Redding church announces Charity Golf Outing

The Redding First Church of Christ, Congregational, has announced its annual Charity Golf Outing fundraiser. The outing is Monday, June 18, at the Redding Country Club. Members of the public are invited to enjoy this event while helping worthwhile charities. Non-golfers are invited to help the community by being a sponsor, making a silent auction or raffle prize donation or coming to lunch or dinner for a reasonable cost. Entry to the outing includes a full round of golf with cart at the private club, full use of the club’s driving range and putting green, barbecue lunch, 18 holes on … Read more

Easton church raises money for its Heifer project

The Congregational Church of Easton held its kickoff event for the Heifer International Project on Saturday, March 24. There was a petting zoo including rabbits, chickens and goats, and an educational beehive. All these are animals that may be purchased through Heifer. Through the Heifer project, the church is working with the New Academy Preschool to raise enough money to fund a heifer for a community in Bangladesh or Vietnam. With these animals, a family receives training, a steady source of income, and access to food, education and health care. The kickoff event raised enough money for a goat and … Read more

Easter events at Congregational Church of Easton

Saturday, March 24, 1 to 3 p.m. There will be a petting zoo to raise funds and awareness for Heifer International. All are invited to attend. Sunday, March 25, 10 a.m. Palm Sunday worship service open to all people. Thursday, March 29, 7:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday tenebrae service to remember Christ’s last hours with a candlelight service. Sunday, April 1, 10 a.m. Easter morning worship, where all people are invited to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Following worship there will be an Easter egg hunt for all children on the church lawn. If you are interested in participating in the … Read more

Holy Week schedule for First Church of Christ

First Church of Christ, Congregational Holy Week Schedule Palm Sunday, March 25, 10 a.m., Palm Sunday worship service with nursery care and Sunday school through eighth grade. Maundy Thursday, March 29, 7:30 p.m., Worship Service of Tenebrae and Holy Communion. Easter Sunday, April 1, 6 a.m., Easter Sunrise Service with Holy Communion, at 442 Rock House Road, Redding. Easter Sunday, April 1, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Identical Easter Sunday worship services, with nursery care and Sunday school through fourth grade. The First Church of Christ, Congregational is located at 25 Cross Highway, Redding. For more information, call 203-938-2004 or … Read more

Congregational Church of Easton holds Lenten book study and suppers

The Congregational Church of Easton is holding Lenten book study suppers in February and March. All people are welcome to join in for one, two, or all three sessions. In each session, participants will delve into the last words of Christ and their implications for people of faith. Wednesday, Feb. 14 will also be marked with the imposition of ashes to honor and remember Ash Wednesday as the start of a time of deep reflection before Easter morning resurrection. Study Supper Dates: Feb. 14, Feb. 28, and March 14. Time: 6:30 p.m. in the Old Academy Building in the Fellowship … Read more

St. Patrick’s youth group of Redding completes mission  

St. Patrick's youth group served breakfast at Dorothy Day in Danbury, from left, John Mullin, Samantha Davidson, Lilly Davidson, Julia Mullin, Harrison Houser and Kurt Houser.

In 2017, the youth group at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Redding worked close to 20 missions throughout the Bridgeport Catholic Diocese. From a grade school basketball court upgrade in Norwalk to serving breakfast to the homeless in Danbury, with many other missions in between, the group continues to build on its faith and character while navigating through the adolescent years, according to youth group coordinator Tom Doherty. The group is in its third year with 27 high school students ranging from grades nine through 11. “None of this is possible without the help from parent volunteers, for which … Read more

Commentary: Tu Bishvat — Celebrating more than trees

Tu Bishvat, observed on Jan. 31, is a Jewish holiday celebrating trees and ecological awareness. It has been a Jewish Earth Day since long before ecological awareness became popular. The Jewish National Fund adopted a custom of planting trees in Israel beginning in 1908. Today the JNF oversees major tree planting events in large forests every Tu Bishvat. Over a million Israelis take part in the tree planting.  Some observe a Tu Bishvat Seder with specific fruits and four cups of wine with creative prayers. Tu Bishvat is the Israeli Arbor Day. Ecological organizations have adopted the holiday to further … Read more

Bells at Norfield Church in Weston are removed for refurbishment

Workers remove the bell from the Banks Room at Norfield Church. — Susan Moran photo

The first phase of a planned refurbishment project on bells at the Norfield Church in Weston began on Friday, Jan. 12. “During an inspection in June, we discovered the steeple bell assembly was badly in need of repair,” said Bayard Dodge, chairman of Norfield’s music board. “We took it out of service and embarked on what’s been an interesting journey.” The inspection revealed that the bell’s clapper was dangerously worn, and the wooden yoke and wheel had suffered the scourges of time and weather. It was discovered that the 800-pound bronze bell had historic significance. It was cast by James … Read more

Teens cook breakfast to celebrate Three Kings Day

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While the weather may have been freezing outside, several dozen Redding teenagers — dressed in gold crowns and colorful robes — worked up a sweat as they cooked and served a hot breakfast to more than 150 parishioners at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Redding. The event took place on Sunday, Jan. 7, to recognize Three Kings Day, or the Feast of the Epiphany, which was on Jan. 6. The breakfast cost $6 and consisted of pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea, milk, orange juice, and hot chocolate. The teens served breakfast in two shifts, with more than 80 parishioners attending … Read more

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