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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Study Isaiah: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, begins its 14-week mini-series on the Book of Isaiah with Dick Murphy at 9 a.m. Sept. 16, focusing on the telling of God's truth in action and how it has an effect on us. The coffee pot will be on.
Guest preacher: Dr. John Walker, Jr., campus chaplain, sheriff's chaplain and pastor of Bethel CME Church in Sarasota, will deliver "In the Image of Love," a sermon on the importance of seeing the humanity in others, at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road. Abraham Feder, principal cellist with the Sarasota Orchestra, will perform. Information: 941-371-4974 or www.uusarasota.org.
Guest speakers: The Center for Positive Living will host the Rev. Don and Dorothy Ann Jackson, former ministers of Unity of Sarasota for 20 years, as guest speakers 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 16 in Sarasota. The title of the message is "A Religion That Empowers." Don Jackson is the author of "Religious Lies and Religious Truths." Dorothy Jackson will facilitate the meditation. Contemporary music will be provided by David Hubbell and Neopolitan. Refreshments and fellowship following the service at Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. TamiamiTrail, Sarasota (behind the Exhibition Center). Informatin: 941-366-0275 or www.sarasotacpl.org.
Understanding Karma: The Vista Spiritual Center presents "The Way to A Better Life: Letting Go of Karma," at 1:15 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Bayfront Community Center. Bob Waxman will discuss various aspects of Karma and how it affects your choices, personal life, financial situation, and primary motivations. A discussion will follow. A $10 donation is suggested. Information: www.vistaspiritual.org. The Vista Spiritual Center is a new Sarasota/Manatee organization. It is not a religion and has no clergy. It is open to people of all faiths and beliefs.
Alpha Course: If you could ask God one question, what would you ask? The 10-week Alpha Course returns at 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, 11315 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. Beginning with dinner and an introductory video, the course officially begins Sept. 23. Alpha is an opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. People attend from all backgrounds, religions and viewpoints. There is no charge for attending, only a small contribution for a weekend getaway. Information: 941-751-5048.
Special worship: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, invites the community to its first Solemn Evensong of the 2012-13 season at 5:15 p.m. Sept. 16. The Anthem will be Claudio Monteverdi's "Beatus Vir," performed with chamber orchestra members from the Sarasota Youth Philharmonic. The service will be T. Tertius Noble's "Service in B minor." Information: www.redeemersarasota.org or 941-955-4263.
Food collections: "Our Daily Bread" food pantry at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, is in desperate need of food. Pick up a grocery bag to fill and a list of the most-needed items at the church. Filled bags should be returned to the church by Sept. 16. Information: 941-351-0863.
High Holy Days retreat: Celebrate the coming Jewish New Year with a motivational retreat at the Lido Beach Holiday Inn. Services to be conducted by Rabbi Lazer Rivkin, regional director of Chabad of Central Florida. Tashlich services will be held on the Gulf. Group rates at the hotel are available by calling Beverly Newman at 941-792-4284 or 317-590-0876. Rosh Hashonah services will be held at 7:15 p.m. Sept. 16 followed by Kiddush and apples dipped in honey. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 17 and 18 with the blowing of the Shofar at 12:30 p.m., with Tashlich and Evening Services at 7 p.m.. Yom Kippur will be observed with Kol Nidre at 7 p.m. Sept. 25; memorial prayers at 1 p.m. Sept 26; and Break the Fast at 8 p.m.
High Holy Days schedule: Temple Beth-El announces its service schedule for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. No tickets are required. All are welcome. Rosh Hashanah services are: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16, Erev Rosh Hashanah; 10 a.m. Sept. 17, morning service, Tashlich to follow. Yom Kippur services are: 7:30 p.m., Sept. 25, Kol Nidre; 10 a.m. Sept. 26, morning service and Yizkor; 4:30 p.m. healing service; 5:30 p.m. Neilah & Break-the-Fast. Prepaid reservations required for Break the Fast, $10 members, $15 nonmembers.
Rosh Hashanah schedule: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota, will hold evening services at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 and morning worship at 10 a.m. Sept. 17, conducted by Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman and the Temple Emanu-El High Holy Day Choir. The morning service will also feature a shofar service, with teenager Harris Bockler returning as the synagogue's ba'al tekiah, or shofar-blower. Reservations and tickets are required for both of these services. A Rosh Hashanah family service is set for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 17 that is free and open to all. Information: 941-371-2788.
New member classes: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, is offering new member classes at 9:15 a.m. Sept. 16, 23 and 30. Joining the classes does not obligate you to join, but it may answser your questions. Information: Cora Lee at 941-360-1251 or email@example.com.
Beach picnic and Tashlich: Temple Sinai welcomes guests for the annual Picnic at the Beach and Tashlich ritual starting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Siesta Key Beach, south pavilion. Bring something to eat and something to share. Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting and Chazzan Abramson will lead the group in the ritual of casting off sins of last year. No fee, no RSVPs are necessary. Information: 941-924-1802 or templesinai-sarasota.org.
Children's Services for Rosh Hashanah: Free and open to all families, 1:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Join Rabbi Geoffrey Huntting and Chazzan Cliff Abramson for an interactive music-filled experience for kids of all ages. The service will be followed with a hands-on craft project. Information: 941-926-9462 or templesinai-sarasota.org.
Congregation for Humanistic Judaism: High Holidays Services start with Rosh Hashanah at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 17. Kol Nidre Service will be at 7:30p.m. Sept. 25, and the Memorial Service/Break the Fast at 3 p.m. Sept. 26. Call 929-7771 to reserve. CHJ meets at Unity 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota will present "Discovering UUCS," an information session for anyone who is considering membership in the church, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.Sept. 22 at 3975 Fruitville Road. Lunch will be provided. Information: 371-4974 or www.uusarasota.org.
