Church sup­ports con­tin­u­ing re­lief ef­forts

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BRANFORD — The First Bap­tist Church on the Green raised more than $7,000 from its Christ­mas Fair in De­cem­ber 2018, for the con­tin­ued hur­ri­cane re­lief and re­build­ing ef­forts in Puerto Rico.

All prof­its are be­ing sent through a One Great Hour of Shar­ing en­deavor. “Apart from the vision, gen­eros­ity, hard work, and phe­nom­e­nal par­tic­i­pa­tion of those in­side and out­side of our church mem­ber­ship, none of this would be pos­si­ble,” mem­bers said in a state­ment.

Learn more about the church at www.first­bap­tist­bran­ or call 203-488-9777.

Church to hold MLK re­mem­brance ser­vice

STRAT­FORD — A ser­vice in re­mem­brance of the life and min­istry of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held Sun­day, Jan. 20 at 4 p.m. at First Bap­tist Church of Strat­ford, 1301 Strat­ford Av­enue, hosted by the Strat­ford In­ter­faith Clergy As­so­ci­a­tion.

This year’s ser­vice will fea­ture spe­cial mu­sic from the choirs of Hard­ing High School in Bridge­port and Bun­nell High School in Strat­ford, read­ings from var­i­ous holy texts, as well as sev­eral read­ings from Dr. King’s own writ­ings.

“In light of the con­tin­ued racial ten­sions in our na­tion we need to look to the words and ac­tions of Dr. King to re­mem­ber our call to chal­lenge the evils of sys­temic racism, poverty, eco­nomic and eco­log­i­cal dev­as­ta­tion, and seek a moral re­vival of our na­tion,” said the Rev. Jeff Lukens, Vice Pres­i­dent of the Strat­ford In­ter­faith Clergy As­so­ci­a­tion.

This event is open to the pub­lic. A free-will of­fer­ing will be col­lected to ben­e­fit the Strat­ford In­ter­faith Clergy As­so­ci­a­tion’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Schol­ar­ship Fund. Each year the As­so­ci­a­tion awards two schol­ar­ships to grad­u­at­ing se­niors to stu­dents at Bun­nell and Strat­ford High Schools.

Arch­dio­cese to hold Masses of Reparation

In seek­ing to ap­ply spir­i­tual reme­dies to the sex­ual abuse scan­dal in the Catholic Church and the tragedy it has caused so many vic­tims, Arch­bishop Leonard P. Blair will be of­fer­ing three Masses of Reparation at the fol­low­ing parishes on the fol­low­ing dates:

Sun­day, Jan. 27: St. Teresa of Cal­cutta Par­ish at St. Bartholomew Church, 736 Mid­dle Tpk. East, Manch­ester, 2 p.m.

Sat­ur­day, Feb. 16: St. Ge­orge Par­ish , 33 Whitfield St., Guil­ford, 11 a.m.

Tues­day, March 26: Our Lady of Hope Par­ish at Im­mac­u­late Heart of Mary Church, 78 Litch­field Road, Har­win­ton, 7 p.m.

Tem­ple Beth David sched­ules events

CHESHIRE: Tem­ple Beth David, 3 Main St., Cheshire, an­nounces the fol­low­ing events and pro­grams.

Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Micah ev­ery Thurs­day at noon in the TBD so­cial hall. Bring your own lunch;

Youth Shab­bat Ser­vice: First Fri­day for youth, 6:30 p.m.

Shab­bat ser­vice: First Fri­day, 7 p.m. In this mu­si­cal Shab­bat ex­pe­ri­ence, sing though much of the ser­vice. Ser­vices are par­tic­i­pa­tory, spir­i­tual, and fun.

To­rah study: Join Rabbi Micah and a group of adults for To­rah Study on Satur­days be­gin­ning at 8:45 a.m. and en­joy cof­fee, bagels, and a dis­cus­sion about the weekly par­sha.

Teen To­rah study: Jan. 12, 10 a.m. Dive into To­rah and study the week's par­sha with Rabbi Micah while enjoying snacks.

Preschool Story Hour: Jan. 13, 10-11 a.m., Tem­ple Beth David is host­ing a preschool story hour to cel­e­brate Tu B’She­vat (”New Year of the Trees”) for chil­dren ages birth through five ac­com­pa­nied by a par­ent or other care­giver. The event is free, and all are wel­come to at­tend. Email ed­u­ca­[email protected]­d­ to RSVP.

Tem­ple Beth David, 3 Main Street, Cheshire, 203-272-0037; www.tb­d­

Church to host in­door flea mar­kets

SEY­MOUR — The Great Hill United Methodist Church, Sey­mour, will host three in­door flea mar­kets on Jan. 26, Feb. 23 and March 23 in the church’s Fel­low­ship Hall. Sell­ers are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in this event. Each 10 ft space is $25. Re­fresh­ments will be avail­able. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Pat at 203-888-0489.

