Religion Almanac for April 28

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 email to


Teens and young adults wanted: Hope Lutheran Church, 4635 26th St. W., Bradenton, invites teens and young adults to participate in contemporary worship at 11 a.m. Sundays. More vocalists and musicians are needed for the Hope Lutheran praise band. Bring a friend and worship together; casual attire recommended. Information: 941-755-3256; ask for Charlie or Dave, or go to

Happy Gospel Church: 1915 53rd Ave E., Bradenton, welcomes guest speaker Roberts Liardon at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. A love offering will be received. Information: 941-756-6942.

"100 Voices" to be screened: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, presents a screening of the film "100 Voices: A Journey Home," at 2 p.m. April 29. The film is a compelling musical documentary chronicling the history of Jewish culture in Poland -- and its amazing resurgence -- through the personal reflections and musical selections of a group of cantors and acclaimed composer Charles Fox. Admission is $5. Information: 941-349-4367.

Special service: Whitfield Christian Church, 3530 Whitfield Ave., Sarasota, will observe the National Day of Prayer with a service 12:15-12:45 p.m. May 3. Information: 941-753-7128.

National Day of Prayer observance: The churches of Anna Maria Island will join in observing the National Day of Prayer at 11 a.m. May 3 at the Holmes Beach gazebo at 59th Street and Flotilla Drive. Sponsored by All Island Denominations, a group formed to promote ecumenical worship, fellowship and charitable assistance to the people of Anna Maria Island. Bring your own lawn chairs. Information: 941-778-0414.

Kiwanis leadership prayer breakfast: 7:30-8:45 a.m. at Bradenton Municipal Auditorium, 1005 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. Featured speaker will be Nicole Abisinio, actress and producer of faith-based films. Tickets are $10, available at the door or through Janene Witham at 941-737-3189 or

May Friendship Day: Church Women United in Manatee will celebrate May Friendship Day with hospitality at 9:30 a.m. and a program at 10 a.m. May 4 at Westminister Manor, 1700 21st Ave. W., Bradenton. Lunch tickets are $5. The 2012 Valiant Church Woman will be announced. Make a reservation by calling 941-778-6493. The day is an annual celebration of the group's members and friends.

Missionaries to speak: The Rev. Dwight and Carolyn Rich, missionaries to Quito, Ecuador, will be special speakers for the Southern Florida District Nazarene Missions International Convention at 7:30 p.m. May 4 at Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W. Nearly 400 delegates from more than 90 Nazarene Congregations in Southern Florida will be bringing pairs of new shoes for children in Haiti. The community is invited. Information: 941-794-1685 ext. 25.

Humorist, author to speak: The Center for PositiveLiving will host author, humorist and motivational speaker Kelly Swanson 10:15-11:30 a.m. May 6 at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Swanson is known nationally for her empowering and insightful messages. Her latest book, "Who

Hijacked My Fairy Tale?" will be available after the celebration, along with refreshments and fellowship. Contemporary music provided by David Hubbell and Neapolitan. Information: 941-366-0275 or

Sunday School: Northminster Prebyterian Church, 3131 61stSt., Sarasota, will begin new classes at 9 a.m. May 6 with Dick Murphy on the Book of Daniel. Information: 941-355-4729.

Mitzvah Day: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, invites the community to participate in the sixth annual Mitzvah Day beginning at noon May 6. Mitzvah Day is devoted to hands-on service projects that benefit charitable organizations throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties. Participants will engage in projects such as wrapping gifts for needy children, preparing lunches for the homeless, knitting for hospitalized infants, picking up trash on McIntosh Road, and more. Donations of food, toiletries, school supplies, baby items, Jewish books, and children's books will be accepted. To register, call 941-379-1997.


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" gatheringevery Monday morning at the home of ShirleyMather, beginning at10:30 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 Hebrewand 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.