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Chabad Lubavitch of CNY plans menorah lighting events

At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 — the first night of Chanukah — Chabad Lubavitch of CNY will hold a special program at the Downtown Menorah Lighting in Hanover Square.

Chabad-Lubavitch of CNY to celebrate Shavout

Jewish educational outreach organization Chabad-Lubavitch of Central New York will begin its celebration of Shavuot this year with a “Bridge the Generations Ice Cream Party and Reading of The Ten Commandments” event.

75-year-old becomes bat mitzvah in Syracuse

Patricia Thomas-Becker, 75, a resident of Menorah Park’s Jewish Health and Rehabilitation, will become a bat mitzvah. Patricia was inspired by her grandchildren, Caroline and Jonathan Kahn.

The people’s priest: My memories of Father Gregg LeStrange

It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of Father Gregg LeStrange. He was there for three important milestones in my life – my wedding and the baptism of both of my children.

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Mattydale church opens clothing closet for those in need

When Alicia Wood and other members of the Calvary United Methodist Church in Mattydale sat down and looked at the demographics of the community, they were surprised to see how many young families lived in the area. “I thought it was an elderly community, but it’s not.,” Wood said. “There are a lot of ground-level families just starting out.” Wood said many of those families are fighting to make ends meet. “We feel like in Mattydale, we have a lot of working families that are still struggling,” she said. “Sometimes clothes or winter boots or winter coats are the last thing you can afford.” That’s how Wood came up with the idea of Easter Morning, the clothing closet located in the basement of the church at the corner of Molloy and Mitchell roads in Mattydale. The organization offers clothes for infants, kids, teens, women and men, all free of charge, to anyone in the community.

Memphis First Baptist to move to Camillus

The First Baptist Church of Memphis has come full circle since its roof collapsed under the weight of heavy snow last winter.

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B'ville FUMC offers journey through Bethlehem

The story of the birth of Jesus Christ will be told again this year at the Live Nativity at First United Methodist Church in Baldwinsville.

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First United Methodist Church erects steeple

After nearly two months of anticipation, Baldwinsville’s First United Methodist Church now has its steeple.

Village of Manlius to celebrate Chanukah

Join the village of Manlius at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, for a Chanukah celebration at the Village Menorah on the corner of Fayette and East Seneca streets in Manlius.

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Sentimental Serenade performs Sunday in Oran

The Sentimental Serenade invites the community to attend their holiday show at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Oran Community Church. The Serenade will be joined by Brownie Troop 86 and by young vocalist, Christina Bell. The concert is free, but an offering will be taken to benefit the Oran Community Church Roof Fund.

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Cazenovia parents and teens plan trip to Haiti

Travellers look to combine faith and service for an ecumenical experience

Dec. 26 to 31, Cazenovia teens and parents from Eastern Hills Bible Church and St. James Catholic Church will travel to Haiti sharing faith and providing service to St. Ives Catholic Church in northern Haiti.

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Presbyterian Church to present annual pageant

The First Presbyterian Church in Cazenovia will celebrate the Advent Season by lighting the angel candle, the fourth candle on the Advent wreath, during the morning worship service at 10 a.m. on Dec. 18.