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Posted Sep 24, 2016 at 9:01 AM

By BARB LAIBLE [email protected]

* The Feast of Sts. Cosmas and Damian is planned for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24 and 25, at St. Anthony and St. Agnes Church, 415 St. Anthony St., Utica. Masses will be at 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. A candlelight procession will follow the 7 p.m. Mass and a band concert by The Red Band of Utica will be at 8:45 p.m. Masses will be at 7:30, 9, 10 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Masses at the Outdoor Shrine will be at 9, 10 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. A grand procession through the streets will be at 12:15 p.m. with statues of the saints, St. Pio and the Blessed Mother, and Blessing of the Sick at 2 p.m. at the Outdoor Shrine. Food, Italian novelties and religious articles will be available from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.

* The Sts. Cosmo and Damiano Chapel at 312 Kossuth Ave., Utica, invites everyone to stop by and celebrate its annual festival. The chapel will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, for visitation and meditation. Fried dough and black pepper cookies will be available for purchase at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25. Sausage and peppers, and other food will be sold beginning at noon Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25, until sold out. Takeouts available. Religious mementos and candles will be available for purchase.

* Tabernacle Baptist Church, located at the corner of Hopper and King streets, Utica, will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its Sanctuary building during the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday, Sept. 25. The building was originally dedicated on Sept. 13, 1866. The worship service will include music by the congregation’s youth and a sermon from Rev. James Kelsey, executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of New York State. A fellowship lunch will follow in the church hall. The sanctuary building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was designed by noted Boston architect George Meacham. The red sandstone building with its 133-foot spire, side aisles, and clerestory windows, is designed in an English Country Church style. The congregation has received a $373.590 matching funds grant for preservation and restoration work on the building from the New York State Department of Park, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. The Sacred Sites Program of the New York State Conservancy also awarded $30,000 to the congregation to preserve its architecturally and historically significant building. Tabernacle’s youth group is selling commemorative t-shirts for the event to benefit the church’s Restoration and Preservation Fund. For information, call Rev. Mark Caruana at 315-735-7534.

* East Schuyler United Methodist Church, at 150 Church Road, Frankfort, is celebrating its Sesquicentennial this year. Special guest Bishop Mark J. Webb will speak at the 9:30 a.m. services Sunday, Sept. 25. All are welcome to join in the celebration.

* Stone Presbyterian Church, on the Village Green, Clinton, offers worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Guest preacher will be G. Roberts Kolb, director of Music. All are welcome to join the church choir at 9 a.m. for rehearsal. Sunday School for youth also will take place.
* Elder Karen Stockton will be leading the worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Waterbury Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1117 Utica Street, Oriskany. Alivia Franz from the Sunday School will be assisting in the service. Those of all faith traditions are invited to attend.

* Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Higby Road, Utica, welcomes guest speakers to services at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. “Sustainability and exceeding one’s reach” are topics that will be explored when the church is joined by local estate planning attorney Janet Richmond, who will share her insights on the options for planned giving and how they can sustain the church. Simone Shaheen and Fritz Barns will share relevant passages from the works of acclaimed writer John Krakauer and others as the church contemplates its future and the future of our religious community.

* Members of New Hartford Presbyterian Church, at 45 Genesee St., will prepare and serve the evening meal at Hope House in Utica Sunday, Sept. 25. Sunday Worship services take place at 10:30 a.m.. Sunday School programs for children and adults begin at 9:30 a.m.

* Whitesboro Presbyterian Church, at 1 Elm St. invites all members and friends of the congregation to a Way Forward gathering at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Let your thoughts and feelings be heard with regard to the form of the future pastoral leadership of the congregation.

* Zion Lutheran Church, 630 French Road, New Hartford offers Sunday worship at 10 a.m. Adult Christian Education is at 11:30 a.m. A special installation service for Rev. Dr. David Cleaver-Bartholomew will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.

* St. James’ Episcopal Church, 9 Williams St., Clinton, is taking part in Social Media Sunday, Sept. 25. Social Media Sunday #SMS16 boosts social media participation in churches and demonstrates the power of social media to be and do church within and beyond buildings and formal worship. Sunday worship is at 9:30 a.m. To learn more, visit or

* The First United Methodist Church of New Hartford, 105 Genesee St., resumes its fall worship hours. Sunday services are at 9 and 11 a.m. with coffee hour at 10:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. Essentials Leadership Training will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays in the church lounge. Choir practice is at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. To contact the church, call 315-733-4227. Webcasts of the worship services and information about church activities may be viewed at