Rochester Reformed Church — 5142 Route 209. Worship service 10 a.m. Sun., with Children's Worship. Choir, Bible study. Handicapped-accessible. Pastor John Needham. Call 626-7319,


St. Luke's Episcopal Church — 544 Wolcott Ave. Call 831-2643.

First Confirmation classes begin March 12 First Communion classes begin April 9

Blooming Grove

Blooming Grove United Church of Christ — 8 Old Dominion Road. The Rev. Dr. Lisa Worthington. Call 410-908-1302 or e-mail

Shrove Tuesday, 7 p.m. March 8 at the Ezekiel House Ash Wednesday, 7 p.m. March 9 in the chapel "Eating, a Spiritual Practice," 7 p.m. Tues. March 15-April 12 at the Ezekiel House, featuring scriptural study and Lenten supper

Central Valley

Central Valley United Methodist Church — 12 Smith Clove Road. Ash Wednesday services, 7:30 p.m. March 9. Call 928-6570.


"Movies With Spirit" community film series — 7 p.m. March 19, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, 320 Sawkill Road. "The Philosopher Kings." This Patrick Shen documentary journeys through the halls of America's most elite universities to learn profound wisdom from people often disregarded and ignored by society. Followed by refreshments and discussion. Suggested donation $5 for anyone 12 and older. Contact Gerry Harrington, 389-9201 or


Maybrook United Methodist Church — 313 Homestead Ave. (Broadway and Route 208). Virginia Esposito, pastor. Sunday school, 9 a.m. Sun., service, 10:30 a.m., fellowship hour, 11:30 a.m. Zumba, 6 p.m. Tues. Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, 7 p.m. Wed. Call 427-4093.

Middletown area

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church — 2250 Goshen Turnpike. The Rev. Father Chris Talleos. Call 695-1976.

Sunday Meat Fare, Orthros, 8:30 a.m. Feb. 27; Divine Liturgy, 9:30 a.m., Sunday school and Goya spaghetti dinner Orthros, 8:30 a.m. March 6; Second Saturday of Souls Divine Liturgy, 9:30 a.m. Cheese Fare Sunday. Great Lent begins March 7 Presanctified Liturgy, 7 p.m. March 11 Third Saturday of Souls Divine Liturgy, 9:30 a.m. March 12; First Salutations to the Theotokos, 7 p.m.

North Congregational UCC — 157 Linden Ave. Call 343-6688.

"Finding Your Treasure," 10:30 a.m. Feb. 27 "Filled With Light," 10:30 a.m. March 6 "A Clean Slate," 10:30 a.m. March 13 "One Giant Leap," 10:30 a.m. March 20 "To Quench a Thirst," 10:30 a.m. March 27

"Singspiration" to benefit World Vision — Harmony Baptist Church, 1790 Route 211, Town of Wallkill, 7 p.m. Feb. 26. A night of praise and worship singing led by our Veneration Band. Fellowship and desserts. Admission is free. Love offering be taken to support World Vision's Clean Water Projects in Africa.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship — Corner of East Main and Orchard streets. Call 343-3858.

"They Rose Up Singing! When the Wheel of History Turns at a Blinding Pace, There Is Often Music Driving the Wheel," 11 a.m. Feb. 27. Evan Pritchard, interfaith minister, professor of world religion, musician and author of Celtic and Mi'kmaq descent, will discuss the current wave of nonviolent marches in Egypt, the Middle East, and Madison, Wis., and what it all means to him as a Native American. Service will be followed by a potluck lunch. Monthly board meeting, 9:45 a.m. March 6 "Hope: Between Terrorism, Two Overseas Wars, and an Economic Meltdown," 11 a.m. March 6


Grace Episcopal Church — 1 Forest Ave. The Rev. Alon White, vicar. Call 782-8535.

Ash Wednesday service, 8:30 a.m., 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. March 9. Holy Communion with imposition of ashes will be celebrated. All are welcome. Sunday worship service, 9 and 10:30 a.m. March 13

Open Door Cafe — 7 p.m. March 5, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 21 Still Road. Refreshments and fellowship. Freewill offering collected to support the ministry. Call Colleen and Joe McNulty, 782-8904.

Mass for Catholics dealing with separation and divorce — 2 p.m. March 13, Sacred Heart Church, Still Road, Monroe. Children welcome. Refreshments will be served after Mass in the St. Teresa Room. Call Sheila, 662-6470.


