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Pos­ted Sep 24, 2016 at 9:01 AM
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By BARB LAIBLE blaible1@uticaod.com
WITH PHOTOS — TRISTAN JONES, DAVID KOLB

* 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 3157357534.

* 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 http://www.cnyepiscopal.org/SocialMediaSunday20162.aspx or www.stjamesclinton.org.

* 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 3157334227. Web­casts of the wor­ship ser­vices and inform­a­tion about church activ­it­ies may be viewed at www.newhartfordumc.com.