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 941-745-7097 or e-mail to


Christmas program: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” celebrates the season with narrated stories by Sue C. Smith and seasonal songs arranged by Russell Mauldin 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E. Bradenton. Information: 941-746-0101.

Film screening: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, will screen the film “100 Voices: A Journey Home” 3-5 p.m. Dec. 18. Admission: $10. Information: 941-349-4367.

Christmas musical: An adult Christmas musical will be presented 6 p.m. Dec. 18 at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. An offering will be received. Information: 941- 756-6942

Holiday services: Oneco United Methodist Church, 2112 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, will be having a Christmas cantata 10 a.m. Dec. 18. The church will have one service Dec. 25 and one service on Jan. 1 at 10 a.m. There will be no Sunday school either day. Information: 941-755-5943.

Christmas Spectacular: Bayside Community Church, 15800 State Road 64 E., will be hosting “Family Christmas Spectacular,” a free event for the community Dec. 21-24. Twenty-five tons of ice will be brought in to provide snow for two sledding hills. Also planned: pony rides, a petting zoo, kids train rides, a special Christmas service, and more. Event goers are encouraged to bring a canned donation for The Food Bank of Manatee. Time: 6 p.m. nightly Dec. 21-23, and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 24. Information:

Longest night: Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road, Bradenton, holds a longest night service 7 p.m. Dec. 22. This special service of remembrance is an expression of recognition that this is a difficult time of year for those who have lost a loved one or had a difficult year due to health, employment, or change of living conditions. Information: 941-794-6229.

Candlelight service: The Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, has an Christmas Eve candle light service 6 p.m. Dec. 24. Information: 941-746-0067.

Christmas services: Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva Road, Sarasota, invites the community to join its Christmas Eve service at 6 and 9 p.m. and Christmas Day worship, “A Festival of Lessons and Carols,” at 10 a.m.. At 1 p.m., a traditional German-language service will be held.

Christmas services: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, invites the community to Christmas Eve Family Mass at 4 p.m., preceded by a half-hour of traditional Christmas carols at 3:30 p.m. The early evening service is a Choral Mass (Rite II) which begins at 6:30 p.m. Beginning at 9:30 p.m., Redeemer’s late-evening “Midnight Mass” is preceded by a musical celebration of organ and brass. At 10 p.m., the Redeemer choir will sing anthems and carols for 30 minutes, heralding the High Solemn Mass (Rite I with incense) which begins at 10:30 p.m. Christmas Day, Redeemer offers Holy Communion at 7:30 a.m.; Choral Mass at 10 a.m., and a Mass in Spanish at 1 p.m. Information: 941-955-4263.

Christmas services: Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W. will have its Community Christmas Eve service at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 24. It will be a service of candlelight, communion and carols. There will be one combined service at 11 a.m. Christmas Day, with no Sunday School and no evening service.

Christmas services: Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, will have a 7 p.m. Christmas Eve candlelight service, and 11 a.m. Christmas Day worship. Information: 941- 756-6942

Christmas services: Hope Lutheran Church, 4635 26th St. W., Bradenton, will have Christmas eve worship services at 5 p.m., and candlelight services at 11 p.m. A Christmas Day service starts at 10:30 a.m. Information: 941-755-3256.

Christmas services: Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E. Bradenton, plans a candlelight Christmas Eve service 6 p.m. Dec. 24 under the night sky. Christmas Day services are set for 10:30 a.m. Dec. 25. Information: 941- 746-0101.