The Newtown Interfaith Clergy Association and Newtown’s houses of worship will continue their tradition of an Interfaith Seder on Sunday, March 29. This year’s event, which will coincide with Palm Sunday, will be hosted by Newtown Congregational Church. A $5 donation is requested per person for the ceremony of tradition, food and song, which will begin at 2 pm.
The annual Church Women United Human Rights Celebration, this year following the theme “Journey Toward Peace,” will be held in the Community Room at Nunnawauk Meadows on Saturday, March 7, from 1:30 to 3 pm. The guest speaker for the local celebration being hosted by the CWU/Newtown-Danbury unit will be Elizabeth Ricci. Mrs Ricci is stepping in for the local unit after the unexpected death on February 26 of Jeanette Mayer, who had been planning to serve as the program’s keynote. In honor of Mrs Mayer, attendees are encouraged to bring plenty of pennies for Saturday's Fellowship of the Least Coin offering.
For local women who need a day of spiritual renewal, St Rose Parish, in unity with other women, will offer for a one-day retreat on Saturday, March 7. The special event will run from 8 am until to 5 pm, and will include 4:00 Mass. It will be primarily in r on the parish grounds, 38 Church Hill Road.
The annual Church Women United Human Rights Celebration, this year following the theme “Journey Toward Peace,” will be held in the Community Room at Nunnawauk Meadows on Saturday, March 7, from 1:30 to 3 pm. The guest speaker for the local celebration being hosted by the CWU/Newtown-Danbury unit will be Jeanette Mayer. A member of the local unit, Ms Mayer will share her life experiences through out her journey. Guests will also view a video from youthforhumanrights.org, about the history of the human rights movement.
St John’s Episcopal Church, 5 Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook, will hold its 58th annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 17. From 5 to 7 pm in the church hall, members of the church will be serving all-you-can-eat dinners of pancakes, applesauce, and beverages. After a one year hiatus, Bruce Moulthrop’s home-style corned beef hash will return to the menu. Diners can opt for the hash or sausage as their side.
Caroline Hamilton-Arnold enjoys rock climbing, reading, camping and dreaming. She also loves myriad forms of music, from electronic to folk, and Benedict Cumberbatch’s pre-"Sherlock" show "The Last Enemy." She is not a fan of cold weather, however, which would be an issue for the newest staff member at Newtown Congregational Church if she had not already fallen in love with the town where she now spends much of her time. Rev Hamilton-Arnold has not yet been formally installed, but the 25-year-old has been serving as the church’s transitional associate minister since September 1. That was the day after she had presented her Candidate Sermon.
Trinity Episcopal Church will host a discussion series for Lent based on the Adam Hamilton book, "24 Hours That Changed the World." The forum will give participants the chance to reflect on the suffering and crucifixion making up the last day in the the life of Jesus of Nazareth and how that single event changed the course of human history.
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.
Students from The Nezvesky School For Religious Education, affiliated with Congregation Adath Israel on Huntingtown Road, took part in the congregation’s annual Hanukkah program on Sunday, December 21, in the temple’s sanctuary. David Smith, the school’s education chairman, looked on as Dalia Coleman, the school’s director, rehearsed with the students who were about to perform in the Hanukkah program. During the colorful event, the costumed children read from scripts, explaining the eight-day Jewish holiday, sometimes known as The Festival of Lights.
Congregation Adath Israel’s religious school will hold its annual Hanukkah program on Sunday, December 21, at 10:30 am, in the sanctuary at 115 Huntingtown Road. This year’s program will feature a skit about the story of Hanukkah with student participation from all the classes. The skit will be followed by the chanukiyah contest. Participants must create a chanukiyah (the special candelabra used during Hanukkah) that is usable (i.e., not flammable and can have candles or oil lamps) and kosher.