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. Email announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Torah Studies: The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, 9 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Saturdays (Sept. 13, 20, 27), discover the mystical meanings and lessons behind ancient stories. Free. Information: Rabbi Mendy Bukiet, 941-752-3030.
Boy Scout Car Wash: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. Information: 941-355-4729 or go to npcsarasota.com.
Halacha Class and Havdallah: The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, one hour before Shabbat's completion Saturdays (Sept. 13, 20, 27), Rabbi Mendy Bukiet teaches Jewish law followed by weekly Havdallah ceremony. Free. Information: 941-752-3030.
First-Responders Day: Evangel Baptist Church, 3605 Lorraine Road, Lakewood Ranch, 10:30 a.m. service followed by lunch Sunday, to thank public servants of the community. RSVP: 941-708-6636 or email Evangelbradenton.office.
Annual Open House: Eleven congregations of the Synagogue Council of Sarasota-Manatee, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, tour facilities, meet clergy, staff and lay leadership. Congregations include Humanistic Judaism, Kol HaNeshama, Ner Tamid, Jewish Congregation of Venice, Kehillah of Lakewood Ranch, Temple Beth El (Bradenton), Temple Beth El (North Port), Temple Beth Israel, Temple Beth Sholom, Temple Emanu-El, and Temple Sinai. Information: 941-927-3636.
Larnelle Harris Concert: Happy Gospel Church @TheRanch, 5215 Lorraine Road, Bradenton, 6 p.m. Sunday, love offering. Information: 941-756-6942.
"God's Not Dead:" Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., movie shown 6 p.m. Sunday, ice cream social will follow, community invited. Information: 941-812-1923.
The Rev. David Owen-Ritz: Former minister of Center for Positive Living, Sarasota, at the Center for Spiritual Living-Manatee, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton, 11:30 a.m. service Sunday, followed by "Truth with a capital T" seminar at 1:30 p.m. Information: 941-750-8815.
Religious School Registration and Open House: Temple Beth El Bradenton, 4200 32nd St. W., 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 941-755-4900.
Talmud Classes: The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays (Sept. 15, 22, 29), explore the Talmud and its laws in its original text, $45 book fee. Information: Rabbi Mendy Bukiet, 941-752-3030.
Chabad Hebrew School: The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, 9:30 a.m.-noon Sunday, (Sept. 14 and 21) Hebrew reading Aleph Champ program, motivational systems. Information: Rabbi Mendy Bukiet, 941-752-3030 or e-mail email@example.com.
Sarasota County Crime Prevention: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3131 61st St., Sarasota, 11:30 a.m. Sept. 15, in fellowship hall, lunch before program. RSVP 941-355-4729.
Jim Zimbalman: Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., Smithsonian Institute planetary geologist will show pictures and speak on "The Heavens Declare The Glory of God," 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, in Family Life Center, Room 209. Information: 941-812-1923.
South Manatee Library Discussions: Interfaith, discussions of the Baha?i faith, 6081 26th St. W., 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, guest speaker Bob Harris, Tampa. Information: 941-224-7358.
Buddhism: A Conversation: State College of Florida Art, Design & Humanities Department, SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., Building 27, Room 140, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sept. 18, speaker Gen. Kelsang Demo of the Kadampa School of Buddhism in Sarasota. Information: 941-752-5589.
Sheriff Brad Steube: Speaking on Neighborhood Watch, at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 6510 Third Ave. W., 7 p.m. Thursday. Information: 941-792-3141.
High Holy Day: Temple Beth El Bradenton, 4200 32nd St. W., 6 p.m. Selichot Saturday, Sept. 20, dairy pot luck dinner, Havdalah and Selichot services, public welcome. Information: 941-755-4900.
Science of Mind: The Rev. Maria Shamaya Clemente, will speak at the Center for Spiritual Living-Manatee, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21. Information: 941-750-8815.
Weekly Men's Ministry Group: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, resumes 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23. Information: 941-753-9365.
High Holidays: Congregation Ner Tamid, 4802-B 26th St. W., Bradenton, with Cantor Joey Spinella and rabbinic associate Rena Morano leading services:
Rosh Hashanah, 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25
Kol Nidrei, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3
Yom Kippur and Yizkor: 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4
Ne'ilah and Break the Fast: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4
Simchat Torah: 10 a.m. Saturday. Oct. 18 with Ashley Manevitch's Bat Mitzvah.
High Holy Days: Temple Beth El, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton, all welcome. Services by Rabbi Harold Caminker, Cantor Alan Cohn and soloist Deborah Suta include:
Havdallah: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, followed by Selichot (dairy pot luck)
Erev Rosh Hashanah, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24
Rosh Hashanah Service, 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, Tashlich to follow
Yom Kippur: Kol Nidre Service, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3; 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, including Yizkor
Healing/Music Service, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct.4
Havdallah and Neilah: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4
Erev Shabbat and Sukkot: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10
Erev Shabbat and Simchat Torah, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, opening night of new program "Sing Out Shabbat program
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church: 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota. Men's Adult Bible study, 7 a.m. Wednesdays, Wayman L. Still Building. Women's Adult Bible study, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Wayman L. Still Building. 4:15 p.m. Saturday Bible study followed by contemporary worship at 5:30 p.m. Adult Bible study, 9:15 a.m. Sunday in Church Fellowship Hall. Information: 941-755-3798 or go to beautifulsaviorlcms.com.
