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Pos­ted Oct 1, 2016 at 6:45 AM
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WITH PHOTOS — TRISTAN JONES, DAVID KOLB

* 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.

WITH PHOTOSUSAN SADY

*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 3153360244; 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 3155426917.

* 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 www.gracechurchutica.org.

* 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 3157334227 or vis­it www.newhartfordumc.com.

* 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 3157242324.