St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, 68 Main St., East Berlin, was the recipient of the “Faith Community of the Year” award at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Friendship Service Center of New Britain, held March 26. St. Gabriel’s provides “Mass on the Grass,” a worship service every Saturday at 2 p.m. outside the Friendship Service Center, followed by lunch prepared by parishioners. Also, the church provides services for children who are served by the Friendship Center. Furthermore, the church helped furnish the Howey House, a permanent supportive housing building owned and managed by the Friendship Service Center for the chronically homeless. Deacon Donald Richey accepted the award on behalf of St. Gabriel’s.