Religion

Highlights:
Hashanah Rabbah services at Brotherhood on Sunday
Blessing of the animals at Chelsea Community Church
Movie club at Calvary Church this Saturday

The Brotherhood Synagogue
28 Gramercy Park

Services for Hashanah Rabbah will be held at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20. Services for Shemini Atzeret will be held later that day at 6:30 p.m. and on Monday at 9:30 a.m. with yizkor recited around 11:30 a.m. Simchat Torah services will be on Monday at 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Our first Shabbaton weekend of the season will be held on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26. After a congregational dinner on Friday evening, we will be joined by Holocaust survivor, Alex Rosner, whose family was rescued by Oskar Schindler and whose childhood experience in the camps was depicted in Steven Spielberg’s film, Schindler’s List.

Our Adult Education Program begins next week, featuring classes on Torah study and Jewish current events.

Due to Simcah Torah services, there will be no Tuesday minyan on Oct. 22. The 5:40 Tuesday minyan will resume next week on Oct. 29.

Our Chesed Committee is sponsoring a Medicare Educational Event: Get to Know Medicare on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m. The program provides an overview of the four parts of Medicare and explains how beneficiaries can make informed decisions when selecting Medicare coverage.

Candle lighting is at 5:53 p.m.

Friday evening services start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday services start at 9:30 a.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 Church’s movie club returns on Saturdays this fall. The next screenings will be “The Others” on Oct. 19 and “Little Miss Sunshine” on Nov. 23. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the film starts at 8 p.m. Films will be shown on Calvary’s rooftop.

St. George’s Church will be hosting a concert of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. The work will be put on by Saint George’s Choral Society (SGCS), a 200-year-old non-profit devoted to producing great choral works. Our conductor is organist and Julliard instructor Matthew Lewis, baritone is Steven LaBrie, soprano is Chloé Olivia Moore, mezzo-soprano is Raehann Bryce-Davis and tenor is Arnold Livingston Geis.

St. George’s Common Table has resumed will be available on Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. Join us weekly for a hot, sit-down, community lunch (4 Rutherford Place, Olmsted Hall, enter on East 16th Street).

Want to serve on Sunday but don’t know where to start? We have openings for readers, ushers, the altar guild, and acolytes currently open. Email info@calstg.org and we will connect you with a ministry opportunity.

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 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

There will be a Blessing of the Animals Service Sunday, Oct. 20 at noon. All breeds and denominations are welcome. In past years, pets have included dogs, cats, birds, and a turtle.

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

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.

The Church of the Transfiguration
1 East 29th Street

Morning prayers begin on Sundays at 8 a.m., followed by mass at 8:30 a.m., rosary at 9:30 a.m. and a solemn mass at 11 a.m. There is a meditation group with Gypsy Da Silva on Mondays at 6 p.m. Morning prayers on weekdays are at 8:40 a.m. and mass on weekdays is at 12:10 p.m., including the rite of healing on Wednesdays. Evening prayers on weekdays are at 5:10 p.m.

The Church of the Transfiguration, also known as the Little Church Around the Corner, was founded in 1848 and got its nickname from actor Joseph who was looking for a church that would hold a funeral for his friend and fellow actor, George Holland. The rector of a now-defunct church refused but said that the “little church around the around the corner” might be more willing. Jefferson reportedly responded, “Then I say to you, sir, God bless the little church around the corner.”

For more information, visit the website or call (212) 684-6770.

Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist
40 East 35th Street

Worship services are held every Sunday at 11 a.m. in our sanctuary or in Assembly Hall during the summer months. Childcare is available September through June during services and during Fellowship Hour until 1 p.m. Come worship with us and listen to our choir (September-June), then join us for coffee, bagels and fellowship in the Assembly Hall.

For more information, visit the website or call (212) 683-4988.

East End Temple
245 East 17th Street

Join us on Friday, Oct. 18 at 5:45 p.m. for Tot Shabbat and at 6:15 p.m. for Shabbat services and on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 5:45 pm for an outdoor Simchat Shabbat celebration.

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 Thrift Shoppe is open on Thursdays 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 is held weekly for children ages three through sixth grade.

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

Weekend Masses at Immaculate Conception will be at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday (Saturday Vigil) and on Sunday at 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m. (sign-language interpreted), noon, 1:30 p.m. (Spanish) and 5:30 p.m. (young adult). Monday through Friday, Masses will be held at 8:30 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday morning Masses will be 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.

The Pastor is Rev. Msgr. Kevin J. Nelan. 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 for “A Light in the Night,” an evening of monologues, short plays and staged readings, directed by Dale Robert McCausland on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. This will be the inaugural event of “The Theatre Upstairs – downstairs @marble”, sponsored by the Arts Ministry and will be held the Chapel (1 W. 29th St, downstairs). Suggested donations: $20; $15 seniors/students.

Marble Church will be hosting Jazz Vespers on Friday, Oct. 18 from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. in the Marble Loft. Enter your weekend in a spirit of praise and renewal with a sacred jazz liturgy performed by an exceptional lineup of New York City musicians. The jazz ensemble will be led by Liz Tobias, vocalist.

We are honored to open our doors as part of Open House New York on Saturday, Oct. 19 from noon to 4 p.m. This opportunity allows members of the community and tourists alike to discover Marble’s landmarked architecture and rich history. Marble Collegiate Church is a prominent example of Romanesque Revival architecture with Gothic influences and preserves many original 1854 features: its marble exterior, bell tower, mahogany pews, tiled lobby, and innovative cantilevered balconies. From the spire to the fine details of the interior, featuring beautiful stained glass windows, two of which are Tiffany. Docent led tours, as well as self-guided tours will be available. No registration necessary. Free admission. For more information, contact Kim Sebastian-Ryan at (212) 686-2770 ext. 221.

Since 1628, Marble Collegiate Church has been serving the wonderfully diverse people of New York City. Join us this Sunday for our 10 a.m. Bible Study, followed by Worship at 11 a.m. led by our Senior Minister Dr. Michael Bos. Directly after Worship, all are welcome at our Coffee Hour where people can share in fellowship and learn more about the program ministries and opportunities we have to offer: such as our Women’s Ministry, LGBTQ Ministry, Arts Ministry, Gospel Choir, volunteer opportunities and more. Marble Church also has a wonderful Children, Youth and Families Ministry where we offer free child care and activities for kids of all ages.

If you can’t make it in person, you can stream our services live or access our archive at marblechurch.org.

For a more contemporary service join us on Wednesday evenings at 6:15 p.m. We also have a monthly Friday night Jazz Vespers.

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

For a full list of all of our activities and services, 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.

St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church
246 East 15th Street

The Divine Liturgy (Mass) is celebrated on Sundays at 8 a.m. in Church Slavonic (with a Ukrainian sermon) and at 10 a.m. in English.

The pastor of St. Mary’s is Fr. Edward G. Cimbala, D. Min. For more information, call (212) 677-0516, email fredcimbala@gmail.com or visit the website.

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

We’re thrilled to announce another sign-language-interpreted Shabbat Service and hope that you can join us. The service on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will include full readings from the Torah and Haftorah (Prophets). This service falls during Sukkot. Jessica Ames and Craig Fogel will provide interpretation. A Kiddush (refreshments and social hour) will follow Services, where all will be welcome to participate. Please note: Out of respect for Shabbat, pen, paper and electronic devices cannot be used at T&V on Saturday morning. 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.

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, ext. 21 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 editor@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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