Religion briefs

St John’s UCC turkey dinner

A turkey dinner with the fixin’s, will be held today at St. John’s United Church, 733 Central Ave. in Dunkirk from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tickets at the door will be $8.

Lasagna Dinner

Dewittville-Hartfield United Methodist Church is having a Lasagna Dinner today from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner includes tossed salad, bread, dessert and beverage for a $7.50 donation. The church is located at the corner of Route 430 and Meadows Road in Dewittville.

Brocton-Portland Ministerium

Each Wednesday of Lent (through April 9), area residents are invited to share their sandwiches with soup, beverages and dessert provided by various host churches in the Brocton-Portland Ministerium. This year’s annual Lenten Luncheons will be held at St. Dominic RC Church 12 Central Ave., Brocton, from noon until 1 p.m. Each Wednesday different leaders will offer their denomination’s best soups, a brief message, and special music. There is no cost to participate.

Trinity/Immanuel Lutheran

The journey to Easter continues at Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Porter Ave., Silver Creek and Immanuel Lutheran Church, 40 S. Chapel St., Gowanda. Each Wednesday during Lent, the two churches will alternate noon worship services with sermons based on the theme “Facing the Cross.”

Trinity’s services are at noon on March 26 and April 9. Immanuel will host the noon services during Lent on March 19 and April 2.

Lenten Bible study at Immanuel is held on Mondays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Pastor Grubbs will discuss the road to the Lord’s crucifixion and resurrection by studying the Gospel according to Mark. The study is also open to the public.

Call the Trinity office at 934-2002 or Immanuel’s office at 532-4342 for further information.

St John’s Episcopal

On Fridays during Lent, Stations of the Cross will be held at 6 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church located on the corner of West 4th and Lark streets, Dunkirk.

Taize at SEAS

An inter-denominational Taize prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. every Sunday during Lent, ending on April 13. A Taize prayer service blends song, scripture and silence. All are welcome to attend at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 328 Washington Ave., Dunkirk.

The First Presbyterian Church of Westfield

The First Presbyterian Church of Westfield is hosting a new Lenten series every Friday at 7 p.m. throughout the season of Lent. The series is titled, “Preacher’s From the Pews” and features a different speaker from the congregation each week who will lead a short informal service. The theme for this Lenten series is love. Refreshments will follow each service.

March 21, Beth Cluchey’s message is Covenantal Love. March 28, John Daily’s topic will be Everlasting Love. April 4, Mark Smith will address the Gift of Love. The series concludes with Steve Stratton’s message about the Grace-filled Love.

The First Presbyterian Church invites the community to join them for their Lenten journey together, experiencing God’s radical love. The church is located at 49 South Portage St. in Westfield. Questions about this series can be directed to Polly Knopp, 326-2643.

Cherry Creek United Methodist Church

The Cherry Creek United Methodist Church would like to thank everyone for supporting their Scoop Dinner and auction on March 8. It was a huge success. Their Swiss Steak Dinner will be held on April 12 starting at 4:30 p.m. All are invited.

Lenten Luncheons

The annual Lenten luncheons sponsored by the Northern Chautauqua Clergy Association will be held each week during Lent. A short service at noon is followed by a light lunch. This ecumenical event is open to anyone who wishes to attend. A free will offering will be taken at each luncheon.

The proceeds will go to benefit Chautauqua County Rural Ministry. Rural Ministry reported serving almost 150,000 meals in 2013 through Friendly Kitchen and the Emergency Food Pantry. They provided services, in 2013, to 2,342 households, touching the lives of 5,177 people.

This Lenten season is a time to reflect on the life and Jesus’ ministry among the poor and oppressed of his time. It is a time to come together as a community so that others in this community may have some of the necessities of life.

The luncheons will be held at noon to 1 p.m. The schedule for the remaining Lenten luncheons are: March 18: St. John’s United Church of Christ in Dunkirk; March 25: TBA; April 1: Grace Lutheran Church in Dunkirk; April 8: St. Joseph’s Parish in Fredonia.

First United Presbyterian Church of Silver Creek.

On April 17 at 6 p.m. the Shepherd’s Fellowship will be holding a Tenebrae Service entitled “Love light,” followed by a dinner. Reservations are necessary. Call 934-2018. A free will donation will be accepted to cover the cost of the dinner.

On April 18 a Good Friday service will be held at noon led by Pastor Thomas R. Burian.

St. John’s Church announces winners

On Sunday, March 2 at St. John’s Church in Cattaraugus, folks braved another day of arctic temperatures to warm themselves with a variety of savory chili and steaming bowls of soup.

Winners in the chili category in first, second and third place respectively included Shannon Coolidge with White Bean Chicken Chili, Dan Goss with Sweet and Spicy Chili, and Walter Gunther with Bean and Burger Chili.

Receiving the top three vote totals in the soup category were Carol Lerminiaux with Chicken Corn Chowder, Edna Booth with Beautiful Beef Barley Soup, and Darlene Sinn with Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner Soup.

A portion of the $500 raised will benefit the many wonderful programs of the Cattaraugus Free Library. The remainder of the proceeds will fund local missions of the church.

The members of St. John’s Church wish to thank everyone who turned out to support this event and gave so generously. It is their prayer that the blessing they gave be returned to them a hundred-fold!

Epiphany of Our Lord Parish

A Community Baby Shower/Pancake Breakfast will be held on March 30 at the Epiphany of Our Lord Parish Hall, 10893 Sisson Hwy in Langford, 8:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. to benefit the Tri-County Crisis Pregnancy Center. Adults: $7, children 5-12: $4, under 5, free. All the pancakes you can eat with pure maple syrup, plus ham, sausage, eggs and drinks. Baked goods are also available for purchase. Items needed by the Center include bottles, diapers, baby cleansing items, clothing (new or gently used), gift cards to Walmart, cash or check.

Marsh Memorial Lenten Recitals

Wednesday, March 19 is the beginning of the Marsh Memorial Lenten Recital Series at the Dunkirk First United Presbyterian Church, 19 W. Fourth St. The Marsh recitals are free public concerts during the lunch hour on Wednesdays. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch and enjoy the church’s complimentary coffee along with live music.

This recital will feature Thomas (Tom) Gestwicki. He was born and raised in Dunkirk and graduated from Cardinal Mindszenty High School and SUNY Fredonia. After teaching two years he left to play guitar professionally. During the next 20 years he was involved in all aspects of playing, recording and arranging music.

Gestwicki was the guitarist in many local big bands including the Tony DiRusso Orchestra, Joe Strada Big Band, The Modern Brass and Paul Luciano Big Band. Through the years he has been the guitarist in many stage shows, pageants and musicals.

Presently he is a guitar instructor for SUNY Fredonia and maintains his position as song leader and guitarist at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish. His most rewarding performances are those at local nursing homes with percussionist Steve Grimm.

There are two more programs in the series. March 26 will feature Dr. Ji Hyun Woo and April 9 will feature Ann Rose and Jillian Swanson.

The free musical program is designed to provide members of the community and the general public with an opportunity for a period of peaceful reflection and contemplation throughout the Lenten season.