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.
Kids Fair: CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will present a free Kids’ Fair 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today. The fair will feature games, music, snacks, contests, an alligator — courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission — an arson dog, fire truck and ambulance, free child ID kits, demonstrations on boat safety, and information from Escape School, D.A.R.E. and other organizations. Information: (941) 778-0719.
Saturday sundaes: Sundaes on Saturday ice cream social is set for 2-4 p.m. today at Oneco First Baptist, 1700 51st Ave. E., Bradenton. Everyone is welcome. Cost: $1 for adults and older kids and 50 cents for children younger than 12. Proceeds benefit state missions. Information: 755-1690.
Popcorn drive: The Boy Scouts who meet at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, are having their annual popcorn drive through Oct. 31. In the spirit of supporting these boy scouts, consider placing an order. One of the options is to purchase popcorn to be sent to the military. Information: 355-4729.
Singer visits: Singer Tiffany Nicole will have two local CD signings for her Christian pop album, “Hey Daddy Daddy” 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today at Family Christian Store, 5203 Cortez Road, Bradenton, and noon-2 p.m. Oct. 8 at Sarasota Christian Store, 5421 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Information: Monique Headley at (888) 361-9473 or email@example.com.
Thrift sale: The Congregational United Church of Christ Thrift Store, 5324 26th St. W., Bradenton, is having a Monday Madness sale Oct. 4. All adult clothing, purses, luggage and paperback books will be buy-one, get-one free. Also, Halloween decor and new furniture items have arrived. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Information: 739-1018.
Angel Tree: Applications for the Angel Tree Christmas toy assistance will be accepted 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 4-7 at The Salvation Army Center for Worship and Service, 5328 24th St. E., off State Road 70. This year The Salvation Army is preparing to assist 2,500 children up to the age of 12 with toys under the Christmas tree. Information: Maj. Alma Gower at (941) 748-5110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Humanitarian discussion: An informal discussion about the humanitarian work being done throughout the world by the Nobel Prize-winning “Doctors Without Borders” will be facilitated by Beth Golden from the Doctors Without Borders National Office in New York City at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at 503 Spring Lakes Blvd., Bradenton. This free program, open to all, is hosted by The Baha’i Faith of Manatee County. Information/directions: 746-0779.
Vaccine clinic: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, will host a vaccine clinic 4-6 p.m. Oct. 5. Flu shots for ages 6 months andolder, shingles and pneumonia vaccine will be provided by a registered nurse associated with All-Purpose Healthcare, a Sarasota County Health Department partner. Mercury-free flu vaccines will also be available upon request. The cost is $20-$25 per vaccine, and Medicare Part B is accepted. Information: (941) 379-1997.
Brown-bag lunch: “Lunch with the Rabbi” returns Oct. 6 at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. The program continues on the first Wednesday of each month through July in the social hall. Attendees are asked to bring a brown-bag lunch. Information: (941) 371-2788.
Jewish cooking: Interactive classes on Jewish holiday cooking with tastings, led by caterers Alyson and Mark Zildjian, will be held at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The schedule:
n Oct. 6: Dishes for Shabbat dinner
n Nov. 17: Holiday entertaining
n Feb. 23: Purim delights
Charge is $25 a person per session and includes sharing all dishes. Checks, made out to Temple Sinai, must be mailed or delivered to Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota FL 34231, attn: adult education, and received by the temple at least a week in advance. Information: 363-1709.
Meditation sessions: The Spirit of Peace Meditation Center will offer weekly meditation sessions conducted by Rabbi Ari Shapiro at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, 7-8:30 p.m., beginning Oct. 6. No prior experience is necessary and the sessions are open to people of all faiths. A donation of $5 a session is requested, Information: (941) 966-7778.
Fun Fair: Faith Lutheran Church, 9608 U.S. 301 N., Parrish, is planning its first Fun Fair on its campus 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Oct. 9. Everything is free, including water slides and jump houses, food and drink, live music and dancing, games, crafts, face painting, balloons, door prizes and more. Information: 776-1395.
Food registration: SHARE sign-up will be 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 9 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road, in the Fellowship Hall. Information: 792-3497.
Fall fun: Temple Emanu-El Preschool, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, presents its annual Fall Fun Fair noon-2 p.m. Oct. 9 with a bounce house, face-painting, playground time, bubbles, chalk, games and prizes, and a lunch of burgers, chicken nuggets, and macaroni and cheese along with homemade side dishes and dessert. Cost is $10 a family. All proceeds support the preschool and its programs. Information: Tammy Libera at (941) 377-8074.
Church homecoming: First Baptist Church of Parrish, 12125 71st St. E., will celebrate its 107th year at homecoming Oct. 10. Morning worship is at 11 a.m., followed by dinner on the grounds. Everyone is welcome. Information: 776-1533.
