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  • NUMC To Celebrate, And Begin Winding Down, 25 Years Of Pasta Suppers

    Newtown United Methodist Church’s Pasta Project will celebrate its 25th anniversary this month. The monthly NUMC Saturday Pasta Dinner will be this weekend, on March 7, from 5 to 7:30 pm, in the church’s lower gathering hall.

    The public will have two more opportunities to enjoy the monthly spaghetti dinner after that, longtime volunteer and project coordinator Martha Millett has announced. In June, the project will conclude its run of community gatherings.

  • For Growing A Youth Ministry At NUMC The Solution Seemed Preordained

    Reverend Mel Kawakami said the path followed by a college student who is currently serving as the new youth leader for Newtown United Methodist Church was an act of faith.

    The senior pastor of NUMC, Rev Kawakami has had a new leader for his church’s younger members since last summer.

    Brendan Fox, 24, is not ordained, but does have the blessing of NUMC’s trustees, who interviewed and then hired the Bethel resident late last year after a serendipitous series of events brought him to the Sandy Hook church.

  • Service Reflects On Gratitude From The Perspective Of Many Faiths

    Thirty voices strong and directed by Joseph Jacovino, The Interfaith Choir rehearsed prior to Sunday evening’s service.

  • A Piece Of Newtown History, Six (Or More) Feet Under

    Since becoming pastor of the Newtown United Methodist Church (NUMC), six and a half years ago, the Reverend Mel Kawakami has overseen one of the rituals of spring there — filling in the sinkholes in the front parking lot. But until last year, when a 10-by-10-foot test hole was opened up and he had the opportunity to see what lay beneath the asphalt, Rev Kawakami and many of his congregation had no idea that the ongoing problem was a piece of history buried under their feet.