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.
Family Life Director: Palma Sola Presbyterian Church is looking for a part-time family life director committed to developing and maintaining a Family Life program designed to nurture children and families and promotes Christian values. Contact the church office at 941-792-3141.
The Christmas Song: Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., dramatic retelling of the Christmas Story, 7 p.m. Saturday. Information: 941-812-1923.
Big Country Breakfast: Good Shepherd Church of the Brethren, 6323 13th St. Court E., Bradenton, 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday, pancakes, waffles, ham, scrambled eggs, sausage gravy and biscuits, home fries, coffee, orange juice. Information: 941-758-0988.
Breakfast with Jesus: Oneco United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 2112 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, breakfast, children's activities and
carol singing, 9 a.m. Saturday. Information: 941-755-5943.
Tot Shabbat: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Information: 941-379-1997.
Living Nativity, The Story of Christmas: Tabernacle Church, 4141 DeSoto Road, performances 7 and 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 28th year of the live production with nearly 100 cast members, live animals and flying angels.
Marriage Weekend: Nonprofit Live the Life Hope Weekends for couples in extreme marital crisis, conducted by Rick Marks, Saturday-Sunday, 1001 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton. Partial scholarships available. Information: 941-827-0500.
Christmas in Cambridge Concert: St. Joseph Church, 3100 26th St. W., Bradenton, 3 p.m. Sunday, St. Joseph Musicmakers, free and open to public, free-will offering. Information: Timothy O'Connor, 941-753-5634.
Once Upon a Night Christmas Cantata: Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, 11 a.m. Sunday, featuring Preston Boyd. Information: 941-792-3141 or pspchurch.org.
Christmas Cantata: Faith United Methodist Church, 7215 First Ave. W., Bradenton, 10:15 a.m. Sunday. Information: 941-794-8097.
"Mary, Did You Know?: Christ Church of Longboat Key, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 10 a.m. Sunday, special Christmas musical cantata service live. Information: 941 383 8833.
Under the Banyan Tree: First Presbyterian Church-Bradenton, Manatee Avenue at 15th Street West, 11 a.m. service Sunday, with free lunch at noon, mingle with guests as we feed the needy, donations requested. Information: 941-748-6658.
First Brass Five Concert: Oneco United Methodist Church, 2112 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, 10 a.m. Sunday, free. Information: 941-755-5943.
Festival of Carols and Classics: First Presbyterian Church-Bradenton, Manatee Avenue at 15th Street West, 5 p.m. Sunday, presented by the First Presbyterian Church chancel handbell and chancel choir with chamber orchestra. Reception after concert in Fellowship Hall. Information: 941-748-6658.
Putting the Christ Back in Christmas: Center for Spiritual Living-Manatee (A Science of Mind Community), 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton, with the Rev. Suzi Schadle, 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Information: 941-756-0400.
Blood Drive: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, to benefit Suncoast Communities Blood Bank, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday. Information: Contact Chairman Bill Haiby at email@example.com.
Motor Works Brewery Tour: Temple Beth El Men's Club, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, 1014 Ninth St. W., $10. RSVP: 941-755-4900 or 724-4779.
Advent Lessons and Carols: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, history of Christianity from the Fall of Man through the prophets to the Annunciation of the Savior's birth to Mary, 5:15 p.m. Sunday. Information: redeemersarasota.org or 941-955-4263.
"Koch:" Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, will screen the film "Koch," 2 p.m. Sunday, admission $5. Information: Education chairwoman Beth Ann Salzman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Winter Rose, a Christmas Cantata: Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St E., Bradenton, worship choir, 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 941-746-0101.
Advent Sermon Series: Family of God United Methodist Church, 5601 16th Ave. E., Palmetto, 9:45 a.m. Sunday, the Rev. Jim Martin. Blue Christmas Worship service, 5 p.m. for anyone suffering followed at 6 p.m. with a Christmas carol sing.
Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA Breakfast: Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, 9:30 a.m. bagel breakfast Sunday, with the program at 10 a.m., $10, open to public. Information: 941-359-2890.
Christmas Cantata: Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota, 3 p.m. Sunday. Information: 941-351-5119.
Occupy Bradenton: Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, 6:30 p.m. Monday, topic Dorothea Lange (1895-1965), American documentary photographer and photo journalist, discussion to follow.
Grand Menorah Lighting: Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch fund drive for Chanukah celebration, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Lakewood Main Street, coins will be donated to Chabad Victims of Terror Project in Israel. Information: 941-752-3030.
Advent Organ Recitals: Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, with a free, mid-day performance by Haig Mardirosian, dean of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Tampa. Information: redeemersarasota.org or call 941-955-4263.
Advent Blue Christmas service: The Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Information: 941-753-9365 or livinglordfl.org.
