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St. Anne’s Church to sponsor a refugee family through Northside CYO

Members are working to furnish an apartment by April 27

The average stay in a refugee camp is 17 years, and members of St. Anne’s Church in Manlius are doing their part to bring that number down. The Refugee Project Committee at the church has been working since January to collect everything from tissues, to sofas to silverware to furnish an apartment on Syracuse’s North Side for a refugee family to move in by early May.

Pope Francis selected to be new head of Catholic Church

Catholics worldwide rejoiced when Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio became the new pope on March 13.

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Central New York residents to celebrate Persian New Year

Wishes for a happy new year may be three months in the past for many, but for the Persian community, that celebration is just around the corner. This year, not only does March 20 mark the first day of spring, but also the Persian new year, 1392. An estimated 300 residents in Central New York, according to Mehrzad Boroujerdi, professor of political science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, will celebrate Nowruz, the name for the holiday. Boroujerdi, also director of the Middle Eastern studies program at Syracuse University, is the organizer of this year’s local Persian New Year party.

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Science versus religion debate coming to Cazenovia Forum

Father George V. Coyne S.J., former director of the Vatican Observatory, to offer perspectives

A Jesuit priest and astronomy scholar who served as head of the Vatican Observatory will offer his perspectives on how science and religion can be reconciled when he presents the next Cazenovia Forum lecture, scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Cazenovia College's Catherine Cummings Theatre on Lincklaen Street.

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Christian School Choice hosts successful education fair

Dozens of interested families and parents attended Christian School Choice’s first Education Fair Jan. 29 at Faith Baptist Church in Baldwinsville.

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Liverpool churches offer Ash Wednesday ministry outside of the sanctuary

At 7 a.m. outside Café 407 in Liverpool, Reverend Carrie Schofield-Broadbent of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church dished out an early dose of spirituality, free of charge. In a technological era emphasizing immediacy and instant gratification, fitting in Sunday mass poses a challenge to the workingman’s overtime schedule. Finding the moments for spiritual reflection on a Wednesday can be even more difficult.

Lenten Luncheon Series kicks off Friday

Church Women United of Baldwinsville and the Baldwinsville Ministerial Association will again sponsor the 2012 Lenten Luncheon Series at 12:05 p.m. every Friday during Lent with a meditation in the First United Methodist Church.

County shuts down wild game dinner

The annual Wild Game Dinner at the Open Door Baptist Church in New Woodstock started off this past Saturday, Feb. 9, the way it has for the past 27 years: more than 200 people showed up bearing numerous homemade dishes made from wild game and the ladies of the church baked some 50 pies for dessert. The difference this year — about 15 minutes into the event an official from the Madison County Department of Health showed up and said serving such homemade dishes without a permit violated the county health code, and all the food had to be taken out of the building and put back in everyone’s vehicles in order to avoid prosecution for a public health hazard.

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Shrove Tuesday pancake supper at Grace Episcopal

Grace Episcopal Church will hold this year’s community pancake supper from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the church undercroft, located at 110 Oswego Road (Route 48) in Baldwinsville to again benefit the food pantry. The public is invited to attend.

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Artist Holmes brings love of nature to her work

Elisabeth Holmes was the child who opened a gift, set the toy aside, and figured out something creative to make from the box it came in. She will share her creative energy and skill with local children who attend the free Joyful Noise concert and arts event Jan. 27. “I always have known I was an artist,” Holmes said. “I grew up in a world of fantasy, so I had to create the physical world I had imagined, make the things that were in my fantasy world.”

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Local storyteller to share her craft at free art event for children

Miles away from the Irish-American home where she grew up and years from her tell-me-a-story girlhood, Liverpool’s 2011 Teacher of the Year, Mary Shea Rys, has a growing reputation herself as a teller of tales, a seanachie (pronounced shawn’-a-key). She will share her art in a creative workshop Sunday, Jan. 27, as part of a child-focused event, “Afternoon in the Arts,” sponsored by Joyful Noise Concert Series for the Community. The free concert begins at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary of Liverpool First United Methodist Church, and activities — including a hands-on workshop with a visual artist, opportunities to try playing various instruments, and the story workshop.

Westminster Church to present 'Service of Nine Lessons and Carols'

Westminster Presbyterian Church in Auburn will celebrate "The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols" on Sunday, December 30, at 9:30 a.m. The service tells the Christmas story, from prophecy to incarnation, through nine readings from the Old and New Testaments, and with hymns, carols, and special music.

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Fayetteville church gives time, resources to Rescue Mission and refugees

During the Christmas season, churches often seek additional ways to reach out to the community with kind acts and support. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Fayetteville decided to take an inter-generational approach to spreading useful cheer during the season of Advent.

UMC to host Christmas Eve candlelight service

Little Utica United Methodist Church will hold a special candlelight service at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve.

Caz Presbyterian Church to conclude Advent observation, hold Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

The First Presbyterian Church in Cazenovia will celebrate the last Sunday of the Advent Season during its morning worship service at 10 a.m. on Dec. 23 and hold a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 8 p.m. on Monday evening, Dec. 24.