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First United Methodist Church to present live nativity

Community invited to view Christmas story, visit Bethlehem Marketplace

The greater Baldwinsville community is invited to watch as the Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church brings the Christmas story to life.

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Jewish Community Center of Syracuse lights menorah

The Jewish Community Center of Syracuse held the first of five public lighting events on Monday.

Columbian Presbyterian in LaFayette invites all to Christmas Cookie Cafe

The Columbian Presbyterian Church has a suggestion for how to thank someone for hosting a holiday party: a tray of delicious cookies.

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Caz Presbyterian Church to present ‘First Christmas’ children’s pageant

The First Presbyterian Church in Cazenovia will celebrate the second Sunday of the Advent season at its morning worship service at 10 a.m. on Dec. 16.

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Operation Backpack launched in Camillus

The passionate generosity of two mothers in Pittsburgh is contagious.

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.

Caz Presbyterian Church observes Advent

The First Presbyterian Church in Cazenovia will celebrate the second Sunday of the Advent Season during its 10 a.m. morning worship service on Dec. 9.

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St. Peter’s Church transitions in Cazenovia

The Rev. Barb Schmitz is used to being a bridge between endings and beginnings.

New French class at Holy Trinity Preschool

Holy Trinity Preschool is now offering French instruction to all classes.

Bell choir hosting Christmas tea and concert

The First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Bell Choir is hosting its third annual Christmas Tea and Concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the church Great Room.

Caz Presbyterian Church to begin Season of Advent

Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas day, which this year is Sunday Dec. 2.

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Christmas is ‘Unsinkable’ at NSBC

We’ve all been there: the whole family’s over for a big holiday dinner, and a major appliance gives out. That’s the story behind this year’s Christmas pageant at North Syracuse Baptist Church (NSBC), “The Unsinkable Christmas,” according to pageant director Annette Davie. “It’s about the Bradley family, Grandma and Grandpa, and the kids are coming,” Davie said. “They don’t get to see each other very often, so there’s the anticipation of that and the excitement, all the hustle and bustle, what we all expect at Christmas. Then you’ve got a lot of people all packed into a small place. All the siblings are picking on each other. There’s a lot of humor.”

Gray Matters: In praise of church suppers

The aroma's in the air! The signs are everywhere! Ah, one of my favorite seasons of the year has begun yet again. No, I'm not referring to the holiday season, Thanksgiving, Christmas or even football. I'm talking “church supper season,” that autumnal odyssey of comfort food and good company. Today's column features these very successful fundraisers, which are also wonderful gatherings for socializing and sampling homemade specialties at very fair prices.

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Marcellus readies for Starlight Tree Lighting

The annual Marcellus Starlight Tree Lighting is drawing near.

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Knights of Columbus raise $2,200 for Skaneateles, JE food pantries

Each year, Monsignor Meaney Council 9042 Knights of Columbus of Elbridge conducts a golf tournament for the benefit of the Jordan-Elbridge and Skaneateles ecumenical food pantries. With the generous support of the Welch Allyn Corporation, this year’s tournament raised more than $2,200 in cash and provisions. Grand Knight Brian Dristle recently presented checks to the pantries’ respective boards.