Religion News Briefs

Episcopal bishop to visit St. John the Baptist in Dunkirk

The Rt. Reverend R. William Franklin, Episcopal Bishop of Western New York, will conduct a service, including a celebration of the Holy Eucharist today at 4 p.m. at St. John the Baptist (Episcopal Church.) on the corner of W. 4th Street and Lark Street in Dunkirk

At that time, two individuals will be received into the Episcopal Faith by Bishop Franklin. Four children will receive certificates indicating completion of Church Communion Studies.

The children have been receiving Holy Communion in the Episcopal Church for some time, as children are invited to receive Communion after Baptism.

The Bishop will also dedicate a new support for rerodos table. This will be dedicated in memory of Mark A. Sam and Alice M. Sam.

The Rev. Trevor Hahn, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Dunkirk and the Zion Lutheran Church, Silver Creek will also participate in the service, as the Episcopal Church and the Lutheran Church are now in Communion with each other. A reception will follow in the Church Parish Hall.

All are cordially invited to attend.

Fredonia Presbyterian to hold Green Ribbon Gala

A Green Ribbon Gala Family Fun Fair is scheduled for today at the Fredonia Presbyterian Church, 219 Central Avenue, Fredonia. The free open house will be held from noon – 4 p.m. Features will be door prize giveaways including a girl’s bike, a boy’s bike, and a handmade afghan; a free basket raffle; games; face painting and free food. Help recognize mental health awareness month and stamp out stigma. All are welcome. Call Melody at 753-4157 for details.

10th Annual Hunger Walk

The Dunkirk Fredonia Clergy Association is sponsoring the 10th Annual Hunger Walk to benefit the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry food programs. The walk will be held on Sunday starting at St. John’s United Church of Christ 733 Central Avenue in Dunkirk at 2:00 p.m. The annual Hunger Walk provides 75 percent of what is collected to local Rural Ministry food programs and the remaining 25 percent to the Heifer Project.

Anyone wishing to make a contribution or walk on May 4, may contact their local church or contact Rural Ministry at 127 Central Avenue, Dunkirk or by calling 366-1787.

UUCNC to hear guest minister

The Rev, Gretchen Weis will be at the pulpit at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua County. The Sunday service will be at the Grange Hall, 58 W. Main Street, Fredonia at 11 a.m.

Reverend Weis is from the UU Church of Arlington, Va., where she completed her ministerial internship and served as summer minister last year. She holds a master of divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and received preliminary fellowship with the UUA in the fall.

She was ordained in January at her home congregation, the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, Texas.

Her sermon is entitled, “Turn the Other Cheek: Compliant or Defiant?”

She explained, “What if everything we’ve been taught about turning the other cheek was wrong? As we begin to mark the 50th anniversary of key Civil Rights marches and legislative milestones, perhaps it is a good time to take a fresh look at the Biblical basis for non-violent civil disobedience.

“Recent scholarship suggests Jesus was not advocating meek, mild, submissive acceptance in the face of injustice, but something else entirely.”

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 class.

Call 679-7944, visit, or visit the congregation’s Facebook page at for more information.

Swieconka for Murray Hose Company #4

Murray Hose Company #4 will hold its monthly meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. All members are encouraged to attend. After the meeting, there will be the Swieconka (Easter food and blessing) at the Kosciuszko Club.

Services for all deceased members of Hose Company #4 will be held Sunday morning, May 25 at Blessed Mary Angela Church Parish, St. Hedwig’s location. Mass will be held at 9 a.m. with breakfast to follow at the Kosciuszko Club.

All members should assemble at the club parking lot at 8:30 for the 8:45 a.m. march to church.

BMA?Holy Rosary Society

There will be a meeting of the Blessed Mary Angela Holy Rosary Society on Monday at St. Hedwig’s Social Center at 7 p.m.

St. Dominic Altar and Rosary Society

The St. Dominic Altar and Rosary Society recently met at the Westfield worship site after the morning Communion Service. Members were reminded that the group’s “Famous Salad Luncheon” will be held Wednesday May 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Dominic Hall, 17 Union St., Westfield. Members should look for the sign-up sheets posted at both worship sites to volunteer for the event.

Members discussed the Westfield Community Kitchen which serves lunches Monday through Friday every week. The kitchen needs help with food items and financial assistance to continue working. The Altar and Rosary Society voted to send a check and to include the organization in the food collection at the Westfield worship site.

The society will next meet on Friday, May 9 after morning mass at the Westfield site. Final arrangements for the salad luncheon will be discussed. All women of the parish are urged to attend.

Fellowship Church Bible Study

A new Bible study will begin on May 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Fellowship Church at 148 W. Main Street, Brocton. This group will meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. This is open to members and other interested community members.

Please bring a Bible, notebook and pen. Those attending will be taught a method for Bible Study which will help them to draw more from scripture.

Elaine Hogan and Pastor Sandi will team teach.

Revival in Versailles

A miracle revival under the big top tent is planned for May 12 and 13 at the Versailles Community Center, 11702 Main St., Versailles. The doors open at 6 p.m. This free event will be led by Evangelist David Johnson who invites the public to attend and expect personal miracles.

Church rummage sales

The South Dayton United Methodist Church’s giant rummage sale continues today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m A bag sale is planned for noon. The church is located at 328 Pine Street in South Dayton. A bake sale is also being held.

