Religion News Briefs

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

St. John’s United Church of Christ located on Central Avenue in Dunkirk will hold a “Beef Tips & Noodles” dinner today 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 annual Christmas concert

Lake Erie Baptist Church will hold its 25th annual Christmas concert tonight 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.

‘The Trip to Bethlehem’

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

UUCNC Service

The Rev. Theresa Kime will speak to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Sunday. She will explore the month’s theme of innocence and how it relates to our UU spiritual life and history. All are invited to attend this service.

Children in the Religious Exploration program will hold their own worship service in their classroom. Professional child care will be available in the Caterpillar Room for children birth to 5 years of age.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua is a liberal religious community devoted to promoting individual spiritual development, working toward peace, liberty and justice in the immediate and global communities, and providing companionship on life’s sacred journey. Worship services are held each Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Grange Hall, 58 W. Main St., Fredonia.

Taize Service

A Taize Prayer service will be held on Sunday at 6:30 PM in Holy Trinity Church on 1032 Central Avenue in Dunkirk, NY. Taize prayer includes short chants, Scripture readings and quiet time in a candle-lit setting focusing on several icons. Join us for some time to focus on the meaning of the Christmas Season. Everyone is 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 15 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.

Candlelight service

First United Presbyterian Church of Silver Creek will be holding a Christmas Eve Candlelight service on Tuesday Dec 24 at 7 p.m.