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.
Country breakfast: An all-you-can-eat country breakfast of pancakes, waffles, ham, grits, scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage, gravy and biscuits, and coffee and orange juice is set for 8-10:30 a.m. today at Good Shepherd Church, 6323 13th St. Court E. Cost: adults $6, children 6-10 $3. Information: 758-0988 or 752-7966.
New campus: Bayside Community Church will launch a new campus in west Bradenton at Bradenton Christian School, 3304 43rd St. W., on Feb. 13. The campus will launch with Sunday services at 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Bayside Community Church West Bradenton Campus will be lead by Pastor Mark Childers. The West Bradenton Campus will be like Bayside’s main campus in every way except the sermon will be delivered by video. The church plans an outreach today at the Shell station on Manatee and 59th Street West and Shell on Cortez and 37th Street West. Bayside volunteers will be giving away $10 worth of gas to the first 200 people that come through each location, beginning at 10 a.m.
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.
Church sharing: Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, is having a “Share -A Dish” dinner at 6 p.m. today with Ward A.M.E. Church choir and congregation. The two choirs, led by Jo McCrae, will perform a history of gospel music. The music will begin at 6:30 with dinner to follow. No charge. Information: (941) 746-0067.
Gospel concert: Squire Parsons will perform in concert at 6 p.m. today at Bethel Baptist Church, 1805 30th Ave. W., Bradenton. An offering will be received. Information: 746-1936.
Gospel concert: Cortez Baptist Church, 4411 100th St. W., presents The Sunshine State Quartet for a southern gospel concert at 7 p.m. today. Information: 792-3279.
Kibbutz show: Kibbutz! or What’s a Nice Gentile Girl Doing in a Place Like This? is the title of Equity actress Susan Jones Mannino’s one-woman show to be presented 2-3:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Mannino will employ acting and storytelling to bring to life her experiences living on a kibbutz. The program is free; the community is welcome. Information: (941) 349-4367.
Jazz trio: First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple St., Sarasota, will present its jazz trio in a free concert 4-5 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 13. Information: (941) 955-0935.
Gospel music: Jeff Shadowdens and his Simple Faith Trio will perform a concert at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at Oneco First Baptist, 1700 51st St. E., Bradenton. Offering accepted. Information: (941) 755-1690.
Gospel concert: The Kingsmen will perform in concert 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. An offering will be received. Information: 756-6942.
Solemn Evensong: Gary Reinstrom, pipe major and one of the founders of the Jacobites Pipe & Drum Band, will perform as part of the Feb. 13 Solemn Evensong at the Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Evensong begins at 5:15 p.m.,and will feature the Kirkin o’ the Tartan, an old Scottish ceremony reflecting the tradition of the Scots bringing their clan tartans to be blessed in the “kirk” -- the church. The Anthem will be “Amazing Grace.” Information: (941) 955-4263.
Gospel concert: Triumphant Quartet will present a southern gospel concert at First Baptist Church Bradenton, 1306 Manatee Ave. W., at 6 p.m. Feb. 13. Information: (941) 746-2149.
Gospel concert: Whitfield Christian Church, corner of Whitfield Avenue and Prospect Road, presents the gospel quartet The Redeemed in a free concert at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at the church. All are invited. Information: (941) 753-7128.
Organ concert: Hector Olivera, concert organist, will perform at 4 p.m. Feb. 13 as past of the Bradenton Community Fine Arts Series Concerts at First United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton. Plenty of parking. Information: Bernard Hahnke 747- 4406.
Promised One: Followers of all religious faiths are invited to a discussiontitled “What does the Bible have to say about the coming or return of ‘The Promised One?’” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at 505 30th Ave. W., Bradenton. The program is hosted by The Baha’i Faith of Manatee County. George Lino will facilitate. Information: (941) 741-4922.