Trinity Episcopal Church’s spring rummage sale. will continue today from 9 a.m. to noon. The church is located on 11 Day St. in Fredonia and patrons are asked to visit Garland Hall using the back entrance.

The Cherry Creek/Leon United Methodist Church’s rummage sale continues today at the church on Main Street in Cherry Creek from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Today there will be a bake sale and a bag sale.

The First United Presbyterian Church of Dunkirk Ladies’ Guild continues its spring rummage sale today from 9 a.m. until noon at Westminster Hall, 410 Eagle Street, Dunkirk. Parking is available in the parking lot next to the church. Money raised from the rummage sale will be used to support local, national and world missions.

The Westfield United Methodist Church will be holding its spring rummage, clothing and bake sale on Friday and Saturday May 9 and May 10 at 101 East Main Street, Westfield. The event kicks off Friday, running from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a bag sale starting at noon.

A spring rummage and bake sale is scheduled at the First Presbyterian Church, 49 South Portage Street, Westfield. The three-day event begins Tuesday, May 20 from 5 – 7 p.m. and continues Wednesday, May 21 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., concluding Thursday, May 22 with a “Bag Day” from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Church dinners

The Dewittville-Hartfield United Methodist Church is hosting a roasted chicken dinner today from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The church is located at Rt. 430 & Meadows Road in Dewittville. Dinner includes 1/2 roasted chicken, potato salad, baked beans, dessert and beverage for an $8 donation.

The Fredonia First United Methodist Church is holding its annual chicken and biscuit dinner and student ministries silent and live auction in the community room on the lower level of the church on Sunday immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service.

The annual auction features more than 100 unique items donated by members of the congregation or community. Many items are hand-crafted, homegrown or homemade. The student ministries team is also grateful for the continued support of the local business community.

All proceeds from the dinner and auctions will be used for FFUMC continued outreach for children, youth and families in the local community.

Zion Lutheran Church, located at 11 Porter Ave., Silver Creek, is having its annual Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue on Sunday from noon until sold out. Tickets are $9 presale and $10 at the door. Presale tickets are available from any Zion Member or by calling 913-5211. The meal includes chicken, tossed salad, potato salad, roll and butter and dessert. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Laurel Run this year.

On Wednesday, May 7, St. Dominic R.C. Church in Brocton will sponsor a spaghetti dinner from 4-7 p.m. The menu includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread & dessert. The cost is adults $7, children 12 and under $5. A separate take-out line will be available.

Tri-Church Parish will offer a Mother’s Day Celebration dinner on May 14 at St. Dominic R.C. church on Central Ave. in Brocton.

The 6 p.m. dinner will feature beef on weck, while all who attend are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to the event, as well as tableware. Beverages and the entree will be supplied by the Tri-Church Parish women.

Aliechia Post, Director of camping, will describe Camp Findley’s many retreats and youth camps available to diverse groups.

This event is open to the public and all are welcome. Sign up sheets will be posted at St. Dominic R.C. in both Brocton and Westfield.

Please phone Susan Hardy at 785-9383 with questions or reservations.

St. John’s United Church of Christ, 733 Central Avenue in Dunkirk will hold a pork loin dinner on Saturday, May 17 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. The menu includes pork, stuffing, veggie, tossed salad, and dessert. Tickets are $7.50 presale, $8 at the door. Phone 366-0710 for reservations.

Musical events

The Chautauqua Children’s Chorale will present their second spring concert at the First United Methodist Church in Fredonia , 25 Church Street, Fredonia on Friday May 9, at 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of Marjorie Bohn, and Amanda Pearo, the CCC will present choral works by Hatfield, Gjeilo, Clapton, and Rutter. General admission is $9; $7 for seniors.

The Chautauqua County Community Chorale will present the 2014 Spring Benefit concert “Everlasting Arms” on Sunday, May 18 at 4:30 p.m. The event will be held at the United Methodist Church, 101 East Main Street, Westfield. This year’s program is entitled “Songs of Faith, Hope and Perseverance.” The concert will be directed by Lucy Andrus. It features G. Mary Matteson, accompanist and Heidi Rizzo, soprano soloist. A free will offering may be made for donation to the Brocton Portland Food Pantry.

The Hannah Hasbrouck Petersen Recital Series begins on Saturday May 10 at 4 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Fredonia, 25 Church St. The event features bassist, Emma Garcia who assisted by a team of singers and instrumentalists, presents an eclectic mix of pop, rock and jazz.

All recitals under the Hannah Hasbrouck Petersen Memorial Fund are presented free of charge and last about an hour. A free-will offering will be collected at the recital to benefit the Hannah Hasbrouck Memorial Fund.

Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree

At the April meeting of the Knights of Columbus, Cardinal Mindszenty Assembly 727, it was unanimously voted to continue hosting the Annual Priests’ Appreciation Dinner. Paul Butryn has graciously volunteered to be the chairman. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, September 7 at the Monsignor Bernardo Hall at Holy Trinity Church.

Tickets will be made available in July. More information will be forthcoming. This function is held together with the following Knights of Columbus Councils: Dunkirk 929, Fredonia 7921, Gowanda 15113, Silver Creek 5356 and Westfield 3100.

Dessert card party

The St. Joseph Altar and Rosary Society dessert card party will be held Wednesday, May 14, at 12:30 p.m. in the Gathering Room of the Church, 145 East Main Street, Fredonia. Reservations are appreciated, but not required. All are welcome. For further information, call 679-1677. If no answer, leave name and phone number for a call back.