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.
Jewish Gathering: For the fourth year, Temple Emanu-El sponsors the East County Jewish Gathering at 6 p.m. today at Summerfield Park, 6402 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Jewish and interfaith families are invited. Attendees may bring a picnic dinner or purchase fresh pizza for $1 a slice; cold soda, juice, and water will be provided. There will also be free ice cream treats. The evening will conclude with a brief havdalah service. The event is free of charge. Information: 379-1997.
Open house: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, welcomes prospective members and people interested in learning more about the Jewish congregation to an open house 1-4 p.m. Aug. 29. Information: (941) 371-2788.
Open house: Temple Beth El Bradenton, 4200 32nd St. W., will hold its annual communitywide open house and religious school registration 1-4 p.m. Aug. 29. Meet the synagogue family, rabbi and cantor and board of directors. Tour the campus and learn about the programs for the coming year. Learn about the new school curriculum “Judaism through the Arts” and meet the experts in each field that will be taught. Information: 755-4900.
High Holidays: Congregation Ner Tamid will begin High Holiday services with a special Selichot Service at 2 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Lakeside South Clubhouse, 3817 40th Ave W., Bradenton. There will be music and Jewish meditations to further the contemplative spirit of the upcoming High Holidays.
Rosh HaShanah services will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 9, with Tashilich following the service.
Yom Kippur begins with Kol Nidre at 7 p.m. Sept. 17, featuring Cantor Joel Reznick. Yom Kippur services, including Yizkor, will be at 10 a.m. Sept. 18. The Ne’ilah service, followed by the Break the Fast, will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 18. Tickets are $25 for members and $48 for nonmembers. Information: 755-1231 or visit www. nertamidflorida.org.
Holiday weekend: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, is planning a Labor Day weekend at Cedarkirk Sept. 3-5. Whether you are a family looking for some quality time together or a grandparent wanting to bond with your grandchild, this weekend provides many activities and time together. Canoeing, games, swimming in the pool, campfires and a leisurely hayride through the woods are all on the schedule. Information: (813) 685-4224.
Holy season: Temple Beth El, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton, announces its High Holy Days schedule:
n Rosh Hashanah: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8, Erev Rosh Hashanah; 10 a.m. Sept. 9, morning service — Tashlich.
n Yom Kippur: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17, Kol Nidre; 10 a.m. Sept. 18, morning service and Yizkor, 4:30 p.m. healing service, 5:30 p.m. Neilah and break-the-fast (pot luck; reservations required).
n Additional service: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4, Havdalah and Selichot; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 Erev Shabbat and Sukkot.
All are welcome. Information: 755-4900.
Days of Awe: Temple Beth El Bradenton, 4200 32nd St. W., celebrates Havdalah and Selichot at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4. Rabbi Harold Caminker and Cantor Alan Cohn lead the service on the path to preparing for the “Days of Awe,” the High Holy Days. The evening is open to the community. Refreshments will follow. Information: 755-4900.
Holy Season: High Holy Day Season will begin with Selichot Service at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, with a president’s reception of homemade desserts at 7:30 p.m., and a service at 8 p.m. Sept. 4. Information: 371-2788.
New hours: Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, announces new Sunday worship hours beginning Sept. 5: 9 a.m. worship with traditional choir; 10 a.m. faith groups/fellowship; and 11 a.m. worship with praise band. Information: 747-3704.
High Holy Days: Come and hear the sound of the Shofar at Beth Israel Messianic Synagogue, 3911 Golf Park Loop Suite 104, Bradenton. The schedule:
n Rosh Hashanah — 11 a.m. Sept. 9
n Yom Kippur — 7:30 a.m. Sept. 17 and 11 a.m. Sept. 18.
n Selichot Services will be held throughout the month of Elul.
n Sukkot and Simcha Torah on Sept. 23 and 30. Call for times.
All are welcome and all seats are free. Information: 730-2136.
Money makeover: Community of Christ, 5817 33rd St. E., Bradenton, is offering the 13-week Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University program Sept. 9 through Dec. 9. The “money makeover” classes will help attendees take control of their finances and become good stewards of their resources. Registration and class preview set for 6 p.m. Aug. 15. Information: (941) 756-8276.
Religious school: Temple Emanu-El Religious School, 151 McIntosh Road, is accepting enrollment for kindergarten-grade 7 students for the 2010-11 year. Classes begin Sept. 12. Information: (941) 371-2788.
Studying Hebrews: Dick Murphy will lead a 13-week discussion on the Letter to the Hebrews beginning at 8:45 a.m. Sept. 12 in the Fellowship Hall of Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota. Information: 755-4729.
Baha’i discussion: An informal, interfaith discussion addressing the topic, “Finding joy in these transitional times of economic crisis ... turning calamities into blessings” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept 13 at 505 30th Ave. W., Bradenton. The free program, open to all, and hosted by the Baha’i faith of Manatee County, will be facilitated by Jacklyn Tredway. Information: 741-4922.
Baha’i discussion: An informal, interfaith discussion addressing the topic, “Who is Baha’u’llah (baa-ha-oo-lah) the central figure of the Baha’i (buh-high) faith, is set for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20, at 505 30th Ave. W., No, 412, Bradenton. This free program, open to all, and hosted by the Baha’i faith of Manatee County, will be facilitated by Whelma Thompson. Information: 741-4922.
Temple picnic: Art Robbins Men’s Club picnic for Temple Beth El Bradenton to celebrate Sukkot is set for noon-4 p.m. Sept. 26 at the North Pavilion, Gulf side, at Coquina Beach. Planned are games, swimming, “fun in the sun” and a barbecue with all the trimmings. Cost: $5 a person, $10 for a family of four (two adults and two children). RSVP required. Information: 755-4900.
High Holy Days: At Temple Sinai, 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, guests are always welcome at weekly synagogue services. In addition, the temple welcomes all who wish to come to many High Holy Days services, at no charge. Information: 924-1802.
Medicine & Morals: The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will unveil its fall course, Medicine and Morals: Jewish Guide through Life’s Tough Decisions 7:30-8:45 p.m. Oct. 27 and run for six consecutive weeks at Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, 11509 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. Class fees are $75 per person and $135 per couple. Information: (941) 752-3030.
Peace prayers: The Baha’i Faith of Manatee County has a “Prayers For Peace” gathering every Monday morning at the home of Shirley Mather, beginning at 10:30 a.m., at 505 30th Ave. W. Bradenton. All are invited. Information: 741-4922.
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: holds Shabbat Service at 11 a.m. Saturdays with Hebrew and English Liturgy and Torah service followed by Kiddush and Oneg. Classes for children ages 7-12 are also offered. Services at Peridia Office Park, 3911 Golf Park Loop, No. 104, Bradenton. Information: 730-2136.
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. Information: 752-3030.
Christ Community Church: 1803 57th Ave. W., Bradenton with Rev. David Carter 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.
Congregational United Church of Christ: The Congregational United Church of Christ Thrift Store, 5324 26th St. W., Bradenton, has expanded its store in Saddle Creek Plaza. A new furniture annex and expanded book store has been added. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday. Information: 739-1018.
Also, a Transitions Support Group meets 5-6:30 p.m. every Sunday at Congregational United Church of Christ 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.
Gulf Coast Fellowship of Christian Athletes: conducts 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.
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.
Temple Emanu-El: 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.
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.