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


Easter services: Ellenton United Methodist Church, 6807 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, will have a community breakfast 8-10 a.m. today in the Community Life Center. Cost is $4 a person. Worship services will be at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Easter Sunday, with adult Christian education at 9:45 a.m. All are welcome. Information: (941) 729-6802.

Easter services: Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene will have an Eggstravaganza today for children though fifth grade. It will include an Easter egg hunt, appearance by the Easter Bunny, story time and a free lunch. Registration begins at 9:30 and the event will be from 10 a.m. until noon. The church will have two identical Resurrection Celebration Services at 9:30 and 10:50 a.m. on Easter. The service will include seasonal music by the choir, Praise Team and Instrumental Ensemble; open communion for all believers and an Easter message by Senior Pastor Tony Miller. There will be no Sunday School or evening service this Sunday only.

Holy Week: Whitfield Presbyterian, 7045 North Tamiami Trail, will have an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. today. Easter services will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The public is invited. Information: (941) 355-0440.

Holy Week: Harvest United Methodist Church, Lakewood Ranch, will have an Easter egg hunt and spring festival at 10 a.m. today. All children from babies to fifth graders are invited to come and hunt for eggs. The event is free to the public. Harvest United Methodist will celebrate Easter with four worship services. Sunrise Service begins at 6:30 a.m., followed by a service at 8 a.m. Both will be held at the church’s outdoor worship area, near the back lake. A traditional worship service begins at 9 a.m. in the Harvest Centre, followed by a more contemporary service with a time especially for children, at 10:30 a.m. Information: (941) 907-7333.

Eggstravaganza: Faith Church United Methodist Church’s Eggstravaganza is set for 10:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. today at 7215 First Ave. W. behind the Post Office on 75th Street.

Holy Week: Holy Cross Catholic Church, 505 26th St. W., Palmetto, will have a Vigil Mass of the Resurrection at 8:30 p.m. today. Easter Sunday Masses will be at at 8 and 10 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. in Spanish.

Easter Sunrise Service: The Manatee County Easter Sunrise Service sponsored by the Manatee County Ministries Association, the Ministerial Fellowship of the Gulf Coast, the North River Ministerial Association and the DeSoto Historical Society will be held at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at Rossi Waterfront Park, Bradenton. Rev. Joey Mimbs, senior pastor of Bethel Baptist Church, will deliver the message. Bring a lawn chair and blanket.

Sunrise Service: The 46th annual Sunrise Service at Manatee County Public Beach is set for 6:30 a.m. Sunday. The invocation will be delivered by Rev. Harry I. Parsell of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation. This year’s sermon will be presented by Rev. Gary Batey of the Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria. All funds raised will go equally t0 six island churches. The public is invited.

Easter services: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11120 State Road 70 E., will have Easter services at 8, 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. Youth will serve a pancake breakfast between all Easter services.

Easter services: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, will have Easter Sunday services at 9 and 11 a.m. A celebration of the church’s heritage will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 7. Information: 355-4729.

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:

Passover ends: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, will mark the last day of the Passover holiday with a religious service at 10 a.m. April 5. The service will be conducted by Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman and will include a Torah and Haftarah reading, as well as the yizkor, or memorial, prayers traditionally recited on the day. The community is invited. Information: 371-2788.


Film discussion: Temple Emanu-El’s Adult Education Committee presents an afternoon of film and discussion 2-4 p.m. April 4 at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. The event begins with a screening of the award-winning film, “Menachem and Fred,” which tells the true story of two brothers separated by the Holocaust. All are welcome; there is a charge of $8, which includes admission and refreshments. Information: Eunice Cohen at 349-4367.

Church women: Church Women United will meet April 9 at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road, Bradenton, with hospitality at 9:30 a.m. and the program at 10. Women and men from all faith congregations and other interested individuals are invited to attend.

Home conference: Women of all ages and stages are welcome to attend The Home Experience conference at The Bridge Church, 4500 75th St. W., Bradenton, 7-9 p.m. April 9 and 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. April 10. Speaker and author Devi Titus will share practical solutions for finding fulfillment, peace and harmony in the home. Cost is $30 for both days, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch Saturday. Information: 792-2602.

Coffee house: The Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will hold a coffee house at 7 p.m. April 9 with Clarisse Zielke, folksinger, songwriter, and guitarist; Jack Gardner on banjo and Elliot Prout on guitar. There will be drinks and snacks available for a donation and a donation at the door will be accepted. Information: 746-0067.

Operation Inasmuch: Single moms and widows are invited to call the First Baptist Bradenton church office at 746-2149 to schedule an appointment to get a free car check-up on April 10, under the congregation’s Operation Inasmuch program. The car check-up will be at Keener’s Automotive in Palmetto. An oil change is available if needed. Also, there will be a bloodmobile in the church parking lot of First Baptist that day. Blood donors can call the church office in advance at 746-2149 to schedule an appointment.

Gospel & Games: Palmetto Historical Park and Agricultural Museum’s “Gospel & Games Social” will be held 5:30-8 p.m. April 10. The Wares Creek Boys, Allison-Spencer and Sam Lane will perform. Board games will be set up under the old oak tree and on the porches of the historical buildings. Word of Mouth BBQ will be selling sandwiches and dinners. The park is at 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto. The event is free. Information: 721-2034 or 723-4991.

Live drama: A special live worship drama presentation, “What Faith Can Do.” by Paula Struble of the School of Faith, is set for 9:30 a.m. April 10 at the Aglow International/Bradenton Aglow meeting at First Assembly of God, 1820 53rd Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: Wende Thompson (941) 720-2187.

Guest singers: The Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, will host the Singers of United Lands at 10:30 a.m. April 11. Information: 746-0067.

Jazz in the Chapel: First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, will have the final concert on the Jazz in the Chapel series 4-5 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. April 11 and will feature the trio of Johnny Moore on drums, Dominic Mancini on bass; and Charlie Prawdzik on piano accompanying special guest Bill Allred playing trombone. There is no admission charge. A freewill offering will be taken. Information: (941) 955-0935.

Piano concert: Russian pianist Eleonora Lvov will present two free concerts to benefit Sarasota and Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowships. The concerts are set for 4 p.m. April 11 at Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road, and 4 p.m. April 18 at Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton. An offering will be taken. For preferred seating reservations to the Sarasota concert, call (941) 371-4974.

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 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.


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