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

Young Artists Concert Jan. 7 at Jesse Lee Church

Oboist Kate Wegener

The Wednesday Afternoon Musical Club presents its annual scholarship winner and Young Artists Concert on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 3 p.m. at Jesse Lee Church, 25 Flat Rock Road. Featured will be two Easton musicians, Kate Wegener, oboist, and Kiki Liu, pianist. Kate is a senior at Joel Barlow High School and has already won acclaim as the winner of the 2017 Norwalk Symphony Concerto Competition. She has been featured on NPR’s From the Top, celebrating young classical musicians, as well as performing at Carnegie Hall in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States. Kiki Liu is a sophomore … Read more

OPINION: Celebrating love and compassion

The Congregational Church of Easton lights up the intersection of Westport and Center roads. — Nancy Doniger photo

Sometimes we forget what the holidays are really about. Today, there is so much stress at the holidays. There are more cars on the roads, cards to write, decorations to put up, gifts to buy, and visits from family you haven’t seen in a year. With this comes long lines of waiting, bills and aggravation. Somehow the true meaning of the holidays seems to get lost for so many people. There doesn’t have to be added pressures with this holiday. This was not the original intention. Christmas was first celebrated as a Christian holiday in the fourth century A.D. Christmas … Read more

Christmas Eve services at Jesse Lee and Congregational churches

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Jesse Lee United Methodist Church Jesse Lee United Methodist Church invites the community to celebrate Christmas Eve. Anyone who wishes to share in the joy and hope of the season by worshiping with Jesse Lee parishioners is welcome. There will be two services on Sunday, Dec. 24. The first service will be held at 10 a.m. as the final service of Advent. A Holy Communion and candle-lighting service will take place at 10 p.m., with special Christmas music. Church organist Joe Swindon will perform a concert of holiday music at both the morning and evening services on Christmas Eve, starting … Read more

Redding church’s schedule for Christmas Eve worship service

The First Church of Christ, Congregational, at 25 Cross Highway in Redding, will hold its Christmas Eve worship service will be on Sunday, Dec. 24, at 10 a.m., and at 5 p.m. with the children’s choir. At 9 p.m., there will be carols, a ceremony of lights and Holy Communion with the adult choir and guest musicians. All are welcome. For more information, call the church at 203-938-2004; for directions, visit firstchurchredding.org/.  

Christmas schedule for Christ Church Parish  

Christ Church Parish, Redding’s Episcopal Congregation, will be holding several Christmas-related events in the coming weeks.   Here is a list of them: Fourth Sunday of Advent: The Annunciation, Sunday, Dec. 24, 10 a.m. — one service. There will be a greening of the church after the service. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, Family Service, 4:45 p.m.  Christmas Carols and Holy Eucharist. A Candlelight Christmas, Dec. 24, 9 p.m.  There will be a selection of anthems and carols sung by the choir, and instrumental music played by Martha Meyer, music minister.  The Holy Eucharist will follow. Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25, … Read more

Hanukah and the Maccabees

Mishkan Israel Day Camp will hold menorah lightings throughout Fairfield County.

Hanukah (spelled various ways, Chanukah is also popular) is a holiday of history, legend, miracles and inspiration. After the death of King Solomon, the kingdom of Israel split in two, later Babylon conquered half, destroyed the First Temple and the Babylonian exile pushed the kingdom of Judah (hence the word Judaism) out in 586 B.C.E. Slowly Jews returned and in 338 B.C.E. the Greeks arrived conquering lands including Egypt and Israel. King Alexander the Greek was a benevolent ruler and blended Greek religion and Eastern philosophy. This culture of Hellenism was embraced by many in the Jewish community. Some Jews … Read more

Yale’s Whiffenpoofs to sing in Easton

The Whiffenpoofs will perform on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at Covenant Church of Easton, 1 Sport Hill Road. The concert is sponsored by the Connecticut Yankee Boy Scouts of America.

The Whiffenpoofs, America’s oldest collegiate a cappella singing group, will present a holiday concert in Easton on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. Every year, 14 Yale University seniors are selected to be in the Whiffenpoofs. Founded in 1909, the “Whiffs” began as a senior quartet that met for weekly concerts at Mory’s Temple Bar, the famous Yale tavern. The group has become one of Yale’s most celebrated traditions, with more than a century of musical performances.  The concert is sponsored by the Connecticut Yankee Boy Scouts of America and is the council’s final scouting event for 2017.  Holiday foods and … Read more

Chanukah concert at Congregation Beth El

Congregation Beth El, 1200 Woods Road, Fairfield will hold a Chanukah concert, Music Lights the Way, featuring three renowned cantors joined by the Beth El Choir and a combined children’s chorus from Beth El and Congregation B’nai Torah in Trumbull on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m.

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