Religion News Briefs

Craft Show & Cookie Walk

Today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Cherry Creek/Leon United Methodist Church on Main Street in Cherry Creek will hold a “Craft Show & Cookie Walk.” Crafters, artisans and vendors will offer great gifts and items at affordable prices. Santa will visit from 10 a.m. to noon. Homemade cookies are $3.75 per dozen. There will be a lovely winter village display and a chili/soup luncheon available.

Visit ‘ancient Bethlehem’

The Forestville United Methodist Church will host “A Night in Ancient Bethlehem” today from 6 to 8 p.m. During their visit, guests can taste, see, and smell what ancient Bethlehem was like in the time when Jesus was born. This is a free event, and everyone is welcome. The church is located at 3 Park Street.

Christmas Cantata

The First United Methodist Church of Fredonia will be performing their Christmas Cantata, Canticle of Joy, by Joseph M. Martin on this Sunday during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Directed by our choir director, Tim Antonancci, Casey Gray will be our pianist and Courtnee Cesta will be the violinist performing with First United Methodist Church of Fredonia Chancel Choir. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served following the Cantata.

Blue Christmas

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will offer special “Blue Christmas” services this holiday season. On Thursday nights, Dec. 12 and 19 at 7 p.m. Those who have a difficult time with the holidays can find comfort and solace at St. Peter’s. These services offer light and hope to those for whom Christmas hurts. St. Peter’s is located at 12 Elm St. in Westfield. All those who are struggling, grieving, lonely or in need of comfort this holiday season are welcome.

UUCNC announces Sunday’s speaker

The Reverend Renee Ruchotzke will speak to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua this Sunday.

Her sermon is “The Guiding Star.”

She said, “When we are entering into unfamiliar territory, it is helpful having something to help guide our way. As liberal religious communities, we are committed to being open to new truths and ways of being in the world, while remaining faithful to our core values and transcendent ideals. How might we articulate the “whys” and the “hows” in our service to the wider world?”

Professional child care is available for children birth to 5 and Religious Exploration classes are available for older children.

Call 679-7944, visit or visit the Facebook page at for more information.

Mass to remember deceased children

The Annual Remembrance Mass for all deceased children will be held this year on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at the St. Rose of Lima Church at 7 p.m.

This annual mass is offered for anyone who has lost a child, born or unborn. Call Mary Franklin 965-4803 or Pat Johnson at 934-2961 and give the name of your child so his/her name will be prayed aloud within the Prayer of the Faithful.

It is also the custom for some parents to order a poinsettia plant in remembrance of their child. This beautiful flowering plant is presented by the parents at the beginning of the service as their child’s name is called. The plant is then placed on the altar for the Mass and will remain within the Sanctuary of St. Rose of Lima throughout the Christmas season. As the Christmas season comes to an end, the family is invited to take their plant home as a memento of the offering of flowers to the Christ child. This is voluntary and is not an obligation to attend.

Refreshments and a social time will be offered in the church hall after the mass.

To have your child’s name remembered during the Mass, or to purchase a poinsettia plant, please call Franklin or Johnson as soon as possible. Persons of all faiths are welcome.

St. Rose Christmas Cookie Sale

The St. Rose Society is now taking orders for beautiful cookie trays created with all home-baked varieties of delicious holiday cookies. The Italian Fig Cookies (Cucidati), a favorite of many are sold separately.

The trays may be ordered by calling Carmen at 965-9914 or Pat at 965-2738 or Fran at the Mt. Carmel rectory 934-2233. Each plate of cookies will be filled with delicious traditional homemade cookies. They will be beautifully presented and wrapped so that they may be given as gifts. Special orders for local business people to give to their clients and workers are welcome. The medium tray of 35+ cookies is $17.00 while the large tray of 50+ cookies is $22.00. The Italian fig cookies are sold $15.00 per pound. This year the cookie trays will be ready on the weekend of Dec. 21 and 22.

Trinity Episcopal cookie sale

Fredonia Trinity Episcopal Church Women will hold their annual Christmas Cookie Plate Sale on Friday, Dec. 13 beginning at 9 a.m. in Garland Hall of Trinity Episcopal Church, 11 Day St., Fredonia. Please use rear entrance. Choose from many ‘one of a kind plates’ filled with a wide assortment of cookie treats for the holidays. This plate is the perfect offering as a hostess gift, to take to an office gathering or to share with a neighbor. These plates don’t last long so be sure to be there as close to 9 a.m as possible. The cost this year will be $7 per plate. There will be a choice of pre-arranged plates.

St. John’s Episcopal cookie walk

St. John’s Episcopal Church will hold a cookie walk at its parish hall on Saturday Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be an assortment of cookies from which to choose. Cookies will cost $8 per pound. For delivery leave a message at 366-1979

Santa to visit Brocton Fellowship Church

On Saturday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. Santa Claus will visit the Fellowship Church at 148 W. Main St. in Brocton. Everyone is invited to bring children and leashed pets to take pictures with Santa. Bring your cameras. Call 672-9862 for more information.

Learning about Catholic faith

If anyone is interested in learning more about the Catholic faith or intrigued by the sacraments, local Catholic churches welcome interest and questions. The Catholic communities of St. Joseph, Fredonia (679-4116), St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Dunkirk (366-2827), Blessed Mary Angela, Dunkirk (366-2307) and Holy Trinity, Dunkirk (366-2306) offer inquiry sessions that are open to everyone seeking answers to these questions.

The sessions take place most Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Those interested in attending a session – even just for one evening – can contact the parish offices, Patty Marshall 672-7448 or Wendy Kachermeyer 366-2827.

SC First United Presbyterian Church Advent Concert

The First United Presbyterian Church in Silver Creek will host an Advent Concert to benefit the Silver Creek Fire Department. The concert will take place in the church at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15. A free-will offering will be collected for the fire department. A reception will follow the concert in the social hall.

St. Joseph Altar and Rosary Society Dessert Card Party

St. Joseph Altar and Rosary Society will hold a Dessert Card Party at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11 in the Gathering Room of St. Joseph’s Church at 145 E. Main St. in Fredonia. Reservations are appreciated, but not required. Call 679-1677. Leave a message if no one answers.

Trinity Lutheran Advent services and luncheons

Trinity Lutheran Church will sponsor special services during Advent. A Wednesday prayer circle begins every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. This is a devotional time for people to come together to pray for individual and community needs. In these troubling times, the church wishes to offer an opportunity to gather for meditation, hymns and prayer. The Rev. Travis Grubbs leads this prayer time.

In addition Wednesday Advent services will be held on Dec. 11 and 18. Worship will be from noon to 12:30 p.m. The theme for these services will be “Child of Promise.” Old Testament scripture readings will be examined in anticipation of the coming birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Following the worship service, a luncheon will be served in the parish hall. The luncheon is free to the public and all are invited as the parish prepares the way of the Lord. The church is located at 15 Porter Ave. in Silver Creek.

‘Beef Tips & Noodles’ dinner at St. John’s UCC

St. John’s United Church of Christ at Central Ave. in Dunkirk will hold a “Beef Tips & Noodles” dinner on Saturday, Dec. 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Presale tickets are $7.50; $8 at the door. Eat-in or take-out. Call 366-0710 for information and reservations.

‘Christmas in a Barn’ on Christmas Eve

Bring family and friends to experience “Christmas in a Barn” at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve at the Eggerts’ Barn at 31 S. Gale St. in Westfield. Visitors can see the Christmas story brought to life with animals, angels, shepherds and some wise men, women and children! This unique event is free to attend; everyone is welcome.