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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

Flags come down at St. Mary’s, but memories remain

The sight of 107 American flags set up on the lawn at St. Mary’s School this week was impressive enough, but the words left on tags on each told a story of heroes of yesterday and those still serving today. The identical flags, purchased by members of the Ontario County community and beyond, were set up in a Field of... more

A red, white and blue tribute at St. Mary’s in Canandaigua

Current and past service members, first responders, and victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are recognized this week with 107 flags installed on the lawn of St. Mary’s School as a “Field of Honor.” An opening ceremony was held Monday for the four-day tribute, which will continue until Thursday, when a closing ceremony will be held at 10 a.m.... more

Holy harassment? Church’s presence on downtown Auburn corner a divisive subject

The intersection of Genesee Street and Loop Road can be a busy one, but on Friday evenings, many steer clear of it for another reason. That’s when, for more than 20 years now, the members of Blessed Hope Baptist Church in Elbridge have stood on all four corners of the intersection. Toting signs with Bible passages, they try to strike... more

Hill Cumorah 2017 (photo)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is once again sponsoring the annual Hill Cumorah Pageant in Palmyra New York. Nearly 50 thousand spectators are expected to see the largest Pageant in North America. There are 740 cast members on hand. This year the pageant is celebrating its 80th anniversary. The show begins on July 15th and will... more

St. Luke’s marks 150 years in Branchport

St. Luke’s Episcopal, the simple but beautiful stone church on West Lake Road in Branchport, will celebrate its sesquicentennial this week. It was on Sunday, June 11 in 1867 when the little church on the West Branch of Keuka Lake was consecrated by Bishop Cleveland Coxe of what was then the Diocese of Western New York. To celebrate, the congregation... more
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