Religion Almanac: Jan. 17, 2015

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

The Diggles Family: First Christian Church, 1815 18th Ave. W., Bradenton, 2 p.m. Saturday, refreshments. Information: 941-746-4649.

2015 Winter Camp Meeting: Happy Gospel Churchnote auth="Henry Howard" coll="0" ctime="1d031dd 1bcef5cc" mtime="1d031dd 1bcef5cc">, Jan. 18, Bishop Tim Hill, Betty Jean Robinson, musical guest; 7 p.m. Monday, , Pastor Tommy Bates, Robinson; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Pastor Jim Raley, Adam Crabb, musical guest; and 7 p.m. Wednesday, "Praise Night Finale" with Adam Crabb, free. Information: 941-756-6942.

First Winter Season Concert: Christ Church of Longboat Key, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive, 2 p.m. Sunday, flutist David Tagliarini and pianist/organist Dwight Thomas, free. Informaton: 941-383-8833.

Dunnemans Music Ministry Concert: Cortez Road Baptist Church, 4411 100th St. W., Bradenton, 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. Information: 941-792-3279.

World Religion Day: The Baha'i Faith, 4000 N. Honore Ave. at Bee Ridge, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, fere, hot dogs, snacks, fellowship, fun for children. Information: 941-496-4818 or email

Superintendent of the Southern Florida District Dr. Brian Wilson: Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., at 9:30 a.m. traditional and 11 a.m. contemporary service Sunday. Information: 941-812-1923.

Center for Spiritual Living-Manatee (A Science of Mind Community): The Rev. Maria Shamaya Clemente, guest speaker, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-756-0400.

Weekly Men's Ministry Group: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, resumes at 7 p.m. Tuesday, five more sessions on soul keeping. Information: 941-753-9365.

Spaghetti Dinner: Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, Flynn Hall, 833 Magellan Drive, Sarasota, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday Jan. 24, $8 adults, $4 children 6-12, $2 under-6, takeouts available, annual raffle drawing, do not have to be present to win. Information: 941-755-1826.

Tim Zimmerman and the King's Brass Concert: Bradenton First Church of the Nazarene, 1616 59th St. W., 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, free-will offering, no tickets necessary. Information: 941-812-1923.

Education Program: Occupy Bradenton and 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.

Women's Conference: Family of God United Methodist Church, 5601 16th Ave., E., Palmetto, the role of women in the church, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday,

Jan. 31, speakers include the Revs. Geraldine McClellan, Barbara Riddle and Sylvia Hull, $10 fee includes lunch. Information: 941-722-7065.

An Evening of Music and Magic with Joey Spinella: Congregation Ner Tamid homecoming celebration in Lakeside South home, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31, lavish dessert buffet will follow, free, nonmembers, $10. RSVP: Jan. 27 deadline, call 941-755-1231 or email

Jewish Views of the Afterlife: With Rabbi Barbara Aiello at the Manatee South County Branch library, 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, presentation, Q&A, light refreshments. Information: 941-755-1231.

The Dixie Melody Boys: Happy Gospel Church, 5215 Lorraine Road, Bradenton, 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8. Information: 941-756-6942 or go to

Shabbat at Table: Congregation Ner Tamid, new location Lakeside South Clubhouse, 3817 40th Ave. W., Bradenton, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13, potluck family style, RSVP by Feb. 11. Information: 941-755-1231, or go to

Purim Celebration: Congregation Ner Tamid, new location Lakeside South Clubhouse, 3817 40th Ave. W., Bradenton, 7 p.m. Friday, March 6. Information: 941-755-1231.

Italian Bingo: Congregation Ner Tamid, new location Lakeside South Clubhouse, 3817 40th Ave. W., Bradenton, 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, prizes, gourmet Italian dinner, $18 adult, $12 children under 12. RSVP: 941-755-1231, or go to

Joys and Challenges of Parenting/Grandparenting your Jewish Interfaith Child: Led by Rabbi Barbara Aiello at the Manatee South Branch 9:30-11 a.m. Friday, March 20, light refreshments. Information: 941-755-1231.


Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church: 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota. 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: Alpha course in basic Christianity, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday through March 17, includes dinner, fellowship and discussion. Information: or 941-955-4263.

Ellenton United Methodist Church: Will open Thrift Shoppe from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 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

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. Information: 941-753-9365 or go to

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. 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.

Oneco United Methodist: Services at 2112 53rd Ave. E., 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sundays, 9 a.m. Sunday school.

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

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.

Roser Memorial Community Church: Nondenominational services at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday, 512 Pine Ave., Church School for children, nursery for infants and toddlers. Information: 941-778-0414, email or go to

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.