Kol Shira: A Cel­e­bra­tion of Jewish Mu­sic

NEW HAVEN — Re­li­gious school stu­dents and teach­ers, rab­bis, can­tors, can­to­rial soloists and in­stru­men­tal­ists from seven area sy­n­a­gogues will come to­gether on Sun­day, Jan. 27, 10 a.m., for a morn­ing of singing in cel­e­bra­tion of the power of Jewish mu­sic.

The con­cert, which will take place at The Tow­ers, 18 Tower Lane, New Haven, is free and open to the pub­lic. RSVP to The Tow­ers if you plan to at­tend at 203-772-1816,

The par­tic­i­pat­ing con­gre­ga­tions in­clude Con­gre­ga­tions B’nai Ja­cob (Wood­bridge), Mishkan Is­rael (Ham­den) and Or Shalom (Orange); Tem­ple Beth David (Cheshire); Tem­ple Beth Tik­vah (Madi­son), Tem­ple Beth Sholom (Ham­den); and Tem­ple Emanuel of Greater New Haven (Orange).

This an­nual con­cert is ded­i­cated to the mem­ory of the mu­si­cal legacy of Deb­bie Fried­man, z’’l, a Jewish mu­si­cian who died in 2011. In ad­di­tion to sev­eral iconic songs by Fried­man, tra­di­tional tunes and songs by two gen­er­a­tions of mu­si­cians who were in­flu­enced and in­spired by her abil­ity to bring a woman’s voice and per­spec­tive into late 20th­cen­tury Jewish mu­sic, and to write ac­ces­si­ble songs com­bin­ing liturgy and so­cial commentary, will be per­formed.

For more in­for­ma­tion about this event, visit, or call the tem­ple of­fice at 203-397-3000.

‘Blos­som in Faith’ is school theme

HAM­DEN — “Blos­som in Faith” is the theme of the Mt. Carmel Church, 3284 Whit­ney Ave., church school, where free ac­tiv­i­ties are open to all chil­dren.

For de­tails, call the church of­fice at 203-248-7408.

Dis­cus­sion se­ries for peo­ple 60-plus

OLD SAY­BROOK — The New Ad­ven­tures Team of St. Paul Lutheran Church, 56 Great Ham­mock Road, is spon­sor­ing a “new ad­ven­tures” se­ries geared to peo­ple 60-plus.

At­ten­dees don’t need to be church mem­bers. RSVP to Char­lotte Sch­les­sel­man at 520-560-0183 or [email protected] For more in­for­ma­tion, call St. Paul Church at 860-388-2398.

Con­gre­ga­tion B’nai Ja­cob pro­grams

WOOD­BRIDGE — Con­gre­ga­tion B’nai Ja­cob, 75 Rim­mon Road, will hold the fol­low­ing:

1 Learn­ing and Prayer, Bread & To­rah, Shab­bat morn­ing be­fore ser­vices, 9-9:45 a.m. Rabbi Shapiro ex­plores the Book of Jonah and the Five Megillot, with bagels and cof­fee.

1 Learn­ing and Prayer, Bread & To­rah, Shab­bat Morn­ing Be­fore Ser­vices, 9-9:45 a.m., Rabbi Shapiro ex­plores the Book of Jonah and the Five Megillot over bagels and cof­fee.

Call B’nai Ja­cob at 203-389-2111.

An­so­nia church seeks sto­ries of mem­o­ries

AN­SO­NIA — Christ Epis­co­pal Church, look­ing to­ward cel­e­brat­ing its 170th an­niver­sary in 2019, is col­lect­ing sto­ries to mark the mile­stone.

The church will print res­i­dents’ mem­o­ries of fam­ily, friends, cel­e­bra­tions and events that con­nect them to the church.

Sub­mit in­for­ma­tion to Nancy Valen­tine at [email protected]­ us­ing “church” as the sub­ject line or mail to 18 Far­rell Drive, An­so­nia 06401. To tell a story in per­son, con­tact Valen­tine at 203-734-6945 for a home visit.

Good Shep­herd Church­labyrinth walk

ORANGE — The Epis­co­pal Church of the Good Shep­herd, 680 Race­brook Road, of­fers a monthly guided labyrinth walk at 9 a.m., by Pryde Drive, led by the Rev. Diana Rogers. The labyrinth is avail­able any time to any­one for walk­ing prayer and med­i­ta­tion. It is listed at http://labyrinthlo­ca­

In­for­ma­tion: 203-795-6577, the­good­sphe­[email protected]­ton­, www.the­good­shep­her­do­r­, and www.face­­so­r­angect.

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