Religion almanac for Oct. 27, 2012

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


A "godly example": The Pentecostal Church of God of Jesus Christ, 304 Martin Luther King Ave. E., Bradenton, will honor parishioners Robert and Gloria Magwood with a tribute and music 6 p.m. Oct. 27. Evangelist Marvina Johnson-Allen will lead the celebration of the Magwoods' service to the church. Music will be provided by Gramps and the Golden Harps, and others. Information: 941-748-5579.

Community Harvest Festival: The Church at Bradenton, 2520 43rd St. W., hosts a Community Harvest Festival 3-6 p.m. Oct. 27, providing a safe, family atmosphere free to the public. Music, bounce houses, clowns, popcorn, cotton candy, pumpkin patch and more. Food available for purchase, as well as special giveaways and prizes. Information: 941-792-3462.

Dinner and laughs: Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, presents comedian and actor Brad Zimmerman at 5:15 p.m. Oct. 27. Zimmerman has played clubs all around the country, opening for stars including Joan Rivers and George Carlin. Dinner is salmon or prime rib and is $50 for guests and includes an open wine bar. Information and reservations: Alan at 941-922-0715.

Costume parade: Braden River Presbyterian Church, 5150 Peridia Blvd., Bradenton, hosts a Halloween costume parade for kids ages 2-8 from 8 to 11 a.m. Oct. 27. Children must be accompanied by someone 15 or older. Tricks, treats and refreshments will be served after the parade. All participants will receive a "spooktacular" medal. Information: 941-773-0843.

Harvest festival: Trinity United Methodist Church's Pumpkin Patch, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., hosts a craft fair and a free children's harvest festival 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 27. A variety of vendors will sell homemade items such as holiday decorations and children's books. Chili will be available for purchase at lunchtime. Information: 941-747-3704

One-day revival: Josh and Ashley Franks conduct a revival 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at Happy Gospel Church, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. A love offering will be collected. Information: 941-756-6942.

Organ concert: Christ Episcopal Church, 4050 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, will host Joseph Nolan, organist-choirmaster of St. George's Cathedral in Perth, Australia, in a concert at 4 p.m. Oct. 28. The program will include French organ music from the late 19th century, including "Toccata" from Charles-Marie Widor's Fifth Symphony. The concert is free. Information: 941-747-3709.

Film screening: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, will show the acclaimed film "Inside Hana's Suitcase" at 2 p.m. Oct. 28. The movie tells the story of Hana Brady, a young girl who was killed at Auschwitz and whose suitcase eventually found its way to a Japanese museum. Admission is $5. Information: 941-351-8766.

Crusade: Vessels Unto Honour International Covenant Ministries, 3517 15th St. E., Bradenton, is conducting a crusade at 7:30 p.m. nightly Oct. 29-Nov. 2. The crusade will reaffirm, re-establish and realign. Guest speaker will be Prophet Paul R. Dade of Richmond, Va. Information: email to

"Caravan" begins: Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., announces the beginning of "Caravan," a scouting program for boys and girls ages K to fifth grade. The free graded program meets 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: 941-794-1685.

Guest preacher: Trinity School for Ministry's Dean Leander Harding, one of the first religion majors to graduate from New College, returns to Sarasota Nov. 1-4 to preach at the Church of the Redeemer, 222 Palm Ave., in recognition of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. Harding will preach at the 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Masses on All Saints' Day, Nov. 1; the 10 a.m. All Soul's Day Mass on Nov. 2, which will be held outdoors in the St. Francis Garden, weather permitting; and at the 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. Masses on Nov. 4. Information: or 941-955-4263.

Rhythm and Jews: Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, hosts its Rhythm and Jews Service at 6 p.m. Nov. 2. Accompanied by The Bruno Trio on drums, a bass and synthesizer, Rabbi Huntting and Chazzan Abramson (on guitar) create an upbeat fusion of Israeli, Chasidic, American and Middle Eastern sounds. A welcome reception begins at 5:15 p.m. Dinner follows; $22 for guests. RSVP to 941-706-3957.

Family Shabbat Services: Temple Emanu-El's monthly family Shabbat services continue at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, 7 p.m. Nov. 2. The community is invited to this intergenerational worship experience, conducted by Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman and features 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. Information: 941-371-2788.

Peace festival: The Community of Christ, 5817 33rd St. E., Bradenton, hosts a Peace Festival 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Nov. 3. Activities will include live music, food and games dedicated to the pursuit of peace. There will be no charge for this event. Information: Charyn Walker, 941-545-3232.

Blessing of the Animals: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road, will host a blessing of the animals at its monthly contemporary service at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 3. Musician Mindy Simmons will perform. Information: or on Facebook at

Spaghetti dinner: Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, Ninth Street East and Magellan Drive, Sarasota, will host a spaghetti dinner 3:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in Father Flynn Hall. The menu includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, dessert and beverage. Cost is $7 for adults, $2 for children 6-12, and free for children younger than 6. Take-outs are available. Information: 941-755-1826.

Thanksgiving ministry: Four Lutheran churches in Manatee County are teaming up to engage in community Thanksgiving ministry. Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, is tasked with collecting 200 packages of instant mashed potatoes and 200 cans or packages of instant gravy. Donations may be dropped off at the church by Nov 4. Information: 941-753-9365.

Israel's anniversary: The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Hosts communitywide "Israel941-371-4546.

Holocaust museum trip: Temple Emanu-El, Sarasota, is organizing a trip to the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg on Nov.11. A chartered bus will depart at 1 p.m. Attendees will have a docented tour of the temporary exhibitions "Letters to Sala" and "The Art of Judith Weinshall Liberman," then enjoy dinner at a St. Petersburg restaurant. The bus will return to Temple Emanu-El at 7 p.m. Cost is $28 for Temple Emanu-El members and $32 for guests. Payment should be mailed to Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, Florida 34232 by Oct. 29. Information: 941-487-8820.

Meet the author: The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee kicks off its 2012-13 Jewish Book Festival with bestselling author Lloyd Constantine, 7 p.m. Nov. 14, at the Beatrice Friedman Theater, 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. His latest book is "Journal of the Plague Year: An Insider's Chronicle of Eliot Spitzer's Short and Tragic Reign." Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Federation's website, or by calling 941-371-4546, ext. 119.

Hunger run: The Harvest Hustle 5K Run will begin at 8 a.m. Nov. 17 at Harvest United Methodist Church, 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch. In addition to the race, the Harvest Hustle will offer awards for overall winners and age-group categories, food, music and more. The Harvest Hustle supports the ministries of All Faiths Food Bank. This year's title sponsor is First Watch Restaurants. Information: 941-907-7333.

New church launches: Current Community Church, a congregation of the Reformed Church in America, will begin services at 10 a.m. Nov. 18 at Nolan Middle School, 6615 Greenbrook Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. A free celebration luncheon will follow the service. Information: 941-357-4535 or

The Mike Markaverich Trio: Live in concert at 4 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Part of the six-concert 2012-13 "Sanctuary Concerts" series. A reception with the artists follows in the church courtyard. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door. Information: 941-371-4974 or visit

The path to spiritual awakening: The Vista Spiritual Center presents "The Path to Spiritual Awakening," 1:15-2:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Bayfront Community Center, 803 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Led by author and educator Bob Waxman, who will lecture on three essential spiritual concepts leading to awakening and enlightenment. Participants will learn how to use spiritual principles in everyday life. Other speakers include author Carol Green and Dr. Bob Reck. Information and registration:


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, 5712 Lorraine Road,, 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.

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//

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