Religion News Briefs

Jay Phillips to speak on March 29

Former area resident Jay Phillips recently returned to his home in Ithaca from Andanwan India.

Andanwan is a Leper Community which includes many blind children. Jay is a teacher of the sight impaired and works for the Cayuga BOCES and also is a sight consultant for early childhood. He and two colleagues spent two weeks helping to assess the vision of the Andanwan residents. He describes the experience as life changing.

He will present a slide show and information about this trip on Saturday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Gym on Central Avenue Dunkirk. Authentic Indian clothing will be on display as well.

Refreshments will be served after the presentation. All are welcome.

St. Joseph’s Gowanda Parent Association

St. Joseph Parent Association’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, March 29, 4-7p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church Hall, Erie Avenue, Gowanda. The ticket prices are $9 adult, $8 seniors, $5 child, and children under 5 eat for free. Theme tray auction tickets can be purchased on Saturday 4 to 7 p.m. or Sunday March 30, 8 a.m. to noon. The theme tray drawings will start at 12 p.m. on Sunday. The cost is $5.00 for 25 chances to win and a door prize ticket. Persons need not be present to win. Refreshments and lunch will benefit the 8th grade.

Catholic Daughters to meet

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday at St. Anthony’s Church, Cushing St. Fredonia. New members are always welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Lenten fish fry

The Dunkirk First United Methodist Church is having a Lenten Fish Fry at 601 Washington Ave. on Friday, April 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. or until sold out. The cost is $10 per person. The menu includes haddock fillet, potato salad, coleslaw, bread and butter, a drink, and a dessert selection. Eat in, take-out, and delivery service are available. Phone haddock fillet, potato salad, coleslaw, bread and butter, a drink, and a dessert selection. Eat in, take-out, and delivery service is available. Call 366-2230 for details.

UUCNC to celebrate justice

The Unitarian Univers-alist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua will celebrate Justice Sunday on March 23 at the Grange Hall in Fredonia. The Rev. Theresa Kime and members of the Social Action Committee will lead the service entitled “Children Are Our Future” which will explore the theme of the environment. The service will start with a parade of the religious education classes and a time traveler will visit the service to share a story for all ages. All are invited to attend this special service.

During the service, nursery care will be available for children under the age of 5. Grades K-4 will meet with their teachers for Religious Exploration.

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

Honor Roll announced

St. Francis High School, recently announced the local students named to its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2013-2014 school year.

For first honors students must achieve a weighted grade point average of 95 or better. For second honors students must average 90 to 94.990.

First honors were awarded to freshmen Daniel P. Barnes and John R. Penharlow; and sophomores Christian R. Prechtl and Ryan C. Deas. Second honors were awarded to freshman: Charles M. Roth; and juniors Zachary M. Gawronski, Ryan M. Pakulski, and Hans F. Schober.

Lenten Recital

Wednesday, March 26 is the second Marsh Memorial Lenten Recital at the Dunkirk First United Presbyterian Church, 19 West Fourth Street. The Marsh recitals are free public concerts during the lunch hour. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch and enjoy the church’s complimentary coffee along with live music.

This recital will feature Dr. Ji Hyun Woo a native of Seoul, Korea. Dr. Woo earned a Ph.D in Music Theory from the University at Buffalo, where she also completed three Master’s degrees, in Music Theory, Composition, and Organ. Previous to arriving in the United States, Dr. Woo was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Composition from Sook Myung Women’s University in Seoul, Korea. Dr. Woo is a professor of piano at SUNY Fredonia, and organist and music director at the First United Presbyterian Church in Dunkirk. Her pieces have been performed in Western New York and throughout Asia.

This 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.

Pancake Breakfast

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. to 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.

Trinity UCC Concert

Trinity United Church of Christ in Gowanda invites the public to enjoy an afternoon of music by a local favorite, The HyTones. This group will deliver an enchanted afternoon of harmonies and songs from yesteryear. The Bensons of Cattaraugus as well as other local musical talents will perform at Trinity United Church of Christ, 30 Erie Ave. Gowanda on Sunday March 30 from 2 to 4 pm. Tickets are $7 and available by calling 532-3004. Cookies and punch will be served.

Cherry Creek United Methodist dinner

The Cherry Creek United Methodist Church will hold a Swiss Steak dinner on April 12 starting at 4:30 p.m. All are invited.

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.

Inter-denominational Taize service

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.

Stations of the Cross

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 W. 4th and Lark streets, Dunkirk.

Lenten Series

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 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.

Tri-Church Parish and 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 and Immanuel Lutheran Churches

The journey to Easter continues at Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Porter Avenue, Silver Creek and Immanuel Lutheran Church, 40 S. Chapel, 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 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.