Religion

Highlights:
Cardinal Timothy Dolan to preach at Marble Church next Wednesday
Discussion on modern slavery at Brotherhood on Friday
Book event at East End Temple on Sunday

The Brotherhood Synagogue
28 Gramercy Park

Join us for services on Friday, Mar. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Our speaker will be Maurice Middleberg, executive director of Free the Slaves, a pioneer and leader in the global movement to eradicate modern slavery. The organization has helped liberate well over 12,000 people from slavery and protects thousands of communities from human traffickers.
On Tuesday, Mar. 28 at 7 p.m., as part of the Downtown Jewish Life Shararit Speaker Series, we will host Tehila Nachalon Friedman, a long-time activist in the National Religious community, who will speak about the struggle for the soul of religious Zionism.
On Sunday, Apr. 2 at 10:30 a.m., join the Chesed Committee for breakfast and a talk by Brotherhood member, Danielle Ofri, author of What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear. Dr. Ofri will discuss how refocusing conversations between doctors and their patients can lead to better health. To RSVP, look for details on our website.
Candle lighting is at 6:55 p.m.
Friday evening services start at 6:30 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

The Youth Corps spring brunch series began on Mar. 5 in the Rectory at Calvary Church (61 Gramercy Park North, 7th Floor). Youth Corps leaders Jason and Rebekah Wallin will lead discussion over breakfast centered on the story of Exodus. Youth Corps is for students in middle school through high school. Remaining dates for the series are Mar. 26 and Apr. 2 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Rectory. For more information, email Rebekah Wallin at rawallin@gmail.com.
Creative Arts Camp continues preparation days in the coming weeks with the next prep day on Saturday, Mar. 25. Lunch is provided on all of our prep dates. Other prep days include Apr. 1, Apr. 22, May 6, May 27 and June 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Anderson Hall (61 Gramercy Park N.) For more information, email Melina Smith at melunasmith@gmail.com. Registration is now open for Creative Arts Camp online. Camp is for youth ages 4-18. Camp takes place June 26-30 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Email info@calstg.org for more information.
We’re hosting a Harry T. Burleigh tribute concert at St. George’s Church (7 Rutherford Pl.) on Friday, Mar. 31 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be a joint event with the Harry T. Burleigh Society.
If you or someone you know is interested in being baptized, let us know so that we may include you in our Easter service for baptism. If you’d like to learn more about our tradition and the Episcopal Church, join us for the adult confirmation class we’re offering on Apr. 2, 9, 23 and 30 in Anderson Hall (61 Gramercy Park North) at 12:45 p.m. E-mail us at info@calstg.org to sign up.
The next CALSTG Book Club read is Kazuo Ishiguro’s “The Remains of the Day.” We’ll meet in Pierce House on Apr. 3 at 7 p.m. E-mail the Rev. Ben DeHart at bendehart@gmail.com to let us know you’re coming.
After the Maundy Thursday service on Apr. 13 at St. George’s Church, we will process together through the neighborhood and on to Calvary, where we will pray and hold our overnight watch. During each hour of the watch, we will read several Psalms. We will begin at 8 p.m. Reading each group of Psalms takes about 20 minutes. By noon on Good Friday, Apr. 14, we will have read the entire Book of Psalms through Thursday night and Friday morning. If you would like to sign up by email, contact us at info@calstg.org or call at (646) 723-4178.
There will be no Wednesday Bible Study at Calvary Church during the season of Lent. Stay tuned to when this study will resume.
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

Sarah Wildman

Shabbat Services and bat mitzvah of Sabrina Lane are on Saturday, Mar. 25 at 10 a.m.
Please join us on Sunday, Mar. 26 at 1 p.m. for our 14th annual Helene Spring Library Event. Our featured author is Sarah Wildman, discussing her memoir Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind. Book sale, signing and dessert buffet follows the presentation.
We will be screening the documentary “No Place On Earth” on Wednesday, Mar. 29 at noon. The film is based on the story of American caver Chris Nicola, who discovered artifacts that prove five Jewish families survived the Holocaust by living in a cave in Ukraine for over 500 days. Chris will be joining us in April to talk about his discovery.
Speakers will share their stories at The Legacy Project on Sunday, Apr. 16 at 10:30 a.m. How do you want to be remembered? This is not a deathbed question; it’s a question of life and living. Your legacy is the imprint of your life that lives in the lives of others. As Lin-Manuel Miranda, in his Broadway show Hamilton, says at the end of the play: “Who lives? Who dies? Who tells your story?” Who tells your story, indeed, and how will they tell it? In poetry, in song, in film, with acts of kindness: these are just some of the innovative and creative legacies the speakers have created for themselves and for their loved ones.
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

Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd hosts Sunday services with Holy Communion at 11 a.m. There are also evening prayer services available Tuesdays through Fridays at 5 p.m.
The Thrift Shoppe at the church is open Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, call (212) 689-1595 or visit the website.

First Presbyterian Church
12 West 12th Street

The First Presbyterian Church’s Art at First Program recently launched “A Cuban State of Mind,” a two-month series celebrating the rich tradition of Cuban art and culture. Through a special art exhibit, panel discussions, concerts and a film screening, the series will provide the community a unique opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation of Cuban culture. Premier Cuban visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, and educators will be highlighted. The exhibition will be on view through Apr. 30. The gallery will showcase paintings, drawings, photographs and mixed media works by five U.S.-based Cuban artists reflecting on Cuban history and contemporary culture. Included in the exhibition are paintings and watercolors by Ariel Cabrera Montejo, drawings by Jairo Alfonso, photographs by Giorgio Viera, paintings by Geandy Pavón and sculptures by Armando Guiller.
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

mar2-religionGustavus 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

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

The next service at the Little Synagogue on Friday, Mar. 24 will include a talk on the Kabbalah, in memory of a long term congregant and supporter of the synagogue, George Drummond. The special presentation will be led by student of Torah Harry Ellison.  His subject is “Kabbalah-Orchard of Transformative Wisdom.” Mr. Ellison is dedicating his talk to the memory of Mr. Drummond, who died earlier this month.  For decades, Mr. Drummond assisted The Little Synagogue in many ways, such as setting up for services each week.
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

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, pictured in 2010, will visit Marble Collegiate Church. (Photo by Andrew Park)

Join us for the Marble Lenten Lunchtime Organ Recital Series, taking place on Mondays at 12:30 p.m. in the Marble Sanctuary. Matthew Smith, an organ student at Westminster Choir College, will play on Mar. 27. The winner of the Regional Competition for Young Organists will play on Apr. 3. Colin MacKnight, assistant organist at the Church of the Resurrection and a Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School, will play the final concert on Apr. 10.
Join us for a very special, historic worship service when Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York, preaches in the Sanctuary at Marble Church on Wednesday, Mar. 29 from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.
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

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

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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