Religion News Briefs


The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua celebrates the theme of “Color” during the month of May. The Reverend Theresa Kime will explore this theme from a UU perspective at the congregation’s worship service on Sunday at 11 a.m. in Grange Hall, 58 W. Main St. in Fredonia. All are welcome to attend.

Nursery care will be available for children under the age of 5. Grades K-4 will meet with their teachers for religious exploration classes.

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

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.

Services for all deceased members of Hose Company No. 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.

Musical events

The Hannah Hasbrouck Petersen Recital Series begins on today 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.

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 E. Main St., 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 Forestville United Methodist Church is sponsoring a Mother’s Day chicken barbecue Sunday at the church from noon until sold out. The cost is $9 for adults or $4.50 for children or for chicken only.

Tri-Church Parish will offer a Mother’s Day Celebration dinner on May 14 at St. Dominic R.C. Church on Central Avenue 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 call Susan Hardy at 785-9383 with questions or reservations.

A Mediterranean Dinner will be held on Friday, May 16, at 5:30 p.m. This will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown, 1255 Prendergast Ave. near Buffalo Street. It is open to the public. The exotic cuisines of Greece, Italy, Spain and Africa will be featured. Food items will include Greek salad, pasta, falafel (fried patties made from ground chickpeas), hummus and cous-cous salad. All food will be prepared by seasoned cooks from the church.

Advance reservations are recommended, as seating is limited. They can be made by emailing the church, or phoning in at (716) 488-1902. Reservations received by Sunday, May 11, will receive a $2 discount on the ticket price. The cost of the dinner is $20 per person, or $18 with advance reservations.

The dinner is being held early enough for diners to attend the Jamestown Concert Association’s “Brasshoppers” concert the same evening at St. Luke’s Church. The Concert Association will give a discount to anyone who also attends the Mediterranean Dinner.

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

A chicken and biscuit dinner will be held at the Portland Congregational Church, Church Street, Portland on Wednesday, May 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. or sold out. The menu is chicken, biscuit and gravy, mashed potatoes, tossed salad, vegetable, drink and dessert. Adults are $8 each and children under 10 are $4 each. The congregation invites the public to come and enjoy this popular dinner.

The Fredonia Knights of Columbus Council 7921 is holding a spaghetti dinner on Wednesday, May 21, all you can eat. The dinner will be held from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. or until sold out at St. Anthony’s Church (School Hall), Moore Avenue, Fredonia. The prices are: adult dinners, $7, children under 12, $4.50. The K. of C. is a non-profit organization and the proceeds are used for charitable work in the area.

Rummage sales

The Westfield United Methodist Church will continue its spring rummage, clothing and bake sale today at 101 E. Main St., Westfield. The event runs 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.


The Blessed Mary Angela Holy Rosary Society met on Monday, May 5 at St. Hedwig’s Social Center.

President Carole Schiller led the membership in the recitation of the Rosary and prayers for ill and deceased members.

The opening prayer for the meeting was read by Stella Michalak.

Secretary Martha Bialaszewski read the April minutes and treasurer Sandy Tapasto gave the financial report. Both were approved as read.

Rita Cieslewicz, sunshine chairlady reported that she sent a sympathy card to Wanda Graminski on the death of her husband.

The attendance prize was awarded to Alvina Root.

There were no birthdays in May.

Tapasto thanked the refreshment committee, namely Loretta Szalkowski, Joyce Tarnowski, Rita Szot and Gerry Szukala.

The closing prayer was read by Rose Gawronski.

The meeting was adjourned until June 2 at 7 p.m. at St. Hyacinth’s Lyceum.

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. in St. Anthony’s Church, Cushing Street, Fredonia. New officers will be installed by Elizabeth Breindel, N.Y.S. District Deputy of Catholic Daughters. New members are always welcome. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.


On Sunday, May 18 the Silver Creek Faith-based Diabetic support group will hold a meeting open to all pre-diabetics and Type 1 and 2 diabetics. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Silver Creek Assembly of God, 1385 Route 20, Silver Creek.

The group meets every five weeks and provides fellowship, special speakers, topics of interest and refreshments. This month’s topic is: “The Eating out Challenge.” All who attend will be eligible for a special diabetic cookbook called “Sweet!-250 Diabetes Desserts.” For further information, call 934-3347.

The Tri-County Crisis Pregnancy Center of Gowanda will hold its annual Walk for Life on Sunday, June 8, beginning at 2:30 p.m. from the Gowanda Free Methodist Church, Gowanda.

Walkers of all ages are invited to participate and ask their friends, relatives and neighbors to sponsor their Walk for Life.

All funds received will be used to continue the work of the center in reaching out to women with crisis pregnancies. Free services include peer counseling, pregnancy testing, pre-natal vitamins, baby clothes, baby furniture, project Rachel and referrals for additional services.

T-shirts are awarded for walkers collecting $50 or more. All participants are eligible for door prizes. Refreshments for all! Walker packets will be available Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Johnson’s Plumbing and Heating, 57 Commercial St., Gowanda, or call the Center at 532-9738 for more information. Donations for the Walk for Life can also be sent to the center: Tri-County Crisis Pregnancy Center, P.O. Box 367 Gowanda.