Be the Change: Harvest United Methodist Church, 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch, will send people out to “Be the Change” on Oct. 10, bringing hope to others in the community. Following the 10:30 a.m. worship service, groups will depart to serve at various locations, including Nueva Esperanza in Samoset, One Stop Resource Center in downtown Bradenton, and Life Care Center in Sarasota. Other participants will serve by doing yard work, clean-up, and simple maintenance/repair projects at homes of persons in need of assistance. The church anticipates having more than 200 participants in this one-day community service blitz, which is open to all ages. Information: (941) 907-7333 or visit the Harvest UMC website, www.harvest-umc.org.
Church homecoming: Oneco First Baptist, 1700 51st Ave. E., Bradenton, invites everyone to its homecoming Oct. 10. The Gulf State Quartet will perform during the 10:45 a.m. service, and dinner will be served in the fellowship hall afterward. Information: 729-8150.
Diverse Experience: The Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, will host the choral group Diverse Experience for a fundraising event at 4 p.m. Oct. 10. The program includes an American Trilogy, the Broadway Medley, and Rhythm of Life. Light refreshments will be served. Requested donation: $10 for adults and $3 for youth 18 and younger. Information: 746-0067.
The hereafter: An informal, interfaith discussion and exploration of what different faiths teach about “Life After This Life” will be the subject of a discussion facilitated by Nancy Kennedy-Wood at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at 503 Spring Lakes Blvd., Bradenton. The free program is hosted by The Baha’i Faith of Manatee County. Information: 746-0779.
Pumpkin patch: Harvest United Methodist Church, 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch, will have a pumpkin patch on its front lawn 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily Oct. 13-31. Proceeds from the sale of pumpkins grown on a Navajo Reservation in Farmington, N.M., help support jobs there and also fund missions and outreach endeavors at Harvest. A kid’s day is planned 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Activities will include stories, crafts, games and snacks. Information: Courtney Kennedy at (941) 306-5424.
Bat Mitzvah class: The Jewish Women’s Circle at Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, 11509 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, is presenting Women & Wisdom, a Bat Mitzvah course for wise women of all ages. The course will take place 7:30-9 p.m. Thursdays at the Chabad Jewish Center. Semester one runs from Oct. 14 to Nov. 18 and semester two runs from Jan. 6 to Feb. 10. There will be an additional Hebrew reading option during semester one 7-7:30 p.m. A Bat Mitzvah graduation celebration with a Havdallah cocktail party is scheduled for Feb. 12. Cost is $75, which includes the book “Bread and Fire” and additional course materials. Hebrew reading option costs an additional $36 and includes a Hebrew reading workbook. Information: (941) 752-3030.
Women’s conference: New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews is scheduled to be the guest speaker at the Women of Faith Conference at 10:50 a.m. Oct. 15 at the St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. He will also do a live question and answer session at 2:20 p.m. and then speak again at 2:50 p.m. The conference is set for 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. Oct. 15 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 16. Other speakers at the conference include Patsy Clairmont, Marilyn Meberg, Lisa Welchel, Anita Renfroe, and Nicole Johnson. Musical performers include Sandi Patty, Mandisa, and Nicole C. Mullen. Information: www.womenoffaith.com/tampa.
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.
Night of Light: The Tabernacle Church and School, 4141 DeSoto Road, Sarasota, presents the Night of Light, a fun, family event 5-8 p.m. Oct. 31. The event is free to the community and provides a safe and non-scary alternative to Halloween. This year’s theme is “Sports Spectacular” and attendees are encouraged to dress up in sports gear as their favorite athlete or team. Children and adults of all ages are welcome. Activities include carnival games, a rock climbing wall, inflatable bouncers, a hay ride, paddle boats, archery, music and sweet treats. Food will be available for purchase. Information: (941) 355-8858.
Bach Festival: The Sarasota-Manatee Bach Festival presents its third annual performance celebrating the variety and genius of Bach’s music at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota; and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Christ Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. The concerts are free and open to the public; a donation of $12 for adults and $5 students is suggested. A pre-concert lecture will take place at 6:45 p.m., and there will be a post-concert reception Nov. 14. Information: (941) 955-4263.
Food Fest: Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, is having its fourth annual Food Festival, rain or shine, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Dec. 12. As part of this event, the Temple is holding a market with three areas for health care organizations, a flea market for used items, and spaces for new merchandise. For information on space rental: Mark Margolis at (941) 966-0252.
Warm gift: Prayer shawls are being made by the Parish Life Committee of Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, and distributed to members and friends. With the coming of cooler weather, these shawls provide warmth, prayers and comfort to those in need. If you would like to give a shawl to someone you know, contact Valerie at 351-7713.
Crafty ladies: The Quilters at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11120 State Road 70 East, Lakewood Ranch, meet 1-3 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month to make lap robes and quilts for the needy in Manatee County. Experience quilting is not necessary, just willing hands. Information: 753-9365.
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.
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.
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.
Faith United Church of Christ: 4850 State Road 64 E., has worship and Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. Sundays.
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: a congregation of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., has moved to a new location in Lakewood Ranch: the Manatee Board of Realtors building, 10910 Technology Drive. Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. Information: (941) 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.