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First Baptist Church Of Lincoln Gardens To Stay Virtual Until 2022

First Baptist Church Of Lincoln Gardens To Stay Virtual Until 2022

First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens will remain virtual throughout 2021, the church’s senior pastor said during an October 30 telephone conference. Citing the recent surge in positive coronavirus tests around the country, FBCLG Senior Pastor DeForest “Buster” Soaries told more than 400 people in on the call that “unless something unusual happens, or there […]

Fr. Abraham Orapankal Named Pastor At St. Matthias

Fr. Abraham Orapankal Named Pastor At St. Matthias

Father Abraham Orapankal, who has served as interim Pastor at St. Matthias Church since 2018, has been named permanent Pastor. The announcement was made March 13 by Bishop James F. Checchio of the Diocese of Metuchen. Orapankal was named to the interim position following the resignation of Fr. Douglas Haefner, after financial irregularities were found […]

Masjid-e-Ali Celebrates Eid With Gift To Franklin Food Bank

Masjid-e-Ali Celebrates Eid With Gift To Franklin Food Bank

A $7,000 donation to the Franklin Food bank highlighted the celebration of Eid-al-Fitr June 5 at the Masjid-e-Ali mosque on Cedar Grove Lane. Eid-al-Fitr is the celebration marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims must fast between dawn and dusk. The gift was presented to the Food Bank’s Development […]

Masjid-e-Ali Mosque Hosts Community At Iftars

Masjid-e-Ali Mosque Hosts Community At Iftars

Members of the Masjid-e-Ali Mosque on Davidson Avenue are in the middle of celebrating their holy month of Ramadan and, as they do each year, they have issued an open invitation to the community to share their nightly meal, or Iftar. The Ramadan celebration this year began on May 6 and will last through June […]

Annual St. Matthias Carnival Opens (Finally) To Crowds, Food, Fun

Annual St. Matthias Carnival Opens (Finally) To Crowds, Food, Fun

It was delayed three days by constant rain, but the 2019 edition of the St. Matthias Carnival opened May 17 in almost perfect weather. There was a little sprinkle at about 7 p.m., an hour into opening day, but that did not chase anyone away. In fact, the crowd grew as the evening wore on. […]

Balaji Temple Skits Give Life Lessons

Balaji Temple Skits Give Life Lessons

Life lessons told through a series of skits were presented May 5 at the Srivari Sri Balaji Temple on Elizabeth Avenue. The five skits – four performed by children and the finale by adults – were based on stories taken from the Mahabaratham, one of the two religious books followed by the Hindu sect, said […]

Hundreds Assemble At Masjid-e-Ali For Sri Lankan Bombing Vigil

Hundreds Assemble At Masjid-e-Ali For Sri Lankan Bombing Vigil

Nearly 200 people gathered at the Masjid-e-Ali mosque on Cedar Grove Lane April 22 for a vigil to remember the victims of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka. The wave of suicide bombings, in churches and hotels, left about 290 people dead and hundreds more wounded. Multiple suspects were arrested, and the attacks were […]

St. Matthias Parishioners Hold Annual ‘Stations Of The Cross’ Walk

St. Matthias Parishioners Hold Annual ‘Stations Of The Cross’ Walk

About 200 parishioners participated in the annual Stations of the Cross walk held by St. Matthias Catholic Church on April 19. The church holds the event every Good Friday. The 14 stations commemorate Jesus Christ’s last day on Earth, and focus on his suffering as he carried his cross to Cavalry, where he was crucified. […]

New Zealand Mosque Attack Victims Remembered In Temple Beth El Vigil

New Zealand Mosque Attack Victims Remembered In Temple Beth El Vigil

People of all faiths packed Temple Beth El March 16 for a vigil in honor of the victims of the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand The roughly hour-long commemoration featured comments by political and faith leaders from the township and the region. The vigil was sponsored by the Franklin Township Interfaith Council, whose vice-president […]

Former Mayor John Clyde Eulogized As Fearless And Caring Man

Former Mayor John Clyde Eulogized As Fearless And Caring Man

More than 100 mourners gathered at St. Matthias Catholic Church Jan. 29 to say goodbye to former township Mayor John Clyde. Clyde, 63, died Jan. 24 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. A two-time heart transplant survivor, Clyde battled a variety of health issues. Eulogists celebrated what they called his fearlessness in dealing […]

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