Memoirs on religion, January 1, 2022

SEYMOUR – The Seymour United Methodist Church, 90 Pearl St., Seymour, is having its 23rd Annual Winter Soup Sale from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on January 15, with take-out orders only.

Selling soup after the holidays has become a popular tradition at Seymour United Methodist Church, where the church will offer a wide variety of homemade soups, as well as a selection of baked goods, breads and desserts. Many take the opportunity to fill their freezers with tasty, nutritious and quick meals. Out of respect for current COVID-19 concerns, only take-out will be offered. In addition, the accompanying book sale has been postponed until further notice.

The event is rain, snow or shine. For more information call 203-823-7610

Mishkan Israel Congregation program of events

HAMDEN – The Mishkan Israel Congregation, 785 Ridge Rd, Hamden, invites people in person or online for Friday night Shabbat services at 6 p.m., led by Rabbi Brian Immerman and Cantor Arthur Giglio.

January 14: The Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Service, with keynote speaker Prof. Brandon M. Terry, Presidential Visiting Assistant Professor at Yale University and Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and Social Studies at Harvard University.

All in-person events require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and the wearing of face masks. To reach us online, visit for username and password, or call the office at (203) 288-3877.

For pastoral emergencies, call Rabbi Immerman directly at 203-584-7396.

Northford Congregational invites everyone to services

NORTHFORD – Northford Congregational Church invites everyone to join services every Sunday at 10 a.m. Anyone who is not vaccinated is required to wear a mask, while everyone who is fully vaccinated has the option of wearing a mask or not.

Northford Congregational Church is located at 4 Old Post Road, at the corner of Route 22 and Route 17 in the village of Northford in North Branford. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and other days by appointment. To reach the church, dial 203-484-0795, visit, or send an email to [email protected] Or visit their Facebook page.

The B’Nai Jacob Congregation organizes services, events

WOODBRIDGE – Congregation B’nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Road, Woodbridge, announces the following services and programs. If you don’t know how to zoom, visit or call 203-389-2111. We zoom in and live for the evening and morning Shabbat services.

Morning on weekdays Minyans at 7.45 am in the Chapel and on Zoom.

Minyans evening at 6 p.m. from Saturday to Thursday. 6.30 p.m. Friday Shabbat evening.

We ask that everyone entering the building be masked and vaccinated, including the booster.

Saint Ann’s Services Announcement

OLD LYME – St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 82 Shore Road, Old Lyme, announces its Christmas service schedule. Everyone is welcome; free parking is available on the church grounds and on campus.

January 2, 2022: Services of the Holy Eucharist, 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Bible study at 9:30 a.m.

Church invites singers to join choir

NORTHFORD – Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1382 Middletown Avenue, Northford, invites residents to join its choir and worship through the gift of music. The choir sings for Sunday services at 10 a.m. Advent services will take place every Sunday until Christmas.

Coffee and camaraderie follow every service.

For information, visit Reverend Bryan Spinks is the priest in charge. For more information, contact Nan Monde, Sr. Warden, 203-710-7005; or Rev. Spinks, 860-304-5266.

St. Andrew’s is a member of the Middlesex Area Cluster Ministry Network, with St. James in Higganum and Emmanuel in Killingworth.

St. Andrew’s is also home to the Food Pantry of North Branford, a community resource serving families in need in Northford and North Branford. The church is also partnering with St. Pauly Textile in a large outreach program to help those in need in the United States and around the world. Donations of usable clothing, shoes, boots, belts, handbags, sheets, blankets, curtains and soft toys can be made at the donation center in the church parking lot, which is available 24/7.

Temple Beth David offers online programs

CHESHIRE – Temple Beth David, 3 Main St., Cheshire, uses the Zoom online platform and Facebook Live for its events.

Shabbat services are held every Friday at 7:00 p.m., except the first Friday of the month when a youth Shabbat service is at 6:30 p.m., with Oneg Shabbat hosted in the social hall by different families in the temple each week.

To join Zoom Shabbat services, confirm the start time by calendar on

To reach the temple, email [email protected] or call 203-272-0037; Rabbi Micah is always available to speak at [email protected]

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