North Branford church welcomes Episcopal Bishop to service

Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church of Northford, welcomed The Right Reverend Ian Douglas, PhD, Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, for a pastoral visitation Feb. 17.

Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church of Northford, welcomed The Right Reverend Ian Douglas, PhD, Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, for a pastoral visitation Feb. 17.

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NORTH BRANFORD — Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church of Northford, welcomed The Right Reverend Ian Douglas, PhD, Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, for a pastoral visitation Feb. 17.

“It was inspiring to hear Bishop Douglas preach God's Word and celebrate the Holy Eucharist with the people of the parish,” Members said in a statement. “Regular pastoral visitations are one of the principal responsibilities of the Bishop's ministry, and a wonderful time to build up our common call to participate in God's mission”

Guests included Ray Bishop, Nan Monde, Larsen, Jane Maxwell, James Valleau, Toni Foucaud, Gertie Heath and The Reverend Jim Bradley.

Northford church adopting military unit, families

NORTH BRANFORD — The Northford Congregational Church is "adopting" a National Guard unit from Connecticut that will be deploying in mid-March, for one year in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Other commuity grops are invited to join this project. The church is helping the soldiers and their families, providing them with any needs they have. There are 120 guardsmen, approximately 91 men and 29 women, who are leaving 60 children behind. Four babies are expected to be born while they are deployed. The first projects will involve sending letters of thanks and support once they are deployed and collecting items for the babies being born during the deployment.

Information about their needs and how to donate will be available during a community workshop, every Thursday from 4 - 6 p.m. in the church Social Hall (side door near route 22). During March, Tom Waggoner, a new State Farm Agent, will donate $5 to the project for every free insurance quote for new customers only who mention “Quotes For Good” and the National Guard project. Waggoner’s office is 1411 Middletown Ave., Northford. He can be reached at 203-208-4883.

Northford Congregational Church is located at 4 Old Post Road at the corner of Rt. 22 and Rt. 17 in the Northford village in North Branford. To reach the church call 203-484-0795).

Church women’s group makes donations

ANSONIA — The Episcopal Church Women’s Group at Christ Church, Ansonia recently distributed $12,700 for mission outreach to non-profits in the Lower Naugatuck Valley.

Samela Food Pantry at Christ Church $3,500; TEAM, for fuel assistance, diaper bank & Meals on Wheels $3,000; Griffin Hospital Hewitt Cancer Center, for client expenses not covered by insurance, $1,000; BHCare, transportation assistance $1,000; BHCare Parent Child Resource Center, for support staff clinicians $1,000; Master’s Table Community Meals, $1,000; Heifer Project, Christ Episcopal Church Sunday School Project, $500; Christ Episcopal Church, emergency community based assistance, $500; Christ Church Ansonia, “table talk conversation” multi-denominational dinner, date to be announced, $1,200.

Church elects officers, vestry

ANSONIA — At the annual meeting of Christ Episcopal Church Jan. 27, the following officers were elected for 2019. Senior Warden, Nancy Valentine; Junior Warden, William Banks; Treasurer, Martha Smart; Assistant Treasurer, Kris Bernier; Clerk of the Parish, Stacy Wilshire.

Vestry Members for the Class of 2020, Janet Burton, Alan Johns, Heidi Patterson; Class of 2021, Sherry Banks, Cristina Jacome, Debbie Zaleha; Class of 2022, Linda Bibby, Sue Dargiewicz, John Lekas.

Lay delegates to Diocesan Convention and South Central Region Convocations: William Banks and Sherry Banks

‘The Journey of Lent’ has begun in North Branford

NORTH BRANFORD —The Journey Of Lent: North Branford Congregational Church, 1680 Foxon Road, North Branford. All are invited to these services and events during Lent.

March 13 - The Passion Narrative from the Gospel of John, 7 p.m. with Dr. Harold Attridge of Yale Divinity School

March 16 - Come Walk The Labyrinth as Part of Your Lenten Journey, 930 a.m.-12 p.m., Zion’s Parish Hall, 326 Notch Hill Rd. North Branford.

March 20 - Taizé Service, 7 p.m. With music and prayer.

