Church almanac for 09-22-10

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

Men's Ministry session under way: The Men's Ministry group at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, has begun its fall session, meeting 7:30-8:30 p.m. each Wednesdays at the rear of the sanctuary, joining together for fellowship, Christian growth and learning. The group is currently viewing a DVD series entitled "The Life You've Always Wanted" by Pastor John Ortberg. Information: 941-752-9365.

Alateen Meetings: Three new Alateen meetings now are offered in various locations, including 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Wilfred Episcopal Church, 3773 Wilkinson Road, Sarasota; 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays at Manatee Glens Walk-In Center, 371 6th Ave. W. Bradenton; and 7-8 p.m. Thursdays at Siesta Key Chapel, 4615 Gleason Ave., Siesta Key. Alateen is a program for young people whose lives have been affected by a family member or friend's problem drinking. Information: contact Anita at 941-747-2879 or


Tashlich service: Temple Emanu-El's service of Tashlich, a mystical Jewish ceremony in which wrongdoings of the past year are symbolically cast away, will be held 6 p.m. today at Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota. Attendees are invited to bring a picnic supper to enjoy after the ceremony; homemade cookies will be provided for dessert. Information: 941-371-2788.

Fall fun and fellowship: First Baptist Church, 1707 36th Ave., Palmetto, is hold its Fall Fun and Fellowship at First at 10 a.m. today. Attractions include a water slide and snow cones. Information: 941-722-4376.

Special music: Oneco First Baptist Church, 1700 51st Ave. E, Bradenton, welcomes Debbie Domer's southern gospel style music during the 10:45 service Sunday. Information: 941-755-1690.

Brandon and Chrysta Beene in concert: 6 p.m. Sunday, at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E, Bradenton. A love offering will be received. Information: 941-756-6942.

Create your life: Motivational speaker Linda Larsen will be at the Center for Positive Living 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday. Her humorous presentation titled "Creating The Blockbuster Hit Movie Titled: The New Thought Adventures of You" will explain how to co-create the life you envision using New Thought principals. Refreshments and fellowship following service. CPL meets at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center 709 N. Tamiami Trial, Sarasota. Information: 941-366-0275,

Yom Kippur Services: Worship services for Yom Kippur will be held at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25, featuring Sarasota Orchestra's principal cellist Abraham Feder playing the solemn Kol Nidrei melody, and 10 a.m. Sept. 26. Reservations are required. A family service will begin at 1:30 p.m.; afternoon worship continues at 3 p.m., followed by the Yizkor memorial service at 4:30 p.m. and concluding prayers at 5:30 p.m. The family, afternoon, Yizkor, and concluding services are open to the community, with no reservations required. Attendees to all services are encouraged to bring canned food and other nonperishables, which will be donated to All Faiths Food Bank. Information: 941-371-2788.

Yom Kippur on the beach: Celebrate the coming Jewish New Year at the Lido Beach Holiday Inn. Services to be conducted by Rabbi Lazer Rivkin, regional director of Chabad of Central Florida. 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 Yom Kippur. No tickets are required. All are welcome. 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.

Inquirers welcome: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, is offering two adult education offerings for the community. An eight-week "Inquirers' Class" begins 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 25 exploring the uniqueness of the Episcopal Church. Liturgy, history, rule of life and other important aspects of living life as a Christian in the Anglican tradition are topics covered in the class, which is taught by Redeemer's Rector, the Rev. Fredrick A. Robinson. Information: 941-955-4263.

Intelligent Design: A class in intelligent design is offered at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Sept. 27, and starts with an introductory lecture reviewing current evidence. Classes include video screenings and lively discussion on topics including Icons on Evolution and Darwin's Dilemma. Taught by Redeemer parishioner Dr. Charles Axton. Information: 941-955-4263.

Hunger relief in Israel: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota, will welcome Eran Shafir, director of international relations for the Leo Baeck Education Center in Haifa, Israel, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28. The Leo Baeck Center in involved in a major hunger relief project, community service and leadership opportunities for children of all ages, and groundbreaking programs to foster Arab-Jewish relations in the State of Israel. Information: 941-371-2788.

Smart & Safe Living seminar: Palmetto Presbyterian Church, 1115 10th Ave. W, is offering a Smart & Safe Living Seminar 10-11:30 a.m. Sept. 29. This free seminar provides seniors with helpful ways to recognize and avoid the kinds of scams that often plague seniors. Topics will include phone, utility, home improvement and financial investment scams and cons. Information: 941-722-3513.

Sukkot services and lunch: Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, invites guests for Sukkot services and lunch at 10 a.m. Oct. 1 at 10:00 AM. The Women of Sinai members will participate in the service and host the Kiddush luncheon. This is free, no RSVP's are needed. Information: or 941-924-1802.

New study session: Join Reb Ari Shapiro as he kicks off a new study session "My God is not your God" 2 p.m. Oct. 3 at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. There is a common perception that there is only one God and that all religions are simply different paths to this one source. By delving into a number of religions we will attempt to prove or disprove this assumption. Nonmembers, $18 per month. Register at

"Raising a Modern-Day Knight": A unique class offered beginning at 7 a.m. Oct 3 for fathers and sons, aged 6-16, at the Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. The six-week course begins with a biblical perspective of manhood and shares a unique approach to shaping a boy into a man. The one-hour classes are free. To register, visit or call 941-955-4263.

ongoing events

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: 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: 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 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.