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.
New pastor: The Tabernacle Church in Sarasota has hired David Forrest as pastor of discipleship and outreach. He will be responsible for the Men’s Ministry, Life Development Classes and launching a new Mobile Ministry that helps provide relief to local residents who are being impacted by the economy. The Tabernacle Church is at 4141 DeSoto Road, Sarasota. Information: (941) 355-8858.
Worship service: Fellowship Community Church, which meets in the Rio Ballroom of the Courtyard Marriott, 100 Riverfront Drive W., Bradenton, has worship service 10:30 a.m.-noon Sundays and Bible study in homes every Friday night. Information: Pastor Shirley Whitaker at (941) 730-5830.
Food distribution: SHARE pick up will be 8:30-9:30 a.m. today at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road, in the Fellowship Hall. Information: 792-3497.
Movie screening: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, invites the community to a screening of the documentary “Waves of Freedom” 2-4 p.m. Dec. 19. The film will be shown in the social hall. Refreshments will be served. Cost: $5 at the door. Information: Eunice Cohen at (941) 349-4367.
Promised One: Followers of all religious faiths and other interested parties are invited to come together for a free, informal, open and frank discussion addressing the topic, “Biblical - Christian proofs concerning Baha’ullah (Baa ha ooo laa) whom Baha’is believe to be the Promised One, the One for whom mankind has long awaited.” The discussion will be facilitated by George Lino at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at 505 30th Ave. W., Bradenton. The program is hosted by The Baha’i Faith of Manatee County. Information: (941) 741-4922.
Shabbat dinner: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, will host a festive Chinese food Shabbat dinner at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 24. Worship services will follow at 7:30 p.m. The meal is part of Temple Emanu-El’s series of monthly Shabbat dinners. Future dinners will be held Feb. 18, March 18, and April 8. The cost is $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 6-12; children ages 5 and younger eat free. Information: Helena Ozer at (941) 377-4007.
Church concert: Jim Pierce and Tim Pritchard, formerly at Christian Retreat for Country Jamboree, will perform in concert 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 1 at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton. Donation: $5 at the door. Information: (941) 746-0101.
Piano concert: Piano virtuoso Eleonora Lvov will present three local concerts to celebrate the start of the new year. The concert at Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, at 4 p.m. Jan. 2 will be a fundraiser for the congregation. A donation of $10 is requested. Lvov is also scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota; and at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road, at 4 p.m. Jan. 23. Information: (941) 358-0235.
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, Jan. 6-Feb. 10. The course will take place 7:30-9 p.m. Thursdays at the Chabad Jewish Center. 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 ministry: Orders may be placed at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton, or www.angelfoodministry.com for Angel Food Ministries, a nonprofit, nondenominational organization dedicated to providing quality food for a low price to communities throughout theUnited States. Deadline for Jan. 29 distribution ordered through the church is noon Jan. 16. Deadline for ordering online is 11:59 p.m. Jan. 23. Information: 746-0101.
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 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.