Religion briefs, Sept. 15, 2019
Christian education program starts Sept. 17
HAMDEN —Beginning Sept 17, the Mt.Carmel Congregational Church will begin its fall Christian Education program. The classes, for grades K-8, will take place between 3:45 and 4:45 p.m. in the church's Parish Hall on each Tuesday afternoon.
The curriculum will center on music, art, computers, cooking, storytelling and many other fun activities as children learn the stories of the Bible in creative ways.
The Mt. Carmel Congregational Church is located at 3284 Whitney Avenue. For further information, contact the church at Mountcarmelchurch1@gmail.com or call 203-248-7408.
Bible study group begins in September
NORTH BRANFORD — North Branford Congregation Church, 1680 Foxon Road, North Branford, will offer bible study sessions on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, exploring the Old Testament.
The study begins Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. For those who are new, study bibles are avaiable for $20.50. Student guides are available for $11.50.
For information, email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bereavement group to begin
NORTH BRANFORD — “Sorrow Into the Light,” a bereavement support group for anyone struggling with the loss of a loved one, will meet Sept 18-Oct. 23, 7-8:30 p.m. in the chapel of the North Branford Congregational Church, 1680 Foxon Road. The group is led by Gerry Borgerson, a retired Marriage and Family Therapist. If you have questions, call Gerry at 203-483-1116.
Congregation B’Nai Jacob schedules events
WOODBRIDGE — Congregation B’nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Road, Woodbridge, announces the following:
Weekday minyan services, 7:45 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The Big Read for the 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah is “Eternal Life” by Dara Horn.
Sept. 15. Rabbi Richard Eisenberg will speak on his new book concerning “Addiction, The Opioid Crisis and Recovery Through a Jewish Lens” Sept. 15.
Attorney Henry Kopel will speak on “Hate Speech and the Law” Sept. 22.
For information, visit https://www.bnaijacob.org/ or call 203-389-2111.
Temple Beth Israel schedules events
Beth Israel Synagogue, 22 N. Orchard Street, Wallingford, announces the following activities and services. Go to www.bethisraelwallingford.com for more information.
Saturdays, 9:45 a.m., Bagels, Lox & Torah Study with Rabbi Bruce Alpert. Open to the community.
High Holiday Services:
Sept. 29: Erev Rosh Hashanah, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30: 1st Day Rosh Hashanah, 9:30 a.m; Lunch & Learn, 12:30 p.m.; Tashlikh at Community Lake, 2 p.m.
Oct. 1: 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah, 9:30 a.m.; Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Hesch Sommer, 12:30 p.m.
Oct. 8: Yom Kippur Evening Service, 7 p.m.
Oct. 9: Yom Kippur Morning Service, 9:30 a.m.; Afternoon study session, 3:30 p.m.; Minha & Neilah Services, 5:15 p.m.
Oct. 18: Sukkot, Carry-in Dinner; 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 21: Shemini Atzeret, 9:00 a.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 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.
Church hosting extended seminar
HAMDEN — Wyatt Allen, public speaker and author will visit Hamden for an extended seminar on the topic of Bible Prophecy and its relevance today. The event will be held in the historic church at the Whitneyville Cultural Commons, 1247 Whitney Ave. Hamden, until Sept. 24, 7 p.m.. Location changes are to be announced. .
The seminar, entitled “End-Time Hope”, is billed as “an interactive conference on Bible Prophecy aimed at showing how the Bible, current events, and the facts of Christian history can answer common questions and challenges to the Christian Church, its teachings, and practices. Attendees will find that prophecy is practical and full of hope.”
The events will begin at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Admission is free.
Topics will include: Bible symbolism, identity of the Anti-Christ and the Mark of the Beast, the rapture, America and Israel in prophecy, why God lets bad things happen to good people, the Bible and Health, Signs of the Times and many more.
There will be both childcare and a VBS program for children ages 0-11. Attendees can expect free resource materials, nightly giveaways, and refreshments served after every meeting.
For more information, including specific dates and times, call or text 573-260-5505 or go to www.EndTimeHope.org. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.
Church to celebrate anniversary
NEW HAVEN — The 115th anniversary celebration for St. Anthony Church, 25 Gold Street, New Haven, will be held from 4-8 p.m. Nov. 17, at Woodwinds of Branford.
Tickets are $60 per person and include a dinner buffet, open bar and live entertainment by Michela Musolino and Rosa Tatuata. Seating is tables of 8-10, with assigned seating.
For reservations or information call Sandy D'Agostino 203-387-1935 or Franchessca Flores 203-624-1418. Cut off date for reservations is November 4, 2019.
Church offers 10 a.m. services
NORTHFORD — St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, the White Church on the Hill in the Heart of Northford, 1382 Middletown Avenue, will hold its Sunday worship starting at 10 a.m. All are welcome.
Send a card, blanket to a soldier or child
NORTH BRANFORD — Northford Congregational Church, 4 Old Post Road, everyone to stop in at either the Edward Smith or Atwater Library and write a short message of thanks and support to the 643rd CT National Guard Company the church has adopted.
So far the church has sent two boxes of letters to the soldiers and 28 handmade blankets to the children they have left behind. The cards collected at the libraries will be sent at the end of the summer. If you sew, knit, crochet or quilt, and want to send a blanket to a child left behind, you can leave them at the church during our Community Workshop, every Thursday from 4 - 6 p.m. or Sunday morning from 9 11:30 a.m.
To reach the church, call 203-484-0795, visit www.northfordcongregational.church or email: email@example.com. Like us on Facebook.
Hawaiian Mission bringing cultural program to Connecticut
NEW HAVEN — Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives are bringing the Bicentennial Hawaiian cultural and history theater program on tour to New England, Sept. 29-Oct. 23. The play “My Name is ʻŌpūkahaʻia” will be on a month long tour of museums, churches, and historic sites, bringing the story of Henry ʻŌpūkahaʻia, the Native Hawaiian man that travelled to New England and who inspired the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) to send Protestant missionaries to the Hawaiian Kingdom, to a new and historically-connected audience.
Local performances include:
Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program, New Haven, 7 p.m., Sept. 30, free.
“My Name is ʻŌpūkahaʻia” by Moses Goods, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at the New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Avenue, New Haven.
“My Name is ʻŌpūkahaʻia” by Moses Goods, 7 p.m., Oct. 14, First Congregational Church of Guilford, 110 Broad Street, Rt 77 at the Green, Guilford.
For the full performance schedule for the entire tour, visit https://www.missionhouses.org/new-england-programs/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, @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, email@example.com 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/.