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DeWittshire residents come out to remember neighbor

Howard Finck devoted much of his life to serving the community

Dozens of friends, family and neighbors of Howard Finck, who passed away Nov. 16 at age 91, turned out last week to participate in a memorial parade and celebration for the man whom many saw as a pillar in the community.

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Eastside Vineyard Church helps those in need; produces Christmas movie

Those involved in children’s ministry at the Eastside Vineyard Church in DeWitt have been busy during the month of December, taking time to give back to those less fortunate, and even producing a Christmas movie titled “A Superhero Christmas,” which depicts the birth of Jesus with a modern twist.

Column: Blue for Christmas

So, we survived the post-Thanksgiving gauntlet — Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday and Cyber Monday. The stress is pervasive, even without participating, since the the stores have been plastered with signs, the newspapers filled with ads, and the media broadcasting frenzy for weeks before; supposing you escaped being affected by the enervating environment, it is difficult to remain calm when everyone else is supercharged.

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Good Shepherd Youth serve Detroit with 30,000 other Lutherans

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Fayetteville sent 17 teens and four adults in July to the triennial ELCA Youth Gathering held in Detroit. The 2015 theme, Rise Up!, focused on faith, fellowship and service.

Local choirs combine for annual holiday music festival

Choir members and clergy from 12 local congregations will combine for a magnificent festival of Advent Lessons and Carols. The service, beginning at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, at Immaculate Conception Church, 400 Salt Springs St., Fayetteville, will feature various denominations readings the well-loved verses which foretell the coming of Christmas.

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First Baptist Church ‘rings’ in renovated steeple with community celebration

At a Sept. 13 community celebration, about 70 members of the First Baptist Church in Manlius were once again able to hear the church’s bell ring after being out of service for five years due to renovations to the steeple and bell tower.

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JCC of Syracuse to hold annual Purim Carnival

A fun-filled day of games, prizes, food and more will once again highlight this year’s Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse Purim Carnival.

Holiday concert with the CNY Flute Choir coming Dec. 7

A holiday concert featuring the CNY Flute Choir will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at Manlius United Methodist Church. The program will include selected music from Handel's “Messiah,” familiar Christmas music including “Carol of the Bells” and “Silver Bells,” Ricky Lombardo's jazzy “Christmas Fantasy,” and more.

United Church of Fayetteville hires new director of music ministries

Jared Shepard to begin his duties Nov. 24

After an extensive search process, The United Church of Fayetteville has hired Jared Shepard to play the organ and be the director of music ministries.

Good Shepherd Church raising money for In My Father’s Kitchen

It started when Good Shepherd Lutheran Church invited John and Leigh-Ann Tumino, founders of In My Father’s Kitchen (IMFK), to speak at a forum about their outreach to those living outdoors. They didn’t just feed the audience’s spirit with stories of one-on-one connections made with the homeless—they fed them Nutella-drenched crepes, as well. Dozens from the church left with full bellies along with a commitment to help this small but powerful non-profit organization that feeds people “spirit, soul and body by using food to open the door to people’s hearts.”

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The joy of the season

St. Matthew’s to celebrate Holy Week with a mix of tradition and faith

More than one billion Catholics across the world are in the midst of observing Holy Week, which began with a Palm Sunday service and will conclude with a final mass on Easter. Holy Week, the last week of Lent, is an deeply spiritual time of year for the Catholic Church – it begins with a celebration on Palm Sunday, then turns into a solemn observance of Jesus Christ’s death and ends with an elaborate, joyful celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter.

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Zimbabwean gospel singer brings music, joy to Cazenovia

On his first visit to the United States, in the midst of an East Coast tour, international gospel sensation and social activist Tembalami is spending some of his time in Cazenovia and performing three concerts in the village this week. Tembalami Tagwirei— who is typically known simply as “Tembalami” — is a gospel musician from Zimbabwe with a passion for inspiring, motivating and educating the current as well as the next generation.

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Temple Beth El Community Room opens at Menorah Park

Menorah Park of CNY dedicated the Temple Beth El Community Room, a public space containing artifacts from the former temple on Feb. 16. An overflow crowd of community and religious leaders, along with people affiliated with the former Temple Beth-El congregation, were present.

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A bear-y merry Christmas

East Syracuse fifth grader donates Build-A-Bears to children in need

When Kamrin Eischen had to go the hospital for surgery last summer, he was scared – until he received a Build-A-Bear on his hospital bed, and he immediately felt a little less nervous. “I was kind of scared, and then when I saw the bear, it made me a little less scared - a little happier,” Eischen said. “And I thought since I liked it, other kids would like it too.”

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The spirit of Christmas

Tillie’s Touch and St. Matthew’s Church provides food, clothes and toys to families in need

When Dale Johnson was a kid growing up in East Syracuse, he remembers Christmas time was a lot different from what he saw on TV and in the movies. “Christmases were difficult times in my house,” said Johnson, the president of Tillie’s Touch, a not-for-profit which is hosting its second official Adopt-A-Child for Christmas event this year. “I used to watch my mom struggle, my dad was very stingy when it came to giving her money for anything. When it came to Christmas, it was very tough around the house – a lot of fighting and arguing. So I wanted to do something for a child who may be going through the same hardships.”