Religion

Highlights:
Christmas Tapestry at St. George’s on Friday
Christmas Fair at Good Shepherd this Saturday
Winter concert at Brotherhood on Sunday

The Brotherhood Synagogue
28 Gramercy Park

After a congregational dinner Friday evening, Dec. 7, our next Shabbaton weekend will feature a talk on New York Jewish history by David Kaufman. On Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m., Televana will entertain us with Israeli/Cuban music at our annual Chanukah party. Admission is $10.

Our speakers at services on Friday, Dec.14 will be Pastors Stella and Brad Reed of the Dream Center NYC Church who will tell the remarkable story of a church whose foundation of faith is found through service of those in need.

Our Winter Concert on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. features the music of American Jewish composers. Suggested donation is $10.

Candle lighting is at 4:11 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.

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

Calvary-St. George’s and Sea Dog Theater are hosting “A Christmas Tapestry: An Evening of Jazz Theater and Literature” on Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 and 9 p.m. This is a collaboration between the Andrae Murchison Quintet, Calvary-St. George’s Choir and Sea Dog Theater. The performance will take place in The Cave (basement of St. George’s church). Tickets for $15 will be available at the door and online. Seating is limited. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages are included.

St. George’s adult education also resumes in the Chantry following the 10 a.m. service on Sundays. Krystyna Sanderson will lead a six-week class entitled “The Spiritual and Emotional Journey” at St. George’s, through Dec. 16.

St. George’s Common Table is back in service and serving free hot meals on Thursdays. There are no restrictions on who may attend. All are welcome. The doors open at 11:30 a.m. when hot coffee and tea are available. The meal is served from noon until 1 p.m. It consists of a nutritious hot soup, a main entrée, a green salad, buttered bread, homemade desserts and a piece of fresh fruit. The soup and main course vary each week and are freshly made that day. The desserts consist of an assortment of cakes, pies and cookies, all of which are baked and donated by volunteers. The St. George’s Common Table is located in Olmsted Hall at the side entrance of St. George’s Church at 209 East 16th Street. Enter through the courtyard. Interested volunteers who want to help with food preparation, set-up, serving and clean-up can email Rev. Ben DeHart at bendehart@gmail.com.

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. 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 Jay Gardner is associate rector, The Reverend Jim Munroe is associate minister, The Reverend Nancy Hanna is honorary associate rector and The Reverend Dr. Thomas Pike is rector emeritus. 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 Ascension
36-38 Fifth Avenue

Services on Sunday include 9 a.m. Holy Eucharist at the side altar, 11 a.m. Holy Eucharist in the Church with sermon, hymns and the Ascension Choir and 7 p.m. service of meditations and sacrament, including chant, interfaith readings and communion. Services Monday through Friday are at 6 p.m. at the side altar and the church is open for prayer and meditation from noon to 3 p.m.

Ascension is a welcoming, diverse and inclusive community of people who gather to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, to give praise and thanks to God through the beauty of worship, and to love and serve God and our neighbors in a variety of ways. We’d love to learn about you and help you to get involved with the programs we offer.
For more information, call (212) 254-8620 or visit the website.

The Church of the Epiphany
373 Second Avenue

The Church of the Epiphany will be hosting a Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, Oct. 6 at noon on the plaza.

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

Shabbat Services and bat mitzvah of Kaia Spiro are on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.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

The Church of the Good Shepherd is holding a Christmas Fair on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas ornaments, vintage jewelry, homemade baked goods, books and items from the Thrift Shoppe and the NYC Crochet Guild, will be available for purchase or come by for hot soup and sandwiches.

Services on the Fourth Sunday of Advent will be on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 11 a.m. and will include lessons and carols. The Shepherd Singers will be joined by members of the choirs from Rancocas Valley Regional High School and guest organist Christopher Babcock. The carol sing begins at 6:45 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Eve service is at 7 p.m. Christmas Day service on Tuesday, Dec. 25 is at 11 a.m.

The Thrift Shoppe at Good Shepherd has reopened. The shop is open on Thursday afternoons from noon to 4 p.m.

Sunday Worship is at 11 a.m. with healing prayers offered on the third Sunday of the month. Evening prayers are at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

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. Childcare is available beginning at 10:45 a.m. for children under three years old. Church School for children ages three through sixth grade will resume in the fall following Labor Day.