Tax and estate planning breakfast: The Brotherhood of Temple Emanu-El will sponsor a tax and estate planning breakfast Sept. 23 at the synagogue, 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota. Bagels, cream cheese, lox and juice will be served at 9:30 a.m., with the program following at 10 a.m. Leading the workshop will be temple member and local attorney William Behrenfeld and financial planner Jim Germer, a temple member and certified public accountant. Behrenfeld and Germer will discuss upcoming changes in the United States tax code and explain how to strategically and successfully plan for these new developments. There is a $5 charge for the bagel breakfast; the program is free. Information: 941-921-2229.
Blessing of the animals: All are invited to the first Blessing of the Animals on the lawn at Peace Presbyterian Church, weather permitting, in the Manatee Association of Realtors building, 10902 Technology Terrace, at 7 p.m. Sept. 23. The Rev. Elizabeth Deibert will conduct a brief service of appreciation and then bless each animal individually. Music and light refreshments will be provided. Leashes and cages are recommended. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-753-7778.
Yom Kippur services: Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, welcomes guests for Yom Kippur at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26 for an interactive music-filled experience for kids of all ages. At 4:30 p.m., a healing service, Yizkor, N'ila Service and concludes with a Break the Fast. A creative prayer booklet is provided; no tickets or donations are needed. Information: 941-924-1802.
Blessing of the Animals: The annual Blessing of the Animals at the Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, will take place at 4 p.m. Sept. 30 on the front lawn of the church. All pets, caged or leashed, are invited. Redeemer holds this public event each year in recognition of St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan order and patron saint of animals.
Pet blessing: Tidewell Hospice offers a Pet Blessing at 10 a.m. Oct. 4 at 4151 37th St. E., Palmetto. Blessings will be performed by Tidewell chaplain Todd Morgan in the garden areas of Tidewell's Hospice Houses. These events are free and open to the public, including well-behaved, leashed pets. If your pet does not respond well to crowds and other animals, you are invited to bring a photo of your pet to be blessed.
Temple Beth El Bradenton: Special Chanukah Service will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 23. Temple Beth El Bradenton will have its annual family Menorah lighting and pot luck dinner. This wonderful Erev Shabbat/Chanukah service, which has become one of the favorites in the community, will begin with our religious school students and continue with each family lighting their personal Menorah. Rabbi Harold Caminker will light the Temple Menorah. This celebration is open to the public. RSVP: 941-755-4900, 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday-Friday.
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.
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.
Braden River Presbyterian Church: "A Place to Belong" Summer worship at 10 a.m. at 5150 Peridia Blvd. E, Bradenton 34203. Information: www.bradenriverpc.com. of 941-739-0202.
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.
Center for Positive Living: 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, is a trans-denominational new thought spiritual community led by Rev. David Owen Ritz, meets Sunday 10:15-11:30 a.m. in the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, Sarasota. Topics are based on the power-of-positive thinking to live healthier, happier and more spiritually connected lives. Contemporary music provided by David Hubbell with vocals by Neapolitan. Refreshments and fellowship immediately after service in David Cohen Hall. Information: www.sarasotacpl.com or 941-366-0275.
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 Bible study at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays.
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. Shabbat Services are held 7 p.m. Fridays and 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. Saturday services are followed by a delicious buffet Kiddush. Havdallah Ceremony & Video Showing on Saturday nights, one half hour after Shabbat's conclusion. Join Chabad for a weekly Havdallah Ceremony and Video demonstration featuring "Living Torah," clips of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's talks, timeless moments, and encounters. 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.
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 church's 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 the church 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 the church, 5115 Cortez Road. Information: 941-792-3497.
Faith Bible Church: Bible Study is at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the church, 1511 Morgan Johnson Road, East Manatee. Preschool program available. Evening class is at 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.
Hope Lutheran Church: 4635 26th St. W., Bradenton, invites teens and young adults to participate in contemporary worship on 11 a.m. Sundays. More vocalists & musicians are needed for the Hope Lutheran praise band. Bring a friend and worship together; casual attire recommended. Information: 941-755-3256; or www.HopeLutheranFL.com. Also, Hope Lutheran offers fellowship for those seeking Christian friendship while playing cards and table board games in the Hands of Hope building at 1 p.m. every Monday. No reservations needed.
Hope Lutheran Church: 4635 26th St. W., Bradenton, offers free Narcotics Anonymous group meetings at 6:30 p.m. Saturdays in the Fellowship Hall. Information: 941-755-3256.
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 State Road 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.
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 Sunday worship service at 9 and 11 a.m. with a coffee hour following. Bible studies are held at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays in the Fellowship Hall with Pastor Chris Carlson.
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 and 9 a.m. Sundays at Palmetto First Baptist Church, 1020 Fourth St. W., Palmetto. Information: 941-722-7795.
Parrish United Methodist Church: Sunday worship times are 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m. at 2180 U.S. 301 N., Parrish. 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, in 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. Information: 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.
St. Joseph Church: A caregiver/family support group meeting is set for 1-2:30 p.m. Mondays at the church, 3100 26th St,. W., Bradenton. Information: Marianne Ridgell of Home Instead Senior Care at 941-739-3050.
Stillpoint House of Prayer: Intercessory-prayer workshop groups are 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 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 Lutheran Church: 2200 26th St. W., Bradenton, hosts recovery group meetings. The schedule: Alcoholics Anonymous: 8 p.m. Mondays and 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays; Overeaters Anonymous: 7 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.
Trinity United Methodist Church: 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, weekly Bible study is at 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 at noon and Life Enrichment service is at 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.