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.
Music director: Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, announces that James Johnston assumed the position of director of music ministries Nov. 3. He will be directing the Chancel Choir, Joyful Noise Choir (grades K-5), Roser Hand Bell Choir and a new Recorder group, along with other special musical performances.
Jewish artists: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, will host a program on contributions of Jewish artists 2-4 p.m. Nov. 28. Providing an illustrated talk and leading the discussion will be Kevin Costello, an artist, lecturer, educator and active member of Sarasota’s art world. The public is invited to this free program. Information: (941) 349-4367.
Gospel concert: The Nelons are set to perform in concert at 6 p.m. Nov. 28 at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. An offering will be received. Information: 756-6942.
Holiday kickoff: Don’t miss Hanging of the Greens at Harvest United Methodist Church, 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch, a great way to kick off the holiday season on a festive note with family and friends. Planned: Music from the church’s choirs and praise bands as well as plenty of opportunities for participants to sing. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 28. Information: 907-7333.
Discussing purpose: Followers of all religious faiths and other interested parties are invited to participate a free informal discussion addressing the topic, “The Purpose of Life” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29. The discussion at 505 30th Ave. W., Bradenton, will be facilitated by Michelle Hulbert. The program is hosted by The Baha’i Faith of Manatee County. Information/directions; 741-4922.
Rabbi lunch: Temple Emanu-El’s monthly “Lunch with the Rabbi” program continues at noon Dec. 1 in the social hall of Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. In attendance will be Judy Ellis Glickman, who is the mother of Rabbi Brenner Glickman as well as a Holocaust photographer whose work has been exhibited all over the United States and at the Yad VaShem Museum in Jerusalem. Attendees are asked to bring a brown-bag lunch and, if they wish, questions for Judy Glickman; homemade cookies will be provided for dessert. The program is free and open to the community. Information: 371-2788.
Advent dinner: The Women’s Ministry of Harvest United Methodist Church is sponsoring an Advent dinner for women 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch. Tickets are $35 a person and proceeds benefit Samaritan Counseling of the Gulf Coast. RSVP by Nov. 21 with $35 to Harvest UMC, 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202. Information: Paula Kelly at (941) 448-9008.
Forum Truth: Robert Putnam, author of “American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us” will be guest speaker for Forum Truth at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Putnam is a Harvard University political scientist. Cost: single members with book $30, couple members $40, single nonmembers with book $35 and couple nonmembers with book $45. Reservations: www. Forum Truth.org or (941) 349-8350.
Hanukah party: In celebration of Hanukah, which starts on the evening of Dec. 1, the Sarasota-Manatee chapter of the Brandeis National Committee will hold its annual Hanukah Party and Breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 3. at the Sarasota South Gate Community Center, corner of Tuttle Avenue and Siesta Drive, with entertainment by the Manatee Community Players, who will perform selections from the musical “Oliver.” The Brandeis group, a support group of men and women who raise funds for the libraries of the Waltham, Mass.-based university, will serve a breakfast of fruit, quiche, muffins and more at a charge of $15 for members and $18 for guests. Participants are encouraged to make contributions of baby and children’s items, as well as women’s toiletries for Hope Family Services. RSVP: (941) 924-4866.
Caribbean revelry: The Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, will host its annual Religious Education Camp “Fun”raiser at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3. The “Caribbean Revelry” themed event will include dinner and entertainment. Wear your island finest, and do the limbo. Tickets: adult -- $15, children 10 and younger -- $7. Information: (941) 746-0067.
Hanukkah dinner: Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, will have a Festival of Lights dinner at 7:15 p.m. Dec. 3 after the 6 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service. Enjoy Chef Louie’s famous brisket along with other Hanukkah specialties by Maxine, Marcia and Leon. The cost for member adults is $18, member childrenyounger than 13, free. Temple families, $40. Nonmembers $21, nonmember children younger than 13, $8. Reservations must be made no later than Nov. 28. Information: Phyllis Labinger at 758-3802.
Christmas luncheon: Women’s Ministry Christmas luncheon at Northwest Baptist Church, 7913 Ninth Ave. NW., Bradenton, is set for 11:30 a.m. Dec. 4 with guest speaker Michelle Rahn, a former Mrs. Senior America. She was also a teacher for more than 20 years and her last position was at Columbine High School. She is now a Christian motivational speaker who also plays the guitar. Other music will be provided by Kathleen Fairchild, who has several CDs on the market. The food will be provided by Vicki Callahan. Tickets are $10. Information: 795-7029.
Interfaith Hanukkah: For the fourth year in a row, five local Jewish organizations are co-sponsoring a Hanukkah party for interfaith families. This year’s party is slated for 5-7 p.m. Dec. 4 at Bounce U, 1925 Northgate Blvd., Sarasota. Sponsors include Temple Emanu-El, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, American Jewish Committee, Jewish Genealogical Society, and B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, as well as the Warren Foundation. Information or to RSVP: (941) 379-1997. There is a charge of $10 per family for RSVPs received by Dec. 2; at-the-door admission is $20 per family.
Holy night: Continuous tours for “Walk Through Bethlehem” are planned 5-9 p.m. Dec. 4-5 at Samoset Baptist Church, 3200 15th St. E., Bradenton. Co-sponsored by Samoset Baptist and Southside Baptist. Information: www.WalkThroughBethlehemTour.com.
Menorah lighting: The second Downtown Bradenton Menorah Lighting and Hanukkah Celebration is set for 6 p.m. Dec. 5 on the grass area near Manatee Players. Temple Beth El religious school children will be joined by the religious school children of Congregation Ner Tamid to perform Hanukkah songs. The public is invited.
Angel Food: Angel Food Ministries is a nonprofit, nondenominational organization dedicated to providing food relief to communities throughout theUnited States. Through Angel Food Ministries, their principle of giving others a hand up and not a handout is the cornerstone of their ministry. Orders may be placed at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton or www.angelfoodministry.com. Deadline for Dec. 18 distribution ordered through the church is noon Dec. 6. Deadline for ordering on-line is 11:59 p.m. Dec. 12. Information: 746-0101.
Cookie walk: Oneco United Methodist Church, 2112 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, will have its annual Christmas cookie walk 9:30 a.m.-noon Dec. 11 in the fellowship hall. Information: 755-5943.
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.
Marker unveiling: Temple Beth El will be having the unveiling of the memorial stone on the grave of Johanna Hagadoorn, the “Righteous Gentile,” at 2 p.m. Dec. 12. Ms. Hagadoorn passed away last year. Because she had no family, Temple Beth El buried her and conducted a funeral service in one of its cemetery plots. Skyway Memorial Cemetery has donated the stone for her gravesite.
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.
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 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.
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.
Angel Food Ministries: is a nonprofit, nondenominational organization dedicated to providing food relief to communities throughout theUnited States. Orders may be placed at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St E., Bradenton, or www.angelfoodministry.com. Information: 746-0101.
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.