March 27 - Interactive Lenten Experience, 7 p.m.

April 3 - Book of Revelation, 7 p.m., with Dr. James Matarazzo

April 10 - Taizé Service, 7 p.m., with music and prayer

April 14 - Palm Sunday, 10 a.m.

April 1 - The Last Supper, Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m.

April 19 - Good Friday, 9 a.m., Zion Episcopal Church

April 21 -Easter Sunday. Sunrise Service At Lake Gallard, 5:45 a.m., and serice at North Branford Congregational Church, 10 a.m.

Christ Church Ansonia plans trip, fundraisers

ANSONIA — Christ Church, 56 S Cliff St., Ansonia, has scheduled the following events.

Friday, March 22: Painting Party fundraiser in the parish hall, 5:30 p.m. $25 per person for a canvas and paint supplies. Learn from an expert as you create your own masterpiece. Email Linda for reservation at

Saturday, April 6: Bus trip to Mohegan Sun $40 pp/bus leaves church parking lot at 10 AM (plenty of free parking) and bus leaves Mohegan at 6 p.m. to return to Ansonia. All receive food voucher and free slot voucher. Email Sue D for reservations at

Saturday April 27: Indoor Vendor Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m, Crafters, food court.

Archdiocese to hold Mass of Reparation

In seeking to apply spiritual remedies to the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church and the tragedy it has caused so many victims, Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will be offering three Masses of Reparation at the following parishes on the following dates:

Tuesday, March 26: Our Lady of Hope Parish at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 78 Litchfield Road, Harwinton, 7 p.m.

Church dinner benefits bell tower fund

NORTH BRANFORD — A corned beef dinner to raise funds for Northford Congregational Church's Bell Tower Fund will be held March 16, 5 p.m.

Space is limited to 50 people. The dinner will be held in the church's social hall, 4 Old Post Rd., corner of Rt. 22 and 17 in Northford village in North Branford. Take-out dinners (pickup at 4:15 p.m.) will also be available if ordered in advance.

Reservation/advance payment deadline is March 9. Adults: $18; children under 12: $10. Reservations and questions, call 203-234-7794 or 203-484-0794. Make checks payable to Northford Congregational Church, send to Peter Jenkin, 32 Fieldstone Ct., North Haven CT 06473-2892. All meals must be paid for in advance.

Church to host indoor flea market

SEYMOUR — The Great Hill United Methodist Church, Seymour, will host a indoor flea market March 23 in the church’s Fellowship Hall. Sellers are invited to participate in this event. Each 10-foot space is $25. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call Pat at 203-888-0489.

Seymour church selling pierogis

SEYMOUR — A Pierogi sale is being held at Seymour Congregational Church, 45 Broad St., Seuymou, Friday mornings, 9-11 a.m., Friday nights, 5-7 p.m .and Sunday mornings, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. until Good Friday.

Choose potato and cheese, sweet potato and cheese or sauerkraut and onion, for $6 a dozen. For information call Teresa at 203-881-2027.

Church plans Easter events

OXFORD — Immanuel Lutheran Church, 25 Great Hill Road, Oxford, has scheduled events for Easter. For information, call the church at 203-888-4713.

Community Easter Egg Hunt, 11 a.m., April 6, rain date April 13. Crafts, light refreshments, bring your own basket. All are welcome

Easter Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. Sunday, April 21.

Chanticleer to perform at Trinity

NEW HAVEN — Trinity Church on the Green welcomes the Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer as part of its Music for Music guest artist series, 7:30 p.m. April 6. The church is located at 203 Temple Street (corner of Chapel Street), New Haven.

Tickets are $60, $50 if purchased online; $40, $30 online for students/seniors and for balcony seating. For information or to purchased tickets visit or call 203-624-3101.

Congregation schedules events

WOODBRIDGE — Congregation B’nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Road, has scheduled the following:

Weekday minion services are held at 7:45 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Friday night Shabbat Schmooze begins at 6 p.m., followed by a Shabbat service 6:30 p.m.

Saturdays, a Torah study begins at 9 a.m., followed by a Torah service 9:45 a.m.

