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Religion Notes: Love music? St. Paul’s programs let you learn, perform

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Delray Beach is inviting people who love music to join one of its musical programs. Opportunities are available for young people and adults, and participation is open to people of all faiths who share a love of music. Rehearsals begin soon. Programs include:

The chorister program includes the Cherub Choir, Jubilate Youth Choir, and Chancel Choir. The Cherub Choir is a pre-reading choir for children ages 4 through 6. Kids must be available to participate in sets of four weekly rehearsals, with a performance for the 5 p.m. Saturday Illuminated Worship service at the end of each set. 

The Jubilate Youth Choir is for ages 6 and older, and it performs monthly during the academic year for the 10 a.m. Sunday service and at special events using the Royal School of Church Music “Voice for Life” curriculum. It rehearses from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, followed by family dinner from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

The Chancel Choir is for teens through adults, sings weekly at the 10 a.m. Sunday liturgy and for Choral Evensong and Lessons and Carols services. Music reading skills are helpful. Rehearsals are 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. Sundays.

St. Paul’s also offers opportunities for teenage and adult instrumentalists. A teen ensemble made up of guitars, percussion and piano, the Illumineers, performs jazz- and rock-based music to support the casual atmosphere of the Illuminated Worship service, at 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

The Palm Beach Recorder and Early Music Society meets on the second Saturday of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and is open to performers of period instruments and vocalists.

St. Paul’s also offers musical instruction for children and adults through group and private lessons, including Gracie’s Little Groovers, a parent/child music and movement class led by Gracie Schreffler on Thursday mornings. Instructor Myngoe Brashears will offer private lessons on Mondays. 

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is at 188 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Contact Dr. Paul Cienniwa, director of music ministries, at or 278-6003;  or visit

5K run to benefit CROS Ministries

CROS Ministries’ annual Hustle2EndHunger 5K takes place Oct. 5 at John Prince Park, 4759 S. Congress Ave. in Lake Worth.

All proceeds support CROS Ministries’ mission to serve hungry people in Palm Beach and Martin counties by distributing food at eight pantries, serving a hot meal through the Caring Kitchen, offering a summer camp with lunch, a snack, and breakfast as needed, and recovering fresh produce at local farms.

Packet pickup starts at 6 a.m. The race starts at 7 a.m. The fee is $40 plus a $3 registration fee, which includes T-shirt, chip, bib and medal. Registration closes at noon Oct. 4. There’s also a walk beginning at 8:15 a.m. A recognition ceremony takes place immediately after the race.

Register at or

Volunteers are also needed. Contact Jody Young at

Boca Helping Hands seeks Thanksgiving volunteers

It’s not too early to start thinking about Thanksgiving dinner, especially if your plans include giving back to the community.

Boca Helping Hands feeds hungry people every day and uses volunteers for almost everything it does. BHH distributes more than 70,000 pantry bags each year at three Palm Beach County locations and serves over 55,000 hot meals annually, six days per week, plus BHH sends weekend meals home with elementary school students via the BHH Backpacks Program.

Although Helping Hands would love for volunteers to commit more time, here are five other ways you can help hungry people this Thanksgiving:

• Host a food drive at your home or office. Ask friends and neighbors, coworkers and clients to help you fill a box with canned goods and donate it to the food pantry.

• Volunteer for the Thanksgiving Box Brigade and Turkey Distribution Day at Boca Helping Hands’ Remillard Family Resource Center, 1500 NW First Court, Boca Raton. Volunteers are needed from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 18 to hand out boxes, each with all the fixings, plus a turkey and a roasting pan — everything needed to make a Thanksgiving dinner at home — to several hundred families that registered.

• Volunteers are needed from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 18 for the Boynton Beach Thanksgiving Box Brigade and Turkey Distribution at First Baptist Church of Boynton Beach, 301 N. Seacrest Blvd. Families that registered will drive through the parking lot to pick up their boxes with everything they need to cook Thanksgiving dinner at home.

• On Nov. 28, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, Boca Helping Hands volunteers are needed to hand out dinners donated and prepared by the Boca Raton Resort & Club to registered families. The event takes place at Boca Glades Baptist Church, 10101 Judge Winikoff Road, in the parking lot.

• Boca Helping Hands volunteers are needed on Thanksgiving Day to help distribute meals prepared by the Addison at the First Baptist Church of Boynton, to registered families.

Boca Helping Hands is at 1500 NW First Court, Boca Raton. To volunteer or make a donation, call 417-0913, ext. 202, or email Karen Swedenborg at For more info, visit

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