Religion News Briefs


The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua will offer a multi-generational service on Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Grange Hall, 58 W. Main St. Fredonia. The children’s Religious Exploration classes will perform “What a Wonderful Life,” a delightful story retold with help from the audience. All are welcome to attend this very special service.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua is a liberal religious community devoted to promoting individual spiritual development, working toward peace, liberty, and justice in our immediate and global communities, and providing companionship on life’s sacred journey. Call 679-7944, visit, or visit the congregation’s page on Facebook at for more information.

Musical Events

The Chautauqua County Community Chorale will present the 2014 Spring Benefit concert “Everlasting Arms” Sunday 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.

Friday, June 13, from 6 to 8 p.m, the First Lutheran Church, 120 Chandler Street in Jamestown will host an evening of music and art in its yard on Center Street. Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards, a folk duo from Massachusetts, will headline the event with music from their newest album release “Hard Times and Woes” and Tara L. Eastman (First Lutheran’s own Pastoral Intern) will open with a set of original tunes. In addition to an evening of music, local artists (Bill Thomas, Angela Caley, Judy Whittaker and others) will have their artwork on display in the art tent.

First Lutheran will open its doors at 5 p.m. to allow the public to view a 25 foot mural recently completed in the church’s hallway with the help of its Sunday school children, True Sisterhood Book Group and community volunteers. The lettering for the mural was donated by Renee and Brian Pye. Music begins at 6 p.m. and the event ends at 8 p.m. Non-perishable food items will be collected for the Holy Trinity Food Pantry and a $5 donation is suggested for the event.

Bring a lawn chair, take in music and art, and fight local hunger. All ages are welcome. In case of rain, this event will be moved indoors to First Lutheran’s Parlors. For more information, contact intern Tara Eastman, facilitator of True Mission, at 664-4601.


St. John’s United Church of Christ, 733 Central Avenue in Dunkirk will hold a pork loin dinner today 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.

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 Ave. 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.

The Laona United Methodist Church will be holding their annual Mother/Child dinner on Tuesday, May 20, at 6 p.m. at the Laona Church on the corner of Wilson Road and Porter.

Their special guest for the evening will be Rev. Mark Parsons, magician. He will show us his many years of being a magician. This program will take place after the dinner.

If you would like to attend this dinner, bring a dish to pass and your own table service.For more information, call the church at 672-2497 or Evie Sievert at 673-1051.


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 to 7 p.m. and continues Wednesday, May 21 from 10 4 p.m., concluding Thursday, May 22 with a “Bag Day” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The 11th Amish Relief Auction will be held at the Empire Livestock Cherry Creek Market, 6732 Pickup Hill Road, Cherry Creek on Saturday, May 24, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The event will continue all day, rain or shine. From route 83 in Cherry Creek, take Southside Ave. to Pickup Hill Rd. Shuttle buses and handicap parking will be available. The auction will feature Amish made furniture, tables, chairs, rockers, clocks, quilts, rugs, wall hangings, handmade items, food, animals, outdoor items, farm equipment, gift certificates. Amish home-style refreshments will include a chicken barbecue, pig roast, sausage, veal burgers, subs, salad, ice cream, baked goods, homemade donuts, lemonade, pop and coffee. Proceeds will go toward children and other needy families’ doctors and hospital bills owed by the Conewango Valley community. For details call Lonnie Kent, auctioneer at 296-5041 or Patrick Cullen, president of the Bank of Cattaraugus, 257-3431.


On Sunday 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.

Services for all deceased members of Hose Company 4 will be held Sunday morning, May 25 at Blessed Mary Angela 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 a.m. for the 8:45 a.m. march to church.

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 Street, 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.

Cardinal Mindszenty High School Class of 1974 invites all alumni, family and friends to attend the 5 p.m. parish mass on Saturday June 7, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton R.C. Church in Dunkirk. Mass will be concelebrated by the Rev. Msgr. Joseph Dowdell and the Rev. Joseph Gatto (’75). All are welcome.


The Catholic Daughters of the Americas will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. St. Anthony’s Church, Cushing St. 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.