Jewish philanthropy group launches ‘Common Threads’

This month, the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County (the Federation) will launch Common Threads, a year-long celebration of shared experiences and elements that serve to weave together an integrated Jewish community. From September through May, a wide range of educational and cultural events hosted by congregations and organizations throughout Upper Fairfield County will offer a deep-dive exploration of the Jewish community’s diverse ancestry and heritage. “The Federation and its many partners hope that this exciting programming framework will create the opportunity for a year of discovery — about ourselves, about our rich history, about our diversity — and, … Read more

Shooting tragedy family and survivors to speak at Easton church

The Covenant Church of Easton is holding a series on “Forgiveness.” The series launches on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. with a special evening focusing on the unimaginable — forgiving an assassin for slaying innocent family members while attending a Bible study. On June 17, 2015, nine members of the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., including the senior pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, were slain by Dylan Roof while attending their weekly church Bible study and prayer service.   On Sept. 8, two family members of individuals killed in this shooting and one survivor of that tragedy … Read more

Norfield Church in Weston welcomes new associate minister

Thomas C. Burke has joined Norfield Congregational Church in Weston as its new associate minister for children, youth and families. Burke was born and raised in Bethel and graduated from Bethel High School in 2007. Following high school, he served in the United States Marine Corps. and was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of combat operations. Utilizing his GI Bill, Burke received his bachelor of arts in religious studies and English from Sacred Heart University in 2014. He created a non-profit organization, High Ground Veterans Advocacy, that trains veterans how to become policy advocates. In 2018, he graduated … Read more

St. Dimitrie’s Festival in Easton is coming

St. Dimitrie's Festival will have fresh made breads and pitas available.

St. Dimitrie Orthodox Church is holding its 39th Festival on Friday, Sept. 7 from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Sept, 8 from noon to 10 p.m. on the church grounds located at 504 Sport Hill Road, Easton. Enjoy homemade ethnic dinners, spinach and leek pitas, homemade breads and pastries as well as a full line of our desserts. There will be activities, ethnic dancing and music for everyone.  

Easton church offers Sunday School in September

The Congregational Church of Easton at 336 Westport Road is opening up Sunday School registration to all people. The Sunday School program starts on Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. with the church’s kickoff Sunday. Children will have their first day of Sunday School during worship followed by an ice cream social. The church noted that this is a way to meet new friends, create community, and have a good time. For more information, visit If any questions, call 203-261-2527 or email [email protected]

Easton church to hold its first outdoor service

The Congregational Church of Easton is holding its first ever outdoor worship service on Sunday, July 29, at 10 a.m. All people are welcome to this nature-inspired worship service on the front lawn of the church at 336 Westport Road, Easton. For more information, visit or call the church office at 203-261-2527.

Jane Moran joins Redding Congregational Church

First Church of Christ, Congregational, in Redding has announced that Jane Moran will be joining the church family on Sept. 1, as its new associate minister. Moran is a Newtown native with a bachelor of arts in history and classics degree from the University of Connecticut. She earned her master of divinity degree from Harvard in May 2018. During her academic career, she was honored with many awards. She has grown up in the UCC and is committed to the Congregational polity. Moran’s experience has varied from fund raising for mission trips to being a student intern at the Congregational … Read more

Easton church offers mid-day meditation

Weekly mid-day meditation is being offered on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. by Christ Church at 59 Church Road in Easton. A lunchtime space is provided to sit and have a refreshing and peaceful pause. No experience is needed. In good weather, meditation is outside by the Memorial Garden, otherwise it is inside at the entrance to the church.

Easton community raises funds for Heifer Project

The Congregational Church of Easton has been able to donate enough money to Heifer International to purchase two heifers and two water buffalo for communities in need. This was a group effort among local Easton farmers, the New Academy Preschool, and Easton residents. Groups kicked off a fund-raising drive in March by creating a petting zoo to collect donations. At this event people were able to learn how agricultural skills and talents are used throughout the world to bring families and communities out of poverty through the Heifer Project. Following fund-raising efforts in April, the groups exceeded their goal to buying … Read more

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