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 email@example.com.
Feast of St. Luke the Physician: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, physicians and medical professionals will receive special prayers, 10 a.m. Mass Saturday. Information: 941-955-4263, redeemersarasota.org.
Ann Downing Concert: Happy Gospel Church @Bradenton, 1915 53rd Ave. E., 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, love offering. Information: 941-756-6942
High Holidays: Congregation Ner Tamid, 4802-B 26th St. W., Bradenton, with Cantor Joey Spinella and rabbinic associate Rena Morano leading services: Simchat Torah, 10 a.m. Saturday with Ashley Manevitch's Bat Mitzvah. Information: 941-755-1231.
165th Church Anniversary: Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., 10 days of celebration, including Laity Sunday; Fellowship Meal Wednesday, $9 followed by an old-fashioned hymn sing; The Lighthouse Band concert, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, free will offering; 10:30 a.m. worship Sunday, Oct. 26, followed by old-fashioned picnic; and Potluck Wednesday, Oct. 29, followed by student play "Manatee Picnic." Information: 941-746-0101.
135th Church Anniversary: Oneco United Methodist Church, 2112 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, 10 a.m. Sunday, all welcome. Information: 941-755 5943.
Center for Spiritual Living: Center for Spiritual Living-Manatee, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton, Maria Shamaya Clemente is guest speaker, 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Information: 941-756-0400.
Craft and Bake Sale: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, proceeds benefit SMART, where horse riding is therapy for persons with physical and mental disabilities. Information: 941-753-9365 or go to livinglordfl.org/.
"Untold History of the U.S.": Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., 7 p.m. Monday, light refreshments available, open to public, free will donation accepted. Information: 941-746-0067.
Human Trafficking: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road in, Sarasota, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, host Elizabeth Melendez Fisher, president and CEO of Selah Freedom, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of trafficking and exploitation in Sarasota and Manatee counties, free, refreshments. Information: hlglixon Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 dinner, 7:30 p.m. service, paid reservations requested by Oct. 20, $18 for adults $9 for children. RSVP: Call 941-371-2788.
Fall Jewelry Showing: Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave W., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in Fellowship Hall, sponsored by the Palma Sola Presbyterian Mission Team and Premier Designs Jewelry. Proceeds to "Our Daily Bread." Information 941-792-3141.
Tot Shabbat: Temple Emanu-El will hold at Crowley Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Road, Sarasota, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, for families with children through age 6, easy family hike, nature-inspired crafts, bagel breakfast, Shabbat blessings, songs, movement, and a story with Rabbi Brenner Glickman. RSVP required: Call 941-379-1997.
The King of Instruments and The Instrument of Kings: Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, featuring Chuck Seipp on trumpet, Mary Mozelle on organ, piano, special tribute to veterans and military, reception to follow. Information: 941-792-3141 or go to pspchurch.org.
Annual Family Fall Festival: Palm View First Baptist, 415 49th St. E., Palmetto, 3:30-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, outdoor games, cake walk, pie-eating contest, costume parade, Family Team Challenge, games, relays, hay ride, food and snacks. Information: Go to Palmviewfirstbaptist.org or call 941-722-5077.
Center for Spiritual Living: The Rev. David Owen-Ritz will be guest speaker, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-756-0400.
Raising a Standard: Three-day men and women gathering at Held at Connecting in the Spirit Outreach Min. Inc., 4301 32nd St. W., Suite B-5, Lakewood Business Park, 7 p.m. Oct. 23-24 and 10 a.m. Oct 25. Informartion: Pastor Barbara Walker at 772-216-9758.
Trick or Trunk: Palma Sola Presbyterian Church parking lot, 6510 Third Ave W., 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, family fun, candy, bounce house, popcorn and 7 p.m. costume contest. Information 941-792-3141.
Shabbat at Table: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m., RSVP by Wednesday preceding services. Information: Go to nertamidflorida.org, call 941-755-1231 or email at shalom Woodland Community Church, 9607 E. State Road 70, Bradenton, Nov. 7-8. Information: woodlandministries.com/women.
Surviving the Holidays: Beautiful Savior Church, 7461 Prospect Rd., Sarasota, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, free GriefShare seminar. RSVP: 941-355-2798 or go to
Veterans Shabbat: Congregation Ner Tamid, 4802-B 26th St. W., Bradenton, 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, speaker retired Lt. Col. Carol Barkalow, one of the first class of female cadets at West Point. Information: Go to nertamidflorida.org, call 941-755-1231 or email at shalom First Torah commissioned for the Manatee County community will be completed with the scribe who handwrote the entire document on parchment scrolls in Hebrew calligraphy, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, 5712 Lorraine Road. No charge, kosher dinner, live music, activities for children. Information: 941-752-3030.
Havdalah at Table with Movie Night: Congregation Ner Tamid, 4802-B 26th St. W., Bradenton, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m., RSVP by Wednesday. Information: Go to nertamidflorida.org, call 941-755-1231 or email at shalom Congregation Ner Tamid, 4802-B 26th St. W., Bradenton, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 6:30 p.m. Information: Go to nertamidflorida.org, call 941-755-1231 or email at shalom Pastor Indy Dennis, Palma Sola Presbyterian Church group tour to Taize, Chartres, Tours, Orleans and Paris, April 10-19. Information: 941-792-3141 or 941-228-2916.
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church: 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota. GriefShare Group, 5:30 p.m. Mondays, national experts in grief therapy share tips, DVD videos and $15 for workbook. Men's adult Bible study, 7 a.m. Wednesdays, 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.
Center for Spiritual Living: 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-756-0400.
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.
Church of Light: Christian Spiritualist, 2408 43rd Ave. W., Bradenton, 10 a.m. worship Sunday, 7 p.m. candle lighting Thursday, with Rev. Shari Sumrall, all welcome. Information: 941-751-5683.
Church of the Redeemer: Genesis adult education class, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, led by the Rev. Richard Marsden, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 6:30-8 p.m. every Monday. Information: redeemersarasota.org or 941-955-4263.
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. Tuesdays. Information ministry: 941-753-9365. Other church matters: Leslie Johnson, 941-981-3529.
Manatee United Baptist Church: 1501 Seventh Ave. E., Bradenton, 8 a.m. first Saturday womens prayer breakfast, 8 a.m. Saturday men's prayer breakfast, 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 United Methodist Church: 315 15th St. E., Bradenton, first Saturday of the month women's prayer breakfast 8 a.m., second Saturday men's prayer breakfast 8 a.m., 9 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship services with pastor Sharon Davis. Information: 941-746-0101
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.m. for 14 weeks starting Sunday, Sept. 14, in Fellowship Hall; 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday Bible Study with historian Ray Vander Laan using history, culture, and geography to illuminate the gospels, class led by Pastor Chris Carlson in Fellowship Hall. Information: 941-355-4729.
Oasis Church: Services at Braden River Elementary School, 6125 River Club Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. every Sunday, with Pastor Steve Coad and his wife, Kristin Coad. Information: 941-677-8838.
Orthodox Catholic: The Synod of Governing Bishops for the Holy Orthodox Catholic Church, opening of 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 appointment. Information: 941-954-0330.
Palma Sola Presbyterian Church: 6510 Third Avenue West, Bradenton, 9 a.m. Dawning with Children's Chapel, 10 a.m. Fellowship and Sunday School, 11 a.m. traditional service with Pastor Indy Dennis. Nursery provided. Alzheimer's Support Group, 2:30 p.m. third Wednesday each month in the Media Center/Library. Information: 941-792-3141 or go to pspchurch.org.
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., Bradenton. 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.