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First Baptist Church Of Lincoln Gardens Takes Historic Step In Ordaining Deaconesses

First Baptist Church Of Lincoln Gardens Takes Historic Step In Ordaining Deaconesses

History was made at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens June 17 as 20 deaconesses were officially ordained as members of the church’s hierarchy. In the past, deaconesses were seen largely as the church’s “auxiliary,” given the title simply because their husbands had been ordained deacons, FBCLG Senior Pastor DeForest Soaries said in an […]

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Muslims Celebrate End Of Ramadan At Masjid-e-Ali

Muslims Celebrate End Of Ramadan At Masjid-e-Ali

Hundreds of congregants gathered at Masjid-e-Ali June 15 to celebrate Eid al Fitr, the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Muslims around the world engage in fasting during daylight hours throughout the month of Ramadan, which began this year in mid-May. Eid al Fitr, or festival of breaking of the fast, marks the […]

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Masjid-e-Ali Celebrates Annual Ramadan Iftar

Masjid-e-Ali Celebrates Annual Ramadan Iftar

Several hundred people gathered at the Masjid-e-Ali mosque on Cedar Grove Lane May 31 for the annual Ramadan Iftar meal. Observant Muslims are about halfway through the month of Ramadan, which is marked by fasting between sunrise and sunset. May 31 is also the birthday of Imam al-Hasan, the second Imam of Islam and first […]

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Somerset Presbyterian Church Holds Annual Spring Flea Market

Somerset Presbyterian Church Holds Annual Spring Flea Market

By PJ Parker. For more than 40 years, the first Saturday in May has marked the annual spring flea market at Somerset Presbyterian Church, on John F. Kennedy Boulevard. According to Barbara Nicol, chairperson of the event, “over 70 vendors from Franklin Township as well as surrounding communities and as far as New York and […]

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FR&A Live Stream: Interfaith Coalition Members Observe National Day Of Prayer

FR&A Live Stream: Interfaith Coalition Members Observe National Day Of Prayer

Members of the Franklin Township Interfaith Coalition gathered May 3 in the Veterans Memorial Park, in front of teh municipal building on DeMott Lane, to observe the National Day of Prayer. Attending the observance were the Rev. George Montanari from Middlebush Reformed Church, Rabbi Eli Garfinkel from Temple Beth El, Alex Kharazi, president of the […]

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Somerset Presbyterian Church Sets Spring Flea Market Date

Somerset Presbyterian Church Sets Spring Flea Market Date

Somerset Presbyterian Church will hold its annual Spring Flea Market from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 5 on the church’s front lawn, 100 John F. Kennedy Blvd. There is no rain date. Spaces are available at $20 each, and are assigned on a “first-paid” basis. If needed, table rentals are available at $10 each. […]

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True 2 Life Ministries Starts ‘Circle Of Life’ Fund-Raising Effort

True 2 Life Ministries Starts ‘Circle Of Life’ Fund-Raising Effort

True 2 Life Ministries, based out of 121 Victor Street, has started a fund-raising drive to help it continue its good works in the community. The Franklin Reporter & Advocate sat down with the ministry’s founder, Pastor Thomas Lewis, for a live-streamed interview about the project, which is called the Circle of Life. We also […]

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Masjid-E-Ali Celebrates Birthday Of Muhammad’s Successor

Masjid-E-Ali Celebrates Birthday Of Muhammad’s Successor

March 31 was the 1,419th birthday of the man Shia Muslims consider to be the divinely appointed successor to their prophet Muhammad. To mark the occasion, members of the Masjid-e-Ali mosque on Cedar Grove Lane held a celebration, punctuated by a lecture, prayers and, as is usual with an Islamic celebration, dinner. The person at […]

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FR&A Video: Township Baha’i Celebrate New Year With Traditional ‘Table Of Seven Dishes’

FR&A Video: Township Baha’i Celebrate New Year With Traditional ‘Table Of Seven Dishes’

The Franklin Reporter & Advocate was among the guests March 25 at the home of Dr. Ron Poustchi and his family. Poustchi is chairman of the Baha’i Group of Franklin Township. The event was the celebration of Nowruz, the traditional Persian and Baha’i New Year. Nowruz, which translated means “New Day,” is marked by the […]

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Hundreds Receive St. Matthias’ ‘Drive-Thru Ashes’ On Ash Wednesday

Hundreds Receive St. Matthias’ ‘Drive-Thru Ashes’ On Ash Wednesday

By PJ Parker. Feb. 14 marked not only the traditional Valentine’s Day this year, but also Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Christian holy season of Lent. This Ash Wed, St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church on John F. Kennedy Boulevard, under the direction of Fr. Doug Haefner, joined many Catholic parishes in offering “drive thru […]

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