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Large community turnout at prayer vigil service for hospitalized Cazenovia boy

Local 10-year-old continues to improve after falling down a well on Oct. 26

Approximately 200 members of the Cazenovia community attended a prayer service and candlelight vigil last week for Charlie Thompson, the 10-year-old boy who remains in stable but critical condition in Golisano Children’s Hospital after falling down a well on Oct. 26. Family, friends and supporters of Charlie of all ages — including many of his classmates and teachers from Cazenovia Middle School — turned out to the service, which was held at the First Presbyterian Church of Cazenovia and led by Thompson family friend Rev. Ethan Worthington, Cazenovia regional minister for Eastern Hills Bible Church in Manlius.

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Prayer vigil service tonight for hospitalized Cazenovia boy

Local 10-year-old who fell down a well last week continues to improve

Family, friends and supporters of 10-year-old Charlie Thompson will hold a prayer service and candlelight vigil from 6 to 6:30 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the First Presbyterian Church of Cazenovia, located at 27 Albany St.

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Local youth learn about violent history in El Salvador on pilgrimage

Six local girls share their stories after visiting memorials to genocide victims in El Salvador on an Episcopal church youth pilgrimage.

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Not your average ordinaries

East Syracuse church performs traditional Gregorian chant with a twist

Jared Shepard isn’t afraid to go against the norm. When he was hired as the Minster of Music and Organist at St. Matthew’s Church in East Syracuse two years ago, he was already experienced as a classical musician, having studied with pupils of legendary Juilliard pianists Irwin Freundlich and Eduard Steuermann. Though his experience in sacred music was limited, in the two years he’s been developing the music program, he has successfully made St. Matthews different from nearly all other churches in Central New York by performing Gregorian chant: a type of music that was once a staple in the Catholic Church, but is now rarely performed.

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St. Anne’s Church to sponsor a refugee family through Northside CYO

Members are working to furnish an apartment by April 27

The average stay in a refugee camp is 17 years, and members of St. Anne’s Church in Manlius are doing their part to bring that number down. The Refugee Project Committee at the church has been working since January to collect everything from tissues, to sofas to silverware to furnish an apartment on Syracuse’s North Side for a refugee family to move in by early May.

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Central New York residents to celebrate Persian New Year

Wishes for a happy new year may be three months in the past for many, but for the Persian community, that celebration is just around the corner. This year, not only does March 20 mark the first day of spring, but also the Persian new year, 1392. An estimated 300 residents in Central New York, according to Mehrzad Boroujerdi, professor of political science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, will celebrate Nowruz, the name for the holiday. Boroujerdi, also director of the Middle Eastern studies program at Syracuse University, is the organizer of this year’s local Persian New Year party.

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Fayetteville church gives time, resources to Rescue Mission and refugees

During the Christmas season, churches often seek additional ways to reach out to the community with kind acts and support. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Fayetteville decided to take an inter-generational approach to spreading useful cheer during the season of Advent.

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Jewish Community Center of Syracuse lights menorah

The Jewish Community Center of Syracuse held the first of five public lighting events on Monday.

Columbian Presbyterian in LaFayette invites all to Christmas Cookie Cafe

The Columbian Presbyterian Church has a suggestion for how to thank someone for hosting a holiday party: a tray of delicious cookies.

Chabad Lubavitch of CNY plans menorah lighting events

At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 — the first night of Chanukah — Chabad Lubavitch of CNY will hold a special program at the Downtown Menorah Lighting in Hanover Square.

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Menorah Park to honor mothers, fathers with 100th Anniversary Gala

Mary Ellen Bloodgood, CEO of Menorah Park, is thrilled to be a part of the organization’s 100-year celebration, which culminates with a gala on Oct. 27 at Temple Adath Yeshurun in Syracuse. The theme is “Honor Our Mothers and Fathers,” one of the tenets of Judaism.

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United Church of Fayetteville celebrates pastor’s 20th year of ordination

The United Church of Fayetteville celebrated the Rev. Linda Even’s 20th year of ordination, and fifth year as the church’s pastor, Sunday, Sept. 16.

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[GALLERY] Beard Park bustles for Fayetteville Festival

Beard Park bustled with activity during the sixth annual Fayetteville Festival held from 11 a.m. to 4p.m. Saturday.

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Fayetteville Festival highlights local non-profits Saturday

The third Saturday in September is quickly approaching — and with it, the sixth annual Fayetteville Festival. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Beard Park, with a rain date of Sunday.

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[GALLERY] JCC hosts 13th Annual Jewish Music & Cultural Festival

The Jewish Cultural & Music Festival celebrated its 13th, Bar Mitzvah, year Sunday, with great music and incredible food -- all to the tune of clear skies.