Religion

The purpose of Christmas (Christ’s Coming)

Jesus, the Son of God, was born into human flesh, God’s gift to humanity, to become one of us in every way except having no sin of His own, so He could be the perfect sin sacrifice for us and die on a cross for the forgiveness of our sins. This is the gift we celebrate each Christmas Day: ...

Soup-er Bowl Fundraiser to benefit the Springville Community Kitchen

SPRINGVILLE — Over the last several years, the Trading Post Community Care Center has seen a rise in the number of families, especially seniors and working families needing help with food, clothing, housing, and other basic needs. The organization consistently serves over 5,000 hot meals ...

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Ripley United Methodist Church The Ripley United Methodist Church is hosting an All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast today from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pancakes, sausage, bacon, made-to-order eggs and omelets, home fries, biscuits and sausage gravy, Orange juice and coffee. Cost is $7 for all you can eat. ...

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Art Start helps community members create beautiful works of art.

Art Start begins new year with new classes

Art Start invites local community members to get creative with free art classes. Returning for the winter session are community favorites in watercolor, decorative acrylic, knitting and card making. Capitalizing on the popularity of the Introduction to Lettering held in the fall, a new ...

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View ‘The Resurrection of Gavin Stone’ for free

Pillar of Fire Fellowship is inviting the community to a free screening of "The Resurrection of Gavin Stone" on Friday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. The movie is a 2017 comedy about faith and forgiveness, telling the story of Gavin Stone, a washed-up former child star forced to do community service at a ...

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Margaret Valone is pictured with the Spirit of Fredonia Award she received in 2015.

Margaret Valone will be missed

As most readers undoubtedly know, on Dec. 31, the OBSERVER’s beloved columnist Margaret Valone left this realm to join the family she wrote so eloquently about since 2003. Although many people knew her well, Margaret felt that she should write her own obituary because only she knew the full ...

Religion news briefs

Church of the Living Spirit This week’s speaker is Neal Rzepkowski. Church services are held every Sunday in the Assembly Hall on Cleveland Avenue in Lily Dale. Service time is 10:30 to 12 p.m. and consists of a spiritual talk, a hands on healing, a message demonstration, music, ...

Learn the warning signs of Alzheimer’s program set for Tuesday

Every 66 seconds across the United States, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease. Early diagnosis is critical to ensure that families can plan for the future together, take advantage of available resources and take part in social engagement programs where they can interact and connect with ...

Results of 2017 Red Kettle Effort reported: Fell short of goal

The Salvation Army would like to thank everyone who helped make the 2017 Red Kettle Effort successful. While The Salvation Army did not make its $60,000 goal, it still raised $51,200.63 to assist the residents of Northern Chautauqua County. The money raised through the Red Kettle Effort ...

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The 24th Annual Christmas Barn Mass in Forestville was held on Dec. 16 in the barn of John and Aimee Rogers’ family farm.

Barn Mass in Forestville was a success

FORESTVILLE — The 24th Annual Christmas Barn Mass in Forestville was held on Saturday evening, Dec. 16 in the barn of John and Aimee Rogers’ family farm, despite the morning snowstorm! For the approximately 80 attendees, the evening proved beautiful! God provided slightly warmer temperature ...

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A shoebox distribution took place in Paraguay.

Families help bring Christmas joy to over 8,700 children overseas

Volunteers from the New York Southwest area team are celebrating the collection of more than 8,700 gift-filled shoeboxes that will remind children around the world they are loved and not forgotten. The NY Southwest area team, which includes Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, is now thanking ...

Altar and Rosary Society of St. Dominic holds Advent dinner

WESTFIELD — The Altar and Rosary Society of St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church of Westfield and Brocton held its annual Advent dinner on Dec. 17 at the Westfield site and catered by Fred’s Catering Service from Fredonia. Besides the society members, the Rev. Romeo Hontiveros, Msgr. Albert ...

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Church of the Living Spirit This week’s speaker is Ron Skowronski. Church services are held every Sunday in the Assembly Hall on Cleveland Avenue in Lily Dale. Service time is 10:30 to noon and consists of a spiritual talk, a hands on healing, a message demonstration, music, meditation ...

Learning to become grateful for what you have will make you and others happier

This column allows me to reach a lot of people who would remain strangers without it. One day (a few years ago), a woman came to my house with cookies and a big smile to tell me how much she enjoyed the column on Thanksgiving. She had taken her physical blessings for granted. If we learn to ...

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Pictured are some of the participants in the Willow Mission effort to make Christmas a little nicer for some area families. From left: Bob Block, JoEllen Sherman, Sharon Kelly, Janine DeGolyer, Chuck Eckert and Barb Block. Not pictured are Rev. Jim and Linda Bailey, and Judy Cole.

Willow Mission effort helps some area families

Christmas is the season for giving and through Willow Mission, 37 area families were given the provisions for making their Christmases a little brighter. Willow Mission is an outreach ministry of the Dunkirk First United Methodist Church located at 601 Washington Ave., Dunkirk. The ministry ...

It’s that time of year again: The Savior has come

The twelve days of Christmas are almost here. Spanning Dec. 25 through Jan. 5 we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Christ, the Lord. Some may question or even debate the date of Dec. 25 as the actual date of His birth. We have no definite information to support the day and month. In fact we ...

Religion briefs — Dec. 23

Church of the Living Spirit This week’s speaker is Roy Montgomery. Church services are held every Sunday in the Assembly Hall on Cleveland Avenue in Lily Dale. Service time is 10:30 to noon and consists of a spiritual talk, a hands on healing, a message demonstration, music, meditation ...

Area church services listings

ANGOLA Angola Wesleyan Church, 636 Herr Road, Mike Trippett, pastor; 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 10:30 a.m., worship. 432-3489. First Baptist Church of Evans, 985 Church Road, Angola, Pastor Kryger, interim; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school (nursery through age 3); 11 a.m., worship, nursery care ...

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Wright Memorial Presbyterian Wright Memorial Presbyterian Church Christmas Bazaar is being held today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 12672 Route 438, Irving. For details, contact Eileen at 864-4745. Tables for vendors are $10. If electricity is needed, it must be requested upon reserving a table. ...