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From helping horses to harmonious hymns

Bethlehem man ordained as deacon later in life, seeking priesthood

Many people try to find, and fulfill, what they believe is their true calling in life. A local man, however, feels he found his second calling later in life.

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Bethlehem Chabad’s Hanukkah celebration grows

Group hosts Hanaukkah Wonderland, inguaral parade of decorated cars

Since 2008, Bethlehem Chabad as hosted one of the largest Hanukkah events in the Capital District. The celebration has grown from a gathering to light the giant Menorah at Bethlehem’s Four Corners to hosting Hanaukkah Wonderland held at Town Hall.

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A century of faith, friendships

St. Peter Women’s Guild to commemorate 100th anniversary with dinner

Many things were different 100 years ago, with modern technology seeming more like science fiction. At least one thing remains unchanged — the dedication of a faithful group of women.

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Slingerlands church to close its doors

Community United Methodist a local landmark but faced declining membership in recent years

Parishioners of Community United Methodist Church are bidding their final farewells, as the Slingerlands church is set to close its doors this summer.

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Operation Christmas Child equals happiness in a box

Bethlehem Church participates for 15th year

For the 15th year, Bethlehem Community Church will be collecting shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. The project provides gifts for children in need living throughout the world’s poorest nations.

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Pastor’s calling brings her to Delmar

New head of church a rare occurrence in history of Delmar Presbyterian

For only the third time in 57 years, Delmar Presbyterian Church is welcoming a new pastor. The Rev. Karen Pollan became the church’s new, permanent pastor on Sunday, Sept. 8.

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Lightning hits local church

Bell tower damaged - church survives

The Ballston Center Reformed Presbyterian Church was the target of a lightning strike during the strong thunderstorms that rolled through on Wed. night.

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A festival for the senses

Cathedral of All Saints to present 'Vin de Choir: A Night of Song and Wine'

On Friday, April 19, from 6 to 8 p.m., The Friends of the Choir will hold a wine tasting event at the The Cathedral of All Saints

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School bus carries precious cargo

Scotia-Glenville schools staff fills bus with donations for City Mission

Scotia-Glenville School District staff on Wednesday, Nov. 21, filled a bus with donated gifts and wrapping supplies for the City Mission of Schenectady’s Holiday Toy Store.

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Catholic Charities expands furniture storage

Program seeing uptick in local need, struggling to meet demand

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany on Wednesday, Nov. 14, celebrated the grand opening of its new warehouse in the Rotterdam Corporate Park, which houses furniture and housewares donations for low-income individuals and families.

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Educator recognized for dedication

SJCC PTO honors longtime early childhood educator with celebration

The Parent Teacher Organization at the SJCC organized a retirement celebration for Ellen Carpenter, of Schenectady, who taught youngsters for more than three decades and helped shape programing.

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Area reaches out to Sandy victims

Schenectady County residents help with Downstate relief efforts

The Capital District was largely spared from Hurricane Sandy’s devastating effects. To some, this was cause for a sigh of relief. To others, it was a signal to turn their attentions to the needs of others.

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Speaker to bring Ghana’s issues to light

Alice Kyei-Anti has spent decades working in Africa

For the fourth time, Ghanian Presbyterian leader Alice Kyei-Anti will visit the Capital District to speak about her experiences in Africa as a pastor and public health advocate.

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Concert helps keep building alive

Rest Fest brings three days of music to St. Joseph’s Church

Eighteen bands, a collective of friends and community members, gathered in the decommissioned historic St. Joseph's Church over three days for the third annual Restoration Festival (Rest Fest).

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Time to go Greek

St. George church holds annual festival featuring culture

Two tons of food fuels a festive three-day celebration of culture that invites people to go Greek for at least a few days.