Monday, November 21, 2016

Chappaqua Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service and Dinner, Nov. 20, 2016

I wasn't planning to publish photos of this event but it was requested of me by the minister of the host church and one of its members.

Clicking on a photo in most browsers will either open a slide display or enlarge the individual photo.

The cause supported this year is the Westchester Refugee Task Force, whose mission statement is at the end of the posting.

You can figure out who is who if you wish, with some exceptions, I can't.  I've posted in the order the events occurred. Here's an outline of the participants: 

November 20, 2016 

Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service and Dinner
First Congregational Church, Chappaqua NY

Sponsored by the Chappaqua Interfaith Council

Rev. Dr. Martha Jacobs
First Congregational Church


Badr BaSaeed  


Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester
Children of the World
Temple Beth El’s Jew-Be-Glee Senior Choir,
Directed by Cantor Star Trompeter

Hindu Community
Gail, Ayan and Ethan Makode

Baha’is of New Castle
Baha’i Community Choir
Under the direction of Susan Cody

Native American Prayer
Recited by Ellen Lewis

First Congregational Church

Chancel Choir with Keith Robellard, Minister of Music

Chappaqua Friends Meeting

Upper Westchester Muslim Society

Badr BaSaeed;Numan Maloney.

Guest Speaker
Mary Refling
Westchester Refugee Task Force

The Sikh Community
Tej Anand

St. John and St. Mary Catholic Church
St. John and St. Mary Choir
Organ:  Kyle Mango, Director of Music

Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer
Rev. Dr. Leigh Pezet

St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church
Gail Dedona and Molly Holmes

Introduction of the new Rector of St. Mary the Virgin, Episcopal
Rev. Canon Alan Dennis
by Rev. Dr. Martha Jacobs

Blessing of the Meal
Rev. Canon Alan Dennis

Westchester Refugee Task Force

Westchester Refugee Task Force includes many churches, synagogues, Islamic centers, civic groups and individuals, which work together with other agencies to advocate for and support refugee resettlement efforts in Connecticut and Westchester County.


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