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Auburn’s Wall Street Church faces uncertain future

Auburn’s Wall Street Church faces uncertain future
The steeple of the Wall Street Methodist Episcopal Church in Auburn has been a visible landmark in the city for more than 130 years. But, after being vacated in the early 2000s, the historic building has deteriorated enough to put its future in doubt. The church was recently placed on the Eight That Can’t Wait list by the Preservation Association... more

Local residents react to Hill Cumorah Pageant ending in 2020

Hill Cumorah Pageant to end in 2020
The famed Hill Cumorah Pageant is set to end after its 2020 season, according to Pageant officials. The announcement was made on Saturday. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said several pageants produced by the Church will be either modified or ended, including its flagship pageant in Palmyra. According to Pageant officials, Church officials listed several factors which... more

Half Acre Union Church in Aurelius presents new building

Half Acre Union Church in Aurelius presents new building
Cars overflowed from the parking lot to line both sides of W. Genesee St. Road as Half Acre Union Church presented its new building — located at the same address as the former building that burned down nearly three years ago — to the community on Sunday. A devastating fire destroyed the former Aurelius church building in November 2015, and... more

Geneva man hopes sharing his story of abuse will bring change

Peter Saracino, 66, of Geneva alleges he was sexually abused by a Capuchin Franciscan priest when he was eight-years-old. Thursday marked 27 years to the day that Saracino confronted his alleged abuser in a letter. Saracino said his abuser was not part of the Rochester Diocese, rather from a seminary in New Jersey that led the school for boys interested... more

West Bloomfield church’s organ is one of a kind

What if a musical instrument you owned was the only one of its kind? That is the case with the organ in the West Bloomfield Congregational Church. Made by the W.J. Davis Co. of Buffalo in 1875, it is the only known organ still in existence built by that organ maker. This Saturday, a citation from the Organ Historical Society... more

Changes coming to Hill Cumorah Pageant

Some historic changes are in place ahead of the 2019 performance of the Hill Cumorah Pageant. For the first time in 14 years, the show has a new artistic director, and for the first time in its 81 year history that director is a woman, Shawnda Moss The 2018 show wraps up tonight. Moss' predecessor served 21 years of service... more

July 4th prayer service set for refugees and separated families in Yates

Prayer Service for undocumented refugees and families separated because of political policies at 8:45 a.m. July 4 at St. Michael’s Chapel (use north facing side door). Members of our Social Ministry team will lead a service of shared prayer and concern for our neighbors. How can we celebrate freedom of some today without including all? All are welcome. Chronicle-Express: Read... more

Half Acre Union Church in Aurelius open after rebuilding from fire

Half Acre Union Church is now in full operation after rebuilding from a devastating fire that destroyed the church building more than two years ago. The Aurelius church continued hosting services elsewhere after the formerly 100-year-old building caught fire in November 2015, but Pastor Harry Dow said he wants people to know a new building has been constructed and the... more

Some of the newly accused priests served in Finger Lakes area parishes

Eight Catholic priests in the Diocese of Rochester, several of whom served in Finger Lakes parishes, are being accused of sexually abusing children by a group called Road to Recovery. Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston made the allegations in Rochester Wednesday. The Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian did the groundbreaking work in the Boston clergy sexual abuse cases that were... more

Historic stained glass art comes home

One of the most striking pieces of art ever inspired by Yates County has been restored to prominence in the heart of the county seat. A restored, six-panel, stained glass mural, depicting some of the most iconic architecture and scenes of Yates County’s history, was unveiled at Bank of the Finger Lakes in the atrium of the Village Centre at... more

‘No human being is illegal’: Immigration panel discussion held at a Sennett church

The Sennett Federated Church held an immigration panel discussion on Sunday with the presence of the New York Immigration Coalition, Workers' Center of Central New York and two immigrants who shared their stories of struggle. Pastor George Huffsmith said he put the event together because he realized there was a lot more to the immigration discussion than he understood, and... more

‘Common humanity’: Young Auburn pastor to speak at annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day event

The Rev. Patrick David Heery was delivering the closing remarks at the 2017 Citywide Celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he saw it. He saw church. Of course, he saw a church. Heery was preaching inside Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he became pastor in 2016 and which hosted the Martin Luther King Jr. Day service for... more

Pastor who served after S.C. church shootings to speak

A leader in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, a man who served as interim pastor of the South Carolina congregation where nine members were killed in 2015 by a white supremacist, is the featured speaker at Geneva’s annual Martin Luther King March and Service Monday. The Rev. Norvel Goff Sr., a presiding elder of the 7th District AME Church in... more

Skaneateles church granted $5,000 for stained glass restoration

St. James Episcopal Church, located at 96 E Genesee St., Skaneateles, is one of 17 locations to receive a “Sacred Sites Grant” from The New York Landmarks Conservancy, a private non-profit organization. The grants, awarded to historic religious properties in New York state, totaled $279,000. The $5,000 Conservancy Grant awarded to St. James will help fund stained glass restoration. The... more

Churches list special holiday services in Yates County

The final service to be held in the Dundee Presbyterian Church will be the Dundee Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with special music. Other Christmas season services are listed below. Check other local churches for their plans. Dundee Presbyterian The Dundee Presbyterian Church invites all to the last Christmas Eve Candlelight Service to be hosted by the congregation. The 7 p.m.... more

THE MELISSA KILLELEAGH SHOW: Rev. Leah Ntuala & Rob Harding of The Citizen (podcast)

Rev. Leah Ntuala of First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls and The Citizen’s Online Director Rob Harding are in-studio with Melissa Killeleagh to talk about their career and life paths, people who have inspired them and finding themselves while helping others move through the world. Also, planning for the Women’s March in Seneca Falls on January 20, 2018. . more

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church to celebrate centennial

Over 100 years ago, the newest immigrants to Yates County established a community of faith that survives to this day. Those “green Danes,” as the transplants from Denmark were referred to, came to the United States for a new opportunity of freedom and prosperity. As they were welcomed to their new country with foreign ways and speaking a different language,... more

Walworth Churches to help Hurricane victims with Hygiene/Emergency kits

We’ve all been glued to our televisions the past weeks and have watched in awe as we saw the destruction of the recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida. We have seen the impact on people’s lives – the flooding, the homes destroyed and lives permanently changed by the ferocious winds and water. We’ve seen the survivors crowded into shelters, emergency... more
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