• St. James Episcopal Church, 9 Williams St., Clinton is observing the Season of Creation for the next four weeks.  This weekend the church will celebrate the Earth and all that God has created.  Services are 4 p.m. Saturdays (Rite II) and 9:30 a.m. Sundays (Choral Holy Eucharist).  Bible study is offered 10 a.m. Thursdays. The series begins with an overview of scripture and how we engage in it. For information, visit www.stjamesclinton.org.

• New Hartford Presbyterian Church, 45 Genesee St., offers worship services at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. Sunday School for children and adults will begin at 9:30 a.m.  The VIP ("Vitally Informed Presbyterians") class will meet at 9:15 a.m. The class is open to individuals considering church membership, and to current church members.  VIP classes will meet each Sunday through Oct. 14. Child care is offered. For information, call 315-732-1139. Members of the Session will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18.

• Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica, 10 Higby Road, welcomes Mike DeWein and Ed Smyth, board members for New York Interfaith Power and Light (NYIPL) to the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, Sept. 16. DeWein and Smyth will talk about the mission and work of NYIPL, an independent nonprofit organization which helps diverse faith communities in New York actively respond to global warming as responsible stewards of creation.

• The First United Methodist Church of New Hartford at 105 Genesee St., with Rev. Brad Chesebro, pastor, offers Classic Worship services at 9 a.m. and Xalt Praise services at  10:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. The schedule is as follows: Adult Sunday School and Youth Group  will meet at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, and the Youth Group will meet at noon. On Wednesday, Sept. 19: Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren Book Group  will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Lounge, Men’s Class Meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in the Lounge, bell choir practice is at 6 p.m., choir practice is at 7 p.m.

• First Presbyterian Church on The Village Green in Holland Patent offers Sunday worship at 10 a.m. Sept. 16. Sunday School begins at 8:45 a.m. Observance of the International Day of Peace will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome for light refreshments followed by song, story, prayer, and a talk by Sheriff Rob Maciol on the role of peacemaking in Oneida County. If weather permits, participant will proceed to the peace pole in the park for music and sharing.

• Grace Church Episcopal, 193 Genesee St.,  will observe The 17th Sunday after Pentecost at 8 a.m. Rite I and 10:30 a.m. Rite II on Sunday, Sept. 16. Included in this Solemn Eucharist are hymns sung by the congregation and choir, additional music sung exclusively by the choir, lessons, prayers, a sermon, and a Rite II Mass. All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Holy Communion. Adult Forum will not be meeting Sunday, Sept. 16, but will resume Sunday, Sept. 23, with Session Two titled "Letting Grace Soak In." A Blessing of the Animals  will take place at 11 a.m.  Saturday, Sept.  29, in the garth.

• Luncheon Series: "St. Michael and The Archangels" facilitated by Annette Gape will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at The Good News Center, 10475 Cosby Manor Road, Deerfield. Gape serves as a certified Director of Faith Formation at Historic Old St. John’s Church. She was trained through Loyola Institute for Ministry and is a facilitator at The Good News Center.  Learn about St. Michael, St. Raphael, St. Gabriel and the other Archangel’s role in Salvation history.  Through Scripture, prayer and art participants will explore the relationships between the Archangels and God’s people. The cost is  $12 per person and $10 for 1992 Club members. Register by Sept. 18, by calling 315-735-6210 or visit www.thegoodnewscenter.org.

• A pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville will take place Sunday, Sept. 23.  A Mass with Rev. Thomas Connery, celebrant will take place at 11 a.m. followed by a potluck picnic. Bring a dish to share. Burgers, hot dogs, condiments and other items will be provided. Presented by the Capital District Council Ancient Order of Hibernians. For information, call 518-630-9922. 

• Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, at 1206 Lincoln Ave., Utica will be open all day Sunday, Sept. 16, to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Seven Sorrows. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin after the 11:30 a.m. Mass, followed by silent adoration through the afternoon, and Rosary and Benediction at 4 p.m. The church is air conditioned and handicapped accessible.

• The "Friends of St. Mary's" in Florence, NY are hosting a Mass with the Rev. Thomas Costello, celebrant at noon Sunday, Sept. 23, at St. Mary's Church on Osceola Road, Florence. The blessing of the graves will take place following the Mass. Raffle tickets for the 50/50 are availale. Proceeds to benefit the church. To purchase tickets, call 315-245-0319. 

• Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary will take place from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, outdoors on Saint Marianne Way, near St. Joseph's and St. Patrick's Church, Utica. Food, beverages and music to honor Our Lady. Food trucks will be on site. Enjoy music by the Mark Bolos Band at 6 p.m. For information, call 315-735-8375.

• St. Hedwig's Polish Fest will take place at noon Sunday, Oct. 14, following the celebration of the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Hedwig's Church, at 5432 state Route 26N in Houseville between Snow Ridge and Whetstone Gulf State Park. The festivities include: the serving of a Tasty Polish Platter $10, bake sale Items, Polish hot dogs $1, ice cream sundaes, theme basket raffles and a 50/50 raffle. Take outs available. Proceeds  will benefit church programs, repairs and restoration. For information, call 315-348-6260.

• The National Shrine of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, at 3636 state Route 5 in Fonda, began with the chapel, museum, and friary buildings which date back to 1782. Grassmann Hall and many other improvements have been added over the years. Thousands of faithful worshipers have come to visit what once was the Indian Village where Saint Kateri was baptized and lived most of her life. Much of this work and maintenance has been done with the help of a small staff and a dedicated group of volunteers.  The shrine recently received a donation of Native American artifacts that will be archived at the museum and there are plans for more improvements to the Shrine. Volunteers alone cannot accomplish these goals without the help and financial support of the shrine’s extended catholic community. The shrine will be celebrating its 80th Anniversary with a gala celebration honoring the Most Reverend Edward Scharfenberger, bishop of Albany. The event will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the River Stone Manor in Glenville. Attendance and support (financial or in-kind gifts) are encouraged to benefit the shrine. For information, visit www.katerishrine.com.  Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.com or by calling the shrine office at 518-853-3646.