Religion briefs

Ham Party to benefit NCCS

A Ham Party to benefit Northern Chautauqua Catholic School is scheduled at the Kosciuszko Club, 252 Nevins St. Dunkirk today at 6:30 p.m. It will feature raffles of delicious hams, sausage, and pierogi, and also a theme baskets raffle. Free munchies are provided. Music by Gina V. and Bill Smith concludes the evening.

Diabetic Support Group to Hear Optometrist

Dr. Steven Ihrig, Optometrist, will be the guest speaker for the Silver Creek Assembly of God Diabetic Support Group on Sunday at 6 p.m. He will share with pre-diabetics, Type 1 and Type 2 concerning the importance of blood glucose control and its effects on eyesight. A time of questions and answers will follow. Everyone is invited to hear him.

The Silver Creek Assembly of God Church is located at 1385 Route 20, Silver Creek, N.Y. For details, call 934-3347.

The Reverend Ron Skowronski to Speak at UU Service

The Rev. Ron Skowronski will speak to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua at 11 a.m. on Sunday at the Grange Hall, 58 W. Main St., Fredonia

Skowronski said, “We are convinced that we live in a free society. In fact, we are darn proud of it. We, as the American culture, are so convinced of our freedom that we spend a great amount of money, emotion and rhetoric defending this ‘freedom.'”

In his presentation, Skowronski will focus on religious freedom and what may appear as freedom but is not. Insight will come from Bishop John Shelby Spong and our own UU spiritual principles will be shared. All are welcome to attend this service.

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

BMA Holy Rosary Society

The Blessed Mary Angela Holy Rosary Society will meet on Monday, April 7 at St. Hyacinth’s Lyceum at 7 p.m. President Carole Schiller will be accepting card raffle returns at 6:30 p.m.

Lenten Luncheons

The annual Lenten luncheons sponsored by the Northern Chautauqua Clergy Association were held each week during Lent. A short service at noon is followed by a light lunch.

The remaining Lenten luncheon will be Tuesday at St. Joseph Parish in Fredonia from noon to 1 p.m.

This ecumenical event is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

A free will offering is taken. The proceeds will go to benefit Chautauqua County Rural Ministry. 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.

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/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 have been sharing lenten services.

Trinity’s next service is April 9.

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.

Lenten series in Westfield

The First Presbyterian Church of Westfield has been hosting a new Lenten series every Friday at 7 p.m. throughout the season of Lent. The series is titled, “Preachers 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 follow each service.

The series concludes Friday April 11 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/Leon United Methodist

A Swiss steak dinner will be offered at the Cherry Creek/Leon United Methodist Church, Main St. Cherry Creek on Saturday, April 12 beginning at 4:30 p.m. The donation for adults is $10, and for children is $6. Family pricing is available. The meal includes a beverage and homemade desserts.

“Easter Experience” series

Silver Creek Assembly of God at 1385 Route 20 in Silver Creek invites the public to experience the true meaning of Easter by renewing their faith and growing in understanding of the Easter season.

A three-week DVD series will be held on Wednesday evenings. The series began April 2 and will continue on April 9 and April 16 at 7 to 8 p.m. The series uses a “you are there” format. Those who did not attend on April 2 are most welcome to attend the final two segments.

Taize service 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 Avenue, 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.

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.

‘Noah’ Movie – Jewish and Christian Discussion

All are invited to an interfaith discussion of the movie “Noah” to be held on Friday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lyceum building, behind the St. Hyacinth’s RC church, 15 S. Pangolin St., at Lake Shore Dr. E. in Dunkirk. Spiritual leaders of the local Jewish Temple, as well as Presbyterian, and Catholic Churches, will share their perspectives on the main themes in the movie, and head a panel discussion. A light social will follow. For anyone interested, the Stations of the Cross will be prayed next door at St. Hyacinth’s church at 7:00 p.m. before the discussion.

Polish Fest at St. John’s UCC

A Polish Fest is scheduled for Saturday, April 26 at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 733 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Food will be served 4-6:30 p.m. or until sold out. Tickets are $10. The menu includes Polish sausage, homemade pierogi and golabki, beet relish, bread and desserts. Take-out is available. Tickets can be purchased at the door or may be picked up at the church office 9 a.m to noon Monda and Friday or 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Call 366-0710 for details.