 1201 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota, at 7 p.m. March 28. His playing and singing makes for a healing experience for the bereaved. The public is invited. Information: 365-4230.

Spring Break-Out: CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, invites students in grades K-5 to a Spring Break-Out 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 29-April 2. These mornings will be filled with chalk talks, stories, games, movies and more. Free lunch is included. Register 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays at the church office or 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 27 at the Island Publix. Information: 778-0719.

Special prom: Faith Christian Church will host the second Prom for Manatee and Sarasota Residents with Special Needs 7-9:30 p.m. April 23. The church will extend free invitations to special needs programs in seven area high schools. The goal is to make this a memorable event for these special individuals. Faith Christian Church is asking local businesses and the Manatee and Sarasota communities to step up in an effort to supply transportation, attire, salon services, food and photography. Information: 809-4061 or 747-0927.

Osteens appearance: Joel and Victoria Osteen, pastors of the largest church in America, will hold a worship event at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa at 7:30 p.m. June 4. Tickets for this event are on sale at the St. Pete Times Forum Box Office and all Ticketmaster Outlets. To order tickets by phone, call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets are priced at $15. Information: (813) 301-2500.


Easter events: Braden River United Methodist Church, at the corner of Caruso and Morgan Johnson roads, plans an Easter Egg Hunt 10 a.m.-noon March 27; Palm Sunday Service at 10 a.m. March 28; Good Friday prayer vigil 7 a.m.-6 p.m. April 2; and an outdoors sunrise service at 7 a.m. April 4 followed by a healthy breakfast at the Fellowship Hall and the regular worship service at 10 a.m.

Palm Sunday: Palmetto Presbyterian Church, 1115 10th Ave. W., Palmetto, is inviting all to come and worship 10:30 a.m. Palm Sunday, March 28. Special music for the worship service will include international opera singers, Malinda Haslett, soprano and Jonathan Boyd, tenor, singing with the church choir under the direction of organist and music director Michael Sebastian. The church is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A).

“Messiah” performance: Handel’s masterwork, “Messiah,” including the Hallelujah Chorus, will be performed by the Chancel Choir and several community members, with soloists and orchestra, at 10:30 a.m. Palm Sunday, March 28, at First Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton. The concert is free. Information: 747-4406.

Seder celebration: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, invites the community to celebrate the first night of Passover at a Passover Seder at 6 p.m. March 29 at Temple Emanu-El. The cost of the Seder is $65 for adults and $32.50 for children 10 and younger. There is no charge for children under 4 years of age. Information: 371-2788.

Agape benefit: Easter Fest is set for noon-7 p.m. April 4 at Payne Park, Sarasota. Events include potato sack races, a huge Easter egg hunt, petting zoo, carnival and pony rides, and a chance to win great prizes. There will be a Christian rock concert, showcasing the best in local Christian youth bands. Admission is $5 for adults; children 12 and younger are admitted free. Proceeds benefit Agape Flights Serving Haiti. Information:


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.

ation: 748-4420.

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//

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