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.
Yard sale: Oneco United Methodist Church, 2112 53rd Ave. E., Oneco, will have its 10th annual yard sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. today. Clothing, furniture, kitchen items, jewelry, Christmas decorations and more be will be for sale. Information: 755-5943.
Free concert: Contemporary Christian Artist Nathan Brooks will present a free concert at 7 p.m. today at Central Christian Church, 926 15th St. W., Bradenton.
Shabbat sounds: Chazzan (Cantor) Cliff Abramson of Temple Sinai, Sarasota, has recorded a CD, “Many Sounds of Shabbat.” The album includes traditional and contemporary selections, as well as, four original compositions by Abramson. The Bruno Trio accompanies him on all seven selections. The CDs are available at The Temple Sinai Office. Call the Temple office for address and hours at 924-1802. A donation of $18 is suggested.
Teen talk: Have you ever wondered what your teenager is talking about? Come to a four-week sermon series at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road, to find out. “Status Update: What Teenagers are Talking About” will be presented by Pastor Hope Lee beginning Oct. 17 and will continue through Nov. 7 at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship services. Information: 794-6229.
Football bash: The community is invited to an afternoon of football and fellowship at the Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood “Football Bash,” beginning at 12:45 p.m. Oct. 17 in the social hall, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. A professional football game will be shown on Temple Emanu-El’s large-screen projection system, and a rotisserie chicken lunch will be served; attendees are asked to bring an appetizer or side dish to share. There is no charge for this event, but reservations are required. Information or to RSVP: Steven Leavitt at (941) 312-2267.
Food distribution: Oneco United Methodist Church, 2112 53rd Ave. E., Oneco, has Share pickup 9-10 a.m. Oct. 23 in the Fellowship Hall. Information: 755-5943.
Tot Shabbat: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, welcomes young Jewish and interfaith families to the first Tot Shabbat of the season 10:30 a.m. Oct. 23. Designed especially for children ages 1-6, Tot Shabbat is a relaxed and joyful celebration of Shabbat featuring a bagel breakfast, playground time, and age-appropriate Shabbat prayers, songs and stories with Rabbi Brenner Glickman. Information: (941) 379-1997.
“I Am”: Back to the Word Church, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton, will preview the movie “I Am” at 7 p.m. Oct. 25. The preview is free. Information: 773-7081.
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.
Halloween alternative: NEEWOLLAH, Halloween spelled backwards, is a fun fall festival for all ages 6-9 p.m. Oct. 29 on the grounds of Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W. This free event will include free food — hot dogs, chili, pie, cotton candy — pony rides, games, secret maze, hay rides, music, bonfire, candy, face painting, costume judging and will conclude with fireworks.
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.
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.
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 through Oct. 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.
Recognizing veterans: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, will recognize Manatee and Sarasota Sarasota’s Jewish servicemen and servicewomen at Veterans Shabbat 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in its sanctuary. Information: (941) 371-3425.
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.
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. Upcoming:
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.
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 through 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.
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.
Center dedication: A celebration to commemorate the opening of the Longboat Island Chapel’s Aging in Paradise Resource Center is set for 5-8 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Harbourside Dining Room, Longboat Key Club & Resort. Included with a $75 a person donation: cocktails and food-by-the-bite, music by the jazz trio Impromptu, and a room full of wonderful people. Information: (941) 383-6491.
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. Also, the Quilters and Crafty Ladies meet 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.
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. Prayer shawls are being made by the Parish Life Committee 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.
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.