Financial planning: Tabernacle Church, 4141 DeSoto Road, Sarasota, plans Financial Peace University, a step-by-step action plan to help participants get on a path to financial freedom. Topics include budgeting, dumping debt, shopping smart, long-term investment planning and saving wisely. An orientation is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 16 and classes begin at 7 p.m. March 9. Information: Marlin Miller at (941) 752-6768.
The Lesters: The Bradenton Breakfast Club presents The Lesters from St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 17 at Bradenton Tropical Palms Auditorium, 2310 14th St. W., Bradenton. Doors open at 8:45 a.m.; concert is set for 9:30-11:15 a.m. Ticket donation: $8 a person and includes continental breakfast. Information: (941) 756-1838.
Documenting assets: The Aging in Paradise Resource Center will conduct the second in a series of seminars on the business aspects of aging, “Documenting Your Assets,” 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 17, presented by Reba Rogers, CPA, at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. RSVP by Feb. 14 by calling (941) 383-6491.
Visiting scholar: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota, welcomes Stephen Whitfield, Brandeis University professor of American civilization, as this year’s Mal and Joyce Peck Scholar-in-Residence Feb. 18-19. Whitfield’s presentations are free and open to the community. Whitfield will speak on “The Entwinement of Blacks and Jews in American Culture” during Shabbat services 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18. Whitfield will address “The Jewish Vote, or the Perennial Question of Whether Jews Are Still Liberal” at a breakfast program at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 19. Information: Rhea Hughes at (941) 375-8260.
Flower Festival: The Church of the Nativity, 5900 North Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, brings the traditional English Flower Festival to the area Feb. 18-20. “Blessings of Sarasota” will be presented in dozens of flower arrangements throughout the church. The public is invited to walk through the displays and enjoy musical presentations the afternoon of Feb. 18 and 19, or view the flowers following services 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 20. Traditional English Tea will be served 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 18-19 in the Parish Hall at a cost of $12 a person. Information: (941) 355-3262.
Your money: A financial seminar about making your money work for you is coming 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 19 to CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The seminar is designed to help individuals build a strong foundation for their financial future and covers topics such as “Transitioning from Work to Retirement,” “Life is Not Over when You Retire” and “Pass the Baton” (teaching your children financial wisdom). There is no charge for this seminar. Information: 778-0719.
World Youth: The Youth Ministry of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, 833 Magellan Drive, Manatee County, is preparing for a pilgrimage to Madrid, Spain, in August for World Youth Day with Pope Benedict XVI. As part of fundraising for the trip, the young people will host a dinner auction, “Night in Madrid,” in the parish hall Feb. 19. Events: open bidding - 5-7 p.m., cocktails and appetizers 5:30 p.m., dinner- 6 p.m. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $30 per person, $50 per couple. Information: (941) 755-1826.
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, 5:30 to 7 p.m Wednesdays. 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.
Brass band: The Salvation Army Brass Band and Choir from Clearwater will be in concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Christ United Methodist Church, 1475 Center Road, Venice. The concert is open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken. The band and choir will also be taking part in the Sunday morning services at 8, 9:15 and 10:45.
Chabad benefit: Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch will have its annual gala auction and cocktail party at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Fete Catering and Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop. Information or to RSVP: www.chabadofbradenton.com/auction or call (941) 752-3030.
Christian comedian: Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road, Bradenton, hosts Christian comedian Kenn Kington for one show at 7 p.m. March 5. Comedian Justin Fennell will open the show at 7 p.m., followed by Kington for two hours of hilarity. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. They can be purchased at Kirkwood’s office. Tickets are also available Sunday mornings after worship services. On Feb. 6 only, four or more tickets can be purchased for $10 a ticket. Businesses or individuals interested in being an event sponsor may contact Diane at 713-6185.
Chorale performance: The Indiana Wesleyan University Chorale will appear in a free concert at 10:15 a.m. March 6 at Park Place Wesleyan Church, 4400 70th Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Nursery provided. Information: (727) 526-3674.
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. 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.