01/29 Religion Almanac

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


Folk concert: Singer/guitarist Chris Driesbach will perform at 6:30 p.m. today at Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 14605 59th Avenue E., Lakewood Ranch. Information: (941) 747-5564,, or

Guest speaker: Dr. Jesse C. Middendorf, a general superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene, will be guest speaker for an International Dinner at 6 p.m. today and for services at 10:50 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday at Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W. Middendorf is one of six general superintendents, the highest elective office of the denomination, who have supervision over the church worldwide in more than 140 countries. He was first elected in 2005 and re-elected in 2009.

Bible prophecy: Gary Frazier, expert on the Middle East situation and how it relates to Bible prophecy, will conduct a seminar based on his book “It Could Happen Tomorrow: Future Events that Will Shake the World” at First Baptist Church of Bradenton, 1306 Manatee Ave. W., at 8 and 10:50 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday and 6 p.m. Monday. There will be free childcare by reservation (call the church office at 746-2149). The public is welcome to attend.

Gospel concert: The Diplomats will perform in concert with guest Les Beasley from the Florida Boys 6 p.m. Sunday at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. An offering will be received. Information: 756-6942

Interfaith parenting: Rabbi Barbara Aiello, rabbinic adviser to Bradenton’s Congregation Ner Tamid, will discuss “The Joys and Challenges of Jewish and Interfaith Parenting and Grandparenting” during brunch 10 a.m. Sunday at Lakeside South Clubhouse, 3817 40th Ave. W., Bradenton. A traditional Jewish brunch of bagels, lox, fruit, cake and coffee will be served. Information and reservations: (941) 755-1231.

Spiritual dialogue: The next forum at Unity Center for Spiritual Dialogue, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton, will be 6:30 p.m. Monday with a post forum opportunity to meet the speakers. The topic, “Life After Death,” heaven and the various religious traditions teachings, will be discussed by Raymond Hundley of State College of Florida, Bahai’i leader Harvey Garver and Rabbi Barbara Aiello. Information: (941) 737-6582.

Rabbi lunch: “Lunch with the Rabbi,” a monthly program with Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman, continues noon Wednesday at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Community members are invited to bring a brown-bag lunch and join in for lunch and conversation. Information: (941) 371-2788.

Gospel concert: The Calvarymen Quartet will be appearing 3-5 p.m. Wednesday at Leisure Lake Co-op, 2900 Eighth Ave., Palmetto. A free-will offering will be collected.

Prayer breakfast: Veteran NBA referee and Manatee County resident Bob Delaney will be the featured speaker when Take Stock in Children of Manatee County hosts its fourth annual Leadership Prayer Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bradenton Auditorium. The breakfast benefits Take Stock in Children, a college scholarship and mentoring program for low-income, at-risk students. To purchase tickets or to obtain additional information, contact Take Stock in Children of Manatee County Executive Director Diana Dill at (941) 751-7012, ext. 2047.

Human rights: Church Women United will present its Human Rights Award to Shirley Pearson for her work in developing the Mt. Carmel Community Resource Center in Palmetto. The presentation is set for 9:30 a.m. Friday at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. All are welcome. Information and reservations: (941) 383-6491.

Monthly breakfast: Ellenton United Methodist Church, U.S. Hwy. 301 N. and Leffingwell Avenue, Ellenton will hold a monthly breakfast 8-10 a.m. Feb. 5 in the Christian Life Center. Tickets are $4 at the door. In addition, tickets will also be on sale for the United Methodist Women’s spaghetti supper set for Feb. 18 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Proceeds go toward mission projects. Information: (941) 729-6802.

Exploring Yiddish: Congregation Kol HaNeshama, which meets at the South Gate Community Center, 3145 South Gate Circle, Sarasota, hosts teacher and scholar Miriam Isaacs as she explores aspects of Yiddish and ways it’s being preserved Feb. 4 and 5. A catered, kosher chicken dinner -- by reservation only -- will follow 6 p.m. Friday services. Isaacs will then explore the state of contemporary Yiddish among secular and traditional communities. Following 10 a.m. Saturday services and a complimentary lunch, Isaacs will present “The Supernatural in Yiddish Theatre: Golems, Ghosts and Dybbuks.” Dinner costs: adult members -- $25, nonmembers -- $30, teens -- $10, 13 and younger -- no charge. Mail reservations and payment to John Niles, 1621 Clower Creek Drive, (Unit T-172), Sarasota, FL 34231. Seating is limited; please RSVP by Jan. 28 at

Gospel concert: Jim and Tim will perform in concert 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton. Admission: $5 donation at the door.

