Religion News Briefs

Forestville United Methodist Church to host ‘Athens’

Forestville United Methodist Church invites families to “Athens: Paul’s Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth” in Forestville. This event will be hosted at the church from Aug. 12-16. Families will step back in time to Athens, exploring Paul’s adventures. Children and adults will participate in a memorable “Bible-times Marketplace,” sing songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into snacks, visit Paul, and collect “Bible Memory Makers.” Plus, everyone learns to look for evidence of God all around them through something called “God Sightings.” Each day concludes at “Celebration” – a time of upbeat worship that gets everyone involved.

“Athens” will run from 6 to 8 p.m. each day. For more information, call 965-2506.

Church plans barbecue benefit

St. Paul Lutheran Church’s 38th annual chicken barbecue, with proceeds to benefit Chautauqua County Rural Ministry, will be held Aug. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (or until sold out). Tickets are $9; eat in or take out is available. Dinner includes half chicken, potato salad, corn on the cob and a cookie. The church is located at 334 Temple St., Fredonia. A food drive will also be held to benefit CCRM.

Lawn Fete set for Aug. 4

St. Rose of Lima Church, 11 Center St., Forestville is having its 30th annual Lawn Fete and Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue Sunday, Aug. 4 from noon until sold out. Mass is at 11:15 a.m. There will be live music, a gift basket extravaganza, gaming booths, children’s games, trash and treasure, and much more. For more information, call Stacey at 965-4121.

Healing Mass to be held Aug. 8

Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be held on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity, 1032 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Father David Bellittiere and the Friends of St. Peregrine cordially invite those afflicted with cancer or need special healing, who wish to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to attend this healing Mass. For further information, call 283-0011.

Church to feature guest speaker

CASSADAGA – The Rev. Ellen Bourn, a medium, medical intuitive and master astrologer, is the featured guest speaker Sunday at Universal Unity of Spirit in Cassadaga. Her topic is “Your Inner GPS.” A prayer chaplain and healing service begins at 1 p.m. followed by Bourn’s talk at 1:30. All are welcome to attend and join in for fellowship and refreshments following the service.

Bourn is well-known throughout Western New York and Canada from her position as radio host and spiritual advice columnist for Cosmic Connections. She presents classes on a wide range of subjects. She will be presenting a class Saturday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on “St. Germaine and the Healing Violet Flame” at Universal Unity of Spirit at 89 N. Main St. (Route 60) in Cassadaga. To register for class and additional information on services, visit, send an email to or call 595-2617.