Church News


Pope Francis selected to be new head of Catholic Church

Catholics worldwide rejoiced when Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio became the new pope on March 13.

Westminster Church to present 'Service of Nine Lessons and Carols'

Westminster Presbyterian Church in Auburn will celebrate "The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols" on Sunday, December 30, at 9:30 a.m. The service tells the Christmas story, from prophecy to incarnation, through nine readings from the Old and New Testaments, and with hymns, carols, and special music.

New French class at Holy Trinity Preschool

Holy Trinity Preschool is now offering French instruction to all classes.

Bell choir hosting Christmas tea and concert

The First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Bell Choir is hosting its third annual Christmas Tea and Concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the church Great Room.

Community Thanksgiving service set for Nov. 18

The Skaneateles Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Skaneateles United Methodist Church, 26 Jordan St. It is the opportunity to give thanks for things received during the past year and a time to remember those still in need.

Methodist church to host classical music concert

Skaneateles United Methodist Church will host “Dreams and Desires: An Evening of Classical Music,” Friday, Sept. 28, beginning at 8 p.m. The participating artists are known in the Central New York area for their work with the Syracuse Opera and Syracuse Symphony. All proceeds will go to the church's Roof Revival Fund.

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Tokarzes to renew vows for 75th wedding anniversary

Frank and Veronica Tokarz will be renewing their marriage vows on Monday, Sept. 17, at the 8:15 a.m. Mass, St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Skaneateles, in preparation for their 75th wedding anniversary the following day. A reception will be held after Mass for anyone wishing to join them.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church to hold country fair

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is holding its annual Country Fair Saturday, Aug. 18.

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Local composer and choir director has new publications

Choral compositions and arrangements by Crawford R. Thoburn, chancel choir director at the First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles, are now being published by St. James Music Press.

Property issues dominate town board meeting

Five public hearings on various property issues took up much of the Skaneateles Town Board’s July 19 meeting, with the board addressing unsafe buildings, establishing a new drainage district and conveying land to Grace Chapel.

Skaneateles churches form new version of Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible Blast offers one-day, family-oriented program

Churches of the Skaneateles Clergy Association are experimenting with a new form of vacation bible school this summer that will consolidate the event to a one-day affair and invite parents to participate.

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Presbyterian Church nears end of 20-year window restoration project

More than just art, the stained glass windows reveal history, spirituality, community ties

Skaneateles residents passing down East Genesee Street soon will notice boarded-up window frames have replaced the beautiful stained-glass windows in the top story, front façade of the First Presbyterian Church. Don’t worry — the church is not moving, or going defunct, but rather nearing the completion of a 20-year project to restore all the stained glass windows to a structurally sound state.

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Teens raise $2K for world hunger during 30-Hour Famine event

What would motivate 42 teenagers to come together on a weekend, stop eating and spend their time learning about world hunger and how they can help? “It feels good to do something for people less fortunate than us,” said Mikaela Terhune.

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Handbell composition debuts at Presbyterian Church

Susan Grady conducts the First Presbyterian Church Bell Choir during morning service on Sunday, April 29, for a performance of the original piece "Invitation,” composed by Kevin McChesney, one of the nation’s foremost composers of handbell music.

Local teens to participate in 30-hour famine in Thayer Park

Everyone knows something about world-hunger. But what can we do about it? This weekend, many Skaneateles kids in sixth through twelfth grade will be participating in a worldwide program called 30 Hour Famine that does try to do something about it.