September 15, 2010
Four East County churches are taking big steps to widen their ministries in the community.
August 31, 2010
Members of Temple Emanu-El gathered for the fourth annual East county Jewish Gathering at Summerfield Park Aug. 28. Attendees enjoyed socializing, face-painting, a picnic-style dinner, ice cream and a special havdalah service, which marks the separation between the Sabbath and the week ahead.
August 13, 2010
St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church transformed its sanctuary into space-themed control center for the church's special Galactic Blast Vacation Bible School this week. Children enjoyed arts and crafts, snacks, Bible stories and other "cosmic adventures in praising God."
August 8, 2010
The Church at Braden River took a trip back to the Old West during this year's Vacation Bible School. The Western-themed event included fun, faith-based activities. Participating children also raised money for the church's food pantry.
July 28, 2010
Pastor Charles Young is hoping to collect more than 1,000 backpacks as well as other school supplies.
July 24, 2010
Children at Faith United Church of Christ brought the Bible story of Joseph and his journey from prison to the palace to life during a special Vacation Bible School July 22-24. VBS children finished the event with a cookout with their families this afternoon.
July 23, 2010
Nearly 40 kindergarten and first-grade students gathered at Bayside Community Church for Vacation Bible School July 19-23. Participants enjoyed praise and worship, games and arts and crafts, among other activities. The children also enjoyed dressing up for each day's different theme, including animals, space, superheroes, royalty and water day.
July 23, 2010
Kindergarten and first-grade students at Bayside Community Church share their favorite parts of Vacation Bible School.
July 23, 2010
Hundreds of children enjoyed a cowboy-themed Vacation Bible School July 19-23 at Woodland —The Community Church. Participants enjoyed arts and crafts, playtime in bounce houses and other activities during the weeklong event.
July 20, 2010
A women's fellowship group at Peace Presbyterian Church recently enjoyed a day kayaking on Sarasota Bay.
28 Wine, Dine and Make a Difference
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
1 Manatee Audubon -- OPEN HOUSE at Felts Audubon Preserve
8:00 am - 11:00 am
1 Fine Arts & Crafts Extravaganza
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
6 Empty Bowls Luncheon at Main Street Lakewood Ranch
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Merchants on Lakewood Ranch Main Street continue to mourn the surprising loss of fellow business owner Rebekah Hatmaker, co-owner of Serendipity Boutique.