Classic organ: David Briggs, an organist with a reputation as an innovative and dazzling performer, will perform at the Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. For the first concert 7:30 Feb. 5, Briggs will perform Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony No. 8, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. The Feb. 7 concert also begins at 7:30 p.m., and Briggs will be providing the “organ soundtrack” to silent film presentations. Suggested ticket donation for each event is $10 for adults; $5 for students. Visit for online ticket purchase.

Spiritual renewal: Chic Shaver from Kansas City, Mo., will conduct a spiritual renewal series Feb. 5-9 at Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W. Services will be Sunday at 10:50 a.m. and 4 p.m. and weeknights at 7 p.m. Shaver is professor emeritus of evangelism at Nazarene Theological Seminary and author of the widely used “Basic Bible Studies.” He will also conduct a seminar at the church on “Witnessing Without Fear” 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Feb. 5 preceded by a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. which is open to the community. Information: (941) 794-1685.

Guest sermons: The East Bradenton Church of Christ, 1835 Manatee Ave. E., will conduct a series of gospel sermons Feb. 6-9 with guest speaker Glenn B. Ramsey, vice president of Tennessee Bible College. Sunday morning worship will be at 11 a.m. and there will be four consecutive evening worship sessions at 7:30 p.m.

Flying Wallenda: Circus Legend Tino Wallenda of the internationally famous Flying Wallendas is providing a live demonstration while speaking an encouraging message during two special performances at the Tabernacle Church, 4141 DeSoto Road, Sarasota, for Friends and Family Day 8:15 and 11 a.m. Feb. 6. Wallenda’s presentation, “Walking the Straight and Narrow” features him performing on a tight rope while sharing his personal faith journey. The presentations are free to everyone. Information: (941) 355-8858 or visit

Sublime Love: Musica Sacra Cantorum: The Bradenton-based choral ensemble will present “Sublime Love,” a concert celebrating the theme of sacred love, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7. A pre-concert talk by Artistic Director Dr. Robert Parrish will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets for $10 may be purchased online at or at the door on the evening of the concert. Information (941) 753-8361.

Jewish learning: The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will present “Toward a Meaningful Life: A Soul-Searching Journey for Every Jew,” the institute’s new six-session winter 2011 course. Rabbi Mendy Bukiet of Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch will conduct the sessions starting 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Chabad Jewish Center, 11509 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. Information: (941) 752-3030.

Jewish women: Temple Emanu-El and ORT-America will partner to present a special women’s learning series in Lakewood Ranch. Titled “Jewish Women Warriors,” the series will explore Jewish women throughout the ages – from the biblical matriarch Sarah to the poet and resistance fighter Hannah Senesh – whose strength and spirit have shaped history and who serve as inspirations today. “Jewish Women Warriors” will be taught by Rabbi Brenner and Rabbi Elaine Glickman; classes will be held 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 10 and Feb. 16, at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. The learning series is free, and Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton residents are invited. Information and registration: Kim Sheintal at (941) 921-1433 or

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, through 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.

Gospel concert: Cortez Baptist Church, 4411 100th St. W., presents The Sunshine State Quartet for a southern gospel concert 7 p.m. Feb. 12. Information: 792-3279.

Gospel concert: Triumphant Quartet will present a southern gospel concert at First Baptist Church Bradenton, 1306 Manatee Ave. W., 6 p.m. Feb. 13. Information: (941) 746-2149.

Gospel concert: Whitfield Christian Church, corner of Whitfield Avenue and Prospect, presents the gospel quartet “The Redeemed” in a free concert 6 p.m. Feb. 13, at the church. All are invited. Information: (941) 753-7128.

Organ concert: Hector Olivera, concert organist, will perform 4 p.m. Feb. 13 as past of the Bradenton Community Fine Arts Series Concerts at 1st United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton. Plenty of parking. Information: Bernard Hahnke 747- 4406.

Studying Resurrection: “Where did Resurrection Come From?” will be presented by two scholars from the Jesus Seminar, part of the “Jesus Seminar on the Road” series sponsored by Westar Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to religious literacy. All events will be held Feb. 11-12 at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive in Longboat Key. Cost is $20 for Friday evening and $30 each for Saturday morning and afternoon sessions. Registrations can be made through Westar Institute, Willamette University, 900 State Street, Salem, OR 97301, by calling (503) 375-5323. Information: David Ryan at (941) 365-4027,

Piano concert: The Women of Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, invite you to spend an afternoon with Mike Markaverich, a pianist who will present a concert at 4 p.m. Feb. 12. You will hear swing, jazz, gospel, love songs, Broadway show tunes and classical music.

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 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.

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. 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//

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