Religion briefs, Nov. 17, 2019
NEW HAVEN — A free Thanksgiving Day dinner, sponsored by Church of God and Saints of Christ, 109 Beers St., New Haven, will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, at the church.
Volunteers and donations are needed and appreciated.
To volunteer, call Carolyn at 203-901-4236.
To donate or volunteer for dinner delivery, call Tanya at 203-627-3916
Dinners may be picked up at the church between 10 a.m. and noon; pickup reservations must be made by Nov. 25; call Carolyn at the number above.
Dinners will be delivered to seniors and shut-ins only upon request.
To ensure delivery on Thanksgiving Day, call Carolyn or Tanya at the numbers listed above.
Ecumenical Thanksgiving service planned in Old Lyme
OLD LYME — An Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service will beheld Nov. 26, 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme.
The service will feature the choirs of SaintAnn’s,Christ The King and First Congregational Church, under the leadership of Simon Holt, Music Director of First Congregational Church of Old Lyme. All are welcome to attend.
The evening’s offering will be divided between the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries and the Homeless Hospitality Center in New London.
Church collecting used clothing
NORTHFORD — St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1382 Middletown Avenue, Northford, has teamed up with St. Pauly Textile Inc., to collect used clothing. The company works with non-profit organizations like St. Andrew’s Episcopal, to set up used clothing dropoff sheds designed to give community members a clean, attractive, and well-monitored place to donate gently used textile items, which are then distributedin the U.S. and worldwide to people who need them.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church receives funding for clothing collected, and additionally has the option to use any of this clothing to serve local community needs. St. Pauly Textile, Inc. collects more than 120,000 pounds of clothing every day and estimates that this clothing ends up in 44 different countries, including the United States, yearly.
All of the usable clothing is worn by someone, somewhere in the world. In 2017, the company was able to help keep over 20 million articles of clothing out of landfills. The company was founded 22 years ago in Rochester, NY and is an A+ rated member of the Better Business Bureau.
Accepted items include clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, drapes, linens, pillowcases and stuffed animals. Donors are asked to donate items in a plastic bag to protect against dirt and the elements. There is a small box on the shed that contains receipts to help donors take a tax deduction.
For information, call Nan Monde, Sr. Warden, St. Andrew’s, at 203-710-7005
Kof C holding series on Catholicism
NORTH HAVEN — The Father James F. Donaher Council #3733 of the North Haven Knights of Columbus has organized a speaker series “to strengthen our knowledge of the Catholic faith and to make each of us more natural evangelizers,” according to a release.
The three presentations are co-sponsored with St. Elizabeth of the Trinity Parish, under the direction and spiritual leadership of its pastor, Father Michael Santiago and the Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center in West Hartford.
The presenter is Colin Petramale, a retreat team member at Holy Family. He previously worked at Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly in Chicago, Ill., and was a campus minister at the University of Dayton. He holds a bachelor of arts in Spanish from SUNY Oswego and an M.A. in theological studies from the University of Dayton.
The first topic in the series is “Prayer” and begins at 7 p.m. on Nov. 21 at St. Frances Cabrini Church Hall, 57 Pond Hill Rd, North Haven. Future sessions include “Psalms and a Spirituality of Hard Times” on Jan. 16, and “The Joy of Service: Natural Evangelization Through our Lives” on Feb. 20.
The events are free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary. For information, call Paul Caiafa at 203-671-2942.
Congregation B’Nai Jacob schedules events
WOODBRIDGE — Congregation B’nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Road, Woodbridge, announces the following:
Nov. 22, 6 p.m., Shabbat Schmooze. 6:30 p.m. Shabbat evening service.
Nov. 23, 9 a.m., Bread and Torah, followed by Torah service at 9:45.
Nov. 25, Thanksgiving service at B’nai Jacob, along with Woodbridge churches.
Dec. 15, 4 p.m. Cantors’ concert at B’nai Jacob featuring seven cantors from around Connecticut.
Weekday minyan services at 7:45 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Monday evenings 7:30-9:30. Rabbi Shapiro teaches Pirket Avot, Ethics of the Fathers
For information, visit https://www.bnaijacob.org/ or call 203-389-2111.
Beth Israel Synagogue schedules events
Beth Israel Synagogue, 22 N. Orchard St., Wallingford, announces the following activities and services. Go to www.bethisraelwallingford.org for more information.
