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.
Fall Festival: Harvest Chapel Christian Fellowship, 1300 17th Ave. W., Bradenton, hosts the Children’s Fall Festival 10 a.m.-1 p.m. today. Events include a hayride, dunking tank, games, face painting, giant slide, obstacle course and more.
Trick-or-Trunk: Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W., plans Trick-or-Trunk 6-9 p.m. today. Everyone is invited to enjoy a safe, family-friendly place to trick-or-treat in the church parking lot. Planned are music, free games and prizes, a bounce slide, food and drinks for sale, photo booth, arts and crafts, and tons of candy. Costume contest starts at 7 p.m.
Haunted house: Faith United Church of Christ, 4850 State Road 64 E., Bradenton, will have the “Past -- Present -- Future,” a Halloween haunted house 7-11 p.m. today and 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 30. The event is open to the public and is suitable for children ages 13 and older. Tickets: $3. Information: 941-725-1092.
Half century: A 50-year anniversary celebration will be held at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 30 at Bayshore Church of the Nazarene, 2311 57th Ave. W., Bradenton. Lunch will be served following the morning worship service and a 50-year celebration service will begin at 2 p.m. with Dr. David Nixon, district superintendent of Church of the Nazarene, as the guest speaker. Everyone is invited to attend. Information: 941-755-4419.
Gospel concert: Tribute Quartet will perform in concert at 6 p.m. Oct. 30 at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. An offering will be received. Information: 941-756-6942.
Third Annual “Trunk-R-Treat”: Hope Lutheran Church will host its third annual “Trunk-R-Treat” 4-8 p.m. Oct. 31 at 4635 26th St. W., Bradenton. Free food and fun for all. Information: 941-747-6967.
Halloween alternative: The Tabernacle Church, 4141 DeSoto Road, Sarasota, is offering a free, non-scary family alternative to Halloween, called Night of Light, 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Join in on the country theme and dress up as a farmer, barnyard animal or country folk. There will be hayrides, carnival games, inflatable bounce houses, live music, sweet treats and more. Barbecue dinners will be available for purchase. Information: 941-355-8858.
Pumpkin patch: Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, will have its second Pumpkin Patch 9 a.m.-8 p.m. through Oct. 31. Approximately 2,000 pumpkins and a variety of autumn decorations, such as cornstalks and gourds, will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit youth ministries and services to the deaf. Information: 941-747-3704.
Pumpkin patch: The pumpkin patch at Harvest United Methodist Church, 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch will be open daily 10 a.m.-7 p.m. through Oct. 31. Activities are free and will include a bounce house, stories, crafts, games and snacks. Information: Courtney Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-306-5424.
Church focus: Rev. Esther Robinson, First United Methodist Church Palmetto, 330 11th Ave. W., will lead a book study on “The Externally Focused Church” starting at 4 p.m. Nov. 2 in the pastor’s Study. Information: 941-722-1812.
World Community Day: Church Women United meeting is set for 9:30 a.m. Nov. 4 at Rogers Memorial United Methodist Church, 1100 15thSt. E., Bradenton. Program: World Community Day 2011 celebration.
Family Shabbat: The fall season of family Shabbat services at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, continues at 7 p.m. Nov. 4. These intergenerational Shabbat celebrations feature lively, upbeat music with the Family Shabbat Band; traditional prayers led by religious school students; a story based on the weekly Torah portion, and the opportunity for every child to ascend the pulpit as the Torah is taken from the Ark and to parade with the holy scrolls through the sanctuary. A dessert reception, or oneg, follows, with a supervised play area for children. Information: 941-371-2788.
Shabbat Sholom: Temple Beth Sholom Schools, 1050 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, offers a monthly event for all families with children under 5 years old to meet, discuss and share ideas on celebrating Jewish holidays and lifecycle events at home. Sing, dance and pray while enjoying a pizza lunch with friends and family. Participate in interactive storytelling, cooking and art projects with informational handouts, recipes and ideas shared each month. Shabbat Sholom will be held Nov. 4, Dec. 2, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 4 and May 11. Information: Flora Oynick: 941-954-2027.
Bach Festival: The Sarasota-Manatee Bach Festival opens its fourth annual program celebrating the variety and genius of Bach’s music at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Christ Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, Tickets, which are $15 for adults and $7 for students, are available in advance from the offices at the churches or at the door. Information: Christ Church at 941-747-3709, or Church of the Redeemer at 941-955-4263.