Downtown Hanukkah Celebration: Temple Beth El Bradenton, 6 p.m. Thursday, an evening of music and lighting Bradenton's Hanukkah Menorah, on the grounds of the Bradenton Manatee Players on Barcarrota Boulevard (12th Street West) in Bradenton. Rabbi Harold Caminker and Cantor Alan Cohn will be joined by cantorial soloist Deborah Suta, Rob Taylor, and the choir of First United Methodist Church. Information: 941-755-4900.
Chanukah Celebration: Congregation Ner Tamid, 7 p.m. Friday, bring menorah and candles. Looking for latke makers to contribute homemade latkes of all kinds. Rabbi Barbara Aiello will speak about the Jews of Alaska, "The Frozen Chosen." Information: 941-755-1231.
Family Night Menorah Lighting: Temple Beth El Bradenton, 4200 32nd St. W., 7:30 p.m. Friday, new Erev Shabbat Service "Shabbat Night Live -- A Musical Service." Free and open to all, bring an item of dry or canned food for Meals on Wheels. Information: 941-755-4900.
Hanukkah Happening: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road Sarasota, 6 p.m. Friday, homemade brisket and chicken with all trimmings, crafts and children's activities, 7:30 p.m. annual Hanukkah Family Service, reservations required, $25 adult and $15 children under 13. Information: 941-371-2788.
Handel's Christmas Messiah -- Joyous Sing-Along: Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, $10 in advance online at redeemersarasota.org. Information: redeemersarasota.org or call 941-955-4263.
Long Night: Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St. E., Bradenton, 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, service to acknowledge sadness and hear hope for days ahead. Everyone welcome. Information: 941-746-0101.
Christmas Cantata: Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 21, chancel choir. Information: 941-747-3704.
Come Ye Faithful Carols Service: Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, refreshments in the Narthex. Information: 941-778-0414, email email@example.com or go to roserchurch.com.
Holiday Flute Concert: Palma Sola Presbyterian Church 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, by the Gulf Coast flute choir and director Amanda Lyon. Information: 941-792-3141 or pspchurch.org.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: Faith United Methodist Church, 7215 First Ave. W., Bradenton, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, "The First Christmas" children's Christmas pageant. Information: 941-794-8097.
Christmas Eve Outdoor Candlelight Service: Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St., E., Bradenton, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, music and Christmas Story plus holiday gift. Everyone welcome. Information: 941-746-0101.
Christmas Eve Service: Family of God United Methodist Church, 5601 16th St. E., Palmetto, 6 p.m. Dec. 24, carols, communion and candle lighting.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services: United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 24. Information: 941-747-3704.
Birth of Savior on Christmas Eve: Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., 5:30 p.m. Dec. 24, carols by candlelight, seasonal music and open Communion. Community invited. Nursery provided. Information: 941-812-1923.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: Braden River Presbyterian Church, 5150 Peridia Blvd. E., Bradenton 5:30 p.m. Dec. 24. Information: 941-739-0202.
Christmas Eve: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 3:30 p.m. Christmas carols; 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, family Mass with blessing of the crèche, live nativity re-enactment features parish children in roles as shepherds, lambs, stars, angels and baby Jesus; 5:30 p.m. carols; 6 p.m. Holy Eucharist with incense; 9:30 p.m. organ and brass quartet; 10 p.m. choir; and 10:30 p.m. midnight Mass. Information: redeemersarasota.org or call 941-955-4263.
Christmas Day: The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 7:30 a.m. Holy Communion, Thursday, Dec. 25: 10 a.m. choral Mass; and 1 p.m. Spanish Mass. Information: redeemersarasota.org or call 941-955-4263.
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church: 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota. GriefShare Group, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, national experts in grief therapy share tips, DVD and $15 for workbook. DivorceCare (and DivorceCare for Kids) starts 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12. DivorceCare and GriefShare are separate 13-week seminars. 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: 941-355-2798 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 (A Science of Mind Community): 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 the 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. Monday. Information: redeemersarasota.org or 941-955-4263.
Ellenton United Methodist Church: Will open Thrift Shoppe from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday beginning Nov. 19, off Leffingwell Avenue and U.S. 301 North behind the United Methodist Church. 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, 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Sunday school during 9:15 service, 8 a.m. to noon nursery. Bible Study with Pastor Jeff Gross, 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Weekly Men's Ministry Group resumes 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Lutheran Ebola Disaster Response Program, all money sent in will assist those suffering by this virus. Send contributions to Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Gift Center, P.O. Box 1809, Merrifield, VA 22116. Information: 941-753-9365 or go to livinglordfl.org.
Manatee United Baptist Church: 1501 Seventh Ave. E., Bradenton, 8 a.m. first Saturday women's 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. 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, 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 Ave. W., 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, adult education class at 9:45 a.m. Sunday. 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: Christ United Methodist Church, 5512 26th St. W., Room 3, Bradenton, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, 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.