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.
Center for Spiritual Living-Manatee (A Science of Mind Community): Guest speaker the Rev. David Owen-Ritz with pinaist David Hubbell, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, at 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-756-0400.
Sunday after Advent: Longboat Island Chapel sanctuary, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 10 a.m. Sunday, social hour to follow in Fellowship Hall with coffee and refreshments. Information: 941-387-0202.
Mark Trammell Quartet: Happy Gospel Church @Bradenton, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, 6 p.m. Sunday, love offering. Information: 941-756-6942.
Mighty Clouds of Joy Concert: Happy Gospel Church @Bradenton, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, 7 p.m. Tuesday, love offering. Information: 941-756-6942.
New Year's Eve Burning Bowl Service: Unity Church in the Woods courtyard sanctuary, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton, 6 p.m. Wednesday. Information: 941-737-6582.
New Year's Eve Celebration: Happy Gospel Church @Bradenton, 1915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, 8 p.m. Wednesday1, Tony Gore and Sneed Family, love offering, covered dish dinner follows in Fellowship Hall to ring in the New Year. Information: 941-756-6942.
Eleonora Lvov Concert: Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, 4 p.m. Sunday Jan. 4, classical pianist, refreshments available, $15 suggested, all welcome. Information: 941-746-0067.
Pepper Choplin Live: Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, singer, songwriter, pianist and humorist, 4 p.m. Jan. 4. Information: 941-792-3141 or go to pspchurch.org.
All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner: Faith United Methodist Church, 7215 First Ave. W., Bradenton, 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, $6 adults, $3 children. Information: 941-794-8067.
Education Program: Occupy Bradenton and Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Social Justice Committee, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, $3, open to public, "Incarceration Nation" DVD with Bill Moyers explores why more African-Americans are under correctional control today than was enslaved in 1850. Pizza, salad, dessert, drinks. Video followed by discussion.
Education Program: Occupy Bradenton & Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Social Justice Committee, 322 15th St. W., Bradenton, 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, $3. Featured: Racism in America. Pizza, salad, dessert, drinks.
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church: 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota. GriefShare Group, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, national experts in grief therapy share tips. DivorceCare and DivorceCare for Kids, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12. DivorceCare and GriefShare are 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.
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. 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, 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.
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 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: 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.