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.
Beach picnic: Temple Emanu-El invites the community to its second Family Beach Picnic and Havdalah at 5 p.m. today at the Turtle Beach Pavilion, 8918 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key. Cost is $7 a person with a maximum of $21 per family; dinner is included. Information: Steven Leavitt at (941) 587-8944.
Havdalah service: Enjoy a Havdalah service, dinner and a movie with Congregation Ner Tamid at 6 p.m. today at the Lakeside South Clubhouse, 3817 40th Ave W., Bradenton. After the brief service, stay for a potluck dinner and a showing of “The Producers.” Information: 755-1231.
Fathers’ day: Ladies will be singing to the men at 10 a.m. June 20 for Father’s Day at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota. Information: 355-4729.
Bible school: Parrish United Methodist Church, 12180 U.S. 301 N., Parrish, will have vacation Bible school 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 21-25 for children ages 5-12 at no cost. Register at www.parrishmethodist.com or call (941) 776-1539.
Chabad Kidlink: Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch is offering Kidlink for children ages 5-12. Remaining classes are held 4-5:15 p.m. June 24, and July 8 and 15 at Chabad, 11509 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. Each class will provide students with a Judaic-themed kosher activity, craft or cooking project,as well as a light dinner. Cost: all sessions $55 or $15 a class. Reservations: Chanie Bukiet at (941) 752-3030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vacation Bible School: First Baptist Church of Ellenton, 1707 36th Ave. E., will have free Vacation Bible School for four-year-olds through sixth graders 6-9 p.m. June 26-July 1. Registration will be at 3 p.m. June 26. Information: 722-4376.
Food pick-up: SHARE pick-up will be 8:30-9:30 a.m. June 26 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road, outside next to the Fellowship Hall. Information: 792-3497.
Food pick-up: SHARE pick-up will be 9-10 a.m. June 26 at Oneco United Methodist Church, 2112 53rd Ave. E., in the Fellowship Hall. Information: 755-5943.
Special service: Special worship service is set for 10 a.m. June 27 conducted by Rev. Daniel Rosales, the pastor of the Hispanic congregation that meets at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota. Following the service, the Hispanic worshippers have invited Northminster’s congregation and friends to a luncheon in the Fellowship Hall. Information: 355-4729.
Vacation Bible school: CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, invites all children from 3 years of age through those who just completed fifth grade to attend Saddle Ridge Ranch, a vacation Bible school full of games, music, stories, snacks, crafts and more. Saddle Ridge Ranch VBS will be held 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 28-July 2. Pre-registration is encouraged. Information: 778-0719.
Independence Day: What’s more American than hot dogs and apple pie? After the 10 a.m. worship service July 4, the congregation at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, will celebrate the nation’s independence with “hot-diggity dog” day and a silent auction. Information: 355-4729.
Haiti seeds: Hope Seeds Inc., a Christian, charitable organization that provides seed and agricultural support to missionaries and mission teams around the world, will have a Hope Seeds work day 9 a.m.-noon July 10 in the Fellowship Hall at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3011 19th Ave. W., Bradenton. Hope Seeds will assemble family garden packs of vegetable seed for the next wave of Haitian earthquake disaster relief. Information: Bethany Matzke at (941) 228-5660.
Vacation Bible School: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, will hold Vacation Bible School, “High Seas Expedition,” 9 a.m.-noon July 12-16. To register for this free program, call 788-1813.
New members: A new member class is being formed for all who wish to explore membership at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota. Classes will be held Sundays at 9 a.m. July 18 and 25. Information: 355-4929.
Christian concert: Christian singer Robin Mark and his band will perform in concert at 7 p.m. July 22 at Christ United Methodist Church, 5512 26th St. W., Bradenton. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Tickets: 755-2722.
Vacation Bible School: Saint Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, 11315 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, is hosting its annual summer Vacation Bible School 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 9- 13. This year’s theme is “Cokesbury’s Galactic Blast.” Campers will enjoy theme-filled days that focus on the earth, the moon, the stars, comets and supernovas as they discuss biblical themes tying into the galaxy. Registration is free and is open.
Summer Bible classes: Summer Bible study at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, continues for eight weeks. Dick Murphy will teach “How to Become a Contagious Christian” at 9 a.m. Tuesdays. Information: 355-4729.
Shabbat services: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, invites the community to share in the summer season of Shabbat worship services. Through Aug. 27, these services begin at 6 p.m. and will be preceded by a kiddush gathering of wine and challah at 5:30 p.m. All services are followed by dinners in local restaurants. All are welcome. Information: (941) 371-2788.
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.
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.
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. Chabad holds Talmud Classes 7:30 p.m. Mondays. Cost: $45. Torah Studies are held 9 a.m. Saturdays. Chabad of Bradenton also plans Talmud classes, Torah studies, programs at the Jewish Learning Institute and more during June. Information: 752-3030.
Christ Community Church, 1803 57th Ave. W., Bradenton with Rev. David Castor as pastor has Sunday morning fellowship at 10 a.m., worship service at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday prayer service at 7 p.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. Friday night Shabbat services, which are open to the public, are held twice a month. Information: 755-1231.
Transition support: 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.
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: 3131 61st St., Sarasota, worships at 10 a.m. Sundays through the summer.
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.
Quakers: Sarasota Friends Meeting is at 10 a.m. Sundays at 3139 57th St., Sarasota. nformation: 358-5759 or visit http//sarasota.quaker.org.
Revelation Ministries: “Prayer Time” at Revelation Ministries, 1919 14th St. W., Bradenton, will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: 726-3464.
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: 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, 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.
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.
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.