Saturdays, 9:45 a.m., Bagels, Lox & Torah Study with Rabbi Bruce Alpert. Open to the community.
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 through 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.
Lay ministry training available
WALLINGFORD — Masonicare Health Center, 22 Masonic Ave., seeks volunteers for its Lay Training in geriatric ministry.
Open to people of all faiths, the program has been teaching basic ministry skills to volunteers nearly 20 years.
Volunteers assist the chaplains with worship services, including vespers; programs that allow elders to explore and express their spirituality and faith through art, sacred circle dance and music; hymn singing; chanting and drumming; as well one-to one pastoral visits.
Other opportunities include transporting seniors to religious activities and instrumental accompaniment at worship services, vespers and hymn sings.
For more details, contact Chaplain Thayer Quoos at 203-679-6259 or email@example.com. For more about Masonicare: www.masonicare.org or 888-679-9997.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call St. Paul Church at 860-388-2398.
OLD SAYBROOK —— First Church of Christ Congregational, 366 Main St., is offering the following:
Early Bird worship, 8-8:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room, offers a more casual service with prayer, reflection, quiet music and communion.
Soul Service, 9-9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary, offers a variety of music, centered around rhythm & blues and jazz, with time for prayer and Scripture message, all underscored by a live band.
Faith Exploration for All, 9:40-10:20 a.m., with church school for pre-K-Grade 8, and workshops for adults and teens, including Bible study, spiritual practices, such as meditation and praying, and faith and health workshops.
Traditional worship, 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the sanctuary, offers music, including the First Church Choir, singing, times for prayer and silent meditation, Scripture readings, a sermon, and an opportunity for giving.
Nursery care is available 9:30-11:30 a.m. for ages infant to 3 years.
For more information, contact 860-388-3008 or www.firstchurchsaybrook.org.
‘Resting in God’
MADISON — “Resting in God, Two Centering Prayer Groups” is held 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:30-11 a.m. Saturdays at Mercy by the Sea, 167 Neck Road.
Centering prayer is a method of entering silence in order to “be still and know” God. Free-will donation is accepted. For more information and to register, contact Claire at email@example.com or 203-245-0401.
Introduction to Judaism, Hebrew
HAMDEN — Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Road, has two adult education classes that are open to the community.
Rabbi Herbert Brockman teaches the introduction to Judaism class, which is on the basics of the Jewish tradition, its history, theology and observances, surrounding the life-cycle of a Jew and the yearly festivals. The class is held Sundays 10-11 a.m.
Rabbi Steve Steinberg is teaching introduction to Hebrew, which can be taken alone or in concert with Brockman’s class. It meets Sundays 11 a.m.-noon.
RSVP: Sarah at 203-288-3877 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
doors to visitors
MERIDEN — Baitul Aman “House of Peace” Mosque, 410 Main St., holds Coffee, Cake, & Conversation at 8 p.m. Fridays.
Information: www.TrueIslam.com, www.alislam.org, email@example.com, @zahirmannan, facebook.com/zahir.mannan.7, MuslimWritersGuild.
MILFORD — Once a month, Sunday worship services at United Church of Christ, 30 Ormond St., Devon, include an American Sign Language interpreter.
A grant for the interpreter was provided by the CT Concerned Citizens for People with Disabilities.
For more information, call 203-878-4685.
Free dropoff program
is for ages 3, 4 years
WOODBRIDGE — Congregation B’nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Road, offers Gan Hayeled 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sundays.
The free drop-off program for ages 3 and 4 will run every Sunday that religious school is in session.
Call B’nai Jacob at 203-389-2111 for details.
slated in area
GUILFORD — “Meditation in Daily Life” is offered 3-4 p.m. Sundays at Shoreline Center For Wholistic Health, 35 Boston St. No. 2. Classes are $12 each. No one turned away for lack of funds, according to a center press release.
Contact meditationinconnecticut.org, firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-266-6041.
rehearses in loft
MILFORD — The Choir of St. Mary’s is holding rehearsals in the choir loft. The all-ages choir is open to all the members of Precious Blood Parish. It sings at the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass, and for special services all year. There is no audition. Learn more at www.preciousbloodparishmilford.org/music/.