May 20, 2011
by Pam Wright
This past November, a group of us from the First Congregational Church were fortunate to hear Westchester’s own Vaneese Thomas perform the mezzo-soprano role in “Too Hot to Handel” at Carnegie Hall. Her singing was mesmerizing. Most recently, Ms. Thomas performed to a packed house during a torrential rainstorm at the Town Crier in Pawling.
March 4, 2011
by Lisa Flanagan
While some students are flying to warmer locales for Spring Break, others are dedicated to the arts and to the fulfillment of scholarship requirements. This was the case for me when I was on a Music Scholarship to Muskingum University in Southeast Ohio.
December 17, 2010
by Jack Lohr, interim pastor of PCMK
I get into the spirit of Christmas by listening on Christmas Eve to National Public Radio’s broadcast of the “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” from King’s College, Cambridge.
If you have a score, bring it with you.
December 3, 2010
by Penny Vane
The music is familiar, uplifting, inspiring . . . and now part of a new community tradition! It’s time to take your holiday voice out of the shower and join friends and neighbors at the Second Annual Messiah sing-along. Lest we forget, Handel’s famous Messiah is much more than just the Hallelujah Chorus!
There’s a whole score-ful of beautiful music, and we’ll perform it all together this Sunday, December 5, at 5:00 p.m., gently guided by the skillful direction of Stephen Fancher, music director of St. Mary the Virgin, and featuring solos by numerous talented local vocalists.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
by John Ehrlich
Chanukah is just as much a celebration of food as of light. Here is a sampling of easy-to-make, healthy and traditional oil-based Latkes to enrich family celebrations and tickle holiday palates. Kids love them. Tired of potatoes? Consider using zucchini, carrots, cauliflower, mushrooms, noodles, even almonds or pecans. Make your own frying-pan miracle.
Members of the Interfaith Council check out the kitchen at First Congregation Church
November 19, 2010
by Elinor Griffith
From the opening musical strands of “Let There Be Peace on Earth” to the last crunch of apple crisp or pumpkin pie, the Chappaqua Interfaith Council’s Annual Thanksgiving Service and Dinner is a much-anticipated community event. It will be held this year at the First Congregational Church on Sunday, November 21 at 4:00 pm. A free Thanksgiving feast will be served immediately following the service when everyone can mingle and get to know other faith groups in the community. Everyone is welcome.
October 15, 2010
by Maud Bailey
Tonight, Friday, October 15, The First Congregational Church of Chappaqua, will host a Quilt Show and Sale presented by PeaceQuilts from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The story behind the PeaceQuilts Project is an intriguing one, and Jeanne Staples, director of PeaceQuilts, will be on hand to explain its mission to help Haitian women earn a living wage.
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October 8, 2010
by Rachel Rosin
This past Sunday, October 3, more than thirty parents and children from Temple Beth El gathered along with their Muslim neighbors at the Upper Westchester Muslim Society Mosque to pack boxes of relief aid to be sent to Pakistan.
September 17, 2010
Reprinted with permission from Rev. Thomas Lenhart of the First Congregational Church of Chappaqua. [Bracketed subheadings added]
Though I was on the Maine Coast for a few weeks this summer, I heard about the controversy over the proposed building of an Islamic Center two blocks from “ground zero,” the site of the World Trade Center destroyed by terrorists on September 11, 2001.
June 25, 2010
by John Ehrlich
After four years of planning, construction is finally underway at Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester in Chappaqua. The $12 million expansion project, which will double the size of the synagogue and attached buildings from 18,435 to 36,000 square feet has begun.
May 21, 2010
by John Ehrlich
Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester broke ground Sunday, May 16, on its long-awaited facility expansion project for which construction will begin June 7.
March 19, 2010
by Keith Robellard
Twice a year for more than 35 years, the First Congregational Church of Chappaqua Chancel Choir has performed a significant choral piece in lieu of the Sunday sermon. This Sunday, March 21, during morning worship from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., the choir will perform Francis Poulenc’s Gloria. All are invited to share in this special Sunday worship service and join us for Sunday brunch afterwards in the church hall.
The Hales are moving to Massachusetts.
Updated Monday, March 22, 2010
by Reverend Tom Lenhart
Last Sunday, March 21, after the morning worship service, The First Congregational Church held a special brunch to say goodbye to Gordon and Marj Hale, long-time residents of Chappaqua and members of the church since 1953.
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November 27, 2009
Editor’s note: On Sunday, November 22, a Thanksgiving Interfaith Service was hosted by St. John and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. It began with music and prayers sung and read by representatives of all the Interfaith Council member groups, and ended with a feast in the parish hall. Here we reprint The Reverend Tom Lenhart’s opening remarks, followed by notes from some of the participants, and last, some film.
“On behalf of the Interfaith Council’s members I want to welcome you today to this thanksgiving service. We have much to be thankful for. Among our blessings is the legacy of remarkable ideals—equality, liberty, and freedom of religion—established by those who have gone before us. This is a land where a church and a temple and a mosque can share the same street; where children of different races, nationalities and religions can play and learn together. In that spirit we gather together in interfaith worship this day . . .
More photos of St. John and St. Mary’s in “Read more”
November 20, 2009
by Candace Downing
The Chappaqua Interfaith Council will hold its annual Thanksgiving Service at St. John and St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 30 Poillon Road, Chappaqua, this Sunday, November 22 at 4:00 p.m.. A community meal will follow the service. Everyone in the community is welcome. Prayers, readings, music and song will be performed by members of all the participating faith communities. The Kittle House will again be providing the main portion of the meal. D’Agostino’s supermarket has also provided a generous donation. There is no charge for the meal.