For more information, contact executive minister Dr. Barbara Davis at badavis@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
332-334 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 4:30 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 p.m. to 5 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

Every first Sunday of the month at 4 p.m., we host the Upside-Down Roundtable where we explore various topics, such as queering the church, the disabled God and Christian anarchism.

Seeking the peace of the City, Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship is a welcoming and affirming community. Come and experience the radical hospitality and peace witness of the Mennonite tradition. Sunday worship starts at 5 p.m. at Friends Meeting House. Rev. Jason Storbakken, author of Radical Spirituality and the forthcoming God on the Bowery, serves as pastor at Manhattan Mennonite.

For more information, email pastor@manhattanmennonite.org or call (212) 673-7970 or visit the website.

Marble Collegiate Church
1 West 29th Street

Join us on Sunday for worship at 11 a.m. led by our new senior minister Dr. Michael Bos.

Following worship, all are welcome at our coffee hour. Come share in fellowship and learn more about the program ministries and opportunities we have to offer, such as our Women’s and Men’s ministries, LGBTQ ministry, Arts ministry, volunteer opportunities and more. Marble Church also has a Children, Youth and Families ministry where we offer free child care and activities for kids of all ages. Services are available to live stream or through the online archive on the website.

Bible study with Rev. Barbara Crafton is available all summer on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m.

A contemporary service is held on Wednesday evenings at 6:15 p.m.

We also offer Labyrinth walks on Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. and on the first Sunday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m.

Marble Collegiate Church has been serving the people of New York City since 1628. For a full list of all of our activities and services please visit our website or call (212) 686-2770.

Meseritz Synagogue
415 East 6th Street

The historic Meseritz Synagogue has reopened. Join us for weekday Mincha at 7 p.m., Ereve Shabbos on Friday at 7 p.m. and Shabbos morning at 9:30 a.m. Look for us on Facebook at Meseritz Synagogue. Call (212) 505-5264 for more information.

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 9:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

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.

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 will be celebrating the 70th birthday of the State of Israel and the 70th birthday of Town & Village Synagogue at the 30th annual Cantor Moss Memorial Concert on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Town & Village Synagogue’s annual memorial concert celebrates Cantor Moss’s inspiring voice through songs centered on dedication and gratitude, including a musical setting by a Jewish composer of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. This year’s concert commemorates a celebration of milestones: 70 years since the founding of the State of Israel and Town & Village Synagogue, 20 years of Cantor Postman’s service in T&V and the 30th anniversary of the Cantor Moss Memorial Concert. Tickets (which include a reception) are $30 and $10 for students. Admission is free for those 18 and under. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Tickets can be purchased online here.

T&V Synagogue will be offering another sign-language-interpreted Shabbat Service to mark the “Bar Mitzvah month” (the 13th anniversary) of regular ASL-interpreted services and events at T&V. The service on Saturday, Dec. 29 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will include full readings from the Torah and Haftorah (Prophets). Samantha Kuperberg and Bram Weiser will provide interpretation. A Kiddush (refreshments and social hour) will follow services, where all will be welcome to participate. For additional information, contact Bram at bramweiser@usa.net or (212) 677-0368.

Our regular Friday evening Kabbalat Shabbat services are at 6 p.m. Our regular Saturday Shabbat morning services are at 9:30 a.m. Town & Village Synagogue is now offering The Neshama Minyan. The neshama, soul-breath, needs room to breathe. With the siddur as our gentle guide, this once-a-month new spiritual space will soothe and ignite the soul with meditation, change and movement. Additional dates and information will be available on the website.

Kesher Kids is open to the entire community. On two Saturdays each month, the children in grades K-2 and 3-5 participate in a drop-in/drop-off educational program that prepares students to celebrate Shabbat and holiday sin meaningful and creative ways. Kesher Family meets twice each month. It incorporates the ideas learned through Kesher Kids and will engage the student and family in meaningful prayer.

We also offer sign-language interpreted Shabbat on scheduled Saturdays. For additional information, contact Bram at bramweiser@usa.net or (212) 677-0368.

Daily morning egalitarian services Monday through Friday are a 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.

Town and Village offers a dynamic Hebrew School and outstanding educators for our adult study and learning.

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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