Religion

Highlights:
Masses for Ascension Thursday at Immaculate Conception and St. George’s
Marble Church honoring Sister Carol Perry this Sunday
Services for Shavuot at Brotherhood and EET next Tuesday

The Brotherhood Synagogue
28 Gramercy Park

Services for Erev Shavuot, which commemorates the giving of the Torah, will be held on Tuesday, May 30 at 8 p.m., followed by a study session led by Rabbi Daniel Alder and a light dairy meal. Services for the first and second day of Shavuot will be held on Wednesday, May 31 at 9:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., and on Thursday, Jun. 1 at 9:30 a.m. Yizkor will be recited at approximately noon on Thursday.
Candle lighting is at 7:59 p.m.
Friday evening services start at 7:30 p.m. Saturday services start at 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday Minyan meets at 5:40 p.m. every week.
For more information about our synagogue, visit us online or call the office at (212) 674-5750.

Calvary-St. George’s Church
277 Park Avenue South/7 Rutherford Place

Join us in celebration of Ascension Day on Thursday, May 25 at 7 p.m. for another Jazz Vespers service. All are welcome to this ancient evening service set in context through jazz, in candlelit St. George’s Chapel (4 Rutherford Place).
The Olmsted Salon presents Cave Plays featuring staged readings by Seadog Theater Company performing “On An Average Day,” by John Kolvenbach on Friday, May 26 at 8 p.m. The performance will take place in the Cave at St. George’s at 209 East 16th Street.
There will be no Wednesday Bible Study at Calvary Church for these next few weeks. Stay tuned to find out when this study will resume.
We are proud to announce the ordination of The Reverend Jay Gardner, our Associate Rector for Family Formation. Rev Gardener graduated from General Theological Seminary last Wednesday and completed Anglican studies. He and his wife, Paige, moved to the city from Birmingham, Alabama, where he was a member of the Cathedral Church of the Advent.
The Parish of Calvary-St. George’s has four worship services every Sunday. St. George’s Church meets at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. at 7 Rutherford Place. Calvary Church meets at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 277 Park Avenue South. Our 10 and 11 a.m. services have childcare and Sunday school for children ages infant through high school. We also have a Thursday healing service with Holy Communion at Calvary Episcopal Church at 12:10 p.m. Calvary Church is open every weekday from noon to 1 p.m. for prayer and meditation. Join us every Wednesday at Calvary Church at noon as Ted Volckhausen leads us in a Bible study.
Our Rector is The Reverend Jacob A. Smith, The Reverend Ben DeHart is Assistant Rector, The Reverend Jim Munroe is Associate Rector, The Reverend Nancy Hanna is Honorary Associate Rector, and The Reverend Dr. Thomas Pike is Rector Emeritus. Please visit us online for more information. You may reach us at (646) 723-4178 or by email at info@calstg.org.

Chelsea Community Church
346 West 20th Street

We are an inclusive, independent, lay-led and non-denominational Christian community. Our congregation meets weekly on Sundays at noon except for the month of August through Labor Day, at 346 West 20th St., where we are fortunate to be able to share the beautiful space of historic St. Peter’s Church in Chelsea. The service is free; a collection will be taken.
For more information, visit the website.

The Church of the Epiphany
373 Second Avenue

A Vigil Mass is celebrated on Saturday at 4 p.m. Mass is celebrated on Sunday at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. (Family Mass), noon and 7:30 p.m.
Mass is celebrated Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. and on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. Confessions are heard on Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m.
The Parish Office (239 East 21st St.) is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; the office is closed Saturday and Sunday.
For additional information, visit the website or call (212) 475-1966.

East End Temple
245 East 17th Street

Join us for a Shavuot service on Tuesday, May 30 at 6 p.m. and a brief Yizkor service on Wednesday, May 31 at 8 a.m.
Do you know of any families that you think would be interested in attending EET? Send them to one of our Religious School open houses to learn more. The next open houses will be on Friday, Jun. 2 from 5 to 6 p.m., and Friday, June 9 from 5 to 6 p.m.
East End Temple encourages its members to explore paths to living meaningful Jewish lives as citizens of the world. Our downtown Reform congregation reflects the diversity and energy of New York City, as it fosters spirituality, education and a sense of family. Join us for Shabbat Services every Friday evening at 6:15 p.m.
We invite you to learn more about us. For information about us/programs, photos and videos, see the website. Look for us on Facebook. Email us at info@eastendtemple.org or call (212) 477-6444.

Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
240 East 31st Street

Sunday Worship is at 11 a.m. Evening prayers are at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. The Thrift Shoppe at the church is open Thursday and Saturday, noon to 3 p.m.
Church of the Good Shepherd has been in the Kips Bay neighborhood since 1857. The church is the home of “Neighbors in Action,” bringing neighbors together through shared community service and the Shepherd Singers, a singing community of both professional and volunteer singers.
For more information, call (212) 689-1595 or visit the website. The church can also be reached by email at goodshepherdnyc@verizon.net and on Facebook under “Church of the Good Shepherd NYC (Episcopal).”

First Presbyterian Church
12 West 12th Street

Worship Services at the First Presbyterian Church are on Sundays at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. Church School begins at 11:20 a.m. for children age three years and older. Childcare is available beginning at 10:45 a.m. for children under three years old.
For more information, contact Amy Ullo at aullo@fpcnyc.org, visit the website or call (212) 675-6150.

Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church
155 East 22nd Street

Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church was founded in 1865 as a Swedish mission. The congregation serves the Gramercy Park community, is rich in diversity and centered in worship. It is a place of holy hospitality, welcoming all looking for the grace and mercy of God. Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
A full liturgy service with communion is held in the sanctuary at 11 a.m. on Sundays. An abbreviated early service, also including communion, begins at 9 a.m. within the chapel. This is followed by an adult Bible study at 10 a.m.
Visit our website for additional information and schedule of events at the website. For more information, call (212) 674-0739.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
332 East 20th Street

Holy Trinity welcomes all. Come experience our newly renovated facilities including a garden in the backyard where there will be many social events. We’re looking for some new members, especially younger people, to participate in our social and member activities.
Services start at 9:45 a.m. every Sunday morning.

Immaculate Conception Church
414 East 14th Street

Masses for Ascension Thursday, a holy day of obligation on Thursday, May 25, will be on Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. with Vigil Mass at 7:15 a.m., 9 a.m. (School Mass), 12:10 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Masses on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, will be celebrated at 9 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.
The Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception on East 14th Street and First Avenue celebrates weekend Masses on Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. (ASL interpreted), 11:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. (Spanish) and 5:30 p.m. (young adults).
Our weekday Masses on Monday through Friday are 7:15 a.m., 9 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Masses are at 8:30 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.
Confessions are heard on Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to noon and from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. or by visiting the Parish Office at other times.
Adults interested in becoming Catholic are asked to contact Rev. James Flanagan at the Parish Office.
CCD classes for children preparing for First Communion and Confirmation are held on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Contact Rev. Deacon René Garcia at the Parish Office for more information.
For more information, call (212) 254-0200 or visit the website.

LGBT Ministries of the Church of St. Francis Xavier
55 West 15th Street

The Church of St. Francis Xavier welcomes all, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics. Our mission is to embrace all, as Jesus did, to provide a compassionate environment to explore God’s presence in our lives and to live out the gospel of love and social justice. The church works with parishioners and the larger community toward the goals of full inclusion and a deepened spiritual life for LGBT people and their families and loved ones.
Gay Catholics, the men’s group, meets monthly on the first and third Fridays of the month in a welcoming, affirming environment to address gay Catholic life and how best to live authentically our commitment to the Gospel. Contact SFXGCGroup@gmail.com for more information.
Led and organized by parishioners since 1993, Catholic Lesbians, the group for women, meets on the second Friday of every month from September through May in the West Room on the second floor of the church, and offsite in June, July and August. Contact SFXWomen@aol.com or (917) 297-6804 for more information.
Regular meetings are held in the Mary Chapel at 7 p.m.
Visit the church website for additional information.

The Little Synagogue
155 East 22nd Street

Sabbath services for The Little Synagogue are each Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church at 155 East 22nd Street, just west of Third Avenue, on the first floor. (Enter through the red door to the right of the main church entrance.) All are always welcome. For more information, call Jane at (212) 567-4841.

Madina Masjid
401 East 11th Street

Madina Masjid holds Muslim religious services every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Imam Hafiz leads services. For more information, call (212) 533-5060.

Madison Avenue Baptist Church
131 Madison Avenue

Madison Avenue Baptist Church holds sermons every Sunday at 11 a.m.
For more information, visit the website.

Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship
15 Rutherford Place

Sunday worship starts at 5 p.m. at Friends Meeting House with Pastor Sylvia Shirk. The church office is located at 314 E. 19th St.
For more information, call (212) 673-7970 or visit the website.

Marble Collegiate Church
1 West 29th Street

Dr. Michael B. Brown and Marble Collegiate Church will be honoring Sister Carol Perry and her 37 years of service to the Marble community on Sunday, May 28. Bible study will be at 10 a.m., followed by Sr. Carol Perry preaching at worship services at 11 a.m. There will be a special reception in the Marble loft at 267 Fifth Avenue, 10th floor at 12:30 p.m. RSVP to reception@marblechurch.org or call (212) 686-2770, ext. 263.
“Better Things, Brighter Days” is the Marble Community Gospel Choir Summer Concert, directed by Stacy Penson. The show will take place in the sanctuary on Sunday, Jun. 11 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The showcase features new, innovative gospel songwriters as well as the music of Thomas Whitfield. Tickets are $20 general admission and $15 for students and seniors at the door. Save $5 by ordering in advance by Thursday, Jun. 8. Tickets can be purchased online through the Marble website.
All are invited to join Rev. Gregory Johnson for a new prayer service in the Chapel on Wednesdays mornings from 11 a.m. to noon. The format is similar to Sunday Prayer Circle, but not identical. For those who attend 60+ Fellowship, the service concludes in time to get to lunch and the program.
Bible study begins at 10 a.m. followed by worship at 11 a.m. on Sundays led by Dr. Michael B. Brown. A visitor welcome and reception starts at 12:30 p.m. with adult education at 1:30 p.m.
Marble Collegiate Church will be hosting a Prayer Circle at 10 a.m. on Sundays in the chapel on the concourse level. There will also be a coffee hour at 12:15 p.m. at 274 Fifth Ave, next door to the Church. Services are most Sundays at 5 p.m.
For more information about programming, visit the website or call (212) 686-2770.

Middle Collegiate Church
112 Second Avenue

Duke Ellington by Victor Kalin

Watercolors by Victor Kalin are on display at Middle Collegiate Church in April in honor of National Jazz Month. Kalin, who died in 1991, was a painter, illustrator, photographer and musician. The “Jazz Greats” exhibition includes watercolor portraits of the musicians Kalin admired and painted from Kalin’s black and white 120mm photographs taken at the Newport Jazz Festival where, as a friend of festival producer George Wein, he always enjoyed a front row seat. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the end of May.
Middle Collegiate Church is a celebratory, culturally diverse, inclusive and growing community of faith. Come experience what it means to be radically welcomed regardless of your personal faith tradition.
Senior minister Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Ph.D. and staff lead weekly worship celebrations. Our worship celebrations are Sundays at 11:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Sept.-June).
For more information about Middle programming, education for all ages, arts, activism and outreach ministries, visit the website or contact the office at (212) 477-0666.

The New Shul
272 West 10th Street

Services on Friday are held at 6:30 p.m. and Shabbat services on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with Rabbis Niles Goldstein and Dan Ain.
Whether you’ve studied Torah all your life or have never read a word, you’ll find plenty to talk about at the weekly “Torah Schmooze.” Read suggested readings and bring your idea and opinions to the communal table at Le Pain Quotidien at 550 Hudson St. on Thursdays at 6 p.m. to discuss. This event is free and no prior experience is necessary.
The New Shul has launched their new website.
For more information about The New Shul, call (212) 284-6773 or e-mail info@newshul.org.

One Spirit Interfaith Taizé
247 West 36th Street

Turn within, nourish your soul, commune with the Divine, raise your voice in praise and light a candle in prayer. Interfaith Taizé is a musical worship experience of the Divine, culminating in celebration. Interfaith Taizé combines meditation with sacred chanting, prayers and inspirational readings from various spiritual world traditions, to celebrate the common ways people honor the Divine. For more information, call (212) 931-6840 or visit the website.

Religious Society of Friends
15 Rutherford Place

The Fifteenth Street Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) invites all people to come to our meetings for worship, Sundays at 9:30 and 11 a.m. The meetings are unprogrammed and mostly silent. At 11 a.m. on Sundays, there is a program for children of all ages. The building is on the southwest corner of Stuyvesant Square, fronting on Rutherford Place near East 15th Street between Second and Third Avenues.
Regular activities include a Bible study group, a women’s worship sharing group, a meeting for healing prayer, a Peace Committee, an Arts Committee, a Unity with Nature Committee, a Death Penalty Abolition Committee, a lunch group for those who “are/feel under 40” and volunteers who staff a homeless shelter every night of the year.
For further information contact fifteenthstreetny@yahoo.com or (212) 475-0466.

