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.
National prayers: Braden River United Methodist Church, corner of Caruso and Morgan Johnson roads, invites its members and the public to visit its sanctuary at their leisure, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. today to pray for our nation. The event is part of the “May Day 2010” prayer gathering being held at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Free nursery care for children will be offered from 12:30-2 p.m. Information: 745-1663.
High tea: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11120 S.R. 70 E., Lakewood Ranch, hosts its Annual Daughter of Our Lord High Tea 2 p.m. May 2 in the church’s new fellowship space. There will be a catered lunch. Bring your favorite tea cup and a fabulous hat. Cost: $8 for adults, $4 for girls younger than 12. RSVP: 756-3375.
Summer hours: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, announces that its summer worship schedule begins Sunday. There will be one service at 10 a.m. for Sunday worship. Also at Northminster, Presbyterian women will travel Tuesday to the Day Spring Conference Center for a day of Bible study, workshops, fellowship and personal time in nature. Cost: $40. Information: 377-9379.
‘Beyond Never Again’ course: Jewish Learning Institute at Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch, 11509 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, presents “Beyond Never Again” examining the universal themes from the Holocaust from 7:30-8:45 p.m. Wednesdays May 5, 12, 19, 26 and June 2. This course will enable participants to articulate their personal responses to the Holocaust and provide relevant angles on some of life’s most difficult questions pertaining to faith and suffering. Course fee: $75. Couples fee: $135. Information: (941) 752-3030 .
Day of Prayer: National Day of Prayer 2010 is set for noon-1 p.m. Thursday at JD Hamel Park on Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue in downtown Sarasota. Free parking is available off Bayfront Drive at Ringling. Information: (941) 412-0668.
Friendship Day: Church Women United in Manatee County invites all to attend May Friendship Day 10 a.m. Friday at the Trinity United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Peggy Nash of Anna Maria Island will be recognized as Valiant Woman 2010. Lunch: $7. Reservations: 747-6602.
SHARE sign-up: SHARE sign up day will be 10:30 –11:30 a.m. May 8 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road, outside, next to the Fellowship Hall. Information: 792-3497.
Women’s coffee: CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, invites all women to attend a coffee 9:30-11:30 a.m. May 15. Jane Kitchings, director of Women’s Ministries at First Baptist of Bradenton, will speak on “Sand in My Sandals,” bringing a message of hope and encouragement when life seems to go wrong. Reservations: 778-0719.
Day of Prayer: Freedom Village, 6406 21st Ave. W., Bradenton, will hold its third annual commemoration of the National Day of Prayer at 9:30 a.m. May 6. Reflecting the diversity of it’s residents, representatives of ecumenical and interfaith groups have been invited to participate. Information: Chaplain Eurston Rollins, 737-7173.
Kosher fest: This year, Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch will celebrate Lag Ba’omer, the festival of unity, with a Kosher Food Fest and Carnival. The Kosher Food Fest will debut on Lag Ba’Omer noon-3 p.m. May 2 in the Chabad Jewish Center parking lot, 11509 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. Admission is free, but there is a fee for carnival tickets and food. Information: 752-3030.
Seeds work day: A Hope Seeds work day is set for 9 a.m.-noon May 8 in the Fellowship Hall at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3011 19th Ave. W., Bradenton. Volunteers are invited to help assemble family garden packs of quality vegetable seeds for the next wave of Haiti earthquake disaster relief. Information: Bethany Matzke at (941) 228-5660.
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.
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.
Food drive: Under the direction of its Social Action Committee, Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, continues its food drive for those in Sarasota-Manatee who go hungry. Nonperishable boxed and canned foods may be placed in a marked bin in the Temple lobby during business hours and before and after Shabbat worship services. All donations benefit the kosher food pantry at Jewish Family and Children’s Services or All Faiths Food Bank. Information: 966-9561.
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.
Orthodox Catholic: The Synod of Governing Bishops for the Holy Orthodox Catholic Church announced the opening if their new church temporarily located at 2700 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 11B, Sarasota. The Very Rev. Arch Bishop Jacob J. K. Longacre was appointed first pastor. All seven sacraments will be available in the Orthodox Form by making an appointment with the pastor at (941) 954-0330.
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.
Tennis program: Gulf Coast Fellowship of Christian Athletes is conducting a tennis program for Tots to Teens (ages 4-18). All programs will be held at the Tennis Center at Palm-Aire Country Club, 5601 Country Club Way. The programs are geared to develop/enhance tennis skills as well as provide spiritual development. Information: (941) 539-6083.
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.