Bible Baptist Church: 1720 Sixth Ave. W., Palmetto, 9:15 a.m. Sunday school, worship 11 a.m. Sunday.
Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene: 1616 59th St. W., traditional blended worship 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday; contemporary, 11 a.m.; Bible Study classes, 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.; and meetings for children, youth and adults, 6:30 p.m. Information: 749-7982.
The Chabad House: Weekly Shabbat services, 5712 Lorraine Road, 7 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. Saturday followed by buffet Kiddush. Chabad Hebrew School, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Sunday. Information: Rabbi Mendy Bukiet, 941-752-3030.
Christian Life Center: Monthly breakfast, 3607 U.S. 301 N., $5, includes biscuits and gravy, pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, juice and coffee. Monthly from 8-10 a.m., first Saturday. Services 9:45 a.m. Sunday. Thrift Shoppe in Fellowship Hall 9 a.m.-noon each Friday, 8-11 a.m. first Saturday each month. Information: 941-729-6802.
First Baptist Church of Palmetto: worship and Bible study 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays at First Baptist Church of Palmetto, 1020 Fourth St. W. Information: 941-722-7795.
Happy Gospel Church at The Ranch: Regular worship will be at 9 a.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Thursdays, 5215 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. Information: Call 941-756-6942 or go to happygospelchurch.com.
Lakewood Ranch Ladies Devotional Hour: 10 a.m. Thursdays at Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Information: 941-727-3789.
Living Lord Lutheran Church: 11120 State Road 70 E., Lakewood Ranch. Morning service times at 8, 9:15 and 10:45 Sunday. Sunday school during 9:15 service. Nursery 8 a.m. to noon. Weekly Men's Ministry Group resumes 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23. Information ministry: 941-753-9365. Information on other church matters: Leslie Johnson, 941-981-3529.
Manatee Baptist Church: 1501 Seventh Ave. E., Bradenton, 9 a.m. Sunday school, 10:15 a.m. Sunday worship services with the Rev. Steve Aaron. Information: 941-748-2339 or 941-723-3454.
Manatee County Meditation Group: 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-915-1454.
Northminster Presbyterian Church: 10:30 a.m., 3131 61st St., Sarasota. At 9 a.m., Dick Murphy leads Sunday School at 9 a.mn. for 14 weeks starting Sunday, Sept. 14, in Fellowship Hall. Information: 941-355-4729.
Orthodox Catholic: The Synodowwf Governing Bishops for the Holy Orthodox Catholic Church announced the opening of its new church temporarily at 2700 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 11B, Sarasota. The Rev. Archbishop Jacob Longacre is first pastor. All seven sacraments will be available in the Orthodox Form by making an appointment, 941-954-0330.
Parrish United Methodist Church: 8:15 a.m. Sunday worship, 9:45 a.m. CrossLight, 11:11 a.m. blended worship and 9:45 a.m. Sunday school, 12180 U.S. 301 N., Parrish. Thrift cottage open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays at 12210 U.S. 301 N., Parrish. Information: 941-776-1539.
Peace Presbyterian Church: A congregation of the Presbyterian Church USA, 12705 State Road 64, Lakewood Ranch, 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday services. Information: 941-753-7778. The Robin Williams Memorial Group: Living Gracefully with Mental Illness, new adult education class starting at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. Information: The Rev. William Clough, 941-751-1703.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church: Father Glen Graczyk, 1010 24th Ave. W., Palmetto, 10 a.m. Sunday service. Attend Spanish service with Father Dick Lampert, 1 p.m. Sunday. Information: 941-722-5292.
Stillpoint House of Prayer: Intercessory-prayer workshop groups at 1608 14th St. W. Contemplative-prayer groups at 11 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday. 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. Friday and Shabbat services with Torah study at 10 a.m. Saturday, 4200 32nd St. W. Religious school classes three Sunday mornings a month and Hebrew school classes Wednesday afternoons by Susie Konicov. Information: 941-755-4900.
Temple Emanu-El: Sisterhood Mitzvah Knitting Group, 10 a.m. second Tuesday of each month, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Knitters, crocheters welcome. Craft blankets, caps and booties for babies. Serving needy families or expectant mothers in Israel. Information: 941-755-4900.
Transitions Support Group: The Revs. Dee Graham, Marilyn Johnson and Don Thompson lead 5:30- 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Christ United Methodist Church, 5512 26th St. W., Room 3, Bradenton, and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at University of South Florida, 5840 26th St. W., Campus Ministry/Chapel, Bradenton. Information: 941-739-7103 or 720-0519.