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.
Church Office Administrator: Position available at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church. Contact Rich Wachunis at RWachunis St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 525 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. E., Bradenton, April 24-26, "Women with Wings." Information: 941-739-2250.
No More Throw-Away Kids Seminar: Family of God United Methodist Church, 5601 16th Ave. E., Palmetto, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday, make a difference in an incarcerated child's life. More than 2,300 Florida children are incarcerated annually, some as young as 8 years old, meet some children incarcerated and in need of a faith friend. Registration starts at 9:30 p.m., free lunch provided. Preregister at flumc.org/jailprisonministry. Information: Mary Wiser 941-722-7065.
The Rev. Karen Boland: Center for Spiritual Living-Manatee, 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton, 11:30 a.m. April 26, followed by workshop on "Understanding Grief -- the Path to Peace" at 1:15 p.m. with opera singer Phyllis Lowitt. Information: 941-756-0400.
Journey of the Caregiver: Church Women United of Manatee County May Friendship Day Luncheon, at Westminster Towers and Shores, 1533 Fourth Ave. W., Bradenton, 10:30 a.m. May 1, will honor Valiant Woman for 2015 Sandra Holley and the Young Church Woman of the Year Kayla Smeralda, tickets $5, free will offering, public invited. Information: 941-721-3377.
Family Shabbat Services: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m., all welcome, conducted by Rabbi Brenner Glickman and the Family Shabbat Band, also marks Teacher Appreciation Shabbat, instructors in s religious school and adult education programs will be recognized. Information: 941-371-2788.
Food and Wine on Pine: Roser Memorial Chapel, 512 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, May 2, Pastor Bob O'Keef will sign his book, "Through the Crystal Snow," 1-3 p.m. Information: 941-778-0414 or email info First Presbyterian Church-Bradenton, Manatee Avenue at 15th Street West, free picnic lunch, noon Sunday, May 3 after 11 a.m. service. Donations requested to offset costs in support of needy.
Mitzvah Day: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, noon Sunday, May 3, hands-on community service projects collecting food, eyeglasses, toiletries, kitchen items, childrens and Jewish books, and suitcases. Also crafting handmade baby booties; decorating cards, placemats, and cookies; making lunches for the homeless and entertaining foster children; volunteering at a nursing home, food bank, and animal shelter; beautifying the Temple grounds; picking up trash on McIntosh Road; and raising money for charity at a car wash. Information: 941-379-1997.
Judaism Decoded: Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, six-week spring course by Rabbi Mendy Bukiet of Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch, 5712 Lorraine Road, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning May 6. Information: 941-752-
3030 or go to myJLI.com.
National Day of Prayer Observances: Two community National Day of Prayer events, 9 a.m. Thursday, May 7, Palmetto Historical Park, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto, and 11:45 a.m. in front of the historical Manatee County Courthouse, downtown Bradenton. Sponsored by the Manatee County Ministries Association. Bring sun protection and lawn chairs. Information: 941 812-1923.
Shabbat at Table: Congregation Ner Tamid, new location Lakeside South Clubhouse, 3817 40th Ave. W., Bradenton, 6:30 p.m., May 8. Information: 941-755-1231 or go to nertamidflorida.org.
Bradenton Christian Women's Connection Luncheon: at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, 11 a.m. Friday, May 8, $17 all-inclusive, speaker Barbara Hattemer from Naples. RSVP by May 1. Information: 941-750-8786, email whc67 Congregation Ner Tamid, new location Lakeside South Clubhouse, 3817 40th Ave. W., Bradenton, 7 p.m., May 22. Information: 941-755-1231 or go to nertamidflorida.org.
All Gods Children Preschool: Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, now accepting registration, classes June 22-Aug. 7. Information: 941-739-2776.
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church: 7461 Prospect Road, Sarasota, 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Lenten services, light supper served at 5:15 p.m. Men's adult Bible study, 7 a.m. Wednesday; 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 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.; meetings for children, youth and adults, 6:30 p.m.; and free Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage class for adults, 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays, with Pastor Tony Miller and his wife, Hydie Miller. Information: 941-794-1776.
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, 11 a.m.-noon Congregation. Chabad Hebrew School, 9:30 a.m.-noon Sunday. Falafel with Yoav, noon-1 p.m. second Sunday of every month, $5 all you can eat. 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.
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 Ellenton, 1707 36th Ave E., Palmetto, 10:45 a.m. worship. Information: 941-722-4376.
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.
Harvest United Methodist Church: 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch, 6:48 p.m. services Thursday and 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Information: 941-907-7333 or welcometoharvest.org.
Lakewood Ranch Ladies Devotional Hour: 9:45 a.m. Thursdays, Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Information: 941-727-3789.
Living Lord Lutheran Church: 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday services; 9:15 a.m. Sunday school; and 8 a.m.-noon nursery. Information: 941-753-9365 or go to livinglordfl.org.
The Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, will have three worship services on Sunday, 8:00, 9:15, and 10:45 am. Sunday school is at 9:15 a.m. and the nursery is open from 8 am to noon. New member classes 6:30 p.m. April 29 and May 6. Tai chi class 9:15 a.m. every Monday. Information: 941-753-9365.
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. Information: 941-755-5943.
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.
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. Donation baskets will be on the tables. Information: 941-778-0414, email email@example.com or go to roserchurch.com.
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.