Holiday sale: The Congregational United Church of Christ, 3700 26th St. W., Bradenton, will have a Christmas sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 5. Items from the thrift store such as trees, ornaments, outdoor decorations, holiday clothing, wrapping paper, knickknacks and holiday gifts will be on sale in the Fellowship Hall. Cash only. Information: 941-756-1018.
Marriage Breakthrough: Marriage and Family Works, a local nonprofit organization, will host “The Marriage Breakthrough” seminar 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 5 at Living Word Christian Store, 5421 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Learn where arguments come from and how to avoid them. Find out how past experiences impact a marriage today. Cost: $50 a couple or $25 individual; includes materials and lunch. No childcare. Registration: 941-827-0500.
Country Gospel: Jim Pierce and Tim Pritchard (formerly the Country Gospel Jamboree) will perform 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Donation: $5 at the door. Information: 941-746-0101.
Honoring veterans: The young adult group of Faith United Church of Christ, 4850 State Road 64 E., Bradenton, will have a program to honor the military at 10 a.m. Nov. 6. There will be a display of military memorabilia from many generations for all to view following the service. A presentation of the colors and Pledge of Allegiance before the service is set by Bradenton VFW Post 10141. Information: 941-746-8890.
Myths and mysteries: The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will present “Fascinating Facts: Exploring the Myths and Mysteries of Judaism,” a six-session course starting Nov. 6, at Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch, 11534 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. Information: 941-752-3030.
Stoneybrook luncheon: The ladies of Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, will gather for lunch and fellowship at Stoneybrook Golf Club in Heritage Harbour Nov. 10. Participants will gather at the church at 11:30 a.m. before traveling to Stoneybrook for lunch at noon. Information: 941-753-9365.
Spaghetti dinner: Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church will host a spaghetti dinner 3:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in Father Flynn Hall, 6600 Pennsylvania Ave., Sarasota. Dinner: $7 adults, $2 children ages 6-12, children younger than 6 will eat for free. Take-out is available. Information: 941-755-1826.
Gospel concert: The Redeemed Gospel Quartet will be in concert at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, at 7 p.m. Nov. 12. The concert is free and open to all. Information: 941-238-7316.
Remembering Martin: A one-man play starring Charles S. McKenzie Jr. re-enacting major events of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther’s King’s life, in his own words, will be performed at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton. Cost: free, donations accepted. Public invited.
Jazz concert: The opening concert for the 2011-12 Jazz in the Chapel season at First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple St., Sarasota, will be a Dixie and Swing Special at 4 and 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13 by the Jazz Trio. No charge, but an offering will be collected. Information: 941-955-0935.
Entertaining evening: Ward Temple A.M.E. Church presents “It’s Your Time To Shine,” an evening showcasing local talent featuring celebrity judges and people’s choice winners at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Artists include Sarah Combs, Stacey Vegas, Rosetta Harris, Priscilla Johnson, Shantel Norman, Shantrell Johnson, Natasha Milhouse, Faye Golden, Cherveronica Young and Lisa Waiters. Music director: Franklin Crockett, musician and song writer. Larry Newsome will serve as emcee. Information: 941-747-8288 or email@example.com.
Divorce Care: A free weekly class and support group for those from a failed marriage or separation will be offered 7-9 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 17 at Tabernacle Church, 4141 DeSoto Road, Sarasota. Some of the topics covered during the series include facing anger, depression and loneliness, financial survival, forgiveness, single sexuality and kid care. Information: Peggie Harbaugh at 941-302-0883.
Fish fry: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 7671 North Lockwood Ridge Road, southern Manatee, plans a fish fry, Greek food and music 5-9 p.m. Nov. 18. Meals: $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 5. Includes fried fish, homemade cole slaw, French fries and roll. A la carte menu items available include Greek food and pastries. Information: 941-355-2616.
5K Run: The Harvest Hustle 5K Run will be held beginning at 8 a.m. Nov. 19 at Harvest United Methodist Church, 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch. The Harvest Hustle supports the ministries of All Faiths Food Bank. Information: www.harvesthustle5k.com.
Angel Bazaar: The Holiday Angel Bazaar with refreshments, various tables of gift items, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations, antiques, jewelry and other treats will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 19 at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491.