March 3. Showing of movie “Marshall,” followed by discussion. Rescheduled after weather postponement.

Temple Beth David schedules events

CHESHIRE — Temple Beth David, 3 Main St., Cheshire, announces the following events and programs.

Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Micah every Thursday at noon in the TBD social hall. Bring your own lunch;

Youth Shabbat Service: First Friday for youth, 6:30 p.m.

Shabbat service: First Friday, 7 p.m. In this musical Shabbat experience, sing though much of the service. Services are participatory, spiritual, and fun.

Torah study: Join Rabbi Micah and a group of adults for Torah Study on Saturdays beginning at 8:45 a.m. and enjoy coffee, bagels, and a discussion about the weekly parsha.

Temple Beth David, 3 Main Street, Cheshire, 203-272-0037;

Discussion series

for people 60-plus

OLD SAYBROOK — The New Adventures Team of St. Paul Lutheran Church, 56 Great Hammock Road, is sponsoring a “new adventures” series geared to people 60-plus.

Attendees don’t need to be church members. RSVP to Charlotte Schlesselman at 520-560-0183 or For more information, call St. Paul Church at 860-388-2398.

Ansonia church seeks

stories of memories

ANSONIA — Christ Episcopal Church, looking toward celebrating its 170th anniversary in 2019, is collecting stories to mark the milestone.

The church will print residents’ memories of family, friends, celebrations and events that connect them to the church.

Submit information to Nancy Valentine at using “church” as the subject line or mail to 18 Farrell Drive, Ansonia 06401. To tell a story in person, contact Valentine at 203-734-6945 for a home visit.

Worship services


OLD SAYBROOK —— First Church of Christ Congregational, 366 Main St., is offering the following:

• Early Bird worship, 8-8:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room, offers a more casual service with prayer, reflection, quiet music and communion.

• Soul Service, 9-9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary, offers a variety of music, centered around rhythm & blues and jazz, with time for prayer and Scripture message, all underscored by a live band.

• Faith Exploration for All, 9:40-10:20 a.m., with church school for pre-K-Grade 8, and workshops for adults and teens, including Bible study, spiritual practices, such as meditation and praying, and faith and health workshops.

• Traditional worship, 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the sanctuary, offers music, including the First Church Choir, singing, times for prayer and silent meditation, Scripture readings, a sermon, and an opportunity for giving.

Nursery care is available 9:30-11:30 a.m. for ages infant to 3 years.

For more information, contact 860-388-3008 or

Holy Trinity School

adding preschool

WALLINGFORD — Applications are available for next year’s preschool classes and grades K-8 at Holy Trinity School, 11 N. Whittlesey Ave.

The preschool, new for 2019-20, will be for ages 3 and 4. Holy Trinity School, 105 years old, has students from Wallingford, North Haven, Meriden and Hamden.

For more information, visit

School tours,

applications available

• Milford: St. Mary School, 72 Gulf St., is accepting student applications for preschool-Grade 8 for the next school year. Applications can be found at or picked up in the school office. For a tour, call 203-878-6539.

For the preschool, a non-refundable fee of $50 must be submitted with the application. The application will be posted at or can be picked up in the school office. Submissions will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To tour the school, call 203-878-6539.

Tour of Ireland

slated for 2019

HAMDEN — A tour of Ireland will be held May 30-June 10, 2019, from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

It will include visits to the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands, Knock Shrine, the Arigna Mining Experience, Derry City and the Titanic Museum.

For information:, 203-288-8347, 203-435-8348.

‘Resting in God’

prayer groups

MADISON — “Resting in God, Two Centering Prayer Groups” is held 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:30-11 a.m. Saturdays at Mercy by the Sea, 167 Neck Road.

Centering prayer is a method of entering silence in order to “be still and know” God. Free-will donation is accepted. For more information and to register, contact Claire at or 203-245-0401.

Introduction to Judaism, Hebrew

HAMDEN — Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Road, has two adult education classes that are open to the community.

• Rabbi Herbert Brockman teaches the introduction to Judaism class, which is on the basics of the Jewish tradition, its history, theology and observances, surrounding the life-cycle of a Jew and the yearly festivals. The class is held Sundays 10-11 a.m.