The Shul of New York
50 East Seventh Street

The Shul of New York, a synagogue for spiritual Judaism, welcomes you to the Main Hall of Middle Collegiate Church on the first and third Fridays each month.
Shabbat services start at 6:30 p.m. led by Rabbi Eva Sax-Bolder. Burt Siegel is the Shul’s Rabbi Emeritus. Enjoy vibrant music by our Shul musicians, The Shul Band, and join in joyous singing, Torah reading and interpretation, followed by an Oneg Shabbat. Classes, events and activities are held throughout the year.
For information, contact (929) 265-7485 or visit the website.

Sixth Street Community Synagogue
325 East Sixth Street

The Sixth Street Community Synagogue and the Sixteenth Street Synagogue, two orthodox shuls, have joined forces under the same roof at 325 East 6th Street, between First and Second Avenues, with the hopes of creating a new center for Lower Manhattan Judaism.
This new venture brings Sixteenth Street Synagogue Rabbi Gavriel Bellino to the Sixth Street community.
Both synagogues include a diverse group of members from artists and dancers to banking executives and tech gurus. They both exemplify modern orthodoxy ideals and will continue to promote Torah study and practice with an embrace of diversity and a participatory openness to the best of contemporary culture and community.
We wholeheartedly welcome all interested in discovering a warm community with strong spiritual authenticity and a vibrant Jewish life. Holding services 365 days a year, we offer weekly classes, cultural events and holiday celebrations.
For a full roster of services, activities and more visit the synagogue’s website.

Town & Village Synagogue
334 East 14th Street

Town & Village Synagogue is offering another pair of sign-language-interpreted Shabbat Services in June. The services will include full readings from the Torah and Haftorah (Prophets), and will be held on Saturdays, Jun. 3 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Interpretation will be provided by Jessica Ames for both services, as well as by Craig Fogel on Jun. 3 and Tavoria Kellam on Jun. 24. A Kiddush (refreshments and social hour) will follow services, where all will be welcome to participate.
Everyone is welcome to join us for spirited and musical services on Shabbat and many community programs throughout the week.
Our regular Friday evening Kabbalat Shabbat services are at 6 p.m. Our regular Saturday Shabbat morning services are at 9:30 a.m. Saturday Mincha afternoon services are at 12:45 p.m. We also offer exciting Learners’ Service called “Prayer for the People” on two Saturdays per months. We will learn to focus our sacred concentration (kavanah) towards the timeless themes that these prayers evoke, and explore what we, as dynamic individuals, can reveal for ourselves and for others in these prayers. Visit the website for more info.
Daily morning services Monday through Friday are at 7:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Sundays.
On the first Thursday of every month, we have an energizing Seniors Lunch n’ Learn at noon with Rabbi Sebert. This event is free, just call to RSVP.
Join us for a Community Oneg (wine and cheese reception) on the last Friday evening of the month after Kabbalat Shabbat services at 6 p.m.
For more information about our welcoming services, programs or membership, visit us online or contact us at (212) 677-8090, X21 or by email at office@tandv.org.

The Village Temple
33 East 12th Street

Worship at the Village Temple is participatory and joyful.
Evening services are held at 6:45 p.m. every Friday, followed by a community Shabbat dinner.
Morning services begin at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to celebrate two different Shabbat services that alternate weekly with Kabbalat Shabbat and Classical Shabbat. The Friday night worship service and Oneg are open to adults and children, all ages.
For more information, please call (212) 674-2340 or visit the website.

Zichron Moshe/Chabad of Gramercy Park
342 East 20th Street

Friday evening services take place 20 minutes before sundown.
Shabbat morning services are held at 10 a.m. followed by hot chulent.
Shabbat evening services are held 20 minutes before sundown followed by seudah shlishit.
Rabbi Naftali Rotenstreich leads services.
For more information about Chabad of Gramercy Park, call (212) 924-3200 or visit the website.

Do you know of services or special events at a house of worship that you’d like to see listed in Town & Village? Send listings to reporter@townvillage.net. Participating houses of worship must be located between First and 40th Streets in Manhattan and deadline is Friday at 5 p.m. Listings are included at the discretion of the editor.

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