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Remembering Clay: Immanuel Lutheran Church celebrates centennial anniversary of groundbreaking

On Sunday Sept, 20, approximately 100 people celebrated the 100th anniversary of the groundbreaking for a new edifice for Immanuel’s congregation. Their story begins in 1708 in the Palatinate of Germany.

King of Kings to celebrate 50th anniversary

King of Kings Lutheran Church will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a community barbecue at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 14, at the church, located at 8278 Oswego Road, Liverpool.

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‘The power of prayer’

Sacred Heart priest to retire after 46 years in the Diocese

What does a day in the life of a priest entail? For the Rev. James E. Gehl of Cicero’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the answer to that question has never been the same twice.

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St. Matt’s hosts dinner for all

While food pantries can provide a family in need with culinary staples, one thing they can’t quite offer is ambiance. That’s where St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Liverpool comes in: at the end of this month, the church will host the first of a series of monthly dinners open to the whole community.

Church merger on the horizon

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton to link with St. Stephen’s in Phoenix

Because of dwindling congregations, decreasing Mass attendance and a persistent shortage of priests, Catholic churches in the Diocese of Syracuse continue to consolidate. Baldwinsville’s St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church will link up with St. Stephen’s Church in Phoenix “upon the next pastoral opening at St. Stephen’s,” according to the Most Rev. Robert Cunningham, Bishop of Syracuse.

Christ the King Church celebrates 50th anniversary

Christ the King Church in Bayberry is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, having opened its doors in 1964. In order to commemorate the occasion, the church will hold an open house this Sunday, May 18, after its 10:30 a.m. Mass.

NSBC presents annual Christmas musical

Ask any parent, and they’ll tell you: a baby changes everything. And no more for an unwed teenage mother carrying the child of God. That’s the message behind the musical the North Syracuse Baptist Church (NSBC) is putting on this year as it annual Christmas pageant. “A Baby Changes Everything” is based on the popular Faith Hill song, which came out in late 2008.

Production company uses music to bring people closer to each other, God

Social media — sites like Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and LinkedIn — are meant to connect us, to link us to others with similar interests and backgrounds. But too often, it has the opposite effect; people hide behind the technology, losing the personal connection those sites are intended to encourage. Tim Ehrhart of Liverpool wants to change that. That’s why he, along with his father, Mike, and his uncle, Chris, created Beautiful Mess Online, a production company that uses multimedia performances, music and its website to help people “live connected lives.” The faith-based site, Tim Ehrhart said, aims to “share a message that connects people to the important things in their lives.”

Zogg building on the block

The congregation of the Liverpool Community Church, which has occupied the historic Zogg building for 10 years, has decided to sell the property. The 85-year-old brick building stands at 800 Fourth St. in the village of Liverpool. Originally constructed in 1928 to become home to the junior and senior high schools, the structure’s adjacent ball fields stretch two blocks north to Sixth Street. The entire property is bounded by Birch, Fourth, Hickory and Sixth streets in the center of the village.

Cicero UMC takes on community projects

One Sunday every year, Cicero United Methodist Church takes a break from traditional services and sermons and instead encourages parishioners to go out into the Cicero community and make a difference. “It’s something that the United Methodist Church nationally started to remind us that sometimes we need to worship with our hands,” said Rev. Rebecca Laird, associate pastor at the church. “It’s not just about coming to a building and being here on Sunday morning and worshipping that way. It’s about more than that. It’s about taking the love that we get from that and going out into our community and using it to better our community and taking God’s grace and sharing it with anyone that we meet.” The church held its fourth Be the Church Sunday June 2, conducting a variety of projects from packing goodie bags for the Military Appreciation Room at the airport to making lap robes for patients at Van Duyn Home Hospital to baking banana bread for the homeless to doing home renovations and garden projects for a Sudanese family on Syracuse’s North side.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.”