• Rabbi Steve Steinberg is teaching introduction to Hebrew, which can be taken alone or in concert with Brockman’s class. It meets Sundays 11 a.m.-noon.

RSVP: Sarah at 203-288-3877 or

Mosque opens

doors to visitors

MERIDEN — Baitul Aman “House of Peace” Mosque, 410 Main St., holds Coffee, Cake, & Conversation at 8 p.m. Fridays.

Information:,,, @zahirmannan,, MuslimWritersGuild.

Bilingual service

added Sundays

NEW HAVEN — A landmark church on the Green is offering a bilingual, inclusive and progressively Pentecostal/charismatic, musical worship service at 12:30 p.m. Sundays in the Meeting House, 270 Temple St. at Elm Street.

It is in addition to the regular 10 a.m. service. It has been designed for those in the community who may appreciate a more non-traditional Christian experience, said the Rev. Dr. Bonnie Scott.

The worship is titled “Feel the Spirit! (Siente El Espiritu!)”

Deacon Edwin Perez, service leader, seeks to provide “Love, Welcoming and Inclusion (De Amor, Bienvenida, e Inclusión)” in a charismatic, bilingual worship service with music and signing.

For information, visit or call 203-787-4195.

Volunteers sought

to help chaplains

WALLINGFORD — Masonicare Health Center, 22 Masonic Ave., seeks volunteers for its Lay Training in Geriatric Ministry.

Open to people of all faiths, the program has been teaching basic ministry skills to volunteers nearly 20 years.

Volunteers assist the chaplains with worship services, including vespers; programs that allow elders to explore and express their spirituality and faith through art, sacred circle dance and music; hymn singing; chanting and drumming; as well one-to one pastoral visits.

Other opportunities include transporting seniors to religious activities and instrumental accompaniment at worship services, vespers and hymn sings.

For more details, contact Chaplain Thayer Quoos at 203-679-6259 or For more about Masonicare: or 888-679-9997.

ASL interpreter

attends services

MILFORD — Once a month, Sunday worship services at United Church of Christ, 30 Ormond St., Devon, include an American Sign Language interpreter.

A grant for the interpreter was provided by the CT Concerned Citizens for People with Disabilities.

For more information, call 203-878-4685.

Free dropoff program

is for ages 3, 4 years

WOODBRIDGE — Congregation B’nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Road, offers Gan Hayeled 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sundays.

The free drop-off program for ages 3 and 4 will run every Sunday that religious school is in session.

Call B’nai Jacob at 203-389-2111 for details.

Meditation program

slated in area

GUILFORD — “Meditation in Daily Life” is offered 3-4 p.m. Sundays at Shoreline Center For Wholistic Health, 35 Boston St. No. 2. Classes are $12 each. No one turned away for lack of funds, according to a center press release.

Contact, or 860-266-6041.

All-ages choir

rehearses in loft

MILFORD — The Choir of St. Mary’s is holding rehearsals in the choir loft. The all-ages choir is open to all the members of Precious Blood Parish. It sings at the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass, and for special services all year. There is no audition. Learn more at

Donations, volunteers

sought for Pantry

HAMDEN — Donations and volunteers are sought for the Davenport-Dunbar Residence, a housing complex for the elderly at 125-135 Putnam Ave.

It has been receiving a nutrition “boost” from the weekend food supplement program, The Home Pantry, thanks to local UCC church volunteers. The Pantry seeks more volunteers, donations of foods and money donations for buying food from area supermarkets and the CT Food Bank.

Initiated by Dunbar United Church of Christ and the residence administration in March, the food pantry came about in response to a state and federal cutback in Elderly Nutrition Programs that eliminated Friday luncheons and the weekend “brown bag” meal at the housing complex. The Pantry has been in operation for six months. Many of the residents at Davenport-Dunbar have mobility issues, which curtail independent shopping in local stores and supermarkets, and are dependent on this free supplement for food security on weekends, and to some extent for the weekdays.

For more information:, the main office at 125-135 Putnam Ave., 203-248-8267 or