Mini-golf outing: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, is planning a mini-golf outing Nov. 20 at Smuggler’s Cove, 3815 N. Tamiami Trail. Tickets must be purchased in advance for the price of $5. Information: Rich Rhodes at 941-359-2543.
Operation Christmas Child: Emmanuel Baptist Church, 8305 U.S. 301 N., Parrish, and First Baptist Church, 1306 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, are serving as drop-off locations for Operation Christmas Child. Local volunteers are collecting gift-filled shoe boxes containing toys, school supplies and necessity items for hurting kids in 100 countries. Information: Peter Rodewald: 941-746-2149.
Cookie basket: The Parish Life Committee of Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, is making plans for the annual cookie basket program in December. Information: 941-355-4729.
Singing tree: Members of the community are invited to sing in the 2011 Bradenton Living Christmas Tree to be presented nine times between Dec. 3 and 11. Rehearsals are 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and/or 4:30-5:30 p.m. Sundays at Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W. Auditions not required. Information: Denny Thomas, producer/director, at 941-794-1685.
Untangling relationships: A new, free class titled “Untangling Relationships” is set for those who are in, or have been in, a relationship with someone with addictions or control issues. The group meets 7-9 p.m. Thursdays through Jan. 26 in Room 216 at The Tabernacle Church, 4141 DeSoto Road, Sarasota. Information: Peggie Harbaugh at 941-302-0883.
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. NW., 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: 941-748-5265.
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: 941-741-4922.
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: 941-730-2136.
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: 941-575-4440.
Centro Evangelistico Reflexiones Congregation: Centro Evangelistico Reflexiones Congregation, led by Pastor Daniel Rosales, holds Spanish language services at 10 a.m. Sundays in the classroom of Northminster Presbyterian Church USA, 3131 61st St., Sarasota. The congregation has resumed its 7:30 p.m. Thursday Bible study.
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: 941-752-3030.
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: 941-755-6162.
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: 941-746-4906.
Church of Light Healing Center: 10115 Cortez Road, Bradenton, has services 11 a.m. Sundays. Information: 941-795-5683.
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: 941-755-1231.
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: 941-739-1018.
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: 941-729-6802.
Emmanuel United Methodist Church: Prayer & Share is at 10 a.m. Wednesdays in the library at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 5115 Cortez Road. Information: 941-792-3497.
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. Information: 941-722-0940.
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: 941-953-7044.
Full Gospel Tabernacle: The church has a community sing the last Saturday of each month at 2903 11th St. Court E. Information: 941-746-3634 or 941-748-8102.
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: 941-745-1663.
Lakewood Ranch Ladies Devotional Hour: is held 10 a.m. Thursdays at Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Information: 941-727-3789.
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: 941-753-9365.
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: 941-915-1454.
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: 941-531-3879.
Manatee United Methodist Church: The Tim Pritchard and Jim Pierce concerts will resume July 2 on the first Saturday of each 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.
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: 941-776-9016.
Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, has changed to its Sunday worship service is at 10 a.m. with a coffee hour following. Tuesday Bible studies continue in the Fellowship Hall with Pastor Chris Carlson. Times are 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Orthodox Catholic: The Synod of Governing Bishops for the Holy Orthodox Catholic Church announced the opening if their new church temporarily at 2700 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 11B, Sarasota. The Very Rev. Archbishop 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: 941-752-6770.
Palmetto First Baptist Church: 7:30-9 p.m. Sundays at Palmetto First Baptist Church, 1020 Fourth St. W., Palmetto. Information: 941-722-7795.
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: 941-776-1539.
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: 941-358-5759 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: 941-726-3464.
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: 941-748-6835 or 941-795-0130.
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 941-755-4900, 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday through Friday.
Temple Beth Israel: The Social Action Committee of Temple Beth Israel collects donations for the Bill Galvano One Stop Center. Needed: funding for medication, socks, mosquito repellent, toilet articles and soap, shoes, jeans, baby diapers and formula, reading glasses and bicycles. Donations can be given directly to the One Stop Center, 701 17th Ave. W., or dropped off at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key.
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: 941-966-9561.
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: 941-737-3704.
Vessels Unto Honour Ministries: has moved to 3517 15th St. E., Bradenton, Sunday worship service is 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 941-373-1600 or e-mail info@MeditationInSarasota.org.