Religion News Briefs

Santa to visit Brocton’s Fellowship Church

Today 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.

Concert at Grace Lutheran in Dunkirk

A Concert for the Community will be held at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church this Sunday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The concert, titled “Holiday Potpourri” is sponsored by the church and local talented musician, Arthur Lewis. Mr. Lewis is a graduate student at SUNY Fredonia who, together with equally talented student members of the Music Department of the university, will share the sounds of the holiday season, as well as several additional selected works.

The entire community is invited to share in the festivities and to enjoy a moment away from busy planning and shopping. All are welcome to share in the sounds, to relax and enjoy the talented gifts found right in our own community. The members of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church are joyfully honored to host this event. Light refreshments will follow the concert for a time of fellowship and a free-will offering will be accepted to benefit the troupe and the missions of the church.

More information about the parish can be found on Facebook as “Lake Erie Lutheran Parish” and about the concert at “Concert for the Community: Holiday Potpourri.”

‘Cookies and Carols’ at the Sheridan United Methodist Church

The Sheridan United Methodist Church will be hosting its “Cookies and Carols” party at 6 p.m. on Sunday The church welcomes all members of the Sheridan and surrounding communities. The gathering will be an informal time of singing favorite Christmas songs and enjoying the talents of the incredible bakers of the congregation. The church is also sponsoring a mitten tree and asks that people bring new pairs of mittens or gloves to donate to the needy. The church is located at 2679 E. Main Road, Sheridan (Route 20). For further information, call the church office at 672-2048.

Healing Hearts Ministries Christmas program

Healing Hearts Ministries of Cassadaga Valley located at 6387 South Stockton-Cassadaga Road, Sinclairville will present a special Christmas program, on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

“Millie, the Innkeepers Wife” will be presented by Luella Kreiger of Visitors of the Past Ministries.

A potluck dinner will follow the program. Attendees who are able are asked to bring dishes to pass. For more information, call 397-1141.

Advent Concert

The First United Presbyterian Church of Silver Creek will be hosting its Third Annual Advent Concert this Sunday, at 4 p.m. The church is located in the village square.

Musical performers include the church’s Handbell Choir and Church Choir, the New Horizon’s Brass “Schleptet” (a variable number of performers) and Tuba Quartet, Calen Lange, organist, as well as a vocal trio and French horn duet comprised of SUNY Fredonia School of Music students and a piano soloist.

A free will offering will be collected to benefit the Silver Creek Volunteer Fire Department.

A reception will be held in the social hall following the concert.

Holiday of Lights at UUCNC

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua will celebrate the holiday season on Sunday with their annual “Holiday of Lights” Service. Members and friends of the congregation will perform a variety of musical selections to celebrate Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, and Christmas. All are invited to attend this very special service. This is an intergenerational service and no Religious Exploration classes will be held. Professional child care will be available for children birth to 5 years of age.

Worship services are held each Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Grange Hall, 58 W. Main St. Fredonia.

Remembrance Mass at St. Rose of Lima

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, to or purchase a poinsettia plant, please call May Franklin or Pat Johnson as soon as possible. Persons of all faiths are welcome.

Trinity Lutheran Advent Service and Luncheon

Trinity Lutheran Church sponsors special services during Advent. A Wednesday prayer circle begins every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. The Rev. Travis Grubbs leads this prayer time.

The last of the Wednesday Advent services will be held on Dec. 18 from noon – 12:30 pm. 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 Avenue in Silver Creek.

St. John’s United Church of Christ presents ‘Christmas Vespers’

St. John’s United Church of Christ at 733 Central Ave., Dunkirk, will present the music of Christmas at its Christmas Vespers on Friday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m., featuring pianist Ann Rose and violist David Rose.

Ann Rose was born in South Korea, and started the piano at age 5. She began improvising and composing at a very early age – two skills which she pursued through her early training, achieving a degree in composition and piano from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada. She is presently the organist at St. John’s UCC. She received her master of piano performance degree from SUNY Fredonia, studying under Father Sean Duggan.

David Rose was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was awarded the position of associate principal viola of the Vancouver Symphony. He served for eight seasons as principal viola of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and violist with the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, as well as teaching at the University of Waterloo. He plays regularly at the Fredonia Opera House’s annual “Bach and Beyond” festival. He is currently assistant professor of viola at SUNY Fredonia.

Also taking part will be the Roses’ sons, Billy and Manny, with their own musical contributions to the program. Everyone is welcome to attend this special celebration of Christmas. Admission is free. Parking and handicapped access is on the Eagle St. side of the church.

‘Beef Tips & Noodles’ dinner at St. John’s Dec. 21

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.

Lake Erie Baptist Church Christmas Concert

Lake Erie Baptist Church will hold its 25th annual Christmas concert on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. There will be music, a puppet show, and a special message presented by the Foote family. The church is located at 9500 Lake Ave. in Brocton. For more information, call Pastor Gary Nutt at 792-6575.

St. Peter’s Episcopal ‘Blue Christmas’

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church has been offering special “Blue Christmas” services this holiday season. The last is scheduled for Thursday nights, Dec. 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 – when it does NOT feel like the most wonderful time of the year, and when “rejoicing” is hard work. 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 more than welcome.

Cherry Creek/Leon United Methodist Church

The Cherry Creek/Leon United Methodist Church’s Children’s Sunday School will present “The Trip to Bethlehem” on Sunday, Dec. 22 at the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Fellowship will follow the service.

The church will hold a special Christmas Eve service on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

Christmas in a Barn

Following a visit to Rome, St. Francis of Assisi stayed at a Hermitage; the Pope had just approved his Rule of Life.

Only fifteen days away, how would he celebrate Christmas? Remembering his visit to the Holy Land; he sent word to his friend, Giovanni Vellita saying, ” hurry and diligently prepare what I tell you for I wish to recall to memory the little child who was born in Bethlehem.”

Giovanni and others assembled torches and candles to light the night. A cave was prepared with manger, baby Jesus, and animals. The Christmas story would be experienced in a new way. After his death in 1226, the custom spread and continues to this day. It emphasizes the absence of lodging, birth in a cave/barn, and the baby in a feed trough with animals.

On Christmas Eve., at 4 p.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will reenact the Nativity in the Eggert’s Barn at 31 S. Gale Street, Westfield. Participants will sing carols and hear, see, feel and smell the Christmas Story as St. Francis did.