Katie's Café community lunch program — Noon-1 p.m. March 5 and April 2, St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 31 Erie Ave. Free. Call 252-3919 or visit


Grace United Methodist Church — 468 Broadway. Call 561-0176.

Lenten worship series, noon March 9, with the Rev. David Mason of Union Presbyterian Church Lenten worship series, noon March 16, with Jim McElhinney of Newburgh Ministry Lenten worship series, noon March 23, with Dr. Coleman Briggs of New Hope Baptist Church Lenten worship series, noon March 30, with the Rev. Martha Epstein of Gardnertown and Vails Gate UMC Lenten worship series, noon April 6, with the Rev. Peter Sipple of St. George's Episcopal Church Lenten worship series, noon April 13, with the Rev. Mary Lou Baumgartner of King of Kings Lutheran Church

Union Presbyterian Church — 44 Balmville Road. Call 562-0954 or visit

Service, 10:30 a.m. March 6. Ringers Handbell Choir will perform "Promised Land." Ash Wednesday Service, 7 p.m. March 9, Holy Communion and imposition of ashes Soup, Sandwiches and Seniors Program, noon March 17, with a presentation by Habitat for Humanity. $6. Call to register. "Bach Sunday" 10:30 a.m. March 20, featuring Sunday service with worship music by Johann Sebastian Bach Union Youth Group fundraiser for the Newburgh Animal Shelter, 1-4 p.m. March 26. Admission is a bag or cans of dog or cat food, pet toys, cleaning supplies or kitty litter. Union dance party, 6-8 p.m. April 2. A fun family event with DJ music and potluck dessert in Fellowship Hall.

Meeting of the Catholic Daughters — 7 p.m. March 13, Sacred Heart Church, 25 S. Robinson Ave. The Rev. Bill Scafidi will give a Lenten talk. New members welcome. Call 562-9462.

New Paltz

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church — 163 Main St. The Rev. Gwyneth McKenzie Murphy, vicar, college chaplain. Call church office, 255-5098.

Celtic Morning Prayer and meditation, 8 a.m. March 3


New Day Tabernacle — 38 Firehouse Road. Episcopal consecration of Bishop-designate Christopher J. Hodge, 11 a.m. March 26, Friendship Worship Center, 261 E. Lincoln Ave., Mount Vernon. Call 566-4441.

Rock Tavern

Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern — 9 Vance Road. Call 496-9696.

"Death and Friendship: A Perspective From Ancient Wales," 10:45 a.m. Feb. 27. A semitheatrical presentation by Barbara Kidney.


Warwick United Methodist Church — 135 Forester Ave. Call 986-1030.

Ecumenical Lenten devotional luncheon, noon-1 March 16. "Prayer and Fasting," a message by the Rev. Ken Susskraut of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The first in a series of five devotional lunches held Wednesdays during Lent. $7 per person. Ecumenical Lenten devotional luncheon, noon-1 p.m., March 23. "Service," a message by the Rev. Robert Bubel of St. Stephen's R.C. Church. $7 per person. Ecumenical Lenten devotional luncheon, noon-1 p.m. March 30. "Confession," a message by pastor Don Heatley of Vision Community Church. $7 per person. Ecumenical Lenten devotional luncheon, noon-1 p.m. April 6. "Giving," a message by the Rev. Scott Barker of Christ Church Episcopal. $7 per person. Ecumenical Lenten devotional luncheon, noon-1 p.m. April 13. The last in a series of devotional lunches during lent that will include, "Worship," a message by the Rev. Bruce Bernard of Warwick Valley Church of the Nazarene. $7 per person.

West Park

Holy Cross Monastery — 1615 Route 9W (Broadway). Call 384-6660. Arrive for programs after 2 p.m. on the day the program starts. Vespers at 5 p.m., supper 6 p.m., first session of program after supper. Reservations and deposits required.Visit

"Prayerful Stitches — Co-creation in Yarn & Needles," April 13-15, led by Brother Charles Mizelle and Brother Bernard Delcourt. Participants will spend quiet time working at their respective projects while praying. They will consider a yarn project for homeless people. They will swap tips, advice and stitching anecdotes. Participants need to already know a technique of their choice (knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, etc.) and to bring their own stitching material. Fee $180; deposit $80.


