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Posted Oct 1, 2016 at 6:45 AM


* St. David’s Society of Utica is hosting its Fall Gymanfa Ganu at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at the New Hartford Presbyterian Church, 45 Genesee St. Gymanfa Ganu is a festival of sacred song in the Welsh tradition. Those who attend become participants in a massive choir singing traditional Welsh hymns in four part harmony. Song books are provided to all who attend. Tristan Jones of Scotch Plains, New Jersey will serve as conductor. Susan Bartholomew of Remsen is the organist for the event. Jeanne Jones of New Hartford will be pianist. Special music will be presented by baritone David Kolb, of Utica, who will be singing hymns in Welsh and English, and folk songs. A free-will offering will be taken. A reception, known in Welsh as “te bach” will follow. The church is handicapped accessible.


*New Hartford Presbyterian Church, 45 Genesee St., welcomes Susan Sady as its new Minister of Music during the 10:30 a.m. services Sunday, Oct. 2. She succeeds James Hanosh, who recently retired after 44 years as Minister of Music. The congregation also will observe World Communion Sunday. Sunday School will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sady comes to New Hartford Presbyterian Church from Grace Episcopal Church in Baldwinsville, where she served as Director of Music. She also is music director for the Utica Maennerchor. She previously was organist and director of music at First Presbyterian Church, Syracuse, and Our Savior Lutheran Church, Utica. She earned a Masters degree in organ performance from Syracuse University.

* Zion Lutheran Church, at 630 French Road, New Hartford, is observing “God’s Work Our Hands” Day at the 10 a.m. service Sunday, Oct. 2.

* Prayer Mountain Inc. is hosting healing services with Rev. Humberto DeLeon and Rev. George Griffith, ministers from California, at various venues in the area. The schedule is as follows: at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Awaken Church, 207 N. Madison St., Rome; at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 6-7, at Turning Point Church, 438 Columbia St., Utica; at a breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Awaken Church, 207 N. Madison St., Rome. Reservations are required for the breakfast by calling 315-336-0244; and at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Tri-Une Healing Ministries, 108 Dexter Ave., Oriskany. A free will offering will be accepted at each service. For information, call 315-542-6917.

* Oneida County Historical Society, at 1608 Genesee St., Utica, is hosting a free screening of the documentary film, “”In God’s House: The Religious Landscape of Utica, NY.”” The screening will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in the society’s main gallery. This film is about religion and immigration in central New York and explores the sacred spaces of the rust belt city of Utica. This film examines how religious groups have and have not changed, and reveals a resiliency across religious communities and a surprising flexibility with regard to the nature of each group’s notion of “”sacred”” space. Director Robert Knight will introduce his film and be available for questions following the screening.

* Blessing of the Animals, in honor of the Feast of Saint Francis, will take place at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 1206 Lincoln Ave, Utica. Participants are asked to meet at the Shrine Statue of Saint John Paul, across the street from the front entrance of the church at Holy Trinity Plaza.

* The Rev. Judith Westerhoff, retired Presbyterian minister, will be the guest pastor for World Communion Sunday at the 10 a.m. service Sunday, Oct. 2, Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1117 Utica Street, Oriskany. Those of all faith traditions are invited to attend this worship service to receive communion.

* Shiloh Bible Church, at 5604 W. Seneca St., state Route 5, in Vernon will celebrate the first service in the new church building at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2.

* Westminster Moriah Olivet Presbyterian Church will celebrate World Communion Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. worship service Oct. 2. In addition to the celebration of communion, a special offering will be taken and designated toward Peacemaking efforts locally and globally. Coffee hour follows. The church is located at at 714 Washington St., Utica and is accessible through the left door of the sanctuary.

* Grace Church Episcopal, at 193 Genesee St., Utica, offers Sunday worship services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. At 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, the topic for the Adult Forum will be “God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It.” This is the fourth lesson in the “Half Truths” series. It’s not too late to join. New participants are welcome. The church’s food pantry is in immediate need of canned fruits and vegetables, macaroni and cheese. A music festival featuring eight area choirs and music groups including the choir of Grace Church will perform at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16, at the First Presbyterian Church, 1605 Genesee St., Utica. Grace Church will present Richard Elliott, head organist of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Elliott is one of the most visible organists in the world, because of the choir’s weekly broadcasts. For other church information, visit

* The First United Methodist Church of New Hartford, 105 Genesee St., resumes its fall worship schedule with Sunday services at 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Essentials Leadership Training will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the church lounge. Choir practice is at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. For more church information, call 315-733-4227 or visit

* St. Margaret’s House, at 47 Jordan Road, New Hartford, welcomes everyone to its “”Tuesday Nights @ S.M.H,”” led by the Rev. Joell Szachara, interim chaplain. The schedule is as follows: A healing service with Holy Community will take place at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month; A simple service, supper and faithful conversations will take place at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month; a contemplative, quiet service with Holy Communion will take place at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month; a simple supper, service and lighthearted program will take place at 5:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month. In addition, a service of Holy Communion will take place at 8 a.m. Fridays. For information, call 315-724-2324.