Religions and Spirituality

April 21, 2021

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gary Keller, owner of The Guitar Studio, a music school in Berkeley Heights, died on April 13, 2021 at the age of 85. Keller, a long time resident of Berkeley Heights, has been giving private music lessons in NJ since 1973. He owned Keller Guitar Studios in Bloomfield and ...

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  NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — On Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Faith Lutheran Church, 524 South Street in New Providence, will again be collecting second-bikes for use by adults and children in Third World countries. The collection is being conducted on behalf of Pedals for Progress, an ...

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  NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — At 7 a.m. on Easter morning, Faith Lutheran Church of New Providence held a brief online service, which included the lighting of the Paschal Candle, in its memorial garden.   At 10 a.m., Faith celebrated that Jesus Christ had risen, with an online festival ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Faith Lutheran in New Providence invites all to participate in its online liturgical services on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter.  The link for the services is https://www.facebook.com/FaithLutheranNewProvidence/live/ The following services will be held:  Holy ...

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  NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Since the surge of the pandemic in March 2020, Faith Lutheran in New Providence has again demonstrated that it is not a church building but a servant community.  Because of the contagion of COVID 19, social ministry programs have not been able to occur physically.  ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Cardinal Joseph Tobin and Bishop Elias Lorenzo were welcomed into the newly constructed Church of the Little Flower in Berkeley Heights for the Rite of a Dedication of a Church and an Altar on Saturday, February 13, 2021. The attendance was limited due to COVID-19 ...

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    NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - In July 2020, TAPinto New Providence and Berkeley Heights reported that Faith Lutheran of New Providence collected and repaired 170 used bikes from residents of New Providence, Berkeley Heights and neighboring towns.  The collection was conducted on behalf of Pedals ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - John Patrick Elward, Jr, a long time Berkeley Heights resident and former mayor passed away on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021 at the age of 85. He served on the planning board, board of adjustment, township committee, including a year as mayor of Berkeley Heights. He was a member of ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Following its annual tradition, Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence contributed Christmas gifts to persons served by social service agencies in the community and St. Stephan’s Grace Community Church in Newark. Many of the gifts were in response to the recipient's specific ...

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  NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- On the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 15, the sixth of the eight days of Hanukkah, Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence and the Summit synagogues of Congregation Ohr Shalom-Summit Jewish Community Center and Temple Sinai lit the sixth candle of the Menorah at Faith.  This ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  Because of Covid-19 social distancing rules, the annual community Menorah Lighting Ceremony was broadcast via livestream for all to see Monday night.  After a day of rain, snow, sleet and ice -- it cleared in time for the intimate menorah lighting ceremony at Peppertown ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - On the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 8, Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence conducted a virtual hymn sing for its members and their friends.  The sing was led by Faith’s Minister of Music, Shea Velloso, and Faith’s choir member, John Everson. Two weeks prior, Mr.

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Silver Liming Foundation joined forces with Little Flower Church to bring Thanksgiving feasts to local families this holiday season. The program was called “Adopt-A-Family for Thanksgiving.”   Silver Liming teamed up with 61 children preparing to receive the sacrament of ...

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  NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- In spite of the obstacles presented by COVID-19, the annual New Providence Crop Walk to fight hunger took place on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 18.  As in each year since the first Walk in 1974, the Walk was planned by Faith Lutheran Church and chaired for the fifth consecutive ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Father Andrew Prachar, pastor of The Church of the Little Flower, revealed the content of the dated cornerstones of the upper auditorium church and the 'Little Church' at Sunday's 9:30 a.m. mass held outside at Columbia Park.  "We had to take out the sledge hammers to get ...

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Church of the Little Flower is hosting a Virtual Silent Auction. Bidding goes live on Friday, September 25 at 9 a.m. and will close on Sunday, October 4 at 9 p.m. The event is in support of Church of the Little Flower Parish.  Click here to preview items available for bid. To bid on items you ...

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SUMMIT, NEW JERSEY — Summit Marches On is hosting a candlelight vigil and call to action to honor the life and legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Monday, September 21st at 6:30 pm in Summit. The vigil is one of hundreds happening all over the country in response to the death of the Supreme ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - On Friday, Sept. 11, the nineteenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence will conduct an online service at 6:45 a.m. in its memorial garden.  The message will be, “We Are One.”  To participate in the service, go ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Church of The Little Flower is announcing its LGBTQ+ support group, “You Are Mine.” Margaret Manning, Pastoral Associate at Church of the Little Flower, said the name was chosen as a “reminder that we are all God’s children and also that LGBTQ individuals are our ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Many are mourning the death of Msgr. William Harms, former pastor of the Parish Community of St. Helen in Westfield, from 2000-2011, died Aug. 27, 2020, at Our Lady of Peace Rectory in New Providence, at the age of 80. Msgr. William Harms was remembered for bringing the ...

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  NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Since the upsurge in coronavirus cases in mid-March, each Thursday Faith Lutheran in New Providence has been contributing about 800 sandwiches to the soup kitchen of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Newark. The sandwiches are made by members and friends of Faith.

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Church of the Little Flower held 9:30 a.m. Sunday Mass outside at lower Columbia Park Pavilion. "With great joy we celebrated our first outdoor Mass today!" said Father Matthew Dooley. "Please join us again next Sunday, August 30 at 9:30 am at the Lower Columbia Pavilion ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Church of the Little Flower will be holding an outdoor Mass on Sunday, August 16th at 9:30 am (weather permitting) at the Lower Columbia Pavilion behind Columbia Middle School. Face-masks must be worn for the entirety of the service and social distancing is required. No ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Temple Sinai of Summit will host a 'Virtual Open House' on Wednesday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m., with participants learning about its warm, diverse and active community, while also 'meeting' Rabbi Erin Glazer -- Temple Sinai's new Rabbi -- along with Cantor Marina Shemesh and ...

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NEW JERSEY — Jewish homes in South Orange and Maplewood, and across New Jersey, have been opening their mailboxes each week for generations, and receiving news of interest about the Jewish world around them in the New Jersey Jewish News: from the hyper local — such as start times for holiday ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Our Lady of Mount Carmel annual five-day Feast and Fireworks extravaganza have also fallen victim to the change of times caused by COVID-19 and Governor Murphy's Executive Order and public gathering restrictions for the sake of public safety.   The Feast represents 100 ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Mount Carmel Society Feast will look a little different this year, but the procession will go on at 8 a.m. this Thursday, July 16 starting at Mount Carmel Society located at 56 River Road in Berkeley Heights.    The Mount Carmel Society will continue the traditional ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - A Community Vigil for Black Lives was held on Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Park in New Providence. The program, which attracted many, was student-led in partnership with the Diversity Committee of New Providence.   The vigil was led by Claire Alvine from the New ...

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Members of the New Providence and Berkeley Heights Interfaith Clergy issue a statement on the murder of George Floyd and systemic racism and call for "peace and reconciliation for all." "The New Providence and Berkeley Heights Interfaith Clergy Group a strongly condemns the ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A member of our community has suggested, and the Berkeley Heights Diversity Council fully supports and endorses, the idea to have as many residents as possible place a candle on our porches or in our windows each night (approx 7-9pm) this week to symbolize our commitment to ...

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