Newtown’s clergy gathered, along with two choirs and nearly 200 residents, for a Newtown Interfaith Thanksgiving Gathering at Trinity Church on Sunday evening. The November 24 program featured readings by young adults, as well as short essays by other young adults on what they are thankful for this holiday season.
A children’s choir performed “Simple Gifts” and “Rejoice and Be Glad,” which charmed those in attendance at the historic Main Street church. They were followed by the adult choir, who sang “We Are Marching in The Light of God.”
The evening, said co-organizer Margo Deselin Woodall, was meant to focus on the hope and promise of youth.
On Saturday, December 7, at 9:30 am, Congregation Adath Israel of Newtown will mark the first anniversary of the December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook School shooting with a traditional Jewish memorial service. The service will be on that date in keeping with the Hebrew date of the anniversary. The morning will begin with a regular Saturday Sabbath service, followed by the memorial service at 11. Rabbi Shaul Praver, the spiritual leader of Congregation Adath Israel, will officiate. Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray has been invited as a special guest, and child-friendly activities will be provided in another part of the building during the service. In respect for the Sabbath day, photography, videography, and any other electronic recording devices will not be welcome on the synagogue premises.
On Sunday, November 24, at 7 pm, Trinity Church will host an interfaith program that is intended to bring residents together as a united community. The gathering, according to organizers, will be a way for attendees to feel thankful for the many ways all have shown compassion this past year and dedicated to serving one another in the months and years ahead. The hope, they say, is that with this commitment to service before them, attendees can raise the bar on how all communicate and problem solve in town, and strengthen the culture of compassion and cooperation that has gained so much momentum this past year. Two special choirs, one of children and the other of adult singers, will provide the music for the event; any local singer interested in participating in either choir is welcome to attend.
On Sunday, December 15, at 5 pm, a free public lecture will take place at Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street. The speaker will be Fujiko Takai Signs of Tokyo, Japan, and Pleasant Gap, Penn. “Choosing Love” is the title of the one-hour talk, which is sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist, Southbury. The talk will explore the power of prayer to bring healing, the importance of having a childlike consciousness to experience more harmony, health, and practical spirituality and unity, and — perhaps most importantly — the power of divine Love to bring peace.
Jean Conover was completely surprised Friday, November 8, when she was awarded a Church Women United (CWU) Valiant Woman Award during the World Community Day Celebration at Nunnawauk Meadows Community Room. More than 30 residents and CWU members were there for the annual celebration hosted by the Newtown and Greater Danbury unit of CWU. The Reverend Leo McIlrath made the award on behalf of CWU. The presentation followed the panel speakers, Deacon Kenneth Stroud of St Rose Roman Catholic Church, who was introduced by Ms Conover, and Charlotte Dines, a Nunnawauk resident, who was introduced by Linda Manganaro, CWU Celebrations chairman and executive director of Nunnawauk Meadows. Both spoke of how their faith had sustained them through great trials.
Unity in Diversity, a weekly television program, can be seen on Mondays and Wednesdays on Charter Communications Channel 21. Each week, viewers may experience leaders and representatives of a variety of local faith communities, sharing their message in a non-threatening manner.
Unity in Diversity, a weekly television program, can be seen on Mondays and Wednesdays, on Charter Communications channel 21. Each week, viewers may experience leaders and representatives of a variety of local faith communities, sharing their message in a non-threatening manner. Programs for November 6 to December 25 have been announced.
Deacon Kenneth Stroud of Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church and Charlotte Dines, a resident of Nunnawauk Meadows, will lead a panel on faith on Friday, November 8, from 1:30 until 3 pm. The panel will be part of the 2013 Church Women United (CWU) Celebration of World Community Day. “Walking Through the Doors of Opportunity” will be the theme for the speakers, who used their faith to survive and thrive. The celebration will be in the Community Room at Nunnawauk Meadows, 3 Nunnawauk Road. The Newtown and Greater Danbury Unit of CWU will host the celebration, which will include a worship service under the direction of Linda Manganaro. The event is open to the public.
Newtown Congregational Church, a member of the United Church of Christ, will sponsor an authentic shrimp boil, in partnership with Back Bay Mission, on Saturday, November 2. The special event will be at the church, 14 West Street. Dinner will be served at 6:30 and a program will follow at 7:30. The evening will feature a dinner of shrimp, seasoned with Back Bay’s special spices. As an alternative for those who do not eat shrimp, chicken with BBQ sauce from The Shed, a popular restaurant in Ocean Springs, Miss. (and a show on Food Network), will also be served. Garlic bread, salad and a dessert of Mardi Gras King Cake will round out the meal.
Faith and hope will visit the grounds of Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue’s main station on Sunday, October 13, when one of a statewide series of events takes place. The Christian interdenominational “40 Days of Worship” is part of a larger movement known as Impact Connecticut. The 40 Days initiative is an offering of worship over 40 consecutive days (September 4 to October 14) at more than 40 locations across the state. The October 13 worship service will take place from 3 to 5 pm. The gathering will include a time of praying for schools, students and local officials. It will be interspersed with live, uplifting music including some specifically for children. Prayer servants will be available for anyone who would like individual prayer.