Religion almanac for March 5

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


Gospel concert: The Tim Pritchard and Jim Pierce concerts are held the first Saturday of the month at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton. Doors open at 6 p.m. The concert starts at 7. Donation: $5 at the door.

Christian comedian: Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road, Bradenton, hosts Christian comedian Kenn Kington for one show at 7 p.m. today. Comedian Justin Fennell will open the show at 7 p.m., followed by Kington for two hours of hilarity. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Spring sale: The Congregational United Church of Christ Thrift Store, 5326 26th St., Bradenton, is having a spring sale through March 31. Half-price items include TVs, golf clubs, clothing, desks and select furniture. Books: buy four get two free. Information: (941) 739-1018.

Rummage sale: The Sisterhood and Brotherhood of Temple Emanu-El invite the community to their first rummage and estate sale at 8 a.m. March 6 at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Proceeds will benefit the charitable and educational programs of the temple. Information: Laura Zalkin at (941) 322-0614.

Guest speaker: Pastor Dick Iverson, the founder of Minister’s Fellowship International, will be the guest speaker at 8:15 and 11 a.m. March 6 Celebration Services at The Tabernacle Church, 4141 DeSoto Road, Sarasota. Information: (941) 355-8858.

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.

Gospel concert: Forgiven Trio will perform in concert 6 p.m. March 6 at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. An offering will be received. Covered dish dinner follows service in the fellowship hall. Each family is asked to bring a dish to share. Information (941) 756-6942.

Revival slated: Evangelical pastor, gospel singer and Christian magician Dixon Ayres will conduct revival services March 6-9 at Oneco First Baptist Church, 1700 51st Ave. E., Bradenton. Services are set for 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday -Wednesday. Information: (941) 755-1690.

Ethics professor: Stanley Hauerwas, the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at the Divinity School of Duke University, will lecture at the Church of the Redeemer at 7 p.m. March 6 in Gillespie Hall, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Hauerwas will also preach at all morningservices (7:30, 9 and 11) March 6. All are welcome. Information: (941) 955-4263.

End of life: Temple Emanu-El’s Adult Education Committee invites the community to “Jewish Ethics at the End of Life” – a learning opportunity with Rabbi Brenner Glickman. Centering on the topics of euthanasia, assisted suicide, and a patient’s right to refuse medical treatment, this learning series will feature text study of the Torah, Talmud, and medieval law codes; sensitive and stimulating sharing and discussion; and practical applications. Classes will be held 11 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Mondays -- March 7, 14, and 21 -- at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Information: (941) 371-2788.

Ash Wednesday: Ellenton United Methodist Church, 3607 U.S. 301 N., will have Ash Wednesday services in the sanctuary at 6 p.m. March 9. On Palm/Passion Sunday, there will be a choir cantata presented at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services.

Spring break: Praise and Deliverance Ministries International Church, 2309 14th St. W., Bradenton, is having a spring break revival at 7 p.m. March 10-11 at the church for its Aftermath youth ministry titled “Imma Stay Saved.”In addition, festivities, fun and food are planned 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. March 12 at G.T. Bray park.

Coffee House: The Main Hatch Motleys will sing sea shanties at 7 p.m. March 11 at the Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s next Coffee House at 322 15th St. W., Bradenton. This is a fundraiser for the congregation. Suggested donation: adults $10 and students $3. Refreshments also available for a donation. A 15-minute open mike is offered after intermission. Information: (941) 746-0067.

John Wesley: Ellenton United Methodist Men will present the movie “John Wesley” starring Burgess Jenkins and June Lockhart 2-4:30 p.m. March 12 in the Christian Life Center, 3607 U.S. 301 N. Free will donations will be accepted; refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

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. March 12 at Good Shepherd Church, 6323 13th St. Court E., Bradenton. Cost: Adults $5, 6-10-year-olds $3. Information: 758-0988.

Pancake breakfast: Christ United Methodist Church, 5512 26th St. W., Bradenton, is hosting a pancake breakfast 7-10 a.m. March 12. Tickets are $5 for juice, sausages, hot drinks, and all-you-can eat pancakes. Children younger than 10 free. A yard sale is set for 7 a.m.-noon. Vendor space rental is $10. Information: 755-2722. Proceeds will support the church’s fellowship program.

Spring concert: Bay Chorale spring concert is set for 3 p.m. March 13 at Harmony Hall, Colony Cove, 7520 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton. A free will donation will be accepted.

Dixieland band: Barbary Coast Dixieland Band will perform as part of the Bradenton Fine Arts Community Music Series 4 p.m. March 13 at First United Methodist Church, 603 11th St. W., Bradenton. Free admission. A free-will offering will be collected. Plenty of parking. Information: (941) 747-4406.

Sacred music: The Lycoming College Tour Choir will present a concert of sacred music as part of the regular Wednesday Lenten service at 7 p.m. March 16 at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11120 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch. The concert will be preceded by a soup and sandwich potluck supper at 5:30 p.m.


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.

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//

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