St. Gregory's Episcopal Church — 2578 Route 212. Call 679-8800.

Shrove Tuesday Mardi Gras Dinner, 5:30 p.m. March 8, with chicken gumbo and bread pudding. Short litany, a couple of hymns that include "alleluias" (and no singing or "alleluias" again until the Easter Vigil). Tickets $15 for dinner and entertainment. Seating limited; get your ticket soon. All are welcome. Ash Wednesday, noon and 5:30 p.m. March 9. Invitation to a Holy Lent and imposition of ashes.


"Catholics Returning Home" — 7-8:30 p.m. Mon. March 7-April 11, St. Joseph's Parish, the Rev. McGrath Hall, 180 Sullivan St. These sessions are for nonpracticing Catholics who are seeking answers to questions about returning to the church. Informal sharing and an update of the Catholic faith. Call Jerry Barnard, 807-3502, or St. Joseph's, 888-4522.


Aglow International Liberty Lighthouse breakfast meeting — 9 a.m. March 12, United Reformed Church, Route 52. Guest speaker will be pastor Richard Ienuso of Lighthouse Ministries in Neversink, author of "The Unveiling of Jesus Christ," a unique synopsis of the Book of Revelation. Call Barbara, 439-3794.


Please note: Church and other ongoing religious listings will be printed on a rotating basis each week in alphabetical order by community.


Faith Assembly of God — 254 Spackenkill Road. Nursery care available for all services. The Rev. Edward A. Jones, senior pastor. Call 462-5955 or visit

Worship service, 9 a.m. Sun., 11 a.m. with sign language interpretation for the deaf and hard of hearing; Bible study for all ages, 9:45 a.m. Sun.; God Chasers, 9 and 11 a.m. Sun., grades K-6; Little People's Church, 9 and 11 a.m. Sun., ages 3-5; evening worship, 6 p.m.; Sunday night Live, 6 p.m. Sun., age 3 through fifth grade. Holy Communion served first Sun. Family night, 7 p.m. Wed. Includes Communion, prayer, and devotional for adults, and choir rehearsal; Rainbows, boys and girls ages 3 and 4; Missionettes, girls ages 5-14; Royal Rangers, boys ages 5-18 The Crossing, 7 p.m. Thurs., for young adults ages 18-30 High school teens, 7 p.m. Fri. Middle school teens, 6 p.m. Sun. Faith Christian Academy, grades K-9, with pre-K for ages 4-5. Wendy Wright, principal. Call 462-0266.

First Congregational Church/United Church of Christ — 269 Mill St. Bruce Schoup, interim pastor. Call 454-2960; Sunday worship, 10:30 a.m.


Programs for Interfaith Couples and Families — The Orange/Rockland Chapter of Interfaith Community of Greater New York, an independent organization, meets 10:30 a.m. first Sun at Central Valley Elementary School in Central Valley. Connect with other Jewish-Christian couples and families and learn about programs for dual-faith families. Call 212-870-2544, e-mail, visit


The Church at Ridgebury — 671 Ridgebury Road. Worship, 10:30 a.m. Sun.; Sunday school, 9:30 a.m. Handicapped-accessible. The Rev. Dan Fritzsch. Call 355-7803 or visit

Rock Hill

Rock Hill Church of the Nazarene — 210 Katrina Falls Road. Worship services, 8:30 and 11 a.m., 6 p.m. Sun.; Sunday school, 9:45 a.m. Prayer and Bible study, 7 p.m. Wed. Nursery available for the two Sunday morning services. Handicapped-accessible. The Rev. Roy Shaffer. Call 796-3729.

Rock Hill United Methodist Church — 254 Rock Hill Drive. Worship, 11 a.m. Sun. The Rev. Jack Polin. Call 796-3833.

Rock Tavern

Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern — 9 Vance Lane. Worship 10:45 a.m. Sun. Call 496-9696.

Westminster Presbyterian Church — 614 Station Road. Call 496 7971. Worship at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sun. Sunday school for all ages, 11:15 a.m. Sermons may be heard online; for directions and youth/children program details, go to

To submit a religion listing, send it, at least two weeks before the event, to: Carmen Quiñones, Times Herald-Record, P.O. Box 2046, Middletown 10940, or e-mail or call 346-3163.